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+ - Advertising Tool PrivDog Compromises HTTPS Security->

Submitted by itwbennett
itwbennett (1594911) writes "New cases of insecure HTTPS traffic interception are coming to light as researchers probe software programs for implementations that could enable malicious attacks. The latest software to open a man-in-the-middle hole on users’ PCs is a new version of PrivDog, an advertising product with ties to security vendor Comodo. PrivDog is marketed as a solution to protect users against malicious advertising without completely blocking ads. The program is designed to replace potentially bad ads with safer ones that are reviewed by a compliance team from a company called Adtrustmedia. However, according to people who recently looked at PrivDog’s HTTPS interception functionality, consumers might actually lose when it comes to their system’s security if they use the product."
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+ - Trade Agreements Should Protect An Open Internet, Not Kill It->

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "For a few years now, we've been writing about the Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP) agreement, and how we're quite concerned by many aspects of it. In particular, we're quite concerned about the intellectual property provisions — which leaks have shown are tremendously problematic — as well as the corporate sovereignty provisions, which negotiators like to call "investor state dispute settlement" (ISDS) because it sounds so boring.

Of course, the biggest concern of all is that these deals are negotiated in total secrecy, with the various negotiators refusing to reveal the agreed upon text until it's a done deal and the public is unable to comment on it or suggest changes and fixes."

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+ - Marijuana may be even safer than previously thought, researchers say->

Submitted by schwit1
schwit1 (797399) writes "Compared to other recreational drugs — including alcohol — marijuana may be even safer than previously thought. And researchers may be systematically underestimating risks associated with alcohol use. They found that at the level of individual use, alcohol was the deadliest substance, followed by heroin and cocaine."
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+ - Data centre build raises concern in Minnesota township->

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "Plans for a new data center in St Louis County, Minnesota have generated much controversy in the rural Alden Township which borders the proposed site. County officials are marketing 120 acres of land near to the Lake-St Louis county line, and stressing the location’s potential as an ideal home for a data center with its cool climate and relatively low risk of natural disasters. Lake County has also promoted its broadband network as a further pull, as well as Minnesota’s strong tax incentives for data center construction and operations. However, Alden Township residents have voiced their concerns about the environmental impact that the facility could have on the Knife River, as well as the potential traffic disruption caused during construction, and the general harm the build would cause to the area’s rural character."
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Comment: Re:Would it matter? (Score 1) 576

How long till the US army runs out of refined oil though ? How long till the tech seeps into the local people and gets turned around guerilla-style ? Logistics are what win or lose an invasion. Interstellar logistics are pretty much impossible barring any sort of "stargate" technology.

(Also, Napoleon era tech already included rifles with near-semiauto fire capability and decent clip size, like the Girandoni Windbüchse used by the Tyrolian elite soldiers of the Austrian army.)

Comment: Re:Human (Score 4, Interesting) 576

Then I wondered what an alian would look like to me, a human. I decided that an alien would look just like another human. So I began to wonder what advanced characteristics I couild watch out for. Successful businessman, good luck, healthy long life, mysterious origin, that sort of thing.

The best example individual that fits, is Elon Musk. The guy is ridiculously successful, but that is merely a means to his alien ends, which seem to be: to go back to his home planet. He needs processing power, so he funds high tech development, then sells it when it's sufficiently advanced so he can focus on developping the battery tech that he will also need later on, etc. Repeat the cycle until he gets the effective rocket / spaceship / dimensional portal tech required to get back home.

Comment: Re:Samsung (Score 1) 105

by MrBingoBoingo (#49084179) Attached to: Samsung's Portable SSD T1 Tested
What. Samsung became worse than the double I's of Intel and IBM? Most tech companies are indeed shitty. Most don't respect users and cater to lusers with their ease of use, plug n play, and just works over actually works bullshit. There's a lot of companies squeezing the oil snakes for their latest products, but samsung at least has the engineering talent to produce refrigerators and washer/dryer sets.

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