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Judge Issues Temporary Order Blocking Expulsion For Refusing To Wear RFID Tag 305

Posted by Unknown Lamer
from the dang-terrorist-judges dept.
An anonymous reader writes with an update about the student refusing to wear an RFID badge in Texas. From the article: "A district court judge for Bexar County has granted a temporary restraining order (TRO) to ensure that Andrea Hernandez, a San Antonio high school student from John Jay High School's Science and Engineering Academy, can continue her studies pending an upcoming trial. The Northside Independent School District (NISD) in Texas recently informed the sophomore student that she would be suspended for refusing to wear a 'Smart' Student ID card embedded with a Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) tracking chip."
Google

+ - Search engines big brother 1

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "Has anyone noticed that after a search result is returned, if you copy the link of a result you actually get a google address redirecting you to the actual url but tracing what was relevant to your search?

Example:
1. Go to google.com or yahoo.com or bing.com
2. search for slashdot
3. The first result is ... "Slashdot: News for nerds, stuff that matters"
4. copy link address and paste it as text somewhere where you can see it. You probably expect to see something like http://slashdot.org/ right?
Wrong.
Here's what you get:

GOOGLE
http://www.google.ca/url?sa=t&rct=j&q=&esrc=s&source=web&cd=1&cad=rja&ved=0CC4QFjAA&url=http%3A%2F%2Fslashdot.org%2F&ei=Q6WvUM3KEYeg2QXd_YHgBg&usg=AFQjCNHLEL_sF-6AxylM44KJH53-gaJRnQ

YAHOO
http://search.yahoo.com/r/_ylt=A0oG7qRRqK9Q5hYANUMPxQt.;_ylu=X3oDMTBybnZlZnRlBHNlYwNzcgRwb3MDMQRjb2xvA2FjMgR2dGlkAw--/SIG=118qkglo0/EXP=1353717969/**http%3A//slashdot.org/

unexpectedly BING
http://slashdot.org/

I understand that help them return the most relevant stuff back but I find it annoying. I remember seeing the google beta page for the first time and loved its simplicity compared to (then popular) yahoo..."
Earth

The World Falls Back In Love With Coal 341

Posted by Unknown Lamer
from the midsummer-2045 dept.
Hugh Pickens writes "Richard Anderson reports on BBC that despite stringent carbon emissions targets in Europe designed to slow global warming and massive investment in renewable energy in China, coal, the dirtiest and most polluting of all the major fossil fuels, is making a comeback with production up 6% over 2010, twice the rate of increase of gas and more than four times that of oil. 'What is going on is a shift from nuclear power to coal and from gas to coal; this is the worst thing you could do, from a climate change perspective,' says Dieter Helm. Why the shift back to coal? Because coal is cheap, and getting cheaper all the time. Due to the economic downturn, there has been a 'collapse in industrial demand for energy,' leading to an oversupply of coal, pushing the price down. Meanwhile China leads the world in coal production and consumption. It mines over 3 billion tons of coal a year, three times more than the next-biggest producer (America), and last year overtook Japan to become the world's biggest coal importer. Although China is spending massive amounts of money on a renewable energy but even this will not be able to keep up with demand, meaning fossil fuels will continue to make up the majority of the overall energy mix for the foreseeable future and when it comes to fossil fuels, coal is the easy winner — it is generally easier and cheaper to mine, and easier to transport using existing infrastructure such as roads and rail, than oil or gas. While China is currently running half a dozen carbon capture and storage (CCS) projects — which aim to capture CO2 emissions from coal plants and bury it underground — the technology is nowhere near commercial viability. 'Renewed urgency in developing CCS globally, alongside greater strides in increasing renewable energy capacity, is desperately needed,' writes Anderson, 'but Europe's increasing reliance on coal without capturing emissions is undermining its status as a leader in clean energy, and therefore global efforts to reduce CO2 emissions.'"
Your Rights Online

+ - NSA Refuses to Release Secret Obama Cyber Directive->

Submitted by schwit1
schwit1 (797399) writes "The National Security Agency has refused to release details of a secret presidential directive which experts believe could allow the military and intelligence agencies to operate on the networks of private companies, such as Google and Facebook.

As reported last week, an article in the Washington Post, cited several US officials saying that Obama signed off on the secret cybersecurity order, believed to widely expand NSA’s spying authorities, in mid-October.

“The new directive is the most extensive White House effort to date to wrestle with what constitutes an “offensive” and a “defensive” action in the rapidly evolving world of cyberwar and cyberterrorism.” the report states.

In response to the move, lawyers with the Electronic Privacy Information Center (EPIC) filed a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request (PDF) demanding that the Obama administration make public the text of the directive.

The NSA responded ...

“Disclosure could reasonably be expected to cause exceptionally grave damage to the national security.” the NSA response reads. “Because the document is currently and properly classified, it is exempt from disclosure,” the statement notes.

Attorneys for EPIC say they plan to appeal and force the text of the secret directive to be publicly disclosed."

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Apple

+ - Former Apple engineer: Everything Apple does involving the Internet is a mess->

Submitted by zacharye
zacharye (2330148) writes "Apple excels when it comes to product design, interface design, marketing and in a number of other areas but when Web services come into play, things go south fast. “Almost anything Apple does which involves the internet is a mess,” wrote former Apple engineer Patrick B. Gibson on his personal blog, pointing to a number of examples to support his claim. Among them are the fact that Apple can’t update its online store without taking it down, the fact that Notes requires an email address to sync, the fact that iTunes and the company’s App Stores are powered by “a mostly dead framework written almost 20 years ago,” and the unmitigated disasters that are MobileMe and Ping. Gibson also jokes that “iMessage for Mac lives in an alternate dimension in which time has no ordered sequence.”..."
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Firefox

+ - Mozilla to Drop 64-bit Firefox for Windows Nightly Builds->

Submitted by hypnosec
hypnosec (2231454) writes "Plans for 64-bit Firefox for Windows have been put on hold by Mozilla in a bid to concentrate more on the 32-bit versions it has been found. The proposal of striking off the 64-bit nightly builds was put forward by Benjamin Smedberg, a Firefox developer, last week. Some of the reason that Smedberg cited for constant frustration include missing plugins for 64-bit version; lack of windowproc hooking which facilitates smooth functioning of whatever plugins are available; and inability to work on the crash reports submitted for the 64-bit versions because they were not on high priority. The proposal, it seems, has been accepted as is evident from this bug report."
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Google

DuckDuckGo - Is Google Playing Fair? 178

Posted by Unknown Lamer
from the one-engine-to-rule-them-all dept.
Penurious Penguin writes "Privacy-oriented search-engine and Google-rival DuckDuckGo is contending possible anti-competitiveness on the part of Google. MIT graduate and founder of DuckDuckGo Gabriel Weinberg cites several examples; his company's disadvantages in the Android mobile OS; and browsers, which in Firefox requires only a single step to set DuckDuckGo as the default search — while doing so in Chrome requires five. Weinberg also questions the domain duck.com, which he offered to purchase before it was acquired by Google. His offer was declined and duck.com now directs to Google's homepage. Weinberg isn't the first to make similar claims; there was scroogle.org, which earlier this year, permanently shut down after repeated compatibility issues with Google's algorithms. Whatever the legitimacy of these claims, there certainly seems a growing market for people interested in privacy and objective searches — avoiding profiled search-results, a.k.a. 'filter bubbles.'"
Android

+ - Linux Revolution

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "Quoted Katherine Noyes
"The tablet arena already includes countless contenders featuring Linux-based Android, but a company currently seeking funding on indiegogo aims to produce a new line of what it calls “true Linux” devices.
We've already seen Linux-powered tablets including the Vivaldi and the rugged Trimble Yuma, of course, but the new PengPod line from Peacock Imports includes both 7- and 10-inch tablet models as well as a mini PC, all running the free and open source operating system. The prospect is a compelling one, and it fits right in with the Linux powered revolution that's been going on. If you're a fan of Linux in particular or low-cost devices in general, you may want to check out this new option.

We've already seen Linux-powered tablets including the Vivaldi and the rugged Trimble Yuma, of course, but the new PengPod line from Peacock Imports includes both 7- and 10-inch tablet models as well as a mini PC, all running the free and open source operating system. The prospect is a compelling one, and it fits right in with the Linux powered revolution that's been going on. If you're a fan of Linux in particular or low-cost devices in general, you may want to check out this new option.""
News

+ - WWII code 'may never be cracked'->

Submitted by
AltGrendel
AltGrendel writes "The BBC reports that experts at intelligence agency GCHQ have asked for help in de-coding a message found attached to a pigeon leg, thought to date back to WWII. The dead bird was found in a chimney in Surrey a few weeks ago. But without more information, the code may never be cracked, according to the BBC's security correspondent Gordon Corera"
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Security

HTTP Strict Transport Security Becomes Internet Standard 98

Posted by samzenpus
from the way-it-is dept.
angry tapir writes "A Web security policy mechanism that promises to make HTTPS-enabled websites more resilient to various types of attacks has been approved and released as an Internet standard — but despite support from some high-profile websites, adoption elsewhere is still low. HTTP Strict Transport Security (HSTS) allows websites to declare themselves accessible only over HTTPS (HTTP Secure) and was designed to prevent hackers from forcing user connections over HTTP or abusing mistakes in HTTPS implementations to compromise content integrity."
Science

+ - Citizen Scientists add high value to research, policy and practice->

Submitted by Dupple
Dupple (1016592) writes "A review of a report regarding the role of over 230 citizen scientists and their value to research, policy and practice is available the BBC science pages.

The authors, from Nerc Centre for Ecology and Hydrology (CEH) and the Natural History Museum, London, reviewed 234 projects — ranging from small one-off local surveys to large-scale long-term programmes.

The review's authors also produced a guide offering advice on how to get the most out of citizen science projects.

The guide is available here."

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Mars

+ - Curiositys First Weather Readings-> 2

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "The Mars Curiosity Rovers REMS instrument (Rover Environmental Monitoring Station) has sent back the first weather data from the red planet. REMS collects data about Mars’ wind, pressure, temperature, humidity, and UV radiation."
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Facebook

+ - India's Internet Freedom Nightmare: Could India Ban Twitter? -> 1

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "Recently in India threatening messages containing images of mutilated bodies began appearing on Indian cell phones, Facebook pages, Twitter accounts and various other forms of social media. The images, texts and emails – which Indian Home Secretary R.K. Singh has argued originated from Pakistan – warned that Indian Muslims were planning to harm non-Muslims from India’s northeast region. The messages set off widespread panic among northeasterners working and studying in cities across south India, who feared they would be attacked and maybe killed.

India's government has made the move to hold the social media companies that hosted the threatening messages partly accountable. Recently, India’s Secretary for Telecommunications even hinted that Facebook and Twitter could face some sort of legal action for their unwillingness or inability to take down online material, or to trace the violent messages’ origins.

"Twitter, it was suggested, might even be shut down in India entirely.""

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Security

NIST Publishes Draft Guidelines For Server BIOS Protection 141

Posted by timothy
from the why-stop-with-servers? dept.
hypnosec writes "The U.S.'s National Institute of Standards and Technology has come up with a set of proposed guidelines for security of server BIOSes— the mechanism on which most modern day computers rely during boot up. Recently quite a few instances of malware have been known to persistently infect computer systems, and cannot be removed even on OS re-installs. NIST is proposing a set of measures through which the BIOS can be made more secure and resistant to such firmware manipulating attacks. Mebromi is one such Trojan. NIST published the draft guidelines [PDF] earlier this week and has proposed four different features through which the server BIOSes can be made more secure: authenticated update mechanism; secure local update mechanism (optional); firmware integrity protections; and non-bypassability features."
Linux

Arch Linux For Newbies? Manjaro Is Here! 120

Posted by timothy
from the kill-a-whatnow? dept.
Penurious Penguin writes "Well within the top ten Linux distros, Arch Linux has a strong following for sure. But with an installation process requiring a little more involvement than the average distro, not every prospective user is ready to embrace the Arch Way, and understandably so. This is where Manjaro steps in. With a 100% compatibility with Arch, uncompromising adherence to principia KISS and a pre-configured Xfce, — or alternatively available GNOME & KDE — those who've been hesitating to explore Arch now have a few less excuses. And a little side-note for those still bitter about the lack of package-signing: You'll be glad to know that Arch fully implemented package-signing in June of 2012."

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