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Bill Would Require ISPs, Wi-Fi Users To Keep Logs 857

Posted by kdawson
from the boon-for-disk-makers dept.
suraj.sun notes CNet reporting on bills filed in the US House and Senate that would require all ISPs and operators of Wi-Fi hotspots — including home users — to maintain access logs for 2 years to aid in law enforcement. The bills were filed by Republicans, but the article notes that the idea of forcing data retention has been popular on both sides of the aisle over the years. "Republican politicians on Thursday called for a sweeping new federal law that... would impose unprecedented data retention requirements on a broad swath of Internet access providers and is certain to draw fire from businesses and privacy advocates. ... Each [bill] contains the same language: 'A provider of an electronic communication service or remote computing service shall retain for a period of at least two years all records or other information pertaining to the identity of a user of a temporarily assigned network address the service assigns to that user [i.e., DHCP].'"

Comment: Re:vi is for building emacs (Score 1) 412

by spitefulcrow (#25689775) Attached to: (Stupid) Useful Emacs Tricks?
Ahh, a fellow Berkeley student. To give you a few hints, Instructional Support's Solaris boxes do in fact use the GNU userland utilities (Sun's userland sucks, as mentioned above). tcsh *should* be the default shell; if for whatever reason your account is screwed up, log in to update.cs to get a menu to change your shell, password, and so on. Emacs is most definitely installed, and you can invoke vim as 'vim'.
Operating Systems

+ - ATI Laptops Broken by Ubuntu Gutsy-> 1

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spitefulcrow writes "The newest release of Ubuntu Linux, Gutsy Gibbon, includes a new kernel build that breaks compatibility with ATI's binary graphics drivers. The bug manifests itself in a complete system hang when attempting to use suspend-to-RAM on any machine using these drivers. The developers knew that this was an issue before releasing the update, and even commented on it in the official release notes, suggesting that users stop using the ATI-provided driver, refrain from using suspend-to-RAM, or just stay on Feisty Fawn. While taking the ideological high ground and refusing to change features of the release to support a binary driver may have appealed to Ubuntu's maintainers, the reality of the situation is that it results in an abysmal loss of functionality for a large number of users. This is hardly a step in the right direction for a distribution that prides itself in usability and "just working"."
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Engadget: Apple's iPod Touch gets official->

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Filed under: Portable Audio, Portable Video


Well, what do you know. Turns out the iPod Touch is a reality after all. While we initially assumed that Mr. Jobs wouldn't be so kind as to bless us all with two new full-fledged iPods in a single day, we're elated that he had other ideas. The new flagship iPod has "the same size screen as the iPhone, but it's even thinner" (eight-millimeters, for those taking notes), and it also touts the "same multi-touch interface" found on the the firm's handset. Additionally, it boasts a 3.5-inch widescreen display, the ability to "flick through your photos," and you even get the "slide to unlock" feature, too. And yes, this thing actually has WiFi.

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Technology (Apple)

+ - New iPod and other toys->

Submitted by Foldarn
Foldarn (1152051) writes "The new iPod has been announced today at Apple's event. Details over on iLounge that give a play by play. Looks like the new iPod (and old ones) are pretty cool. The new iPod, called the iPod Touch is an iPhone without the phone capabilities. The picture and demo showed a nice wi-fi icon. Looks like the iPod is going to be the Zune killer contrary to Microsoft's initial intention! The screen is a widescreen that switches to full screen in a single tap and the overall interface is said to be pretty impressive with smooth 3D graphics. It sounds like a regurgitated iPhone, but I don't think you'll hear too many complaints. The older iPods are going to start going out with what looks like twice the battery capacity as before."
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Programming

+ - Are Most CS Students Getting a Raw Deal?

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Jason Luther
Jason Luther writes "Are most Computer Science students in universities and colleges around the world getting a raw deal? That's what it seems like; especially when you look at all the evidence and realize just how many hundreds of thousands of students are putting long hours and thousands of dollars into studying something that they just won't do well in... Given the disparity amongst the "coding talent" present in different students, is it the universities' duty to inform students of the real hardships encountered in the programming world, and the fact that it's not experience alone that makes a good programmer?"
User Journal

Journal: What is this thing for anyway?

Journal by spitefulcrow
How silly. I have a LiveJournal and a blog that I use every once in a while. I think this is the third or fourth online journal that I've had created (albeit unintentionally).

C for yourself.

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