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Comment Re:What the fuck? (Score 1) 313

Tab groups is also the primary reason I use FF instead of Chrome. if they get rid of them, I'll have no compelling reason to choose FF. Also many people don't use them because they don't know they exist. I've taught people how to use them, and they were happy after that. You especially have to change the default configuration to remember the last tabs open to appreciate them.

Submission + - Red Hat welcomes CentOS to the family (

An anonymous reader writes: Red Hat, Inc, (NYSE: RHT), and the CentOS Project today announced they are joining forces to build a new CentOS, completing the whole Red Hat Linux story, from Fedora through RHEL to CentOS.

Submission + - Carmakers Keep Data On Drivers' Locations From Navigation Systems (

cold fjord writes: Detroit News reports, "A government report finds that major automakers are keeping information about where drivers have been — collected from onboard navigation systems — for varying lengths of time. Owners of those cars can’t demand that the information be destroyed. And, says the U.S. senator requesting the investigation, that raises questions about driver privacy. The Government Accountability Office in a report released Monday found major automakers have differing policies about how much data they collect and how long they keep it. Automakers collect location data in order to provide drivers with real-time traffic information, to help find the nearest gas station or restaurant, and to provide emergency roadside assistance and stolen vehicle tracking. But, the report found, “If companies retained data, they did not allow consumers to request that their data be deleted, which is a recommended practice.”"

Submission + - Bitcoin Vs Paypal In Court

InPursuitOfTruth writes: According to TerraHasher on BitcoinTalk,.org, PayPal is discriminating against sellers of Bitcoin related items. TerraHasher claims to have a recording of a PayPal manager saying, "well its all the same and bitcoin is direct competition with paypals business model therefore we do not condone, anything bitcoin related." After describing a pattern of PayPal repeatedly holding funds possibly explained by this bias against Bitcoin related sellers, he lawyer-ed up and is preparing to file suit against PayPal. This brings up a question. Is BitPay, with over 15,500 merchants in December, the next PayPal?

Submission + - EU Copyright Reform: Your input is needed! (

An anonymous reader writes: The European Commission has finally (as of last month) opened its public consultation on copyright reform. This is the first time the general public can influence EU copyright policy since fifteen years back, and it is likely at least as much time will pass until next time. In order to help you fill out the (enlish-only, legalese-heavy) questionnaire, some friendly hackers spent some time during the 30c3 to put together a site to help you. Anyone, EU citizen or not, organisation or company, is invited to respond (deadline fifth of February). Pirate MEP Amelia Andersdotter has a more in-depth look at the consultation.

Submission + - Ask Slashdot: Can using ADFS limit your options in the future? 1 writes: "A fortune 500 company is currently using Active Directory (AD) and needs to support SAML to provide SSO and integrate a cloud provider of email, calendar, docs, etc, they are switching to. They are considering Microsoft's Active Directory Federation Services (ADFS), which is included in Server 2008 licensing, so incurs no additional licensing cost. The question I have is can this limit the company's SSO options later? What if the company wants to integrate two LDAP servers used for different e-Commerce systems, which include customer logins and self-registration. One reason to keep the LDAP servers separate is because they'd never permit self-registration in AD. Plus, they'd want to keep the customers of completely separate divisions apart to prevent stranded costs in the likelihood of a sale of one division. But, you'd want AD to play a role in authentication of internal users to the e-Commerce systems. The limitation of ADFS is that it only supports Active Directory as an underlying identity repository. Does this prevent you from integating the other LDAP servers into the SSO solution? Would you have to replace ADFS at that point? Has anyone tried an SSO solution involving multiple authentication sources that included ADFS? What would you recommend in this case?"

Submission + - Linux tool brings brains to Twitter spear-phishing (

mask.of.sanity writes: A security researcher has released an automated tool designed to launch sophisticated and targeted spear-phishing attacks over Twitter.

Hypertwish via a GUI compiled and issued tweets based on trust and generative grammar, issued shortened URLs designed to track victims, and exploited relationships between followers to build legitimacy.

Download the free Linux tool here.


Submission + - AMD Announces 64-bit ARM Server Development Partnership (

MojoKid writes: "AMD CEO Rory Read has announced that the company intends to develop dense computing platforms based on the 64-bit ARM architecture today. This is the second major collaboration between AMD and ARM; Sunnyvale announced earlier this year that it would integrate an ARM core to provide additional hardware-level security on future APUs. The meat of AMD's announcement today is that it's going to leverage the SeaMicro acquisition of earlier this year to ensure it has a platform for its own products. SeaMicro's Freedom Fabric virtualizes a great deal of technology that's normally built into hardware on a typical motherboard and reportedly saves a great deal of power and improves server density by doing so."

Submission + - Valve: Linux has everything they need (

dartttt writes: In a presentation at Ubuntu Developer Summit currently going on in Denmark, Drew Bliss from Valve said that Linux is more viable than Windows 8 for gaming. Windows 8 ships with its own app store and it is not an open platform anymore and Linux has everything they need: good OpenGL, pulseaudio, OpenAL and input support.

Submission + - What to do with found calculators 1

Covalent writes: "I'm a science teacher and have, over the years, accumulated a number of lost graphing calculators (mostly TI-83s). After trying to locate the owners, I have given up and have been loaning them out to students as needed. I want to something more nerd-worthy with them, though. I would feel wrong for selling them. What is the best use for bunch of old calculators?"
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Submission + - Ask Slashdot: Mobile Ad-Hoc Wireless Mesh Network for Fire Department Vehicles

Texaskilt writes: I am looking to put together a mobile mesh network for my volunteer fire department and would like some recommendations from the Slashdot crowd.

Ideally, the network would consist of cheap wireless routers (Linksys WRT-type) mounted on each vehicle. From there, tablets or other wireless devices could connect to the router. When the vehicles are in the station, the routers would auto-connect to the WiFi network to receive calls for service and other updates. When out on a call, the router would form an ad-hoc network with other vehicles on the scene. If a vehicle came into range of an Internet "hotspot", it would notify other vehicles and become a gateway for the rest of the "ad-hoc" networked vehicles.

I've looked at Freifunk for this, but would like some other options. Recommendations please?

Comment Boycott Cisco (Score 2) 351

The last time I posted how Cisco uses their routers to sell our privacy people responded that they were just complying with laws, which I question deeply because of the EXTENT to which they improve and market their eavesdropping capability, and how they constantly boast having a lead in the market in this area, appearing to go far beyond the law.

Now we have this? Really? Someone care to argue they are just complying with CALEA to avoid being sent to guatanamo bay?

Comment Copyright infringement is not theft (Score 5, Interesting) 257

You can argue however you want that it is right or wrong. But, it is not theft. That is, you do not deprive another person of access to their possession.

I've always hated theft. It is one of the 10 commandments. I grew up learning to hate it because people stole from me. When someone steals your bike, your wallet, or other personal possessions, it hurts. You are now deprived of it, while someone else is selling it for $10 of crack. Stealing hurts innocent people. I continue to hate stealing.

But, if I paint my bike blue, and my next door neighbor, seeing that, paints his bike blue, he didn't steal my bike. I can call him a "copy cat". But, I still get to ride my bike. I just won't be the only one on the block with a blue bike.

Yes, we all know the theory of lost sales. But, we all know that copying information does not mean that the person would of purchased that copy of that information if they had not of copied it against the will of someone claiming ownership of that information.

Thus, I lose respect for anyone who tries to insist that copying information is a violation of the 10 commands along with "though shall not kill" and "though shell not commit adultery". Our laws do not support that claim, and we should do more to discredit those who make it.

Don't get me wrong. I do not advocate copyright infringement. I am just tired of hearing people try to confuse people into thinking that copying information is hurting people like stealing real physical property does and is a violation of one of the 10 commandments.

I have a theory that it's impossible to prove anything, but I can't prove it.