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FTC Proposes Do Not Track List For the Web
Posted by News Fetcher on December 01 '10 at 12:30 PM
By samzenpus from Slashdot's don't-follow deptartment:
An anonymous reader writes "The Federal Trade Commission proposed allowing consumers to opt out of having their online activities tracked on Wednesday as part of the agency's preliminary report on consumer privacy. FTC chairman Jon Leibowitz said he would prefer for the makers of popular web browsers to come up with an setting on their own that would allow consumers to opt out of having their browsing and search habits tracked."

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Attack of the Trojan Printers
Posted by News Fetcher on December 01 '10 at 11:45 AM
By samzenpus from Slashdot's it's-crowded-in-there deptartment:
snydeq writes "Security professionals are tapping Trojan horse access points cloaked in printers and other office equipment to infiltrate clients who want their defenses tested, InfoWorld reports. Attackers dressed in IT supplier uniforms drop off printers to a company for a test-drive. Once the device is connected to the network, the penetration testers have a platform behind any perimeter defenses from which to attack. 'You can put your box inside a printer tray and glue it shut, and who will notice if there are one or two or three power cables coming out?' one security researcher says of the method. A variant of the attack, presented by Errata Security at the Defcon hacking convention, uses an attack-tool-laden iPhone mailed to a target company to get inside the firm's network defenses."

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Torrent Users Fight Back
Posted by News Fetcher on December 01 '10 at 11:00 AM
By samzenpus from Slashdot's we're-not-going-to-take-it deptartment:
eonlabs writes "Torrent users being blamed for illegally downloading Farcry are fighting back. In a 96 page lawsuit, the lawyers at Dunlap, Grubb, and Weaver are being accused of: 'extortion, fraudulent omissions, mail fraud, wire fraud, computer fraud and abuse, racketeering, fraud upon the court, abuse of process, fraud on the Copyright Office, copyright misuse, unjust enrichment, and consumer protection violations.'"

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Sarah Palin 'Target WikiLeaks Like Taliban'
Posted by News Fetcher on December 01 '10 at 10:00 AM
By CmdrTaco from Slashdot's name-calling deptartment:
DMandPenfold writes "Sarah Palin, who is widely tipped as a possible Republican candidate for president in 2012, has said WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange should be hunted down in the way armed forces are targeting the Taliban and Al-Qaeda." So that means we should spend billions of dollars and not catch him? Good plan.

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Advent Calendar For Geeks
Posted by News Fetcher on December 01 '10 at 09:30 AM
By samzenpus from Slashdot's geek-christmas deptartment:
bLanark writes "Well, as children and adults all over the world begin their day with chocolate, with the traditional Advent calendar, I'd like to remind you that there's an alternative for geeks. The Perl Advent calendar will give you a new Perl tip every day right up to Christmas."

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Race On To Fingerprint Phones, PCs
Posted by News Fetcher on December 01 '10 at 09:15 AM
By CmdrTaco from Slashdot's i-see-what-you-did-there deptartment:
theodp writes "Advertisers no longer want to just buy ads, reports the WSJ. They want to buy access to specific people. In response, the race is on develop digital fingerprint technology to identify how we use our computers, mobile devices and TV set-top boxes. Start-up BlueCava, an anti-piracy company spinoff, is building a 'credit bureau for devices' in which every computer or cellphone will have a 'reputation' based on its user's online behavior, shopping habits and demographics. By the end of next year, BlueCava says it expects to have cataloged one billion of the world's estimated 10 billion devices, and plans to sell this information to advertisers willing to pay top dollar for granular data about people's interests and activities. It's 'the next generation of online advertising,' said Blue Cava's David Norris. As controversy grows over intrusive online tracking, regulators are looking to rein it in — the FTC is expected to release a privacy report Wednesday calling for a 'do-not-track' tool for Web browsers."

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Internet Routing, Looming Disaster?
Posted by News Fetcher on December 01 '10 at 08:45 AM
By CmdrTaco from Slashdot's fear-the-packets deptartment:
wiredmikey writes "The Internet's leading architects have considered the rapid growth and fragmentation of core routing tables one of the most significant threats to the long-term stability and scalability of the Internet. In April 2010, about 15% of the world's Internet traffic was hijacked by a set of servers owned by China Telecom. n the technical world, this is typically called a prefix hijack and it happened due to a couple of wrong tweaks made at China Telecom. Whether this was intentional or not is unknown, but such routing accidents are all too common online. While BGP is the de-facto protocol for inter-domain routing on the Internet, actual routing occurs without checking whether the originator of the route is authorized to do so. The global routing system itself is made up of autonomous systems (AS) which are simply loosely interconnected routing domains. Each autonomous system decides, unilaterally, and even arbitrarily, to trust everything it hears from any other AS, to use that information without validation, and to further transmit that information to its other peers..."

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FCC To Vote On Net Neutrality On December 21
Posted by News Fetcher on December 01 '10 at 08:00 AM
By CmdrTaco from Slashdot's get-your-voice-on deptartment:
GovTechGuy writes "The FCC just released its tentative agenda for the December 21st open meeting, where the Commission will vote on whether to adopt rules to preserve net neutrality. According to the agenda the FCC will consider "adopting basic rules of the road to preserve the open Internet as a platform for innovation, investment, competition, and free expression." House Republicans have already promised to oppose any solution put forth by FCC chairman Julius Genachowski."

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BendDesk Merges Computer, Monitor and Desk
Posted by News Fetcher on December 01 '10 at 07:15 AM
By CmdrTaco from Slashdot's what-a-posture deptartment:
cylonlover writes "Researchers from Aachen University's Media Computing Group have created a computer workstation called the BendDesk where the desk and screen are transformed into one multi-touch display. The display is curved at the middle and uses infrared emitters and cameras to track user movement over the whole of the surface, which has its graphical user interface beamed onto it by a couple of short throw projectors hidden within its wooden frame."

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SanDisk, Nikon and Sony Develop 500MB/sec 2TB Flash Card
Posted by News Fetcher on December 01 '10 at 06:45 AM
By CmdrTaco from Slashdot's yes-have-some deptartment:
Lucas123 writes "SanDisk, Nikon and Sony are jointly developing a new Compact Flash card specification for the professional photography and video markets that boosts data transfer rates from 167MB/sec with today's 6.0 specification to 500MB/sec. The newly proposed specification would also offer up cards with a theoretical maximum capacity of 2TB, which would be conducive to recording high-definition video."

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The Pirate Bay Co-Founder Starting P2P-DNS
Posted by News Fetcher on December 01 '10 at 06:00 AM
By CmdrTaco from Slashdot's whacamole-is-fun deptartment:
An anonymous reader writes "The Pirate Bay Co-Founder, Peter Sunde, has started a new project which will provide a decentralized p2p based DNS system. This is a direct result of the increasing control which the US government has over ICANN. The project is called P2P-DNS and according to the project's wiki, this is how the project is described: 'P2P-DNS is a community project that will free internet users from imperial control of DNS by ICANN. In order to prevent unjust prosecution or denial of service, P2P-DNS will operate as a distributed and less centralized service hosted by the users of DNS. Temporary substitutes, (as Alpha and Beta developments), are being made ready for deployment. A network with no centralized points of failure, (per the original design of the internet), remains our goal. P2P-DNS is developing rapidly.'"

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Texas A&M Research Brings Racetrack Memory a Bit Closer
Posted by News Fetcher on December 01 '10 at 05:15 AM
By timothy from Slashdot's a-few-bits-really deptartment:
MojoKid writes "IBM is one of a number of companies working on a next-generation storage memory project and a recent discovery at Texas A&M University is a step forward for the company's racetrack memory. Racetrack memory relies on a nanowire arranged perpendicular to the chip. Current pulses across the nanowires allow data to be shifted as necessary. In theory, racetrack memory could be the Holy Grail of storage, capable of replacing both traditional hard drives and SSDs simultaneously. Racetrack memory could solve multiple problems and commercial implementations could offer hard drive-level density. Performance and reliability would both be far superior to today's SSDs. To date, IBM has demo'd a three-bit racetrack configuration. It's a start, but it's far from a shippable product at this juncture." What the A&M researchers have come up with is "a way to pulse the current much more efficiently and quickly."

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Microsoft Reportedly Working On TV Service For Xbox 360
Posted by News Fetcher on December 01 '10 at 03:30 AM
By Soulskill from Slashdot's path-to-a-unified-entertainment-box deptartment:
tekgoblin writes "It seems that Microsoft may be in talks with media companies to license TV shows and movies for a new streaming service. With the addition of ESPN to the Xbox 360 over Xbox Live, Microsoft may be in a position to do the same for different content providers and charge a subscription fee for them separately. The idea is to better personalize content and only pay for what you want to watch instead of paying cable companies for all the channels you don't watch. Microsoft is looking into duplicating what they have done with ESPN to include channels such as Showtime or HBO and possibly Disney."

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Nook Color Rooted — Will B&N Embrace the Tablet?
Posted by News Fetcher on December 01 '10 at 02:15 AM
By timothy from Slashdot's what-technology-wants deptartment:
itwbennett writes "It can browse the web, edit Office docs, run apps. Is it a low-cost, low-function e-reader? Nope, it's a Nook. And now that XDA has rooted it, how Barnes & Noble responds will determine whether the Nook has a tablet future, says blogger Ryan Faas. 'If the device can be turned into a capable Android tablet (which technically it already is) easily, the $250 price tag certainly beats out some of the competition.'"

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Apple's Game Center Shares Your Real Name
Posted by News Fetcher on December 01 '10 at 12:45 AM
By Soulskill from Slashdot's slow-erosion-of-anonymity deptartment:
dotarray writes "Apple's Game Center has just made itself a few enemies through a simple change to their Terms of Service. Now, whenever you send a friend invitation, your real name will be attached as well as your Apple ID." Apparently they didn't learn from the poor reaction to Blizzard's similar idea.

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Aussie Government Gives PDF the Thumbs Down
Posted by News Fetcher on November 30 '10 at 11:00 PM
By timothy from Slashdot's how-was-this-study-published? deptartment:
littlekorea writes "The central IT office of the Australian Government has advised its agencies to offer alternatives to Adobe's Portable Document Format to ensure folks with impaired vision are able to consume information on the Web. A Government-funded study found that PDFs can present themselves as image-only files to screen readers, rendering the information contained within them unreadable for the vision impaired."

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Greg Bear, Others Cry Foul on Project Gutenberg Copyright Call
Posted by News Fetcher on November 30 '10 at 08:00 PM
By timothy from Slashdot's hey-man-I'm-still-using-that deptartment:
Nova Express writes "Recently a lot of science fiction stories from the 1950s and 60s (including work from still-living authors like Frederik Pohl and Jack Vance) have been showing up on Project Gutenberg as being in the public domain. However, according the science fiction writer Greg Bear and his wife Astrid Anderson Bear (daughter of Poul Anderson, some of whose works were among those put up) Project Gutenberg has made a mistake: 'After conducting legal research on the LEXIS database of legal cases, decisions, and precedents, we have demonstrated conclusively that PG was making incorrect determinations regarding public domain status in many, many works that originally appeared in magazine form ... In general, Project Gutenberg is doing a tremendous service by making available texts that have truly long since fallen out of copyright, but they are clearly overstepping their original mandate. They are not merely exploiting orphan works, but practicing a wholesale kidnapping of works that are under copyright protection.'"

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Supreme Court Refuses P2P 'Innocent Sharing' Case
Posted by News Fetcher on November 30 '10 at 06:30 PM
By CmdrTaco from Slashdot's i-need-some-dinner deptartment:
yoyo81 writes "The Supreme Court has refused to hear an 'innocent infringement case' in which Whitney Harper shared some music on the family computer when she was a teenager and was subsequently hit with a lawsuit from the RIAA. An appeals court overturned an earlier ruling from a federal court that reduced damages to $200 instead of the statutory $750 claiming 'innocence' was no defense, especially since copyright notices appear on all phonorecords. She appealed to the Supreme Court, which refused to hear her case, but Justice Alito stated, 'This provision was adopted in 1988, well before digital music files became available on the Internet' and further, 'I would grant review in this case because not many cases presenting this issue are likely to reach the Courts of Appeals.' For now, though, Harper's verdict remains in place: $750 for each of the 37 songs at issue, or $27,750."

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The Last Stop For Space Station-Bound Software
Posted by News Fetcher on November 30 '10 at 06:30 PM
By CmdrTaco from Slashdot's debugging-is-a-little-harder deptartment:
Normally I avoid slide show type articles, but this one is actually pretty interesting. It starts "This NASA lab contains a recreation of the computer systems found onboard the International Space Station. It is the place where the final bug testing takes place before software is uploaded to the station and where software engineers recreate bugs that occur onboard the station in an attempt to help fix them."

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Interpol Issues Wanted Notice For Julian Assange
Posted by News Fetcher on November 30 '10 at 05:15 PM
By timothy from Slashdot's we-think-we-don't-like-him deptartment:
chrb writes "Interpol have issued a wanted notice for Julian Paul Assange for alleged sex crimes. The Guardian and Wired both have commentary."

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