Big Brother is Watching your Toyota Sienna

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Security

"The 2005 Toyota Sienna (I'm not sure about earlier models) has an Event Data Recorder (EDR) which is a black box of sorts (sans the audio recording). In the event of a crash, near crash, or airbag deployment, it records various data such as vehicle speed, engine speed, driver seat position, gear selector position, etc."

Limp Bizkit lead claims hackers stole his sex video

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Misc

"A lawsuit filed on behalf of Limp Bizkit lead singer Fred Durst alleges that the same people who hacked Paris Hilton's cell phone were able pull a homemade sex video off Durst's computer."

New OSI President Steps Down

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OSS

Russ Nelson, the newly elected president of the Open Source Initiative, resigned his office retroactively to Feb. 23 amidst accusations of racism. He states, "I'm resigning from the presidency of the Open Source Initiative, effective last Wednesday (2/23). I have waited to make this announcement because it is not easy to admit inadequacy publicly."

Is KDE 3.4 going gold?

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KDE
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That's the rumor I hear. Stephen the release coordinator is tagging 3.4 and...

One in four 'touched' by ID fraud

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Security

"A quarter of UK adults have had their identity stolen or know someone who has fallen victim to ID fraud, a Which? magazine survey has suggested."

Google's Autolink: Evil or Convenience?

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Web

"Recently there's been something of an explosion in the weblogging world over the "AutoLink" feature in Google's new toolbar. If the hype is to be believed, AutoLink is pure evil. Except you shouldn't believe the hype, and it's not AutoLink that people are really up in arms about."

Judge hits amazon.com with fine

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Legal

"A judge has fined Amazon.com $18,000 for violating her order in a lawsuit brought by Toys R Us charging the Internet merchant with flouting its exclusivity agreement with the nation's second-biggest toy retailer."

Cronkite denounces the war on drugs.

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Misc

"Walter Cronkite, 87, former CBS Evening News anchorman, and the man once named the most trusted figure in American public life, has denounced the US drug war."

Red Hat signs open-source deal with Bell

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Linux

"Linux vendor Red Hat has signed a master distribution deal with Bell Microproducts Europe in an attempt to develop a broader market for its open-source software."

The Debian Delay: Is Sarge MIA?

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Linux

"The latest release of Debian Linux, code named "Sarge" was supposed to report for duty at the end of last year. That didn't happen. Why has Sarge been delayed and ultimately does it matter? Debian developers and Debian's founding father talked to LinuxPlanet about Sarge's delay and its ultimate deployment."

New License for Snort Rules Announced

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Software

"Yesterday Snort developer Marty Roesch announced that the license governing Snort rule usage will be changing. Marty said, 'Recently, we have become increasing aware of companies who are commercially redistributing rules written by the Sourcefire VRT without contributing to the considerable resources required to develop high quality rules in such a timely fashion.'"

Hacker taps into business school files"

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Security

"A computer hacker gained access to internal admissions records at Harvard, Stanford and other top business schools, then helped applicants log on and learn their fate weeks ahead of schedule, officials said Thursday."

"2005 will be the year of the Linux desktop"

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Linux

"The success and visibility of Linux has definitely resulted in new competitors emerging. Competition is good; we do not want to be a category leader in a category of one. Such a situation does not challenge the leader, and this is a prime reason why the desktop software market has not changed significantly."

Gentoo Linux 2005.0 Security Rebuild

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Gentoo

Due to a set of remotely exploitable bugs in Gaim and Mozilla-Firefox and locally exploitable bugs in QT and Kdelibs found in the last few hours before a final 2005.0 release was completed, it was decided by all of the members of Release Engineering to rebuild the release media to resolve these bugs, prior to release.

amoroK LiveCD

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Linux

"there's a party in the CD"

"amaroK Live is a stripped down LiveCD (based on PCLinuxOS) with a fully functional amaroK music player bundled with the tracks commissioned last year by Wired Magazine, which are distributed under the Creative Commons Sampling Licenses. It includes - among other major artists - tracks by the Beastie Boys and David Byrne."

Google Technology: Linux, Shards, MapReduce, and the GFS

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Web

Here's a no non-sense look at google's technology without a lot of jargon and terms to sizzle your brain. "The company wrote its own file system, called Google File System, which is optimized for handling large, 64 megabyte blocks of data. Significantly, the file system was designed to assume that a failure, such as a failed disk or unplugged network cable, can happen at any time."

ChoicePoint was victim of ID theft in '02

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Security

Despite recent denials, it has been revealed that ChoicePoint was indeed victim to identity thieves earlier than had been previously reported.

Intel PR Department Hard at Work

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Hardware

Seems the news is chocked full of Intel everyday. Today they seem to be planning on upping production/shipping of their embedded memory products used in cell phones and pda. "Intel said it is also adopting a new computer memory technology, called Fully-Buffered Dual In-Line Memory Module (FB-DIMM) for its first multi-core server platform for Xeon chips, code-named Bensley."

CA confirms plans for open source patent pledge

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OSS

"Systems management vendor Computer Associates International has confirmed that it intends to pledge a number of its patents to the open source community to remove any perceived threat against the Linux operating system."

Violent video games startle youngsters

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Gaming

"VIOLENCE in video games is under the spotlight again today as action is taken on both sides of the pond to limit the exposure of children to violent games."

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