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Internet blows CIA agents' cover

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The Chicago Tribune says it has compiled a list of 2,653 CIA employees, just by searching the internet. The newspaper said it gathered the information from online services that compile public data, that any fee-paying subscriber can access.

China to split the Internet?

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The People's Republic of China may be preparing to develop its own version of the Internet. The official Chinese People's Daily reports that the Ministry of Information Industry has made changes to the domain name system to introduce its own versions of the .com and .cn and .net top level domains (tld).

New Samba wiki on-line

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We've brought a new wiki online at http://wiki.samba.org/ for Samba users and developers alike. The intent is to allow the community to fill the gap in dynamic or temporary documentation and other relevant information.

DDoS Attacks Target Prominent Blogs

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Several prominent weblogs have been hit with distributed denial of service (DDoS) attacks in recent weeks, as the target list for digital attackers continues to broaden. While some of the attacks appear to be politically motivated, on Monday a DDoS struck one of the blogosphere's most financially successful bloggers.

LXF Interviews now online!

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A new section for the site: the Linux Format Interviews. This is a full archive of recent interviews from the magazine (issues 62 to 73), featuring one-to-one discussions with major players in the Linux world including Alan Cox, Mark Shuttleworth and Michael Robertson. What goes on in the mind of a kernel hacker? Can Debian and Ubuntu co-exist? And what's the deal with all those 'K' names in KDE? Head over to www.linuxformat.co.uk/interviews/ for all the answers...

Want Your Own Website?

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Here's a trio of articles this morning that can help with software choices and setting up apache. Tweaking the .htaccess, Using Wikis and Blogs to ease administration and considerations when choosing a CMS are all nice little articles to help get you started.

The hidden perils of DSL

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If you spend a lot of time online, you need a broadband Internet connection. There is more to consider than just speed. DSL services often contain hidden limitations (including one that may put your safety at risk), hassles, and costs that you won’t find out about until you’ve signed up.

Razorback Servers Seized

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It appears that one of the largest eDonkey2000 communities is no more. It is being reported the Federal Belgian Police have raided and seized Razorback2's servers. In addition, it is suspected the administrator of Razorback2 is currently in custody.

Help save the endangered time servers

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Someone stops you on the street and asks "Hey, do you know what time it is?" You tell him and continue on your way. But what if it was hundreds of thousands of people every day, because they didn't know who else to ask? You might decide to not answer any more. That's the situation that some important Internet time servers are in, and some simple changes in your computer's configuration can help ease the strain.

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