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Comment Re:It is the artists (Score 2, Interesting) 172

This is only slightly true. As it turns out, i was recently graced with the excellent opportunity to attend a Q&A with Mitch Glazier the Executive Vice President of Government and Industry Relations and Jonathan Lamy the Senior Vice President of Communications. Right now the RIAA is funding its campaign, in large part, by the money it makes off of the pre-settlement letters and lawsuits that they win. now, if the artist simply said, we take away your rights to all future music, eventually, the RIAA would cease to exist. As a side note, I have never met two more idiotic morons in my life, literally the dumbest people I have ever met, also, was like talking to the Lucifer himself, only x2.

Submission + - Linux based phonesystem phones home ( 1

An anonymous reader writes: Users of Trixbox, a PBX based on Asterisk, discovered that the software has been calling home with their usage and statistics.
From the article:
"I have just been made aware of a file '/var/adm/bin/' that contain the following commented lines describing the program:

# This file is design to be executed regularly by an external controller such as cron.
# It retrieves a list of commands to be executed from the specified URI and executes them, saving the output
# and returning it to the webserver as an encrypted string."

Trixbox is owned by Fonality, which makes customised PBXs (again based on asterisk) for paying customers and this is not the first time that Fonality has been called out for their data collection.



Submission + - Embrace digital or die, EMI told

no0b writes: "Guy Hands the new head honcho over at EMI must have had a nice whack upside his haid with the ClueStick : The new owner of EMI, Britain's largest music group, has warned that the industry will not survive if it continues to rely on CD sales alone. "The recorded music industry... has for too long been dependent on how many CDs can be sold," he wrote. "Rather than embracing digitalisation and the opportunities it brings for promotion of product and distribution through multiple channels, the industry has stuck its head in the sand." The story is here and the link to Radiohead generation believes music is free is a related good read. I wonder if he'll take the ClueStick to next meeting of the RIAA?"
The Courts

Submission + - Why RIAA Legal Win is a Really a Loss

An anonymous reader writes: The RIAA gets the big win in the Capitol v. Thomas trial, but if you ask Paul Resnikoff of the record industry trade mag Digital Music News the major labels would be much better off if they lost this case. The reason is because all of the big legal wins by the record industry, from Napster to MGM v. Grokster to Capitol v. Thomas have done nothing to stem file sharing, while creating an incredible amount of consumer badwill and the continued support of consumer hostile products. According to Resnikoff "If suing file-swappers curbed illegal sharing, propped CD sales, and directed traffic towards paid digital channels, then the strategy would make sense. But the exact opposite is happening. For starters, file-sharing volumes have been multiplying for years. And morality trips have had little effect on music fans — in fact, many consumers are hostile towards major labels as a result. Meanwhile, CD sales are dropping precipitously — more than 18 percent this year in the United States alone." Resnikoff says time is running out for the major labels and simple mathematics says they cannot keep up these expensive suits in the face of double digit declines. If the labels are to survive "resources must flow out of money-losing, resource-draining strategies like individual infringement lawsuits".
The Courts

Submission + - RIAA Trying to Hide Info on Download Expenses

NewYorkCountryLawyer writes: "The RIAA is refusing to provide defendant's attorneys with the record companies' expenses-per-download in UMG v. Lindor, in Brooklyn. Although the Court ruled last November that Ms. Lindor is permitted to prove her allegation that the damages sought by the RIAA are "unconstitutionally excessive and disproportionate to any actual damages that may have been sustained", the RIAA is refusing to turn over any information about its expenses, needed to calculate the "actual damages". Ms. Lindor's attorneys have filed a motion to compel (pdf) the RIAA to turn over the information. Although the record companies had similarly tried to hide their revenue figures, they later conceded in papers their lawyers had publicly filed with the Court that the revenues were in the range of 70 cents per download, and eventually entered into a stipulation relating the to the actual numbers, which were kept confidential."

Submission + - Google Buys Mobile Social Network Zingku

HairyNevus writes: "Ina an attempt to provide more services for mobile phone users, Google has acquired the social networking company Zingku. Zingku allows people to send photos ans conduct polls via their mobile phone easier, and also allows businesses to send out "mobile flyers", advertisements. As of now, new Zingku account sign-ups have been frozen and all current accounts will be transferred to Google. The article also pointed out something interesting about Zingku's privacy policy, "It's privacy policy begins: 'The success of our business depends on maintaining your privacy. Also, our mothers brought us up properly so even if our business didn't depend upon protecting your privacy, we would STILL protect it because we would experience extreme guilt if we didn't.'""
The Media

Submission + - Demonoid Returns, well mostly

camperslo writes: The news on Demonoid sums it up: "We received a letter from a lawyer represeting the CRIA, they were threatening with legal action and we need to start blocking Canadian traffic because of this.

Thanks for your understanding, and sorry for any inconvenience." (typo is theirs)

As posted here, the Demonoid trackers were up yesterday, the website went live again today.

It's good to see the Green Demon alive and kicking (of course its pretty well swamped at the moment)
Role Playing (Games)

Submission + - Linden Lab commits FRAUD, uses VAT to raise prices (

Tyrian Camilo writes: Linden Lab, maker of Second Life is committing fraud when they "introduced" VAT. The discriminate Europeans, by using VAT as an cover up to raise prices. Claiming that they now have to charge VAT, while they have been paying it all along, and it has been included in the price in the past. When asked, they refuse to give receipts of payments also, making businesses unable to get payments to Linden Lab into tax deductions, and adding that price for current payment term, without giving customers the chance to cancel the increased price.

Submission + - Privacy in the UK, kiss it goodbye.

Wowsers writes: The UK is about to have a new law in place that allows a vast number of public bodies to have access to a whole range of private data, most notably phone call information, finally completing the current UK governments project of making the country's population as spied upon and subjugated as the East German Stazi did on their population. It is of interest that the UK already has the most CCTV cameras in the world per population, and the largest criminal DNA database in the world (with over 1 million innocent people on it including 6 month olds).

Officials from the top of Government to lowly council officers will be given unprecedented powers to access details of every phone call in Britain under laws coming into force tomorrow. The new rules compel phone companies to retain information, however private, about all landline and mobile calls, and make them available to some 795 public bodies and quangos. The move, enacted by the personal decree of Home Secretary Jacqui Smith, will give police and security services a right they have long demanded: to delve at will into the phone records of British citizens and businesses.

By 2009 the Government plans to extend the rules to cover internet use: the websites we have visited, the people we have emailed and phone calls made over the net.
Full story here:

Submission + - SPAM: Storm: The biggest, baddest botnet in the world?

alphadogg writes: Storm may not be the most creative or malicious piece of malware ever written, but it's on track to become the most productive; threat researchers' recent estimates put the number of PCs it has infected at more than 1 million. First showing up on researchers' radars about a year ago, Storm is defined by some as a worm, others as a Trojan Horse. Although Storm doesn't use any particularly inventive or malicious techniques, such as erasing files on a hard drive or recording keystrokes to capture passwords and personal information, it has gained notoriety through its writers' ability to update and adapt both the malware's code and the spam blasts that lure people to become infected with it — all with the purpose of building a giant botnet. [spam URL stripped]

Submission + - Astronaut Bill Oefelein sent back to the Navy

davidwr writes: NASA is sending Cmdr. Bill Oefelein back to the Navy. NASA spokesman Jim Rostohar said, "NASA has determined that Cmdr. Oefelein's detail is no longer required for the purposes it was originally granted." Cmdr. Oefelein was at the center of the Lisa Nowak love-triangle scandal a few months back. Well, at least he's not the first NASA astronaut to be brougth down by a love scandal.

Holocaust Dropped From Some UK Schools 1286

dteichman2 writes "It appears that some UK schools are ignoring the Holocaust. A government-backed study, funded by the Department for Education and Skills, found that some teachers are reluctant to teach history lessons on the Holocaust for fear of offending Muslim students whose beliefs include Holocaust denial. Additionally, similar problems are being encountered with lessons on the Crusades because these lessons contradict teachings from local mosques."

Submission + - Linux powers SMS appliance

Davide Cantaluppi writes: "May 17, 2007

Acme Systems has introduced a tiny Linux-based gateway that connects cellular SMS (simple message service) and TCP/IP networks. The SMS FoxBox integrates a quad-band GSM modem, offers web, email (smtp/pop3), and mysql interfaces, and supports local message storage through removable flash storage.

(Click for larger view of the FoxBox)

FoxBox ports
According to Acme, applications for the FoxBox include:
  • Radio or TV shows with live interaction with the public, such as real-time SMS polls
  • Data processing for alarms and measure/control units
  • Sending and receiving SMS from a web site
  • Mass SMS message distribution
  • Server control via SMS
  • SMS-based order processing systems
The FoxBox is based on Acme's FoxServe product, which adds a dynamic web server stack to the "GM" version of the company's original Acme Fox design. The board is powered by an Etrax 100LX . The module weds 8MB of flash and 32MB of RAM to Axis's Etrax 100LX, a highly integrated system-on-chip with a 32-bit, 100 MIPS (million-instructions-per-second) RISC core.

FoxGM with Telit modem

The FoxBox's I/O includes a 10/100 Ethernet port, along with a pair of USB 1.1 ports. The USB ports can support USB mass storage devices and wireless LAN or Bluetooth adapters. Alternatively, SD/MMC cards can be used to provide local message storage. The GSM Modem is a Telit GM 862 Quad Band attached using J6 and J7 on fox board (ttyS2 serial port), according to Acme Partner Davide Cantaluppi.

On the software side, the FoxBox is based on a 2.6-series Linux kernel, with busybox providing a Linux-like shell environment. Standard software includes an SSH server, telnet server, SMS server, fetchmail, procmail, mailsend, PHP5, and an FTP server. Firmware is remotely upgradable via LAN, Web, FTP, or SSH. The Boa web server serves the devices's primary UI.

FoxBox's browser control interface

The FoxBox's browser-based user interface offers various message management facilities, such as inboxes and outboxes, an addressbook with group messaging capabilities, tools for setting up an running polls, and configuration tools and logs. Additionally, a "Custom application" interface lets users write shell scripts and connect them to the system's event handler, Caltaluppi said.

FoxBox Widget for MacOS X
Also available is a Mac OS X "widget" (pictured at right) that lets users read SMS messages on their desktop.


The FoxBox is available now, direct from Acme Systems, priced at 750 Euro (approx. $1,000).
Further info..."

Submission + - 10 Most Useless Firefox Extensions

CorinneI writes: "There's a lot to add on to Mozilla's popular browser; some of it's really useful, and the rest of it not so much. Last month, 10 of the most useless and ridiculous extensions were named; this month, there are 10 more. What's special now, though, is that this week Mozilla Technology Strategist (and "Add-ons Guru") Mike Shaver named the top 5, including a Mood Map and a PacMan clone. Sure, you may not use them, but they're a riot just the same."

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