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Submission + - diaspora* version released (diasporafoundation.org) 1

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.

Submission + - DARPA Director Calls for Change in Tech Industry | Intel Free Press (intelfreepress.com)

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."

Submission + - OpenBSD's de Raadt slams Red Hat, Canonical over 'secure' boot (itwire.com)

An anonymous reader writes: OpenBSD founder Theo de Raadt has slammed Red Hat and Canonical for the way they have reacted to Microsoft's introduction of "secure" boot along with Windows 8, describing both companies as wanting to be the new Microsoft.

Submission + - Windows 8 Catastrophe Pushed Valve To Linux (muktware.com)

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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Submission + - Microsoft is doing its own glasses like Google - Kinect Glasses (theverge.com)

An anonymous reader writes: A 56-page leaked document details Microsoft's plans to build a Project Glass competitor. Kinect Glasses is marked as a 2014 project designed to connect to a future Xbox 720 console. The document also includes potential pricing for the next Xbox — $299 with a Kinect 2.

Comment Not all ISPs are for-profit/big enterprises (Score 1) 110

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

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

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.


Microsoft Announces ReFS, a New Filesystem For Windows 8 459

bonch writes "Microsoft has shared details about its new filesystem called ReFS, which stands for Resilient File System. Codenamed 'Protogon,' ReFS will first appear as the storage system for Windows Server and later be offered to Windows clients. Microsoft plans to deprecate lesser-used NTFS features while maintaining 'a high degree of compatibility' for most uses. NTFS has been criticized in the past for its inelegant architecture."

Sniffer Hijacks SSL Traffic From Unpatched IPhones 94

CWmike writes "Almost anyone can snoop the secure data traffic of unpatched iPhones and iPads using a recently-revised nine-year-old tool, a researcher said as he urged owners to apply Apple's latest iOS fix. If iOS devices aren't patched, attackers can easily intercept and decrypt secure traffic — the kind guarded by SSL, which is used by banks, e-tailers and other sites — at a public Wi-Fi hotspot, said Chet Wisniewski, a security researcher with Sophos. 'This is a nine-year-old bug that Moxie Marlinspike disclosed in 2002,' Wisniewski told Computerworld on Wednesday. On Monday, Marlinspike released an easier-to-use revision of his long-available 'sslsniff' traffic sniffing tool. 'My mother could actually use this,' he said."

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