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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.
Technology

+ - 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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Ubuntu

+ - Windows 8 Catastrophe Pushed Valve To Linux ->

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sfcrazy (1542989) 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.

Microsoft

Microsoft Announces ReFS, a New Filesystem For Windows 8 459

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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."
Iphone

Sniffer Hijacks SSL Traffic From Unpatched IPhones 94

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from the patch-your-phone dept.
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."
Displays

3D Hurts Your Eyes 244

Posted by timothy
from the eat-your-vegetables dept.
sajjadG writes "After experimenting on 24 adults, a research team at the University of California, Berkeley has determined that viewing content on a stereo 3D display hurts your eyes and your brain. This can supposedly cause visual discomfort, fatigue, and headaches According to the article, 3D content viewed over a short distance (like with desktops and smartphones) is more visually uncomfortable when the stereo content is placed in front of the screen. In a movie theater, it's the opposite: Stereo content that is placed behind the screen causes more discomfort than scenes that jump out at you. With the explosion of 3D-capable gadgetry such as televisions and mobile phones, understanding just what this kind of technology is doing to our bodies may help us better use it in the future. The only problem is that technology tends to far outpace research, and until we get a better handle on its effects, we're more or less walking blindly into a 3D world."

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