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Britain's Conservatives Scrub Speeches from the Internet 234

An anonymous reader writes news of an attempt to erase a bit of history. From the article: "The Conservative Party have attempted to delete all their speeches and press releases online from the past 10 years, including one in which David Cameron promises to use the Internet to make politicians 'more accountable'. The Tory party have deleted the backlog of speeches from the main website and the Internet Archive — which aims to make a permanent record of websites and their content — between 2000 and May 2010."

Why One Woman Says Sending Your Kid To Private School Is Evil 1255

theodp writes "Slate's Allison Benedikt is ruffling some feathers with her recent manifesto, If You Send Your Kid to Private School, You Are a Bad Person. 'Not bad like murderer bad,' Benedikt writes, 'but bad like ruining-one-of-our-nation's-most-essential-institutions-in-order-to-get-what's-best-for-your-kid bad. So, pretty bad.' If your local school stinks and you send your child there, Benedikt explains, 'I bet you are going to do everything within your power to make it better.'"

Comment Down the memory hole (Score 5, Interesting) 229

On Sunday or Monday, I shared a "What is happening in Turkey" post, in English, from a Turkish friend's wall to my own. It was shared to "Friends except acquaintances" and got a few likes and comments. This morning I noticed it was gone from my wall. It is not to be found in my activity log, and the notifications of that it had been commented on were also gone.

I was starting to doubt I had posted it at all, when I remembered to check Google Reader (Yep, still running), as I ages ago had set up a RSS feed with my notifications there. There it was, "[Friend's name] likes your link", with a clickable link to name/posts/ followed by a numerical value. However clicking on it gave this message: "This content is currently unavailable. The page you requested cannot be displayed right now. It may be temporarily unavailable, the link you clicked on may have expired, or you may not have permission to view this page". Other posts in my RSS feed works fine, so it was just this particular one.

If it wasn't for the RSS feed, I probably would have shrugged it off and thought no more of it, so I guess the RSS feature will be gone soon too.

Comment Re:Abode Is The Weakest Link (Score 4, Informative) 244

The problem is that it is not "only supposed to be a document display". Someone gave a pretty good summary on Reddit about a month ago. The conclusion is that Adobe Reader is most likely overkill for 90% of the users, and you should stick to something like SumatraPDF or Foxit.

Comment Doesn't desktop firewalls have one advantage? (Score 1) 440

Aren't desktop firewalls useful in cases where attackers use malicious PDFs/Office documents/browser exploits to run reverse shells? If the exploit tries to connect to, how can a server firewall know that the connection is not a legitimate HTTPS connection?

As far as I understand, desktop firewalls would block attempts like these, as long as the connection isn't initiated by a whitelisted program. Of course the exploit payload could include methods to whitelist itself, but I assume there is no one single method to do this, so the payload would have to include custom methods for each of the personal firewall vendors.

Disclaimer: I have no experience with personal firewalls, and if I'm talking out of my ass, please correct me.


Analyzing (All of) Star Trek With Face Recognition 140

An anonymous reader writes "Accurate face recognition is coming. Pittsburgh Pattern Recognition, a face recognition start-up spun out from Carnegie Mellon University, has posted a tech demo showing an analysis of the entire original Star Trek series using face recognition. The online visualization includes various annotated clips of the series with clickable thumbnails of each character's appearance. They also have a separate page showing the full data of all the prominent characters in every episode including extracting thumbnails of each appearance." Their software can recognize frontal or near-frontal face instances.

Comment Re:Still not safe to use Suse of any sort (Score 2, Insightful) 173

Yeah, we will keep coming back to that. From the article I recognized, of course, Banshee, Beagle and F-Spot, but Tasque and Monsoon were new to me. A quick search confirmed both are written in Mono. A bit further down:

OpenSUSE ships a modified version of that bundles Novell's patchset, which includes some nice improvements that Sun has declined to accept upstream for various technical and licensing reasons.

And another Ars article says:

Many of these patches maintained by Novell provide important features that are valuable to Linux users, including support for embedded multimedia via GStreamer, (...) and support for Mono-based automation and scripting.

Mono does not seem to be just means to an end, but an end in itself.


openSUSE Launches 11.1 173

Novell has unveiled their latest release to the openSUSE line with 11.1. Offering both updates and new features, Novell continues to push for more openness and transparency. The new release includes Linux kernel 2.6.27, Python 2.6, Mono 2.0, OpenOffice 3.0, and many others. "[...] Our choice was also influenced by impressive changes that are transpiring in the openSUSE community, which is growing rapidly and is also becoming more open, inclusive, and transparent. Last month, the project announced its first community-elected board, a major milestone in its advancement towards community empowerment. This is a very good openSUSE release and it delivers some very impressive enhancements. The distro has evolved tremendously in the past two releases and is becoming a very solid and usable option for regular users."

If it has syntax, it isn't user friendly.