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Comment Re:welleee (Score 1) 888

At any rate, it sounds like this guy needs to smother this one little bad brief mention from years ago with a ton of really good, awesome stuff. What exactly are you doing now? Nothing? Is a law enforcement interview really the most exciting and noteworthy thing you've done in the last few years?

That's hardly fair - in the 90's, I wrote the code for what, as far as I could tell, was the first "forum title control panel" (a way to set up a table for custom titles for individual usernames) that ever existed. Despite that code showing up all over the world in what was for several years the most popular forum software on the internet, it's WAY less "newsworthy" than a publicised LEO interview over a system intrusion. Hell, I couldn't find my own example in Google's index just now.


Submission + - HeliOS blogger assaulted by Windows techs? (blogspot.com)

jimbosworldorg writes: "Remember the article in December about the HeliOS blogger who was told by a teacher named "Karen" that Linux was "probably illegal"? He's back again — this time, he claims that he was physically attacked in a gas station parking lot by techs from a Windows support company who were angry because he is "putting them out of business." Does anyone else smell fish?"
Linux Business

1 of 3 Dell Inspiron Mini Netbooks Sold With Linux 230

christian.einfeldt writes "According to an article in Laptop Magazine on-line, one-third of Dell Inspiron Mini 9s netbooks are sold with the Ubuntu Linux operating system. Dell senior product manager John New attributed the sales volume to the lower price point of the Ubuntu Linux machines. And the return rate of the Ubuntu Linux machines is approximately equal to that of comparable netbooks sold with Microsoft Windows XP. Dell spokesperson Jay Pinkert attriutes the low return rate to Dell's good communications with its customers, saying 'We have done a very good job explaining to folks what Linux is.'"

Submission + - Hollywood's new anti-pirate posters

newtley writes: "Things are terrible, claims Hollywood, introducing new anti-pirate posters. Last year, the entertainment cartels claimed counterfeiting and file sharing were prime causes of deteriorating world economies. But, quoting from the Havocscope global index of illicit markets, movie and music piracy were way down the list at 16th and 20th respectively, said p2pnet. Despite these earlier spurious claims, things have worsened dramatically. Right? Wrong. Havocscope says movies have moved up only four notches to the 12th position, and music is now two steps further down, not up, at position # 22."

Submission + - Mobile phones may soon be used on planes (newscientisttech.com)

stevedcc writes: "New Scientist is running a story about a technology that allows travellers to make mobile phone calls at high altitude. The European Aviation Safety Agency have given permission for the technology to be fitted to commercial jets. From the article:

It's the first time anywhere in the world that a system has been authorised and confirmed for the safe operation of phones and BlackBerry-type devices on aircraft.


Submission + - Laptop Theft Recovery

supertechguy writes: With laptop theft becoming a major concern. Products such as Computrace by Absolute Software, CyberAngel, and The LaptopLock have been developed to recover stolen computer and protect data. These products typically report a machines public IP address when it is connected to the internet. Is anyone aware of a Open Source software package that accomplishes the same goal? I am looking for a product could be deployed in a enterprise environment on hundreds of machines. Does anybody have any suggestions?
United States

Submission + - H1B Outsourcing - A Sad Day for America Worker (businessweek.com) 1

acole4ns writes: Well, I know many of us have heard rumors about such practices, but the attached BusinessWeek article seems to confirm our worst fears about H1B abuses. This story highlights just how easy it is to bypass a well-qualified US worker and tap into the pool of lower-cost H1B workers. A single quote from the article sums it all up "[O]ur goal is clearly not to find a qualified and interested U.S. worker". This is a sad day for the American worker.

Submission + - Open sourcers rattle EU sabre at BBC on demand pla (theregister.co.uk)

greengrass writes: "The BBC is being threatened with an anti-trust challenge in Europe over its use of the Windows Media format in its on demand service, iPlayer, which is in the final stages of testing.

Advocacy group the Open Source Consortium (OSC) will raise a formal complaint with UK broadcast and telecoms watchdog Ofcom next week, and has vowed to take its accusations to the European Competition Commission if domestic regulators do not act.

The OSC compared the situation to the European Commission's prosecution of Microsoft over its bundling of Windows Media Player with Windows. That case was initiated in 2004 by complaints from other vendors, and resulted in European courts imposing a record fine on Redmond, which it is still appealing against."

It's funny.  Laugh.

Lawyer Asks RIAA To Investigate Bush Twins 529

tanman writes "After reading an article in the Miami Herald that said "[President] Bush's twin daughters gave him a CD they had made for him to listen to while exercising," a Florida lawyer calculated statutory damages of $1.8 million and has sent a letter to the RIAA asking that they 'display the same vigor in prosecuting this matter and protecting the rights of your rights-holders that it has displayed in enforcing those rights against other alleged violators.' From the letter: 'This is a serious violation of copyright. As you know, whichever of your member organizations that are right[s]-holders for the copied musical works may be entitled to statutory damages of $150,000.00 per musical work copied.'" Update: 06/22 18:55 GMT by KD : The lawyer in question has retracted his analysis and now says no laws were broken, probably.

Submission + - Dell to let users opt out of bloatware (computerworlduk.com)

jimbojw writes: "Computerworld UK is reporting that Dell now allows buyers to opt out of bloatware, stating "Dell has agreed to give buyers of certain PC models the option to avoid pre-installed software. Buyers of Dimension desktops, Inspiron notebooks and XPS PCs can now click a field in Dell's online order form that will block the installation of productivity software, ISP software, and photo and music software." For Windows users, this could represent a significant time-savings as now the infamous post-boot uninstall marathon may be obsolete. The effect this will have on trendy Mac commercials has yet to be seen."

Earth to Media: This kid is still in jail 462

The popular media's coverage of the Dmitri Sklyarov case is a scandal. 26-year-old programmer and encryption gadfly Sklyarov has been languishing in jail for almost two weeks now, and the popular media has paid almost no attention to his truly outrageous arrest. It's a case that has the ugliest implications not only for the press (online and off) but for open discussion of technology, and especially for the First Amendment, now clearly being undermined in the name of copyright protection by the DMCA. This is the opposite of what copyright law was meant to do.

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