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+ - Apple Threatens Small Cafe Of Germany Over Logo De->

Submitted by sfcrazy
sfcrazy (1542989) writes "Apple's legal arm, which I think is bigger than its developer base, seems to have a monthly target to meet. The company is now going after a small, family run café in Bonn Germany over logo design.

Apple's lawyers sent the owner a cease and desist letter 'claiming' that their logo design would lead to confusion between the small café in Bonn and their global entertainment brand.

I wonder if there is remotest of the remote resemblance in the two logos and how come this Cafe going to confuse users? I mean will you go to the counter and order two iPads of because of this cafe users will start ordering Coffee in Apple Stores?"

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Privacy

+ - Researchers ID Skype, BitTorrent Users-> 1

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itwbennett
itwbennett writes "Researchers have figured out a way to link online Skype users to their activity on peer-to-peer networks like BitTorrent. The team was able to sift out the nodes through which Skype calls are routed and determine the user's real IP address by sniffing the packets. To correlate the identified Skype users with files shared on BitTorrent, the researchers built tools to collect BitTorrent file identifiers, a BitTorrent crawler to collect IP addresses on the network and a verifier to match an online Skype user with an online BitTorrent user. 'As soon as the BitTorrent crawler detects a matching IP address, it signals the verifier, which immediately calls the corresponding Skype user and, at the same time, initiates a handshake with the BitTorrent client,' they wrote."
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+ - Gmail New version: Coming Soon->

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webstar Technology
webstar Technology writes "The new version of Gmail featuring a revamped look, redesigned conversation threads and improved search is slated for pending released, according to an official video that was mistakenly posted to Google’s YouTube channel.
Jason Cornwell, user experience designer for Gmail, unveils the new version in the video. The Google Operating System blog spotted the video and it has since been made private — but not before YouTube user crlsndrsjmnzhad time to repost it."

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Comment: From a Librarian (Score 5, Insightful) 191

by Ismene (#37780050) Attached to: Librarian Attacks Amazon's Kindle Lending Program
Hi - I think a lot of people here are focusing more on Librarian In Black's concern of the "Buy Now" buttons - when you should be concerned about your privacy. First, I get why she is annoyed by the "Buy Now" button. Libraries do not wish to "endorse" a particular service or product over another - and the "Buy Now" button gives the sense that "This Library supports Amazon" over another bookseller.

As for the privacy concerns, I've noticed a lot of comments on "Well, don't libraries give up those records with the PATRIOT act anyway?" When the PATRIOT act was enacted, libraries in the US scrambled to protect the rights of their users and the majority of them only have a record of who has what item out at that time - they do not have a record of what you returned.

And of course, there are lots who are saying "Libraries, bah - NOT RELEVANT." And I'm sure that is true for many of you; however, the library is more than books. Libraries provide a space for people to gather, they provide free internet to those who cannot afford it, they provide lessons on various computer programs, storytimes for children, etc. I am in an academic college library, and the majority of my students cannot afford their textbooks, let alone a computer for them to use. Please remember, you are probably viewing this article from your own computer - there are still a lot of people out there who don't have that luxury. Libraries help people with research, and despite what everyone thinks - not everything is found via Google. Perhaps Rush Limbaugh could have used a librarian / library when he made those horrible remarks about the LRA.

Comment: Re:Accuracy? Authority? (Score 1) 145

by Ismene (#32192394) Attached to: Google To Answer Your Questions Directly

Yes, I saw that too. Have you not ever had the case where all the website that answer the question you want seem to reference themselves? Site A says it's true because Site B says it's true because site C says its true because site A says it's true.

And then through your research you discover - shocking - it's not true!

It happens ALL the time on the internet. And most people aren't going to be like me and search back to the original source.

Another problem is how do you know it's a reputable site? I am a librarian and I teach college students information literacy, and it seems no one has critical thinking skills to judge whether or not a site is a good source of information! I think Google is just perpetuating the culture of misinformation we have. end rant

Comment: Re:Honestly probably a good idea, (Score 1) 229

by Ismene (#31656662) Attached to: Canadian Libraries Want $300,000 To Buy Games
Libraries are not just about knowledge. They are about gathering places - they are about providing services to the public. Not everyone can afford books, movies, internet, etc. Libraries provide access to these things. I realise to everyone it looks like a waste of time and money, but it isn't. Some of the video games (Dragon Age for example) provide more reading than most books these days. Of course, I am biased. I am a librarian. I spend my days showing students why they still need the library. I show them pictures of fake giant skeletons, I show them pictures of Paris Hilton and Pope John Paul II clubbing in Ibiza. I try and show them that right now, we need libraries more than ever. We have reached an age where we can fake reality - who can say what is real. You need a place that can help you find out what the facts are. Maybe (at the ripe old age of 30), I'm already a dinosaur.
Crime

+ - The dark side of the web->

Submitted by Barence
Barence (1228440) writes "Beneath the web pages indexed by Google lies an online world that few know exists. It's a realm of huge, untapped reserves of valuable information containing sprawling databases, hidden websites and murky forums. It's a world where academics and researchers might find the data required to solve some of mankind's biggest problems, but also where criminal syndicates operate, and terrorist handbooks and child pornography are freely distributed. Interested? You're not alone. The deep web and its 'darknets' are a new battleground for those who want to uphold the right to privacy online, and those who feel that rights need to be sacrificed for the safety of society. The deep web is also the new frontier for those who want to rival Google in the field of search. The Dark Side of the Web takes a journey into a world few fully understand."
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Comment: Re:This is College (Score 3, Informative) 664

by Ismene (#31426972) Attached to: Professors Banning Laptops In the Lecture Hall

From a purely anecdotal perspective, I'd say 60-70% of laptops in the college classroom are being used for entertainment, not note taking. At the very least, I'd like to see them confined to the back few rows of the room.

I'm a college librarian - I teach research classes and am always out in the computer lab section of our library. I'd venture to say that 90% of ALL computers at a college or university are being used for: Facebook and YouTube. I have students who can't get a computer to type out an essay because the computer lab is full (and I'm not even exaggerating) of students checking their facebook. (We can't ban facebook because they might need it for "educational purposes"). We get a report here that tells us essentially where all our bandwidth is going: Facebook, Youtube, Google Video, Myspace.

I teach in a computer lab. As funny / not terribly boring as my lecture is (I mean, really, the topic is research, I can't make it THAT thrilling) - I simply can't compete with texting / facebook, etc. And the computers FACE me. I find it distracting for me, the lecturer. When I do say something like "Oh, I can see you are telling all your friends how great the library is on Facebook", they all look at me like "What?? You know what facebook is??" (Yes, my dear students, I'm only thirty... not dead.)

+ - How to deal with and improve poor handwriting?

Submitted by TrueKonrads
TrueKonrads (580974) writes "Many of slashdotters, yours truly included type on keyboard significantly more than write with pen on paper. However, when interviewing clients or generally taking notes, notebook is still the easiest way to do it. Unfortunately, my handwriting is barely legible and I am happy I can read what I wrote; giving notes to somebody else is simply out of question. How do you deal with it? Abandon notebooks at all or have you found a way to improve legibility?"

+ - Wired Contest: Stay off the Grid a Month = $10K->

Submitted by DariusD
DariusD (1738492) writes "This summer, Wired writer Evan Ratliff wrote a story about how people erase their identities and start over. After it ran, he tried to disappear—spending 25 days on the lam until a few enterprising Wired readers tracked him down through some brilliant hacking and sleuthing.

Now we’re going to try the experiment again. Evan, Wired, Loneshark Games and I are working with Universal Pictures to do another, similar contest connected to the new film Repo Men: and this time we want you to go on the run. We need four applicants willing to disappear from their lives from late February to late March. If they can stay hidden for that time period, they’ll end up with $10,000 each. There’s more information, and an application, here. We’ll need to recruit hunters soon too; but now we just need folks who are willing to drop their lives and go.

Read more in this story just published on ARGNet. And to track the hunt on Twitter, follow @LoneSharkGames, @nxthompson, @theatavist, #repomen and #vanish
http://www.argn.com/2010/02/the_repo_men_are_coming_do_you_have_what_it_takes_to_disappear/

Application deadline is Wednesday February 10th!!

Read More http://www.wired.com/vanish/2010/02/do-you-want-to-vanish-and-win-10k/#ixzz0eg2Fmz40
The original Evan Ratliff story is here: http://www.wired.com/vanish/2009/08/gone-forever-what-does-it-take-to-really-disappear/"

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Security

+ - Mozilla says Firefox add-ons contained Trojan code->

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "Approximately 4,600 people are feared to have downloaded add-ons for Firefox that were infected by Trojan horses.

Mozilla has acknowledged that the Master Filer add-on was infected by the LdPinch password-stealing Trojan, and Sothink Web Video Downloader version 4.0 was infected by a version of the Bifrose backdoor Trojan horse. Mozilla removed Master Filer from addons.mozilla.org on January 25th, and version 4 of Sothink Web Video Downloader on February 2nd 2010.

According to security firm Sophos, only Windows users will have been infected by the malware."

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