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+ - 192 W3C Do Not Track chairs reject Ad industry proposal

Submitted by Presto Vivace
Presto Vivace (882157) writes "W3C Do Not Track chairs reject Ad industry proposal that would allow unfettered data collection

Attached please find a document entitled “What Base Text to Use for the Do Not Track Compliance Specification.” For tonight, the document will speak for itself. It is available at: http://www.w3.org/2011/tracking-protection/2013-july-decision/

What Base Text to Use for the Do Not Track Compliance Specification

The Tracking Protection Working Group was chartered “to improve user privacy and user control by defining mechanisms for expressing user preferences around Web tracking and for blocking or allowing Web tracking elements.” The group reached an important series of decision points this summer, when participants submitted change proposals after the May face-to-face meeting. The co-chairs here record the group decision on one change proposal that presents a fork in the road, after the Digital Advertising Alliance and related participants asked to move to a new draft text. After consideration, the chairs have determined that the group has rejected that change proposal, finding it at odds with our chartered aims and the weight of group consensus.

The question before the group was whether to change its base text for the continued work on the Compliance Specification, to adopt the version proposed by the DAA or to continue addressing issues against the text proposed to the group in June. We conclude, based on the comments submitted, that the June Draft provides a better basis from which to address the criteria for a W3C standard, as understood in the Working Group, than does than the DAA Proposal. We thus will continue to use the June Draft as the base text and work through the remaining issues raised. We will not revisit the choices presented in the DAA change proposal and rejected in this decision.

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+ - 220 New Moon Found Orbiting Neptune->

Submitted by Dave Knott
Dave Knott (2917251) writes "A tiny, previously unknown moon circling Neptune has been spotted by astronomers using the Hubble telescope.

The moon, which is currently known as S/2004 N1, was found on July 1 by Mark Showalter of the SETI Institute in Mountain View, Calif., NASA announced Monday.

It is less than 20 kilometres wide and its orbit is 105,000 kilometres from Neptune, between those of Larissa and Proteus, two of Neptune's other 14 known moons. It circles Neptune once every 23 hours."

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+ - 154 Github Finally Agrees Public Repos Should Have Open Source Licenses-> 2

Submitted by WebMink
WebMink (258041) writes "After strong criticism last year, Github has finally accepted the view that public repositories with no open source license are a bad thing. Self-described as the "world's largest open source community," a significant number of GitHub projects come with no rights whatsoever for you to use their code in an open source project.

But from now on, creators of new repositories will have to pick from a small selection of OSI-approved licenses or explicitly opt for "no license". In Github's words, "please note that opting out of open source licenses doesn't mean you're opting out of copyright law.""

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+ - 237 Scientists seek biomakers for violence-> 1

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "A Newtown couple, both scientists, who lost their daughter in the school shooting, are wondering whether there were clues in the shooter's physiological makeup — his DNA, his blood, his brain chemistry. They are now involved in a search for biomarkers, similar to those that may indicate disease, for violence. They are raising money to help fund this research, but the effort is running into obstacles, in part, over ethical concerns. "I'm not opposed to research on violence and biomarkers, but I'm concerned about making too big of a leap between biomarkers and violence," said Troy Duster, a researcher at the University of California at Berkeley. There is concern that science may find biomarkers long before society can deal with its implications."
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+ - 195 OS X Malware Demands $300 FBI Fine For Viewing, Distributing Porn

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "A new piece of malware is targeting OS X to extort money from victims by accusing them of illegally accessing pornography. Ransomware typically uses claims of breaking the law and names law enforcement (such as the CIA or FBI) to scare victims, but it is usually aimed at Windows users, not Mac users. The security firm Malwarebytes first spotted this latest threat, noting that criminals have ported the ransomware scheme to OS X and are even exploiting a Safari-specific feature. The ransomware page in question gets pushed onto unsuspecting users browsing high-trafficked sites as well as when searching for popular keywords."

+ - 143 The Future of Linux: Evolving Everywhere

Submitted by snydeq
snydeq (1272828) writes "Serdar Yegalulp offers a long view of the current evolution of Linux, one that sees the open source OS firmly entrenched as a cornerstone of IT, evolving in almost every direction at once — including most demonstrably toward the mobile and embedded markets. 'If Linux acceptance and development are peaking, where does Linux go from up? Because Linux is such a mutable phenomenon and appears in so many incarnations, there may not be any single answer to that question. More important, perhaps, is how Linux — the perennial upstart — will embrace the challenges of being a mature and, in many areas, market-leading project. Here's a look at the future of Linux: as raw material, as the product of community and corporate contributions, and as the target of any number of challenges to its ethos, technical prowess, and growth.'"

+ - 152 Female Kernel Dev Tells Linus Torvalds to Stop Using Threatening Language-> 1

Submitted by darthcamaro
darthcamaro (735685) writes "The Linux Kernel Development Mailing List can be a hostile place for anyone. It's an environment where foul language from Linus Torvalds is the norm and the tone of some conversations can be threatening. Now Intel developer Sarah Sharp is taking a stand and she wants the LKML to become a more civil place.

Seriously, guys? Is this what we need in order to get improve -stable? Linus Torvalds is advocating for physical intimidation and violence. Ingo Molnar and Linus are advocating for verbal abuse. Not *fucking* cool. Violence, whether it be physical intimidation, verbal threats or verbal abuse is not acceptable. Keep it professional on the mailing lists.

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+ - 208 Tesla's Elon Musk Envisions 4000MPH 'Hyperloop' Transportation System->

Submitted by MojoKid
MojoKid (1002251) writes "Think the future of transportation has us all in flying cars like the Jetsons? Think again. That's not something we're likely to see in our lifetime, however we may witness the completion of several "Hyperloop" transport systems designed to get you from point A to point B at breakneck speeds. This is the dream of Tesla founder and CEO Elon Musk, who describes Hyperloop as a "cross between a Concorde, a rail gun, and an air hockey table." Alternately, you can think of it as an enclosed tube that's propped way up off the ground. It would use a magnetic levitation system similar to high-speed bullet trains, except passengers would travel in capsules across a surface with almost no friction. A Colorado company called ET3 (Evacuated Tube Transport) is already working on making Musk's dream a reality by building a similar system and is planning a 3-mile trial run before the end of the year. This is just the beginning of bigger and faster things to come, According to ET3, a six-passenger capsule about the size of an automobile could hit speeds of 4,000 miles per hour on longer distances, such as going across the country or even continents."
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+ - 162 Video Gamers Now Considered Pro Athletes For Visas->

Submitted by cold fjord
cold fjord (826450) writes "It's not dated April 1st. From Fox News Latino: " According to the U.S. government, video gamers from other countries can now qualify for a visa because they are “professional athletes.” Riot Games, creators of the "League Of Legends" video game, have successfully lobbied U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, the Homeland Security Department agency that handles visa applications, to recognize their competitive gaming events. That means foreign gamers would be allowed into the country on temporary legal visas, much like professional sport leagues like the NBA or Major League Soccer have brought in renowned athletes like Brit David Beckham or Tony Parker, a French citizen.""
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+ - 177 Hardly Anyone Is Buying 'Smart Guns'->

Submitted by Daniel_Stuckey
Daniel_Stuckey (2647775) writes "The technology is here. So-called "smart guns" are being programmed to recognize a gun owner’s identity and lock up if the weapon ends up in the wrong hands. Entrepreneurs and engineers have been developing technology to make safer guns since the early '90s, and by now we've got working prototypes of guns that read fingerprints, hand grips or even sensors embedded under the skin. But after 15 years of innovation, personalized guns still haven't penetrated the marketplace."
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+ - 182 Scientists Use Sound Waves to Levitate, Move Objects -> 1

Submitted by sciencehabit
sciencehabit (1205606) writes "The tragic opera Rigoletto may move you to tears, but here's a more literal application of the moving power of sound. Sound waves with frequencies just above human hearing can levitate tiny particles and liquid droplets and even move them around, a team of engineers has demonstrated. The advance could open up new ways to handle delicate materials or mix pharmaceuticals."
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+ - 143 Microbial "dark matter" has its DNA sequenced->

Submitted by davide-nature
davide-nature (2815203) writes "Scientists have sequenced the DNA of microbes that until recently could not be sequenced because they are impossible to grow in culture. What they found revealed unpredicted links among the kingdoms of life: for example, one strain of bacteria synthesizes some building blocks of DNA and RNA using enzymes previously thought to exist only in archaea — a distinct class of microbes. They also found a bacterium that has recoded the sequence of bases UGA, to translate into the amino acid glycine — whereas in most organisms it signals the cell to stop translating RNA into protein."
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+ - 191 Richard Stallman: Snowden leak a chance for privacy, time to fight Big Brother->

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "Video interview with RMS on RT: "Snowden and Assange besieged but not defeated, while privacy has a better chance now than it had before. We talk to freedom activist and free software developer Richard Stallman, who believes the fight against the total surveillance on the part of the governments is far from over.""
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+ - 179 Open Source Tortilla for Tor to be Released at Black Hat->

Submitted by msm1267
msm1267 (2804139) writes "A researcher is expected to release Tortilla, an open source tool that anonymously routes TCP and DNS traffic through Tor, at the upcoming Black Hat conference. Tortilla provides a secure, anonymous means of routing traffic through Tor regardless of client software and without the need for a VPN or secure tunnel."
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+ - 186 Generic TLDs Threaten Name Collisions and Information Leakage-> 1

Submitted by CowboyRobot
CowboyRobot (671517) writes "As the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) continues its march toward the eventual approval of hundreds, if not more than 1,000, generic top-level domains (gTLDs), security experts warn that some of the proposed names could weaken network security at many companies. Two major issues could cause problems for companies: If domain names that are frequently used on a company's internal network — such as .corp, .mail, and .exchange — become accepted gTLDs, then organizations could inadvertently expose data and server access to the Internet. In addition, would-be attackers could easily pick up certificates for domains that are not yet assigned and cache them for use in man-in-the-middle attacks when the specific gTLD is deployed."
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+ - 172 Touting Snowden, Russia Again Demands UN Takeover of Internet->

Submitted by Lauren Weinstein
Lauren Weinstein (828974) writes "It was only late last year that freedom-loving Internet users around the world were transfixed with concern regarding a possible United Nations takeover of the Internet — largely pushed by Russia and other repressive regimes.

A massive effort to fight back against this was triggered, including this strong campaign by Google, which I supported.

The threat from the UN's International Telecommunications Union (ITU) was fought back for the moment — and we all gave a sigh of relief.

But now, in a clear demonstration that actions do have consequences, often unintended ones, "The New York Times" reports that Russia is again demanding a UN Internet takeover of exactly the sort repressive governments around the world have long been lusting after, and using Edward Snowden's continued presence in Russia as a foundation for this new thrust.

Acting as a catalyst for a crackdown against freedom of speech on the Net was certainly not Snowden's intention — quite the opposite, it's reasonable to assume."

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+ - 139 Oracle to stop developing Sun virtualization technologies->

Submitted by hypnosec
hypnosec (2231454) writes "Oracle will soon be announcing its decision to stop development of Sun virtualization technologies including Sun Ray Software and Hardware, Oracle Virtual Desktop Client, and Virtual Desktop Infrastructure (VDI) product lines. In an update to its support policies [Oracle support login required] for virtualization software and hardware, the database company has revealed that this decision is a result of its efforts to "tightly align Oracle’s future desktop virtualization portfolio investments with Oracle Corporation’s overall core business strategy.""
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+ - 155 Angela Merkel Tells US Firms To Meet German Privacy Rules->

Submitted by judgecorp
judgecorp (778838) writes "Germany's Chancellor Angela Merkel has demanded that US firms should meet German privacy rules and given her backing to proposed European privacy regulations. Merkel's stance comes as US firms lobby against strict EU privacy proposals — but also follows revelations from Edward Snowden through German newspaper Der Spiegel, that the German authorities are helping the NSA spy on German citizens. ."
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+ - 200 Linux 3.11 officially named "Linux for Workgroups"->

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "Linus Torvalds decided to change the code name for Linux 3.11 and even submitted an alternate Tux Logo. Heise reports:

"For this release, Linus Torvalds changed the code name from "Unicycling Gorilla" to "Linux for Workgroups" and modified the logo that some systems display when booting: it now depicts a Tux holding a flag with a symbol that is reminiscent of the logo of Windows for Workgroups 3.11, which was released in 1993.""

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+ - 182 Leaked letter shows ISPs and government at war->

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "A letter sent to the UK's four leading ISPs from the government has made them very cross indeed.

The letter comes from the Department for Education but it sets out a list of demands from Downing Street, with the stated aim of allowing the prime minister to make an announcement shortly. The companies are asked, among other things, for a commitment to fund an "awareness campaign" for parents. They're not particularly happy about promising cash for what the letter concedes is an "unknown campaign" but it's the next item on the menu which is the source of most of their anger."

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+ - 173 Doctor Who (Actor) Warns Against Facebook ->

Submitted by judgecorp
judgecorp (778838) writes "Matt Smith, the current actor playing Doctor Who, doesn't use Facebook or Twitter, despite his geek icon status. He worries that social media encourages us to create "surrogate versions" or "celebrity versions" of ourselves. He also, arguably, doesn't need their help, being a celebrity already. Smith made the comments in St Petersburg, where he hosted the final of Microsoft's Imagine Cup for student inventors, won this year by a British team with a mesh music-playing application."
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+ - 218 ACLU warns of creeping loss of liberty->

Submitted by Taco Cowboy
Taco Cowboy (5327) writes "UNITED STATES CIVIL RIGHTS GROUP the American Civil Liberties Union has expressed concern that the persecution of whistleblower Edward Snowden could break the international asylum system.

In a letter posted on its website [ http://www.aclu.org/blog/human-rights-national-security/us-actions-snowden-case-threaten-right-seek-asylum ], the ACLU said that the prospect of sanctions raised by the US government are in danger of ruining a system that offers solace to the outspoken.

"In the case of Mr Snowden, the United States has interfered with his right to seek asylum in two significant ways. First, the US revoked Mr. Snowden's passport. While this action does not render Mr. Snowden 'stateless' (because he is still a U.S. citizen), it does make it extremely difficult for him to travel or seek asylum, especially in countries that require asylees to be present in their territory at the time of the request," they wrote.

"Second, while the United States is within its rights to seek Mr Snowden's extradition to face charges in the United States, diplomatic and law enforcement efforts to extradite him must be consistent with international law. It appears that US efforts have prevented Mr Snowden from receiving fair and impartial consideration of his application for asylum in many of the countries to which he reportedly applied."

"US actions (including whatever role the United States played in the incident involving President Morales' plane) have arguably strengthened Mr Snowden's claims for asylum based on political persecution," they added.

"In addition to infringing on Mr Snowden's right to asylum, US actions also create the risk of providing cover for other countries to crack down on whistleblowers and deny asylum to individuals who have exposed illegal activity or human rights violations. That's a very dangerous precedent to set.""
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+ - 161 Edward Snowen nominated for Nobel Peace Prize->

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "A Swedish professor of sociology has nominated Snowden for the 2014 Nobel Peace Prize, setting up an awkward situation in which one peace-prize nobel laureate is persecuted by another (Obama). Giving him the prize would also "save the Nobel Peace Prize from the disrepute that incurred by the hasty and ill-conceived decision to award U.S. President Barack Obama" the award in 2009. The professor, Stefan Svallfors notes ultimately that at great personal cost, "Edward Snowden has helped to make the world a little bit better and safer.""
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