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A Brief History of Failed Digital Rights Management Schemes

November 5th, 2011 11:40 admin View Comments

DRM

antdude points out this article at opensource.com on the “graveyard” of digital rights management schemes — the death of each of which has left customers out in the cold. An excerpt: “There are more than a few reasons digital rights management (DRM) has been largely unsuccessful. But the easiest way to explain to a consumer why DRM doesn’t work is to put it in terms he understands: ‘What happens to the music you paid for if that company changes its mind?’ It was one thing when it was a theoretical question. Now it’s a historical one …”

Source: A Brief History of Failed Digital Rights Management Schemes

FSF Announces Support For WebM

January 20th, 2011 01:53 admin View Comments

An anonymous reader writes “The Free Software Foundation has signed up as a supporter of the WebM Project. They write, ‘Last week, Google announced that it plans to remove support for the H.264 video codec from its browsers, in favor of the WebM codec that they recently made free. Since then, there’s been a lot of discussion about how this change will affect the Web going forward, as HTML5 standards like the video tag mature. We applaud Google for this change; it’s a positive step for free software, its users, and everyone who uses the Web.’ The FSF’s PlayOgg campaign will be revamped to become PlayFreedom.”

Source: FSF Announces Support For WebM

Michigan Governor Wants ‘Open Source’ Economic Model

January 20th, 2011 01:20 admin View Comments

An anonymous reader writes “Incoming Michigan governor Rick Synder spoke in Kalamazoo, MI today and says he wants to use an ‘open-source economic development model’ to help repair the battered down state. Perhaps during his time as president of Gateway he saw a benefit to the open source model, but can it really be successfully applied as an economic model?”

Source: Michigan Governor Wants ‘Open Source’ Economic Model

Soundminder Android Trojan Hears Credit Cards

January 20th, 2011 01:54 admin View Comments

Blacklaw writes “A team of security researchers has created a proof-of-concept Trojan for Android handsets that is capable of listening out for credit card numbers — typed or spoken — and relaying them back to the application’s creator.
Once installed, Soundminder sits in the background and waits for a call to be placed — hence the access to the ‘Phone calls’ category. When triggered by a call, the application listens out for the user entering credit card information or a PIN and silently records the information, performing the necessary analysis to turn it from a sound recording into a number.”

Source: Soundminder Android Trojan Hears Credit Cards

Open Source More Expensive Says MS Report

January 19th, 2011 01:32 admin View Comments

doperative writes “Much conventional wisdom about programs written by volunteers is wrong. The authors took money for research from Microsoft, long the arch- enemy of the open-source movement— although they assure readers that the funds came with no strings attached) Free programs are not always cheaper. To be sure, the upfront cost of proprietary software is higher (although open-source programs are not always free). But companies that use such programs spend more on such things as learning to use them and making them work with other software”

Source: Open Source More Expensive Says MS Report

UK To Offer PCs For £98, Subsidized Internet Connections

January 19th, 2011 01:06 admin View Comments

Sam writes “The UK government wants to offer low-cost computers as part of a 12-month trial during Race Online 2012. The scheme, which aims to reach out to the 9.2 million adults that are not yet online, 4 million of whom are considered socially and economically disadvantaged, aims to ‘make the UK the first nation in the world where everyone can use the web.’ Prices will start at £98 ($156.01) for a refurbished PC, with subsidized Internet connections available for as little as £9 ($14.33) a month or £18 ($28.65) for three months. The cheap computers will run open-source software (think Linux) and will include a flat-screen monitor, keyboard, mouse, dedicated telephone helpline, delivery, and even a warranty. The cheap Internet packages will use a mobile dongle to help people access the web.”

Source: UK To Offer PCs For £98, Subsidized Internet Connections

Cassandra 0.7 Can Pack 2 Billion Columns Into a Row

January 16th, 2011 01:58 admin View Comments

angry tapir writes “The cadre of volunteer developers behind the Cassandra distributed database have released the latest version of their open source software, able to hold up to 2 billion columns per row. The newly installed Large Row Support feature of Cassandra version 0.7 allows the database to hold up to 2 billion columns per row. Previous versions had no set upper limit, though the maximum amount of material that could be held in a single row was approximately 2GB. This upper limit has been eliminated.”

Source: Cassandra 0.7 Can Pack 2 Billion Columns Into a Row

Why Linux Loses Out On Hardware Acceleration In Firefox

January 16th, 2011 01:33 admin View Comments

devtty writes with some bad news for Linux users, from OSNews: “The release notes for Firefox 4.0 beta 9 noted that it comes with hardware acceleration for Windows 7 and Vista via a combination of Direct2D, DirectX 9 and DirectX 10. Windows XP users will also enjoy hardware acceleration for many operations ‘using our new Layers infrastructure along with DX9.’ Furthermore, Mac OS X has excellent OpenGL support, they claim, so they’ve got that covered as well. No mention of Linux, and there’s a reason for that. ‘We tried enabling OpenGL on Linux, and discovered that most Linux drivers are so disastrously buggy (think “crash the X server at the drop of a hat, and paint incorrectly the rest of the time” buggy) that we had to disable it for now,’ explains Zbarsky, ‘Heck, we’re even disabling WebGL for most Linux drivers, last I checked…’” An update to the story softens this news slightly, saying that “hardware acceleration (OpenGL only) on Linux has been implemented, but due to bugs and issues, only one driver so far has been whitelisted (the proprietary NVIDIA driver).”

Source: Why Linux Loses Out On Hardware Acceleration In Firefox

Tomcat 7 Finalized

January 16th, 2011 01:18 admin View Comments

alphadogg writes “The volunteer developers behind Apache Tomcat have released version 7.0.6 of the open-source Java servlet container. ‘This is the first stable release of the Tomcat 7 branch,’ developer Mark Thomas wrote in an e-mail announcing the release on various Tomcat developer mailing lists. While not a full application server, Tomcat implements the functionality described in the Java Enterprise Edition Web profile specifications. Most notably, it supports version 3.0 of the Servlet API (application programming interface) and version 2.2 of JavaServer Pages, both part of the recently ratified JEE 6. A servlet container manages Java-based applications that can be accessed from a Web browser. One big area of improvement is in configuration management for Web applications. Previous versions required all Web app configuration changes to be entered in a central file called web.xml, a process that led to unwieldy web.xml files as well as security risks.”

Source: Tomcat 7 Finalized

Arx Fatalis Updated, Released Under GPL

January 15th, 2011 01:15 admin View Comments

Kevin Fishburne writes “According to WtF Dragon at Ultima Aiera, ‘The long and short: Arkane Studios have released what is probably going to be the final patch for their Ultima Underworld-inspired game (which, indeed, they tried to license as the third entry in that series), Arx Fatalis. They have also released the source code for the game. That’s right, the complete source of Arx Fatalis is available for download.’ The readme notes that the original game installation is required in order to play the compiled game, as the data files are certainly still copyrighted. Linux is in need of a good FPS dungeon crawler, though the code will need a hell of a lot of cleanup as it’s a VC8/9 project and uses DirectX (ugh…).”

Source: Arx Fatalis Updated, Released Under GPL

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