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Submission + - Open source *process* for education? 1

danspalding writes: "I'm a community college ESL teacher in Oakland, California, and my workshop proposal on "How the open source process can help teachers" was accepted for staff development day. Now I actually have to create the workshop... Can fellow Slashdotters give examples of how the open source process — publishing often, frequent revision, and sharing freely — can help teachers meet students' needs? I'm focusing on education for adults, and on the process itself, not software or websites. Thank you!"

Submission + - SPAM: Video Game Music Finally Recognized

kghapa writes: While a gamer can easily list his or her favorite video game soundtracks, it’s to no surprise that the majority of people still dismiss game music as annoying background noise. This ignorant attitude is about to change however, as for the first time ever the prestigious Ivor Novello Awards of London will dedicate an entire category out of 6 total towards video game musical excellence.
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Submission + - US Blocking Costa Rican Sugar Trade to Force IP La (

ScuttleMonkey writes: "For the last couple of days news has been trickling in about how the U.S. is trying to ram IP laws down Costa Rica's throat by blocking their access to the US sugar market. Techdirt has a good summary of the various commentaries and a related scoop in the Bahamas where the U.S. is also applying IP pressure. "The first is in Costa Rica, which is included in the Central America Free Trade Agreement (CAFTA). Yet like with other free trade agreements that the US has agreed to elsewhere, this one includes draconian intellectual property law requirements. I still cannot understand why intellectual monopoly protectionism — the exact opposite of "free trade" — gets included in free trade agreements. At least in Costa Rica, a lot of people started protesting these rules, pointing out that it would be harmful for the economy, for education and for healthcare. So the Costa Rican government has not moved forward with such laws. How has the US responded? It's blocking access to the US market of Costa Rican sugar until Costa Rica approves new copyright laws.""

Submission + - Internet Traffic Tax in Ukraine? (

An anonymous reader writes: Ukrainan deputy Sergiy Terehin (Yulia Tymoshenko Bloc) has proposed a law that will force every Ukrainian Internet user to pay 1% of every transfered bit cost as a new tax starting from January, the 1st, 2010.
This may signal the end of unlimited network access for Ukraine.
Additionally, this bill creates additional taxes for cable TV (1%). Rentals, theatre and cinema tickets, and any media that can contain movies might get additional 5% tax.
The intended purpose of the tax is to provide additional financing for theaters and movie makers (yeah, right...).
The link is dated July 2009, but Internet Association of Ukraine plans to gather a protest against this law on 22nd of December.


RIAA Says "Don't Expect DRMed Music To Work Forever" 749

Oracle Goddess writes "Buying DRMed content, then having that content stop working later, is fair, writes Steven Metalitz, the lawyer who represents the MPAA, RIAA in a letter to the top legal advisor at the Copyright Office. 'We reject the view that copyright owners and their licensees are required to provide consumers with perpetual access to creative works.' In other words, if it stops working, too bad. Not surprisingly, Metalitz also strongly opposes any exemption that would allow users to legally strip DRM from content if a store goes dark and takes down its authentication servers."

Stopping Spam Before It Hits the Mail Server 157

Al writes "A team of researchers at the Georgia Institute for Technology say they have developed a way to catch spam before it even arrives on the mail server. Instead of bothering to analyze the contents of a spam message, their software, called SNARE (Spatio-temporal Network-level Automatic Reputation Engine), examines key aspects of individual packets of data to determine whether it might be spam. The team, led by assistant professor Nick Feamster, analyzed 2.5 million emails collected by McAfee in order to determine the key packet characteristics of spam. These include the geodesic proximity of end mail servers and the number of ports open on the sending machine. The approach catches spam 70 percent of the time, with a 0.3 false positive rate. Of course, revealing these characteristics could also allow spammers to fake their packets to avoid filtering."

Submission + - The Ultimate Lock Picker (

TheUnFounded writes: "Marc Weber Tobias can pick, crack, or bump any lock. Now he wants to teach the world how to break into military facilities and corporate headquarters. But Tobias isn't crazy. Far from it. He's a professional lock breaker, a man obsessively--perhaps compulsively--dedicated to cracking physical security systems. He doesn't play games, he rarely sees movies, he doesn't attend to plants or pets or, currently, a girlfriend. Tobias hacks locks. Then he teaches the public how to hack them, too."

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