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+ - What THE FUCK is up with autoplay on story pages? 2

Submitted by ScuzzMonkey
ScuzzMonkey (208981) writes "I'm not here often enough to bitch about all the other poorly-considered site changes that are apparently in the works, but the autoplay audio summary? Not cool. Maybe this is the April Fools Joke this year, I don't know, but if so, it's not funny, particularly with no readily apparent means of disabling it.

If there is nothing else showing how much this site is changing for the worse under new management, there you go. There are some transgressions that every geek knows to be verboten. Audio playing automatically when you hit a web page is one of them. Bring on the blink tags if you want to try for retro funny."

+ - We're all Wikileaks now

Submitted by Presto Vivace
Presto Vivace (882157) writes "Revealed: how the FBI coordinated the crackdown on Occupy New documents prove what was once dismissed as paranoid fantasy: totally integrated corporate-state repression of dissent

There is a new twist: the merger of the private sector, DHS and the FBI means that any of us can become WikiLeaks, a point that Julian Assange was trying to make in explaining the argument behind his recent book. The fusion of the tracking of money and the suppression of dissent means that a huge area of vulnerability in civil society – people's income streams and financial records – is now firmly in the hands of the banks, which are, in turn, now in the business of tracking your dissent.

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+ - Navy database tracks civilians' parking tickets, fender-benders-> 1

Submitted by schwit1
schwit1 (797399) writes "A parking ticket, traffic citation or involvement in a minor fender-bender are enough to get a person's name and other personal information logged into a massive, obscure federal database run by the U.S. military.

The Law Enforcement Information Exchange, or LinX, has already amassed 506.3 million law enforcement records ranging from criminal histories and arrest reports to field information cards filled out by cops on the beat even when no crime has occurred."

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+ - Review of Murdoch's Pirates

Submitted by Presto Vivace
Presto Vivace (882157) writes "Murdoch’s Other Hacking Scandal: A Review of “Murdoch’s Pirates” by Neil Chenoweth

It was all about crypto. If you want to be in pay TV, you have to be good at intellectual property protection. If you don’t make it difficult for non-subscribers to rip off your content, that’s exactly what they will do, in such numbers that you won’t make any money. In practical terms that means good (robust, but scaleable) crypto. In turn, that means understanding the weaknesses of cryptosystems in order to make better ones. Cryptology and cryptography go hand in glove. Hire hackers! Hire geeks ...!

... So, anywaydata breaches, flaky ex-cops, private investigators, wildly out of control News International minionsthose are the operational signature of “The News Of the World”. They are NDS hallmarks, too, as we see. To all appearances, the same rather profitable syndrome has manifested itself twice on Murdoch’s watch, more or less at the same time.

But twice is still just a coincidence, isn’t it?

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+ - Spy Stories From The Murdoch Empire

Submitted by Presto Vivace
Presto Vivace (882157) writes "News Corp Fights With Itself In Grand Game Of Espionage

But amidst all the lawsuits and accusations, it turns out there are some other fascinating stories to be found in News Corp's world of competitive corporate hacking and private security. A new book by Neil Chenoweth, Murdoch's Pirates, digs into that world and turns up some pretty fascinating results. From an excerpt published in the Sydney Morning Herald, we get the story of some befuddled inter-agency espionage between News Corp and its own subsidiary, complete with aliases, informants, moles and a cross-border escape gambit by a spy on the run.

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+ - Slashdot users give new beta design a huge Bronx cheer 2

Submitted by Presto Vivace
Presto Vivace (882157) writes "Alice Marshall reports that:

Slashdot users are extremely unhappy with the new Slashdot Beta design. The comment section of every single post is devoted to dissatisfaction with the new design. ... ... The thing to keep in mind about community sites devoted to user generated content is that the users generate the content.

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+ - BOOOO

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+ - NYPD is beta-testing Google Glass 1

Submitted by Presto Vivace
Presto Vivace (882157) writes "Venture Beat

The New York City Police Department’s massive and controversial intelligence and analytics unit is evaluating whether Google Glass is a decent fit for investigating terrorists and helping cops lock up bad guys, VentureBeat has learned. The department recently received several pairs of the modernist-looking specs to test out.

“We signed up, got a few pairs of the Google glasses, and we’re trying them out, seeing if they have any value in investigations, mostly for patrol purposes,” a ranking New York City law enforcement official told VentureBeat.

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+ - Mob Source Phone Video Collaboration

Submitted by Presto Vivace
Presto Vivace (882157) writes "Google patent suggests automatically sending your videos and photos to law enforcement

Google recently filed a patent for a system that identifies when and where a “mob” event takes place and sends multimedia alerts to relevant parties. The patents are actually titled “Mob Source Phone Video Collaboration” and “Inferring Events Based On Mob Sourced Video“.

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+ - NSA and GCHQ target 'leaky' phone apps to scoop user data->

Submitted by schwit1
schwit1 (797399) writes "New leaked NSA documents shed a new light on the agency's assault on the data controls of smartphone apps. Using app data permissions as a jumping off point, the documents show agency staffers building huge quantities of data, including "intercepting Google Maps queries made on smartphones, and using them to collect large volumes of location information." One slide lists capabilities for "hot mic" recording, high precision geotracking, and file retrieval which would reach any content stored locally on the phone, including text messages, emails and calendar entries. As the slide notes in a parenthetical aside, "if it's on the phone, we can get it."
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