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Chair of Denmark’s standards committee: ‘Microsoft is lying’

Chair of Denmark’s standards committee: ‘Microsoft is lying’

Mogens Kühn Pedersen, chair of the Danish Standards Committee, says Microsoft is lying when it says it will implement ISO OOXML in the next version of its suite of office applications. On Saturday Pedersen accused the software vendor of lying, in an article by the Danish news site Business.dk, part of the newspaper Berlingske Tidene. Pedersen, professor of Informatics at […]

P4P Remodels File Sharing

P4P Remodels File Sharing

“Peer-to-peer” (P2P) is synonymous with piracy and bandwidth hogging on the Internet. But now, Internet service providers and content companies are taking advantage of technology designed to speed the delivery of content through P2P networks. Meanwhile, standards bodies are working to codify the technology into the Internet’s basic protocols.

MPAA wants to control your TV

MPAA wants to control your TV

The MPAA is pressuring the FCC for the authority to cripple recording devices using so-called “Selectable Output Control” (SOC). Basically, SOC would enable Hollywood to actually shut off the video outputs on your cable box, DVR, or other recording device when particular movies or shows come on. When the movie’s over, the outputs might turn back on. Your devices would […]

Component Directory Lockdown – New in Firefox 3.6

We hate crashes. When Firefox crashes, we try to get you back on your feet as quickly as possible, but we’d much rather you not crash in the first place. In Firefox 3.6, we are changing the way that some third party software hooks into Firefox which should eliminate a good chunk of those crashes without sacrificing our extensibility in […]

Why the GPL Sinks SCO’s Copyright Infringement Claims, Even if it Owned the Copyrights

Editor’s note: This is a very long, but informative article. It’s worth the read. If you are new to the Free Software community, you need to have some understanding of the license that governs it, or at least one of the main licenses. I’ve started to wonder if Novell or IBM has explained to SCO’s Chapter 11 Trustee Edward Cahn […]

Linux is top OS on supercomputers

Linux is top OS on supercomputers

Data compiled by top500 shows that Linux is the operating of choice on supercomputers. That’s good news. The table (image reproduced below) does not go into details like which distro is the most popular on these supercomputers, but that’s not important. What matters is that we’ve won that battle.

Listen, Watch, Read: Computers Search for Meaning

European Researchers have created the first integrated semantic search platform that integrates text, video and audio. The system can ‘watch’ films, ‘listen’ to audio and ‘read’ text to find relevant responses to semantic search terms. At last, computers are able to look for meaning in our multimedia searches.

How to install XBMC on Hymera

How to install XBMC on Hymera

Hymera Open is a Debian-based, desktop-oriented GNU/Linux operating system. It is one of the best distro’s that’s has been reviewed on this site. As good as it is, and as many software packages there are in its repository, it lacks a decent media center application. The only one in its repo is an outdated Elisa media center. XBMC, the other […]

Ubuntu 9.10 Live CD and Mandriva One 2010: Reviewed and Compared

Ubuntu 9.10 Live CD and Mandriva One 2010: Reviewed and Compared

I’m used to reviewing one distro at a time, and that has worked quite well. You could read a review and assuming it is well written and detailed, decide whether to download and install it on your PC. For this review, however, I’m doing a two-for-one – revewing and comparing two very popular distros. For the reader, I think it […]

More Freedom Necessary as Top Developers Abandon iPhone

More Freedom Necessary as Top Developers Abandon iPhone

Apple’s ridiculous iPhone app approval process has hit a new low, with rejections for “ridiculing public figures” and using Apple’s own APIs to access Apple icons. These are just the latest reasons why the U.S. Copyright Office should approve EFF’s effort to legalize jailbreaking of the iPhone—customers and developers shouldn’t need Apple’s approval before using the software they want.

Keeping a Global Eye on Copyright Law

Keeping a Global Eye on Copyright Law

We spend a lot of our time at EFF trying to spot new proposals in copyright across the world, and understanding whether they’re good or bad for civil liberties. We’re not the only ones: our understanding depends on the work of hundreds of researchers worldwide who are constantly sifting through new drafts and consolidating older reforms in hundreds of nations.

Video Fingerprinting Offers Search Solution

The explosive growth of video on the internet calls for new ways of sorting and searching audiovisual content. A team of European researchers has developed a ground-breaking solution that is finding commercial applications. Most video search technologies currently rely on semantic annotation in which videos have to be manually tagged with keywords so they can be found via a text-based […]

Sex up Ubuntu 9.10 desktop with Cairo-Dock

Sex up Ubuntu 9.10 desktop with Cairo-Dock

I’m not a fan of Ubuntu. Never liked it, though I must admit that it is very popular, and has some nice features. I personally don’t like distros that use sudo especially now that Microsoft has been granted a patent for it. But not liking a distro will not stop me from helping others customize their desktop especially if that […]

Wireless Phones Can Affect The Brain, Swedish Study Suggests

A study at Örebro University in Sweden indicates that mobile phones and other cordless telephones have a biological effect on the brain. It is still too early to say if any health risks are involved, but medical researcher Fredrik Söderqvist recommends caution in the use of these phones, above all among children and adolescents. Few children who regularly use mobile […]

Install NTP, openSSH-server, and Java JRE on Ubuntu 9.10

Install NTP, openSSH-server, and Java JRE on Ubuntu 9.10

So you are now using Ubuntu 9.10, the latest version of the Linux operating by Canonical Ltd. I’m sure you like it. Life is good with Ubuntu! It really rocks, lots of features. But you know that there is always one or two things missing or not properly configured. In the case of Karmic Koala (that’s the other name of […]

simplicITy: A Linux-powered computer for the elderly

If you want to introduce a group of people to the Web, a group that’s never used a PC, and have never used the Internet, what route would you take? Sell them a Windows PC, or one powered by a Linux operating system? My guess is it would be a Linux PC, and that’s is exactly what discount.age and Wessex […]

Microsoft Patents Sudo?!!

Lordy, lordy, lordy. They have no shame. It appears that Microsoft has just patented sudo, a personalized version of it. Here it is, patent number7617530. Thanks, USPTO, for giving Microsoft, which is already a monopoly, a monopoly on something that’s been in use since 1980 and wasn’t invented by Microsoft. Here’s Wikipedia’s description of sudo, which you can meaningfully compare […]

Mandriva Linux One or Mandriva Linux Free

Mandriva Linux One or Mandriva Linux Free

Mandriva Linux One (One) and Mandriva Linux Free (Free) are two of the three Linux desktop editions published by Mandriva, a worldwide Linux provider. Whereas Free and One are free, the third one, Mandriva Linux Powerpack is a commercial edition, which you can purchase for 59 EUR or about 88.00 USD. Unless you are willing to pay for the Powerpack […]

Hooks Hijacked? New Research Shows How To Block Stealthy Malware Attacks

The spread of malicious software, also known as malware or computer viruses, is a growing problem that can lead to crashed computer systems, stolen personal information, and billions of dollars in lost productivity every year. One of the most insidious types of malware is a “rootkit,” which can effectively hide the presence of other spyware or viruses from the user […]

OpenOffice will be cheaper to maintain

OpenOffice will be cheaper to maintain

“OpenOffice will be cheaper to maintain and will run better than Microsoft’s proprietary alternative”, expects Lars Roark, IT manager at the Danish municipality of Rødovre, according to reports in Danish media. The municipality on Friday announced it will this week start to use OpenOffice, alongside Microsoft’s proprietary alternative. However the municipality plans to eventually move to OpenOffice completely.