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E-mail since 1971

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NewsThis year, it's 30 years since Richard Tomlinson sent the first e-mail message on ARPANET, using the now famous '@' as an indicator that the message was supposed to end up on another machine. In 1971, Tomlinson was working (and still is) for Bolt, Beranek and Newman, a contractor hired to work on ARPANET for the US government. He was, as the case often is, supposed to have been doing something else when "inventing" e-mail.

In 2001, Tomlinson got himself a Webby award for his early work on e-mail. Morse, Marconi, Bell and Tomlinson?
 
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US: DeCSS is free speech

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NewsA court in sunny California has ruled that publishing source code for the DVD de-scrambler "DeCSS", falls into the category of free speech. This was what Jon Johansen did last year, subsequently finding trenchcoat clad men with moustaches and well-kept handguns outside his door.

Read about it on The Register. There is also a piece on this at ZDNet News.
 
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Daemon News - november issue

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NewsThe November issue of Daemonnews e-zine is out. Articles include:
  • bootstrapping Vinum
  • Growing FreeBSD filesystems
  • Configuring IPSec on OpenBSD 2.9
  • Logging Syslog to a Database
  • Answerman
Read it here.
 
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Wrong book - no flight

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NewsIf a sufficiently high number of airport security people are having a bad hair day, and your reading material looks remotely similar to anything Mohammed Atta might have read during the last 30 years, this can happen.

There's just no end to what "trained professionals" can get away with. At least in the land of the free (and hysterical).
 
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Microsoft shuts out non-IE browsers from MSN

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NewsIf you attempt to access msn.com with anything but Internet Explorer or some versions of Netscape Navigator, you are told in unambigious terms that you own a lesser browser. Even Opera, acclaimed for being standards compliant - aren't let past the browser check. The reason, according to the Redmond Circus, is "Opera does not support the latest standards, such as XHTML". What all this is good for, I leave for you to figure out. The Bald Arm-Flailer now not only have us by the balls, he have begun squeezing too.

There are articles about this on zdnet.com and (the same article) on cnet.com.

Update 27.10.2001 20:07: An article on newsforge.com says Opera users are back in! -twa
 
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Fujitsu to bring Transmeta laptop to U.S.

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NewsTransmeta got some welcome news Monday as Fujitsu announced it is bringing to the United States a notebook PC using the latest low-power Crusoe processor from the struggling chipmaker.
Full story at news.com
 
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geekinfo.net to bolster site security

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NewsThe world is on the verge of both war and Windows XP. This is our plan.
 
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MS digital rights management scheme cracked

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NewsAn anonymous coder named 'Beale Screamer' claims to have broken the Version-2 Microsoft digital rights management (DRM) scheme, and has produced the source code and a DOS utility to un-protect .WMA audio files.

The author's zipped file contains a well-written and lengthy description of the MS DRM weaknesses, a philosophical tract explaining why he thinks it necessary to crack, the source code, and the command-line utility.

The Register has the full story.
 
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.biz domains must wait two more weeks

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NewsNeuLevel, the company in charge of registering .biz top level domains, apparently have fouled up the process to such an extent that they have been ordered to get their act together by a U.S. judge.

Originally planned to start real-time registrations of .biz domains 23rd this month, the startup has been pushed to november 7. As with most other stuff happening in LaaLaa-land, NeuLevel have been sued for its handling of .biz-registrations. This comes in addition to the sorry handling of .info domains by Afilias.

More on these matters on cnet.com.
 
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Redmond Circus: No rest for the wicked

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NewsComing as no surprise to many who have followed the case, the U.S. Supreme Court Tuesday declined to hear Microsoft's last-ditch appeal in its ongoing antitrust case.

The U.S. Supreme Court announced Tuesday that it will not hear Microsoft's (Nasdaq: MSFT) appeal of a U.S. Court of Appeals ruling on its antitrust violations.

As is its normal practice, the Supreme Court declined further comment. Had the case been heard, it would have delayed the impending penalties faced by the Redmond, Washington-based software giant.

Full story over at osOpinion.com as well as WinInformant.
 
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