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Various news items of interest

Hacking Elevators 101!

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Hardware

Ever wonder how to hack an elevator to own it for your trip and not be stopped on any other floors?

Turning Your Printer Into A Paper Shredder

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Hardware

Laser printers are infamous for shredding papers instead of printing them. But what about turning your printer into a high-volume paper shredder - on purpose?

Corporate Mozilla gets thumbs-up from industry

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Software

The IT industry has reacted positively to the Mozilla Foundation's decision to create a commercial subsidiary that will be responsible for the development and distribution of its open-source products.

Review: Lunar Linux

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Linux
Reviews

Lunar Linux is based on the Source Mage distribution, but, as indicated on the project's Web site, Lunar Linux developers have rewritten both the install code and the package management code in an effort to increase its user-friendliness. A user-friendly source-based distribution?

Online scams net criminals £2.75 billion

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Security

Gartner estimates some three million US consumers had $2.75bn stolen out of their bank accounts in the 12 months ending May 2005.

SymphonyOS - Act II (Alpha 4)

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Linux
Reviews
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SymphonyOS is proud to announce the release of Alpha 4, as seen on Distrowatch and the Symphony website. Tuxmachines is proud to take a look! I first became aquainted with Symphony back in May with the release of Alpha 3 and was quite impressed at that time with Symphony's unique desktop. As we take a look at this newest release today, we will be concentrating on what's new and improved.

Linux Code Grows as Defects Decline

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Linux

Between December 2004 and July 2005, the "defect density" in the Linux kernel has fallen from 0.17 to 0.16 and all serious defects have been corrected, a new report out from code analysis firm Coverity asserts.

Cisco.com website breached - customers warned

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Security

Cisco is advising customers to update passwords for the company's web portal following a security breach reported this morning.

One blog created 'every second'

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Web

The blogosphere is continuing to grow, with a weblog created every second, according to blog trackers Technorati.

FCC may change Internet service rules

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Web

The Federal Communications Commission could make it more difficult for independent Internet providers to offer high-speed service.

IBM Pulls Open-Source License

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OSS

IBM has abused the software's open-source status to enjoy marketing and user acceptance benefits, Jonathan Eunice, principal analyst with Illuminata, argued. By revoking the open-source status, the company undermines the value of open source.

Windows offers new vistas of spending

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Microsoft

People wanting to upgrade to Windows Vista are likely to need not only a new computer with more robust hardware, but a new monitor as well.

Mozilla Foundation Reorganization

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Moz/FF

On August 3rd, 2005, the Mozilla Foundation, a non-profit public benefit software development organization, launched a wholly owned subsidiary, the Mozilla Corporation. The Mozilla Corporation is a taxable subsidiary that serves the non-profit, public benefit goals of its parent, the Mozilla Foundation, and will be responsible for product development, marketing and distribution of Mozilla products.

Documents censored in Microsoft-Google case

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Legal

Microsoft Corp. documents concerning a former executive who went to rival Google Inc. can't be sealed but deserve protection because they contain trade secrets, a judge ruled yesterday.

Army punishes soldier for blog posts

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Web

The U.S. military has demoted and fined a soldier for publishing "classified" information on his personal blog, an Army spokesperson confirmed Tuesday.

Novell Plans to Open SuSE Linux Pro to Community

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SUSE

Novell is opening SuSE Linux to community-based development, sources say, with a model similar to Red Hat's recent move with Fedora.

Sony could wait till '07 to launch PS3

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Gaming

Sony strategists may see a priced-down PS2 as all the company needs in '06; would ride $99 sticker--and profits--all the way to 2007.

NVIDIA's CEO, Jen-Hsun Huang

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Hardware

A few weeks prior to the launch on GeForce 7800 GTX, based on NVIDIA's latest G70 chip, NVIDIA held an "Editors Day" to introduce the press to the new architecture and capabilities. Whilst that the Editors Day we got the opportunity to sit down with NVIDIA's CEO and visionary, Jen-Hsun Huang and ask him a few questions...

Phishers hack eBay

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Security

A flaw has been discovered on eBay’s website that would have allowed fraudsters to successfully redirect the sign-on process to a phishing site.

Lax security enables ATM card fraud, report says

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Security

An unprecedented wave of Internet-based bank fraud has been enabled in part by banks that don't bother to check security codes on cash cards, according to a report released on Tuesday.

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