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Submission + - A Big Victory for F/OSS: Jacobsen v. Katzer is Set (consortiuminfo.org) 2

Andy Updegrove writes: A short while ago the parties to one of the most closely watched FOSS cases filed a settlement agreement with the U.S. Federal District Court for the Northern District of California ending one of the most important FOSS legal cases to date. That case is Jacobsen vs. Katzer, and the settlement marks a complete victory for Jacobsen, a member of the Java Model Railroad Interface (JMRI) Project. Jacobsen's victory establishes several important rights for the first time in the U.S.: the right to prevent their copyright and authorship acknowledgments from being removed from their code, and the right to collect damages if the terms of the licenses they choose are violated. Until now, those rights had never been tested in court. Read on for the details of the case, the litigation, and the settlement.
Security

Submission + - Cellphones of Greek PM/others hacked: 8/04 to 1/05 (ieee.org) 1

An anonymous reader writes: Sometime before August, 2004 through late January, 2005, a hacker/hackers unknown rootkitted Vodafone Greece — the cellular service provider for " . . . the prime minister and his wife . . . the ministers of national defense, foreign affairs, and justice, the mayor of Athens, and the Greek European Union commissioner . . . civil rights organizations, peace activists, and antiglobalization groups; senior staff at the ministries of National Defense, Public Order, Merchant Marine, and Foreign Affairs; the New Democracy ruling party; the Hellenic Navy general staff; and a Greek-American employee at the United States Embassy in Athens . . . " Yeesh . . .
Space

Submission + - The biggest diamond EVER?

Poohsticks writes: Discoverers have found a star that collapsed into a white dwarf with a solid diamond core! Don't tell you girlfriend cause you can NEVER afford something this big!

http://www.dailygalaxy.com/my_weblog/2007/07/a-gal actic-diam.html

I love that the article references Bill Gates, Donald Trump, and The Hitchhikers Galaxy. Gotta love the boffins who wrote that article!

Feed Engadget: Reuters shocked that OLPC testers using XO for XXX (engadget.com)

Filed under: Laptops

You know it's a pretty slow summer Friday on the Reuters news beat when one of the biggest stories making the rounds focuses on the shocking revelation that Nigerian students are using their shiny new OLPC XOs to do what hormonal young men have being doing since the dawn of time: look at naked women. The esteemed wire service's African correspondent breathlessly reports that a journalist from the News Agency of Nigeria had seen pornography on a few children's notebooks, which led the country's publication of record to surmise that "efforts to promote learning with laptops in a primary school in Abuja have gone awry as the pupils freely browse adult sites with explicit sexual materials." Why, the NAN report makes it sound like these kids are spending their days at some seedy adult bookstore and not even attending school at all. Luckily for the porn-addicted youngsters, administrators of the pilot program are aware of this critical problem, and will soon be installing filters that will very likely block out a slew of legitimate pages while still allowing them to see all the flesh they want on Myspace. Will someone please think of the children?

[Thanks to everyone who sent this in]

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