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Piracy

Ubisoft's Authentication Servers Go Down 634

ZuchinniOne writes "With Ubisoft's fantastically awful new DRM you must be online and logged in to their servers to play the games you buy. Not only was this DRM broken the very first day it was released, but now their authentication servers have failed so absolutely that no-one who legally bought their games can play them. 'At around 8am GMT, people began to complain in the Assassin's Creed 2 forum that they couldn't access the Ubisoft servers and were unable to play their games.' One can only hope that this utter failure will help to stem the tide of bad DRM."
Novell

Submission + - HP to sell Linux laptops and PCs (idg.com.au)

Titus Germanicus writes: "According to an article on PC World HP is planning to introduce desktop and laptop computers that come with Novell's Suse Linux Enterprise Desktop operating system preinstalled. In an interview at the Novell Brainshare conference in Salt Lake City, Roger Levy, vice president for open platform solutions with Novell, typified the HP deal as significant. "Having any additional distributor that has worldwide reach and has a large market share who will bring enterprise grade Linux in as an option, is very significant to us," Levy said. The systems are scheduled to start shipping worldwide in select geographies in the second quarter of 2008, according to a source familiar with the matter. And the two vendors will jointly develop software drivers and provide support to end-users."
Microsoft

Submission + - Supreme Court Gives WordPerfect Case Thumbs Up (google.com) 1

eldavojohn writes: "Microsoft and Novell make strange bedfellows indeed as despite all prior deals, Novell has been given the go ahead by the U.S. Supreme Court to sue Microsoft in yet another antitrust case (this one has been on hold since 2004). Do you remember WordPerfect and Quattro Pro? Probably not because it seems they couldn't interface with Microsoft's OS as well as Microsoft's publishing tools could. The article cites a memo by Gates that just came to light and reads "I have decided that we should not publish these extensions. We should wait until we have away to do a high level of integration that will be harder for likes of Notes, WordPerfect to achieve, and which will give Office a real advantage... We can't compete with Lotus and WordPerfect/Novell without this." They survived a web browser conviction, can Microsoft make it through another antitrust case as a single company?"
The Military

Submission + - Could Geoengineering be used as a Weapon?

tcd004 writes: "Geoengineering presents more than just an environmental question. It also presents a geopolitical dilemma. With processes of this magnitude and degree of uncertainty, countries would inevitably argue over control, costs, and liability for mistakes. More troubling, however, is the possibility that states may decide to use geoengineering efforts and technologies as weapons. Two factors make this a danger we dismiss at our peril: the unequal impact of climate changes, and the ability of small states and even nonstate actors to attempt geoengineering.

It wouldn't be the first time states looked at the environment as a weapon. In the early 1970s, the Pentagon's Project Popeye attempted to use cloud seeding to increase the strength of monsoons and bog down the Ho Chi Minh Trail. In 1996, a group of Air Force and Army officers working with the Air Force 2025 program produced a document titled "Weather as a Force Multiplier: Owning the Weather in 2025""
Communications

Submission + - The True Cost of SMS Messages (gthing.net)

nilbog writes: "How much does it actually cost to send SMS messages? This article outlines the true cost of SMS messages and comes to some pretty startling conclusions. For example, sending an amount of data that would cost one dollar from your ISP would cost over sixty one million dollars if you were to send it over SMS. Why has the cost of bandwidth, infrastructure, and technology in general dropped while the price of SMS messages have risen exponentially? How can carriers continue to justify the high cost of their apparent super premium data transmission?"
Security

Submission + - Cheney Calls for Permanent Warrantless Wiretaps (washingtonpost.com) 1

I Don't Believe in Imaginary Property writes: "Vice President Cheney called upon Congress today to make the Protect America Act permanent. Cheney said that the law must include retroactive immunity for the telecoms; a provision that would be unnecessary if he believed their actions to have been lawful at the time. He's also worried that Congress might "impose undue operational burdens" on the collection of "foreign intelligence information on U.S. persons.""
Software

Submission + - Tools for Understanding Code 2

ewhac writes: "Having just recently taken a new job, I find myself confronted with an enormous pile of existing, unfamiliar code written for a (somewhat) unfamiliar platform, and an implicit understanding that I'll grok it all Real Soon Now. Simply firing up an editor and reading through it has proven unequal to the task. What sorts of tools exist for effectively analyzing and understanding a large code base? (You should not assume the development or target platform is Windows.)

I'm familiar with cscope , but it doesn't really seem to analyze program structure, per se. It's just a very fancy 'grep' package with a rudimentary understanding of C syntax. As such, I've only put minimal effort in to it. A new-ish tool called ncc looks very interesting, as it appears to be based on an actual C/C++ parser, but the UI is klunky, and there doesn't appear to be any facility for integrating/communicating with an editor."
Privacy

Submission + - RIAA Pursues Legal Action Against GWU Student (gwhatchet.com)

Anonymous Student writes: "A student at the George Washington University in Washington, D.C. is having legal proceedings brought before her on the charge that she shared eight songs via Limewire. Although the student admits to the infraction, the fact that she works two jobs and has no information regarding the charges being brought against her make it a bit difficult for her to represent herself in Federal court. "When it comes down to it, of all the resources we've looked at, we've noticed that there is a disproportionate share of illegal sharing on college networks," Duckworth said. "This is not a step we took lightly, to bring law suits against students was not our first preference." "The students who settle do so because they know they have broken the law', she added.""
Programming

Submission + - How to Effectively Manage Software Memory Leaks? 2

cbart387 writes: I recently worked on a C++ project that I had to track down memory leaks (that I'm sad to say I created). I found that by using Valgrind I was able to track down the leaks fairly quickly. My question to slashdot is if anyone, from experience, has a memory leak tool that they found particularly effective and would recommend trying? (It doesn't necessarily have to be for C/C++).
The Internet

Submission + - Geist's Fair Copyright for Canada Principles

An anonymous reader writes: Canadian law prof Michael Geist has been leading the charge against a Canadian DMCA including the creation a Fair Copyright for Canada Facebook group that now has more than 38,000 members. Having delayed the legislation, he now outlines what Canadians should be fighting for — more flexible fair dealing, a balanced implementation of the WIPO Internet treaties, an ISP safe harbour, and a modernized backup copy provision.
Censorship

Submission + - US Bridge Team to be blacklisted for antiBush sign (nytimes.com)

An anonymous reader writes: In a fight reminiscent of the brouhaha over an anti-Bush statement by Natalie Maines of the Dixie Chicks in 2003, a team of women who represented the United States at the world bridge championships in Shanghai last month is facing sanctions, including a yearlong ban from competition, for a spur-of-the-moment protest.

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