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Submission + - Why Contributor Agreements Are Community-Toxic (computerworlduk.com)

WebMink writes: "A project dubbed "Harmony", imitated by Canonical, is trying to get so-called "contributor agreements" standardised to save corporations money. But the process could also standardise on copyright aggregation, where community participants donate their work to corporate sponsors. Many big open source communities — including Linux, Apache, GNOME and Mozilla — avoid doing so and have large communities as a consequence. This comprehensive article explores the reasons corporations want copyright aggregation and the reason it's toxic to open source communities."

Submission + - TextMaker 2010 more ODF compliant than OpenOffice? (softmaker.com)

An anonymous reader writes: SoftMaker Office ( http://www.softmaker.com/english/of_en.htm ) runs on Windows, Windows CE and Linux. the 2010 version brings ODF Import/Export capabilities. Even if this support is relatively new, it seems that SoftMaker Office 2010 (TextMaker) is more ODF compliant than OpenOffice Writer 3.2.1 ( http://www.openoffice.org/product/writer.html )
The tests were done using toture test files from another competitor (ThinkFree Office, that lacks of ODF capability) and the story can be found here :

For validation, I used the official ODF validator :

Even if both product were not perfect, only TextMaker gave me a valid ODF file (from a simple document, though)

More tests are to follow but it is quite astounding that OpenOffice is not 100% compliant yet...

Submission + - Machine Learning For Detection of Anomalous SIP

sylverboss writes: SIP DDoS attacks are becoming more widespread than ever (specially the ones originating from China) which can trigger 100's of SIP messages per sec and a large volume of traffic. Snort and IPTABLES are good tools to alert and mitigate such attacks but become limited when new attacks are launched. By the time the attack is stopped, the damage is done. In this paper, Konrad R. (who I've contacted) and others describe a "A Self-Learning System for Detection of Anomalous SIP Messages". Their approach is interesting but unfortunately the software has been developed for Alcatel/Lucent. So, I wonder if the Slashdot community has implemented efficient ways to mitigate "0-day" type of attacks or even better detect anomalies in SIP signaling by just using open source software or very clever iptables rules.

Submission + - Casing Pictures Point To New iPod Nano Format (itproportal.com)

siliconbits writes: Rumours have emerged about a new completely design for Apple's smallest iPod member, the Nano, a move that could reaffirm Apple's intention to keep the classic iPod audio players alive and kicking despite growing internal competition from the iPod Touch and the iPhone.
GNU is Not Unix

Glibc Is Finally Free Software 337

WebMink writes "Despite the fervour of some, the dark secret of every GNU/Linux distribution is that, until August 18 this year, it depended on software that was under a non-Free license — incompatible with the Open Source Definition and non-Free according to Debian and the FSF. A long tale of tenacity and software archeology has finally led to that software appearing under the 3-clause BSD license — ironically, at the behest of an Oracle VP. The result is that glibc, portmap and NFS are no longer tainted."

Submission + - Critical flaw found in virtually all AV software (theregister.co.uk) 1

Securityemo writes: "The Register is running an article about a new method to bypass antivirus software, discovered by Maltousec. By sending benign code to the antivirus driver hooks, and switching it out for malicious code at the last moment, the antivirus can be completely bypassed. This attack is apparently much more reliable on multi-core systems. Link to original article here."

Submission + - Google Attorney Slams ACTA Copyright Treaty 1

Hugh Pickens writes: "Cnet reports that Daphne Keller, a senior policy counsel at Google, says ACTA has "metastasized" from a proposal to address border security and counterfeit goods to an sweeping international legal framework for copyright and the Internet that could increase the liability for Internet intermediaries such as, perhaps, search engines. "You don't want to play Russian roulette with very high statutory damages." One section of ACTA says that Internet providers "disabling access" to pirated material and adopting a policy dealing with unauthorized "transmission of materials protected by copyright" would be immune from lawsuits but if they choose not to do so, they could face legal liability. "It looks a lot like cultural imperialism," Keller said at the Legal Frontiers in Digital Media conference. "It's something that really snuck up on a lot of people," adding that ACTA, is "something that has grown in the shadows, Gollum-like," without public scrutiny. Both the Obama administration and the Bush administration had rejected requests for the text of ACTA, with the White House last year even indicating that disclosure would do "damage to the national security." After pressure from the European Parliament, however, negotiators released the draft text two weeks ago."

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