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Submission + - Phorm, the deep packet inspection ad-injector company, ceases trading 1

mccalli writes: Phorm, a controversial UK deep-packet inspection/ad-injection company discussed on Slashdot many times before, has ceased trading today. Phorm was controversial for, among other things, editing and approving UK government advice on privacy, offering hospitality to the police prior to a decision over prosecution, and being the subject of an EU investigation for its practices and close relationship with the then UK government. The Register has a more editorialised version of the news, but it is fair to say that Phorm will not be mourned by fans of internet privacy.

Submission + - Debian will include Firefox, Thunderbird, Sunbird, and SeaMonkey once more. (

hochl writes: On Debian, I recently noticed the Iceweasel icons disappear from the list of icons I could choose from on XFCE. Some updates later, my installed Iceweasel looked suspiciously like Firefox. I got curious and checked my installed packages to find out that Iceweasel is now a transitional dummy package. It turns out that Debian again includes Firefox, Thunderbird and Sunbird as noted in an article on PCWorld.

Apache Resigns From the JCP Executive Committee 136

iammichael writes "The Apache Software Foundation has resigned its seat on the Java SE/EE Executive Committee due to a long dispute over the licensing restrictions placed on the TCK (test kit validating third-party Java implementations are compatible with the specification)."

Submission + - EU Take UK to Court Over Internet Privacy Failings (

Mark.JUK writes: The United Kingdom (UK) is being take to the EU's Court of Justice for failing to completely implement Europe's internet and email privacy rules, which are designed to ensure the confidentiality of people's electronic communications by prohibiting their unlawful interception and surveillance without the user's consent.

The original case was brought after UK ISP BT angered many customers by running two secret trials of Phorm technology, which many likened to Spyware, on broadband customers, and without their consent, during 2006 and 2007. Phorm controversially worked with broadband ISPs to monitor (Deep Packet Inspection) what websites you visited for use in targeted advertising campaigns.

PlayStation (Games)

Final Fight Brings Restrictive DRM To the PS3 240

Channard writes "As reported by Joystiq, the PS3/PlayStation Network version of Final Fight Double Impact features a rather restrictive piece of digital rights management. In order to launch the game, you have to be logged into the PlayStation Network and if you're not, the game refuses to launch. This could be written off as a bug of some kind except for the fact that the error message that crops up tells you to sign in, suggesting Sony/Capcom intentionally included this 'feature.' Granted, you do have to log into the PlayStation Network to buy the title but as one commentator pointed out, logging in once does not mean you'll be logged in all the time. Curiously, the 360 version has no such restrictions, so you can play the game whether you're online or offline. But annoying as this feature may be, there may be method in Sony's madness. "

Submission + - SPAM: Is Programming a Lucrative Profession? 4

itwbennett writes: A pamphlet distributed by blogger Cameron Laird's local high school proclaimed that 'Computer Science BS graduates can expect an annual salary from $54,000-$74,000. Starting salaries for MS and PhD graduates can be to up to $100,000' and 'employment of computer scientists is expected to grow by 24 percent from 2010 to 2018.' The pamphlet lists The US Federal Bureau of Labor Statistics as a reference so how wrong can it be? 'This is so wrong, I don't know where to start,' says Laird. 'There are a lot of ways to look at the figures, but only the most skewed ones come up with starting salaries approaching $60,000 annually, and I see plenty of programmers in the US working for less,' says Laird. At issue, though, isn't so much inaccurate salary information as what is happening to programming as a career: 'Professionalization of programmers nowadays strikes chords more like those familiar to auto mechanics or nurses than the knowledge workers we once thought we were,' writes Laird, 'we're expected to pay for our own tools, we're increasingly bound by legal entanglements, H1B accumulates degrading tales, and hyperspecialization dominates hiring decisions.'
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Submission + - Diebold rides again

An anonymous reader writes: A couple of candidates in the New Hampshire primary have asked for a recount.

By Wednesday morning, stories were flying all around the Internet — have you looked closely at the results of the primary? There was something strange about the votes, they said, about the difference between municipalities that hand-counted votes and those that used optical scanners. The chatter increased, and by Friday, the New Hampshire Department of State issued a press release announcing that two candidates, Democrat Dennis Kucinich and Republican Albert Howard had requested and been granted a recount, having met the following requirement:

There seems to be a big difference between the machine counted votes and the hand counted votes; big enough to change the results for the Democrats at least. Fortunately, the voting machines in this case scan paper ballots so we can have a valid recount.

Curious minds want to know. How could this have happened? Can Diebold do nothing right?

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