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BBC News

2008-08-05

  • 01:20 UTC Bush to face S Korea protestersPresident George W Bush is due in South Korea where protesters plan to voice their anger over US beef imports.
  • 01:11 UTC Clampdown move on rogue employersThe government launches a helpline to report mistreatment of workers or illegal pay rates as it clamps down on rogue employers.
  • 00:32 UTC K2 survivors describe avalancheSurvivors of the avalanche on K2, describe scenes of panic as 11 mountaineers die on the world’s second-highest mountain.
  • 00:10 UTC Primates ‘face extinction crisis’Almost half of the world’s primate species are facing extinction, a major global assessment warns, with habitat loss the main threat.
  • 00:02 UTC Olympics will be safe, says ChinaChina stresses the Beijing Olympics will be safe following an attack that killed 16 policemen in the north-west of the country.

2008-08-04

Slashdot & Freshmeat

2008-08-05

  • 00:30 UTC GNU Teseq 1.0.0 (Default branch)
    Screenshot
    GNU Teseq is a tool for analyzing files that
    contain control characters and terminal control
    sequences. It is intended to be useful for
    diagnosing terminal emulators and programs that
    make heavy use of terminal features (such as those
    based on the Curses library). It is primarily
    targeted at individuals who possess a basic
    understanding of terminal control sequences,
    especially CSI sequences. However, by default
    Teseq will try to identify and describe the
    sequences that it encounters and the behavior they
    might produce in a terminal.
  • 00:27 UTC envstore 3 (Default branch)
    envstore allows you to save environment variables
    into a seperate store, list them, and reload them
    into the shell again.


    License: MIT/X Consortium License


    Changes:
    This release adds some security measures to prevent other users from tampering with your store file or placing a store file to be read by you. It also adds Zsh completion.
  • 00:26 UTC clive 0.5.0 (Default branch)
    Screenshot
    clive is a command line tool to extract videos and
    to circumvent the need to use Adobe Flash in order
    to view user-generated content available on
    video-sharing Web sites.


    License: GNU General Public License v3


    Changes:
    This release adds support for breakcom, adds a few new program options, and fixes bug in the update feature.
  • 00:26 UTC UCARP 1.5 (Default branch)
    Screenshot
    UCARP allows a pair of hosts to share common virtual IP
    addresses in order to provide automatic failover. It is a
    portable userland implementation of the secure and patent-
    free Common Address Redundancy Protocol (CARP,
    OpenBSD’s alternative to VRRP). Strong points of the CARP
    protocol include its very low overhead, cryptographically
    signed messages, interoperability between different
    operating systems and no need for any dedicated extra
    network link between redundant hosts.


    License: BSD License (original)


    Changes:
    Breakage introduced with version 1.4 should finally be fixed. Selection of the master has been improved. An option has been added to bypass network cable plugin detection for NICs that don’t have that feature.
  • 00:26 UTC SoX 14.1.0 (Default branch)
    SoX is the Swiss Army knife of sound processing tools. It converts audio files among various standard audio file formats and can apply different effects and filters to the audio data.


    License: GNU General Public License (GPL)


    Changes:
    New formats: WavPack, htk, f4, and f8. New effects: splice, remix, normalize, delay, contrast, rate, spectrogram, and gain. A new VU Meter and various improvements and bugfixes.
  • 00:25 UTC JAWStats Web Statistics & Analytics 0.6 (Default branch)
    Screenshot
    JAWStats is a site statistics and analytics
    package. It runs in conjunction with AWStats and
    produces clear and informative charts, graphs, and
    tables about your Web site visitors in your Web
    browser. It is very quick and easy to install.
  • 00:20 UTC lua-discount 1.2.7 (Default branch)
    lua-discount is a Lua binding to Discount, a fast
    C implementation of the Markdown text to HTML
    markup system.

2008-08-04

  • 23:59 UTC Source Claims 240K Kindles Sold
    Naturalist writes “Exact data on (the Linux-powered) Kindle sales figures have been hard to come by. Amazon is notoriously tight-lipped about it, and although CEO Jeff Bezos did give some Kindle-related information back in July, the company has yet to break out how many readers it has sold to date. Now TechCrunch claims to have spoken to a source close to Amazon with direct knowledge of the company’s sales figures. According to this unnamed source, Amazon has sold 240,000 Kindles to date, for an estimated hardware revenue between $86 million and $96 million; media sales would push the total above $100M.” We’ve been following the Kindle since its launch nine months ago.

    Read more of this story at Slashdot.

  • 23:16 UTC Linux Pre-Installs In the UK Hit 2.8%
    schliz alerts us to a story out of the UK PC distribution channel. It seems that the percentage of systems pre-installed with Linux has gone up 28 times since Vista shipped, from 0.1% in January 2007 to 2.8% last June. Still not huge numbers, but Apple did OK for years with similar market share figures. Linux’s headway comes in the face of the marketing money that manufacturers pass out to distributors, money that has historically been important to their profits: “In the late 1990s competition was so keen that distributors were said to sell at or below cost and take their profit direct from the marketing funds they received from vendors. Vendors nowadays keep watch to see their marketing funds are actually spent on marketing, but distribution runs on single figure profits and vendor marketing funds are a crucial aid.”

    Read more of this story at Slashdot.

  • 22:31 UTC University of Maryland Team Wins Robot Sub Competition
    William Cox writes “A team from the University of Maryland has won the 11th Annual International Autonomous Underwater Vehicle Competition, held in San Diego, CA, this weekend. Twenty-five teams from around the world (US, Canada, Japan, and India) built autonomous submarines to complete a series of tasks using vision recognition, autonomous navigation, and sonar. Maryland unseated the 3-time record holder, University of Florida, to win first place. University of Texas at Dallas took 2nd, and a Canadian team, École de Technologie Supérieure, took 3rd.”

    Read more of this story at Slashdot.

  • 21:53 UTC RIAA’s $222k Verdict Is Likely To Be Set Aside
    NewYorkCountryLawyer writes “Apparently the RIAA’s ‘big gun’ didn’t fare so well this morning in Duluth, when he tried to persuade the judge in Capitol v. Thomas that the part of the Copyright Act which says ‘by sale or other transfer of ownership, or by rental, lease, or lending’, can be disregarded. According to an in-person account by Wired.com the Judge indicated that he is likely to grant a mistrial, setting aside the $222,000 jury verdict based upon his incorrect jury instruction, and that he will probably hand down his decision in September. Just yesterday some of the same lawyers got rebuffed by the US Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit in their attempt to argue that Cablevision’s online storage for its customers constitutes a copyright infringement, in Cartoon Network v. CSC Holdings. There, too, the content owners had argued that the wording of the Copyright Act did not mean what it said. There, too, the Court politely but firmly disagreed.”

    Read more of this story at Slashdot.

  • 21:11 UTC iPhone Nano To Be Launched By Christmas?
    the-s-dog writes writes to mention that while there have been many people wishing on a star for an iPhone nano, it seems that at least one UK news pub is confident that it will happen, and in time for this Christmas no less. Still completely unfounded rumor, but an interesting possibility. “Apple is about to launch a ‘nano’ version of the hugely successful iPhone. It is expected to be in the shops in time for Christmas. The product will be launched in the UK at up to £150 for pay-as-you-go customers by O2, the mobile phone group owned by Spain’s Telefonica. ‘This will be a big one,’ said an industry source.”

    Read more of this story at Slashdot.

  • 20:29 UTC Why Microsoft Cozied up to Open Source at OSCON
    This year at OSCON it seemed that you couldn’t throw a stone without hitting someone from Microsoft (and in fact, I’m sure several people did). They were working very hard to make themselves known, and working desperately to change public opinion of Microsoft’s involvement in the open source community. Linux.com’s Nathan Willis took a look at what they were preaching, with a hefty dose of skepticism, and tries to postulate what the “angle” is. Of course, the powers that be at Microsoft may have finally seen the writing on the wall and felt the pressure from Google enough to alter their strategy a bit. For now I guess we’ll have to wait with guarded optimism (or laughable contempt, depending on how old/jaded you are).

    Read more of this story at Slashdot.

  • 19:45 UTC AMD Fusion Details Leaked
    negRo_slim writes “AMD has pushed Fusion as one of the main reasons to justify its acquisition of ATI. Since then, AMD’s finances have changed colors and are now deep in the red, the top management has changed, and Fusion still isn’t anything AMD wants to discuss in detail. But there are always ‘industry sources’ and these sources have told us that Fusion is likely to be introduced as a half-node chip.”

    Read more of this story at Slashdot.

  • 19:12 UTC Diablo III Designer Defends New Look and Feel
    In response to a fair amount of angry outcry at the new look and feel for Diablo III, designer Jay Wilson has critiqued some fan-altered screenshots and defended the new style. “The key thing to remember here is that this has been Photoshopped. This isn’t created by the engine. Though it looks really cool, it’s almost impossible to do in a 3D engine because you can’t have lighting that smart and run on systems that are reasonable. If we could do that, we probably would in a few of the dungeons.”

    Read more of this story at Slashdot.

The Register

2008-08-05

  • 00:55 UTC LiMo lands seven new phones

    21 partners join the Linux mobile fold

    The battle of open-source mobile systems continues to heat up. Motorola, NEC and Panasonic are rolling out seven new mobile handsets based on the LiMo (Linux for Mobile) software platform.…

  • 00:28 UTC AMD’s Fusion details break from containment

    GPU type and process size spotted

    After AMD announced plans for the CPU/GPU ‘Fusion’ processor on the back of its acquisition of ATI in 2006, the company has since been extremely guarded with details.…

2008-08-04

  • 23:14 UTC Cuil feasts on Salmon of Nonsense

    Another name for knowledge backside

    Why is Cuil called Cuil? According to the free-spending founders of this Google-battling search engine/web-wide laughing stock, cuil is an “old Irish word for knowledge.” But as it turns out, this is yet another example of CEO Tom Costello and company littering the web with bogus information.…

  • 23:08 UTC WebLogic to open gates on Oracle rationalization

    Two weeks and counting

    Oracle’s post BEA Systems acquisition roadmap hits the ground running in the next two weeks with the delivery of version 10.3 of BEA’s popular application server.…

  • 22:48 UTC Google ‘exploitation’ protest takes to the streets

    Schmidt Mobile delivers Gentrification 2.0

    Plenty has been made of the biodiesel-powered, Wi-Fi-enabled buses that whisk San Francisco’s Google serfs to and from their Mountain View jobs in comfort and style. According to most accounts, it’s a win-win proposition that provides a highly desirable perk to employees while also reducing a significant number of cars in one of the nation’s most traffic-choked locales.…

  • 21:08 UTC Rogue trader’s apprentice under investigation

    ‘Complicit’ in €4.9bn SocGen fraud

    The assistant of rogue trader Jerome Kerviel is being investigated for complicity in his former boss’ trading scandal that cost one of France’s largest banks billions of euros.…

  • 19:55 UTC Feds accuse bank insider of massive data heist

    Thumb drive skirts subprime security

    A financial analyst for Countrywide Home Financial, one of the world’s biggest and most troubled mortgage lenders, has been arrested and charged with stealing personal information concerning a breathtaking number of the company’s customers.…

  • 19:06 UTC Chip makers ride PC and phone sales in emerging markets

    2008 going well, thank you

    Demand for PCs and mobile phones in emerging markets gave US chip makers a solid first half of the year in sales.…

  • 18:14 UTC Congress quizzes world+dog over data pimping

    Phorm letter

    US Congressman Ed Markey and his anti-data-pimping brigade are back on the warpath.…

  • 16:10 UTC Olympic ticket scammers still going for gold

    Who can you trust?

    In the age of the P-p-p-p-powerbook and the ubiquitous 419 scammer, it comes as no surprise that many people have fallen for a Beijing Olympics ticketing scam that seems to have hit people all across the world. Due to the rarity of tickets for the games, and the particular setup of the scam site (and others), there was a lot of money lost by many people as they struggled to get their hands on tickets that didn’t exist. It is ticket scalping for the 21st century, made even more lucrative by there being no need to actually provide any tickets to the victims.…

  • 16:00 UTC Dutch botnet herders arrested

    FBI trace links to Brazil

    Dutch police have arrested two Dutch brothers suspected of running a botnet controlling 40,000 to 100,000 computers, with only a small portion (1,100 computers) based in the Netherlands.…

  • 15:23 UTC Sleazy doctors plead guilty to web drug racket

    Bad comedown

    Two doctors have pleaded guilty to involvement in an illegal pharmaceutical supply chain racket, estimated to have raked in $126m. The duo made very little for rubber-stamping drug orders that may have imperiled the health of hundreds of thousands of Americans over a period of two years.…

  • 15:23 UTC Intel says 48 core graphics just over the horizon

    We’ll reach Larrabee by 2009…or maybe 2010

    Intel is releasing the Larrabee graphics chip for high-end PC gaming in late 2009 or 2010, but the company is already talking up the chip’s capabilities in a new paper.…

  • 15:04 UTC Claranet blames data centre for downtime

    Global Switch fingered

    Claranet has blamed data centre Global Switch for a power failure early this morning which brought down many of its customers’ websites.…

  • 15:03 UTC Google’s Blogger brands users as spammers

    False positives lock blogs

    Google-owned Blogger has apologised for wrongly locking user accounts for being suspected spammers.…

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