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Submission + - It Was Never About Innovation (

An anonymous reader writes: The secret to open source innovation, and the reason for its triumphal success, has nothing to do with the desire to innovate. It's because of the four freedoms and the level playing field (and agility) that was the end result. It's like Douglas Adams' definition of flying. You don't try to fly, you throw yourself at the ground and miss.

It was never about innovation — it was always about freedom.

Electronic Frontier Foundation

DOJ Often Used Cell Tower Impersonating Devices Without Explicit Warrants 146

Via the EFF comes news that, during a case involving the use of a Stingray device, the DOJ revealed that it was standard practice to use the devices without explicitly requesting permission in warrants. "When Rigmaiden filed a motion to suppress the Stingray evidence as a warrantless search in violation of the Fourth Amendment, the government responded that this order was a search warrant that authorized the government to use the Stingray. Together with the ACLU of Northern California and the ACLU, we filed an amicus brief in support of Rigmaiden, noting that this 'order' wasn't a search warrant because it was directed towards Verizon, made no mention of an IMSI catcher or Stingray and didn't authorize the government — rather than Verizon — to do anything. Plus to the extent it captured loads of information from other people not suspected of criminal activity it was a 'general warrant,' the precise evil the Fourth Amendment was designed to prevent. ... The emails make clear that U.S. Attorneys in the Northern California were using Stingrays but not informing magistrates of what exactly they were doing. And once the judges got wind of what was actually going on, they were none too pleased:"

Submission + - Design a logo for SCALE 10X, win a trip to LA! (

irabinovitch writes: In marking 10 years of the Southern California Linux Expo (SCALE) and 20 years of Linux, the SCALE team wants to incorporate an open-source approach to this year’s expo logo designs for publications and for swag.

With this in mind, the SCALE team announces a contest to select the artwork for use on this year's conference materials.

The designer of the winning submission will win a free pass to SCALE 10x, including airfare within the continental United States, as well as a three-night stay at the Hilton Los Angeles Airport.

SCALE's call for papers is open through November 17th as well, for those who wish to submit a session proposal.


Random Hacks of Kindness 69

Elizabeth Sabet writes "Google, Microsoft, NASA, The World Bank, and Yahoo! are unlikely partners, but they are bringing together the best and brightest in disaster relief management and the ever-growing hacker community in a progressive initiative called Random Hacks of Kindness. Its mission is to mobilize a world-wide community of technologists to solve real-world problems through technology. RHoK is gearing up for its first world-wide 'hackathon for humanity' on June 4-6, 2010. Following last year's inaugural event in Mountain View, California, which produced software solutions that were used on the ground during the devastating earthquakes in Haiti and Chile, the partners have decided to take the effort global. RHoK engages volunteer software engineers, independent hackers, and students from around the world in a marathon weekend of hacking events and coding competitions to develop software solutions for problems posed by subject-matter experts. This first global Hackathon will feature sponsored events in Washington, DC, Sydney, Nairobi, Jakarta, and Sao Paulo." Here's where to go for more details or to register for the DC event.
Open Source

Submission + - How to make an Open Source Business (

mjhuot writes: Many of us love working in open source software, but few of us have figured out how to do it full time or to make a career out of it. At this weekend's Southern California Linux Expo, keynote speaker Tarus Balog presented an inspiring talk on how he has been able to create a successful services company supporting the open source network management application platform OpenNMS. If you were unable to make the conference, the talk is available online and is worth checking out.

Submission + - SCALE 8x Extends Call For Papers (

An anonymous reader writes: The SCALE Call for Papers has been extended to Dec. 24 to allow more time for submittals. Additionally, the Calls for Paper for the Women in Open Source and OSS in Education sub-conferences are now open as well. If you've been considering submitting a presentation proposal to SCALE, don't wait any longer — send it in today! SCALE 8X is February 19-21, 2010 at the Westin LAX Hotel in Los Angeles. Some of the already confirmed speakers for this year's event include Bradley Kuhn (SFLC), Pete Kronowitt (Intel/Moblin), and Tarus Balog (OpenNMS).

Submission + - SCALE 8X Call For Papers Drawing to a close

irabinovitch writes: SCALE's call for papers will be drawing to a close in two weeks on December 15th. We would like to invite the open-source community to submit presentation proposals for this year's event. Presentations need not be limited to Linux, all open-source related sessions are welcome. This year's event will include 3 general tracks, a developer track, a beginner track, and a hands on tutorial lab. For more information on the call for papers please see the CFP website. SCALE will be held February 19-21, 2010 at the LAX Westin in Los Angeles, CA.

Submission + - Network security while traveling? 2

truesaer writes: I'll be spending all of next year backpacking through South America. In the past I've used internet cafes while away, but this time I plan to bring a netbook and rely primarily on wifi hotspots. I'll be facing the same issues and risks that business travelers in hotels and airports face, as well as those that millions of other backpackers, gap-year travelers, and students encounter. Since my trip is so long I'll have no choice but to access my banking, credit card, and investment accounts on public networks. Other than an effective firewall, a patched system, and the use of SSL what else should I do to protect my information? Keep in mind that many places have very poor bandwidth and latency, and that I will not have a system at home to connect through.

Submission + - CRU 'Climategate' Code Analysis - Part 1 ( 2

An anonymous reader writes: An introductory analysis of the code posted online from the CRU 'Climategate' scandal. 'grep' and 'find' are used to find fraudulent pieces of code, and combined show how the hockey stick curve was constructed by CRU researchers.

Submission + - China Mobile could hijack Android? ( 1

xchg writes: China Mobile is China's largest mobile telecommunications company, with more subscribers than the US has citizens. With its upcoming 'OPhone' platform, which is based on Google's Android mobile system, China Mobile could well effectively hijack Android and turn it into a closed system which locks out Google web apps and stops Google getting any advertising revenue from it.

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