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Playboy Launches Safe For Work Website 98

If you're one of the three people in the world who actually reads Playboy for the articles, today is your lucky day. Every young boy's favorite magazine to find in their uncle's closet has launched a "safe for work" website. From the article: "TheSmokingJacket.com will contain none of the nudity that makes Playboy.com NSFW — not suitable for work. Instead, it'll rely on humor to reach Playboy's target audience, men 25 to 34 years old, when they are most likely to be in front of a computer screen."

Comment Microsoft hit with $200 million patent judgement (Score 1) 394

The following post shows that Microsoft got hit with a $200 million patent verdict for custom XML tags! It's ironic that Microsoft abuses the patent system and is attacked by the same method it uses. http://news.cnet.com/8301-13860_3-10245764-56.html?part=rss&subj=news&tag=2547-1_3-0-20

Comment D-Link and Cisco routers support IPv6 (Score 1) 264

> The only router claiming IPv6 support in their specifications is the Apple Airport. Linksys and D-Link apparently have plans, yet nothing in the user documentation.

D-Link and Cisco support IPv6. The D-Link-supported routers (a firmware update may be needed) are: DI-784 abg, DI-524 bg, DI-624 bg, WBR-1310 g, WBR-2310 g rangebooster, DIR-615 n. See p. 16 of Ref: http://www.ipv6.org.tw/summit2008/doc/1-4-4.pdf

On p. 15, they say: "Not only [does D-Link] meet IPv6 Ready logo requirements, but also upper layer IPv6 connection mechanisms: Static IP, DHCPv6 (Stateful), DHCPv6 (Stateless), PPPoE, IPv6/IPv4 Tunneling, 6to4 Tunneling, Autoconfiguration, Link-Local connection."

Personally, I use a free IPv6 tunnel service from http://www.tunnelbroker.net/ provided by Hurricane Electric.

I don't use Cisco at home, but IPv6 information is at http://www.cisco.com/ipv6/


Submission + - Sergey Brin Gives Amazing Plug for Slashdot

ZekeDaniels writes: "Sergey Brin gives an amazing plug for Slashdot in a podcast posted at: http://www.podtech.net/home/technology/1758/podven turezone-lost-google-tapes-part-3-sergey-brin. The interview was recorded in January of 2000 as part of "The Lost Google Tapes" series, by John F. Ince who was then a reporter with the now defunct Upside Magazine. At approximately the 9 minute mark in Podcast #3 in the Lost Google Tapes, Sergey Brin says that Slashdot's first mention of Google back in 1999 melted the company's servers. In the interview Brin was talking about Google's frugal approach to advertising and he said, "The main way we've gotten traffic is through word of mouth. And actually I remember when we were just starting and had about 10,000 queries a day .... and then the first time we were mentioned in Slashdot ... you know Slashdot ... basically it's called 'News for Nerds.' They generate an awful lot of traffic for Websites. And so the first time they listed us, our computers melted. I don't know exactly how many queries, but it was like double what we'd been used to and we didn't handle it very gracefully. Of course, these days we get mentions in Slashdot pretty routinely and it's hardly a blip on our traffic graph.""

Submission + - MultiSwitch - First USB Sharing Hub

Iddo Genuth writes: "A new extension to USB that will enable sharing of various USB peripherals between computers will soon be available. The new MultiSwitch hub technology, developed by SMSC, allows the sharing of information and content from devices such as DVD players, cameras, printers, and scanners between laptops and desktops using a simple USB cable. Future hubs may also allow wireless sharing of peripherals."

Submission + - Google Book Scanning Efforts Spark Debate

An anonymous reader writes: http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/artic le/2006/12/20/AR2006122000213_pf.html

Google Book-Scanning Efforts Spark Debate

The Associated Press
Wednesday, December 20, 2006; 5:17 AM

SAN FRANCISCO — Already facing a legal challenge for alleged copyright infringement, Google Inc.'s crusade to build a digital library has triggered a philosophical debate with an alternative project promising better online access to the world's books, art and historical documents.

The latest tensions revolve around Google's insistence on chaining the digital content to its Internet-leading search engine and the nine major libraries that have aligned themselves with the Mountain View-based company.

A splinter group called the Open Content Alliance favors a less restrictive approach to prevent mankind's accumulated knowledge from being controlled by a commercial entity, even if it's a company like Google that has embraced "Don't Be Evil" as its creed.

"You are talking about the fruits of our civilization and culture. You want to keep it open and certainly don't want any company to enclose it," said Doron Weber, program director of public understanding of science and technology for the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation.

The New York-based foundation on Wednesday will announce a $1 million grant to the Internet Archive, a leader in the Open Content Alliance, to help pay for digital copies of collections owned by the Boston Public Library, the Getty Research Institute, the Metropolitan Museum of Art.

The works to be scanned include the personal library of John Adams, the nation's second president, and thousands of images from the Metropolitan Museum.

The Sloan grant also will be used to scan a collection of anti-slavery material provided by the John Hopkins University Libraries and documents about the Gold Rush from a library at the University of California at Berkeley.

The deal represents a coup for Internet Archive founder Brewster Kahle, a strident critic of the controls that Google has imposed on its book-scanning initiative.

"They don't want the books to appear in anyone else's search engine but their own, which is a little peculiar for a company that says its mission is to make information universally accessible," Kahle said.

Google's restrictions on its digital book copies stem in part from the company's decision to scan copyrighted material without explicit permission. Google wants to ensure only small excerpts from the copyrighted material appear online _ snippets that the company believes fall under "fair use" protections of U.S. law.

A group of authors and publishers nevertheless have sued Google for copyright infringement in a year-old case that is slowly wending its way through federal court.

In contrast, the Open Content Alliance won't scan copyrighted content unless it receives the permission of the copyright owner. Most of the roughly 100,000 books that the alliance has scanned so far are works whose copyrights have expired.

Google hasn't said how many digital copies it has made since announcing its ambitious project two years ago. The company will only acknowledge that it is scanning more than 3,000 books per day _ a rate that translates into more than 1 million annually. Google also is footing a bill expected to exceed $100 million make the digital copies _ a commitment that appeals to many libraries.

The non-copyrighted material in Google's search engine can be downloaded and printed out _ a feature that the company believes mirrors the goals of the Open Content Alliance.

Although the Open Content Alliance depends on the Internet Archive to host its digital copies, other search engines are being encouraged to index the material too.

Both Yahoo Inc. and Microsoft Corp., which run the two largest search engines behind Google, belong to the alliance. The group has more than 60 members, consisting mostly of libraries and universities.

None of Google's contracts prevent participating libraries from making separate scanning arrangements with other organizations, said company spokeswoman Megan Lamb.

"We encourage the digitization of more books by more organizations," Lamb said. "It's good for readers, publishers, authors and libraries."

The motives behind Google's own book-scanning initiative aren't entirely altruistic. The company wants to stock its search engine with unique material to give people more reasons to visit its Web site, the hub of an advertising network that generated most of its $2 billion profit through the first nine months of this year.

Despite its ongoing support for the Open Content Alliance, Microsoft earlier this month launched a book-scanning project to compete with Google. Like Google, Microsoft won't allow its digital copies to be indexed by other search engines.

While Kahle says he was disappointed by Microsoft's recent move, he remains more worried about Google's book-scanning initiative because it has gathered so much attention and support.

All but one of the libraries contributing content to Google so far are part of universities. They are: Harvard, Stanford, Michigan, Oxford, California, Virginia, Wisconsin-Madison, and Complutense of Madrid. The New York Public Library also is relying on Google to scan some of its books.

The University of California, which also belongs to the Open Content Alliance, has no regrets about allowing Google to scan at least 2.5 million of the books in its libraries. "We felt like we could get more from being a partner with Google than by not being a partner," said university spokeswoman Jennifer Colvin.

But some of the participating libraries may have second thoughts if Google's system isn't set up to recognize some of their digital copies, said Gregory Crane, a Tufts University professor who is currently studying the difficulty accessing some digital content.

For instance, Tufts worries Google's optical reader won't recognize some books written in classical Greek. If the same problem were to crop up with a digital book in the Open Content Alliance, Crane thinks it will be more easily addressed because the group is allowing outside access to the material.

Google "may end up aiming for the lowest common denominator and not be able to do anything really deep" with the digital books, Crane said.
© 2006 The Associated Press

Submission + - 12-year Old Gets P0rn-Filled Zune For the Holidays

No_One writes: Chanell Martin thought she was being a cool mom when she gave her 12-year old daughter a shiny new Zune for the Holidays. But as it turns out, her daughter's "welcome to the social" was anything but innocent. Apparently the Zune, which Martin purchased at a local Walmart, came with a 1-hour and 44-minute homemade porn video. We're talking guy-on-guy action here. Walmart's response? After blaming MS for the porn, they refunded the Martins and gave them a $25-dollar gift certificate. News report by Fox http://www.myfoxchicago.com/myfox/pages/Home/Detai l?contentId=1823428&version=1&locale=EN-US&layoutC ode=VSTY&pageId=1.1.1

Submission + - Firefox 2.0 update -- get yours now

mr_mischief writes: Got Firefox? Get it updated!

The Mozilla Foundation has released an important security update for Firefox 2.0 which fixes eight vulnerabilities (five of them rated critical) among other things.

Patches are also available for Firefox 1.5.0.x and Thunderbird 1.5.0.x as well.

See Secunia's advisory to find out more about security issues with memory corruption in the JavaScript and layout engines, a heap-based buffer overflow handling Windows bitmaps, a couple of arbitrary HTML/script vulnerabilities and what appear to be a couple of arbitrary native code vulnerabilities.

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