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+ - BitTorrent Based DNS To Counter US Domain Seizures->

Submitted by jarong
jarong (1731734) writes "The domain seizures by the United States authorities in recent days and upcoming legislation that could make similar takeovers even easier in the future, have inspired a group of enthusiasts to come up with a new, decentralized and BitTorrent-powered DNS system. This system will exchange DNS information through peer-to-peer transfers and will work with a new .p2p domain extension."
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Comment: Re:Solution For College's Bad Network Policy? (Score 1) 699

by Inquisitor911 (#28244515) Attached to: Solution For College's Bad Network Policy?
A good tool for helping to protect yourself from Keyloggers is KeyScrambler. It encrypts your keystrokes as you type. I've tested it against a few free and commercial keyloggers, and it does the trick. The keylogger's logs show only scrambled keystrokes.

The free version protects your keystrokes in IE and Mozilla Firefox.
The Internet

+ - Last.fm User Data Was Sent to RIAA by CBS-> 1

Submitted by suraj.sun
suraj.sun (1348507) writes "A couple of months ago Erick Schonfeld wrote a post titled "Did Last.fm Just Hand Over User Listening Data To the RIAA? ( http://www.techcrunch.com/2009/02/20/did-lastfm-just-hand-over-user-listening-data-to-the-riaa/ )" based on a source that has proved to be very reliable in the past. All hell broke loose shortly thereafter.

Now we've located another source for the story, someone who's very close to Last.fm. And it turns out Last.fm was telling the truth, sorta, when they said Erick's story wasn't correct.

Last.fm didn't hand user data over to the RIAA. According to our source, it was their parent company, CBS, that did it.

Here's what we believe happened: CBS requested user data from Last.fm, including user name and IP address. CBS wanted the data to comply with a RIAA request but told Last.fm the data was going to be used for "internal use only." It was only after the data was sent to CBS that Last.fm discovered the real reason for the request. Last.fm staffers were outraged, say our sources, but the data had already been sent to the RIAA.

We believe CBS lied to us when they denied sending the data to the RIAA, and that they subsequently asked us to attribute the quote to Last.fm to make the statement defensible. Last.fm's denials were strictly speaking correct, but they ignored the underlying truth of the situation, that their parent company supplied user data to the RIAA, and that the data could possibly be used in civil and criminal actions against those users.

We believe Last.fm and CBS violated their own privacy policy ( http://www.last.fm/legal/privacy ) in the transmission of this data. We also believe CBS and Last.fm may have violated EU privacy laws, including the Data Protection Directive, and should be investigated by the appropriate authorities.

TechCrunch : http://www.techcrunch.com/2009/05/22/deny-this-lastfm/"

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Comment: Ubuntu For The Win (Score 1) 739

by Inquisitor911 (#27713929) Attached to: What Did You Do First With Linux?
Once, some critical .dll files had been deleted from the Windows XP Operating System on one of the shared computers in my house, rendering the system un-usable. Nobody had made any backups, and the XP Installation DVD was nowhere to be found. I didn't want to leave my family with an un-usable machine, so I bit the bullet and installed Debian Linux with Firefox(which I believe was branded IceWeasel at the time), OpenOffice, and some other essentials. After hearing feedback from my parents, I switched to Ubuntu (with the same apps) for the sake of user-friendliness.
United States

+ - Obama Team Faces Challenges with WhiteHouse.gov->

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Inquisitor911
Inquisitor911 writes "The Obama team has been one of the most pro-technology political groups in American history. However, they are facing several unexpected challenges relating to the whitehouse.gov website, both technological issues and legal roadblocks. The team had planned to use whitehouse.gov as a means of communicating with the public via e-mail and SMS messaging.
In this article from the Washington Post, Macon Phillips, White House director of new media, feels that "...the Obama administration will run the most accessible, transparent, Web-savvy government in history.""

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