paltemalte (767772) writes "A draconian Internet censorship bill that has been long looming on the horizon finally passed the house of commons in the UK yesterday, legislating for government powers to restrict and filter any website that is deemed to be undesirable for public consumption. Only a pitiful handful of MPs (pictured below) were present to debate the bill, which was fully supported by the “opposition” Conservative party, and passed by 189 votes to 47 keeping the majority of its original clauses intact. The bill will now go back to the House of Lords, where it originated, for a final formal approval." Link to Original Source top
paltemalte writes "Hitachi has just come out with a new crop of RFID tags, measuring only 0.05 x 0.05 millimeters. Compare that with the previously smallest chips at 0.4 x 0.4 millimeters. The new chips width is slightly smaller than the width of a human hair.
These new chips could put an end to shoplifting forever, but they could also be used by a government or other entity to 'dust' crowds or areas, easily tagging anyone present without their knowledge or consent. Think easy tracking of dissenters or demonstrators.
Will someone come up with a surefire way of neutralizing chips that may be on your body or in your clothing?" top
paltemalte writes "OpenBSD developers are worried that the new Free Linux Driver Development program will backfire on the BSD community by giving vendors a new excuse for why not to release full specifications of their hardware. As we all know this is a battle the OpenBSD camp especially have fought for a long time now. Is this new free-driver initiative really a threat? Many OpenBSD users and developers alike seem to think so. An open email to the people behind the free driver initiative was just sent." top
paltemalte writes "Off the record the big studios readily admits that DRM is not meant to fight piracy. Its meant to boost studio profits by taking away the rights that regular paying customers expect. Like being able to view your movie in any compatible device, or letting a friend borrow it.
From the story:
For almost ten years now I have argued that digital rights management has little to do with piracy, but that is instead a carefully plotted ruse to undercut fair use and then create new revenue streams where there were previously none. I will briefly repeat my argument here before relating a prime example of it in the wild.
In a nutshell: DRM's sole purpose is to maximize revenues by minimizing your rights so that they can sell them back to you." top
paltemalte (767772) writes "VirtualBox goes open source!
InnoTek today has released its leading virtualization product as open source and launched virtualbox.org as the online community to further develop the product.
Good news for anyone looking to switch their virtualization software to something OSS."