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Comment: Re:Transparency is supported. Pronounciation? (Score 1) 377

by bigalzzz (#48571181) Attached to: Bellard Creates New Image Format To Replace JPEG
24bit PNGs compress much worse. It really is an issue for the web, images form the majority of the payload for most websites, and whilst people on /. might be use to several Mb/s broadband the reality is many people don't have that. Even in the UK mobile speeds are very low outside of cities. And when you compare evena jpg at fairly high quality to a 24bit PNG there's no practical difference visually so there's just no reason to clog up the web with PNGs. Obviously I'm just referring to photos - PNGs are great for logos/icons/etc.

Comment: Re:Another way to get cheap labour (Score 1) 110

by bigalzzz (#48473453) Attached to: UK Announces Hybrid Work/Study Undergraduate Program To Fill Digital Gap
I'm not saying that understanding why you should do things isn't important, it is. But what I am saying is that a graduate should be able to come out of a course with skills that they can directly apply as well as understanding why to use them. And I'm not talking about the latest fads, but given that university curriculums normally take 2 years to get approval, and if it's a second year course you're looking at another two years to graduation, this means people are already four years out of date when they graduate. Four years will encompass massive shifts like responsive design, rather than javascript flavour of the month.

Comment: Re:Another way to get cheap labour (Score 3, Insightful) 110

by bigalzzz (#48472987) Attached to: UK Announces Hybrid Work/Study Undergraduate Program To Fill Digital Gap
It's also about people learning useful skills. Lots of universities are teaching web design using dreamweaver! The university curriculums are too slow to reflect the latest tech in an industry that changes completely every year. It might not be the perfect solution with regards to pay, but it's certainly a step towards graduates coming out of uni with useful skills.

Comment: Re:Also ban cars (Score 1) 183

by bigalzzz (#48458601) Attached to: Cameron Accuses Internet Companies Of Giving Terrorists Safe Haven
The slippery slope may sometimes be a fallacy but the reality is it happens regularly, look at RIPA - legislation brought in to tackle serious crime thatended up being used by councils to watch people walking dogs to see if they let them poop on the pavement.Or the NSA employees who were spying on their exes using the NSAs vast reserves of data they used to spy on people.

Comment: Re:A good idea, but... (Score 1) 210

You're right the university professor isn't the right guy, and good spot on the British English! Try adding salisbury or wiltshire to that search. But to be honest you will still get a lot of results, even using terms like -film -university etc I still have loads of results that have not been delisted by google, the chances of us working out which ones have changed is pretty remote. I think we can let that go given the time that has passed! Just don't waste any more tea please...

Comment: Re:A good idea, but... (Score 1) 210

Perhaps, but I can easily see situations where people do stupid stuff like getting drunk and making fools of themselves, but not causing harm to others. These are the sort of situations where I feel it's reasonable to censor their own search results. But where someone's actions have impacted on other people, especially where they've caused harm they should not be allowed to remove them.

Comment: A good idea, but... (Score 5, Interesting) 210

Whilst it's a good idea for most people to be able to hide some embarrassing stuff about them, sadly it can be used to hide information that should be public. For example I know of someone who owes me a considerable amount of money, and several others. He deliberately ran up the debt with no intention of paying. Whilst trying to find information about him the other day Google showed that it has hidden a results because of the right to be forgotten. I know that he's done this so he can get out there and con more people with less chance of being found.

+ - Iranian Hackers Targeted US Officials via Social Media->

Submitted by wiredmikey
wiredmikey (1824622) writes "Iranian threat actors, using more than a dozen fake personas on popular social networking sites, have been running a wide-spanning cyber espionage operation since 2011, according to a new report. The recently uncovered activity, which iSIGHT Partners calls NEWSCASTER, was a “brazen, complex multi-year cyber-espionage that used a low-tech approach to avoid traditional security defenses–exploiting social media and people who are often the ‘weakest link’ in the security chain.”

Using the fake personas, including at least two (falsified) legitimate identities from leading news organizations, and young, attractive women, the attackers were supported by a fictitious news organization and were successful in connecting or victimizing over 2,000 individuals.

Working undetected since 2011, targets included senior U.S. military and diplomatic personnel, congressional personnel, Washington D.C. area journalists, U.S. think tanks, defense contractors in the U.S. and Israel. “Largely this campaign was about credential harvesting and recon,” Stephen Ward of iSIGHT Partners, told SecurityWeek.

The report from iSIGHT Partners, which has not been publicly released, comes roughly two weeks after a report from FireEye, which suggested that Iranian attackers’ methodologies have “grown more consistent with other advanced persistent threat (APT) actors in and around Iran" following cyber attacks against Iran in the late 2000s."

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+ - OpenSSL to Undergo Security Audit, Gets Cash for 2 Developers

Submitted by Trailrunner7
Trailrunner7 (1100399) writes "Scarcely a month after announcing the formation of a group designed to help fund open source projects, the Core Infrastructure Initiative has decided to provide the OpenSSL Project with enough money to hire two full-time developers and also will fund an audit of OpenSSL by the Open Crypto Audit Project.

The CII is backed by a who’s who of tech companies, including Google, Microsoft, IBM, the Linux Foundation, Facebook and Amazon, and the group added a number of new members this week, as well. Adobe, Bloomberg, HP Huawei and have joined the CII and will provide financial backing.

Now, the OCAP team, which includes Johns Hopkins professor and cryptographer Matthew Green, will have the money to fund an audit of OpenSSL, as well. OpenSSL took a major hit earlier this year with the revelation of the Heartbleed vulnerability, which sent the Internet into a panic, as the software runs on more than 60 percent of SSL-protected sites."

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