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Comment: Re:Does anyone beiieve this number? (Score 1) 175

by dueyfinster (#30765384) Attached to: Only 27% of Organizations Use Encryption
Same here. I worked for a large public sector health company in Europe. After a few data breaches at Energy companies and Banks, it was a ticking timebomb for management. Every new laptop is encrypted being handed to the user and a big effort is underway to get the older ones. Old laptops which can't handle encryption are being replaced, all for 100,000+ employee organization.
Graphics

Moonlight 1.0 Brings Silverlight Content To Linux 346

Posted by timothy
from the cue-the-brouhaha dept.
An anonymous reader writes "Novell has unveiled some of the fruits of its technical collaboration with Microsoft in the form of Moonlight 1.0, a Firefox plug-in which will allow Linux users to access Microsoft Silverlight content. Officially created by the Mono project, it is available for all Linux distributions, including openSUSE, SUSE Linux Enterprise, Fedora, Red Hat and Ubuntu. Also included in Moonlight is the Windows Media pack, with support for Windows Media Video, Windows Media Audio and MP3 files."
Music

+ - Largest Irish ISP: piracy 'good for rock stars'->

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dueyfinster
dueyfinster writes "Although recent news indicates the RIAA may be winding down legal actions against file-sharers; RIAA's conterparts around the World have continued legal action: IRMO (Irish Music Rights Organisation) whose members include Warner, Sony, EMI and Universal are suing Ireland's largest ISP Eircom. They have uncovered emails by the ISP relating to a meeting about Piracy in 2001:

"We need to reach a decision on how we are going to handle this," the email said. "PS 'piracy' is a loaded term. Could we say 'sharing'- 'piracy' implies there's something wrong with it. Think of it as helping the health and good living of rich cocaine sniffing rock stars by leaving them with less free money to spend on sex and drugs."

IMRO's prosecution is relying on European laws and the Irish Constition which both having 'right to property' laws; while Eircom is claiming common carrier status. Unfortunately for Eircom their is no provision for this in either Irish or European law (unlike the DMCA); as the recent three strikes law in France shows. IMRO says it loses € 13.8 m annually; which at 40% (Eircoms broadband market share) it claims makes Eircom liable for between € 4 and € 5 million annually. If nothing else it will be interesting to see how the 'Hookers and Blow' argument flies; a decision is expected in 4 weeks time."
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Security

CCC Create a Rogue CA Certificate 300

Posted by CmdrTaco
from the they-even-faked-this-dept dept.
t3rmin4t0r writes "Just when you were breathing easy about Kaminsky, DNS and the word hijacking, by repeating the word SSL in your head, the hackers at CCC were busy at work making a hash of SSL certificate security. Here's the scoop on how they set up their own rogue CA, by (from what I can figure) reversing the hash and engineering a collision up in MD5 space. Until now, MD5 collisions have been ignored because nobody would put in that much effort to create a useful dummy file, but a CA certificate for phishing seems juicy enough to be fodder for the botnets now."
The Almighty Buck

Why a Music Tax Is a Bad Idea 194

Posted by timothy
from the let-me-count-the-ways dept.
An anonymous reader writes with a followup to the story posted last week about Warner Music's plan for a music tax for universities. "There's been some debate about this plan and Techdirt has a detailed explanation of why a music tax is a bad idea, noting that it effectively rewards those who failed in the marketplace, punishes those who innovated and sets up a huge, inefficient and unnecessary bureaucracy. Meanwhile, plenty of musicians who are experimenting with new business models are finding that they can make more money and appeal to more fans. So, why stymie that process with a new bureaucracy that simply funds the big record labels?"
Education

Improving Wikipedia Coverage of Computer Science 186

Posted by kdawson
from the accused-of-original-research dept.
Pickens writes "MIT computer scientist Scott Aaronson has an interesting post on how to improve Wikipedia's coverage of theoretical computer science. Aaronson writes what while Wikpedia will never be an ideal venue for academics because 'we're used to (1) putting our names on our stuff, (2) editorializing pretty freely, (3) using "original research" as a compliment and not an accusation, and (4) not having our prose rewritten or deleted by people calling themselves Duduyat, Raul654, and Prokonsul Piotrus,' he identifies twenty basic research areas and terms in theoretical computer science that are not defined on Wikipedia, and invites readers to write some articles about them. Article suggestions include property testing, algorithmic game theory, derandomization, sketching algorithms, propositional proof complexity, arithmetic circuit complexity, discrete harmonic analysis, streaming algorithms, and hardness of approximation. One commenter suggests that professors should encourage students to improve the Wikipedia articles about topics they are studying. 'This will help them understand the topic and at the same time improve Wikipedia.'"
Education

+ - What makes a good computer society?

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dueyfinster
dueyfinster writes "My college is holding elections for all the positions of the Student Union; and it looks as if I can get chairperson of the Computer Society. At the moment we have a very poor society (admitted to me by the current outgoing Chairperson), with Games the only thing gluing the society together (Call of Duty). Problems we face include lack of funding (any we get needs to have equivalent sponsorship first), low member count. The College has told us that if we get more people away from Games that we will receive more money (but will lose vast amounts of members if we do), doubly so if we can raise money for charity and get our college good PR. So my question for slashdotters is this: What makes a Computer Society worthwhile and one you would want to be part of?"
XBox (Games)

Xbox DRM and the Red Ring of Death 147

Posted by Zonk
from the bum-bum-bum dept.
manekineko2 writes "In the latest case warning of the perils of investing in DRM'd media, an owner of an Xbox 360 reports that after his Xbox suffered the infamous Red Ring of Death, it was replaced by a new system with a different serial number. Upon receiving his replacement, he found that he could only access the media he had purchased from a specific account. He also received the run-around for months from customer service before his case was escalated, only to be informed that there is no ETA for a resolution, there is no way to receive status updates on the process, and there is no compensation that will be granted. Given claims that the Xbox 360 defect rate is as high as 1 in 3, has anyone on Slashdot gone through this as well after getting their system exchanged?" Update: 02/14 17:11 GMT by Z : An emailing user noted that the original summary was not very accurate; rephrased to be more in-line with the situation.
Censorship

+ - Yahoo caught censoring Open Source-> 5

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An anonymous reader writes "Amanda Kerik responded to a problem that a user was having with their Windows machine that since they had to do a re-install they might as well install Ubuntu Linux.

She got a message back from Yahoo claiming that such a comment was in violation of its Community Guidelines or Terms of Service. It deleted her answer and warned her not to post anything like that again .."

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Power

A New Way To Make Water, And Fuel Cells 107

Posted by Zonk
from the it's-in-the-drinking-water dept.
Roland Piquepaille writes "You probably know that it is easy to combine hydrogen and oxygen to make water. After all, this chemical reaction is known for more than two centuries. But now, researchers at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (UIUC) have discovered a new way to make water. As states the UIUC report, 'not only can they make water from unlikely starting materials, such as alcohols, their work could also lead to better catalysts and less expensive fuel cells.' But be warned: don't read the technical paper itself. It could win an obfuscated contest — if such a contest existed for scientific papers." Yet another advance in fuel cell technology; we discussed a different one just the other day.
Patents

+ - Microsoft Awarded Voice Recognition Patent->

Submitted by
dueyfinster
dueyfinster writes "Microsoft has been issued with a patent for software that recognises the voice of a caller based on its tone. The patent was awarded to Microsoft developer Andrei Pascovici on Tuesday, and works by analysing the tone of the voice and comparing it to a database of existing recordings to identify the caller.

"A voice input is received from the caller, and the characteristics are applied to a plurality of acoustic models, which includes a generic acoustic model and acoustic models of any previously identified callers, to obtain a plurality of respective acoustic scores."
Is this yet another example of abuse of the patent system with 'obvious' and trivial developments being patented for no good reason?"

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Privacy

+ - Eavesdropping O.K. says Committee

Submitted by
ShoeUnited
ShoeUnited writes "I was reading today in the AP about an article that says it is ok for Pres. Bush to use electronic eavesdropping.

To quote the article:
"A White House privacy board has determined that two of the Bush administration's controversial surveillance programs do not violate citizens' civil liberties. After operating mostly in secret for a year, the five-member Privacy and Civil Liberties Board is to release its first report to Congress next week.""

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