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Submission + - Hiding earthquakes data in Italy?

cyclop writes: The leader of the Italian Institute of Geophysics and Vulcanology, prof. Enzo Boschi, is evaluating to hide all seismological data in Italy (Google translation from Italian): "We are considering to stop to inform and not to make our data accessible via the Web, because it is used to arrive at conclusions that are not in heaven or in earth.", says Boschi. I very much hope that the Internet will make such censoring attempts irrelevant.

Submission + - Swedish Pirates Under Fire (

UniteTheCows writes: Over the last 2 weeks Swedish police have carried out a number of raids on suspected file sharers it has emerged.

In recent months, Sweden has setup a designated police team to tackle file sharing and copyright infringement "involving computers". The result is widespread raids on those suspected of sharing copyrighted material.

On August 26th, two house raids took place in Stockholm and Haparanda. Both are believed to be in connection with the Direct Connect protocol and the accused are suspected of running the hubs that power the network.

The most recent search was carried out on Friday in Östersund. It is understood that at least 1 computer has been seized and the suspect questioned.

The raids come after a tip from the IFPI that one user was sharing around 6,000 songs. This is the same music industry group that helped shut down,, and in August this year.

Submission + - WikiLeaks calls for Assange to step down (

Stoobalou writes: A member of Iceland's parliament and prominent organiser for whistle-blowing website WikiLeaks has turned on the site's founder, Julian Assange, demanding that he step down over rape allegations made against him in Sweden.

Birgitta Jonsdottir told Internet news site The Daily Beast that she did not believe Assange's repeated assertion that the allegations of rape and molestation made against him were part of a US-backed smear campaign to distract attention from documents posted on the site laying bare US involvement in the war in Afghanistan and further promised revelations.

Submission + - ACTA Text Leaks:US Caves on ISPs, Seeks Super-DMCA (

An anonymous reader writes: Given the history of ACTA leaks, to no one's surprise, the latest version of the draft agreement was leaked last night on KEI's website. The new version — which reflects changes made during an intense week of negotiations last month in Washington — shows a draft agreement that is much closer to becoming reality. Perhaps the most important story of the latest draft is how the countries are close to agreement on the Internet enforcement chapter. In the face of opposition, the U.S. has dropped its demands on secondary liability for ISPs but is still holding out hope of establishing a super-DMCA with digital lock rules that go beyond the WIPO Internet treaties and were even rejected by U.S. courts.

Comment Re:We won already. Geez. (Score 1) 378

My own experience as a Macbook user:

Installing scientific Python modules (scipy, numpy, matplotlib) on Linux -trivial.
Installing the same module on Windows: boring but easy.
Installing them on OS X: Next to impossible, a lot of command line hacking needed.

I have a MB Pro and I always fire up the Gentoo partition. I tried to use OS X but the whole thing is terrible. Gimp doesn't work. Inkscape doesn't work. Scientific packages don't work. I simply cannot do serious work on OS X.


Submission + - Amarok is being ported to Windows (

NightFears writes: Amarok, the popular Linux multimedia player, is being prepared for a Windows port. As highly-demanded as it is, the port spawned a lot of controversy among the dedicated Linux users, since many of them feel that after the release there'll be one strong argument less for convincing people to switch to Linux.

The amazing part here is that it only took two days. Basically most of Amarok was already so portable that it compiled without changes. I really expected it to be much more work. Shows that it pays off to use an excellent cross-platform toolkit like Qt in the first place.
Ah yes, and there's a screenshot.

GNU is Not Unix

Submission + - Make GPLv2 and GPLv3 coexist in the same project? (

cyclop writes: "I am coding a data analysis application in my laboratory that I would like to release as free (as in freedom) software. Moreover I am going to begin a small OSS game that will be based, in part, on GPLv2 libraries. Problem is: in both cases, I'd like to be able to exchange code both with GPLv2 and (future) GPLv3 projects. I have no particolar passions about both licences, only thing is I don't want BSD-style "do anything you want" licensing but a copyleft license. I know that GPLv2 and GPLv3 are not compatible. What can I do? Double-licensing? Is there a compatible-with-both licence? Adding exceptions? What do you think is the best way to address the GPLv2-to-GPLv3 transition without ending in one of the two sides of the barricade?"
Hardware Hacking

Submission + - New AACS "fix" hacked in a day

VincenzoRomano writes: "ArsTechnica has just published an update to the neverending story about copy protection used in HD DVD and Blu-ray discs and hacker hefforts against it. Quoting the original article:

The ongoing war between content producers and hackers over the AACS copy protection used in HD DVD and Blu-ray discs produced yet another skirmish last week, and as has been the case as of late, the hackers came out on top.
The hacker "BtCB" posted the new decryption key for AACS on the Freedom to Tinker web site, just one day after the AACS Licensing Authority (AACS LA) issued the key.
The article proposes a simple description of the protection schema and a brief look back at how the cracks have slowly chipped away at its effectiveness.
It seems it'll be a long way to an effective solution ... if any.
One could also argue whether all those money spent by the industry in this reace will be worth the results and how long it would take for a return on investment."

Submission + - RealPlayer to support One Click Video Ripping

Aditi.Tuteja writes: "RealPlayer is coming up with a free version in June which will allow one-click video ripping.This free downloadable video player will allows anyone to save and organize video files in all major formats including Flash, QuickTime, RealMedia and Window Media and will support video ripping from websites like YouTube or more. RealPlayer will only download DRM free files. The new RealPlayer will not download or record video that is DRM infected but will download everything else"

Submission + - Intel in graphics partnership with Nvidia?

An anonymous reader writes: Intel may get some help building its upcoming floating point accelerator Larrabee. Following some rumors earlier this month, which claimed that Intel and Nvidia will be trading technologies, TG Daily now says that it has received information that the two companies will be announcing a "graphics partnership". An acquisition of Nvidia is a bit unlikely right now, but if Intel has access to Nvidia GPU technology, what exactly does that mean for AMD/ATI? Looks like Intel is catching up with AMD's ideas much faster than we thought.

Submission + - When Developers Attack

An anonymous reader writes: What do you do when you fork your project and the users shun the new application and keep using the old one? The Freenet Project has had an ongoing problem where many of the users have kept using the older 0.5 network because it was stable and had Open Net while the new 0.7 network was slow, buggy, and difficult to connect to.

The Freenet developers Zothar and Nextgens decided that they should attack and destroy the old network instead of making the new network more stable and easier to use. The following is an IRC chat between two of the Freenet developers.

[20:12:25] Zothar_Work> I need to talk about bringing 0.5 down with toad
[20:12:38] Zothar_Work> I've got some ideas on how to do it
[20:12:52] that would definitly shut up 0.5 trolls, wouldn't it ?
[20:14:08] nextgens: yeah, that would probably do it
[20:14:13] censoring at hand?
[20:14:24] it's not about censoring
[20:14:30] I find it interesting that Frost on 0.5 doesn't seem to be having the board spoofing problem 0.7 does
[20:14:36] it's about prooving that 0.5 has to be replaced :)
[20:14:43] FuriousRage: vulnerability demonstration
[20:15:19] that would be indirect "settling"

When asked to condem this action, the primary developer Matthew Toseland (Toad) remained silent.
The Gimp

Submission + - Is This The End Of The Koala?

zentropa writes: So, Is This The End Of The Koala? Australian magazine Cosmos reports
that extreme drought, ferocious bushfires and expanding urban development are exacting a heavy toll Australia's koalas and might push the species towards extinction in the wild within a decade. Could this be the end of the cuccly Australian icon, they ask.

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