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Submission + - ANC Youth League vs Twitter ( 1

thetitandthistle writes: The Sunday Times: The ANC Youth League is expressing concern about fake Julius Malemas tweeting misleading messages. Apparently, the league has expressed its concern over these "impersonators and hackers" to Twitter, which has ignored them. "We will now approach the relevant authorities to report these hackers and call for the closure of Twitter if its administrators are not able to administer reports for violation of basic human rights and integrity," the ANCYL said. "Those who are hacking systems and impersonating the ANCYL leadership should immediately stop doing so because the laws of this country will come very hard on them." . More on .
PC Games (Games)

Submission + - Open Source City Building, Tycoon Game Reviews (

FreeGamer writes: "People often accuse the Free software and open source game sphere of lacking depth, that there are few good games. In 2009 Free Gamer is dedicated to dispelling this myth. As part of a series of articles on specific genres, highlighting the games that people develop for the love of development in order for us to play, I humbly present a set of reviews of open source city building and tycoon games. I try to be fair and critical, and I note that these games are all enjoyable in their own way. They are all certainly worth a look."

Submission + - Can UK users opt out of Phorm? (

PReDiToR writes: "Phorm is coming to the UK.
Their partners are listed as British Telecom, Virgin Media (formerly NTL) and TalkTalk, and from that page those three companies represent "approximately 70% of the market".

The basic idea is to target advertising at users based on their web history.
The Phorm server takes every web request and scans for keywords, then injects ads into the page before it is returned.

The problem here is that page requests often contain personal data. Credit card details, email addresses, phone numbers, user/pass combinations, SSL/SSH negotiations, router configuration details and everything else http based that goes through your ISP.
Phorm claims that personal info is not retained, and how could we not trust a man who says

Our [non-executive] chairman is the former chairman of Microsoft UK [David Dornan]. There's nothing shady
The Register has two articles, the first is a roundup of Phorm-related information, the second is an interview with Kent Ertegrul (CEO) and techie Marc Burgess."


Submission + - Petition for Open Nvidia Drivers ( 3

An anonymous reader writes: Want to tell Nvidia that you want a more open, or fully open driver? Or want to tell them to open their hardware specifications before AMD/ATI and Intel leave them in the dust? Tried of the blob on your otherwise pristine GNU system? This is the place to leave your signature.

Submission + - SCO Layoff 25% of Workforce

AmIAnAi writes: The Salt Lake Tribune is reporting major layoffs at SCO with 30 of the 115 employees being "right sized". SCO are reported to have told investors: "Our limited cash reserves may not be sufficient to fund continuing losses from operations and the expense of the SCO litigation,"

Submission + - Steven Brust wrote Firefly novel (

Maserati writes: "Popular fantasy author Steven Brust has released a fanfic Firefly novel. That's right, one of the most popular fantasy authors has written a whole novel based on Firefly. Set between the end of the series and the movie, this tells the story of a simple job complicated by "ghosts". Being Steven Brust the dialog is snappy, the action is fast paced, and there are exactly seventeen chapters. The book is available under the Creative Commons license and has been released in .pdf and .doc formats."
PC Games (Games)

Submission + - Shadowbane Data Purge, Restart On The Way (

CyBlue writes: The development team behind Shadowbane has come to the decision that "it would be best for the longevity of the game to reset all server and character data and start from scratch." In case you aren't entirely clear on the details of this decision, the developers have decided that everything that has ever occurred in the game to date will be wiped out along with every character ever created, every item ever equipped and every monster ever slain.

Submission + - Contact Lens That Could Be Used As a Display (

Microsoft CRM writes: "People don't think twice about wearing a Bluetooth headset to have conversations on their cell phones. Researchers have taken an important first step toward building contact lenses that projects am image directly onto the eye. By incorporating metal circuitry and light-emitting diodes (LEDs) into a polymer-based lens, they have created a functional circuit that is biologically compatible with the eye."

Submission + - FlightGear 1.0 Released

An anonymous reader writes: The FlightGear project has been hard at work developing a multi-platform flight simulator built entirely on free software. After years of development, the project recently announced the release of FlightGear 1.0. There are still many features the developers wish to implement or refine; but in the meantime, there's a lot there currently, including a wide variety of aircraft available with detailed models, realistic flight dynamics, and worldwide terrain based on Shuttle observations with over 20,000 airports available for download. FlightGear is designed to expose its internals through a variety of interfaces, to facilitate extension by users — who, in turn, have used FlightGear for a wide variety of both hobby and professional projects. It runs on Linux, Windows, OS X, Solaris, FreeBSD, and Irix. There's collaborative documentation and support. And of course, it's all available for free download.

Submission + - Guantanamo deleted detainee IDs from Wikipedia ( 1

James Hardine writes: The New York Times and The Inquirer are reporting that Wikileaks, the transparency group that published two manuals leaked from the US military prison at Guantanamo Bay in Cuba earlier this month has now caught US armed forces personnel there conducting propaganda attacks over the Internet. The activities uncovered by Wikileaks include deleting Guantanamo detainees' ID numbers from Wikipedia, posting of self-praising comments on news websites in response to negative articles, promoting pro-Guantanamo stories on the Internet news focus website Digg, and even altering Wikipedia's entry on Cuban President Fidel Castro to describe him as "an admitted transexual". Guantanamo spokesman Lt. Col. Bush blasted Wikileaks for identifying one "mass communications officer" by name, who has since received death threats for "simply doing his job — posting positive comments on the Internet about Gitmo". In response Wikileaks has posted independent confirmation of their analysis by security expert Bruce Schneier.

Submission + - Dodd Challenges Google on Censorship in China

Hugh Pickens writes: "Presidential candidate Chris Dodd spoke at Google Headquarters earlier this week and challenged the company to increase transparency and support technologies that expand free expression, reject business with repressive states, and protect users in those countries. Dodd asked Google to tell the Chinese government that will no longer censor information with Google's consent and should the Chinese government not find that acceptable, that Google should shut down Six weeks ago Dodd stood on the floor of the Senate and vowed to filibuster the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act that would have granted retroactive immunity to telecommunications companies that helped the administration violate the civil liberties of Americans. Dodd told Google that (video): "Should this or any Administration seek the personal or private records you hold on anyone in our country, you will not simply ask to be presented with a warrant — you will insist on one. And if the Administration cannot produce a warrant, you will show them the door. I am asking you to uphold your most fundamental commitment to the public — that you not produce those records outside of the law.""

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