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Comment This is absolutely right. (Score 4, Interesting) 43

If you enable Tor within the Facebook app, Facebook gets:

  o the entry point to Tor that you are using
  o the exit node from tor that you come out of
  o your signed-in identity, as usual

Adding Tor to the Facebook app gains you the following:

o the operator of your local network won't know that you are visiting Facebook (unless your DNS is misconfigured)

If enough users enable Tor, Facebook will be able to map Tor circuits in real time, and Tor will do nothing to protect you from government agencies asking Facebook "was this user using Tor? What entry point did they use?"

Submission + - Richard Stallman: "I'm not the father of Open Source", and "Ubuntu is malware" (informationweek.com)

dkatana writes: Stallman walked barefoot to the podium last month during Fossetcon 2015 and said "I'm not the father of open source. If I'm the father of open source, it was conceived by artificial insemination without my knowledge or consent."

For Stallman, "free" isn't about price but about the lack of restrictions. "Free software is a matter of liberty, not price. To understand the concept, you should think of free as in free speech, not as in free beer."

"Ubuntu is malware because it uses a desktop that spies on users. Even if that is fixed, they still install non-free software as part of the system," Stallman said

Submission + - Windows 10 releases this summer (businessinsider.com)

Gamoid writes: Microsoft quietly confirmed that Windows 10 will in fact launch this summer — and it's encouraging users to put the technical preview on Xiaomi tablets. Oh, plus, Cortana will get a Mandarin localization.

Submission + - Drone v drone, catcher canon nets UAV in flight (suasnews.com)

garymortimer writes: To counter the threat of unlawful use of unmanned systems, the Dutch Ministry of Security and Justice, together with the Dutch National Police and the Royal Netherlands Marechaussee, has selected a number of projects in which concepts are developed that can be used to detect, indentify and/or remove these mobile systems in a controlled manner. Project ‘DroneCatcher’ of the Dutch SME Delft Dynamics, is one of the best ideas that has been selected to carry out a feasibility study.

Last week Delft Dynamics successfully completed a range of test flights, which showed that is is feasible to capture drones in midair by shooting a net from another drone.

Submission + - The GNU Manifesto Turns Thirty (newyorker.com)

An anonymous reader writes: It was March, 1985 when Richard M. Stallman published the GNU Manifesto in Dr. Dobb’s Journal of Software Tools. Thirty years on, The New Yorker has an article commemorating its creation and looking at how it has shaped software in the meantime. "Though proprietary and open-source software publishers might appear at the moment to have the upper hand, Stallman’s influence with developers (among whom he is known simply by his initials, 'rms') remains immense. When I asked around about him, many people spoke of him as one might of a beloved but eccentric and prickly uncle. They would roll their eyes a bit, then hasten to add, as more than one did, 'But he’s right about most things.' I told Stallman that I’d spoken with several developers who venerate his work, and who had even said that without it the course of their lives might have been altered. But they don’t seem to do what you say, I observed; they all have iPhones. 'I don’t understand that either,' he said. 'If they don’t realize that they need to defend their freedom, soon they won’t have any.'"

Submission + - Nvidia To Install Computers In Cars To Learn How To Drive (itworld.com)

jfruh writes: Nvidia has unveiled the Drive PX, a $10,000 computer that will be installed in cars and gather data about how to react to driving obstacles. "Driving is not about detecting, driving is a learned behavior," said Jen Hsun Huang, CEO of Nvidia. The data collected by Drive PXes will be shared, allowing cars to learn the right and wrong reactions to different situations, essentially figuring out what to do from experience rather than a rigid set of pre-defined situations.

Submission + - Google finally explains why Glass failed (dailydot.com)

An anonymous reader writes: Google's "Director of Moonshots" Astro Teller gave the final keynote of SXSW's explicitly tech-centric portion, in order to proudly embrace the kind of failure that's usually anathema to the tech industry.

Submission + - White House Proposal Urges All Federal Websites To Adopt HTTPS

blottsie writes: In an effort to close security gaps that have resulted in multiple security breaches of government servers, the Obama administration on Tuesday introduced a proposal to require all publicly accessible federal websites to use the HTTPS encryption standard.

"The majority of federal websites use HTTP as the as primary protocol to communicate over the public Internet," reads the proposal on the website of the U.S. Chief Information Officer. "Unencrypted HTTP connections create a privacy vulnerability and expose potentially sensitive information about users of unencrypted Federal websites and services."

Submission + - Twitter Adds Tool To Report Tweets To the Police (itworld.com)

itwbennett writes: Twitter is ramping up its efforts to combat harassment with a tool to help users report abusive content to law enforcement. The reports would include the flagged tweet and its URL, the time at which it was sent, the user name and account URL of the person who posted it, as well as a link to Twitter’s guidelines on how authorities can request non-public user account information from Twitter. It is left up to the user to forward the report to law enforcement and left up to law enforcement to request the user information from Twitter.

Submission + - Gates-Backed Echodyne's Metamaterials Radar for Drones

Benjamin Romano writes: High-performance radar: Not just for the nose cone of your F-22 anymore. Metamaterials enable radars capable of things like simultaneous scanning and tracking at costs and weights low enough to be viable for commercial applications including drones, self-driving cars, and other autonomous vehiclesaccording to Echodyne, a Seattle-area startup developing the technology with investment from Bill Gates and Paul Allen, among others.

Submission + - SoftMaker sponsors a paid developer for Thunderbird (softmaker.com)

martin-k writes: Mozilla Thunderbird is used by millions of people as the e-mail client of choice. Even after Mozilla cut back their support, usage worldwide has been rising and continues to grow. German office-suite developer SoftMaker has now announced that it will pay for a full-time developer to participate in the Thunderbird project and help the Thunderbird volunteer developers fix bugs and add features. First topics include CardDav support and a rewrite of Thunderbird's addressbook. Disclosure: The submitter is head of SoftMaker.

Submission + - Science's Path From Myth to Multiverse (quantamagazine.org)

An anonymous reader writes: We can think of the history of physics as an attempt to unify the world around us: Gradually, over many centuries, we’ve come to see that seemingly unrelated phenomena are intimately connected. The physicist Steven Weinberg of the University of Texas, Austin, received his Nobel Prize in 1979 for a major breakthrough in that quest — showing how electromagnetism and the weak nuclear force are manifestations of the same underlying theory (he shared the prize with Abdus Salam and Sheldon Glashow). That work became a cornerstone of the Standard Model of particle physics, which describes how the fundamental building blocks of the universe come together to create the world we see.

In his new book To Explain the World: The Discovery of Modern Science, Weinberg examines how modern science was born. By tracing the development of what we now call the “scientific method” — an approach, developed over centuries, that emphasizes experiments and observations rather than reasoning from first principles — he makes the argument that science, unlike other ways of interpreting the world around us, can offer true progress. Through science, our understanding of the world improves over time, building on what has come before. Mistakes can happen, but are eventually corrected. Weinberg spoke with Quanta Magazine about the past and future of physics, the role of philosophy within science, and the startling possibility that the universe we see around us is a tiny sliver of a much larger multiverse.

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