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+ - Google's Evil NDA

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An anonymous reader writes "Google claims that it's motto is "Do No Evil" — but they sure have an evil NDA! In order to be considered for employment there, they require you to sign an agreement which forbids you to "mention or imply the name of Google" in public ever again. Further, you can't tell anyone you interviewed there, or what they offered you, and you possibly sign away your rights to reverse engineer any of Google's code ever. And this NDA never expires. Luckily, someone has posted the contents of the NDA before he signed it and had to say silent forever."
Businesses

+ - Michael Eisner Launches Online Serial Mystery

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GFatica
GFatica writes "Prom Queen, the first production from Michael Eisner's new Tornante company, is an online, serialized mystery that follows the day to day lives of high school kids as they count down to Prom Night this June. The really interesting thing about it is that the story is told in real time — every day a new episode is available on the Prom Queen website (http://www.promqueen.tv) and that episode represents a day in the life of the characters."
Software

+ - Vista more secure than MacOS 10.4

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "Macworld has an article up about security in MacOS 10.4, in which they post an email interview with Dino Dai Zovi, the New York-based security researcher who took home $10,000 in the highly-publicized MacBook Pro hijack on April 20. From the interview:

From your research on both platforms, is there a winner between Mac OS X 10.4 and Vista on security? I have found the code quality, at least in terms of security, to be much better overall in Vista than MacOS 10.4. It is obvious from observing affected components in security patches that Microsoft's Security Development Lifecycle (SDL) has resulted in fewer vulnerabilities in newly-written code. I hope that more software vendors follow their lead in developing proactive software security development methodologies.

I recommend that Mac users make their primary user a non-admin account, use a separate keychain for important passwords, and store sensitive documents in a separate encrypted disk image. I think these are fairly straightforward steps that many users can take to better protect their sensitive information on their computer."
Censorship

+ - HD-DVD processing key and massive censorship

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Rudd-O
Rudd-O writes "After successful discovery of the HD-DVD processing key, massive unprecedented amounts of censorship, in the form of DMCA takedown notices (by the MPAA), have begun to circulate around the Internet. For example, Spooky Action at a Distance was killed. More disturbingly, my story got Dugg twice, with the second wave hitting 15.500 votes, and today I found out it had simply disappeared from Digg. How long until the long arm of the MPAA gets to my own site (run in Ecuador) and the rest of them holding the processing key? How long will we let rampant censorhip go, in the name of economic interest?"
Google

+ - Wikipedia,Jabber founders do open-source search

Submitted by ardent99
ardent99 (1087547) writes "The creator of Jabber, Jeremie Miller, is joining Wikipedia founder Jimmy Wales in building and open-source, community-driven search service called Search Wikia. They believe transparent algorithms and open-source code is a better alternative than proprietary engines. Now, with the addition of Miller, the are expanding the effort to include developing a standardized protocol for exchanging information between search engines, enabling distributed, collaborative search. They anticipate that such a service may have many of the same features, but also weaknesses, as Wikipedia such as the posting of inaccurate information and companies trying to influence what is posted. http://www.networkworld.com/news/2007/050107-searc h-wikia-hires-jabber-founder.html"
Software

+ - Ext3cow Versioning File System released for 2.6

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Zachary Peterson
Zachary Peterson writes "Ext3cow, an open-source versioning file system based on ext3, has been released for 2.6 kernel. Ext3cow allows users to view their file system as it appeared at any point in time through a natural, time-shifiting interface. This is can be very useful for preventing data loss, revision control, intrusion detection, and meeting the requirments of data retention legislation. Kernel patches and details can be found at: http://www.ext3cow.com./"
Privacy

+ - Last Week to Tell DHS to STOP REAL ID

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groschke
groschke writes "A broad coalition of organizations across the United States is urging the public to submit comments rejecting the illegal national identification system created under the Department of Homeland Security's REAL ID program. Their website links to several portals you can use to submit your comments online, as well as some sample comments. REAL ID doesn't contain adequate privacy and security safeguards; makes getting a driver's license harder; and will make it easier for stalkers, identity thieves and corrupt government officials to access our personal information. The REAL ID Act passed with no hearings and this is your chance to speak up! The deadline is May 8th, 5pm Eastern."
Hardware Hacking

+ - AACS exploit and industry revenge

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Guzabi
Guzabi writes "Not a scoop, really, but ruud-o has published the (in)famous 09 F9 11 02 9D 74 E3 5B D8 41 56 C5 63 56 88 C0 some hours ago. This is actually a key that is part of the de-cyphering process for HD contents found on HD-DVD and Blu-Ray discs. There seems to be a storm over this on the web (despite the code being accessible for months now) as AACS-LA is desperately trying to shut down sites exhibiting the code. Read the full story below and if you feel like contributing to world freedom, you know what to do ;-)

http://rudd-o.com/archives/2007/04/30/spread-this- number/"
Enlightenment

+ - NBA teams employ statistics and multimedia

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kwajwo
kwajwo writes "The New York Times, http://www.nytimes.com/2007/04/29/business/yourmon ey/29digi.html?_r=1&oref=slogin, has an article on the increasing use of detailed anaylsis of opposing players statistics, as a way for NBA teams to get edge. "In 2000, Mr. Barr and Nils B. Lahr, a former Microsoft engineer, started Synergy Sports Technology in Phoenix, to bring together for N.B.A. coaches fine-grained statistics matched with associated video clips. Want to stop Dirk Nowitzki of the Dallas Mavericks? Synergy's system has recorded every offensive step Mr. Nowitzki has made since he joined the league in 1998.""

UK Government Minister Says Gadget Makers Need To Make Their Products Harder To ->

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It's not uncommon to see politicians blame gadgets for crimes, such as cameraphones for happy slapping, or white earphones for MP3 player theft, since it's far easier to blame faceless corporations and their products than to actually do something about the underlying crimes that occur. Now, in the UK, a government minister is taking things a step further by saying that gadget makers need to "design in features which reduce crimes". He also suggests that people buying new mobile phones should "ask how does this prevent people actually stealing it and selling it again, what are the anti-crime characteristics?" It's not entirely clear what he's after (apart from some political brownie points), but he cites the way mobile operators in the UK blacklist stolen phones so they can't be used, which means that stolen phones just end up getting sold overseas, not that they don't get stolen. It seems like this is just a way to shift some responsibility away from criminals, but particularly away from the police, and blame device manufacturers for making their products too attractive and too easy to steal. What's he want, anyway -- taser-equipped iPods and mobile phones with pepper spray?
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Businesses

+ - [H]ardOCP's : State of the Silicon Union Q2 '07

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justindiduch
justindiduch writes "HardOCP's editor in Chief, Kyle Bennett, gives his unique insight into the future of emerging CPU and GPU technologies and makes some very bold statements.

"Reports are that AMD's market share has quickly eroded as much as 5%. Throw into the mix the abortion that was "4X4" and enthusiast confidence plummets. With AMD Agena FX processors, the next-gen quad-core core codenamed Barcelona, not looking to be primed for desktop systems till very late this year, it is no wonder that many enthusiasts are worried about the health of AMD as a competitive company.
And then AMD just spent US$5.4 billion purchasing ATI..."
http://enthusiast.hardocp.com/article.html?art=MTM zMywxLCxoZW50aHVzaWFzdA==

Deeper into the article Kyle goes on to make some interesting predictions about the direction of AMD/ATi, Intel, and Nvidia."

HIV Experts Oppose Gambia's Unproven AIDS Remedy->

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Leading HIV experts are alarmed that the government of The Gambia is encouraging citizens living with HIV to stop taking antiretroviral medications in order to try an unproven herbal remedy. The HIV Medicine Association (HIVMA) calls on President Yahya Jammeh to cease his unproven claims that the treatment "cures" AIDS.
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