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Comment Why the risk? (Score 1) 132

This article completely ignores the big elephant in the room. Why was this information on a server hosted on the Internet? Shouldn't information like this be separated on a separate subnet? It talks about Intrusion detection systems and all sorts of technology to mitigate the risk, but the answer is simple. If your business data is isolated completely from your public facing presence, you need an insider or a physical break-in to be at risk.

Linux Business

Submission + - Is Ubuntu playing trademark policy games? (classhelper.org) 7

palegray.net writes: "The subject could just as easily be stated "Does Ubuntu understand its own trademark policy?" or alternately "Does Ubuntu really want community support and involvement?" I thought so a week ago. If you're interested in the full write-up of the whole affair, check this page. It contains copies of all the emails I sent to Ubuntu's "trademarks" email address regarding this matter, along with copies of the replies I received.

First, a little bit of background on myself and how this situation started. I'm a pretty big nerd, and I mean that in more than just your general "loves computers and programming Linux applications" sense. I also happen to enjoy puzzles of all types, word games, and kite building. Yes, kite building, especially miniature kites that can be flown in very light winds (or even indoors, in some cases).

I decided it might be a good idea to offer some small kites for sale that were decorated with various open source and Linux themed logos. Given the amount of support the Ubuntu project gives to education, especially considering their focus on education through the Edubuntu project, I thought their logo would look nice on small kites designed for Linux enthusiasts and school-age children. The way I see it, the more kids are exposed to operating systems like Ubuntu, and the less they're forced to use Microsoft products, the better off we all are in the long run. Who knows, maybe a simple kite might spark some kid's curiosity...

So I decided to do the right and proper thing by asking for permission to use the Ubuntu logo on small kites. After a few email exchanges with the folks at Ubuntu, my request was flatly denied with no commentary on my stated interpretation of their trademark policy and the procedure one should use for requesting licensed use of their logos.

What does the Slashdot community think of this? I offered to contribute a percentage of any revenue generated from the kites to the Ubuntu (or Edubuntu, whichever they prefer) project, but received no acknowledgment of that offer. What gives?"

Linux Business

Submission + - Ubuntu's Shuttleworth rejects Microsoft deal

e5rebel writes: "Mark Shuttleworth chief executive of Ubuntu has made it clear that he is not interested in forming a deal with Microsoft along the lines of those recently reached by Linspire, Xandros and Novell. "We have declined to discuss any agreement with Microsoft under the threat of unspecified patent infringements," he said http://www.computerworlduk.com/technology/operatin g-systems/nix/news/index.cfm?newsid=3544"
Role Playing (Games)

Submission + - Developement cycle of a Runescape update

An anonymous reader writes: This wacky article from the Runescape development team describes the process of adding a new feature to the their multi-player online game. Although it doesn't go into any technical detail, it describes the various stages in an entertaining way for the average Runescape player.

Submission + - Dell To Ship Ubuntu

harry666t writes: Wired says Dell's going to ship Ubuntu Linux on some of its desktop computers and laptops.

According to Desktop Linux, Dell will ship three models, an e-series "Essential" Dimension desktop, an XPS desktop, and an e-series Inspiron laptop. The desktop models range from $400 (headless) to $900 and the laptop from $900 to $1150.
I think the choice was obvious — after all, that's the distro Michael Dell is using on his laptop.

Submission + - CLEFIA - A Faster, Leaner Open Cipher

QuantumCrypto writes: "Sony announced today the introduction of CLEFIA, a new high throughput, low process spec encryption algorithm (cipher) that conforms to the Advanced Encryption Standards (AES) and the ISO/IEC 18033-3 International Standards. The hope is that CLEFIA will be "able to provide advanced [encryption] capabilities, even in restrictive environments such as smart cards and mobile devices." CLEFIA will be presented at the Fast Software Encryption 2007 Conference on March 26 in Luxembourg."
The Almighty Buck

Submission + - Home Server manufacturer vs. DVD CCA goes to trial

whoever57 writes: The DVD Copy Control Association (CCA) is suing Kaleidescope, who manufacture a home server. The home server copies the contents of the DVDs, along with the keys used to decrypt the DVD data to a hard drive. The DVD CCA claim this allows users to watch the contents of DVDs after they no longer have the physical disk and that such a feature violates the DVD CCA contract. Kaleidescope claims that their system merely enables fair use of the content. The trial starts today in Santa Clara, CA.

Submission + - The Science of a Very Beautiful Sunrise or Sunset

An anonymous reader writes: In his excellent paper " The Colors of Twilight and Sunset ," Stephen F. Corfidi, a Lead Forecaster with the NOAA/NWS Storm Prediction Center, explains why "some parts of the world enjoy more beautiful sunsets than others, and why do they favor certain months? What are the ingredients for truly memorable sunrises and sunsets?" (Hint: Lots of clean air.)

Submission + - Applying "The Art of War" to Open Source

An anonymous reader writes: Ask most people who have made the switch to a libre software product like Linux or BSD and they'll tell you that we're in a fight with Microsoft and everything that the closed-source world represents. It's not just us — Microsoft certainly thinks we're in a battle as well. Senior Microsoft leadership are actively engaged in spreading Fear, Uncertainty and Doubt to undermine the public confidence in Linux. Lawsuits have been filed over "stolen code" in the Linux kernel. Thinly-veiled "IP infringement" threats have been made to businesses running Linux. Massive marketing campaigns are being waged to confuse the true Total Cost of Ownership (TCO) of Windows and Linux products.

Read the whole article here: Open Addict

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