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Comment: Reasonable Satellite Access is Available (Score 1) 279

by Barondude (#41095925) Attached to: 19 Million Americans Cannot Get Broadband Access

Disclaimer: I work for ViaSat, Inc.

We do sell high speed satellite internet access across the rural US. The FCC doesn't count it on their map. While lovers of FPS games won't be satisfied because of the latency, general net access (email, web browsing, streaming) is quite good.

http://www.exede.com/

Nintendo

Brain Training Games Don't Train Your Brain 151

Posted by timothy
from the maybe-it-just-takes-more-than-6-weeks dept.
Stoobalou writes with this excerpt from Thinq.co.uk: "A new study has shown that brain training games do little to exercise the grey matter. Millions of people who have been prodding away at their Nintendo DS portable consoles, smug in the knowledge that they are giving their brains a proper work-out, might have to rethink how they are going to stop the contents of their skulls turning into mush."
Privacy

+ - Federal Judge strikes down part of Patriot Act->

Submitted by bluce
bluce (1149605) writes "A federal judge struck down parts of the revised USA Patriot Act on Thursday, saying investigators must have a court's approval before they can order Internet providers to turn over records without telling customers. The American Civil Liberties Union had challenged the law, complaining that it allowed the FBI to demand records without the kind of court order required for other government searches."
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United States

+ - Federal judge throws out parts of Patriot Act-> 1

Submitted by
jmanforever
jmanforever writes "A federal judge struck down parts of the revised USA Patriot Act on Thursday, saying investigators must have a court's approval before they can order Internet providers to turn over records without telling customers.

U.S. District Judge Victor Marrero said the government orders must be subject to meaningful judicial review and that the recently rewritten Patriot Act "offends the fundamental constitutional principles of checks and balances and separation of powers."

http://www.usatoday.com/news/washington/2007-09-06 -patriot-act_N.htm"

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Security

+ - Storm Worm is World's Most Powerful Supercomputer->

Submitted by r0und*m0und
r0und*m0und (666) writes "The Storm Worm Trojan is building what experts believe could be the world's most powerful supercomputer. The Trojan, which uses a myriad of social engineering lures to trick Windows users into downloading malware, has successfully seeded a massive botnet — between one million and 10 million CPUs — producing computing power to rival the world's top 10 supercomputers. By New Zealand computer scientist Peter Gutman's calculations, the Storm Worm botnet "may be the first time that a top 10 supercomputer has been controlled not by a government or mega-corporation but by criminals.""
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Encryption

+ - TrueCrypt 4.3 Released

Submitted by
RedBear
RedBear writes "A new update to the best open source transparent encryption software has been released. Sadly there is still no Linux GUI or Mac OS X port in sight. If you are one of the thronging hordes who have been patiently awaiting ubiquitous multi-platform encryption please consider donating time or money to the cause, and add your voice to the forum so the developers get some idea of how many of us need this software to work on other platforms. For those not in the know, TrueCrypt is (the only?) open source encryption software capable of creating and mounting encrypted virtual disk images that can then be worked with transparently like any other storage drive, with data being encrypted and decrypted in real-time. These virtual disks can be created as files, or entire partitions or physical drives can be encrypted and mounted transparently. Also including features like plausible deniability, steganographically hidden volumes, unidentifiable partition headers, traveller mode, and your choice of the strongest available encryption algorithms up to and including multi-algorithm cascades, it is practically the Holy Grail for advocates of free ubiquitous encryption. Now, if only it was platform independent. From the site:

We are pleased to announce that TrueCrypt 4.3 has been released. Among the new features is full compatibility with 32-bit and 64-bit Windows Vista, support for devices and file systems that use a sector size other than 512 bytes (such as new hard drives, USB flash drives, DVD-RAM, MP3 players, etc.), auto-dismount when a host device (e.g., a USB flash drive) is inadvertently removed, and many more. In addition to new features, there are many significant improvements.
To reduce load on their servers here are some Coralized versions of all the links above:

TrueCrypt home page
Future development goals
Forum thread about Mac OS X version
Donations page
General forum
Plausible deniability
Hidden volumes
Traveller mode
Encryption algorithms
Multi-algorithm cascades
Version history"
Windows

+ - MS Windows ousted at California School District

Submitted by OSS_ilation
OSS_ilation (922367) writes "Complete ousters of an operating system from any IT environment are pretty rare in the age of heterogeneous data centers, but Novell managed to do it at one Northern California school district. The IT staff of the Windsor School system had been tasked by school administrators with cutting costs associated with a Windows upgrade. They chose, ultimately, to cut out Windows entirely. The article shapes up to be pretty pro-Novell piece, but Heather Carver, Windsor's IT director, does dish a bit on ID and authentication headaches that still plagued this particular Linux deployment."

Somebody ought to cross ball point pens with coat hangers so that the pens will multiply instead of disappear.

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