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+ - 'NSA-Proof' Email Service 1

Submitted by Presto Vivace
Presto Vivace (882157) writes "Harvard and MIT Students Launch ‘NSA-Proof’ Email Service

The new email platform is called ProtonMail, BostInno reports. The service’s five brainy founders met while working at the European Organization for Nuclear Research (CERN) in Switzerland. They bonded over a shared desire to build an email service even more secure than Lavabit, Mr. Snowden’s now-defunct email service of choice.

They have incorporated in Switzerland."

Comment: Re:No, the US has too much freedom for Apple. (Score 1) 1303

by gum2me (#38787883) Attached to: How the US Lost Out On iPhone Work
You're missing the bigger picture. China is providing loans to these companies for them to go out and get these types of contracts. In effect, China uses WTO rules to get tariff free access to our markets, and then hollow out our manufacturing base by subsidizing competitors.

So yes, Owners of businesses are taking risks that employees don't have to, and they should have the right to pick the most cost-effective suppliers. But we should draw the line at competitors who are trying to cheat the system to gain an upper-hand.

+ - US State Dept. confirms no legal basis in Anwar al-> 1

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "“It’s interesting,” State Department spokeswoman Victoria Nuland said at Friday’s daily briefing amid a barrage of questions on the airstrike that killed al-Awlaki in Yemen. Nuland said she asked State Department lawyers whether the government can revoke a person’s citizenship based on their affiliation with a foreign terrorist group, and it turned out there’s no law on the books authorizing officials to do so. “An American can be stripped of citizenship for committing an act of high treason and being convicted in a court for that. But that was obviously not the case in this case,” she said. “Under U.S. law, there are seven criteria under which you can strip somebody of citizenship, and none of those applied in this case.”"
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+ - Secure Browsing through Amazon?-> 1

Submitted by gum2me
gum2me (723529) writes "Stewart Baker, the first Assistant Secretary (acting as Under Secretary-equivalent) for Policy at the United States Department of Homeland Security (from makes a compelling argument that the security advantages of Amazon's Silk technology outweigh the privacy concerns. He envisions an internet secured from malware authors in a way that is invisible to the consumer. Could Amazon, Apple, and Google be the new (trusted) gatekeepers to the internet? Is the Wild Wild West of the Internet finally being tamed?"
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+ - Best Buy's Net Income Down 30%->

Submitted by nauseum_dot
nauseum_dot (1291664) writes "Best Buy has had decreased profit over the last year. It appears that its online strategy coupled with its Brick and Mortar stores is causing it to be no longer profitable. From the article "its signature stores are still struggling to adapt to the changes in the electronics market, and analysts worry many of them have become 'showrooms' for merchandise that consumers wind up purchasing online from competitors such as Amazon." Do you think Brick and Mortar can survive in the online only world? Without Best Buy, where can fellow Slashdotter's try it before they buy it?"
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+ - Court Allows Webcam Spying on Rental Laptops->

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tekgoblin writes "Back in May there was a class action lawsuit filed against the rental company Aaron’s which had secretly installed spying software that would turn on a laptop’s webcam, take pictures and then send them back to the company. Overall it seemed like a large invasion of privacy which should at the very least recieve an injunction to stop allowing the use of the software until the case is settled right?"
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Comment: Re:*Hint* (Score 3, Interesting) 195

by gum2me (#36700630) Attached to: Snow Falls On the Most Arid Desert On Earth
Wait, so what if someone says in THESE SPECIFIC REGIONS temperatures will go up, while in THESE SPECIFIC REGIONS temperatures will go down. That seems like a disprovable theory, And it seems like an eminently reasonable claim. Now whether that claim can be borne out by the data is a different question.

Comment: Re:Not what it sounds like (Score 2) 291

by gum2me (#36696004) Attached to: Sony Introduces 'PSN Pass' To Fight Used Game Sales
I dunno about you, but most of the single-player games I buy for the online multiplayer component. I don't have a PS3, but I have an XBox 360. For the Modern Combat series I don't think I have complete a single single-player mission. All my game time has been online multiplayer. Someone like me would be very affected by this change if Microsoft adopted it.

Comment: Re:How are the ISPs underestimating? (Score 1) 208

by gum2me (#36194650) Attached to: Netflix Isn't Swamping the Internet
Well yes, of course TODAY, 150GB or a 250GB seems perfectly reasonable. But imagine if ISPs had put up caps in 1998 of 100 GB. You would have thought, oh, over dialup I could NEVER use that amount of data, yet by your own post, your family probably uses over 100GB per month right now.

I don't know what the cost is to ISPs right now for providing "unlimited" bandwidth. But the way I see it, what's happening is, they are positioning themselves so that at the point where streaming ALL your TV shows over the internet becomes feasible, through licensing agreements and networks moving online, they want to make it economically difficult for you to transition from "TV, Telephone and Internet", to just "Telephone and Internet".

How else do you explain that AT&T will not include your TV watching in its 250GB Internet caps? They're using the same infrastructure to deliver both services.


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