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Inside OS X Mavericks 362

rjmarvin writes "Apple's era of naming OSs after big cats is over. The Mavericks wave is rolling in, and the first four developer previews have given an inside look at the cutting-edge OS. Users and developers have almost entirely positive things to say about Mavericks, from faster speed and improved stability to new features like iBooks and iCloud keychains. While some installation concerns and errors have arisen, developer preview have improved version by version, and Mavericks is looking good."

Submission + - GTalk+PGP Encryption : First app for your privacy (BETA)-> 5

techbugs writes: SecureIM is the first Secure-Chat application which is built to protect you from any possible or potential leak of privacy. These days organizations spy on our chats to target ads and Governments in the name of security, however there is no excuse of not demanding and having access to privacy when we want.

SecureIM secures your communication in 2 ways
1. Secure Transmission :- A chat message will be encrypted and only readable on the device it is sent to/from.
2. Single Use Keys :- The Keys generated while messaging are discarded when the application is closed, which means it is impossible to decode a message once the app is reloaded.

The application is extremely simple to use, no need to bother about the complexities of encryption and underlying privacy details, rest assured your messages will always be out of reach from snoopers.

This app uses Public Key Cryptography, each session generates its own private/public keys.
Keys are never stored but kept in memory until the app is running.

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Submission + - Is the Article #12 of The Universal Declaration of Human Rights outdated?

Max_W writes: Here is the text of the Article #12 :
"No one shall be subjected to arbitrary interference with his privacy, family, home or correspondence, nor to attacks upon his honour and reputation. Everyone has the right to the protection of the law against such interference or attacks."

The United Nations insists on the compliance. U.N. human rights chief Navi Pillay said yesterday : "While concerns about national security and criminal activity may justify the exceptional and narrowly-tailored use of surveillance programs, surveillance without adequate safeguards to protect the right to privacy actually risks impacting negatively on the enjoyment of human rights and fundamental freedoms."

Is it realistic to expect the compliance with this article from the world's major players in the age of large storage disks, fast networks and computers? Or are we entering a new brave world, a new phase of human civilization, where quaint notions of privacy and traditional moral principles are becoming ridiculous?

Then what to do with the Article #12? Shall it be "intentionally left blank"? Shall it be updated to a new wording? What words could they be?

The Physics Behind Waterslides 79

theodp writes "National Geographic takes a high-level look at the physics behind waterslides. A lot of science goes into providing a safe 60 mph trip down slides like Walt Disney World's 10-story Summit Plummet. 'Safety is our number one concern,' explains Rick Hunter of ProSlide Technology. 'We're thinking about things like, "are you going to stay on the fiberglass tube," it's really easy to do a computer model and look at curves and drops and forecast rider position and speed.'"

Comment The Apple grows ever more rotten (Score 1) 110

I've been using solely Apple computers since 1993, and even I am sick of their dumbing down tactics. Many consider Lion to be a step backward from Snow Leopard, and even I consider the changes coming in Mountain Lion to be not in my best interest.

But what's really got my skirt in a bunch is that Apple has forced Craigslist app vendors to remove the ability to easily see the photos in personal ads. The apps that used to show them now either say no ads found, or the picture is greyed out.

The best feature of a new Apple product? A prominent button marked "LEAVE MY SHIT ALONE!"


Submission + - World IPv6 Day 2012: This Time for Keeps->

An anonymous reader writes: On 8 June 2011 many companies (big and small) enabled IPv6 to their main web sites by published AAAA records; after 24 hours almost all then disabled it after the test was done. This year, on June 6th, many of those same companies (Google, Bing, Facebook) will be enabling IPv6 again, but this time there won't be any going back: the plan is that enabling IPv6, participating sites will leave their AAAA from then on. In addition to content providers, several ISPs are also going the event: Comcast, AT&T, XS4ALL, KDDI, and others. As are the CDNs Akami and Limelight. Things kick off on June 6 at 00:00 UTC (June 5 20:00 EDT, 17:00 PDT). Cisco/Dlink has also thrown in support for the initiative. Is the chicken-and-egg 'problem' of IPv6 finally, slowly coming to an end?
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Submission + - Slashdot joins SOPA protest in last minute decisio-> 2

eparker05 writes: The well known tech news aggregator Slashdot made a late Tuesday decision to join the SOPA/PIPA blackout protest. Readers of the site overwhelmingly support the decision and see it as a necessary step to prevent pervasive censorship. Slashdot is known for it's continued support of anonymous posting by users and has come out strongly in opposition of internet censorship in the past. Still, this is the first time that Slashdot has closed it's doors in protest of a piece of legislation.

Note: this has not happened yet! Vote this story up and show the editors that we want them to show solidarity against SOPA/PIPA !

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Submission + - Research in Motion to be Sold, Possibly to Samsung->

ve6ay writes: Talk on Tuesday in the Canadian tech world was that RIM, strugging mightily in these last months, was in talks to be bought either partially or wholly by Samsung. Sources at the Boy Genius Report indicate that while RIM may be trying to sell, it is asking way too much for itself.
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Submission + - Skynet->

Dainutehvs writes: The Atlantic has published an excerpt from David Weinbergers new book "Too Big to Know". Weinberger gives examples of large data amounts around and difficulties makes using these data . For example, Johannes Kepler examined the star charts and somehow gasped that if the planets orbit the Sun in ellipses rather than perfect circles, data starts making sense. It is unlikely that someone can comprehend big amounts of data that todays science produces and make astounding discoveries like Kepler did as it is simply beyound capabilities of human brain. So how can we deal with it?
Hod Lipson and Michael Schmidt at Cornell University designed the Eureqa computer program to find equations that make sense of large quantities of data and it looks like the results of programs work are impressive. So are we (humans) moving away from being primary interpretators and analysts and move to working on algorithms that look for sense in world around us using more capable devices than our brains? One thing is to suck at Jeopardy, another — loose the dominating role in science.

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