In response to an open letter written by the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF), SunnComm Technologies, Inc., has outlined what it has done and will do to address potential security problems caused by its MediaMax CD copy-protection software and to help protect against future vulnerabilities. Use of the software on CDs released by Sony BMG has received significant media attention, but many consumers are unaware that the software was also used by several independent music labels.
SunnComm says it will ensure that future versions of MediaMax will not install when the user declines the end user license agreement (EULA) that appears when a CD is first inserted in a computer CD or DVD drive. SunnComm has also agreed to include uninstallers in all versions of MediaMax software, to submit all future versions to an independent security-testing firm for review, and to release to the public the results of the independent security testing. SunnComm and EFF are discussing how to ensure that legitimate security researchers who have been, are, or will be working to identify security problems with MediaMax will not be accused of copyright violations under the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA).
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Domestic priorities like federal aid to schools and health research are squeezed under President Bush’s proposed budget for next year, but funding for the Pentagon, the war in Iraq and anti-terrorism efforts get impressive increases.
Monday’s budget tome will have a price tag of more than $2.7 trillion. The departments of Education, Commerce, Interior and Energy will see their budgets, on average, frozen or cut slightly below today’s already austere levels.
And how about that bird flu?
The National Institutes of Health’s budget is frozen at this year’s level and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is being asked to take a 2 percent cut.
A man has been showing off his gigantic rabbit named Herman.
The mighty bunny weighs a massive 7.7kg, and his ears are a lengthy 21cm – almost as long as most pet rabbits are tall. And he is almost 1m tall.
The German Giant is even big for his breed, which usually tip the scales at around 6kg.