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SYMPA – Send Your Mail Privately & Anonymously

From Erightsoft:
SYMPA (Send_Your_Mail_Privately_&_Anonymously)

A multi-function FreeWare to be used ONLY for the following educational / training purposes:
o Send totally Anonymous E-Mails. (Through Tunnel Proxy)
o Send SMS messages via E-Mail. (Depending on your area phone service provider)
o Chat with friends in private and public mode.
o Built in web browser for easier and lighter use of PC resources when a quick surf is needed.
o Check, convert to decimal and resolve IPv4 to addresses or vice versa.
o Register / UnRegister DirectShow Filters installed on your PC.

Another freeware program from Erightsoft. Sounds useful, if you’re looking for something to protect yourself.
Via Erightsoft

DOJ to declare State Secrets Privilege in NSA/AT&T case

This is totally a PR control freebie that the government has in its back pocket. Due to being caught with AT&T helping the NSA tap calls and Internet traffic, the DoJ is said to play this card in the Electronic Frontier Foundation lawsuit against the government.
I can’t speak for the rest of the LUX staff, but I think it’s crap. This is trump card is meant to be played for actual national security risks, not for cover-ups when you’re caught red-handed doing something you’re not supposed to be doing.
You could say that they were tapping American phone lines in the name of national security. But where are the warrants? Law dictates that there needs to be those. Where do we draw the line? Perhaps an agent that can break into your home to search your house without a warrant at any time of the day can be dictated under “State Secrets Privilege”. But then, we wouldn’t be any different than Communism.
Sometimes people fight for human rights. Here, the case lands in… where does American privacy rights really stand. With this act of using the “State Secrets Privilege” card, they have declared that those rights really don’t mean very much.
Via Wired

SUPER – Simplified Universal Player Encoder & Renderer

From Erightsoft:

SUPER © Simplified Universal Player Encoder & Renderer.
A GUI to ffmpeg, mencoder, mplayer, x264, ffmpeg2theora & the theora/vorbis RealProducer plugIn.
If you need a simple, yet very efficient tool to convert (encode) or play any Multimedia file,
without reading manuals or spending long hours training, then SUPER © is all you need.
It is a Multimedia Encoder and a Multimedia Player, easy-to-use with 1 simple click.

And it’s freeware. How can you say no?
Via Erightsoft

Canadian musicians have walked out on CRIA

Canadian musicians fed up with the lawsuits against their fans, have walked out on the Canadian Recording Industry Association. Currently,it consists of these artists:

Barenaked Ladies, Avril Lavigne, Sarah McLachlan, Chantal Kreviazuk, Sum 41, Stars, Raine Maida (Our Lady Peace), Dave Bidini (Rheostatics), Billy Talent, John K. Samson (Weakerthans), Broken Social Scene, Sloan, Andrew Cash and Bob Wiseman (Co-founder Blue Rodeo)

They have joined together to form the CMCC (Canadian Music Creators Coalition). It’s about time that the musicians got fed up, but we’re happy to see that the talent finally stand behind the fans. It’s only time that musicians will begin the same type of fallout with the RIAA.
DustinBrewer < CMCC

Riva FLV Encoder

Riva FLV Encoder can convert FLV files into AVI, MPG, WMV, or Quicktime. FLVs are the files that Flash Players use on the Internet. Pretty useful when you find that one flash video that you want to keep and FLV just isn’t quite cutting the mustard when it comes to storing video files.
Videohelp has a howto on using this pretty simple to use encoder.
Via RivaVX

FAA migrates to linux to save $15 million

FAA has migrated to Linux. Red Hat Enterprise to be exact. And they’ve saved themselves $15 million in migration and operating costs.
Not only that, RH performed the migration in one-third the scheduled time and operating efficiency is already up 30%.
Save money and increase efficiency? You don’t say. What was that operating system again? It sure isn’t Microsoft produced.
Slashdot < AlphaTradeFN

Caprica: The prequel series based on the rise of the Cyclons

Uhh. Drool.
If Battlestar Galactica is any inkling of how Caprica is going to turn out, Science fiction buffs are in for another treat. The SciFi channel has agreed to do the backstory of how Cylons came into existence and focus on two families, the Graystones and the Adamas. The screenwriter for 24 is writing the pilot script and Caprica is being executive produced by the same team behind BSG.
We bow down to you, Ronald Moore and David Eick. We bow down.
Slashdot < Zap2It

Managing Linux through Active Directory

Unfortunately, sometimes there is a need to use Active Directory. Many corporations use this to keep all of their users in check. But never fear! You can still manage linux through Active Directory!
Check out the in-depth tutorial at how to set up the linux system to be managed and go nuts. It looks like it’s in Ubuntu format on linux side, so make the necessary changes for your flavor of Linux.
Via Nuxified

Help save the Net: Democrats lose in House for net neutrality

It’s just too bad. We have to deal with morons that are puppets of corporate behavior. As the citizens of the United States fall farther behind in the broadband distribution to other nations of the world, the Bells come out with this crazy plan to make more money. We’ll really laugh if the big Internet corporations create their own broadband outside of their network and others latch onto it. In any case, here’s the news:

The groups say the Federal Communications Commission must be given power to prevent broadband providers from doing things like charging content providers extra for the privilege of faster delivery or other preferential treatment.
“Did the Bells create the Internet? Did the cable companies create the Internet?” asked Rep. Ed Markey, a Massachusetts Democrat and sponsor of the amendment. “The answer is no. The Internet was built on a different model, a public interest model, funded by American taxpayers.”

We truly wish some Republicans would get behind Net Neutrality regardless of big telcos filling their coffers. The rest of the world laughs as the U.S. created the Internet, and now while others are reap in the benefits, all U.S. based Internet begins the deadly dance of death.
We at Lux think that this is about the time that those big corporations such as Microsoft, Google, Amazon, and others that will get hurt by this preferential treatment, pull their lobbying funds from those that are against cause. It’s also the time that the people help take up the fight for Net Neutrality.
Via CNet

Gans to direct Onimusha film

Gans, who directed the critic-hated, but number 1 box office horror film, Silent Hill, is in the works to direct a sequel to the current along with a go at Capcom’s Onimusha series. What’s interesting is that Joystiq doesn’t even mention having Takeshi Kaneshiro being Samanosuke. After all, he did the voice-acting for the Japanese version of the Capcom hit, he speaks English, and the CG model was based off of him. Whatever else would you need to create a great Onimusha film?
Via Joystiq