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Did the Spamhaus DDoS Really Slow Down Global Internet Access? 70

Posted by samzenpus
from the what's-to-blame dept.
CowboyRobot writes "Despite the headlines, the big denial of service attack may not have slowed the Internet after all. The argument against the original claim include the fact that reports of Internet users seeing slowdowns came not from service providers, but the DDoS mitigation service CloudFlare, which signed up Spamhaus as a customer last week. Also, multiple service providers and Internet watchers have now publicly stated that while the DDoS attacks against Spamhaus could theoretically have led to slowdowns, they've seen no evidence that this occurred for general Internet users. And while some users may have noticed a slowdown, the undersea cable cuts discovered by Egyptian sailors had more of an impact than the DDoS."
Google

Google Releases Street View Images From Fukushima Ghost Town 63

Posted by samzenpus
from the new-fallout-map dept.
mdsolar writes in with news that Goolge has released Street View pictures from inside the zone that was evacuated after the Fukushima disaster. "Google Inc. (GOOG) today released images taken by its Street View service from the town of Namie, Japan, inside the zone that was evacuated after the Fukushima nuclear disaster in March 2011. Google, operator of the world's biggest Web search engine, entered Namie this month at the invitation of the town's mayor, Tamotsu Baba, and produced the 360-degree imagery for the Google Maps and Google Earth services, it said in an e-mailed statement. All of Namie's 21,000 residents were forced to flee after the March 2011 earthquake and tsunami crippled the Fukushima Dai-Ichi nuclear plant, about 8 kilometers (5 miles) from the town, causing the world's worst nuclear accident after Chernobyl. Baba asked Mountain View, California-based Google to map the town to create a permanent record of its state two years after the evacuation, he said in a Google blog post."
GNOME

GNOME 3.8 Released Featuring New "Classic" Mode 267

Posted by Unknown Lamer
from the extend-freely dept.
Hot on the heels of the Gtk+ 3.8 release comes GNOME 3.8. There are a few general UI improvements, but the highlight for many is the new Classic mode that replaces fallback. Instead of using code based on the old GNOME panel, Classic emulates the feel of GNOME 2 through Shell extensions (just like Linux Mint's Cinnamon interface). From the release notes: "Classic mode is a new feature for those people who prefer a more traditional desktop experience. Built entirely from GNOME 3 technologies, it adds a number of features such as an application menu, a places menu and a window switcher along the bottom of the screen. Each of these features can be used individually or in combination with other GNOME extensions."

Comment: Re:Though shit (Score 1) 425

by aleph42 (#32827326) Attached to: Paperless Tickets Flourish Despite 'Grandma Problem'

If you bring in a completely different point, which does not generalize to other situations (except if you think that companies should generally have total control over individuals, since they are always more honnest than them), and my argument does not address it, then it is not a problem with my argument.

Comment: Re:Though shit (Score 1) 425

by aleph42 (#32809184) Attached to: Paperless Tickets Flourish Despite 'Grandma Problem'

It is good that something is being done about the reselling of tickets with a high markup.

I guess you would also agree to ban price increase for plane reservations at the last minute?

Companies do not disagree with selling the maximum each buyer will bear (instead of the minimum that N persons will bear, if you want to fill a N seat concert hall, which is the current case assuming identical seats). They just disagree with others making that money. This is all a matter of control, as is everything about DRM (that is to say, contracts). We had a market where a huge quantity of goods were sold with standardised contracts: buying an apple, a car or a concert ticket meant roughly the same (implicit, law defined) contract for the buyer. Standardisation meant it was easy to negotiate good deal on that single contract. Now this is being eroded more and more.

Comment: Re:What to do (Score 1) 572

by aleph42 (#32188010) Attached to: Steam Client for Mac Launches, Linux Client On the Way

You still don't have the right to do it. Meaning, you can't start a buisness centered around it, you can't advertise it on their forums, admins could ban you for mentioning this in-game, etc, etc.

Basically, what you're saying is that it's not a bad thing to loose a right if you can cheat your way around it. I disagree.

Comment: Re:What to do (Score 1) 572

by aleph42 (#32187958) Attached to: Steam Client for Mac Launches, Linux Client On the Way

Well, a completely wrong post which is actually well written does deserve an answer. Here goes:

>>What happens if Steam goes offline?
>You get to play your games. Seriously, the servers were offline yesterday, and I was quite busily shooting people in the face.

Then my guess is steam was not offline. If you can't ping steam servers, you certainly can't log in, and thus play. And offline mode you say? You have to go online to activate it. I'm not kidding. Basically, if you can plan that you will be offline, that's okay; but if your connection dies for a day (or you end up stuck on the train), you can't play.

>>How is asking permission to play with your legally purchased toys good DRM?
>Fuck, I don't even know what this means. Start Steam-->Start Steam game != 'asking permission'.

It is the same thing as asking permission because they can refuse. For example (as already stated) if the internet is down, or if your country or account suddenly ends up on their naughty list for whatever reason in 5 year.

>How is we can take your games back at any time for no reason good DRM?
One's man 'no good reason' is another man's good reason. Provide some cases so we can judge on the merits, not your wild rantings.

Ok, he should have said "at any time for any reason". "Any reason" includes a lot of bad ones. Wether they already did or not is an other story (I'm pretty sure they did), but you would have to trust them a lot about the future.

>What happens if there's simply a screw up and you loose access?
Like, what, forgetting your logon details? That would just make YOU stupid.

Screw ups happen. It's a risk you should prepare for, by not accepting useless locks (so you can't loose the keys).

>You have no legal recourse due to the contract you signed.
Spouted like someone who's never had to sit through contract law classes. Leave the hard work up to the adults, mmkay?

Only the actual points need a rebuttal.

>You have no first sale rights without Steams approval.
Whoa! Something approaching a useful point. Yes, that's technically correct, but I could theoretically 'give' or 'sell' my Steam account to someone else, without any hassle from Steam, so I'm not sure how histrionic we need to be.

Good luck with that once you have 20+ games on the same account, which also has friends, counter strike clan, etc. Also the contract may forbid you to have more than one account (if it doesn't, it certainly might in the future).

>Steam is the worst possible DRM.
Spoken like somebody who does fuck all gaming these days. Ever hear of Securom? You know, the DRM that keeps getting front page articles here on Slashdot? Yeah, I think that'd win a poll of 'Worst DRM' by a landslide.

I agree on this one: steam is not the worst. It might be the one with the worst effect though, because of its widespread adoption (and the direct binding of the DRM with the game store).

Comment: serious, but maybe not story material (yet) (Score 1) 1

by aleph42 (#31048774) Attached to: French government, skipping dailymotion accounts

The story looks fake (terrible website linked), but its not. Dailymotion, a french company, recently (oct 2009) received a largish investment from the french Strategic Investment Fund (FSI). Here is the original announcement: http://www.dailymotion.com/press/CP_Dailymotion_FSI_22-10-2009.pdf .
  Dailymotion is accused by many of underhanded political censorship, but I couldn't find any really reputable website to support that; the best I found is
  http://www.lepost.fr/article/2008/02/17/1100263_mais-pourquoi-dailymotion-a-encore-censure-une-video-politiquement-embarrassante.html
which, by the way, is dated from 2008.
Finally, I don't think there is any recent event to make a real "news" (not that it stopped slashdot before, and I dont think it's a bad thing); except maybe the appointing of Martin Rogard (close to the government, or so the linked website claims); would need to be checked.

I'll keep an eye out for this; thanks to the submitter for pointing it. French sites to check out for this kind of things are pcinpact and numerama.

Tu peux me répondre en français, au fait.

Communications

Studies Find Harm From Cellular and Wi-Fi Signals 474

Posted by kdawson
from the perennial-question dept.
Over the years we've discussed the possible health risks of cellphone and other microwave radiation: studies from Israel and Sweden indicating a link between cellphone use and cancer, one from England exonerating cell towers as a cause of "microwave radiation sensitivity," and a recent 30-year Swedish study that found no link to cancer. The question won't go away though. Reader Artifice_Eternity writes "I've always tended to dismiss claims of toxicity from cell phone and Wi-Fi signals as reflecting ignorance about microwave radiation. However, this GQ article cites American and European studies going back decades that have found some level of biological harm caused by these signals. Why haven't they gained more attention? Quoting: 'Industry-funded studies seem to reflect the result of corporate strong-arming. Lai reviewed 350 studies and found that about half showed bioeffects from EM radiation emitted by cell phones. But when he took into consideration the funding sources for those 350 studies, the results changed dramatically. Only 25 percent of the studies paid for by the industry showed effects, compared with 75 percent of those studies that were independently funded.'"

+ - French government, skipping dailymotion accounts 1

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "Since a few days, Dailymotion, recently buyed by french government, is skipping accounts of people submitting videos if one or some of them is/are not in the way of the government speech. Some accounters, with hundred of videos are just deactivated, sometimes for just one video. And if you ask for a video who was from a deacivated account, you can see this message:"The video has been removed by the user" lots of opposents are quicked off dailymotion wich is becoming a pro governemental site.
More infos (in french, sorry!) at these links:
http://libertesinternets.wordpress.com/2010/02/05/chez-dailymotion-la-police-de-la-pensee-fait-le-menage/
http://www.blueman.name/Des_Videos_Remarquables.php?NumVideo=559"
News

+ - Avg Web App Scanner Misses 49% Of Vulnerabilities-> 1

Submitted by seek3r
seek3r (165710) writes "Report: Most Web Application Scanners Missed Nearly Half Of Vulnerabilities

According to a recent test of some of 6 web application security scanning products, the scanners missed an average of 49% of the vulnerabilities known to be on the test sites.

"NTOSpider found over twice as many vulnerabilities as the average competitor having a 94% accuracy rating, with Hailstorm having the second best rating of 62%, but only after extensive training by an expert. Appscan had the second best 'Point and Shoot' rating of 55% and the rest averaged 39%."

Is it any wonder that being PCI compliant is meaningless from a security point of view? You can perform a web app scan, check the box on your PCI audit and still have a security posture that is like swiss cheese on your web app!"

Link to Original Source
Idle

+ - Canadian Prime Minister loses to Onion Ring-> 2

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "On February 2nd, a group was started entitled "Can this Onion Ring get more fans than Stephen Harper?", and just a few days later, the group has almost triple as many fans as the Canadian Prime Minister. The group has over 86,000 fans at the time of this writing, and Stephen Harper has only 30,000. This is just another example of how much Canadian youth disapproves of the elected leader. My contrast, Barack Obama has over 7 million fans — over 200 the amount of Harper — when the population of the USA is approximately 10 times that of Canada. Canada also has proportionally many more Facebook users, which pushes the disparity even further."
Link to Original Source

Comment: Sorry, but you're completly missing the point (Score 3, Insightful) 150

by aleph42 (#27596457) Attached to: Academics To Predict Next Twitter and Its Pitfalls

Sorry, but you're completly missing the point.

The supermarket is a semi-private place: you show your face knowing that only a fraction of people (those that live in the same town) are present there; and if do something embarassing, an employer 10 years from now won't be able to know.

Facebook is a worldwide public place. You have to be cautious because everything you say there is on the record, for everyone to see.

So the decision to be anonymous on facebook has an entirely different meaning than the supermarket. It is far from paranoia, even more so when you think of all the new ways this information could be used ,in the future.
And of course, the thing that really matters here is politic: by setting up an anonymous account on facebook, you can lead a political life, convincing people to go to protests, or to vote or donate for a cause. It is a pretty new thing to be able to do so anonymously, and there is nothing cowardly about it when you see how scientology (for example) illegally harasses opponents.

Comment: Re:huhu (Score 1) 260

by aleph42 (#26906413) Attached to: Facebook Reverts ToS Change After User Uproar

If you want to maintain privacy, keep your life private. That's not rocket science. If you put anything personal online on public sites, obviously people are going to *gasp* know personal things about you.

Except any idiot with a camera can then put a photo of you on *his* facebook profile. So you can either live alone, or try to forbid all your friends from using ther cameras when you're around. Good luck and screw you, respectively.

Now of course this has nothing to do with this news piece, in which facebook claimed copyright on your photos, even after canceling your account.
We all know that what has been on the web can never be taken back; and people's reaction seem to be mostly an awekening to that. But still, people who signed on facebook had an expectation that facebook would be nice on that point, and they rightfully reacted to this breach of trust.

The really interesting thing here is that enough users had a reaction on a privacy issue (which is rare), and that the company acted on that reaction (rarer); which is a nice precedent. Of course in a perfect world, all such eulas should have as a standard clause that the website will not attack your privacy if it can avoid it.

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