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+ - Obama Campaign Pledge gets Put to the Test

Submitted by SinisterRainbow
SinisterRainbow (2572075) writes "For those of us who dislike propaganda and bad government more than party politics, I thought it was noteworthy going back through Obama's campaign pledges. I found one that is quite relevant to recent news as it may raise eyebrows:

"Protect Whistleblowers: Often the best source of information about waste, fraud, and abuse in government is an existing government employee committed to public integrity and willing to speak out. Such acts of courage and patriotism, which can sometimes save lives and often save taxpayer dollars, should be encouraged rather than stifled. We need to empower federal employees as watchdogs of wrongdoing and partners in performance. [He] will strengthen whistleblower laws to protect federal workers who expose waste, fraud, and abuse of authority in government. [He] will ensure that federal agencies expedite the process for reviewing whistleblower claims and whistleblowers have full access to courts and due process."

Barack Obama — http://change.gov/agenda/ethics_agenda/"

+ - Dragon's Tale: A Bitcoin-based Gambling MMORPG->

Submitted by Teppy
Teppy (105859) writes "Since founding eGenesis in 1998 I've been the lead designer of A Tale in the Desert. Though ATITD never attracted a huge playerbase, it still has fiercely loyal fans, and proved that MMORPGs could be about things other than combat. About 3 years ago I decided to create another MMORPG, again without combat, and this time focusing on real-money gambling. In Dragon's Tale you level your character by completing gambling quests; as your level increases, new areas of the game can be explored, and new types of wagers become possible.

As you gain levels you can mentor new players, capturing a percentage of their gambling. You can create gambling events for others to play, putting up prizes and even charging entrance fees. You can gamble your way to political office, becoming governor of an island, and exercising the powers that go with the office.

I've made every game in Dragon's Tale unique: There is not a single slot machine or blackjack table to be found. But you can tip cows for money, run monkeys through mazes, feed ducks, go fishing, drink, smoke, 60+ different games in all, and new ones are being added all the time. Sort of a Disneyland for gamblers.

We're going to Beta on Friday, 12:00 Noon EDT with native clients for Linux, Windows and OSX."

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+ - Heml.is, new encrypted messaging service from the brokep of The Pirate Bay 1

Submitted by freddej
freddej (122902) writes "Heml.is ("secret" in Swedish), is a new peer encrypted messaging service from some of the guys behind TPB and Flattr. They describe it as this: "Our focus is your privacy so we are building everything from software to company structure to protect that. The others are focused on maximising profit.". So if you agree on the mantra that "if you're not paying, you're the product" then you might want to check them out."

+ - HTTP 2.0 will be a binary protocol->

Submitted by earlzdotnet
earlzdotnet (2788729) writes "A working copy of the HTTP 2.0 spec has been released. Unlike previous versions of the HTTP protocol, this version will be a binary format, for better or worse. However, this protocol is also completely optional: "This document is an alternative to, but does not obsolete the HTTP/1.1 message format or protocol. HTTP's existing semantics remain unchanged.""
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+ - Richard Lipton on new attacks on public key crypto

Submitted by tbonefrog
tbonefrog (739501) writes "Major experts such as Richard Lipton are raising red flags over recent breakthroughs endangering all known systems of public key crypto. In February Antoine Joux produced a new record subexponential discrete logarithm algorithm running at L(1/4) speed and beating the long-standing L(1/3) mark. On June 20 a quasipolynomial algorithm was announced at the Workshop on Number-Theoretic Algorithms for Asymmetric Cryptology in France, and explained by Stephen Galbraith, and these other blogs. Lipton has not yet commented on the latest breakthrough.

Discrete logarithm and factoring are different problems but progress on one tends to lead to progress in the other."

+ - Cryptocat group chats unsafe, project now maybe getting expert help

Submitted by mdo
mdo (1894694) writes "Lately it was revealed that Cryptocat's encrypted group chat is unsafe due to fundamental programming flaws regarding the generation of key pairs.

At the ongoing SIGINT conference in Cologne, Germany lead developer Nadim Kobeissi denoted the situation as an "absolute disaster" as German news site Golem reports. After his talk at the conference Kobeissi was offered help by several crypto skilled developers."

+ - German Court Affirms GPL: Source Must Match Executable

Submitted by Alsee
Alsee (515537) writes "Fantec was found to be distributing Linux based media players with an incorrect (older) version of source code. Fantec blamed their Chinese supplier for the problem, but a German Court ruled Fantec was responsible for ensuring their own compliance with the GPL. "According to the court, the company should have checked the completeness of the sources themselves or with the help of experts, even if that would have incurred additional costs." I propose a better solution. If your company is subcontracting software development simply use the supplied source to compile your executable."

+ - Can the Slashdot effect save Ed Snowden? 1

Submitted by NewtonsLaw
NewtonsLaw (409638) writes "I read that Iceland has refused asylum and citizenship to whistleblower Ed Snowden.

In response to this, I wrote a very polite, email to the office of the Icelandic Prime Minister Sigmundur Davíð Gunnlaugsson (details on this webpage) expressing my disappointment at the decision and my sympathy for a once-proud nation that seems to have lost its nerve when faced with the might of the USA.

If anyone else wants to do the same then perhaps it's not too late to alert the Icelandic government to the fact that they could win millions of new friends from all over the world if they were to show their courage and bravery by helping Snowden, as they have with others in the past.

Of course any such communication needs to be polite, concise and focused on showing Iceland that the internet community supports Ed Snowden and those who are prepared to help him.

Maybe the Slashdot community can help. Why not spend a few quick minutes firing off an email so we can find out for sure."

Comment: Re:Honor (Score 1) 221

by Frozen Void (#27090167) Attached to: Gravitational Waves May Have Been Detected In 1987

I can see them being used for encapsulated objects/stream with unique addressees(kinda like GUID) in programs which would connect the networks and get their own addressing blocks.
They could have unique cryptographically strong random addressing for any transactions(streams) itself encrypted with strong encryption,etc(even choosing next sending address via pools assigned to programs communicating).

Comment: Re:JavaScript assembly language (Score 1) 294

by Frozen Void (#26998993) Attached to: The Future of Google Chrome

There was a small window of opportunity before JavaScript established itself and now its gone. No one would switch to Lua when JavaScript is deployed.
Consider it a network effect of millions of sites which run JavaScript today and people write code for these sites. It would be much harder to change the base language then to upgrade it gradually.

Comment: Google sees what future web is heading to (Score 1) 294

by Frozen Void (#26997143) Attached to: The Future of Google Chrome

And its built on JavaScript.
If they they create a framework or engine which internet would be dependent on, they would control the web. The plugins which try to compete against JavaScript will lose their place when its achieve this speed and Google Gears integration.
I think what would happen is Chrome framework being (a restricted) interface to the OS and media control libraries which would try to be what ActiveX,Flash and Java do today(within their plugin interface). Except it would be built-in into Chrome and executed inside the content.

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