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Submission + - Microsoft Taking Aggresive Steps Against Linux on ( 2

Microlith writes: Microsoft has updated their WHQL certification requirements for Windows 8, and placed specific restrictions on ARM platforms that will make it impossible to install non-Microsoft operating systems on ARM devices, and make it impossible to turn off or customize such security.

Choice quotes from the certification include from page 116, section 20: "On an ARM system, it is forbidden to enable Custom Mode. Only Standard Mode may be enable." which prevents users from customizing their security, and in section 21: "Disabling Secure MUST NOT be possible on ARM systems" to prevent you from booting any other OSes.


Submission + - Android Phones Track Users' Locations Too ( 1

RedEaredSlider writes: Android phones can also trace users' movements, according to a security researcher who published his findings at github.

An Android enthusiast wrote a "dumper" that pulls location information from the Android location provider. The file is called cache.cell and cache.wifi.

The data is unencrypted. Unlike the situation with iPhones, however, the data remains on the phone, and to access it one needs access to the operating system itself, known as "root access." On the iPhone, the location data was copied from the phone to a PC every time it was synced with iTunes. It was copying the data to the PC that creates a potential security problem.

Another difference is how big the location data files, called caches, are. On the Android phones they are limited in size to 50 unique cell sites and 200 WiFi access points. Apple's version was much larger.

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Submission + - Microsoft Monopolizes Unemployment in Illinois (

An anonymous reader writes: I have had several jobs now were I have found myself in a position where I needed to help people apply for unemployment. Every time, the process invokes the web crawling equivalent of road rage because in Illinois you can only apply for Unemployment if you use Internet Explorer. Finally, I decided to write Governor Quinn about it. A lone voice often goes unheard so I was hoping slashdot might be able to encourage others to do the same.


Submission + - Privacy Breach (

Anonymous Coward writes: " has recently made all users' real names and purchase history available on the web. They can be searched from google (I checked). They are also refusing to contact buyers to alert them to this change. They do allow names to be changed, but only with a two day waiting period. There is a thread on their forum about it here where they have refused to respond to serious concerns for customer privacy. Since Etsy is refusing to notify its' members, please help me get the word out to them by posting on your website. Thank you."

Submission + - Indie Music the Real Killer for Major Labels? ( 1

Eugenia Loli writes: "After Slashdot reported on the news that music execs now blame streaming for lost revenue, I did some digging about the state of the music industry. Except the known culprits (piracy, free streaming, lack of music and business innovation, financial crisis), I found that the rise of indie music in the mainstream might be more of a cause than previously thought. In the past few weeks, 80% of Rolling Stone magazine album reviews are about indie acts, while in the '90s there was only a single indie band that got reviews (Pavement), and in the beginning of the last decade there were just about 2-3 such reviews per year. But something clicked towards the second part of the decade, and especially after 2009, there's a surge in the press pushing consumers towards indie purchases. Maybe when RIAA complains to the Government about their failing revenue and asks for stricter laws, they should show a more complete picture of music sales, rather than the sales of just a few [ex-]major labels."

Submission + - 400 Wolves Besiege Remote Russian Village 2

Hugh Pickens writes writes: The Daily Mail reports that a 'super pack' of 400 wolves has been terrifying the remote town of Verkhoyansk (population 1,300) in Northern Russia leaving more than 30 horses dead in just four days as twenty four teams of hunters have been put together with a bounty of $335 for every wolf skin brought to officials. "To protect the town we are creating 24 teams of armed hunters, who will patrol the neighbourhood on snowmobiles and set wolf traps" says district official Stepan Rozhin. "'But we need more people. Once the daylight increases, the hunters will start shooting predators from helicopters." Dr Valerius Geist, a wildlife behaviour expert, says the harsh Siberian winter — where temperatures plummet to minus 49C — is the problem with the cold killing off the animal's usual prey. "Wolves are very careful to choose the most nutritious food source easiest obtained without danger — which in this case happens to be horses," opines Geist. "They will start tackling dangerous prey when they run out of non-dangerous prey."

Submission + - Egypt's cyber crack-down aided by US company (

pinkushun writes: news reports that a US company, Narus, provided Telecom Egypt deep packet inspection tools, to track and target content from users of the Internet and mobile phones, as it passes through routers on the information superhighway.

The Huffingtonpost tells us who else is using this technology, and that when commercial network operators use DPI, the privacy of Internet users is compromised. But in government hands it can crush dissent and lead to human rights violations.

I've got a bad feeling about this.