Secret Box of the Talambur

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Glibc Is Finally Free Software

WebMink writes “Despite the fervour of some, the dark secret of every GNU/Linux distribution is that, until August 18 this year, it depended on software that was under a non-Free license — incompatible with the Open Source Definition and non-Free according to Debian and the FSF. A long tale of tenacity and software archeology has finally led to that software appearing under the 3-clause BSD license — ironically, at the behest of an Oracle (more…)

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  • Is AOL Finally Crashing and Burning?

    An anonymous reader writes “AOL’s disastrous quarterly report showed cash from continuing operations was down 44% from a year ago (adjusted operating income was down 37%), as it continues a rocky transition from monthly subscription fees to advertising. (Their quarterly report also notes ‘the cessation of large-scale access subscriber acquisition campaigns’ — investor-speak for the fact that AOL will finally stop mass mailings of free trial (more…)

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  • The Secrets of the Chaocipher Finally Revealed

    nickpelling2 writes “In 1918, John F. Byrne invented a truly amazing cipher system, called ‘The Chaocipher’, that fitted inside a small cigar box, could be operated by a ten-year-old, yet produced practically unbreakable ciphertext (arguably even stronger than the Nazi Enigma machine). But now, thanks to the efforts of Chaocipher fan Moshe Rubin and the generous gift of Byrne’s cryptographic effects by his daughter-in-law Pat Byrne to the National (more…)

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  • John Terry has a night to forget, as Motty’s goal drought finally ends

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  • Peat finally wins downhill gold

    Britain’s Steve Peat ends a run of disappointment by securing the World Downhill Mountain Bike title in Canberra.

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