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+ - USB Thumb Drive Encryption Catch 22 2

Submitted by SuperCharlie
SuperCharlie (1068072) writes "Working at a University and with the increasing amount of security break ins, lost data and the real potential for massive identity theft due to the data that my departments deal with, we have decided to implement a USB thumb drive encryption policy.

After two days of trying many many free and paid software solutions I am finding that there is a real problem in usability and portability of encrypted data on USB drives. The goal is to provide a seamless, easy way for users to simply drag and drop their files.

Every solution I have come across so far either requires an administrator to install the file system level drivers or leaves the data un-encrypted until it is specifically selected and encrypted. Neither of these solutions will work as I know my users and when they bring their PowerPoint slides to remote locations they will not have administrator access and relying on them to manually select and encrypt/decrypt files is simply not going to happen.

Are there any solutions where a user can simply plug in the USB drive, put in their password, and drag and drop encrypted files?"
Wireless (Apple)

+ - Jobs Confirms $5 Charge for 802.11n Enabler

Submitted by
Glenn Fleishman
Glenn Fleishman writes "Apple included 802.11n chips with the faster standard turned off in most Core 2 Duo and all Xeon Macs shipped in 2006. They said at Macworld that an enabler would be provided with the new 802.11n-based AirPort Extreme Base Station coming out in February, but were mum about how other Mac owners would turn on the faster Wi-Fi mode. iLounge reported last week that two unnamed Apple employees said the company would charge $5 for the enabler because of Sarbanes-Oxley accounting issues related to adding unadvertised functionality to products already on the market. Not charging would apparently require restating earnings, or at least that what was said. A reader of my Wi-Fi site sent me a response to his question about this to Steve Jobs: Jobs said, "It's the law." (The email headers were included and check out as legitimate Apple-originated email.) Of course, the enabler isn't serialized, so once it's out, anyone can use it, but it's an odd twist."
Linux Business

+ - Best way to buy a Linux system?

Submitted by
Jacob Frohlach
Jacob Frohlach writes "O.k., I got approval for a new system in our publishing department that will be a completely F/OSS GNU/Linux system (we'll be running X, teTeX, Firefox, etc). I checked out some of the resellers who feature Linux systems but I'm not sure that's the way to go, I don't like their choice of distro. Come to think of it, I'd like to buy a brand new, sleek & sexy model for at home and want to buy it with a "no OS" option. What's the best way to shop for hardware when it comes to Linux?"
Businesses

+ - The true profiteers of charities.

Submitted by
scherermaddness
scherermaddness writes "I often have wondered how socially responsible online corporations are while working with charities. I have believed (perhaps in ignorance) that deals where struck that would allow non-profits an equal foothold in exchange for tax write offs by big business. Today while deciding if I felt Wikimedia was a worthy cause for my contribution I learned that they paid ebay over $45,000 in paypal fees last year (ebay have a net revenue of $1,028,455,000 from their payments division last year (P51, Ebay's 10-K)). After seeing this and MySpace turning (Red) I ask, how much are corporations as a whole profiting off of non-profits? What can WE do to help foundations like Wikimedia lower the costs associated with receiving their contributions?"
Software

+ - $10,000 donation to a free NVIDIA driver?

Submitted by blueser
blueser (190104) writes "David Nielsen committed to donate at least $10.00 to the Nouveau driver project if 1,000 other people do so. These guys intend to reverse engineer NVIDIA Linux driver to produce a 100% open source alternative with 3D acceleration. From their page you can see there's still a lot of ground to cover: "Currently, nothing works. If you're not a developer, you're not interested in this at all." Could this work? Would this free driver be able to keep up with newest NVIDIA hardware as it comes out? This is not an unreasonable scenario as some might think: NVIDIA dropped their own nForce network driver in favor of the open source, reverse-engineered 'forcedeth' driver."
Music

+ - Amazon to offer DRM-free MP3s

Submitted by
et764
et764 writes "A post on Hypebot reports that Amazon is planning to launch an online music store early next year. This store will offer only MP3s without DRM and offer variable pricing. From the article:

What is most surprising (and exciting) about Amazon's new store is that the online giant is apparently telling labels that they will only sell DRM free mp3's and will offer variable pricing.
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Television

+ - One in Four LCD TV's not made by the company

Submitted by
Keith
Keith writes "A very interesting report came out today from DisplaySearch: Nearly one in four LCD televisions shipped worldwide in the third quarter of 2006 were not manufactured by the company whose name is on the front of the set according to a recent report by DisplaySearch. Something that most people do not realize is that HDMI cables are the same way! There are only a handful of licensed makers of HDMI cables. Why pay $150 for the same cables that can be bought for $6.99?"

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