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Comment: Re:and for students that don't want to be tracked? (Score 1) 168

by Grisstle (#48318901) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Single Sign-On To Link Google Apps and Active Directory?
You're missing my point. We do what we can with what we have. Of course we don't have the kids create their own profiles, we do it for them using bulk create from csv. Parents like you who have a legitimate concern about privacy, but you have to weigh that concern against your kids ability to participate in what we are going to go ahead and do anyway. I'm not trying to sound adversarial, but when the higher ups want us to implement new technology, my family depends on me to just do my damn job and ignore interfering parents. Since my board is underfunded, parental interfence isn't really an issue since the parents that care don't live where our schools are. Office 365 isn't free and as other posters have pointed out, advertising is disabled in GAFE. Let me repeat that since you don't seem to be getting the message. GAFE has advertising disabled.

Comment: Re:and for students that don't want to be tracked? (Score 1) 168

by Grisstle (#48314887) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Single Sign-On To Link Google Apps and Active Directory?

School isn't a democracy

School boards are elected.

Plus as a publicly funded, attendance is essentially mandatory (private and homeschooling alternatives aside), AND it involves children.

It should be held to the highest privacy standards.

A public school absolutely should NOT be loading advertising companies with profiles of our children. As a parent and as a taxpayer I am against it on both fronts.

I absolutely should have some say in whether my kids are served up to google.

And schools are generally pretty upfront and careful. I get asked for permission for pictures of our kids to appear on the school website (declined). We had to sign permission for our kids to be setup on Office 365 (as that's what their school is trying it out instead of g-apps). After a lot of consideration we elected to allow it, but monitor the kids on it closely, and are using it as a 'teaching opportunity'. But we could have declined it.

I do know of some parents who have hyper stances against their kid using the internet etc; and as far as I know the schools have always made allowances to accomodate these. Just as they allow parents to opt kids out of sex-ed, biology dissections, field trips, and any other topics that a subset of parents may find objectionable.

Your assertion that schools can ram google or anything else down our throats and we can only say, "thank you sir, please, can i have some more?" or pull our kids out of school entirely is just ridiculous.

In some cases this assertion is apt. I supervise the IT dept. for a board serving 12 schools. We are chronically underfunded and use what we can get our hands on. We use donated computers in the schools, donated servers and GAFE. Anything we can do that has no monetary cost goes into the schools. If your kid went to our schools, we honestly have no interest in catering to parents like you. Your kids get what we give them or they do without and get left behind, it's as simple as that and we can't afford to apologize. You suggest it is a democracy, but I'm telling you it's not. Even when you elect your board, we still do what ever we have to do to get these kids through school and get them exposed to the tech they need to know.

Comment: Re:What the hell (Score 1) 168

by Grisstle (#48314839) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Single Sign-On To Link Google Apps and Active Directory?

Students don't create their own accounts

Gah. The point isn't about who pushes the button to create the damn thing.

Think again. If my child was in such a system, I would not allow a creation of an advertising-firm account on their behalf, regardless of who actually pushes the final button. It's the account that is unacceptable, not the specifics of who creates it.

Well, school boards like mine don't have much cash, you're kids would get what we give them or they can do all their work on paper. GAFE does has advertising disabled.

Comment: Abused Women (Score 1) 171

by Grisstle (#46212533) Attached to: Old cellphones, in my household ...
Locally, my old personal cell phones and surplus work cell phones get donated to Sasktel (local telecom) who refurbish the phones or strip the good parts for re-use and the 'new' refurbs go to battered women's shelters to help women escaping domestic abuse. Having a phone is crucial to independence and getting a job.

+ - A Mercenary Approach to Botnets->

Submitted by CowboyRobot
CowboyRobot (671517) writes "The incentives are high for many businesses and government agencies to not be too heavy handed in combating the global botnet pandemic. There's money to be had and, with each passing day, more interesting ways are being uncovered in how to package the data, and how to employ it. It used to be that the worlds of bug hunters and malware analysts were separate and far between. In the last couple of years the ability to analyze malware samples and identify exploitable vulnerabilities in them has become very important. Given that some botnets have a bigger pool of victims than many commercial software vendors have licensed customers, the value of an exploit that grants reliable remote control of a popular malware agent is rising in value. In many ways, botnets have become a golden goose to those charged with gathering intelligence on the populations of foreign entities. The bulk of the victim's data is useful for mapping populations, communication profiles, and as egress points for counter intelligence exercises. Then, given how many botnet victims there are, the probability that a few "interesting" computers will have succumbed along the way is similarly high — providing direct insight in to a pool of high value targets."
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+ - New Windows XP Zero-Day Under Attack-> 1

Submitted by wiredmikey
wiredmikey (1824622) writes "A new Windows kernel zero-day vulnerability is being exploited in targeted attacks against Windows XP users. Microsoft confirmed the issue and published a security advisory to acknowledge the flaw after anti-malware vendor FireEye warned that the Windows bug is being used in conjunction with an Adobe Reader exploit to infect Windows machines with malware.

Microsoft described the issue as an elevation of privilege vulnerability that allows an attacker to run arbitrary code in kernel mode. An attacker could then install programs; view, change, or delete data; or create new accounts with full administrative rights."

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+ - Google Is Building A Way To Launch Chrome Apps Without Installation

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "Google really wants Chrome apps to take off. Not only has the company added rich notifications, in-app payments, and an app launcher into its browser, but now it’s developing ephemeral apps that launch by just clicking a link. There are two separate components here. Ephemeral apps (you can enable this under the chrome://flags/#enable-ephemeral-apps flag) let you try a Chrome app before installing it. Linkable ephemeral apps (under the chrome://flags/#enable-linkable-ephemeral-apps flag) meanwhile allow you to launch said apps from hyperlinks."

+ - ScareMail Tries to Disrupt NSA Email Surveillance->

Submitted by Okian Warrior
Okian Warrior (537106) writes ""Are you on the NSA’s email watchlist? Do you want to be? The ScareMail project is designed to mess with the NSA’s email surveillance programs.

Benjamin Grosser has written a plugin for many popular web browsers that uses an algorithm to generate a clever but ultimately useless narrative in the signature of your email using as many probable NSA search terms as possible. The idea behind this is if enough people use it, it will overload the NSA’s search results, ultimately making their email keyword tracking useless.

Ben has a video describing the project.""

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