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Comment: Just to make you shut up (Score 1) 194

by DreamerFi (#27427465) Attached to: New Legislation Would Federalize Cybersecurity

[The bill] would require the National Institute of Standards and Technology to establish "measurable and auditable cybersecurity standards" that would apply to private companies as well as the government. It also would require licensing and certification of cybersecurity professionals. "

And any of us who went public with information on illegal/un-ethical wiretapping or gross incompetence would lose their license.

That'll shut up those pesky security professional/privacy advocates.

Comment: Stop it from spreading? (Score 4, Interesting) 278

by DreamerFi (#27137749) Attached to: South Korea Joins the "Three Strikes" Ranks

Simple. Accuse prominent law-makers of copyright violations.

Three times.

Except for the french president, he only needs two more.

There probably needs to be made a ruckus for each law-maker that needs to be disconnected, but after a few successful stories in the media, they'll either write exceptions for themselves into law (and that can easily be used against them next elections) or the law is dropped.

Software

+ - Microsoft delays Office 2008 for Mac until mid-Jan->

Submitted by i_hate_robots
i_hate_robots (922668) writes "AppleInsider is reporting that Microsoft's Macintosh Business Unit (Mac BU) said Thursday that the release of Microsoft Office 2008 for Mac has been pushed back from the second half of 2007 until mid-January. The Redmond-based firm now anticipates showing a final version of the software at the Macworld trade show and conference in January, with global availability to commence in the first quarter of 2008. "This was a business decision based on the Mac BU's commitment to deliver a high-quality product," said Mac BU General Manager Craig Eisler. "Our number one priority is to deliver quality software to our customers and partners, and in order to achieve this we are shifting availability.""
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Privacy

+ - Do Not Call Registry gets wake-up call-> 2

Submitted by
coondoggie
coondoggie writes "If you signed up for the federal or your state's Do Not Call Registry a few years ago, you might want to thing about refreshing it. Pennsylvanians this week got a wake up call, so to speak from the state's Attorney General Tom Corbett who kicked off a public awareness campaign designed to remind people what many have forgotten or never knew — that the 2002 law set registrations to expire after five years. That is of course unless you want to start hearing from those telemarketers as you sit down to dinner. Corbett said about 2 million people signed up in the immediate aftermath of the law taking effect and those who do not act by Sept. 15 will have their numbers dropped from the registry on Nov. 1. The Pennsylvania action is a reminder that the National Do Not Call Registry has a five year life span as well. The Federal Trade Commission is set to being a nation campaign in Spring 2008 to remind all US citizens to refresh their federal Do Not Call Registry standing. http://www.networkworld.com/community/node/18066"
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Intel

+ - High schooler is awarded $100,000 for research

Submitted by wired_LAIN
wired_LAIN (974675) writes "A teenager from Oklahoma was awarded $100,000 in the Intel Science Talent Search competition for building an inexpensive and accurate spectrograph that can identify the specific characteristics of different kinds of molecules. While normal spectrographs can cost between $20,000 and 100,000 to build, her spectrograph cost less than $500 dollars. The 40 finalists' projects were judged by a panel of 12 scientists, all well established in their respective fields. Among the judges were Vera Rubin , who proved Dark Matter, and Andrew Yeager, one of the pioneers of stem cell research. My only question is: why aren't these kids given more media coverage?"
Google

+ - Google Local now offering Traffic Conditions in SF

Submitted by Ageing Metalhead
Ageing Metalhead (586837) writes "Google Local now offering traffic conditions just like the Google-Maps-Mobile edition. http://www.google.com/maps?f=q&hl=en&q=N+Shoreline +Blvd,+Mountain+View,+Santa+Clara,+California+9404 3,+United+States&ie=UTF8&sll=38.590476,-121.450167 &sspn=0.062257,0.160675&z=13&ll=37.421026,-122.078 018&spn=0.063258,0.21698&t=h&om=1&layer=t Just click to "Traffic" button to see how long you're going to have to wait to get to work, before you leave the house."

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