Sony's new PSP proves to be a hackers' paradise

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Sci/Tech

You have to admire the way computer hackers take to new devices - they turn them inside out and figure out how to do things with them the manufacturers never intended.

aKademy 2005 Concludes

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KDE

The KDE Users and Administrators Conference has finished after two successful days of talks, discussion and partying.

ID theft creates opportunities for data companies

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Security

The collective fear that consumer identities may be stolen can mean opportunity, but many advocates question whether some new services are taking advantage of growing fears. "Making money on identity theft is a growth industry and it's just not pretty."

Google Anything, so Long as It's Not Google

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Web

Last month, Elinor Mills, a writer for CNET News, a technology news Web site, set out to explore the power of search engines. When the article appeared the company reacted in a way suited to a 16th-century monarchy. But two months prior, it was Mr. Schmidt who had explained his company's ambitions so boldly: "When we talk about organizing all of the world's information, we mean all."

Phishers Sinking to New Lows

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Security

Don't get me started on spam. But the other day, scanning the dregs of my spam filter, there was this one that stood out from the hundreds. It raised images of stressed-out and distraught military families stunned by the message that their bank accounts had been breached.

Game Boy Micro

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Gaming

The Game Boy Micro is so small...

You already know that the Game Boy Micro is small when you hear people tell you that it's just barely bigger than the cartridge that fits into it, but you don't really get a sense for just how small it is until you get your hands on it. Your thumb just about dwarfs it.

The Many Faces of Linux

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Linux

There are many faces of Linux, a term which has come to mean many things. One problem with all this nomenclature is that it is very confusing. How do you know when someone says Linux what they are talking about?

Three charged in first case on obscene spam

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Security

The US Justice Department said the charges target an operation that sent out tens of millions of unsolicited e-mails with sexually explicit embedded images and links to pornographic websites.

Red Hat says proprietary days are over

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Linux

It is the end for the proprietary platform in the enterprise, according to Red Hat general manager Max McLaren. "Our market is currently the Unix to Linux migration, so we still have a long, long way to go before we are completely sated and have to go after any other market."

AMD had spy inside Intel Developer Forum

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Hardware

RATHER THAN rely on reporters coming to see AMD after keynote speeches, the smaller chip company - known as Cheapzilla - had human bots in on the sessions.

Loverspy creator indicted

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Legal

The author and customers of a spyware program face charges and stiff penalities for violation of computer privacy laws.

MPAA sifts through tracker logs for lawsuit ammo

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Legal

When popular BitTorrent tracker sites were targeted last December, some wondered if the tracker logs and other data would fall into the hands of the Motion Picture Association of America. The answer was yes!

Man charged with ebay motors fraud

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Legal

A man faces 20 years prison and $250,000 in fines for defrauding perspective car buyers thru online auction house Ebay.com.

aKademy 2005 Kicked Off!

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KDE

Following yesterday's rousing KDE e.V. meeting, aKademy 2005 officially kicked off today with dual presentation tracks filled with content designed for users and system administrators.

Beastie of an OS

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Reviews
BSD
-s

Once a distro goes into beta 3, most of the major choices are in place. In looking at the 3rd testing versions of distributions, one can get a fairly good idea of what a distro might be like once it's released. The only experience I've had with a BSD clone or derivative was with my PC-BSD review some months ago. That install was as simple as 1, 2, 3... or click, click, click. I'd heard the horror stories about other BSD installs, yet downloaded 6.0 beta 3 with hope. Was this going to be a brain-burning, hair-pulling, data-losing proposition? What happened with my attempted FreeBSD 6.0 Beta 3 install?

This is the United States Calling, Are We Reaching?

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Linux

Every once in a while, there will be an announcement somewhere about a Mandriva deployment, usually in Europe, most likely in France. I have begun to wonder if this nation-centric approach to distributing Linux distros might not be the best approach for Linux as a whole.

Google endorses open source XMPP with Google Talk

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Web

Google Talk was the talking point this week. It was long speculated about a possible web browser and an instant messaging client from the world’s most popular search engine after they showed interest in directly competing with Microsoft’s MSN and Yahoo! in various similar fields

CDs on the way out?

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Misc

An Ohio based rock band is releasing their next "album" on DVD, online and vinyl only. Warner Bros. says, "You can avoid the CD. It's on its way out."

Linux Kernel Update Improves Event Monitoring

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Linux

The next stable update of the Linux kernel will bring advances in file system event monitoring, the Xtensa architecture, and a set of system calls that allows users to load another kernel from the currently executing Linux kernel.

Pixar faces SEC inquiry

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Misc

Steve Jobs' Pixar Animation Studios said today it has received an ``informal request for information'' from the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission.

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