samjam (256347) writes "It looks like TV maker LG is competing with the NSA for clandestine spying on those who pay them! DoctorBeet's Blog reports that LG then blames it on the retailer for not making you aware of the terms and conditions that are unavailable until after you unbox the set and turn it on. And if you don't accept the terms you can't use many of the TV features.
How does it feel to hear that your LG TV reports watched channels — and USB filenames — even when you thought you configured the TV to not do that? Blog commenter SteveL reports a suspiciously quick firmware update relating to the matter. Have LG covered their tracks sufficiently to escape the sorts legal saction or customer backlash that afflicted other well known companies for misleading privacy policies?" top
samjam (256347) writes "The Coral Cached article explains how political ceremony can re-enforce and preserve citizens rights for generations to come and suggests how to apply this to political rallys to prevent abuse of constitutional rights. Like Slashdot's famous first post we need a first-question and first-answer to be asked at every political rally or circumstance were abuse of liberty is feared. Not only this, it must become a revered ceremony, perhaps by a few drops of blood from some of those brave enough to start it off — though as a ceremony it is one of the least confrontational ways to maintain these rights. [Full disclosure — I am the author. Please discuss on slashdot, not my poor blog.]" Link to Original Source
English law, following common sense, requires that a thief have an intention of permanently depriving an owner of his property. File sharers have no intention of depriving anyone of his property. Nor do their activities meet the further test that the reasonable man would think them dishonest.
If its worth submitting to slashdot its worth putting in my journal to balance the risk of rejection against the sad loss of the story that was obviously so well worthwhile writing
Do web content owners know what advertisers are doing with their good name? Does Scott adams know that his publishers advertisers are doing their best to dupe his loyal fans out of as much of GPB 20.00 a time? Tonight I felt it was time for a little dilbert.com and the first thing to appear is a popup ad for a gaming site and a highly doubtful activex security warning that reads:
Do you want to install and run "YOU MUST READ, UNDERSTAND AND ACCEPT THE FOLLOWING TERMS BEFORE USING THIS SERVICE, YOU CONFIRM THAT (1) You are 18 years of age or older (2) You are either the subscriber of the telephone line to which this computers modem is connected, or you have the Line Subscribers permission to use the Service, YOU UNDERSTAND THAT (3) This computers modem will be connected to a premium rate telephone number charged at GBP 1.50, and that the Line Subscriber will be charged for the duration of this call at the rate of GBP 1.50 (4) By using the service, you may be exposed to material which is offensive, indecent or objectionable(5) Once connected to the service, the telephone call will not terminate unless (a) you terminate the connection by selecting the modem symbol located at the lower right of the Windows taksbar and click DISCONNECT (b) you stay connected for longer than 13.33 minutes (c) you click the CLOSE button on the dialler dialoge box. Access via 09065170090-2 calls charged at GBP 1.50 per minute. World Content Ltd, Mitchel House, The Valley, Anguila" signed on an unknown date/time and distributed by:
Click Yes To Enter Ltd
Publisher authenticity verified by Thawte Code Signing CA
Caution Click Yes To Enter Ltd asserts that this content is safe. You should only install/view this content if you trust Click Yes To Enter Ltd to make that assertion
Well! The no doubt legally mandated warning is much longer than the one Microsoft provides. Microsoft seem to think that "Click Yes To Enter Ltd" has asserted the content to be safe, but "Click Yes To Enter Ltd" have asserted that it may be offensive, indecent, objectionable and cost GBP 1.50 per minute!
But wait... surely this so called agreement is actually the name of a program I am being asked to install-and-run, surely installing and running it does not bind me to the agreement whose text is also the name of the program?
Of course, I cancel the dialog and am greeted with this message:
To play the games we offer to you PLEASE press YES in the certificate window you will see. Then you will be able to play all the games we offer to you!
No legal words this time, just pleading to let gamesplayground.com offer for me to play games. (Or should that be pay games?)
And all this because I wanted to look at Dilbert!
And how much of the instructions will
Be available to re-read after I close the dialog
Actually work if WinXP hides my modem connection dialog
Does Scott adams know that his publishers advertisers are doing their best to dupe his loyal fans out of as much of GPB 20.00 a time? Lets hope not!
You can try the experience here but PLEASE don't accept to run the control and IE users, make sure you aren't set to run controls without prompting or heaven help you.
The link is: http://gaming.gamesplayground.co m/gaming.php?ac=060323&id=060323&iso=uk&route=3 05&serv=gaming&file=gaming and I've not made it a live link for obvious reasons, you are going to have to be clever enough to remove the "breakage" in the url to get it to work
Using the series at http://www.debian.org/doc/manuals/apt-howto/ch-apt-get.en.html and some redhat rawhide experience I managed to get my debconf family packages high enough so that spamassassin 2.60 would build. I had to de-install "dialog" and "whiptail" and I'm just rebuilding ncurses5.3 do I can install a newer dialog.
Debians "will remove XXXX soon" really throws me, for some reason it got it into its head it was going to remove logrotate, acct, adduser, samba, etc and lots of essential stuff like the bsd* package. I couldn't find an easy way to change its mind apart from go through dselect and select everything that had a star in the left column but not the right.
I installed libhtml-parser-perl-3.28 WITHOUT perl unicode by editing the Makefile.PL and debian/control (so it would run on Perl 5.6), luckily deb's aren't so strict on pristine source so I didn't have to hack & combine the single patch file that debs use with my own changes,though for some reason the build package only included docs and no.pm files, so I had to "make install" from the build-dir which is a nasty hack, but at least spamassassin make test worked once it could find the html parser.
Just started suffering from Debian Dependancy Hell with apt-get and dselect
Once I "start" to install a debian package, even if it fails because of unsatisfied dependancies it then only knows of the "newer" "failed" package and I can't install the old one with dselect any more.
I build the latest spamassassin.deb from source but it wont install because I my version of html-parser-perl is tool old.
I can't install the latest html-parser-perl cos my perl is too old, etc etc, I need to upgrade the box.
So I install HTML-Parser-3.28 by hand the perl way. It passes all the test cases, NOW I can install spamassassin if I remove the dependancy on html-parser-perl as a package as I know I have the right files anyway.
So I need to get perl 5.8 before can get html-parser-perl working the.deb way, I need to build debs from SOURCE if I want to avoid upgrading my entire libcs and dependancies, but.deb dont't have simple src.rpm like redhat so I can easy automate it.
SPIT SPIT SPIT
Who says debian has no dependancy hell?
And if I dare add a "testing" source to/etc/apt/sources.list then dselect goes barmy telling me I have to update all kinds of packages.
I finally got debian installed twice in one day. Once on a P133 box with 32MB RAM after smoothwall failed to take (some USB problem), and then again on a HP C110/777/9000 with PA Risc processor at 110MHz and 512MB RAM.
I find the main problem with the debian website (apart from the broken links which are probably a result of the debian server compromise) is that there are lots of "related-information" links between pages that have overlap. Its hard to tell if a link about "boot disks" in a section about installation will link to more talk about boot disks or the actual boot disk images.
It turns out the HPPA installation instructions are really quite simple:
1) Stick the HPPA box on a network where the gateway also has DHCP and BOOTP 2) from the debian woody distribution in the hppa-disks section grab the "lif*" file and cause tftp and dhcp to serve this as the boot image 3) boot the HPPA without a keyboard and a null modem cable to the serial console, set at 9600,8N1 4) Interrupt the boot process and type: boot LAN
and that was it Cheers to Bruce Perens and the gang for making it possible.
My previous failures were using sarge and I think my troubles were down to driver modules being available in udebs but not any standard.deb file.