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Linux

Submission + - Amazon Unable to get License for Linux Development 3

ritcereal writes: I recently asked Amazon's Kindle Feedback why they did not support Linux while supporting every other major Operating System. Here's the answer I got:
"At this time, the Linux OS is not supported for Kindle applications or Kindle content. The reason it is unavailable is because we haven't gotten the rights from Linux to do so, we have to work with them in order to get the program up and running, and so far they haven't allowed us to do so. We are always working hard to expand our reading options, and appreciate your feedback."
Apparently Amazon is incapable of obtaining the rights from Linux to make an application? I'm calling bullshit on this, what do you think?

Submission + - Hosting Company Appears to be Violating the GPL (palegray.net) 2

palegray.net writes: "A web hosting provider called Appnor has recently moved the network diagnostics utility WinMTR off of SourceForge, and is now claiming the program to be a closed source, commercial application (it was previously made available under the GPL). I emailed the current maintainer of the original mtr utility about this, and have been informed that this event most likely constitutes an overt GPL violation, as it is presumed that WinMTR contains mtr code. Appnor claims that they have the right to do this, as there have been no external contributions to WinMTR in over ten years. I'm not a lawyer, but I don't think copyright law works that way."
Crime

Submission + - Unwise: Internet Search History of Murder Methods (forbes.com)

nonprofiteer writes: Mark Jensen's home computer revealed Internet searches for botulism, poisoning, pipe bombs and mercury fulminate. A website was visited that explained how to reverse the polarity of a swimming pool — the Jensens had a pool — by switching the wires around, likening the result to the 4th of July. The State pointed out the absence of Internet searches on topics like separation, divorce, child custody or marital property.

Julie Jensen died as a result of ethylene glycol in her system, an ingredient found in antifreeze. On the morning of her death, someone attempted to “double-delete” (apparently unsuccessfully) the computer’s browsing history, which included a search for “ethylene glycol poisoning."

Submission + - OiNK admin acquitted on fraud charge (theregister.co.uk)

polymorp writes: OiNK admin was today cleared of fraud charges by a jury.
He had been arrested in a dawn raid by Cleveland police in October 2007, acting on intelligence from the BPI. Police invited TV cameras to film the swoop, dubbed "Operation Ark Royal".

Submission + - Is Richard Stallman Mellowing? (computerworlduk.com)

E5Rebel writes: "Richard Stallman is sometimes presented as a kind of Old Testament prophet, hurling anathemas hither and thither. But just recently we've had a fascinating document that suggests that this is wrong – or that RMS is mellowing. The piece goes by the unpromising name of “On Selling Exceptions to the GNU GPL”, and it's about that perennial favourite, software licensing:"

Submission + - Major GPL Violations Uncovered (informationweek.com)

EndlessNameless writes: A bevy of corporations have been accused of violating the GPL. Best Buy, Samsung, and Westinghouse among them. Along with the recent Microsoft faux pas, will this finally bring GPL and FOSS into the limelight and perhaps end some of the FUD surrounding it?
Operating Systems

Submission + - Running Old Desktops Headless? (blogspot.com) 2

CajunArson writes: I have recently dug up an old P4 that is in fine working order and done what any self respecting Slashdotter would do... I slapped Linux on it to experiment making an NFSv4 server. One other thing I did was to remove the old AGP video card to save on power since this is a headless machine. Now... I removed the video card after the installation, and I'm doing just fine as long as the machine will boot to a state where networking works and I can SSH to it.

My question for the Slashdot audience is: Is there a good solution to allow me to login to this box if it cannot get on the network? I'm looking for solutions other than slapping a video card back in. In my case, I will have physical access to the machine.

A few caveats to make it interesting: This question is for plain old desktop/laptop systems, not network servers designed to run headless. Also, I am aware of the serial console, but even "old" machines may only have USB, and I have not seen any good documentation on how and if USB works as a substitute. Finally, if there is any way to access the BIOS settings without needing a video card that would be an extra bonus, but I'm satisfied with just local OS access starting from the GRUB prompt. I'm all ears for advice from any Slashdotters with these setups running.

Patents

Submission + - Microsoft's Wipe-Detroit-Off-the-Map Patent

theodp writes: "Not only does Microsoft seem intent on wiping Detroit off the face of the Virtual Earth, they want a patent for doing so. On Thursday, the USPTO published Microsoft's patent application for Safe Route Configuration. 'The disclosed innovation goes against market trends and conventional wisdom in route generation circles,' boasts Microsoft as it touts the advantages of pedestrian and vehicular routes designed 'to mitigate a user's exposure to danger' over those that seek to minimize travel time. Microsoft notes that otherwise-dangerous neighborhoods can become safer 'when a major sport event starts or ends,' so you presumably will still be able to get directions to a Tigers or Lions game. Microsoft also has a patent pending for Pedestrian Route Production, which covers the generation of directions for the purpose of 'avoiding unsafe neighborhoods.' In this area, Microsoft Research appears to have the edge on Google, which settled for merely issuing a bad neighborhood caution with its pedestrian routes ('Use caution when walking in unfamiliar areas')."
Programming

Submission + - Back to programming 1

NxJen writes: "I was once a programmer (for 8 yrs)and now a project manager (for 4 years) and I work on Aerospace projects mostly. I am just sick and tired of scheduling projects, coordinating, progress tracking, managing cost and the project management rubbish. My heart says go back to what you do well (Programming). I spend my weekends still programming it makes me happy. I am asking if any of you slashdoters have been through such a reverse transformation. If so any tips will be deeply appreciated. Also, what does one has to do to prepare to get back to the programming landscape. In my domain, C / C++ and a lot of domain knowledge is all one might need, but I am willing to step outside this world of aerospace."
The Media

Submission + - The Pirate Bay is sold, and on its way to legality (pcpro.co.uk) 1

MattSparkes writes: "A Swedish software firm is buying The Pirate Bay and turning it into a legal business. Global Gaming Factory X (GGF) has also bought peer-to-peer research firm Peerialism. The two purchases are expected to form the basis of a new, legal download service. It's a bold move, especially as it comes in the same week that the four founders of The Pirate Bay had their application for a retrial rejected by a Swedish court."
The Courts

Submission + - RIAA Wants to Bar Jammie from Making Objections (blogspot.com) 2

NewYorkCountryLawyer writes: "In the Duluth, Minnesota, case headed for a re-trial on June 15th, Capitol Records v. Thomas-Rasset, the RIAA has filed a motion seeking to bar the defendant Jammie Thomas-Rasset (she got married recently) from making objections, during trial number 2, to the plaintiffs' copyright registration documents. To preempt those of you reacting with shock and anger at the American judicial system, let me assure you this motion has nothing to do with the American judicial system : the RIAA's motion has the chance of a snowball in Hell of being granted, as there is simply no legal basis for preventing a person from making valid legal objections in Trial #2, just because the lawyer she had in Trial #1 didn't make similar objections. I'm guessing that the RIAA lawyers realized they have some kind of problem with their paperwork, and thought this a clever way of short circuiting it; instead, of course, they have merely red flagged it for Ms. Thomas-Rasset's new legal team. A few days earlier the RIAA lawyers filed a similarly ludicrous motion trying to keep Ms. Thomas-Rasset's expert witness from testifying; that too is doomed."
Security

Submission + - SPAM: Court says feds security checks go too far

coondoggie writes: "Can background checks go too far? The Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals apparently thinks so. That court this week ruled against the federal government and in favor of employees at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in their case which centers around background investigations known as Homeland Security Presidential Directive #12 (Nelson et al. vs NASA). The finding reaffirms the JPL employees claims' that the checks threaten their constitutional rights. The stink stems from HSPD #12 which is in part aimed at gathering information to develop a common identification standard that ensures that people are who they say they are, so government facilities and sensitive information stored in networks remains protected. [spam URL stripped]"
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Security

Submission + - The Ultimate Lock Picker (wired.com)

TheUnFounded writes: "Marc Weber Tobias can pick, crack, or bump any lock. Now he wants to teach the world how to break into military facilities and corporate headquarters. But Tobias isn't crazy. Far from it. He's a professional lock breaker, a man obsessively--perhaps compulsively--dedicated to cracking physical security systems. He doesn't play games, he rarely sees movies, he doesn't attend to plants or pets or, currently, a girlfriend. Tobias hacks locks. Then he teaches the public how to hack them, too."
Operating Systems

Submission + - ASUS abandons Linux (computerworld.com.au)

hairyfeet writes: "Computerworld has posted from a ASUS product showcase in Sydney that when asked why there were no Linux notebooks or Netbooks on display that according to ASUS representatives Linux is being phased out by the company across the board in favor of Windows. Considering that Ubuntu has confirmed that Linux has a 400% return rate when compared to Windows, and that Windows now own 90%+ of the Netbook market with an aging Windows XP, does this mean that the future of Linux in the Netbook/Notebook market is bleak?"
Hardware Hacking

Submission + - Self Replicating Machines In Your Home - Seriously (singularityhub.com)

Singularity Hub writes: "Did you know that for about $500 you can have a machine in your living room that can print out a 3D replica of any object from a CAD drawing on your computer? You can use this machine to make door handles, dolls, cars, hooks...anything! This machine is called a reprap, and amazingly the specifications for the machine are completely open source, completely shareable and modifiable by anyone in the world. There is a worldwide community of volunteers working feverishly to support you and anyone else to troubleshoot and improve the machine. Most interesting of all, the reprap is ultimately designed to self replicate all of its parts, bringing us within tantalizing reach of a long envisioned era of self replicating machines."

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