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+ - Who Must You Trust?->

Submitted by CowboyRobot
CowboyRobot (671517) writes "In ACM's Queue, Thomas Wadlow argues that "Whom you trust, what you trust them with, and how much you trust them are at the center of the Internet today."
He gives a checklist of what to look for when evaluating any system for trustworthiness, chock full of fascinating historical examples.
These include NASA opting for a simpler, but more reliable chip; the Terry Childs case; and even an 18th century "semaphore telegraph" that was a very early example of steganographic cryptography.
FTA: "Detecting an anomaly is one thing, but following up on what you've detected is at least as important. In the early days of the Internet, Cliff Stoll, then a graduate student at Lawrence Berkeley Laboratories in California, noticed a 75-cent accounting error on some computer systems he was managing. Many would have ignored it, but it bothered him enough to track it down. That investigation led, step by step, to the discovery of an attacker named Markus Hess, who was arrested, tried, and convicted of espionage and selling information to the Soviet KGB.""

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+ - High Frequency Trading and Finance's Race to Irrelevance

Submitted by hype7
hype7 (239530) writes "The Harvard Business Review is running a fascinating article on how finance is increasingly abstracting itself — and the gains it makes — away from the creation of value in the real world, and how High Frequency Trading is the most extreme version of this phenomenon yet. From the article: High frequency trading is a different phenomenon from the increasing focus on short term returns by human investors. But they’re borne from a similar mindset: one in which financial returns are the priority, independent of whether they’re associated with something innovative or useful in the real world. What Lewis’s book demonstrated to me isn’t just how “bad” HFTs are per se, but rather, what happens when finance keeps walking down the path it seems to be set on — a path that involves abstracting itself from the creation of real-world value. The final destination? It will enter a world entirely of its own — a world in which it is fighting to capture value that is completely independent of whether any is created in the first place."

+ - Kleargear.com found in Europe, will fight default judgement

Submitted by portforward
portforward (313061) writes "Remember Kleargear.com, that company who bills unhappy customers $3,500 for publicly expressing they are unhappy? Kleargear.com claimed they were owed a substantial amount of money after a couple posted their negative experience on RipoffReport.com and then attempted to collect, severly damaging the the family's credit rating. The unlucky couple sued, and got a default judgement against Kleargear in part because no one could actually find the owners of the company. Apparently now the owners have surfaced in Paris — vowing to fight and saying:

"Our sales contract is enforceable under the laws of the United States because business transactions are exempt from First Amendment rights ... If a customer disagrees with any merchant of policies, they are free to shop elsewhere."

Especially, of course, when the company adds conditions to the bill of sale after the sale is complete."

+ - Outdated Interviewers

Submitted by yxyband
yxyband (1362863) writes "I have been interviewing for programming positions lately and have noticed an interesting trend with a few exceptions. You either have those whom do not learn from the facts that brain teasers and coding tests in front of the interviewer have no correlation to actual job performance or you have the halfway types. Google calls the former a "waste of time". The half ways give you an assignment, say it was possibly the best code they have seen, then start asking you stupid technical questions fundamental to the construction of the code you presented (like what is Public, Protected, etc). Some of these companies oddly say they wish to compete with the Valley, really?
Anyone else experiencing such anserine experiences or am I the Goose?"

+ - Cinavia defeated->

Submitted by Hamsterdan
Hamsterdan (815291) writes "Cinavia's anti-piracy technology has been a thorn in the side of many file-sharers, who are unable to pay pirated files on their DVD-players without being interrupted by a warning message. In a breakthrough development, software vendor DVD-Ranger has cracked the protection, including for popular movies downloaded from pirate sites.

Cinavia’s anti-piracy technology relies on a unique type of watermarking that allows it to remain present in pirated movies despite re-recording, transcoding, compression, or other type of transfer."

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+ - HP Makes More Money, Cuts 16,000 Jobs->

Submitted by jfruh
jfruh (300774) writes "Good news for HP: Profits are up by 18% over the previous year! Bad news for HP: A lot of those profits are from post-Windows XP PC upgrades, and company revenue actually dipped 1%. The solution, according to CEO Meg Whitman, is "continuous improvement in our cost structure," which means firing thousands of people. At the end of the next round of layoffs, the company will have shed 50,000 employees since 2012."
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+ - Broadband on the Moon Means Watching Game of Thrones Live in Outer Space->

Submitted by DavidGilbert99
DavidGilbert99 (2607235) writes "Researchers at MIT's Lincoln Laboratory will next month detail how, for the first time, they have created a data communication technology which can provide space dwellers with the connectivity we all enjoy here on Earth, enabling large data transfers and even high-definition video streaming."
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Comment: Re:And... (Score 1) 84

by NapalmV (#47066391) Attached to: Google Overtakes Apple As the World's Most Valuable Brand

Ads pay for free.

Not really. When you buy the products you also pay for the price of their ads. Buying a box of cereals? It will cost you the cereals (+profit) + the price of the ad (+profit of ad agency) + the price of distributing said ad (+Google profit). Yes, they apparently generates more profits and a larger variety of jobs (thus the "economists" will declare them to be "good for the economy"), but they're not free at all.

+ - CERN's particle smashers list their toughest tech challenges-> 1

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "Researchers at CERN have detailed some of the big technology problems they need to solve to help the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) solve some of the fundamental questions about the nature of the universe. 'You make it, we break it' is the CERN openlab motto which looks at emerging tech: data acquisition, computing platforms, data storage architectures, compute management and provisioning and more are on the to do list."
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+ - Privacy aware, non-tracking, Decentralized Advertisement engine for Android.->

Submitted by Edison Nica
Edison Nica (3663269) writes "The information age has evolved to a point where information about anyone and everyone can be accessible. For a time, most people were either willing participants in relinquishing this data or had no idea that simple entry of personal data would allow unlimited access to information they never wanted to share. Events of the last few years show just how rampant the misuse of this data has become. And those with bad intentions have done a lot of damage by accessing our personal data. 0SPi shows that you don’t need your customers’ data to sell them your products and services and it launches demos to showcase the technology is building."
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+ - Is Too Much Computer Time Killing Kids' Ability to Learn?

Submitted by Rambo Tribble
Rambo Tribble (1273454) writes "A teacher's union in Northern Ireland is asserting that children spending too much time on computers are impairing their ability to learn. The asserted excessive computer use is being blamed for an inability to concentrate or socialize. As one teacher puts it, '... these gadgets are really destroying their ability to learn.' One question no one seems to be asking is whether the kids showing these symptoms are getting enough sleep."

+ - Sony CEO: Company Must Reform By April 2016 -- Or Die->

Submitted by jfruh
jfruh (300774) writes "New Sony CEO Kazuso Hirai isn't beating around the bush: he says the company must be radically reformed by the end of its next fiscal year in April 2016, and if those reforms aren't in place by then, 'it will be all but impossible to envision a growth strategy for the mid- to long term.' The company is already in the midst of exiting the PC and television business to focus on more profitable lines of business."
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+ - Cat-Hacking Japanese Man Admits Cybercrime Guilt->

Submitted by itwbennett
itwbennett (1594911) writes "Yusuke Katayama, a former IT worker, was accused of sending online messages in 2012 that threatened mass murders at elementary schools and warning of bombs in an airplane and at a shrine. On Thursday he pleaded guilty in the bizarre case that saw the source code for a virus stashed in the collar of a cat."
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