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Comment: Many schools already do this (Score 2) 568

by rickzor (#39554179) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Why Aren't Schools Connected?
In Boulder, Colorado, every school in the district (50+) uses the web portal 'Infinite Campus' to convey grades, as do many, many school districts in major areas. I was going through school during the age of rising web technology, and every school I have been in since middle school (schools all over the united states) has conveyed grades, class performance, etc through web portals and email.

I don't know where OP is getting their information from, but from my experience the school system has been rapidly introducing web technology to communicate with parents since 2006.
Security

+ - Sony Hacked by Anonymous.. again

Submitted by rickzor
rickzor (1838596) writes "Earlier last week the hacktivist collective Anonymous announced that they would attack Sony if they did not drop their support for SOPA, and it seems they kept true to their word. Earlier today Sony Pictures was hacked into by Anonymous and their facebook page defaced. The depth of the hack is unknown, but the attackers claim to have access to private database information and plan to release it in the following days."

Comment: Tor and bitcoin (Score 1) 535

by rickzor (#36359620) Attached to: Bitcoin Used For the Narcotics Trade
From what I've read (and seen) the tor network is a much more valuable resource to these underground trades. There are numerous platforms for pseudo-anonymous online payment other than bitcoin used for these black market trades, many of them used in combination with Tor and '.onion' websites. By itself bitcoin is not much different from paper money, which is also used for anonymous payment in the real-world drug trade. Just like on our physical planet illegal trade is very hard without a safe venue, regardless of trade item or currency.

Comment: Re:Not all devices come with Android Market (Score 1) 173

by rickzor (#36195234) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Android Security Practices?
Good point. There is also Appbrain.com, which is a mirror of the android app store where you can download apps directly from the website or with the Appbrain .APK for android devices. Either that, or you can root any device and install the gapps package (all google apps including market) although the ease of that varies across devices.

Comment: Plenty of free solutions (Score 1) 173

by rickzor (#36194332) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Android Security Practices?
I use Lookout Security (virus scanner + location tracker) for my personal security, and for the paid version it also allows you to see in a compact view what personal information and permissions your apps are using. There are plenty of other free antivirus, firewall and security apps for Android. If you want to root your device (like jailbreaking an iPhone) you may also install firmware which encrypts the entire device automatically (MIUI etc) and allows infinite self modification of the system. When you install an app from the market it will tell you which permissions it needs, and android will stick to that. The only downside is (to my knowledge) you cannot install an app without giving it all the permissions it requires.
As a general rule of thumb, only use trusted sources to install apps from (Android Market) as almost all malicious apps are found in 3rd party markets

Check out the android market and do a few searches for what you need. Google hosts the whole market at http://market.android.com/
News

+ - Wikileaks Partners to Release 'Pakistan Papers'->

Submitted by rickzor
rickzor (1838596) writes "The Dawn Media Group, as well as 'The Hindu' and NDTV have signed a memorandum for 'the exclusive first use in Pakistan of all the secret US diplomatic cables' Through partnership with Wikileaks, The Dawn Media Group has published the first set of the 'Pakistan Papers' and will "continue to publish [the cables] in the following days"."
Link to Original Source

Comment: Re:Supported devices (Score 2) 162

by rickzor (#36125192) Attached to: Netflix Available For Android

There's no reason to have to root for netflix.
The guys over at xda-dev hosted the app for all of us, and hacked it so it doesn't require a certain phone to run.
Tested and working on my droid 1

http://forum.xda-developers.com/showthread.php?t=1076150

Comment: AnonOps is not the broader 'anonymous' (Score 2) 275

by rickzor (#36043862) Attached to: Anonymous Denies Sony Claims of Disruption, Credit Info Theft
'Anonymous' (at least in this article) refers to the group AnonOps Communications, who host the numerous IRC channels, have a loose leader base, publish various 'flyers' of propaganda, and are the people behind 'Operation: Payback'. There is a difference between the group itself and an anonymous hacker, even if the anonymous hacker was acting out in the 'name' of anonymous.
what this article is saying is that the 'AnonOps' group had no involvement in the stealing of sony data, even if an anonymous hacker did.

references:
http://anonops.blogspot.com/
http://anonops.blogspot.com/2011/04/we-didnt-do-it-sony-incompetent.html
http://anonops.blogspot.com/2011/04/anonymous-hacks-westboro-baptist-church.html
http://twitter.com/intent/user?screen_name=anonops

Comment: good to see new tech prosper (Score 1) 333

by rickzor (#35938520) Attached to: Netflix Subscriber Base Eclipses Comcast's
I'm sure Netflix had a jump in subscribers over their streaming service, and 4.99/mo for unlimited on demand movies/tv shows is a lot nicer than a Comcast TV subscription fee + pay per view movies fee + advertising. With the flexibility of internet streaming eliminating advertising and pay per view crap, its nice to see the numbers supporting this.

Comment: slashdot covered its downfall, back in 2010 (Score 2, Informative) 144

by rickzor (#35911622) Attached to: RockMelt: Google Chrome, Only Better
http://tech.slashdot.org/story/10/11/12/226250/RockMelt-mdash-Right-Browser-Wrong-Platform

"RockMelt browser is a labor-saver for heavy users of the desktop social Web, but it doesn't fully deliver on the startup's promise to build a browser 'designed around you and how you use the Web.' That's because the social Web is less and less about the PC desktop, and more about mobile platforms and appliances like smartphones, tablets, and Internet-connected TVs."

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