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+ - SPAM: What is Secure Programmable Social Media?

Submitted by TheCouchPotatoFamine
TheCouchPotatoFamine (628797) writes "A new technology from DOM Algebra called "Nametag" has turned the concept of client-server applications distributed via HTML on it's head, providing an permanent system of creating secure social media apps, right in the browser itself, between you and your friends without ever asking you to trust the service provider not to reveal your information; they never have it.

The recent NSA debacles have made for a good introduction into the need for privacy in everyday activities. Your web browser can act as a "social computer", fully capable (via high-quality RSA/AES encryption written in pure Javascript), to deliver a rich social media experience without sending anything to anyone other than your friends "in the clear". You can see a working demo at "TagOS" (but please view the demo in Google Chrome or Apple's Safari, because they have fast math routines)

Developers can go farther, creating entire apps they can share with friends via social media, authoring right in the browser using javascript. They never share their code with anyone but their friends. It works, today.

Is the world ready for web-applications available anywhere, totally secure, that meet your social media needs with fun and immediacy, without any tradeoffs? What do you think?"

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+ - Nametag is Secure Programmable Social Media; no more data-mining you.->

Submitted by TheCouchPotatoFamine
TheCouchPotatoFamine (628797) writes "A new technology from DOM Algebra called "Nametag" has turned the concept of client-server applications distributed via HTML on it's head, providing an enduring basis to create secure social media apps, right in the browser itself, without ever trusting the service provider.

The recent NSA debacles have made for a good segueway into the need for privacy, even though Nametag was envisioned nearly two years ago. It is powered by high-quality RSA/AES encryption, written pure Javascript, and integrated with a new state-of-the-art HTML5 Environment called "TagOS" to form the worlds first "Social Computer" (please view the demo in Google Chrome, or Apple's Safari. The core tech is complete while a few CSS issues are not.)

The result? It transforms your web-browser from an over-abused public "billboard" into a "safe-house" that normal people can use, complete with the familiar feed- friend- and group-based interfaces they expect from HTML5/CSS3 powered sites. Developers can go farther, creating and exporting any of those apps into their own sites, all without sharing anything with your service provider; it's that powerful. Finally, it already has two social media apps ready to go, to get people started.

The IndieGoGo campaign is the first public unveiling. From web hosting, to hiring designers, it will take resources I no longer have; my savings bought full-time research to create the kernel, if you will. In fact, the demo itself is just "frozen" from the actual working version I use everyday! With your help, a world where you can speak honestly and openly with your friends and family is possible; Is it important to you? I hope the community backs the idea; this is how it will be done.

With so much self-censorship and risk attached to the daily use of traditonal, insecure personal social media, how long will we allow it to continue?

Disclaimer: i'm the author of TagOS"

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Handhelds

+ - Dashcode as the new iPhone API: is it good enough?->

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TheCouchPotatoFamine writes "So as part of the 300 new features that Leopard provides, there is a little thing called "Dashcode" that purports to make it very easy to make Dashboard widgets for sharing and trading on OSX. It's a fully visual buider with templates, examples, and tutorials. Looking at it objectively, it seems terribly obvious that this will be the API/SDK that Apple will introduce come February for the iPhone. Like the Wizard of Oz, it seems probable that we'll be told we've had access to it the whole time! So, for the slashdot crowd, what do you think? Is that walled off javascript environment — as nice and point and click as it is — enough to sate your thirst? Will the proprietary apple javascript extensions they reveal give enough oomph to make compelling apps? Now is the time to ask, because, if i'm right, we have their SDK bared for the Trial of the Slash. Discuss!"
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Portables (Apple)

+ - iPod's click-wheel all used up? No? backlight!

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TheCouchPotatoFamine
TheCouchPotatoFamine writes "As a user of the iPod Nano for both music — and far more loved, actually — the book reading features (on all models but the shuffle, btw), several trade-offs made in the new click-wheel UI seem really disingenious. When Apple introduced the Notes feature, a concession was made: they re-mapped the backlight feature (hold down the menu key) to the browser 'Home Page' button so that when many notes were read in a row (as a book might entail!) you could go back to the main screen without having to go back through each. Great! BUT, what possible use is there for a very missed, powersaving, geeky LED replacing backlight feature, when you need ambient light to turn it on! So, slashdot, my question is to you: How would you enable the backlight feature on an iPod's click-wheel UI, without trampling or changing any features already there? Has apple really hit the bottom here? Perhaps the best 10 posts can be sent to apple (yesterday, please!)"

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