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+ - diaspora* version released-> 1

Submitted by jaywink
jaywink writes: A new diaspora* version is out. It includes a lot of pages ported to Bootstrap, many bug fixes and small enhancements. Also included is a Terms of Service -feature for podmins. Diaspora* is an open source social networking server that joins all running pods into one big decentralized social network.
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Comment: Re: Boycott VISA MASTERCARD. Start using BITCOIN. (Score 1) 353

by awehttam (#44185291) Attached to: MasterCard and Visa Start Banning VPN Providers
No single government can control it? I don't know if the 51% attack is really a problem, but what's to stop the us government from mining bit coin! The NSA has plenty of super computing power don't they? ;) Bitcoin is auto taxing too. Miners collect fees from blocks they solve.

+ - DARPA Director Calls for Change in Tech Industry | Intel Free Press->

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kenekaplan writes: "The man who oversees information innovation at the Defense Advance Research Projects Agency took to the stage in Silicon Valley and implored technology researchers to bring the world to a new era of wonder by focusing on making things and actually publish their failures."
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+ - Windows 8 Catastrophe Pushed Valve To Linux ->

Submitted by sfcrazy
sfcrazy writes: Gabe Newell, Valve co-founder and Managing Director, doesn't hold very high opinion of Microsoft's Windows 8. He calls it "a catastrophe for everyone in the PC space" during a videogame conference Casual Connect in Seattle. Linux distribution Ubuntu's popularity and young user base may actually help these companies in finding the right audience they are looking for. Canonical, the company behind Ubuntu, is also working on enhancing the user experience by introducing technologies like HUD and Web Apps.
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Comment: Not all ISPs are for-profit/big enterprises (Score 1) 110

by awehttam (#39393573) Attached to: Canadian Police Recommend Online Spying Tax For Internet Bills
A lot of them are non-profit Society's with barely enough margins to pay their operating costs. We're talking volunteer boards here. This is particularly true in rural areas where there's no business case to justify big ISPs putting in infrastructure. Another thing - C-30 defines a telecommunication service provider as *everyone* including individuals who are not principally using it for their own household use. Who's going to reimburse Joe Average for their costs to comply with this legislation if they decide to provide the public with free Internet, ala: linksys?

Comment: Re:Misleading Headline (Score 1) 140

by awehttam (#39315767) Attached to: US Government Withdraws IANA Contract From ICANN
It also says that no one else met the requirements. If ICANN is in the same boat as everyone else, either everyone isn't on the same page as the NTIA or the NTIA is on the wrong page as everyone else. Sensationalistic headline - perhaps there's some cause for concern about a less transparent organization (like the ITU) replacing ICANN but I don't see how this means ICANN has somehow failed to meet up to "community standards" given that the rest of the global community "failed" too. Not that I've read the RFP or responses..

Comment: Re:I'm not sure what the big deal is. (Score 1) 239

by awehttam (#38933157) Attached to: Canada's Massive Public Traffic Surveillance System
Which is sort of funny - since ICBC stated the Vancouver Police would require court orders to use ICBC's facial recognition on pictures of the Stanley Cup Rioters.

Not that it matters - since ICBC has the responsibility of ensuring we have safe drivers, both through their issuance of BC Drivers Licenses and vehicle Insurance.

What really gets me is the lack of transparency and due diligence in informing the public of how they are sharing our information and what technology they are using on our public infrastructures. I would have though the legislation and regulations that govern how public bodies store, utilize and share personal information would require ICBC to inform drivers that ICBC would be providing 'identifying information' to third party agencies/organizations. I don't remember seeing such a statement the last time I renewed my insurance.

I'm not surprised the RCMP took a while to cough up any documentation. They have their compartmentalized units and unique policies from division to division.

As an aside - how about the traffic cameras that have popped up everywhere. Pretty much every major intersection has a wireless or fibre connected camera for live monitoring. Who knows what's attached to that.


+ - Google's Secret Class System 4

Submitted by theodp
theodp writes: Back in 2005, a Slashdot commenter pointed out some prior art for Microsoft's badge color-based 'caste' system — Nazi concentration camp badges. Now, Google is taking heat as a terminated Google contractor shines a spotlight on Google's badge color-based 'class' system. According to Andrew Norman Wilson, full-time Googlers sport White Badges, interns are given Green Badges, and contractors wear Red Badges. But what really intrigued Wilson — and ultimately cost him his job — were the ScanOps workers with Yellow Badges who toiled for Google Book Search in Building 3.1459. 'The workers wearing yellow badges,' writes Wilson, 'are not allowed any of the privileges that I was allowed — ride the Google bikes, take the Google luxury limo shuttles home, eat free gourmet Google meals, attend Authors@Google talks and receive free, signed copies of the author's books, or set foot anywhere else on campus except for the building they work in. They also are not given backpacks, mobile devices, thumb drives, or any chance for social interaction with any other Google employees. Most Google employees don’t know about the yellow badge class.' Time for someone to update the official Google Books History?

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