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Submission + - Government demands universal wiretapping

StonyandCher writes: Sweeping reforms will make it easier than ever for law enforcement to intercept communications if amendments to the Telecommunications (Interceptions) Act are agreed upon by a Senate standing committee. The Australian government is pushing a bill to force all telecommunications providers to facilitate lawful data interception across fixed and mobile telephone systems, Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP), Instant Messaging (IM) and chat room discussions. This follows from a story earlier this week where the Australian government is legislating to allow employers to snoop on employees' email and IM conversations.

Submission + - Utah Cop Tases Man for Speeding

An anonymous reader writes: It's a disturbing trend lately. People are getting tased by cops for just about every infraction imaginable. We're all familiar with most of them, as they have made their way to YouTube, but a recent incident in Utah is especially disturbing. Not only was the man tased for a trivial "crime" (speeding), but the officer in question also refused to read him his rights as he was arresting him, despite being asked repeatedly to do so. From the article:

The victim of police brutality was a motorist named Jared Massey. Mr. Massey was pulled over on a Utah highway for allegedly speeding. When Mr. Massey asked the officer why he was being pulled over, and then to help him understand why he was accused of speeding before he signed the ticket, the officer ordered him to exit the vehicle. Mr. Massey was then asked to turn around and put his hands behind his back. Mr. Massey began walking back towards the car, obviously confused as to why he was being ordered to put his hands behind his back, and less than 10 seconds later was tased.
A video of the incident is available, from the records of the police vehicle.

Submission + - EMI may cut funding to IFPI, RIAA (arstechnica.com) 1

Teen Bainwolf writes: Big Four record label EMI is reportedly considering a big cut in its funding for the IFPI and RIAA. Each of the labels reportedly contributed over $130 million per year to fund industry trade groups, and EMI apparently believes that money could be better spent elsewhere. 'One of the chief activities of the RIAA is coordinating the Big Four labels' legal campaign, and those thousands of lawsuits have done nothing but generate ill will from record fans, while costing the labels millions of dollars and doing little (if anything) to actually reduce the amount of file-sharing going on. In fact, the RIAA freely admits that the legal campaign is a real money pit, and EMI's new ownership may be very leery of continuing to pour money down that particular rat hole.

Submission + - More evidence that XP is Vista's main competitor (computerworld.com) 3

Ian Lamont writes: "Computerworld is reporting that Windows XP Service Pack 3 runs MS Office 10% faster than XP SP2 — and is "considerably faster" than Vista SP1. XP SP3 isn't scheduled to be released until next year, but testers at Devil Mountain Software — the same company which found Vista SP 1 to be hardly any faster than the debut version of Vista — were able to run some benchmarking tests on a release candidate of XP SP3, says the report. While this may be great news for XP owners, it is a problem for Microsoft, which is having trouble convincing business users to migrate to Vista: 'Vista's biggest competition isn't Apple or Novell or Red Hat; it's Microsoft itself, it's XP, [Forrester Research analyst Benjamin Gray] said. So enamored of XP are businesses that Microsoft may feel obligated to extend the operating system's mainstream support past its current April 2009 expiration date. ... He attributed the lowered expectations to a lack of detailed information about Vista in 2006; too-high prices for PCs with 2GB of memory, which is essentially the minimum needed for Vista, according to company managers; and a larger-than-expected number of incompatible applications.'"

Public Invited to Try Their Luck Against Old Cipher Tech 95

Stony Stevenson writes to tell us that in celebration of the opening of the National Museum of Computing, members of the public are being challenged to take on a rebuilt version of Colossus, the world's first programmable digital computer. The Cipher Challenge will take two groups of amateur code breakers and pit them against one of the original Lorenz cipher machine used by the German High Command during World War II. "The encrypted teleprinter message will be transmitted by radio from colleagues in Paderborn, Germany, and intercepted at Bletchley Park by the two code-breaking groups, one using modern PCs and the other using the newly rebuilt Colossus Mark II."

Submission + - Ignorance is bliss. 1

Ep0xi writes: From The daily Mail.

How the irregular verb is being 'drived' to extinction
By DAVID DERBYSHIRE — More by this author Last updated at 01:25am on 11th October 2007

The process beginned hundreds of years ago and bringed a huge change in our use of the language.

Now researchers believe more of the irregular verbs that make English such a rich and varied experience are heading for extinction.

In future, 'stank' will evolve into 'stinked', 'drove' will become 'drived' and 'slew' will turn into 'slayed', a team of linguists and mathematicians say. And if the simplification becomes really serious, 'begun' could change to 'beginned', 'brought' to 'bringed' and 'fell' to 'falled'.

The prediction comes from the first study of its kind into how irregular verbs have evolved in literature over the last 1,200 years.

Around 97 per cent of verbs in English are regular. That means in the past tense they simply take an '-ed' ending — so 'talk' becomes 'talked', and 'jump' becomes 'jumped'.

Irregular verbs, however, do their own thing. Some like 'wed' stay the same in the past tense while others like 'begin' take a different ending to become 'begun'.

The study, carried out at Harvard University, found that irregular verbs are under intense pressure to change into regular verbs as language develops.

The team identified 177 irregular verbs used in Old English and tracked their use over the centuries from the Anglo-Saxon epic poem Beowulf to the latest Harry Potter novel.

By the 14th century, only 145 were still irregular and by modern times, just 98 remained.

The less commonly used they are, the more they are likely to change, the team reports today in the journal Nature. The scientists predict that 15 of the 98 irregular verbs in the study will have evolved into regular verbs within the next 500 years. Verbs that they say are very likely to change are: bade to bidded; shed — shedded; slew — slayed; slit — slitted; stung — stinged; wed — wedded.

Verbs that are less likely to change are: broke — breaked; bought — buyed; chose — choosed; drew — drawed; drunk — drinked; ate — eated.

Submission + - Story on spammer Alexey Tolstokozhev a fake (taint.org)

wolfeon writes: "The story http://it.slashdot.org/article.pl?sid=07/10/11/2157244 posted today is a fake, sorry. After doing a simple google search, the facts were very clear on the following, http://taint.org/2007/10/11/203243a.html Please ignore the story and lets move on, this is a very bad practical joke. I was very excited and happy until I performed a google search and looked on the ROSKO list.

The story originated from this site, http://loonov.com/russian-viagra-and-penis-enlargement-spammer-murdered.htm The creation date of loonov.com is "11-oct-2007". Did anyone else see this before making comments or giving a thumbs up on firehose?"

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Journal Journal: iPhone 1.1.1 firmware jailbreak success! 4

Well, it took a couple of weeks, but the smart folks on the iPhone Dev team have succeeded with a jailbreak on iPhone firmware version 1.1.1 There's a good description here: http://www.tuaw.com/2007/10/08/announcing-a-preliminary-iphone-1-1-1-jailbreak It's "not ready for prime time" yet but, the fact is that they're in and can navigate the filesystem and deploy files to it. Springboard apparently has some tweaks to make life more difficult for 3p apps (GRRRR....) but ... th
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Submission + - AT&T reverse course on terms of service (arstechnica.com)

Pa Bell writes: AT&T relented and will change language of its controversial Terms of Service, just one week after saying it wouldn't change the language. '"We are revising the terms of service to clarify our intent, and the language in question will be revised to reflect AT&T's respect for our customers' right to express opinions and concerns over any matter they wish," an AT&T spokesperson said. "We will also make clear that we do not terminate service because a customer expresses their opinion about AT&T." When asked about a hypothetical future situation in which a subscriber might criticize AT&T, the spokesman said that AT&T's record in this department speaks for itself, as the company claims to have never terminated a subscriber's account as a result of criticism aimed at the company. "We have never and will never terminate a customer's service for criticizing AT&T," the spokesperson promised.'

Submission + - Beware Office 2003 SP3 (microsoft.com) 1

steppin_razor_LA writes: "In the name of security, Office 2003 SP3 disables a number of features instead of fixing them. For example, Office 2003 SP3 breaks the ability to view TIFFs by removing the file association between them and the Microsoft Office Document Imaging. Corporate users are left with either trying to find a third party TIFF viewer or attempting to replace the removed file association and ignoring the security warnings.

From Microsoft: ".Tif files and .mdi files are no longer associated with Microsoft Office Document Imaging. Additionally, these files no longer open in Microsoft Office Document Imaging by default."

Additional information is available at: http://support.microsoft.com/kb/938813"


Submission + - Linus Torvalds Releases New 2.6.23 Kernel

LinuxFan writes: Linus Torvalds has released a shiny new Linux kernel, numbered 2.6.23. It is the first to include the much talked about Completely Fair Scheduler, which should greatly improve both desktop performance and server performance. Other cool features include two new virtualization solutions, lguest 'Linux-on-Linux' paravirtualization, and XEN guest support. Linux Newbies offers a good technical overview of the many of the other changes that are found in this new kernel release. In his release announcement, Torvalds explained why it was later than expected, 'it got delayed, not because of any huge issues, but because of various bugfixes trickling in and causing me to reset my "release clock" all the time. But it's out there now, and hopefully better for the wait.'

Submission + - Swedish cops come to the defence of the Pirate Bay (idg.com.au)

Da Massive writes: Swedish police are expected to decide later this week whether a criminal case is warranted against 10 major music and movie companies over their alleged efforts to disrupt the Pirate Bay, one of the largest file-sharing search engines. If Swedish police decide to pursue a criminal complaint, the Pirate Bay will be spared the time and expense of pursuing its own civil suit against the companies, Peter Sunde, one of a small circle of volunteers in Sweden that runs the Web site, said on Tuesday. http://www.pcworld.idg.com.au/index.php/id;955069824
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Submission + - Halo 3 limited-edition disks are scratched (google.com)

joggle writes: There appears to be a design flaw in the packaging used for the limited-edition of Halo 3. From the Associated Press:

Within hours after die-hard fans finally got their hands on a copy of "Halo 3," blogs brimmed with reports that special limited-edition packaging is scratching the video game disks.
The disks are popping off the plastic clips in the packaging and subsequently rolling freely. Microsoft has responded with a free replacement program for Halo 3 limited-edition disks but the customer will need to wait up to two weeks for the replacement disk. So be sure to check for scratches while still at the store if you preordered the limited edition.

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