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+ - Kim Dotcom offers $5m bounty to defeat extradition

Submitted by heretic108
heretic108 (454817) writes "Internet mega-entrepreneur, uber-gamer and now NZ political corruption-buster and king-maker Kim DotCom has posted a bounty of $5m to anyone who can dig up any dirt which saves him from extradition to the US on his trumped-up "racketeering", "piracy" and "money-laundering" charges.

Conceivably this bounty would be payable not only to government department employees, but also to anyone able to access government servers in the US, New Zealand or elsewhere, or servers of any companies or organisations working with these governments, who can retrieve documents clearly proving corruption in the whole prosecution process, and these documents help materially to derail Kim Dotcom's prosecution, this would most certainly qualify for the bounty."

+ - Official DHS "Spy Words" Revealed->

Submitted by heretic108
heretic108 (454817) writes "The Department of Homeland Security has been forced to reveal its list of words which automatically result in one being spied upon. This list is a precious resource for plugin authors for email programs like Thunderbird, who want to offer an updated counterpart of the old (in)famous Emacs "M-x spook" function."
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Facebook

+ - How Facebook can defeat password-demanders 1

Submitted by heretic108
heretic108 (454817) writes "In response to people like employers who demand Facebook credentials for current and prospective workers, a simple solution would be for Facebook to allow all account holders to create "sandbox accounts". Once you create a sandbox account, you can (from your main account) selectively set your posts, photos, likes etc to be visible or invisible to the sandbox account. You can also choose which of your friends (and your friends' activities) will be visible. For instance, you can set it so Sandy Smith's activities are hidden by default, while Jim Stone's activities are visible by default.
The idea is that when logged in to the sandbox account, there will be nothing to indicate that it's a sandbox login. You will even be able to create a nested sandbox within this sandbox, with no nesting restriction.
With this in place, an employer will never know whether his/her employee or candidate has given up the master password, or just a sandbox password — with the ability to nest the sandboxes, account holders will have plausible deniability and will regain some control over their privacy in the event of duress attacks."
Idle

+ - Aussie academic builds Get Smart 'shoe phone'

Submitted by heretic108
heretic108 (454817) writes "One of the main comic devices of TV series Get Smart lead character Maxwell Smart was his mobile shoe phone, which would ring at the most awkward moments and make its user look ridiculous. Thanks to the efforts of an Australian academic, this shoe phone is now a reality. According to inventor Dr Paul Gardner-Stephen, this phone may become available soon on sites such as ThinkGeek."
Cellphones

+ - Best non-crippled cellphone?

Submitted by heretic108
heretic108 (454817) writes "The Nokia 6288 has been an excellent cellphone in all respects except one — its crippleware OS-based restrictions against 3rd party Java MIDP applications. I'm aware that Nokia are not alone in this practice. But what about other cellphones? I'm looking to buy something other than Nokia next time, but want something with similar features, such as large hi-res color screen, 2megapixel or better camera, 3G, memory card expansion, multimedia and small form factor. Can anyone recommend any brands/models of cellphones meeting these criteria, but which are more open to 3rd party application development, and don't require developers to mess around with an expensive and complicated certification process? Or will I have to wait for the first Android phones?"
Censorship

+ - Air New Zealand caught in Wikipedia Whitewash

Submitted by heretic108
heretic108 (454817) writes "Many will remember the tragic Air New Zealand plane crash into Mount Erebus during a scenic Atlantic flight. Investigations at the time eliminated pilot error, placing the blame on the Air New Zealand corporation. Now Air New Zealand has been caught trying to censor the wikipedia article on the incident, in an effort to introduce doubt and reduce its perceived role in the tragedy."
The Internet

+ - Designing websites for use by technophobes

Submitted by heretic108
heretic108 (454817) writes "I've been building a website for a very intelligent but highly technophobic friend/client. To the best of my awareness, the site is pretty easy and intuitive to navigate — I deal with his much-younger and more tech-savvy wife regularly, and she thinks it's fine. But he's just had a look at the site in progress, and is saying I need to 're-do the layout so that it doesn't become a barrier to people' — his clients include a lot of folk who barely know what a mouse is.

So are there any good guides which people can recommend for how to make a website absolutely n00b-friendly, without annoying people of more normal skill levels and without losing some of the better features which more experienced users appreciate?

I thought of adding a big 'how to use this website' link, pointing to a page with a screencast of how to use the site and enjoy its features. Would this go down well with technophobes?"
Software

+ - XmlRpcFs - Web-mounted linux filesystem

Submitted by heretic108
heretic108 (454817) writes "Just when we thought we'd seen some weird filesystems, a lone developer in New Zealand has developed and released to the public domain a FUSE Filesystem called XmlRpcFs — a Linux filesystem which allows users to mount a directory on a remote webserver, and gain full read/write access. XmlRpcFs uses a purely http transport, talking XML-RPC to a CGI script on the host, and makes the remote filesystem work transparently like a local directory. Security is still a work in progress, and the developer encourages users to remove the remote CGI script when not in use, and try to access it only via https. Nevertheless, this could be a boon for website developers who use cheap web hosts that don't provide any SSH, scp, rsync or nfs access."
The Internet

+ - Web 2.0 versus Dialup?

Submitted by heretic108
heretic108 (454817) writes "As RIAs (or Rich Internet Applications, aka "Web 2.0") frameworks get more advanced, delivering a better user experience, browsers are needing to download more and more client-side code.

With some frameworks, there can be hundreds of kB to download before the user sees the page. Ok for broadband, just a couple of seconds, but for the 40-90% of users (depending on country) still on dialup this means up to a minute of latency before they see any content. This is enough to make most visitors give up and click elsewhere. Worse, many RIA frameworks don't degrade well if js is disabled.

One thing I've considered is a non-RIA page containing javascript which (1) displays a 'loading...' message and (2) redirects to the RIA version. With this, if the client has js disabled they can access the non-RIA version. Otherwise, they can wait for the RIA version to load.

What techniques are web developers using to balance the benefits of RIAs against the problems of latency and clients disabling javascript?"

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