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Submission + - Is The Goncourt Prize Winner A CC BY-SA Work ? (

frenchbedroom writes: A Frenchman called Florent Gallaire has published the entirety of French writer Michel Houellebecq's latest novel on the internet, claiming on his blog (if you don't understand French, please don't slashdot it) that it should be considered a Creative Commons work. Gallaire, a Master of Computer Science and Law, argues that Houellebecq lifted content from Wikipedia articles without citing the source in his Goncourt-awarded novel, "La carte et le territoire" (The Map and the Territory), a practice that the author himself has defended as a "patchwork". Houellebecq's ex-lawyer, Emmanuel Pierrat, has voiced his rebuttal of Gallaire's claims on French news site Rue89 (in French again), saying that Gallaire "quotes from a rule that applies only to contributors of [Wikipedia]. When one takes part in this collective work, one's speech is free. But this doesn't apply at all to the personal work of an individual inspired by the encyclopedia's articles."

Submission + - Diplomatic Cables Reveal Aurora Attack Instigator (

Orome1 writes: As Wikileaks was preparing to release part of the 250,000 diplomatic documents on Sunday, its operators alerted the public via their Twitter account that the whistleblowing website was being targeted by a mass Distributed Denial of Service attack. Among the various interesting things that the leaked cables revealed is that, following the January discovery of the Aurora attacks on various U.S. companies, a Chinese contact shared with the American Embassy in Beijing that the hacking of Google was just a part of a larger sabotage campaign.

Submission + - FCC's Copps: Fox threatened net neutrality (

GovTechGuy writes: FCC Commissioner Michael Copps said Wednesday that Fox Networks threatened the openness of the Internet when the company reportedly blocked Cablevision subscribers from accessing websites, including Hulu. com, that it partially owns.

Comment It's certainly a step up from JPEG, but... (Score 2, Informative) 378

The main problem with new file formats is adoption. JPEGs have been the main image type online ever since the world realized that GIF sucked. Boards that allow image posting allow JPEG, social networks etc. which allow profile pictures allow JPEG, image search engines catalogue primarily JPEGs, almost every site's design utilises JPEGs. Offline it's the same; every OS which allows background images uses JPEG. Every image viewer and editor works with JPEGs. JPEGs have been an integral part of the internet for so long that I heavily doubt that any new format, superior or otherwise, will supersede them for a long time.

The Secret Origin of Windows 402

harrymcc writes "Windows has been so dominant for so long that it's easy to forget Windows 1.0 was vaporware, mocked both outside and inside of Microsoft — and that its immediate successors were considered stopgaps until OS/2 was everywhere. Tandy Trower, the product manager who finally got Windows 1.0 out the door a quarter century ago, has written a memoir of the experience. (He thought being assigned the much-maligned project was Microsoft's fiendish way of trying to get rid of him.) The story involves such still-significant figures as Bill Gates, Steve Ballmer, Ray Ozzie, and Nathan Myhrvold; Trower left Microsoft only in November of 2009 after 28 years with the company."

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