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Submission + - Wired: Biometric Database of All Americans Proposed for Immigration Reform Law (wired.com)

Jeremiah Cornelius writes: Yesterday, the Senate began debating creation of a national biometric database including virtually every adult in the U.S. Buried in the more than 800 pages of the bipartisan legislation, is language mandating the creation of the innocuously-named “photo tool,” a massive federal database administered by the Department of Homeland Security and containing names, ages, Social Security numbers and photographs of everyone in the country with a driver’s license or other state-issued photo ID. The "Border Security, Economic Opportunity, and Immigration Modernization Act" is aimed at curbing employment of undocumented immigrants. Employers would be obliged to look up every new hire in the database to verify that they match their photo. “The most worrying aspect is that this creates a principle of permission basically to do certain activities and it can be used to restrict activities,” says David Bier, an analyst with the Competitive Enterprise Institute. “It’s like a national ID system without the card.”
Electronic Frontier Foundation

Submission + - Non-profit secure & private ISP planned form ISP who fought NSLs and the FBI (cnet.com)

erfnet writes: "Nick Merrill, previously mentioned here http://yro.slashdot.org/story/10/08/12/1721255/isp-owner-who-fought-fbi-spying-freed-from-gag-order when fighting a gag order from the FBI, is planning a new ISP "designed from its inception to shield its customers from surveillance...The ISP would not merely employ every technological means at its disposal, including encryption and limited logging, to protect its customers. It would also — and in practice this is likely more important — challenge government surveillance demands of dubious legality or constitutionality." Does this have a chance of success at protecting citizen's privacy and due process rights? Or will Congress quickly change the law to require even more stringent "legal intercept"? Fundraising tool Kickstarter has already turned him down, forcing him to go to IndieGoGo to raise donations."

Submission + - Saks 5th Ave window display uses 64 iPads (networkworld.com)

alphadogg writes: Sixty-four iPad 2's and a bunch of Apple's high-end 27-inch Cinema Displays are being used to create an online storefront display in Saks' flagship 5th Avenue store in New York City. TheLoop http://www.loopinsight.com/2011/09/07/saks-5th-ave-storefront-features-64-ipads-18-apple-cinema-displays/ has the scoop. Instead of manikins or elaborate scenes created by window designers and dressers, the three Saks windows create a constantly changing online mosaic. The left and right windows use 9 of the much larger Cinema Displays; the middle window has the 64 iPads, linked to a local area network and coordinated to act as if they were one large screen, with each tablet showing a different part of the image.

Submission + - 802.11s wifi mesh approved by IEEE (lwn.net)

h00manist writes: Mesh networking protocol 802.11s is getting ratified by the IEEE. LWN has news from the Linux Wireless Summit. — "802.11s Mesh Networking was ratified by IEEE for integration into 802.11. Javier Cardona has been leading its implementation and support on mac80211. In this session he reviews 802.11s with open and encrypted environments." — You can set it up on OpenWRT. It's been in the kernel since version 2.6.22. So it seems like it should be stable by now. Has anyone used it?

Submission + - Microsoft collects more royaties for Linux (zdnetasia.com)

andydread writes: Microsoft patent campaign against Linux has ramped up. Wtih 4 more Linux licensees. TomTom and Buffalo among others were snared in the past now the latest victim is Winstron a ODM that has signed a patent license to use ChromeOS and Android.

Submission + - Most People Have Never Heard of CTRL+F 1

Hugh Pickens writes writes: "Google search anthropologist Dan Russell says that 90 percent of people in his studies don't know how to use CTRL/Command + F to find a word in a document or web page. "I do these field studies and I can't tell you how many hours I've sat in somebody's house as they've read through a long document trying to find the result they're looking for," says Russell, who has studied thousands of people on how how search for stuff. "At the end I'll say to them, 'Let me show one little trick here,' and very often people will say, 'I can't believe I've been wasting my life!'" Just like we learn to skim tables of content or look through an index or just skim chapter titles to find what we're looking for, we need to teach people about this CTRL+F thing says Alexis Madrigal. "I probably use that trick 20 times per day and yet the vast majority of people don't use it at all," writes Madrigal. "We're talking about the future of almost all knowledge acquisition and yet schools don't spend nearly as much time on this skill as they do on other equally important areas.""

Submission + - Amazing Aeros Pelican Airships Set to Fly by 2013 (inhabitat.com)

Elliot Chang writes: If you think the idea of airships is full of hot air, you may be in for a surprise as the newest Aeros zeppelin might be coming to a sky near you in 2013. In an effort to reduce fuel and helium usage on airships and blimps, the company, headed by Igor Pasternak, is testing a project called Pelican. Currently, maintaining buoyancy is the problem facing these airships, as they are controlled by burning an exorbitant amount of fuel to do so. The Pelican project claims to use compression to control the gas, and thus control buoyancy more effectively and efficiently.
Open Source

Submission + - Crowd-Sourced Libya Crisis, UN call volunteers (standbytaskforce.com)

h00manist writes: The Standby Task Force, Online Volunteer Community for Live Mapping, which Slashdot wrote about before, is helping live-map conflict in Libya, calling volunteers with skills in mapping, media, analysis, English and Arabic. In the past they mapped situations in Afghanistan, Chile, Haiti. The open source platform Ushahidi has also been used in Wash DC.

Submission + - Libya SIGINT jamming satellites, towers (reuters.com) 1

h00manist writes: Libya's Gaddafi apparently loves radio hacking. Confirmed to be using signal jamming to disable Thuraya satellite phones. Also satellite TV network provider Arabsat, affecting vast areas in the Middle East, Gulf, Africa and Europe. Perhaps cellphone and internet transmissions also too, which work intermittently. Soldiers confiscate electronics, too. This has gone on for days, allowing killing carried out largely hidden from the world view, quite different from what happened in Egypt. The locations of the jamming signals is known to company executives, around capital Tripoli, but nobody can do anything. Only POTS available, and monitored. Technically, could this happen everywhere? Alternatives?
The Internet

Submission + - Anonymous hacks church site during live interview (computerworld.com) 1

CWmike writes: The Anonymous hacking collective defaced the Web site of the controversial Westboro Baptist Church in the middle of a live radio show on Thursday that included a church spokeswoman and a member of Anonymous. The hack comes just days after Anonymous said that it had no plans to attack the Church's site, noting that an earlier letter said to be from the group threatening online attacks on the church site was a hoax. Members of the WBC church are known for their strident anti-gay views and for protests at funerals of slain military personnel and others. Last week it issued a letter challenging Anonymous to 'bring it.' Prior to today's attacks, WBC's sites were offline for several days. That outage appears to have been caused by a distributed denial of service attack launched by a hacker called The Jester.

Submission + - #china revolution set to start 2pm Shanghai time (blogspot.com) 2

h00manist writes: Online pages call for protests in 13 cities in China, at 2:00 pm Shanghai time, 1:00 am EST, Twitter tag being used is #cn220. In spite of China censoring Middle East protests, now known as "Jasmin Revolutions", Chinese people are inspired. Instructions for participating are being censored, help re-posting is requested. They keep disappearing, and then popping up everywhere on the net, and being censored again. Yes, I used the google translated version to understand Chinese.

Submission + - As Violence Escalates, Libya Cuts Off the Internet (itworld.com) 1

itwbennett writes: "Libya's main Internet service provider, General Post and Telecommunications Company, began to cut Internet access on Friday, said Earl Zmijewski, general manager with Internet monitoring company Renesys. 'They started pulling the plug around 23:18 UTC today and are currently largely off the air,' he said via email. That was 1:18 a.m. Saturday, local time."
The Internet

Submission + - Internode preps production IPv6 environment (computerworld.com.au)

An anonymous reader writes: Australian ISP Internode will move to a native internet protocol version 6 (IPv6) production environment later this year, following an extensive public trial that included more than 200 “power users”. The migration this year will enable dual stack IPv6 capability for all aspects of Internode’s broadband, Web, mail and hosting services. During the transition, new and existing Internode users must opt in to use the IPv6 environment, but the service provider intends to offer the service to users automatically by the end of the year.

Submission + - Charles H. Kaman, Amazing Inventor Passed Away. (planenews.com)

gilgsn writes: Charles H. Kaman designed the Ovation Guitar, but is mostly known for his advances in helicopter design and rotor concepts. He quit Sikorsky to start Kaman Helicopters in 1945 with $2000, and turned it into a billion dollar company. Charles Kaman also founded the Fidelco Guide Dog Foundation, which has enabled thousands of the visually impaired to live more independent and productive lives. A great entrepreneur and humanitarian, he died in Bloomfield, CT. at the age of 91.

Submission + - Paypal alternatives? 6

dotancohen writes: It seems that everything that I used to do with Paypal is gone, and nobody has found a good alternative yet. This month I tried donating to Anki (but Paypal is no longer serving Japan for donations) and Virtual Identity (which stopped accepting Paypal due to the Wikileaks incident). The authors of both software are looking for alternatives. What can we recommend to them? What reliable and inexpensive money-transfer services exist today? What do you use?

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