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Electronic Frontier Foundation

Submission + - Austrian Man Raided For Running Tor Node Exit (lowendtalk.com) 5

An anonymous reader writes: From William, the man affected: "Yes, it happened to me now as well — Yesterday i got raided for someone sharing child pornography over one of my Tor exits.

I'm good so far, not in jail, but all my computers and hardware have been confiscated.

If convicted i could face up to 6 years in jail, of course i do not want that and i also want to try to set a legal base for running Tor exit nodes in Austria or even the EU.

Submission + - Raspberry Pi inspired Cubieboard Launches Next Week (cnx-software.com)

Roman Mamedov writes: "The Allwinner A10 SoC used in some Android set-top boxes and tablets is liked by many open source ARM enthusiasts for its ability to also very easily boot any other compatible OS (including Debian, Fedora and Ubuntu) from an inserted SD card. Like many other A10-based devices the Cubieboard features 1GB of RAM, 100 Megabit Ethernet port, 4GB onboard NAND flash, 2 USB and 1 SATA port, Audio In/Out, SD/MMC slot and an IR receiver. But probably being somewhat inspired by the Raspberry Pi, this new device comes without a case and adds to the 'hackability' of the SoC by sporting a lot of extension pins for I2C, SPI, LCD, sensors and GPIO. According to the project website, the board (pictures) will cost $49, manufacturing has already began and the first shippings start next week."

Submission + - Russian Telco MTS bans Skype, other VoIP

An anonymous reader writes: MTS, one of the three largest mobile carriers in Russia, have been buying up smaller cable TV and Internet providers across the country, and besides the GSM/3G cellphone service they now also offer cable TV and home broadband Internet access. And their unified TOS (Russian; mirror) for home broadband now says: "3.4.4. The customer may not use the Services for the purpose of transferring voice over the Internet; Skype and other similar software is forbidden." (screenshot). Really, why would you need to phone over the Internet, comrade, when you have a perfectly good cellphone [from MTS, assumingly]?

Submission + - Microsoft Signs Android Patent Deal with HTC

adeelarshad82 writes: Microsoft and HTC have signed a patent deal that will provide broad coverage under Microsoft's patent portfolio for HTC's mobile phones running the Android mobile platform. The announcement comes in the wake of a massive patent suit from Apple, which alleged 20 instances of patent infringement on the part of HTC.

Submission + - Why IPv6 is Essential for Your Freedom (rm.pp.ru)

Roman Mamedov writes: With the IPv4 exhaustion looming on the horizon, will the original Internet be reduced to the "traditional mass-media" model, strictly separating the participants into "publishers" of content, and mere "consumers" of it? How can we ensure that all users of the Internet will always be free to directly communicate and cooperate with each other?

Submission + - Sourceforge Bans the "Evils" from Free Software 7

neo00 writes: "Syrians, Sudanese, N. Koreans, Cubans and Iranians will now be prohbitied from downloading or contributing to FOSS projects hosted by Sourceforge.net. According to sf.net terms of use, persons residing one of the countries on which the US government imposes sanctions, will be banned from accessing the site contents. An act that violates the Freedoms of Free Software and the "No Discrimination Against Persons or Groups" from the OSS definition.
US sanctions on these countries were initiated or hardened during the administration of Bush who called them the "Axis of Evil"."

Submission + - IANA releases reserved IPv4 addresses 1

klapaucjusz writes: The RFC Editor has just published RFC 5735, which allows allocation of much of the remaining IPv4 space: networks 14, 24, 39 and 128, which were previously reserved are no longer mentioned, and only remains.

While some of these deallocations are old news (network 14 was recovered in early 2008), this is perhaps a sign that the IPv4 address space is really getting exhausted, and that it's time to deploy IPv6.
The Internet

Submission + - OpenBitTorrent, a DMCA-Resistant Torrent Tracker (openbittorrent.com)

rm writes: "There seemed to be no open, independent and stable BitTorrent trackers out there, so some hackers decided to create OpenBitTorrent, a free for anyone to use and (supposedly) a stable tracker. As a nice bonus, since the new tracker does not know or care what it is tracking, it is very likely to be completely immune to DMCA takedown requests: the authors make it very clear that they do not host or index for searching the content or any torrent files, do not keep logs of downloaders' IP addresses and can not block any files from being distributed using their tracker. Also, it looks like ThePirateBay has recently started to use OpenBitTorrent as a secondary tracker for all its torrents."

Submission + - Russian Google Competitor Embraces Open Source 1

rm writes: "Internet search and mail provider Yandex, which many view to be the Google's main competitor in Russia, recently has added an instant messaging capability to its mail notifier application Ya.Online. As it turns out, the IM service is based on the open XMPP protocol, with connectivity to all other public Jabber servers available from day one. MacOS X and GNU/Linux versions of the app were also released (complete with sources under the GPL) and are determined to be based on the Psi IM client. Yandex looks to be a firm believer in open-source, also running a mirror site for FOSS and actively promoting its branded version of Firefox. Here's hoping that its affair with XMPP will help eliminate ICQ's enormous foothold in Russia."

Submission + - Microsoft partner to derail Russian state Linux?

An anonymous reader writes: Russian government has recently announced a contest of proposals to develop a "set of Open source software for educational use", or in plain words, create a state-supported distribution of OS and educational software for schools and universities.

Maximum bid price for this project is fixed by the government to be about $2.8 mln. Five known companies and one university have replied with proposals to develop the software, and named prices from about $1.6 mln. to $2.8 mln.

However, the really interesting is the seventh proposal. It names a dumping price of just $200k for whole project. The proposing company, "KORUS Consulting", in a statement on their website says that in reality the project is going to cost them about $2.6 mln., but since they have decided to "invest heavily" in "Russian OSS market", they... will pay the remaining $2.4 mln. of these expenses out of their own pockets.

What makes this very creepy, is another page of KORUS website, describing the company as having "the highest status of partnership with Microsoft — a Gold Certified Partner, and a Certified Education Partner, and also that in 2006 the company was a part of Microsoft's Presidential Club, which only "top" 5% of Microsoft partners are allowed to join."

So, could it be, that this company (and Microsoft through it) looks to make the Russian Linux project a failure, by first winning it with offer which is ten times cheaper than everyone else's, then gathering all the rights to execute the state projects in this area, and then.. not producing anything even remotely usable, pushing all the potential users of this project's product back into the shackles of Windows and MS Office?

The project is currently in the proposals evaluation stage. Surely, will be interesting, how that turns out.

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