crush writes "A man arrested in the UK when his mp3 player was mistaken for a firearm will now have his DNA stored for ever in the national police database. The story reported in The Guardian details how armed police tracked him with CCTV, arrested him, detained him in a cell and have now stored his fingerprints, photograph and DNA even though no one is contesting that he is completely innocent. This appears to illustrate all the arguments civil liberties campaigners have made against the Orwellian police state which is unfolding." Link to Original Source top
crush writes "Mitch Frazier, the Linux Journal sysadmin, decided to test Godwin's Law using the LJ comment database. His results appear to show that the null hypothesis that thread length should not be positively correlated with mentions of Hitler is not disproved. Discuss (without drawing analogies to National Socialists!)" top
Apricot Team Selected For Fully Open Source 3D Gam
crush writes "The Linux Game Tome notes that the final team to produce a fully OpenSource 3D game using the CrystalSpace engine and Blender has been chosen. The project (known as Apricot) aims to produce a cross-platform, 3D game with completely Free (CCA) graphics, music and code. An important side-effect of the project is to improve open source tools for the professional game development industry." top
crush writes "Writing in The Guardian eminent sci-fi writer Brian Aldiss laments the lack of good writing addressing the problem of climate change and speculates that because it is gradual it is difficult to explain the urgency: 'Here is today, 2007, with its diseased ideas of drugs, Darfur disputes and suicide bombers. The truth is that we are at last living in an SF scenario. Little wonder the tiger is almost extinct, the polar bear doomed. How do you think the algae feel, in the great wastes of warming ocean? Can you not hear the ecosystems crashing down? Ideal fodder for SF, one might think. However, one might not if one was brought up on Isaac Asimov and AE van Vogt. SF is not designed for realism but for imagination. Our new and creepy scenario is already in the hands of the scientists, if not MGM.'" Link to Original Source top
gPhone Revealed As A Linux-based Software Platform
crush writes "Qumranet, company behind the OS virtualization technology KVM, has revealed for the first time its business plan in a crowded market which includes Lguest, KVM, Qemu, VMWare, Xen, OpenVZ/Virtuozzo and others. Their plan is to concentrate on providing an easy means to virtualize desktops instead of servers. Specific attention is paid to making it easy to provide legacy Win2K support." Link to Original Source top
crush writes "Customer panic due to the instability in the mortgage market in the UK demonstrated inadequate server capacity at the UK's fifth largest mortage lender according to the Guardian UK "[...] websites at Northern Rock and many other banks crashed as savers tried to access their accounts. Police had to be called to a branch in Cheltenham, Gloucestershire, when a couple barricaded the manager in her office when she refused to let them withdraw their £1m savings." Financial institutions have reduced costs by replacing physical locations and staff with web and other online services, but have they adequately designed those services to cope with Slashdot-like loads?" Link to Original Source top
crush writes "If you were building a desktop box to experiment with Xen, KVM and OpenVZ on Linux what hardware would you choose? It seems that it would be necessary to get a processor that has the Intel VT extensions or else AMD's Pacifica extensions. Intel seems to win extra points by the fact that many of their integrated graphics chips are fully supported under Linux which makes it less trouble to deal with. Are there any other hardware considerations you'd take into account, and are there any mass-market systems which meet these requirements?" top
crush writes "According to Linux Mag Novell has seen a massive surge in Linux related sales this last quarter:
'The company reported last week that revenue from Linux Platform Products was up 46% from the same quarter last year to $15M and Linux-related invoicing was up a staggering 659% to $91M.'
Their conclusion is that Jeremy Allison is the only person that has decided that it's safer to take their linux custom elsewhere after last year's revelations of Novell's shady patent indemnification deal with Microsoft." top
crush writes "From the social-engineering-101 department: The well-known British impressionist and comedian Rory Bremner pulled off an amazing coup when he managed to get British cabinet ministers Peter Hain and Margaret Beckett to talk to him about highly confidential Labour Party internal matters. Imitating the (inimitable!) gruff scots accent of Gordon Brown (who is the likely succesor to Tony Blair) he was quickly transferred by Downing St. switchboard operators to the private lines of senior cabinet members. Margaret Beckett appears to have divulged 10 minutes of sensitive information to Bremner's tape-recorder. "Security is all about people" is hopefully a message to which this identity-card pushing government will wise up as a result of this exposure. Bremner is going to publish the tapes on the net." top
crush writes "The BBC and Microsoft have announced that they have inked an agreement with Microsoft to provide "next generation broadcasting" using a Microsoft-developed "Web 2.0" interface to reach XBox users, Windows Media Center users and other proprietary protocols and hardware. This follows a long-standing pattern of the BBC developing MSN-tethered services and reveals another aspect to earlier announcements about a BBCPlayer. Essentially a publically funded broadcaster in the EU has announced that it will be delivering content only accessible to users of a restrictive OS made by a company that is being fined by EU courts." top
crush writes "An Irish website RateYourSolicitor.com, which aims to let clients rate and find solicitors (which is apparently a type of lawyer) has received an Irish High Court injunction to remove defamatory material about one such rated solicitor. The site is hosted by a US provider (gmax.net) who have reportedly been served notice by lawyers acting for the defamed solicitor. Reportedly (registration required) GoDaddy, as the domain name registrar, have "locked" access to the site (amusingly the records are all for a "John Smith" in the Russian Federation at "firstname.lastname@example.org"!). The interesting twist to all of this is that according to the Communications Decency Act an ISP is not to be held legally liable as a publisher responsible for what their clients do. So, how can GoDaddy justify this censorship, or are registrars the weak hole in what seemed to be a system robust to censorship?"