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FBI Hid Patriot Act Abuses 243

Posted by Soulskill
from the nothing-to-see-here dept.
I Don't Believe in Imaginary Property writes "Wired is reporting that the FBI hid Patriot Act abuses with retroactive and flawed subpoenas, and used them to illegally acquire phone and credit card records. There were at least 11 retroactive, 'blanket' subpoenas that were signed by top counter-terrorism officials, some of which sought information the FBI is not allowed to have. The FBI's Communication Analysis Unit also had secret contracts with AT&T, Verizon and MCI, and abused National Security Letters by issuing subpoenas based on fake emergencies."
Space

+ - Large Binocular Telescope: First Images->

Submitted by jetpack
jetpack (22743) writes "The world's most powerful optical telescope is now operating at full power, releasing its first images of a spiral galaxy some 100 million light years away.

The $120 million US Large Binocular Telescope (LBT), located 3,200 metres above sea level atop southeastern Arizona's Mount Graham, uses two massive 8.4-metre-diameter mirrors side by side to produce a resolution equivalent to a 22.8-metre telescope.

That gives the telescope the ability to see into the heavens with 10 times the resolution of the Hubble Space Telescope, according to LBT Corp., a collaboration of U.S., Italian and German universities and research institutes."

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Security

Bruce Schneier Weighs in on IT Lock-in Strategies 186

Posted by Zonk
from the lock-and-key dept.
dhavleak writes "Wired has an article from Bruce Schneier on the intersection of security technologies and vendor lock-ins in IT. 'With enough lock-in, a company can protect its market share even as it reduces customer service, raises prices, refuses to innovate and otherwise abuses its customer base. It should be no surprise that this sounds like pretty much every experience you've had with IT companies: Once the industry discovered lock-in, everyone started figuring out how to get as much of it as they can.'"
Books

+ - GUI Design Book Recommendations? 8

Submitted by jetpack
jetpack (22743) writes "I've always hated writing user interfaces, and graphical user interfaces in particular. However, I suspect that is largely because I have no clue how to write a *good* one. By this, I don't mean the technical aspects, like using the APIs and so on. I mean what are the issues in designing an interface that is clean, easy to understand and easy to use? What are things to be considered? What are things to be avoided? What are good over-all philosophies of UI design?

To this end, I'd like to pick up a book or two (or three) and get my learn on. I'd appreciate some book suggestions from the UI experts in the Slashdot crowd."
Cellphones

+ - 3 Macau Launches Mobile Internet Service with Nova->

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jetpack
jetpack writes "From the Newswire article: Novarra, the leading provider of next-generation mobile internet platforms and services, today announces that Hutchison Telephone (Macau) Company Limited ("3 Macau") has launched its innovative high speed mobile internet service, 3Xplorer, powered by Novarra's Vision(TM) platform. Leveraging its 'Turbo 3G' 3.6Mbps network, the 3Xplorer service enables 3 Macau's customers to access the breadth of rich internet content anytime, anywhere. The Vision platform enabled 3 Macau to launch a high quality PC-like internet experience with superb speed and mobile usability. The launch follows Novarra's successful deployments over the last 18 months by other 3 Group operations demonstrating mobile internet service has strong consumer uptake with increased data usage."
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+ - Let Your Toilet Become Interactive->

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jetpack
jetpack writes "From the description:

"So how to capture the attention of any potential drunk drivers? Well, where do most people go when they're drunk? (Apart from the bar, that is. Or maybe a kebab.) They go to the toilet. As such, we thought the urinal would be the perfect medium to reach our target audience in a fresh, surprising way.""

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