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+ - Brazil Is Keeping Its Promise to Avoid the U.S. Internet - US to lose 35 Billion-> 1

Submitted by bricko
bricko (1052210) writes "Brazil Is Keeping Its Promise to Avoid the U.S. Internet


Brazil was not bluffing last year, when it said that it wanted to disconnect from the United States-controlled internet due to the NSA's obscenely invasive surveillance tactics. The country is about to stretch a cable from the northern city of Fortaleza all the way to Portugal, and they've vowed not to use a single U.S. vendor to do it.

Brazil made a bunch of bold promises, ranging in severity from forcing companies like Facebook and Google to move their servers inside Brazilian borders, to building a new all-Brazilian email system—which they've already done. But the first actionable opportunity the country was presented with is this transatlantic cable, which had been in the works since 2012 but is only just now seeing construction begin. And with news that the cable plan will not include American vendors, it looks like Brazil is serious; it's investing $185 million on the cable project alone. And not a penny of that sum will go to an American company.

The implications of Brazil distancing itself from the US internet are huge. It's not necessarily a big deal politically, but the economic consequences could be tremendously destructive. Brazil has the seventh largest economy in the world, and it continues to grow. So when Brazil finally does divorce Uncle Sam—assuming things continue at this rate—a huge number of contracts between American companies and Brazil will simply disappear.

On the whole, researchers estimate that the United States could lose about $35 billion due to security fears. That's a lot of money."

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+ - Pirate Bay founder Gottfrid Warg faces Danish jail time.

Submitted by Hammeh
Hammeh (2481572) writes "BBC news reports that Pirate Bay co-founder Gottfrid Warg has been found guilty of hacking into computers and illegally downloading files in Denmark. Found guilty of breaching security to access computers owned by technology giant CSC to steal police and social security files, Mr Warg faces a sentence of up to six years behind bars. Mr Warg argued that although the computer used to commit the offence was owned by him, the hacks were carried out by another individual who he declined to name."

+ - First Detailed Data Analysis Shows Exactly How Comcast Jammed Netflix

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "John Oliver calls it "cable company fuckery" and we've all suspected it happens. Now on Steven Levy's new Backchannel publication on Medium, Susan Crawford delivers decisive proof, expertly dissecting the Comcast-Netflix network congestion controversy. Her source material is a detailed traffic measurement report (.pdf) released this week by Google-backed M-Lab — the first of its kind — showing severe degradation of service at interconnection points between Comcast, Verizon and other monopoly "eyeball networks" and "transit networks" such as Cogent, which was contracted by Netflix to deliver its bits. The report shows that interconnection points give monopoly ISPs all the leverage they need to discriminate against companies like Netflix, which compete with them in video services, simply by refusing to relieve network congestion caused by external traffic requested by their very own ISP customers. And the effects victimize not only companies targeted but ALL incoming traffic from the affected transit network. The report proves the problem is not technical, but rather a result of business decisions. This is not technically a Net neutrality problem, but it creates the very same headaches for consumers, and unfair business advantages for ISPs. In an accompanying article, Crawford makes a compelling case for FCC intervention."

+ - Has the time come to rebrand open source?->

Submitted by jenwike
jenwike (2888285) writes "How do others do when selling FOSS solutions? Does your sales team tell you things like this? "The customer is worried about this open source software... they think its insecure." As a developer, Robert Lindh had heard many similar myths and misconceptions concerning free software back in the day, like "How can you sell something that is free?" or "We don't trust or value software that we don't pay for." But, he's hearing them again, thus he nominates a new name for FOSS and open source... Community Software."
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+ - Tim Cook: "I'm Proud to be Gay"->

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "Apple CEO Tim Cook has publicly come out as gay. While he never hid his sexuality from friends, family, and close co-workers, Cook decided it was time to make it publicly known in the hopes that the information will help others who don't feel comfortable to do so. He said, "I don’t consider myself an activist, but I realize how much I’ve benefited from the sacrifice of others. So if hearing that the CEO of Apple is gay can help someone struggling to come to terms with who he or she is, or bring comfort to anyone who feels alone, or inspire people to insist on their equality, then it’s worth the trade-off with my own privacy."

Cook added that while the U.S. has made progress in recent years toward marriage equality, there is still work to be done. "[T]here are laws on the books in a majority of states that allow employers to fire people based solely on their sexual orientation. There are many places where landlords can evict tenants for being gay, or where we can be barred from visiting sick partners and sharing in their legacies. Countless people, particularly kids, face fear and abuse every day because of their sexual orientation.""

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Comment: Re:About time something is happening (Score 1) 164

See, the thing is, you're reading that I actually need .docx, which I haven't actually said anywhere. I do fine with PDF. I don't quite know who you're arguing with to be honest. What I was stating is that using a freely available open document format would be better overall, since I happen to know for a fact that unemployment offices here are running LibreOffice. I also happen to know that businesses usually are running MS Office, because of concerns they have about software support (or because that's just what their XP machines came with in 2001). Furthermore, I know that a lot of older people, who were let go in the height of the financial crisis, have little to no experience with computers and do not know how to use "Print to PDF".

But mate, cheers for the MS Office sales pitch.

Comment: Re:About time something is happening (Score 1) 164

It's not so much that the user is a moron, and as I've stated I do convert to PDF with LibreOffice, which you would know if you read the entire text. However, I've seen jobs as low as cleaning assistant require PDF. Now you obviously are of some sort of superior intellect, being able to use MS Office and all to its full extent. That does not mean that 58 year old Betty, that's been laid off from the paper factory and has 7 years to go until retirement, knows how to perform this action.

But you, kind sir, are a marvel of a modern human. Who would have imagined that there's a plugin for that.

Comment: About time something is happening (Score 5, Interesting) 164

I really hope this catches on with businesses as well. I'm writing a lot of job applications at the moment, and being financially challenged I'm doing the work from LIbre Office. If I convert my application and CV to .doc or .docx the formatting will be all wrong when a potential employer reads it. Therefor I've been converting everything to PDF before sending. I'm starting to see job ads now that actually require people to deliver in PDF, most likely for the same exact reason, but I'm not entirely sure everyone can figure out how to convert a doc/docx/odf to PDF.

There are a lot of people out there with very limited computer skills, so I think a well supported open document standard will be good for everyone in the long run.

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