Snaller writes "Tech News Today does what the name says, its a podcast reporting on Tech news, Monday to Friday. They, like Slashdot, reported on the Megaupload vs Universal. But during the coverage they played a snippet of the Music video and immediate Universal Music Group had the news podcast yanked from Youtube. Tech News Today has other outlets than Youtube, but should a music company have the right to have a news podcast removed on copyright grounds when its not even clear if said company has had any copyrights violated?" Link to Original Source top
Ask Slashdot: RSS app which can fetch specific enc
Snaller writes "I wonder if some of the Slashdot readers can suggest a PC application which can download specific enclosures from RSS feeds, presumably based on some sort of pattern matching.
The problem is some RSS feeds have several different media enclosures for each individual item. And no RSS readers seem to work with that, the readers I've found just automatically pick the first enclosure, which is not necessarily what you'd want.
This RSS feed contains 10 differently encoded podcasts for each individual episode (different bitrate and resolution), but all RSS readers I've found just picks the first one (with the 640x368 resolution)." top
Snaller writes "Remember how some years before Gibson coined "cyberspace" people could get sucked into the computer and placed on the game grid in Tron? As it cool then? Would it be cool to return? And what ever happened to programmer extraordinaire Kevin Flynn (Jeff Bridges) — seems the answer to that question has drawn closer.
Via Comic-Con, comes light cycles in High Res — what more could you want?" top
Snaller writes "Since World of Warcraft became a massive success, hackers have created trojans who specifically target WoW players, and try to steal their login credentials. To combat this Blizzard has now created the "Blizzard Authenticator" which can be yours for 6.50 — when a user logs into the game they are directed to press a button on the token generator and will get a short one time code to enter. Those who are sure they will never get hacked are free to ignore this offer." top
Snaller writes "Unfortunately I can find no English news sites reporting this, so i guess it may never go beyond your eyes (or ours), but at least one American (I'm assuming) will have read it then:
During this weekend the real big brother put his foot down on the country of Denmark, in Europe, in the name of fighting terrorism the government has ordered all Internet providers and telcos to log: who you call on your phone, who calls you, the addresses of the calling parties and for cell phones where you are when you make/receive the call. Times of messages you send and receive on your phone. Internet providers must log who a user connects to via his computer, this includes the users IP address, the destination IP address, what port numbers are used on the sending end, and port numbers used at the receiving end, and the duration of the communication. They must log the identity of the user initiating the communication and the precise geographic location of the user. In addition to this they must log the email address of people the user sends email to, and the email address used to send from, and the time of the email transmission. By law these loggings must be carried out for every single citizen who uses the Internet or the phone system, and these logs must be kept for one year, to be made available to the police if it is found relevant for an investigation. A judge needs sign of on it, however apparently the secret Danish police does not need that — they can simply demand to see it.
Some Danes are pragmatically pointing out that there is a bit of a hole in the law since libraries are currently not included, hotels are confused since they are included but not sure if they need to write down the names of all of their guests who try to use the Internet or just that the hotel computer was used, while others are outraged at what they consider a gross violation of their privacy, but apparently, and unfortunately, many seem to accept it when the blonde minister of justice opinions that only people who plan on doing crime could object to these measures.
I was trying to find a recent story, tried several different searches and get a load of crap. Then i google the query and site:slashdot and the correct hit is the second one (first one is in the thread)
Wonder if its the americans this is an american site after all. they seem to like to censor things, while i come from a country where we can say "fuck" on primetime. But then words don't frighten us as much as it seems to do some people.
Well, it finally happened: They do evil. Boy do the new layout suck, for me its 50% less screen space. Their lame (as in bad) page design causes it to close be unreadable and some functionality is way down.
I rue the day when Google Groups 1 is gone - pity i didn't buy stocks, i could have sold them again!
MWR - stands for Morale, Welfare and Recreation. Its the people in the American Navy who try to live up to their name by entertaining the troops. They've just struck a deal with enterprising Firefly fans who've donated 250 DVD sets of the series. So through the Navy's "Afloat" library program, US sailors around the world will be able to enjoy Firefly during their downtime (meanwhile Joss Whedon is working on the motion picture).
VirtualDub is a great and free video capture and editing open source utility. However the author announces that he won't support DivX 5.1 in any way, shape or form in VirtualDub. It's not that he is boycotting it, its just that after he installed the codecs and tried to play something he was greeted with the message: "Debugger detected - please close down and restart" - A userspace driver (even the free version) with a protection wrapper. He can't debug Virtualdub AT ALL when the codec is installed because it triggers on load, in fact you can't debug any programs if you hover over an avi in the open dialog, explorer load the codecs to dislay information and the codecs terminates your application.
He does not this is a good choice on the part of Divx Networks, I agree!
Damn, is a lot of the web written by incompetents. And i'm not talking about the content, but the composition of HTML. Even if you are just a bit myopic it can be though reading all the small letters that usually ensues from misuse of Stylesheets (in MSIE you can't change the font size if someone twit has specified an absolute font size) - but now the progressive Brits have made it a crime if you don't design your pages properly - God save the Queen!
Snopes is a site, perhaps trusted to much by too many, which claims to debunk urban legends, and apparently if they are wrong they just try to change history:
The Agonist was apparently first to mention it: After 11th of September, Michael Moore was claiming on TV that Saudi royals and members of Bin Ladens family were secretly flown out of the country by Bush's special order during the ban on air travel. Snopes, debunker of all evil slammed Moore and expressed harsh words wich boiled down to "He's full of shit". Well, now he's been proven right! And Snopes just edits the page and goes in to denial about the whole thing. And what's also interesting is that the Google cache of the page has suddenly disappeared! Of course some people claim Google are closed friends with the spy community, though i suppose there are always conspiracy theories. And so people start to analyse,talk and rumminate about Snopes, Google, Moore and Bush and his Saudi friends.
I like Tom Tomorrows comment: See, when Michael says it, he's a crazy truth-distorting axe-grinder. But when much of what he said turns out to be true, suddenly it's "subjective political issues outside of the scope of this page."
Edit:Sean-Paul (The Agonist) points out that it was actually Tom Tomorrow who was the first to point this out.
If an Internet explorer gets tired of all the plugins which would like to install themselves, he can go to security and specify that ActiveX plugins should not be installed.
Guess what happens then? When you come across a page where there is such a plugin, Internet Explorer opens a message box which says:
"Your current security settings prohibit running activex controls on this page. As a result, the page many not display correctly."
And then an OK button.
So if you don't want Flash installed, you'll get this damn message box on every damn page.
Now it could either be that Microsoft are a bunch of incompetent wankers (which seems likely) or they are just a bunch of amoral twats who wants to force this shit on us (which also seems likely).
So i ask myself, instead of hackers wasting time cracking the latest release of "Little Bo peep and her sheep on vacation", why don't someone make a truly usefull hack and get rid of this annoying behaviour?
(Caveats to spammers: I know you can use proxies, other browsere etc - don't bother)
Firefly Support reports that a Firefly movie is now certain. Adam Baldwin, who played Jayne, has confrimed this on the Official Fox board (which is still around). Being a movie this will take longer, it is expected to be ready in 18 months.
A DVD release of the series is set for release later this year.
Or how to predict the succes of your Marriage in several easy equations. These researches believe they have a mathematical model of marriage. Can Psychological applications of dynamic nonlinear models work? Apparently, because by now they are able to predict who will get a divorce with 90% certainty. From the Chronicle of Higher Eduction