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+ - Wired Reports Lavabit may have been buckling to NSA prior to shutdown->

Submitted by Baeowulf
Baeowulf (1872730) writes "By this point, Levison was evidently willing to comply with the original order, and modify his code to intercept the metadata on one user. But the government was no longer interested... [JUDGE] Hilton ruled for the government. “[The] government’s clearly entitled to the information that they’re seeking, and just because you-all have set up a system that makes that difficult, that doesn’t in any way lessen the government’s right to receive thatinformation just as they could from any telephone company or any other e-mail source that could provide it easily,” said Hilton...In an interesting work-around, Levison complied the next day by turning over the private SSL keys as an 11 page printout in 4-point type. The government, not unreasonably, called the printout “illegible.”

“To make use of these keys, the FBI would have to manually input all 2,560 characters, and one incorrect keystroke in this laborious process would render the FBI collection system incapable of collecting decrypted data,” prosecutors wrote.

The court ordered Levison to provide a more useful electronic copy. By August 5, Lavabit was still resisting the order, and the judge ordered that Levison would be fined $5,000 a day beginning August 6 until he handed over electronic copies of the keys.

On August 8, Levison shuttered Lavabit, making any attempt at surveillance moot. Still under a gag order, he posted an oblique message saying he’d been left with little choice in the matter."

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+ - Silk Road's Dread Pirate Roberts Busted->

Submitted by Baeowulf
Baeowulf (1872730) writes "After two and a half years running the booming anonymous narcotics bazaar known as the Silk Road, the drug kingpin who called himself the Dread Pirate Roberts has allegedly been unmasked. On Wednesday, the FBI announced that they arrested 29-year-old Ross William Ulbricht, the Silk Road’s accused administrator, in the Glen Park branch of the San Francisco Public Library at 3:15 Pacific time on Tuesday. Ulbricht has been charged with engaging in a money laundering and narcotics trafficking conspiracy as well as computer hacking. The Department of Justice has seized the website of the Silk Road’s as well as somewhere between $3.5 to 4 million in bitcoins, the cryptographic currency used to buy drugs on the Silk Road."
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Idle

+ - Stephen Hawking Spotted At California Strip Club->

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Baeowulf
Baeowulf writes "Although debilitated by the disease, which is also known as motor neuron disease, Hawking has been a member of the Freedom Acres swingers club for more than a decade, according to the report...Hawking is a good sport, according to RadarOnline, and will even pose for photos with fans as long as the pics are taken in "a neutral area.""
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Cloud

+ - Best turnkey online backup solution for terabytes

Submitted by Baeowulf
Baeowulf (1872730) writes "Hey all. I'm the CEO and Sysadmin for a 9 person startup. We make software for the entertainment industry so we have, at any given time, about 4 terabytes of our own data and client data, growing at 1tb per year currently. In addition to our in-house Daily, Weekly and Monthly backups on RAID servers, for offsite I make my COO lug home ext hd's 3x per week. I need a TURNKEY solution for online offsite backup of this size that's economical for a startup. Encryption isn't critical but stability and ease-of-use is. For example, if my entire town was attacked by giant radioactive Japanese monkeys, I would want my chairman, who is on another coast, to be able to log in to our backup, navigate to a folder, and deliver a file to a client as if it was his desktop. I'm an expert level Windows user. I built all of our workstations from mainboard up. But linux is not something I know well, nor can I take the time to learn it as my job is also to invent and sell product. What's the community's advice for multi-terabyte online backup that's waaaay easy to use?"

Comment: Two Column List (Score 1) 214

by Baeowulf (#38515678) Attached to: Justifications For Creating an IT Department?
To sort out your own thinking AND create a presentation for the management, you may want to create a simple two-column list. Column 1 = Engineering Responsibilities, then Column 2 = I.T. Responsibilities After you create several drafts you should then ask management what the company priorities are. You should do this BEFORE presenting your list to management. After talking to management, rank your two lists in the order that management cares about. And present everything on one page. There should be no more than 3-5 priority items in each column and you should be able to explain WHY the responsibilities need to be excluded from Engineering.
Apple

+ - Emaciated Steve Jobs appears in TMZ Photo->

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Baeowulf (1872730) writes "TMZ is offering this disturbing photo of Jobs.

Reuters Reports on the photo 'Aug 26 (Reuters) — A photograph appearing to show an emaciated Steve Jobs surfaced on celebrity website TMZ, which said the picture was taken on Friday, two days after he resigned as Apple Inc's (AAPL.O) CEO. The photograph on TMZ.com showed Jobs clad in a black knee-length gown, supported by an unidentified man beside a car in a sunny, unknown locale.'"

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Apple

+ - Apple Puts $383 Million Handcuffs on CEO Tim Cook

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theodp (442580) writes "There are bonuses. And then there are BONUSES. Apple's board, led by sadly frail-looking chairman Steve Jobs, signaled its long-term confidence in Tim Cook as the company's new leader, disclosing in a regulatory filing that it’s awarding the new CEO one million restricted stock units that will vest over the next decade. Apple shares closed at $383.53 Friday. From the SEC filing: 'In connection with Mr. Cook's appointment as Chief Executive Officer, the Board awarded Mr. Cook 1,000,000 restricted stock units. Fifty percent of the restricted stock units are scheduled to vest on each of August 24, 2016 and August 24, 2021, subject to Mr. Cook’s continued employment with Apple through each such date.'"
Books

Bible.com Investor Sues Company For Lack Of Profit 181

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from the isn't-it-ironic dept.
The board of Bible.com claims that it is easier for a camel to pass through the eye of a needle, than to make money on the domain name, but an angry shareholder disagrees. From the article: "James Solakian filed the lawsuit in Delaware's Chancery Court against the board of Bible.com for breaching their duty by refusing to sell the site or run the company in a profitable way. The lawsuit cites a valuation done by a potential purchaser that estimated bible.com could be worth more than dictionary.com, which recently sold for more than $100 million."
Transportation

Heroic Engineer Crashes Own Vehicle To Save a Life 486

Posted by kdawson
from the delta-vee dept.
scottbomb sends in this feel-good story of an engineer-hero, calling it "one of the coolest stories I've read in a long time." "A manager of Boeing's F22 fighter-jet program, Innes dodged the truck, then looked back to see that the driver was slumped over the wheel. He knew a busy intersection was just ahead, and he had to act fast. Without consulting the passengers in his minivan — 'there was no time to take a vote' — Innes kicked into engineer mode. 'Basic physics: If I could get in front of him and let him hit me, the delta difference in speed would just be a few miles an hour, and we could slow down together,' Innes explained."

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