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+ - Advertising Tool PrivDog Compromises HTTPS Security->

Submitted by itwbennett
itwbennett (1594911) writes "New cases of insecure HTTPS traffic interception are coming to light as researchers probe software programs for implementations that could enable malicious attacks. The latest software to open a man-in-the-middle hole on users’ PCs is a new version of PrivDog, an advertising product with ties to security vendor Comodo. PrivDog is marketed as a solution to protect users against malicious advertising without completely blocking ads. The program is designed to replace potentially bad ads with safer ones that are reviewed by a compliance team from a company called Adtrustmedia. However, according to people who recently looked at PrivDog’s HTTPS interception functionality, consumers might actually lose when it comes to their system’s security if they use the product."
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+ - Trade Agreements Should Protect An Open Internet, Not Kill It->

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "For a few years now, we've been writing about the Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP) agreement, and how we're quite concerned by many aspects of it. In particular, we're quite concerned about the intellectual property provisions — which leaks have shown are tremendously problematic — as well as the corporate sovereignty provisions, which negotiators like to call "investor state dispute settlement" (ISDS) because it sounds so boring.

Of course, the biggest concern of all is that these deals are negotiated in total secrecy, with the various negotiators refusing to reveal the agreed upon text until it's a done deal and the public is unable to comment on it or suggest changes and fixes."

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+ - Marijuana may be even safer than previously thought, researchers say->

Submitted by schwit1
schwit1 (797399) writes "Compared to other recreational drugs — including alcohol — marijuana may be even safer than previously thought. And researchers may be systematically underestimating risks associated with alcohol use. They found that at the level of individual use, alcohol was the deadliest substance, followed by heroin and cocaine."
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+ - Data centre build raises concern in Minnesota township->

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "Plans for a new data center in St Louis County, Minnesota have generated much controversy in the rural Alden Township which borders the proposed site. County officials are marketing 120 acres of land near to the Lake-St Louis county line, and stressing the location’s potential as an ideal home for a data center with its cool climate and relatively low risk of natural disasters. Lake County has also promoted its broadband network as a further pull, as well as Minnesota’s strong tax incentives for data center construction and operations. However, Alden Township residents have voiced their concerns about the environmental impact that the facility could have on the Knife River, as well as the potential traffic disruption caused during construction, and the general harm the build would cause to the area’s rural character."
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Comment: Re:Samsung (Score 1) 105

by MrBingoBoingo (#49084179) Attached to: Samsung's Portable SSD T1 Tested
What. Samsung became worse than the double I's of Intel and IBM? Most tech companies are indeed shitty. Most don't respect users and cater to lusers with their ease of use, plug n play, and just works over actually works bullshit. There's a lot of companies squeezing the oil snakes for their latest products, but samsung at least has the engineering talent to produce refrigerators and washer/dryer sets.

Comment: Re:no (Score 2) 105

by MrBingoBoingo (#49084127) Attached to: Samsung's Portable SSD T1 Tested
A number of 840 evo drives experienced substantial performance degradation much faster than was reasonable. That said I ended up getting an 850 evo recently because with Samsung's output volume I imagine their whiner/[just works] ratio is probably rather favourable to the consumer. In the past I mostly used Intel SSD's to great life span (storage needs began exceeding requirements well before hardware failure). When buying as SSD the big concern is going to be how many is the maker putting out versus how many complaints there are. Of course with the recent resurrection of storage firmware diddling in the news it would make sense to take measures to keep NSAware away from your drives as it can't be good for longevity or performance.

Comment: Re:Cui bono? (Score 3, Interesting) 105

by MrBingoBoingo (#49083555) Attached to: FreeBSD-Current Random Number Generator Broken
This. So much this. When these regressions happen there are people behind them. The great value of a Linus or a Theo is shaming this people out the door. At least this was caught in -Current and not -Stable. This incident appears to be at least as much a social engineering attack as a code quality issue.

Comment: Re:Yes (Score 1) 393

by MrBingoBoingo (#49071707) Attached to: PC-BSD: Set For Serious Growth?
Mostly the guide on did it. I didn't follow it exactly because who really wants/needs Dbus. If you google around there's plenty of workable guides, just make sure they point to more recent versions of OpenBSD. Installing XFCE now is as simple as pkg_add XFCE and editing a couple files to get it to automatically fire up by default. The most time consuming part of the affair was getting a new wifi card that OpenBSD supports (~20 dollars) and reflashing my BIOS to remove the Wifi whitelist.

Computers will not be perfected until they can compute how much more than the estimate the job will cost.