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Submission + - Finland to legalize use of unsecured WiFi (yle.fi)

Apotekaren writes: The Finnish Ministry of Justice has started preparing changes to the current law that criminalizes using unsecured wireless hot spots. The reasoning is the impossibility of tracking unlawful use, the ease of securing networks and the lack of real damage done by this this activity. It has also been proven hard for a user to know if an unsecured network is intended for public use or not. The increased ubiquity of legal open networks in parks, airports and other public places has also influenced this move by the Ministry of Justice. The Ministry has stated that the legal rights of the owner of the network have to be protected in the case of misuse.
Googles (poorly) translated version here.

Wii

Submission + - Nintendo Wii Fully Exploited

Croakyvoice writes: The 24th Annual Chaos Communication Congress was the launchpad for the unveiling of the hacking of the Nintendo Wii via an exploit to allow homebrew to run in native Wii mode ( previously only Gamecube Homebrew was available on the Wii) which will allow access to the Wiimote, WiFi and SD Cart Slot. Tehskeen a Wii scene site has today posted an interview with the author of the exploit who has discussed the release to the public and linux amongst other things.
Software

Submission + - Obama Pledges Support for Open Document Formats (consortiuminfo.org)

Andy Updegrove writes: "ODF first made the headlines in Massachusetts when presidential hopeful Mitt Romney was its governor. Now, another presidential candidate has pledged his support for them as well. On November 14th, Barack Obama revealed his detailed IT plan for a more open and technically enabled government in a speech at Google's Mountainview campus. In that speech, he said: "It's no coincidence that one of the most secretive Administrations in history has favored special interests and pursued policies that could not stand up to sunlight. As President, I'll change that. I'll put government data online in universally accessible formats." In calling for open formats, Obama has introduced an IT hot potato into the presidential debate that has already riled the waters in multiple state legislatures and been the subject of heavy lobbying by vendors. Whether other candidates in general — and Mitt Romney in particular — will respond in kind or opt to keep their distance remains to be seen."
Sun Microsystems

Journal SPAM: Netbeans 6.0 4

Netbeans 6.0 is currently in beta. The netbeans.org site says that release is scheduled for next month. There are already some very nice tutorials and documentation up for this new version of netbeans.

I'm already extremely pleased with netbeans. Most of the projects I play with are desktop apps, and I

Censorship

Submission + - Law firm claims copyright on viewing HTML source 2

An anonymous reader writes: A law firm with all sorts of interesting views on copyrights has decided to go the extra mile. As reported on Tech Dirt, they've decided that viewing the HTML source of their site is a violation of copyright. Poorly timed April Fools joke, or just some fancy lawyering?
Google

Journal SPAM: Google Hacked? Spam Sites Infesting Search Results 207

The Google Watchdog blog is reporting that "Spam and virus sites infesting the Google SERPs in several categories" and speculates, ...Google's own index has been hacked. The circumvention of a guideline normally picked up by the Googlebot quickly is worrisome. The fact that none of the sites have real content and don't appear to even be hosted anywhere is even more scary. How did

Music

Submission + - New Radiohead album's price: You choose

syphoon writes: British band Radiohead have announced the forthcoming release of their new album "In Rainbows" on October 10th. Unencumbered by a label contract, they have opted to sell it as both a download and a disc box. The interesting part? Not only will it be DRM-free, but the price of the download is completely up to the customer.
Microsoft

Submission + - Euro 311,85 Remboursement For MS-Tax In France (libre-zone.net)

Chris Hildebrandt writes: "A French court decided yesterday that Acer had to pay back 311,85 for unused and unwanted pre-installed operating system + software to a guy who bought an 599, — notebook. Additionaly they had to pay 650, — for the time lost in court plus all court related costs.

Full story here: http://perso.libre-zone.net/article-125-proc-dure-r-ussie-num-ro-4.html (French only at the moment, but the story will definitely hit English language news agencies later today)."

Nintendo

Submission + - Big Plans for Wii Lightsaber Game (forceunleashed.net)

Moelman writes: "During a demonstration for LEGO Star Wars: The Complete Saga for Wii at the Activate Asia Pacific conference, LucasArts' own Mark Montuya made a comment that LEGO Star Wars: The Complete Saga for Wii is "just a taster" for a future release of Wii lightsaber combat. This sound bit brings the hopes and dreams of geeks everywhere to a reality, implying that LucasArts is already hard at work on a game to use this functionality. Montuya would not comment further on how it would work, but issues that would seem to be difficult to overcome would be how to portray the lightsaber clashing against another object or lightsaber."
Sci-Fi

Submission + - The Babylon Project finished

An anonymous reader writes: (Please write a story out of this while it's fresh, it seems to be flying under the radar and Slashdot ought to have some Babylon 5 fans!)

Just informing that this project is now finished at the "3.4" version. I just tried it for the first time and I felt like I was playing Tie Fighter, it's so professionally done. You couldn't tell it's free total conversion from the graphics or the size of 2 GB.

Only the voice acting isn't quite up there but I've heard worse in commercial games.

So if you ever liked Tie/Xwing/Freespace/I-War or B5 generally this is definitely worth getting.

You may need to install OpenAL, the game itself is here: http://www.mininova.org/tor/793103 and players/devs at http://www.hard-light.net/
Microsoft

Submission + - Miguel de Icaza supports OOXML

An anonymous reader writes: Interesting bit, though you might want to know: On the Mexican vote for OOXML, Miguel De Icaza attended via phone, and expressed many points in favor of adopting the format. The is no transcript of the meeting, but there are a couple of ogg recordings: http://www.openintelligence.com.mx/downloads/Migue l_Alex_Pop_SC34.ogg (in spanish).

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