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Comment The cake is not a lie! (Score 1) 111

The cake was presented during a Peering BoF at the NANOG meeting in Dearborn, MI this week, in reference to a joke on the NANOG mailing list that they had tried everything with Cogent short of baking them a cake.

I was there, and the cake was tasty. :)

Comment Re:Patience (Score 2, Interesting) 338

The fork was started by contributors to Gaim. Many of them lost interest and time in maintaining the fork, which is why it was encouraged that the improvements get merged back into Gaim so that a larger pool of developers could work on them. That merge never happened and the code bitrotted because there was no agreement that it was what we wanted it to be.

The biggest problem had been deciding what software to use for the backend, and ultimately gstreamer with farsight has been chosen.

The version of Gaim-vv that existed was supporting Yahoo, whereas this time the student is implementing a documented voice and video protocol for XMPP and building the framework into Pidgin onto which other protocols' support may be applied.

Some protocols are still impossible because the codecs required don't exist, aren't stable or aren't in released versions of gstreamer or farsight. That said, from 4 years ago, many more of these things are much better supported on Linux than they used to be. There is apparently a summer of code project out there to create codecs for MSN's video chat requirements, so if that shows up on the scene, it certainly makes Pidgin's job easier.

There's also the issue of how this gstreamer and farsight work will port to Windows, and I don't think we're quite sure yet.

It's not that we don't think this is a good idea, it's just that we don't want it half-assed so we want people who actually care about using the feature to be the ones helping to design it.


Submission + - BSG Season 4 Premiere

l0key432 writes: Just a reminder for the "Battlestar Galactica" fans out there: the fourth and final season of the show will begin airing tonight with the episode "He That Believeth in Me" on the Sci-Fi Channel at 10p/9c. The episode continues where the season three 2-parter "Crossroads" left off, which can also be seen starting at 8p/7c for those who need a re-cap immediately preceding the premiere. Good hunting!

DMCA Takedown Notice For a Fake ID 563

TrippTDF writes "Rachel Hyman, an artist and bartender in New York City, maintains a blog where she regularly posts images of fake IDs she confiscates from would-be underage drinkers, along with a description of the confiscation. Recently, one of her posts (Google cache) was taken down when the owner of the fake ID invoked the DMCA against Blogspot. Can one claim a forged document as a copyrighted work of art?"

Bill To Outlaw Genetic Discrimination In US 353

fatduck sends us a brief note from New Scientist about the overwhelming passage in the US House of Representatives of the Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act. As written, the bill would prohibit insurance companies from charging higher rates, and employers from discriminating in hiring, based on the results of genetic tests. A Boston Globe editorial notes that the bill has been held up in the Senate by the action of a single senator, who has an (outdated) objection based on his anti-abortion stance. President Bush has said he will sign the bill if it reaches his desk.

AOL's Embarassing Password Woes 192

An anonymous reader writes " users may think they have up to sixteen characters to use as a password, but they'd be wrong, thanks to this security artifact detailed by The Washington Post's Security Fix blog: "Well, it turns out that when someone signs up for an account, the user appears to be allowed to enter up to a 16-character password. AOL's system, however, doesn't read past the first eight characters." This means that a user who uses "password123" or any other obvious eight-character password with random numbers on the end is in effect using just that lame eight-character password."

Gaim Renamed — Now Pidgin IM 498

An anonymous reader writes "Announced on the Gaim mailing lists earlier today, the Gaim project is being renamed. This follows a lengthy and, unfortunately, secret legal process with AOL, which also prevented any code releases except betas. The project will now be known as Pidgin IM. Development is being migrated off of as well and is now being hosted on"

Feed Tactile 3D maps could help blind people navigate (

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Scientific American is reporting that a team of researchers at the Aristotle University of Thessaloníki in Greece have created a system that can convert video into tactile, three dimensional maps designed to help blind people navigate. So called "haptic maps" have apparently been developed before, but the new system works with standard video camera equipment. These maps are created by using software that maps a series of points to a virtual 3D space: a special glove and wand then apply forces to the fingers to simulate these virtual space points. The system can also simulate 3D street maps where the user can "run a finger or wand down the grooved roads of the virtual map" and have street names spoken to them using speech synthesis. This isn't the end of the problem however, as visually impaired people will still need a guide dog or cane to avoid smaller obstacles like potholes. There's also a great deal of potential here for fully sighted people: Dan Jacobson, co-chair of the International Cartographic Association's commission mentions that it could convey information about things that are not in view, and with a growing minority of sighted people trusting their gadgets more than their eyes, we'd tend to agree.

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Feed World's Food Still Far Too Salty (

The world's food is still far too salty and too many countries are still ignoring the World Health Organisation's (WHO) guidelines on what should be a healthy level of salt in our daily diet according to Professor Franco Cappuccio of the University of Warwick's Warwick Medical School.

Google Bundles Toolbar With Adobe Apps 157

grammar fascist writes "Sci-Tech Today reports that Google is paying a 'significant amount' to bundle Google Toolbar with certain Adobe downloads. From the article: 'The initial venue for the Google mini-app will be downloads of the popular and free Shockwave multimedia player. The move is seen by some observers as an effort to outflank Microsoft, especially as Internet Explorer 7 nears its formal launch this summer [...] Interestingly, Google's search toolbar will be available only when Shockwave is downloaded for use with Internet Explorer on Windows.'"
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Comment Counter-Point (Score 1) 241

If Google starts paying more attention to your favourite social bookmarking site, spammers will write automated tools (or exploit the existing API) to spam it with their crap and ruin it for you. Unless, of course, your social bookmarking site has a better idea for rooting out automated accounts than Blogger does...

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