Pixel: The Potential Photoshop Killer for Linux

According to the results of a survey conducted early this year by Novell, Adobe Photoshop tops users’ lists as the most critical application not available on Linux. While Adobe continues to only support Windows and Mac OS X with most of its products for its own, unknown reasons, alternatives are becoming increasingly popular with the ever-growing Linux user base.

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US Citizens Can Now Be Deemed “Enemy Combatants” and Stripped of All Rights

A federal appeals court Wednesday ruled President Bush has the authority to designate U.S. citizens as “enemy combatants” and detain them in military custody if they are deemed a threat to national security.

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We Are Now Officially Living In A Dictatorship

Its official, fellow Americans. A fantastic article breaking down exactly why things are just that bad here in the States.

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Intel proudly shows off snooping tech

AMT can effectively snoop on what’s inside your PC. The principle is simple. Details about a VPro or Centrino based PC are saved into non-volatile memory. But, scarily, this information can be read even if the machine’s power switch is in the ‘off’ position.

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Review of Konqueror – web browser and file manager for KDE

Konqueror was developed to be a universal file manager, web browser and file viewer for the K Desktop Environment (KDE). It was released to the world on 14 June, 2000. At that time, it was described as “the next generation web browser, file manager and document viewer”. This isn’t very far from the truth. Read a review by Softpedia.

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Intel’s Spy Software Extends To The Home

Given that its Active Management Technology (AMT) is building built into its desktop and laptop processors, this snooping tech will soon find its way into the home, according to Intel’s Brendan Traw.

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Encryption expert teaches security

Good write-up on Bruce Schneier and his efforts to bring security awareness to the masses.

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The Mozilla Scandal: What can happen to Debian and Ubuntu?

Now that Debian is not allowed to use the Firefox name without showing every patch to Mozilla, people are boycotting Firefox. That is not all that will come of this though. How will this affect Ubuntu? Could Mozilla turn into a Microsoft, only caring about trademarks? This article attempts to clear things up about the Mozilla trademark situation.

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Big Brother Talking-Cameras Berate Brits

Big Brother is not only watching you – now he’s barking orders too. Britain’s first ‘talking’ CCTV cameras have arrived, publicly berating bad behaviour and shaming offenders into acting more responsibly.

The system allows control room operators who spot any anti-social acts – from dropping litter to late-night brawls – to send out a verbal warning: ‘We are watching you’.

Middlesbrough has fitted loudspeakers on seven of its 158 cameras in an experiment already being hailed as a success. Jack Bonner, who manages the system, said: ‘It is one hell of a deterrent. It’s one thing to know that there are CCTV cameras about, but it’s quite another when they loudly point out what you have just done wrong.

‘Most people are so ashamed and embarrassed at being caught they quickly slink off without further trouble.

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The ID Chip You Don’t Want in Your Passport

If you have a passport, now is the time to renew it — even if it’s not set to expire anytime soon. If you don’t have a passport and think you might need one, now is the time to get it. In many countries, including the United States, passports will soon be equipped with RFID chips. And you don’t want one of these chips in your passport.

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