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Submission + - When telemarketers harass telecoms companies (www.me.uk) 1

farnz writes: "Andrews & Arnold, a small telecoms company in the UK have recently been hit with an outbreak of illegal junk calls. Unlike larger firms, they've come up with an innovative response — assign 4 million numbers to play recordings to the telemarketers, put them on the UK's Do-Not-Call list and see what happens. Thus far, the record is over 3 minutes before a telemarketer works out what's going on.

What ideas have Slashdotters used to keep telemarketers at bay?"

The Internet

No IPv6 For UK Broadband Users 298

BT (the incumbent telephone company in the United Kingdom) are in the process of spending millions of pounds on upgrading their network to an all-IP core. However, they have failed to consider 21st Century protocol support, preferring to insist that IPv4 is enough for everyone. Haven't they noticed the IPv4 exhaustion report yet?
Microsoft

Microsoft Treating "Windows-Only" As Open Source 383

mjasay writes "The Register is reporting that Microsoft is hosting Windows-only projects on its 'open source project hosting site,' CodePlex. Miguel de Icaza caught and criticized Microsoft for doing this with its Microsoft Extensibility Framework (MEF), licensing it under the Microsoft Limited Permissive License (Ms-LPL), which restricts use of the code to Windows. Microsoft has changed the license for MEF to an OSI-approved license, the Microsoft Public License, but it continues to host a range of other projects under the Ms-LPL. If CodePlex wasn't an 'open source project hosting site,' this wouldn't be a problem. But when Microsoft invokes the 'open source' label, it has a duty to live up to associated expectations and ensure that the code it releases on CodePlex is actually open source. If it doesn't want to do this — if it doesn't want to abide by this most basic principle of open source — then call CodePlex something else and we'll all move on."
Bug

e1000e Bug Squashed — Linux Kernel Patch Released 111

ruphus13 writes "As mentioned earlier, there was a kernel bug in the alpha/beta version of the Linux kernel (up to 2.6.27 rc7), which was corrupting (and rendering useless) the EEPROM/NVM of adapters. Thankfully, a patch is now out that prevents writing to the EEPROM once the driver is loaded, and this follows a patch released by Intel earlier in the week. From the article: 'The Intel team is currently working on narrowing down the details of how and why these chipsets were affected. They also plan on releasing patches shortly to restore the EEPROM on any adapters that have been affected, via saved images using ethtool -e or from identical systems.' This is good news as we move towards a production release!"
Censorship

Submission + - Australian police chief seeks terror reporting ban (news.com.au)

DJMajah writes: News.com.au reports that Australian Federal Police chief Mick Keelty has called for a media blackout on reporting of terrorism investigations and cases before trial in a speech to the Sydney Institute last night. Although he doesn't believe public institutions be immune from public accountability, he goes on to say that public discussion should be delayed until information is made available by the courts or legal proceedings are complete. This all comes after last years widely reported case of Dr. Mohammed Haneef who was detained then later deported from Australia on evidence described as weak — and seen by some including Haneef as a conspiracy.
The Courts

Submission + - RIAA drops another case (blogspot.com)

NewYorkCountryLawyer writes: "Once again the RIAA has dropped a case "with prejudice", this time after concluding it was the defendant's daughter, rather than the defendant, that it should have sued in the first place. In a White Plains, New York, case, Lava v. Amurao, mindful that in similar scenarios it has been held liable for the defendant's attorneys fees (Capitol v. Foster and Atlantic v. Andersen), the RIAA this time went on the offensive over its attorneys fee exposure, even though there was no attorneys fee motion pending, arguing that it was the defendant's fault — and not the RIAA's — that the record companies sued the wrong person, because the defendant didn't tell them that his daughter was the file sharer they were looking for."
The Internet

Submission + - Small ISP's Concerned By Consumer Expectations (ispreview.co.uk)

Mark Jackson writes: "Many would agree that the emergence of super cheap broadband packages from some of the countries largest providers has helped to open up the UK's Internet access market by making it more affordable. However the gradual emergence of super low-cost options hasn't been greeted with universal approval, and smaller ISP's in particular are beginning to feel the pinch.

Part of the problem stems from consumer expectations, which have grown in the face of increasingly cheap packages from the major players, such as Tiscali and TalkTalk. This, when coupled to aggressive advertising, essentially resets the customers' definition of value to levels that can be almost unattainable for smaller rivals. In doing this the largest players have succeeded in cornering the market, but at what cost to quality?"

It's funny.  Laugh.

Submission + - Recent Human Evolution Was Driven By Selection (nytimes.com) 1

Slur writes: "Call it Moore's law for DNA molecules... The New York Times reports an insightful theory of Human evolution that gives credit for our accelerated evolution to the evolving brain. By virtue of our aesthetic and utilitarian preferences we ourselves have been responsible for molding the present human form and consciousness. Applied to other species we call it "artificial selection," but the new theory implies we did it all quite naturally, unconsciously, and that the exponential evolutionary acceleration we have achieved as a species in recent time is just what you'd expect. It also suggests that the current lull in our physical evolution is by "choice" as well. Is this the dawning of the age of Narcissus? Stay tuned."
Microsoft

Submission + - The setup behind Microsoft.com (technet.com) 1

Toreo asesino writes: Jeff Alexander gives an insight into how some of the main websites in Microsoft are run (www.microsoft.com and update.microsoft.com). Interesting details include having no firewall, having to manage 650Gb of IIS logs every day, and the use of their yet unreleased Windows Server 2008 in a production environment. http://blogs.technet.com/jeffa36/archive/2007/12/13/microsoft-com-what-s-the-story.aspx
PlayStation (Games)

Submission + - PS3/X360 Orange Box Comparo: EA's fault?

fistfullast33l writes: "1Up's Gamevideos.com has posted a side by side comparison of the Xbox 360 and PS3 versions of Half Life Orange Box. The video shows that the PS3 definitely has some issues with slowdown, as previously discussed here on Slashdot. The biggest issues seem to occur during the jetski scene in the original HL2. However, upon closer review you can see that the largest lag (which really turns the game into a slideshow) actually occurs while the game is quicksaving, something the 360 does not actually do. This occurs right around 1:47 in the video. Is this the hardware's fault, or EA's fault for poorly implementing the Quick Save on the PS3? Not having played the game I couldn't say if the quicksave was controlled by the user, but it certainly makes you suspect whether the slowdown is actually a coding or hardware issue and rather a game design problem. Couldn't they have just scheduled the quicksave a little later?"

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