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Submission + - U.S. Government Seeks to Keep Megaupload Money Because Kim Dotcom Is a Fugitive

mrspoonsi writes: On Tuesday, the U.S. Department of Justice told a Virginia federal judge that Kim Dotcom and cohorts have no business challenging the seizure of an estimated $67 million in assets because the Megaupload founder is evading prosecution. The government brought criminal charges against Dotcom in early 2012, but he's been holed up in New Zealand awaiting word on whether he'll be extradited. The government got antsy and this past July, brought a civil complaint for forfeiture in rem, a maneuver to firmly establish a hold over money from bank accounts around the world, luxury cars, big televisions, watches, artwork and other property allegedly gained by Megaupload in the course of crimes. Dotcom is fighting the seizures by questioning the government's basis for asserting a crime, saying "there is no such crime as secondary criminal copyright infringement," as well as challenging how the seized assets are tied to the charges against Dotcom. But according to the U.S. government, Dotcom doesn't get the pleasure of even making the arguments. In a motion to strike, the government cites the doctrine of fugitive disentitlement, which bars a person from using the resources of the court if that person is aware of prosecution and is evading it.

Submission + - CEO: Red Hat is the Kleenex of Linux (idgconnect.com)

An anonymous reader writes: A key decision Whitehurst made early on at Red Hat was to focus, taking the company away from side projects in favour of zeroing in on server operating systems and middleware.

“My general observation was that we were a single digit player in the server OS category. If it was Linux OS, we were doing well; it’s how you define the market. Red Hat is almost the Kleenex brand for Linux, the default. You rarely hear about a company failing for focusing too much.”

Whitehurst repositioned Red Hat to focus on the enterprise operating system opportunity together with JBOSS middleware, canning or reducing in scale other projects like the Exchange app store, Mugshot social network and the desktop projects he said the company was “toying with”.

“Today if JBoss were not part of Red Hat it would be the second-largest open source company by a lot, but at the time it was bumping along because we were doing too many things.”

Submission + - Amnesty releases anti-spying program for activists 1

mrspoonsi writes: Amnesty International has released a program that can spot spying software used by governments to monitor activists and political opponents. The Detekt software was needed as standard anti-virus programs often missed spying software, it said. Amnesty said many governments used sophisticated spying tools that could grab images from webcams or listen via microphones to monitor people. Karl Zetterlund, a senior researcher at security firm Sentor, said the needs of law enforcement were understandably different to those of the average cyberthief. "Criminals are mainly interested in information that can somehow generate money. Law enforcement spyware may only need to collect a few pieces of identifying information, such as a net address, from the computer," he said. "Generally, policeware may be better at hiding, as normal malware often aims for strength in numbers and spreading is more important than passing under the radar." There had also been cases in the past, he said, when computer security companies collaborated with governments to ignore spyware they found planted on machines.

Submission + - SPAM: Preview: Android 4.3 Jelly Bean New Features

Srujan Koppoju writes: Preview: Android 4.3 Jelly Bean New Features: All Android users must have been waiting curiously for the new version Android 4.3 Jelly bean operating system. The Android 4.3 version is expected for a launch shortly. The screen shots of Android 4.3 were leaked few days ago. The Android 4.3 Jelly Bean new features and user interface are superb in every app as Camera, Bluetooth and Messaging etc. So, let’s see what the new features in Android 4.3 are.
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Submission + - As a geek in the world of technology, do you ever envy non-tech/non-desk jobs? 1

An anonymous reader writes: Been doing this for as long as I can remember. Started with supporting end-users and workstations, advanced myself into building and supporting servers, from network infrastructures to ISPs and now designing private cloud networks. At no time through all these years I've defined what I do as a "job"; it has never been about money or benefits, but more of what I love and enjoy doing, which I can not stress on enough. I'm sure many of you already live a similar life style. However, For the past six months, I have been looking back at what I've done with my life and what I have contributed to society, trying to understand for what cause have I been doing all this work.

Unfortunately, nothing good came to mind. Nothing but uncountable hours spent sitting behind a desk staring at a computer or a laptop monitor for no less than 12 hours a day, missing out on this world, to which I have done nothing but build more and more computer networks that further contribute in eliminating the human touch, getting humanity to be more technology dependent, which we all know is man made and is prone to errors and failure.
  All this drove me crazy for six months in which I've been trying to think how I can change this. And one day, I saw a road construction worker.

Here is a man contributing into opening roads for people to get to places and be together. This got me thinking about all the networks I've worked on, with all the technology today that provides audio/video conferencing from the comfort of your couch, achieving a perfected version of what this man is trying to accomplish. Why is this man working on roads when we have advanced technology that gets humans together without the need to physically be together?

Then I looked around more and started noticing more and more people who do their daily jobs by not sitting behind a desk, getting their heads working 24/7 trying to design a virtual network that can not even be seen. They are preparing food, helping people by working at hospitals and care centers, getting people to places by driving cars and trains, educating generations by teaching.

This is the point where I thought to myself: "Jeez, it sure would be nice to do something different, and get back in touch with humanity".

At this point and age of my life, I will probably keep doing what I do, which is sad but true. However, if I'm asked, I always encourage younger generations to do something that is meaningful to them and to their society.

Oh, did I mention reading slashdot was part of all this for the past God knows how many 13+ years? heh

Kids: Stay away from drugs... and IT jobs.

# /root/h

Submission + - Beyond military drones – the future of unmanned flight (gizmag.com)

cylonlover writes: In April of this year, a BAE Systems Jetstream research aircraft flew from Preston in Lancashire, England, to Inverness, Scotland and back. This 500-mile (805 km) journey wouldn't be worth noting if it weren't for the small detail that its pilot was not on board, but sitting on the ground in Warton, Lancashire and that the plane did most of the flying itself. Even this alteration of a standard commercial prop plane into an Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) seems a back page item until you realize that this may herald the biggest revolution in civil aviation since Wilbur Wright won the coin toss at Kitty Hawk in 1903.

Submission + - XenServer 6.2 is now fully open source!

Jagungal writes: Although the core Xen hypervisor has always been opensource from the start, Citrix have now released the next version of their XenServer including all features and tools under an open source license. This includes also introducing a new XenServer.org community portal. The major change for users is that they now get all features from the licensed version for free but unless they pay for support, they have to do all security updates manually.

Change logs for the new version 6.2 can be found here: http://support.citrix.com/article/CTX137826

4-Billion-Pixel Panorama View From Curiosity Rover 101

SternisheFan points out that there is a great new panorama made from shots from the Curiosity Rover. "Sweep your gaze around Gale Crater on Mars, where NASA's Curiosity rover is currently exploring, with this 4-billion-pixel panorama stitched together from 295 images. ...The entire image stretches 90,000 by 45,000 pixels and uses pictures taken by the rover's two MastCams. The best way to enjoy it is to go into fullscreen mode and slowly soak up the scenery — from the distant high edges of the crater to the enormous and looming Mount Sharp, the rover's eventual destination."

GNOME 3.8 Released Featuring New "Classic" Mode 267

Hot on the heels of the Gtk+ 3.8 release comes GNOME 3.8. There are a few general UI improvements, but the highlight for many is the new Classic mode that replaces fallback. Instead of using code based on the old GNOME panel, Classic emulates the feel of GNOME 2 through Shell extensions (just like Linux Mint's Cinnamon interface). From the release notes: "Classic mode is a new feature for those people who prefer a more traditional desktop experience. Built entirely from GNOME 3 technologies, it adds a number of features such as an application menu, a places menu and a window switcher along the bottom of the screen. Each of these features can be used individually or in combination with other GNOME extensions."

Submission + - Under The Hood Of The Low-Cost Asus Eee PC (hothardware.com)

MojoKid writes: "The Asus Eee PC is now available for sale in the US as of today and there is more than enough buzz about this new, low-cost, ultra-portal computer that ships with a custom KDE-built interface for Linux. Though the machine has been viewed by some as a response to the XO-1 laptop from OLPC, but it appears to be less toy-like in its design. This full evaluation shows the Eee PC is built on Intel mobile Celeron technology and the 910GML Express chipset. Power consumption was measured at a miserly 15 Watts idle and 18 Watts under load with battery life in excess of 3.5 hours. There is also an abundance of software pre-installed on the machine, like Open Office applications, Skype, Pigeon and even a web cam."

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