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Submission + - Boxee Explains GPL violation (

Pvt_Ryan writes: Tom Sella from Boxee, explains the GPL violation allegation.

"Yesterday there was some noise in the open source community that a utility included with a pre-release version of the Boxee Box software is licensed under the GPLv3. The utility, gpgv2, came in a pack of gpg utilities, including libgcrypt, which we use, and was erroneously included – but never used, and we subsequently removed it from the Boxee Box software. We have already put a new internal process in place for adding new F/OSS to Boxee and we are also doing a complete audit of our software to better document the licensing of the open source code we use."

The Internet

Submission + - BT accused of download throttling

krou writes: The BBC is reporting that the UK's biggest broadband supplier, BT, has been accused of throttling download speeds during peak times on its cheapest broadband package. Users who "signed up for an up to 8 megabit per second package can have their speed cut to below 1Mbps". The throttling appears to target primarily video streaming, with a little-known clause in their fair usage policy (that is not explained in the T&C's when you sign up) stating: "We do limit the speed of all video streaming to 896Kbps on our Option 1 product, during peak times only." However, it appears it's actually throttled to 700kbp. In defence, a BT spokesman claimed that this was being done "in order to optimise the experience for all customers". The BBC have raised concerns over the impact of the throttling on their BBC iPlayer service, saying that "we are concerned that at peak times some customers' higher quality video streams may be interrupted by buffering before falling back to a lower-quality version. This would suggest that traffic identified as BBC iPlayer traffic is being throttled back, thereby limiting the bandwidth used up by the service on slower connections." A statement from BT claims that "we are currently in discussions with the BBC executive to ensure that our customers get the best possible experience in the future".

ODF Alliance Warns Governments About Office 2007 ODF Support 312

omz writes "The ODF Alliance has prepared a Fact Sheet for governments and others interested in how Microsoft's SP2 for Office 2007 handles ODF. The report revealed 'serious shortcomings that, left unaddressed, would break the open standards based interoperability that the marketplace, especially governments, is demanding.'"

Submission + - Ubuntu 9.04 is out on the mirrors 1

An anonymous reader writes: I just picked up Ubuntu and Kubuntu 9.04 (not the RC) from a mirror site. It's time for the stampede to begin!

EVE Devs Dissect, Explain Massive Economic Exploit 139

In December we discussed news that a major exploit in EVE Online had just been widely discovered after being abused by a few players for up to four years, creating thousands of real-life dollars worth of unearned in-game currency. Representatives from CCP Games assured players that the matter would be investigated and dealt with; a familiar line in such situations for other multiplayer games, and often the final official word on the matter. Yesterday, CCP completed their investigation and posted an incredibly detailed account of how the exploit worked, what they did to fix it, how it affected the game's economy, and what happened to the players who abused it. Their report ranges from descriptions of the involved algorithms to graphs of the related economic markets to theatrically swooping through the game universe nuking the malfunctioning structures. It's quite comprehensible to non-EVE-players, and Massively has summarized the report nicely. It's an excellent example of transparency and openness in dealing with a situation most companies would be anxious to sweep under the rug.

Intel Quad-Core Price and Performance Showdown 115

ThinSkin writes "The folks over at ExtremeTech have had enough time on their hands to benchmark Intel's entire quad-core lineup to determine which has the best performance for the dollar. While prices range from $183 to $1399, the real bargain is with Intel's latest Core i7 architecture which outpaced many other more expensive processors. For comparison's sake, Intel's fastest dual-core CPU was thrown into the mix and was, at times, not even competitive, which suggests that we're beginning to see more and more multi-threaded applications take advantage of four cores."

Experts Say To Switch Browsers In Light of IE Vulnerability 455

It appears that the exploit in IE briefly mentioned a few days ago is causing a serious reaction: SteveAU writes "Microsoft has begun flooding media outlets with information advising users to switch to an alternate browser while a serious security flaw is being patched. The flaw, which affects all versions of Microsoft Internet Explorer, is manifested via malware and has infected over 6,000 sites thus far. Microsoft states: 'The vulnerability exists as an invalid pointer reference in the data-binding function of Internet Explorer. When data binding is enabled (which is the default state), it is possible under certain conditions for an object to be released without updating the array length, leaving the potential to access the deleted object's memory space. This can cause Internet Explorer to exit unexpectedly, in a state that is exploitable.'" According to the BBC report, though, Microsoft itself is only asking that users be "vigilant while it investigated and prepared an emergency patch"; it's outside experts who say to dump IE (at least for now).

Update: 12/16 21:11 GMT by KD : Microsoft will issue an emergency critical update for IE tomorrow.
Role Playing (Games)

Editor, DLC Coming To Fallout 3 98

Bethesda has announced that an editor for the Windows version of Fallout 3 will be coming in December. They also said the first additional downloadable content for the Windows and XBox 360 versions will follow in January. MTV's Multiplayer blog got a few more details from Bethesda's Pete Hines, who said additions to Fallout 3 will resemble the Oblivion expansion pack Knights of the Nine in size and scope. MTV then brought up the question of how early publishers should provide DLC, pointing to Fallout 3 and Fable II as examples of games for which the expansions were planned to go live only a few months after launch.

Multiple Upcoming Games, Movies Based On Jordan's Wheel of Time 217

Today film studio Red Eagle Entertainment announced plans to establish Red Eagle Games, a studio that will produce games based on Robert Jordan's Wheel of Time series. The games will be developed alongside movie adaptations of the series, which Red Eagle announced a few months ago. They'll be working with Universal on the films. "[Red Eagle producer Rick] Selvage said in an interview that the game company will make a series of games that will be co-launched with the movies. In addition, Red Eagle Games will make a massively multiplayer online game based on the Wheel of Time universe." Wheel of Time fan site 'Dragonmount' recently spoke with Selvage about the movie plans.

Submission + - Install debian to a usb stick on a thin client 1

flote writes: "I recently bought an HP t5135, planning to use it as a local file/web server connected to my tv. The site I bought it on said it had debian pre-installed. I sadly didn't do much research myself, so I only found out it had the HP thin connect OS (basically a really thin linux distro where the only software installed is a VNC client and no console that I can find) after I had unpacked it and set everything up.

My question now is whether to return the unit and buy something a little more expensive which already has linux on it or try to install it to a usb stick and just keep that in one of the hidden, cased-in usb slots. Another thing is that I'm fairly new to Linux; I've been using ubuntu and debian to set up similar servers, but I have no experience tweaking and I don't really have too much time on my hands to really sit down and gather all the information.

Anyone who's done anything similar or have any good tips for installing debian to a usb?"
The Almighty Buck

How To Make Money With Free Software 81

bmsleight writes "The Dutch Ministry of Finance organized an architecture competition to design not a building, but rather the new 5-Euro commemorative coin. The theme was 'Netherlands and Architecture'. The winning design was made 100% with free software, mainly Python, but also including The Gimp, Inkscape, Phatch, and Ubuntu. The design is amazing — the head of Queen Beatrix is made up of the names of architects based on their popularity in Yahoo searches (rendered in a font of the artist's own devising). In the end the artist, Stani Michiels, had to collaborate closely on location with technicians of the Royal Dutch Mint, so all the last bits were done on his Asus Eee PC. Soon, 350,000 Dutch people will use and enjoy the fruits of free software."

Submission + - Every Email to be Monitored

ericcantona writes: The Communications Data Bill (2008) will lead to the creation of a single, centralised database containing records of all e-mails sent, websites visited and mobile phones used by UK citizens. In a carnivore-on-steriods programme, as all vestiges of communication privacy are stripped away, Aunty reports that Home Sectretary Jacqui Smith says this is a 'necessity'.

Submission + - Windows 7 expected in 2009, says AMD (

arcticstoat writes: "Windows Vista may have only been around since 2007, but Microsoft may have plans to introduce its successor, Windows 7, in 2009, according to presentation slides apparently shown by AMD at CEATEC (Cutting Edge IT & Electronics Comprehensive Exhibition) in Japan.

Microsoft has yet to confirm a release date for the new operating system, although Bill Gates famously said that 'sometime in the next year or so that we'll have a new version,' when asked about the next version of Windows in April this year. However, Microsoft later backtracked on this, saying that the new OS wouldn't be available until 2010."

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