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Comment: Re:Checks and balances (Score 1) 185

by bflynn (#21434429) Attached to: California Sues E-Voting Vendor ES&S
Not necessarily. Part of the question lies in what constitutes the "voting system". ESS obviously considered the voting system to lie in the functional operation. Somebody in the state government considered it otherwise (or saw a chance to make some hay).

Regardless, the courts will sort it out and say who is wrong and right. An interesting estoppel argument for ESS is that this machine was clearly labled differently. If they explained the change and the counties bought the machines anyway, the state could be stopped from claiming any damages since the voting officials in the counties didn't believe it was a change to the voting system either.
The Internet

+ - Al Qaeda declares Cyber Jihad on the West->

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes: In a special Internet announcement in Arabic, picked up DEBKAfile's counter-terror sources, Osama bin Laden's followers announced Monday, Oct. 29, the launching of Electronic Jihad. On Sunday, Nov. 11, al Qaeda's electronic experts will start attacking Western, Jewish, Israeli, Muslim apostate and Shiite Web sites. On Day One, they will test their skills against 15 targeted sites expand the operation from day to day thereafter until hundreds of thousands of Islamist hackers are in action against untold numbers of anti-Muslim sites. http://debka.com/headline.php?hid=4723
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Media (Apple)

+ - Steve Jobs Announces SDK for iPhone and iPod Touch

Submitted by
gunny01
gunny01 writes: "Steve Jobs has announced on Apple's Top Stories that Apple will be releasing an SDK for the iPhone and the iPod Touch in February:

Let me just say it: We want native third party applications on the iPhone, and we plan to have an SDK in developers' hands in February. We are excited about creating a vibrant third party developer community around the iPhone and enabling hundreds of new applications for our users. With our revolutionary multi-touch interface, powerful hardware and advanced software architecture, we believe we have created the best mobile platform ever for developers.

It will take until February to release an SDK because we're trying to do two diametrically opposed things at once — provide an advanced and open platform to developers while at the same time protect iPhone users from viruses, malware, privacy attacks, etc. This is no easy task. Some claim that viruses and malware are not a problem on mobile phones — this is simply not true. There have been serious viruses on other mobile phones already, including some that silently spread from phone to phone over the cell network. As our phones become more powerful, these malicious programs will become more dangerous. And since the iPhone is the most advanced phone ever, it will be a highly visible target.

Some companies are already taking action. Nokia, for example, is not allowing any applications to be loaded onto some of their newest phones unless they have a digital signature that can be traced back to a known developer. While this makes such a phone less than "totally open," we believe it is a step in the right direction. We are working on an advanced system which will offer developers broad access to natively program the iPhone's amazing software platform while at the same time protecting users from malicious programs.

We think a few months of patience now will be rewarded by many years of great third party applications running on safe and reliable iPhones.

Steve

P.S.: The SDK will also allow developers to create applications for iPod touch.
It'll be interesting to see how this works out. And especially since this throws open the door for features such as VOIP on the iPhone and Mail and other iPhone apps missing on the Touch."
The Internet

+ - House Votes to renew Internet Tax Ban->

Submitted by Talen317
Talen317 writes: Even though more than a majority of House members (238) co-signed the bill to make the moratorium permanent, Democratic leaders refused to bring the matter to a vote.

"Rep. Lamar Smith, R-Texas, said a permanent ban would ensure that businesses would continue to invest in the Internet and keep access affordable for users. He charged that by limiting the House to consideration of a temporary extension, Democratic leaders "want to leave the door open to taxing the Internet in the future.""

http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20071016/ap_on_hi_te/internet_taxes_4

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Space

+ - Wally Schirra, Dead at 84

Submitted by
Jivecat
Jivecat writes: "Veteran astronaut Walter M. Schirra Jr., the only man to fly in the Mercury, Gemini, and Apollo programs, has died of a heart attack in a La Jolla, California, hospital. (NASA press release, AP wire) Along with commanding three spaceflights, Wally was known for his wit and levity, including having coined the term "Constellation Urion" for the glittering cloud of ice that developed around the spacecraft following on-orbit urine dumps."
Music

+ - RIAA Backs Down Again in Chicago

Submitted by
NewYorkCountryLawyer
NewYorkCountryLawyer writes: "The RIAA seems to have a problem making things stick in the Windy City. It has once again backed down in BMG v. Thao, after suing a misidentified defendant. Same thing occurred last October in Elektra v. Wilke. In the Thao case, the RIAA based its case on information that the cable modem used to partake in file sharing was registered to Mr. Thao. However, it turned out that Mr. Thao was not even a subscriber (pdf) of the ISP (pdf) at the time of the alleged file-sharing, and therefore did not have possession of the suspect cable modem at that time."

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