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+ - Google collected email passwords and more->

Submitted by bibekpaudel
bibekpaudel (1113383) writes "The BBC is reporting that the French data protection agency CNIL, having begun looking into the exact data that Google’s Street View cars captured, has found that the “sensitive data” included email passwords and “”data that are normally covered by banking and medical privacy rules”.

Earlier, it was reported that Street View cars had been “mistakenly collecting samples of payload data from open (i.e. non-password-protected) WiFi networks” since 2006, although many didn’t see it as a major privacy issue, stating that it wasn’t likely that Google grabbed enough data about many individuals to make it a real concern. Google, of course, said pretty much the same thing. Now it seems that they (and we) were wrong."

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+ - SPAM: Telepathic typing? 1

Submitted by destinyland
destinyland (578448) writes ""Why bother to type a document using a keyboard when you can write it by simply thinking about the letters?" asks this article. A brain wave study presented at the 2009 annual meeting of the American Epilepsy Society shows that people with electrodes in their brains can "type"... using just their minds. The study involved electrocorticography — a sheet of electrodes laid directly on the surface of the brain after a surgical incision into the skull. ("We were able to consistently predict the desired letters for our patients at or near 100 percent accuracy," explains one Mayo clinic neurologist.) And besides typing, there's new brain wave applications that can now turn brain waves into music and even Twitter status updates — by thought alone."
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+ - Java 7 Module System Concerns->

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synodinos writes "In this article, Lukas Krecan first introduces the reader with some basic concepts of modularization like: logical separation, physical separation, deploy-time dependencies, optional dependencies and dependency conflicts.He also gives a roundup of some Java module systems like: OSGi, JSR-277, JSR-294, Project Jigsaw. Especially with Project Jigsaw he deals with how it is connected to the upcoming version of Java.

Lukas is particularly concerned as to how efficient the new modularization mechanism will be and if it will be good enough to put aside other solutions like OSGi."

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GNU is Not Unix

+ - Plug-in Architecture On the Way for GCC->

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VonGuard writes "This year marks the 25th anniversary of the GNU Operating System. A major part of that system has always been the GNU Compiler Collection. This year, some of the earliest bits of GCC also turn 25, and yet some of the collection's most interesting years of growth may still be ahead. The GCC team announced today that the long-standing discussion over how to allow plug-ins to be written for GCC has been settled. The FSF and the GCC team have decided to apply the GPL to plug-ins. That means all that's left is to build a framework for plug-ins; no small task to be sure. But building this framework should make it easier for people to contribute to the GCC project, and some universities are already working on building windows into the compilation process, with the intent of releasing plug-ins."
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+ - UK may U-turn and back OOXML-> 1

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superglaze writes "An unnamed source has claimed that the UK could be set to back OOXML, despite previously voting against Microsoft's format. It seems that the technical group advising the British Standards Institution is now backing OOXML, with IBM, unsurprisingly, being the sole hold-out. Still, even if the UK says yes, it looks like the format will fail the ISO fasttrack process."
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MS-DOS must die!