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Comment: The markets will now force the opposite (Score 2) 126

by davecb (#48941131) Attached to: Tech Companies Worried Over China's New Rules For Selling To Banks

Libraries and library systems are a major, long-term target of the security services and politicians. Those guys want to know if you read "Steal This Book", or in an older age, "Lady Chatterly's Lover", so they can blackmail you. The library community soon learned that it was smart to meet the most stringent privacy standards set by law. After all, you also can't afford to cheese off Germany and the EU and get tossed out of their market.

Countries who would prefer to have back-doors have a hard time making a case for them, as they don't want be seen publicly trying to convince a company to break a good law.

The same logic applied to all software: China has just encouraged all countries to demand open or at least auditable source, and builds that can be proven to be from those sources, so customers can be sure that the backdoors aren't in.

Smart customers will insists on open source, so they can check themselves.

Comment: Re:Encryption chips? Broken! (Score 1) 368

by davecb (#48931743) Attached to: Why ATM Bombs May Be Coming Soon To the United States

Chip and pin has been broken in Europe since soon after it was introduced: see https://www.lightbluetouchpape...

The US is looking at chip-and-signature, which is safer for the customer , who go screwed by UK banks claiming that chip and pin was perfect, therefor any losses were the customer's fault.

Courtesy of Ross Anderson, one of the serious researchers in the sucurity world.

Comment: When did CSE become "the bad guys"? (Score 1) 103

by davecb (#48930863) Attached to: Snowden Documents: CSE Tracks Millions of Downloads Daily

My libertarian friend Max and I dealt with CSE in the early 1980s, before the election of Mr. Mulroney's Progressive Conservatives. They were a small group, very interested in the security of PC-class machines (this was the 286 era), and especially of machines sold to External Affairs and other customers who might be the subject of spying by foreign intelligence services.

At the time, TEMPEST was a huge concern, and they helped Max measure the emissions from his machines, and advised us on many other confidentiality concerns. This was understandable: we built ruggedized machines that External Affairs used in embassies around the world!

Looking at what they were concerned about, it was pretty obvious at that time that they didn't think we were living in a panopticon: the big bugbear was insiders, and they wanted to see the Orange Book used everywhere (:-))

Therefor: the rot started no earlier than Mr Mulroney's election in 1984, and probably much later. The budget is probably the best indicator. It was small and static until 2001, then doubled and redoubled in Mr Harper's era, from 2006 onwards.

+ - NASA is testing an autonomous Martian helicopter->

Submitted by SternisheFan
SternisheFan (2529412) writes "The Verge: Drones are everywhere these days. They're under Christmas trees. They're at the X-Games. They're even in Congress. And if NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory has its way, they could be headed to Mars next in the form of the Mars Helicopter.

Rover teams still have a tough time with the Martian surface even though they're flush with terrestrial data. The alien surface is uneven, and ridges and valleys make navigating the terrain difficult. The newest solution proposed by JPL is the Mars Helicopter, an autonomous drone that could "triple the distances that Mars rovers can drive in a Martian day," according to NASA. The helicopter would fly ahead of a rover when its view is blocked and send Earth-bound engineers the right data to plan the rover's route."

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+ - Americans Support Mandatory Labeling of Food That Contains DNA

Submitted by (3830033) writes "Jennifer Abel writes at the LA times that according to a recent survey over 80% of Americans says they support “mandatory labels on foods containing DNA,” roughly the same number that support the mandatory labeling of GMO foods “produced with genetic engineering.” Ilya Somin, writing about the survey at the Washington Post, suggested that a mandatory label for foods containing DNA might sound like this: "WARNING: This product contains deoxyribonucleic acid (DNA). The Surgeon General has determined that DNA is linked to a variety of diseases in both animals and humans. In some configurations, it is a risk factor for cancer and heart disease. Pregnant women are at very high risk of passing on DNA to their children."

The report echoes a well-known joke/prank wherein people discuss the dangers of the chemical “dihydrogen monoxide" also known as hydrogen oxide and hydrogen hydroxide. Search online for information about dihydrogen monoxide, and you'll find a long list of scary-sounding and absolutely true warnings about it: the nuclear power industry uses enormous quantities of it every year. Dihydrogen monoxide is used in the production of many highly toxic pesticides, and chemical weapons banned by the Geneva Conventions. Dihydrogen monoxide is found in all tumors removed from cancer patients, and is guaranteed fatal to humans in large quantities and even small quantities can kill you, if it enters your respiratory system. In 2006, in Louisville, Kentucky, David Karem, executive director of the Waterfront Development Corporation, a public body that operates Waterfront Park, wished to deter bathers from using a large public fountain. "Counting on a lack of understanding about water's chemical makeup," he arranged for signs reading: "DANGER! – WATER CONTAINS HIGH LEVELS OF HYDROGEN – KEEP OUT" to be posted on the fountain at public expense"

+ - What does a person use for a three button mouse these days? 2

Submitted by guises
guises (2423402) writes "Ever since mouse wheels were introduced the middle mouse button has been sidelined to an inadequate click-wheel function, or in some cases ditched altogether. This has never sat well with me, a proper middle button is invaluable for pasting, games, and navigation. More than that, my hand categorically rejects two button mice — the dangling ring finger causes me genuine physical discomfort. I have begged Logitech on multiple occasions to make just one, among their many screwy specialty mice, to replace the Mouseman which I loved so dearly. I thought for a moment that I had been answered with the g600, only to find that they had put the right mouse button in the middle.

So my question to Slashdot is: where does a person turn for a three button mouse these days? I've only found two, both ergonomic and priced accordingly. I use the Contour and like the shape and wheel position, but would love to find something wireless and with a higher DPI sensor."

+ - The end of Public Domain 1

Submitted by eporue
eporue (886151) writes "Since I uploaded the public domain movie The night of the living dead to YouTube I got 18 different complaints of copyright infrigment on it.
Actually, I have a channel of Public Domain movies in which monetization has been disabled "due to repeated community guidelines and/or copyright issues".
The problem is that 99% of the complaints are false, they are from companies that have no rights over the movies but by issuing millions of take downs, manage to control a good number of videos in YouTube.
Is there any way to fight back ? Is there a way to "probe" public domain ?"

+ - When the argument between science and industry was over ozone->

Submitted by Lasrick
Lasrick (2629253) writes "Thanks to the world’s first global environmental treaty, the ozone hole over the Antarctic has stopped growing. Yet for about a decade after Mario Molina and Sherwood Rowland published their 1974 journal article describing the chemical link between CFCs and stratospheric ozone, the fate of the Montreal Protocol on Substances that Deplete the Ozone Layer was far from certain, right up to the moment when the Antarctic ozone hole was reported by Joseph Farman and his colleagues in 1985. The similarities to today's climate "debate" are depressing, as the pattern of acceptance, inaction, and the public trashing of scientists is the same: 'The vast majority of scientists who study the problem say that the weight of evidence shows that human activities are driving climate change. A few contrarians, businesses, and political and media pundits say otherwise. The majority of the public is confused by the conflicting messages and has low interest. The greenhouse gas producers, their lobbyists, and the governments that control their energy sectors are stalling, saying that the science is too unsettled and more proof is needed that humans are responsible. At the same time, corporations are examining new technologies and trying to find ways to achieve a competitive advantage and profits." All of this played out over 30 years ago, when ozone was the issue and human-created CFCs were the problem."
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+ - AMA from Jason Pyeron @ CipherShed (a TrueCrypt fork)->

Submitted by jpyeron
jpyeron (456009) writes "In 2014, in response to the discontinuation of the TrueCrypt project, I joined a group of developers to pick up the torch. Our fork is called CipherShed, and our goals are to revive the TrueCrypt codebase, close its many security holes, and transition it to an OSI approved license.

I joined this project because the existing enterprise Full Disk Encryption products are terrible and untrustworthy; I never again want to hear on the news that peoplesâ(TM) information was compromised because of a stolen laptop.

There are many in the community, including my peers at CipherShed, that canâ(TM)t afford me their trust because my 20-year programming career happens to have included several stints of U.S. government work.

I understand the need for this healthy skepticism, especially in today's climate of nation-sponsored hacking and heads of state spouting anti-digital-rights rhetoric, and so I want to take this opportunity to engage with /r/netsec and the broader crypto community and answer any questions you may have about my background, the CipherShed project in general, CipherShed source code, or anything else you'd like to upvote."

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+ - Bidding war between networks, sports leagues will increase price of cable TV->

Submitted by Trachman
Trachman (3499895) writes "It appears that the cable tv bill is guaranteed to be a victim of inflation. According to the Washington Post article, ESPN and TNT have signed a new $2.6 billion annual contract to carry National Basketball Association games. All of it will have to be paid by cable subscribers. Let's do a simple math here: let's assume there is a 100 Million households in USA who have cable service, which amounts to $260 of costs, per year, attributable to each subscriber, or approx $22 per month. Of course, some of the expenses are reimbursed by advertisers, but the amount is staggering.

The word is that such a record amount will increase monthly bill? Or perhaps more people will be encourage to disconnect "zombie box""

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+ - White House Deputizes Zuck's Tech Billionaire PAC to Implement Executive Action

Submitted by theodp
theodp (442580) writes "On Friday, the White House announced steps it would be taking to implement the President's Executive action on immigration in cities across the country, which includes turning to Mark Zuckerberg's tech billionaire-backed PAC to help the nation's mayors get it done. "Cities have taken significant steps to defend and prepare for the implementation of the President's executive actions on immigration," reads the White House Fact Sheet, "which will strengthen border security, hold potentially millions of undocumented immigrants accountable, and boost wages and our economy. Cities United for Immigration Action (CUIA) and Cities for Citizenship are two initiatives helping to organize mayors to partner with business, faith, and law enforcement officials; and host information sessions. Over the next few weeks, in partnership with the National Immigration Forum,, and CUIA, mayors will host over 14 informational sessions in cities across the country including Phoenix, AZ, Boston, MA and Austin, TX." The White House announcement comes just days after Senator Jeff Sessions, who blasted "Master of the Universe" Zuckerberg over immigration last fall, was named to Chair the Senate Panel on Immigration."

+ - Government and Insurance Mosquito Drones Will Extract Your DNA->

Submitted by schwit1
schwit1 (797399) writes "Harvard Professor Margo Seltzer warned that miniature mosquito drones will one day forcibly extract your DNA on behalf of the government and insurance companies as she told elitists at the World Economic Forum in Davos that privacy was dead.

Seltzer went on to predict that in the near future, mosquito-sized robots would perpetually monitor individuals as well as collecting DNA and biometric information for governments and corporations.

“It’s not whether this is going to happen, it’s already happening,” said Seltzer on the issue of pervasive surveillance. “We live in a surveillance state today.”"

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+ - Government Recommends Cars With Smarter Brakes

Submitted by mrspoonsi
mrspoonsi (2955715) writes "The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration is adding crash imminent braking and dynamic braking support to its list of recommended advanced safety features for new cars. The former uses sensors to activate the brakes if a crash is imminent and the driver already hasn't. Dynamic braking support, on the other hand, increases stopping power if you haven't put enough pressure on the brake pedal. Like lane-departure and front collision warning systems, these features are available on some models already — this move gives them high-profile attention, though. And for good reason: As the NHSTA tells it, a third of 2013's police-reported car accidents were the rear-end crashes and a "large number" of the drivers either didn't apply the brakes at all (what?!) or fully before impact. Like"

+ - Illinois Is Not Actually Requiring Students To Hand Over Their Facebook Password->

Submitted by oritoes
oritoes (3991429) writes "A story is circulating around the internet that a new Illinois anti-cyberbullying law has a provision requiring students to hand over their Facebook and other social media accounts to school officials on demand.

The ACLU and the state legislator who wrote the bill both say this is wrong."

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