[linuxtoday.com] Oracle Database Certified for Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6, Oracle 6
EntepriseAppsToday: Over a year after Oracle released its own flagship Linux release, its namesake database is finally certified to run on it.
[slashdot.org] T-Mobile's Optional Censorship Falls Down

An anonymous reader writes "T-Mobile USA offers a 'feature' to restrict access to certain kinds of content. This is called Web Guard. Supposedly Web Guard is supposed to inhibit access to content that falls under certain categories. The Open Observatory of Network Interference (OONI), developed a tool to detect what sites were being censored. Amongst them were political news sites, foreign sports news sites and other sites that should not have been censored." It's quite an eclectic bunch of sites that are blocked, but then censorware tends to break in interesting ways, even when it's not by design.

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[linuxtoday.com] Git PHP. RIP Subversion
InternetNews: Will PHP's move to Git accelerate development?
[osnews.com] Firefox drops support for Windows 2000, XP RTM, XP SP1
Still holding on to Windows 2000, XP RTM or XP SP1? No more Firefox for you, my friend - Mozilla has just upped its minimum supported Windows version to Windows XP SP2. In addition, support for Firefox 3.6 will end April 24. Asa Dotzler presents Opera as an alternative for you crazy people still on Windows 2000, XP RTM or XP SP1.
[osnews.com] Scientific Linux, the great distribution with the wrong name
"Scientific Linux is an unknown gem, one of the best Red Hat Enterprise Linux clones. The name works against it because it's not for scientists; rather it's maintained by science organizations. Let's kick the tires on the latest release and see what makes it special."
[slashdot.org] ISOC Hires MPAA Executive Paul Beringer

First time accepted submitter imwilder writes "The Internet Society has hired Paul Beringer to head up its operations in North America. Beringer was formerly Chief Technology Policy Officer for the MPAA, and Executive Director of Internet and Technology Policy for Verizon Corporate Services. Does this challenge the notion that ISOC is a 'trusted, independent source of Internet leadership?'"

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[slashdot.org] Congress Wants Your TSA Stories

McGruber writes "Transportation Security Administration (TSA) program challenges and failures will be the focus of a joint hearing of the US House of Representatives Committee on Oversight and Government Reform and the Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure, on Monday, March 26, 2012. The Hearing is titled 'TSA Oversight Part III: Effective Security or Security Theater?' Bruce Schneier is scheduled to be a witness at this hearing. Additional information on the hearing is posted on the oversight committee's website. The Congressmen who serve on these committees are soliciting questions from the public to ask TSA officials at the hearing ... provided the public is willing to submit their questions via Facebook."

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[lwn.net] Stable kernels 3.0.26 and 3.2.13
Stable kernels 3.0.26 and 3.2.13 are out. Both have a relatively smallset of important fixes.
[lwn.net] Django 1.4 released
Version 1.4 of the Django web framework has been released.Improvements include proper time zone support, various securityimprovements, and more; see the releasenotes for details.
[linuxtoday.com] iRobot and Willow Garage Debate Closed vs. Open Source Robotics at Cocktail Party
IEEE Spectrum: "What's the best approach to building commercially successful robotics companies: To develop specific, proprietary products that satisfy the needs of large markets, or to develop and share free, open-source technologies and wait for the commercial applications to emerge?"
[linuxtoday.com] Eucalyptus, OpenStack dogfight in cloud war
IT World: "A new whitepaper from enterprise storage service provider Nasuni Corporation has portrayed parent company Rackspace as the worst data migrator between Rackspace Cloud Files, AWS's Simple Storage Service (S3), and Microsoft Window Azure storage."
[slashdot.org] Early Exposure To Germs Has Lasting Benefits

ananyo writes "Exposure to germs in childhood is thought to help strengthen the immune system and protect children from developing allergies and asthma, but the pathways by which this occurs have been unclear. Now, researchers have identified a mechanism in mice that may explain the role of exposure to microbes in the development of asthma and ulcerative colitis, a common form of inflammatory bowel disease. The researchers show that in mice, exposure to microbes in early life can reduce the body's inventory of invariant natural killer T (iNKT) cells, which help to fight infection but can also turn on the body, causing a range of disorders such as asthma or inflammatory bowel disease (abstract). The study supports the 'hygiene hypothesis,' which contends that such auto-immune diseases are more common in the developed world where the prevalence of antibiotics and antibacterials reduce children's exposure to microbes."

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[slashdot.org] Notch Wants To Make a Firefly-Inspired Sandbox Space Game

silentbrad sends this snippet from PCGamer:"After stepping back as lead designer of Minecraft earlier this year, Notch has been considering what to do next. ... While he's still deciding exactly what he wants to work on, he told us that he'd quite like to do a sandbox space trading game like Elite, 'except done right.' Notch is aiming for something with a bit more character than the classic trading sim. Instead of being the spaceship, you'd be a character inside the spaceship. 'I want the space game that's more like Firefly,' he said. 'I want to run around on my ship and have to put out a fire. Like, oh crap, the cooling system failed, I have to put out the fire here.' He hasn't decided to make the game yet, and doesn't mind if someone else takes up the reins. 'If someone steals the idea before me, that's totally fine. I just want to play that game,' he said."

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[slashdot.org] Facebook Buys 750 IBM Patents

eldavojohn writes "Considering IBM's portfolio gained 6,180 last year alone, it's not a huge number. But after a dispute with Yahoo a couple weeks ago, Facebook has purchased 750 patents from IBM. That's over thirteen times the 56 they were reportedly holding. The humorous rumor is that Yahoo might have been licensing these patents from IBM. If you can't beat 'em, buy the patents they're licensing from another company. Another rumor is that Facebook might be just getting started in their bid to expand their patent portfolio (video). No word yet whether the purchased patents directly pertain to Yahoo's infringement claims on messaging, privacy controls, advertising, customization and social networking."

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[linuxtoday.com] PlayOnLinux 4.0.16 now can start exe from terminal, support for Desura and more
Unixmen: "PlayonLinux can now start an executable from the terminal (Exp: playonlinux file.exe), added support for Desura, easy access to the virtual disks right from your home directory and more."
[slashdot.org] Kazakh Gold Medalist Is Played Borat Anthem

Wo-wo-wee-wah! It looks like the Kuwaiti officials at an international shooting event never got the memo that the film Borat: Cultural Learnings of America for Make Benefit Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan wasn't an actual documentary. Gold medalist Maria Dmitrienko stood stoically while the offensive national anthem from the film was played during the awards ceremony. From the article: "Coach Anvar Yunusmetov told Kazakh news agency Tengrinews that the tournament's organizers had also got the Serbian national anthem wrong." Nice!

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[slashdot.org] US Mobile Carriers Won't Brick Stolen Phones

WheezyJoe writes "NBC News has some disturbing security video of people getting assaulted for their smartphones. Such offenses are on the rise. Police chiefs like D.C.'s Cathy Lanier are asking U.S. mobile carriers to brick phones that are reported stolen, in order to dry up what must be a big underground market for your favorite Android device or iPhone — but right now the carriers won't do it. Such an approach has had success in Australia and the U.K."

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[slashdot.org] ISPs Sign On To FCC Anti-Botnet Code of Conduct

Trailrunner7 writes "The U.S.'s leading Internet Service Providers signed on to a new FCC code of conduct to limit the impact of major cyber security threats, including botnets, attacks on the Domain Name System and Internet routing attacks. AT&T, CenturyLink, Comcast, Cox, Sprint, Time Warner Cable, T-Mobile and Verizon were among the ISPs that participated in the agreement. 'The recommendations approved today identify smart, practical, voluntary solutions that will materially improve the cyber security of commercial networks and bolster the broader endeavors of our federal partners,' said FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski."A fact sheet from the FCC provides details on the recommendations, but they're pretty vague: "The CSRIC recommended ISPs participate in a U.S. Anti-Bot Code ofConduct (PDF) that encourages ISPs to engage in: (1) end-user education to prevent bot infections; (2) detection of bots; (3) notification of potential bot infections; (4) remediation of bots; and (5) collaboration and sharing of information." They also recommend broader adoption of DNSSEC and the development of an "industry framework" to combat IP route hijacking.

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[lwn.net] Scientific Linux, the Great Distro With the Wrong Name (Linux.com)
Linux.com takesa look at Scientific Linux. "Scientific Linux has bundled a nice toolset for making custom spins the easy way. The package group is SL Spin Creation, and you get nice tools like LiveUSB Creator and Revisor (figure 2.) In fact, SL was designed with custom spins in mind; spins have their own unique features, but all of them are compatible. There is even a naming convention: Scientific Linux followed by the name of the institution. For example if I made one I would call it Scientific Linux LCR, for Little Critter Ranch."
[linux.com] CodePlex, Yes CodePlex, Adds Git Support

When Linus Torvalds used to talk about world domination, I thought it was relating to Linux. Apparently, it applies to his side-project Git, too. Developer demand has nudged Microsoft's CodePlex into supporting Git.

[linuxtoday.com] Icelandic government prepares switch to open source
The H Open: "The new policy is a continuation of efforts to migrate all public institutions to free and open source software."
[linuxtoday.com] Say hello to Canonical's new Linux desktop: Ubuntu 12.04 beta review
Linux and Open Source: "Ubuntu is based, as ever, on Debian Linux. For its Linux kernel, 12.04 uses the 3.2.6 Linux kernel. Under its Unity desktop hood, you'll find GNOME 3.3.20."
[osnews.com] The current state of styli and the iPad: does the stylus still blow it?
"Reading Steve Jobs by Walter Isaacson, it can be argued the creative catalyst for the iPad was not Jobs himself, nor Apple design wizard Jony Ive, but instead some Microsoft engineer who talked too much at parties. At least that's how Steve Jobs told it from 2002. 'But he was doing the device all wrong. It had a stylus. As soon as you have a stylus, you're dead. This dinner was like the tenth time he talked to me about it, and I was so sick of it that I came home and said, "Fuck it, let's show him what a tablet can really be".' Apocryphal dinner story or not, Apple did indeed show Microsoft how tablets are done, and attempted to bury the stylus in doing so. However, a decade later and just after the launch of the new iPad, it turns out the stylus isn't dead at all. In fact, it's getting better."
[slashdot.org] Record-Setting 100+ T Magnetic Field Achieved At Los Alamos

New submitter schrodingersGato writes "Researchers at the Los Alamos campus of the National High Magnetic Field Laboratory achieved a record-setting 100.75 Tesla magnetic field. To do this, scientists placed a resistive magnet (a sophisticated electromagnet) coupled to massive bank of capacitors within another magnet fixed at a 'lower' magnetic field. A short-lived pulse two million times stronger than the Earth's magnetic field was generated. The magnet itself made an eerie sound as it was energized (video). Prepare for the birth of Magneto!"

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[slashdot.org] The Spanish Link In Cracking the Enigma Code

peetm sends this quote from the BBC:"When the Spanish Civil War began in 1936, both Hitler's Germany and Mussolini's Italy sent troops to help the nationalists under Franco. But with the conflict dispersed across the country, some means of secure communication was needed for the German Condor Legion, the Italians and the Spanish forces under Franco. As a result, a set of modified commercial Enigma machines were delivered by Germany. ... A key figure in trying to understand it was Dilly Knox, a classicist who had been working on breaking ciphers since World War I. He was fascinated by the machine and began studying ways in which an intercepted message might in theory be broken, even writing his own messages, encrypting them and then trying to break them himself. But there was no opportunity to actually intercept a real message since German military signals were inaudible in Britain. However, the signals produced by the machines sent to Spain in 1936 were audible enough to be intercepted and Knox began work. ... Within six or seven months of having his first real code to crack, Knox had succeeded, producing the first decryption of an Enigma message in April 1937."

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[slashdot.org] Battling Fish Fraud With DNA Testing

itwbennett writes "High demand, high prices, and nearly identical cheaper alternatives is a recipe for fraud. Eel fraud, that is. This has led Japanese researchers to develop a method to cheaply and quickly batch-test DNA by taking small tissue samples from thousands of eels. 'If a non-local eel is found in a batch, more tests will be performed to find the guilty foreigner.'"

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[slashdot.org] Researchers Tweak Mouse Neurons To Activate Specific Memories

An anonymous reader writes "According to new study published in Nature (abstract), MIT researchers have figured out how to trigger specific memories in rats by hitting certain neurons with a pulse of light. From the article: 'The researchers first identified a specific set of brain cells in the hippocampus that were active only when a mouse was learning about a new environment. They determined which genes were activated in those cells, and coupled them with the gene for channelrhodopsin-2 (ChR2), a light-activated protein used in optogenetics. ... The light-activated protein would only be expressed in the neurons involved in experiential learning — an ingenious way to allow for labeling of the physical network of neurons associated with a specific memory engram for a specific experience. Finally, the mice entered an environment and, after a few minutes of exploration, received a mild foot shock, learning to fear the particular environment in which the shock occurred. The brain cells activated during this fear conditioning became tagged with ChR2. Later, when exposed to triggering pulses of light in a completely different environment, the neurons involved in the fear memory switched on — and the mice quickly entered a defensive, immobile crouch.'"

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[linuxtoday.com] New Commodore AMIGA mini is a modern PC that comes with Linux
Linux User: The folks behind Commodore USA are still trying to make their mark on modern computing,
[lwn.net] Friday's security advisories
CentOS has updated C6: raptor(information disclosure).

Debian has updated libpng (codeexecution).

Mandriva has updated libzip(multiple vulnerabilities), file (denial ofservice), libsoup (directory traversal),and cyrus-imapd (denial of service).

Oracle has updated OL6: raptor(information disclosure).

Red Hat has updated RHEL6: raptor(information disclosure) and RHEL5:openoffice.org (information disclosure).

Scientific Linux has updated SL6:raptor (information disclosure).

Ubuntu has updated freetype(multiple vulnerabilities) and thunderbird(multiple vulnerabilities).

[lwn.net] Prometheus bound: An important precedent for the next software patent case (opensource.com)
Red Hat's assistant general counsel Rob Tiller writes about the implications of a recent US Supreme Court decision in Mayo Collaborative Services v. Prometheus Laboratories, Inc. [PDF]. He looks at the possible impact on software patent decisions down the road. "It also seems noteworthy that the Mayo Court outlined a balanced view of the patent system that took account of the risks it can pose for innovation. It wrote, 'Patent protection is, after all, a two-edged sword. On the one hand, the promise of exclusive rights provides monetary incentives that lead to creation, invention, and discovery. On the other hand, that very exclusivity can impede the flow of information that might permit, indeed spur, invention, by, for example, raising the price of using the patented ideas once created, requiring potential users to conduct costly and time-consuming searches of existing patents and pending patent applications, and requiring the negotiation of complex licensing arrangements.'"
[lwn.net] The Nouveau driver graduates from staging
Linus has merged apatch which moves the Nouveau graphics driver out of its symboliclocation in staging and into the mainline proper; among other things, thismove is an indication that no further ABI breaks (which have not happenedfor a while anyway) are expected. Also merged is initial mode-settingsupport for the just-released "Kepler" chipset from NVIDIA.

("Symbolic" because the Nouveau code has never been in the staging tree;only the configuration option was placed there.)

[osnews.com] 'Screenshots of despair'
Absolutely terrifying and very depressing screenshots from all kinds of software. "Screenshots of despair". Chilling stuff.
[slashdot.org] Facebook: Legal Action Against Employers Asking For Your Password

An anonymous reader writes "Facebook today weighed in on the issue of employers asking current and prospective employees for their Facebook passwords. The company noted that doing so undermines the privacy expectations and the security of both the user and the user's friends, as well as potentially exposes the employer to legal liability. The company is looking to draft new laws as well as take legal action against employers who do this."A least one U.S. Senator agrees with them.

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[slashdot.org] AT&T Charged US Taxpayers $16 Million For Nigerian Fraud Calls

McGruber writes "Bloomberg News is reporting that AT&T got more than $16 million from the U.S. government to run Telecommunications Relay Services, intended to help the hearing- and speech-impaired. However, as many as '95 percent of the calls in AT&T's hearing- impaired program were made by people outside the U.S. attempting to defraud merchants through the use of stolen credit cards, counterfeit checks and money orders.' According to the DoJ, 'AT&T in 2004, after getting complaints from merchants, determined the Internet Protocol addresses of 10 of the top 12 users of the service were abroad, primarily in Lagos, Nigeria.' The DOJ intervened in the whistle-blower lawsuit Lyttle v. AT&T Communications of Pennsylvania, 10-01376, U.S. District Court, Western District of Pennsylvania (Pittsburgh). The DOJ is seeking triple damages from AT&T."

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[linux.com] Scientific Linux, the Great Distro With the Wrong Name

Scientific Linux is an unknown gem, one of the best Red Hat Enterprise Linux clones. The name works against it because it's not for scientists; rather it's maintained by science organizations. Let's kick the tires on the latest release and see what makes it special.

[linux.com] Glibc 2.15 Released with Optimisations and New Locales

The new version of the popular C library also adds two new Linux interfaces and fixes a number of bugs...

[linux.com] Intel Core i7 AVX GCC Compiler Tuning Results

For those owners of Intel's latest-generation Core i3/i5/i7 "Sandy Bridge" processors, here's a quick look at the impact of some GCC tuning options specific to these latest AVX-enabled Intel processors...

[linux.com] Skeltrack: Open Source Skeleton Tracking Library for Kinect

Igalia has released a library for tracking different joints in the human body from depth images using Microsoft's Kinect motion-sensor accessory, without the need for a calibration pose or pose database...

[linux.com] Others Should Join Mozilla in Declaring the Video Wars Done

As Susan reported a few days ago, Mozilla has reversed its stance on the H.264 codec, and the company's most visible employee, Mitchell Baker, said that Mozilla is likely to support it in a broad way going forward.

[linux.com] Prometheus Bound: An Important Precedent for the Next Software Patent Case

The Supreme Court’s new opinion on patent eligibility is an important step in the right direction in addressing the problem of software patents. It shows that the Court is mindful of the risks that patents can hold for innovation, and will provide a useful precedent for the next big software...

[linux.com] Setting Up A Xen Graphics Card Pass-Through

For those wanting to setup a Xen VGA pass-through configuration whereby your host graphics card can be controlled by a guest operating system, like Windows within Linux, here's a guide how to setup this interesting feature...

[linux.com] LibreOffice Cloud not Coming Next Month

Reports of a cloud service coming next month are wrong says the Document Foundation director, and don't expect any news of an Android version until next year...

[linux.com] PCI-E ASPM Change For The Linux 3.4 Kernel

The PCI pull request went in yesterday for the Linux 3.4 kernel. Overall it's a fairly uninteresting pull for the 3.4 cycle, but there's two basic exceptions...

[linux.com] How To Configure PureFTPd To Accept TLS Sessions On CentOS 6.2

FTP is a very insecure protocol because all passwords and all data are transferred in clear text. By using TLS, the whole communication can be encrypted, thus making FTP much more secure. This article explains how to configure PureFTPd...

[linux.com] The Cloud, KVM and NYSE Star at Our Upcoming Enterprise End User Summit

Today I am happy to announce the program and speakers for The Linux Foundation's Enterprise End User Summit (https://events.linuxfoundation.org/events/enterprise-end-user-summit). This is one of our most unique events, bringing together the biggest and most technically advanced Linux users with the vendor and Linux kernel communities. And, this year's event is really special for a variety of reasons: first, we learned earlier this year from our annual enterprise end user trends survey and report (http://www.linuxfoundation.org/publications/linux-foundation/linux-adopt...) that the world's largest companies are adding more Linux over the next 12 months to support cloud computing and "Big Data." There is much to discuss and work to advance in these areas at this year's Summit. Second, we're meeting at the office of NYSE Technologies, and an amazing party is...

[linuxtoday.com] Nonprofit open source organizations booming
ITworld: Salaries and revenues remain strong for top FLOSS organizations
[linuxtoday.com] Sony Caters to Open Source Community with Android Code
The VAR Guy: Sometimes it's easy to forget that Android is open source and built on Linux.
[osnews.com] The Apple of today and the IBM of 1989
I'm currently reading Jerry Kaplan's excellent book "Startup: a Silicon Valley adventure". In this book, Kaplan, founder and CEO of GO Corp., details the founding, financing and eventual demise of his highly innovative company, including the development and workings of their product. What's so surprising about this book is just how timeless it really is - the names and products may have changed, but the business practices and company attitudes surely haven't.
[slashdot.org] U.S. Gov't To Keep Data On Non-Terrorist Citizens For 5 Years

arnott writes with this excerpt from the Washington Post:"The Obama administration has approved guidelines that allow counterterrorism officials to lengthen the period of time they retain information about U.S. residents, even if they have no known connection to terrorism. The changes allow the National Counterterrorism Center, the intelligence community's clearinghouse for terrorism data, to keep information for up to five years. Previously, the center was required to promptly destroy — generally within 180 days — any information about U.S. citizens or residents unless a connection to terrorism was evident."

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[slashdot.org] Do Women Make Better Bosses?

Hugh Pickens writes "David Mielach reports on a new study which finds that women in management positions lead in a more democratic way, allowing employees to participate in decision-making and establishing interpersonal channels of communication. 'In line with known gender differences in individual leadership, we find that in workplaces with more women managers, more individualized employee feedback is carried out,' says study author Eduardo Melero. 'Likewise, we can see evidence, although weaker, that in these workplaces decisions are made more democratically and more interpersonal channels of communications are established.' The research was based on data from the Workplace Employment Relationships Survey, a survey of workplaces in the United Kingdom. Melero analyzed this data by looking at the number of women in management positions in companies and the leadership tactics employed at those companies. He found increased communication between management and employees in companies with women in management positions led to more well-informed decisions, since employee feedback will be utilized in the decision-making process. Still, correlation does not equal causation. 'One might question the direction of the relation: is it women managers who are the behind these policies, or is it that more progressive organizations are more accessible for women leaders than other workplaces (PDF)?'"

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[linuxtoday.com] VectorLinux 7.0 Light Edition Officially Released
Softpedia: After the release of VectorLinux 7.0 on November 27th, 2011, here comes the Light Edition of the VectorLinux 7.0 Linux operating system, bringing new features and improvements.
[linuxtoday.com] How to install applications on and update Linpus Lite Desktop 1.7
LinuxBSDos.com: "Unlike any other distribution that I have used or reviewed in recent memory, a new installation of Linpus Lite Desktop 1.7 is virtually without any usable application, other than Firefox 8."
[slashdot.org] 'Antimagnet' Cloak Hides Objects From Magnetic Fields

ananyo writes "Researchers have made a cloak that can hide objects from static magnetic fields, realizing a theoretical prediction they made last year. This 'antimagnet' could have medical applications, but could also be used to subvert airport security. The cloak's interior is lined with turns of tape made from a high-temperature superconductor. Superconductors repel magnetic fields, so any magnetic field enclosed within a superconductor would be undetectable from outside. But the superconductor itself would still perturb an external magnetic field, so the researchers coated its external side with an ordinary ferromagnet. The superconductor tries to repel external field lines, whereas the ferromagnet tries to draw them in — together, the two layers cancel each other out (abstract)."

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[slashdot.org] With Cinavia DRM, Is Blu-ray On a Path To Self-Destruction?

suraj.sun tips an article at AnandTech about a Blu-ray DRM scheme called Cinavia. The author makes the case that software like Cinavia is hastening the death of a Blu-ray industry already struggling to compete with online media streaming. Quoting: "In our opinion, it is the studios and the Blu-ray system manufacturers who have had the say in deciding upon the suitability of a particular DRM scheme. Consumers have had to put up with whatever has been thrust upon them. The rise in popularity of streaming services (such as Netflix and Vudu) which provide instant gratification should make the Blu-ray industry realize its follies. The only reason that streaming services haven't completely phased out Blu-rays is the fact that a majority of the consumers don't have a fast and reliable Internet connection. Once such connections become ubiquitous, most of the titles owned by consumers would probably end up being stored in the cloud. ... The addition of new licensing requirements such as Cinavia are preventing the natural downward price progression of Blu-ray related technology. Instead of spending time, money and effort on new DRM measures that get circumvented within a few days of release, the industry would do well to lower the launch price of Blu-rays. There is really no justification for the current media pricing."

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[linuxtoday.com] Mozilla on H.264: Mobile matters most
IT World: "Eich outlined a pretty solid case for why Mozilla felt it had to submit to market pressures and implement H.264. It came down to two core reasons."
[slashdot.org] French President Proposes Jail For Terrorist Website Visitors

howardd21 writes "French President Nicolas Sarkozy, who is only a month away from an election, argued that it is time to treat those who browse extremist websites the same way as those who consume child pornography. 'Anyone who regularly consults Internet sites which promote terror or hatred or violence will be sentenced to prison,' he told a campaign rally in Strasbourg, in eastern France. 'Don't tell me it's not possible. What is possible for pedophiles should be possible for trainee terrorists and their supporters, too.' Is this a good move for security, or just another step towards a totalitarian society that prohibits free expression?"

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[slashdot.org] Steve Jackson Games Shows Off Their Latest Tabletop Games at SXSW (Video)

Steve Jackson Games occupies a special place in the history of gaming, not only for publishing some of the best-known tabletop games ever published, especially their distinctive microgames, but the company's failure to roll over in the aftermath of an FBI raid more than 20 years ago led to the creation of the Electronic Frontier Foundation. Since 1980, Steve Jackson and company have been publishing games -- and a magazine, and even a book. The company is based in Austin, Texas, so while I was at SXSW, I had a chance to meet up with SJG's Chief Operating Officer and Managing Editor, Philip Reed, who gave a quick overview of what's new on the table. (Har har.)

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[slashdot.org] Domestic Drilling Doesn't Decrease Gasoline Prices

eldavojohn writes "As the political rhetoric heats up, there's something puzzling about drilling inside the United States. Essentially, it doesn't reduce what we pay at the pump. From the article, 'A statistical analysis of 36 years of monthly, inflation-adjusted gasoline prices and U.S. domestic oil production by The Associated Press shows no statistical correlation between how much oil comes out of U.S. wells and the price at the pump.' If the promises that politicians made when they opened U.S. drilling were true, then we should be paying about $2 a gallon now. Instead it's $4 a gallon. Minnesota Public Radio pulls some choice quotes from both parties and wonders why this decades-old empirical observation goes seemingly completely unnoticed."

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[linuxtoday.com] Using ATA Over Ethernet (AoE) On Debian Squeeze (Initiator And Target)
HowtoForge: "This guide explains how you can set up an AoE target and an AoE initiator (client), both running Debian Squeeze."
[slashdot.org] Megaupload Host Wants Out

angry tapir writes "Carpathia Hosting, a US company hosting the frozen data of millions of users of the file sharing site Megaupload, has gone to court to argue it should not keep the files if it is not being paid. The company has filed an emergency motion in the US Federal Court in the state of Virginia seeking protection from the expense of hosting the data of up to 66 million users. 'While Carpathia has never had access to the data on Megaupload servers and has had no mechanism for returning that data to Megaupload users, we have been attempting over many weeks to resolve this matter to the satisfaction of all parties involved, in a manner that would allow for Megaupload users to be in a position to ultimately recover their data,' Brian Winter, the company's chief marketing officer says."

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[linuxtoday.com] Python4Kids New Tutorial: Almost There! Adding Methods to Our Classes
Python Tutorials for Kids 8+: "There are two more things to do with our Minecraft config file editor before we've got the main part of it working (we may do some tweaking later)."
[slashdot.org] Queensland Police to Look For Unsecured WiFi Spots

OzPeter writes "As a part of National Consumer Fraud week, the Queensland Police are going war driving in order to identify insecure WiFi setups. from the press release 'The War Driving Project involves police conducting proactive patrols of residential and commercial areas to identify unprotected connections. Police will follow this up with a letterbox drop in the targeted area with information on how to effectively secure your connection.' While some people may like having an open WiFi AP its interesting to see that the Police also feel that 'Having WEP encryption is like using a closed screen door as your sole means of security at home. The WPA or WPA2 security encryption is certainly what we would recommend as it offers a high degree of protection.'"

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[linuxtoday.com] FreeFileSync: Free Folder Comparison and Synchronization Tool
Unixmen: "FreeFileSync enables you to compare or synchronize your folders and files on the multiple storage devices so that you always have updated files in all your media."
[slashdot.org] Hobbit Pub Saved By Actors Stephen Fry and Sir Ian McKellen

Fluffeh writes "Recently the Hobbit Pub in England was sued for rights infringement, but it seems that Stephen Fry and Sir Ian McKellen are going to repony up the cash to keep the pub alive . Landlady Stella Roberts said she had been shocked by the actors' offer. She said: 'I had a telephone call on Saturday evening, while we were trading, from Stephen Fry's business partner and manager. That's when he told me. I was very shocked. They've said as soon as they finish filming they would like to come down and visit the pub.' However Ms Roberts said she was not celebrating just yet. She added: 'Until everything is in black and white, on paper, we're going to be a bit reserved because it could be $100 this year and $20,000 next year.'"

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