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DRM

Altering Text In eBooks To Track Pirates 467

Posted by Soulskill
from the for-whom-the-bell-jingles dept.
wwphx writes "According to Wired, 'German researchers have created a new DRM feature that changes the text and punctuation of an e-book ever so slightly. Called SiDiM, which Google translates to 'secure documents by individual marking,' the changes are unique to each e-book sold. These alterations serve as a digital watermark that can be used to track books that have had any other DRM layers stripped out of them before being shared online. The researchers are hoping the new DRM feature will curb digital piracy by simply making consumers paranoid that they'll be caught if they share an e-book illicitly.' I seem to recall reading about this in Tom Clancy's Patriot Games, when Jack Ryan used this technique to identify someone who was leaking secret documents. It would be so very difficult for someone to write a little program that, when stripping the DRM, randomized a couple of pieces of punctuation to break the hash that the vendor is storing along with the sales record of the individual book."
Australia

Apple Blocks Sale of Galaxy Tab 10.1 In Australia 316

Posted by timothy
from the about-that-rent-we're-seeking dept.
lukehopewell1 writes "Apple has obtained an injunction from an Australian court effectively blocking the sale of the new Android Honeycomb-powered Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1v. Apple Australia claims that the unit infringes on 10 of the Cupertino, California-based company's patents including the slide to unlock functionality as well as the edge-bounce feature. Samsung will provide Apple Australia with three units for study in coming weeks to ascertain whether or not the Korean gadget maker did in fact infringe on Apple's patented intellectual property."
The Internet

VoIP Now Technically Illegal In China 181

Posted by timothy
from the hush-it's-just-wise-regulation dept.
ironfrost writes "A recent ruling by China's Ministry of Industry and Information Technology (MIIT) has declared that VoIP services are illegal, except for the ones operated by state-owned telecom operators China Telecom and China Unicom. According to the article, 'the decision is expected to make Skype, UUCall and other similar services unavailable in China,' and is widely seen as a way to protect the traditional telecom operators' profits. Here's a more in-depth story in Chinese (Google Translate version)."
Security

Remote Exim Exploit In the Wild 90

Posted by kdawson
from the be-careful-out-there dept.
An anonymous reader sends word of a remote exploit in the wild against the Exim mail agent. The news comes on the exim mailing list, where a user posted that he had his exim install hacked via remote exploit giving the attacker the privilege of the mailnull user, which can lead to other possible attacks. A note up at the Internet Storm Center reminds exim users how to set up to run in unprivileged mode, and a commenter includes recompile instructions for Debian exim for added safety. The security press hasn't picked up on this story so far.
Privacy

Feds Warrantlessly Tracking Americans' Real Time Credit Card Activity 299

Posted by Soulskill
from the enjoy-knowing-the-exact-minute-i-eat-lunch dept.
PatPending writes "A 10-page Powerpoint presentation (PDF) that security and privacy analyst Christopher Soghoian recently obtained through a Freedom of Information Act Request to the Department of Justice reveals that law enforcement agencies routinely seek and obtain real-time surveillance of credit card transactions. The government's guidelines reveal that this surveillance often occurs with a simple subpoena, thus sidestepping any Fourth Amendment protections."
Media

AP Proposes ASCAP-Like Fees For the News 146

Posted by CmdrTaco
from the words-words-words dept.
eldavojohn writes "Techdirt directed my attention to an article where the AP discussed pressure from new devices and mediums today giving them cause to create a clearinghouse for news — much like the music industry's ASCAP — to 'establish an enforcement and payment system.' You'll notice that the story I am linking to and quoting is an AP story ... would Slashdot then be required to pay these fees? We have seen DMCA take down notices and fee discussions before from the AP."
Graphics

Erasing Objects From Video In Real Time 175

Posted by timothy
from the no-more-wires-visible dept.
Smoothly interpolating away objects in still pictures is impressive enough, but reader geoffbrecker writes with a stunning demonstration from Germany's Technical University of Ilmenau of on-the-fly erasure of selected objects in video. Quoting: "The effect is achieved by an image synthesizer that reduces the image quality, removes the object, and then increases the image quality back up. This all happens within 40 milliseconds, fast enough that the viewer doesn't notice any delay."

Comment: Nothing could possibly go wrong. (Score 1) 239

by smclean (#33525054) Attached to: Robots Taught to Deceive

I gotta say, I'm kind of tired of stories like this and then the parade of 'whatcouldpossiblygowrong' and 'thiswillendwell' and all the comments talking about how this is the beginning of Skynet.

You know what's going to happen from this? Two little robots that look like RC cars will act out a prescribed game of hide and seek. It will end just fine. Nothing could possibly go wrong. There is no way that the deception which is 'taught' to these robots will end up magically transferring itself to our cell phones, computers and toaster ovens. Self-checkout counters will not begin to suddenly shave pennies off transactions.

Of all people, the readers of slashdot should know that. I know it's fun to joke but people here seem to be taking the joke seriously.

Books

Authors Guild Silent Over iBooks Text-To-Speech 187

Posted by Soulskill
from the selective-interest dept.
Last year we discussed news that the Authors Guild took issue with the Kindle's text-to-speech function, claiming it was illegal for the device to read their books aloud. Amazon disagreed, but said they were willing to disable the feature upon request from rightsholders. Now, jamie notes a recent article by David Pogue at the NY Times in which he points out that Apple's free iBooks app does the same thing, yet the Authors Guild has remained silent. Quoting: "... Now swipe down the page with two fingers to make the iPhone start reading the book to you, out loud, with a synthesized voice. It even turns the pages automatically and keeps going until you tap with two fingers to stop it. Yes, this is exactly the feature that debuted in the Amazon Kindle and was then removed when publishers screamed bloody murder. But somehow, so far, Apple has gotten away with it, maybe because nobody's even realized this feature is in there." That said, the feature was certainly noticed during the launch of the iPad, so perhaps the Authors Guild has other reasons for holding their peace.
The Military

US Deploys 'Heat-Ray' In Afghanistan 406

Posted by Soulskill
from the warming-up-to-the-idea dept.
Koreantoast writes "The United States military has deployed Raytheon's newly developed Active Denial System (ADS), a millimeter-wave, 'non-lethal' heat-ray, to Afghanistan. The weapon generates a 'burning sensation' that is supposedly harmless, with the military claiming that the chance of injury is at less than 0.1%; numerous volunteers including reporters over the last several years have experienced its effects during various trials and demonstrations. While US military spokesperson Lt. Col. John Dorrian states that the weapon has not yet been operationally used, the tense situation in theater will ensure its usage soon enough. Proponents of ADS believe the system may help limit civilian deaths in counterinsurgency operations and provide new, safer ways to disperse crowds and control riots, but opponents fear that the system's long-term effects are not fully known and that the device may even be used for torture. Regardless, if ADS is successful in the field, we'll probably see this mobile microwave at your next local protest or riot."
Privacy

Indian Government Threatens RIM, Skype With Ban 281

Posted by Soulskill
from the can-we-hear-you-now dept.
gauharjk writes "India's Department of Telecommunications has been asked by the government to serve a notice to Skype and Research In Motion to ensure that their email and other data services comply with formats that can be read by security and intelligence agencies, or face a ban in India if they do not comply within 15 days. A similar notice is also being sent to Google, asking it to provide access to content on Gmail in a readable format."

Comment: Re:change the port. (Score 1) 185

by smclean (#32667776) Attached to: Coming Soon, Web Ads Tailored To Your Zip+4
They can't "snoop" on port 443. That's the beauty of SSL. If any man-in-the-middle could read and alter HTTP headers then SSL wouldn't do us much good. As for using random ports, I don't want to begin explaining why that wouldn't be feasible, but just know that even if traffic were on a different port a router could identify it as HTTP traffic and perform the header injection anyway. Takes slightly more CPU to do.. My take on this is what others have said here. My ISP injecting headers in to my HTTP requests is unacceptable, period. If I wanted to advertise my zip+4 in an HTTP header I am perfectly capable of doing that myself. There is no reason for my ISP to read, inspect or alter ANY of my connections on ANY port of ANY content.

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