Archive for June, 2007

Dell To Offer Ubuntu On More Systems

June 27, 2007

Dell isn’t resting on its recent consumer Linux PC laurels. The computing giant has added a new laptop — the Inspiron 1420 Notebook — to its Ubuntu Linux 7.04 offering. It is also replacing the Dimension E520 desktop with the new, low-priced Inspiron 530.

The new Inspiron 1420N is powered by a 1.5GHz Intel Core 2 Duo T5250 processor. This chip set also comes with a 667MHz FSB (front-side bus) and a 2MB cache. If you want a faster processor, Dell will let you upgrade it to a 2.2GHz Intel Core 2 Duo T7500 with an 800MHz FSB and a 4MB cache.”

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Two Men Convicted Of Spamming Pornography

June 26, 2007

“Both men now face up to 30 years in prison and half a million dollar fines.”   GOOD!

” Two men were convicted Monday of spamming out millions of e-mail messages that included hardcore pornographic images.

Jeffrey A. Kilbride, 41, of Venice, Calif., and James R. Schaffer, 41, of Paradise Valley, Ariz., were convicted on eight counts in U.S. District Court in Phoenix, Ariz. Both face a maximum of 30 years in prison, along with a fine of up to $500,000. They’ll be sentenced on Sept. 24.

The charges included conspiracy, fraud, money laundering, and transportation of obscene materials. The trial, which began on June 5, was the first to include charges under the CAN-Spam Act of 2003, according to a release from the Department of Justice. The specific law that prosecutors used under the CAN-Spam Act was designed to crack down on the transmission of pornography in spam.

“Through their international spamming operation, these defendants made millions of dollars by sending unwanted sexually explicit e-mails to hundreds of thousands of innocent people, including families and children, while simultaneously using sophisticated Internet technology to try to conceal their identity,” said Assistant Attorney Alice S. General Fisher. “This prosecution, the first of its kind under the CAN-Spam Act, demonstrates the Department of Justice’s commitment to protect American families from receiving unsolicited spam e-mail.”

According to prosecutors, in 2003, Kilbride and Schaffer set up a spamming operation that would eventually gross more than $2 million. Their business model consisted of sending millions of spam messages which advertised commercial pornography Web sites. For each person that followed a link to one of the porn sites, Kilbride and Schaffer earned a commission. Hard-core pornographic images were embedded in each e-mail.”

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The RIAA Is Now Going After University Of Washington Students

June 26, 2007

Dear Student:

I am writing to inform you of a development that could become a serious issue for some of our students–the law governing downloading and sharing of music and video from the internet. Under copyright law, it is illegal to download or share copyrighted materials such as music or movies without the permission of the copyright owner. The Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) in recent years has taken an aggressive approach to stopping this illegal downloading and file sharing. This has put many students at the nation’s colleges and universities at some legal risk. I write first to caution you against illegally downloading or sharing files. Your actions when you do so are traceable and could result in a significant financial penalty to you. Second, I want to inform you about a new process the RIAA has initiated and the University’s role in this process.”

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HP Pet-Eye Fix technology

June 26, 2007

“…special Pet-Eye Fix technology that will be included in certain HP R-series cameras that will be released later this year, letting both pet and owner face the camera with full confidence knowing that something like red-eye won’t spoil the picture.

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TorrentSpy Crumbles Under The Pressure, Removes Copyrighted Content

June 26, 2007

“TorrentySpy has implemented an automated filtering system, FileRights, that removes links to copyrighted material amidst a court order that was filed last year by a handful of Hollywood Studios, which now requires TorrentSpy to track user activity.”

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Google To Acquire GrandCentral

June 25, 2007

“Google is in acquisition discussions with telephone management startup GrandCentral, we’ve learned, and we have a high degree of confidence that the deal has actually been closed. We are trying to nail down the acquisition price.The basic idea around GrandCentral is “one phone number for all your phones, for life.” As we change jobs, homes and cell phones, there are a lot of phone numbers to keep track of, and keeping everyone up to date with your most recent phone numbers is a real cost. If you use GrandCentral you can give out a single phone number. What happens when that person calls that number depends on his/her relationship to you, and what you are doing at the time.”

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Google Reader Downtime

June 25, 2007

Google Reader, the market leading RSS reading platform according to some reports, appears to have suffered from technical difficulties resulting in feeds not refreshing from around 11pm US PST Sunday.Reports on the Google Reader user forums would confirm the issue.

Google Reader itself is still accessible, all feeds imported into the system before this time remain readable; it would appear to be an issue where no new data is being imported into Reader.”

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This Is Just Downright Evil

June 24, 2007

“Texas based ISP Redmoon has implemented software that hijacks pages being visited by their customers by placing Redmoon’s own ads on these pages.The technology is provided by NebuAD, which boasts that ISP delivered advertisements are an untapped source of revenue.

Every single web site owner is affected by NebuAD’s technology: whether a site is running ads or not makes no difference, Customers of any ISP evil enough to run NebuAD’s platform are going to see ads on every page on every site; ads that don’t benefit the content creator. It is important to note that these ads are NOT pop-ups, and this is not a free internet service; the ads are served as if they were part of the page, to paying internet customers who are NOT made aware that these ads have been inserted by their ISP.”

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New Content Protection System Ready For Blu-ray Disc

June 22, 2007

“Blu-ray Disc is getting another layer of content protection with the availability of BD Plus (BD+). The system, from BD+ Technologies LLC, is now complete and available to all Hollywood movie studios and content developers for implementation in Blu-ray Disc media.

Issued by BD+ Technologies are system specifications, key management rules, test specifications and various agreements. Also launched are a key issuing center, testing centers for players, and testing facilities for disc playability.”

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Google Turns Its Hardware Manufacturing Over To Dell

June 22, 2007

“Google, long rumored to be getting into the hardware business, has finally gotten out of it, as least as a manufacturer. While whispers about a Google phone, Google chips, and Google PCs continue to tantalize consumers, the search company said on Thursday that it had recently partnered with Dell to manufacture the Google Search Appliance (GSA), fulfilling a deal disclosed last summer.

Dell began trumpeting Google as a customer several weeks ago with an ad campaign aimed at business customers.

Up until late last year, Google assembled its high-end enterprise search box on its own, from components supplied by a variety of white-box manufacturers. (The low-end Google Mini search box is currently manufactured by San Jose, Calif.-based Supermicro Computer Inc.)

“When the business was much smaller, it was an easy thing for us to do,” said Matthew Glotzbach, director of product management for Google Enterprise. “Google does a lot on the hardware side with our own data centers. So it wasn’t really much of a stretch to handle that sort of smaller operation.”

But Google had problems scaling. The Google Search Appliance proved to be quite popular and Google had to decide either to staff up and improve its manufacturing operation or look to a third-party.”

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