Submission Summary: 0 pending, 3 declined, 4 accepted (7 total, 57.14% accepted)
An anonymous reader writes "Whenever Skype is installed or updated, it automatically installs the Skype toolbar addon for Firefox. Unfortunately, the addon causes serious performance problems, slowing down some operations by a factor of 300 and is one of the number one causes for Firefox crashes. As a result, Mozilla has decided to "soft-block" the addon, effectively killing it on all Firefox installs unless the user re-enables it. This is the first time the kill-switch has been used for an addon that isn't spyware. Given the extreme popularity of Skype, this has ramifications for millions of users and may create an unsettling precedent for addon developers."
An anonymous reader writes "John Young revealed today in a radio interview that WikiLeaks sold classified information for money. John Young — recruited for WikiLeaks by Assange personally — said that he left WikiLeaks in early 2007 because its main goal is to "exaggerate its importance" and that it has "abandoned putting out useful material" in favor of popular targets. He also reported that he saw "red flags" that WikiLeaks was a criminal organization selling classified intelligence."
Shining Celebi writes "U.S. District Judge Victor Marrero ruled in favor of the ACLU and struck down a portion of the revised USA PATRIOT Act this morning, forcing investigators to go through the courts to obtain approval before ordering ISPs to give up information on customers, instead of just sending them a National Security Letter. In the words of Judge Marrero, this use of National Security Letters "offends the fundamental constitutional principles of checks and balances and separation of powers.""