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+ - Google's 2nd Android Developer Contest kicksoff 1

Submitted by coffeeisclassy
coffeeisclassy (991791) writes "Google's second Android Developer Contest (ADC2) has started, despite some confusion around how to submit applications. The prizes are different from the first ADC, with each category having prizes of 100k, 50k, and 25k and an overall best of 150k,50k and 25k, meaning the best Android application from ADC2 is eligible for ~250k. The rules seem to allow any application never published before August 1st to compete and is open through the end of August (so break out your keyboards!). The top prizes are certainly less than that of first ADC, but with the prizes broken down by category Google may be hoping to inspire some love for less popular categories. While some other developers are waiting to find out to submit, one developer has moved ahead and released one of there entires Pigs Can Fly Site Monitor (also on Google Market for those with Androids). So if you've been waiting for an excuse to start a new side-project, here you have it :)"
Image

Your Browser History Is Showing 174 Screenshot-sm

Posted by samzenpus
from the wasted-days-and-wasted-art dept.
tiffanydanica writes "For a lot of us our browser history is something we consider private, or at least not something we want to expose to every website we visit. Web2.0collage is showing just how easy it is (with code!) for sites to determine what sites you visit. When you visit the site it sniffs your browser history, and creates a collage of the (safe for work) sites that you visit. It is an interesting application of potentially scary technology (imagine a job application site using this to screen candidates). You can jump right into having your history sniffed if you so desire. While the collages are cool on their own merit, they also serve as an illustration of the privacy implications of browser history sniffing."
Privacy

+ - Your browser history is showing

Submitted by tiffanydanica
tiffanydanica (1347719) writes "For a lot of us our browser history is something we consider private, or at least not something we want to expose to every website we visit.Web2.0collage is showing just how easy it is (with code!)for sites to determine what sites you visit. When you visit the site it sniffs your browser history, and creates a collage of the (safe for work) sites that you visit. It is an interesting application of potentially scary technology (imagine a job application site using this to screen candidates). You can jump right into having your history sniffed if you so desire. While the collages are cool on their own merit, they also serve as an illustration of the privacy implications of browser history sniffing."
Databases

+ - Finally ... PostgreSQL 8.4-> 1

Submitted by
TheFuzzy
TheFuzzy writes "Another year, another major release. The PostgreSQL development team has finally released PostgreSQL 8.4 (and there was much rejoicing). This version contains windowing functions for the Biz Intelligence types, and recursive queries for everyone else doing a web application. Postgres has also put a lot of work into changing many of the things which made it "hard to use" in the past. Try it and see if you agree."
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Privacy

+ - Sniffing browser history for awareness & art

Submitted by tdalek
tdalek (990756) writes "web2.0collage.com uses browser history sniffing to determine what websites you visit and then creates a collage of them. While the collage is kind of nifty, it also graphically illustrates just how easy it is for people to sniff your browser history. Before you get too worried, it uses a white-list of SFW sites, so the collage will (probably) be appropriate (unless you don't want your colleagues knowing about your slashdot habits). However, just because these people play nice is no guarantee that everyone else will. Other potential benign applications including customizing bookmark-lets, but the less than benign (say advertising or even hr site) implications or troublesome. An interesting application of potentially scary technology. For slashdotters not interested in warnings or explanations, you can jump straight to the browser history sniffing"
The Internet

+ - Sniffing browser history for art

Submitted by
holdenkarau
holdenkarau writes "You may remember previous slashdot discussions on browser history sniffing, but there is a new kid in town doing something a bit different. web2.0collage.com uses similar browser history sniffing to determine what websites you visit and creates a collage of them. Before you get worried, it uses a list of "web2.0" sites, so the collage will (probably) be appropriate (unless you don't want your colleagues knowing about your slashdot habbits). An interesting application of potentially scary technology. For those wanting to skip the warning screen and go straight to the browser sniffing this should do the trick."
Microsoft

+ - Bill Gates on software, from 1989 1

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "The University of Waterloo has uploaded a talk by Bill Gates, on software, that took place there in 1989. Available here, the talk was only recently digitized and contains many predictions from someone who was already starting to become an industry leader at that time. Many are surprisingly accurate and quite relevant today."
Programming

+ - The Software Tools Business, a Microsoft View

Submitted by
holden
holden writes "Rico Mariani, an eighteen-year veteran at Microsoft, spoke to the University of Waterloo Computer Science Club, sharing his unique take on the history of, and controversies surrounding, Microsoft and the software tools industry in general. His responses in the q&a session to free software advocates is particularly interesting. The talk bas been digitized and is now available online."
Privacy

+ - Protecting Privacy by Design 2

Submitted by
holdenkarau
holdenkarau writes "Linux.com has an article on a talk entitled Privacy By Design recentlly given by Dr. Ann Cavoukian, Canada's Information and Privacy Commissioner.The talk starts of by covering the basics of privacy, and privacy law, and then moves onto the important component, how to design software that properly protects users privacy. The majourity of the time is spent on design principles, but also examines specific technologies (such as Elliptical Curve Cryptography)."
Privacy

+ - Designing software with Privacy in mind 6

Submitted by dalektcalum
dalektcalum (991772) writes "Dr. Ann Cavoukian, Canada's Information and Privacy Commissioner, recently gave a talk entitled Privacy by Design. The talk starts of by covering the basics of privacy, and privacy law, and then moves onto the important component, how to design software that properly protects users privacy. The majourity of the time is spent on design principles, but also examines specific technologies (such as Elliptical Curve Cryptography)."
Privacy

+ - Privacy By Design-> 3

Submitted by holdenkarau
holdenkarau (1130485) writes "Canadian privacy commissioner, Dr. Ann Cavoukian, recently gave a talk entitled Privacy by Design to the University of Waterloo. The focus of the talk is how to use technology to enhance and protect privacy. Some of the technologies discussed included instant messaging, RFID tags and Elliptical Curve Cryptography (ECC). Then Dr. Cavoukian explained the "7 Privacy — Embedded Laws" followed by a discussion on a biometrics solution to encryption."
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Programming

+ - Facebook opens pages to outside developers

Submitted by
prostoalex
prostoalex writes "A New York Times story and Fortune magazine article are both reporting on Facebook allowing third-party developers to create pages within the site. Developers can use a combination of Facebook API and subset of HTML to create interactive pages accessible from within Facebook. Users retain complete control over which applications they want to have installed, and which applications they want to see on other people's profile. Developers can build on top of Facebook's social grid, and in case of a popular application gain distribution through Facebook newsfeed."
Software

+ - Richard Stallman fields questions on Free Software

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "Newsforge has an article on a talk Richard Stallman recently gave titled "The Free Software Movement and GNU/Linux Operating System". Of particular interest is the open Q&A session where RMS is asked such questions as "Do you support the Creative Commons license?", and other ethical as well as practical questions.

In keeping with RMS' wishes the talk is only available in Ogg Theora and can be downloaded by http or bittorrent."
GNU is Not Unix

+ - An Overview on the Free Software Movement by RMS

Submitted by Andareed
Andareed (990785) writes "Richard M. Stallman , founder of GNU, the FSF, and the Free Software Movement discusses the past, present and future of the GPL. In particular, RMS discusses the new GPLv3 and how it applies to software patents and propriertary software. He also discusses what he sees as the future of Linux and Hurd. He attacks binary-only drivers in the linux kernel (read: NVIDIA and ATI) and insists that companies must release open-source Linux drivers or "suffer the wrath of the Free Software Movement"."

It isn't easy being the parent of a six-year-old. However, it's a pretty small price to pay for having somebody around the house who understands computers.

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