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Comment: Re:Sad by understandable (Score 3, Informative) 127

by storem (#29657285) Attached to: Thawte Will End "Web of Trust" On November 16
I'm a WOT Notary myself since 2002.

<rant>To be very blunt, Thawte went downhill ever since VeriSign took over. I'm sure things would be different with Mark Shuttleworth still heading the company.</rant>

I also did not receive any official information from Thawte yet about this. I guess they figured we read today's Internet newspapers anyway.

Many of us Thawte WOT Notaries became CAcert ECCP Assurers during the last couple of years. While CAcert.org is a community-driven certificate authority that issues free public key certificates to the public, it still lacks inclusion of its root certificate in most popular browsers. I do however strongly think there is a need for this kind of service, as no communication is ever going to be really safe unless we all use encryption. It is way to easy to spot the important emails nowadays.

I'm must also admit that less people are interested by the technology - and WOT notaries assert less people each year - mainly due to the complexity of PKI implementations in popular email packages.

<product_placement>I hope efforts like the Comodo/DigitalPersona Privacy Manager product to make it easier for people to use PKI, revive the identity security awareness with people.</product_placement>

More info from Thawte's Wikipedia page:

Thawte Notaries have been submitting minimal information to the Gossamer Spider Web of Trust ("GSWoT"; a grass-roots OpenPGP PKI) for safe-keeping in hopes to increase the longevity of their earned trust points. The collaborative effort aims to bind Thawte Notary names and email addresses to their now-existing entry on Thawte's Web of Trust Notary Map. Thawte Notaries from within and without GSWoT are performing the validations. The initiative will bear no fruit if Thawte Notaries fail to find or create a WoT that will recognize their former status as a Thawte Web of Trust Notary. The Thawte Notary EOL List on GSWoT will die in one year's time - on November 16, 2010.
Government

+ - Swiss banks making concessions on bank secrecy 1

Submitted by Aryabhata
Aryabhata (979040) writes "Economic Times & Reuters report: "Under pressure from the US and other troubled economies, the Swiss government announced on Friday that it would cooperate in international tax investigations, breaking with its long-standing tradition of protecting wealthy foreigners accused of hiding billions of dollars. Austria and Luxembourg also said they would help. ""
The Almighty Buck

+ - Jon Stewart Exposes Apple Stock Manipulation-> 1

Submitted by WebManWalking
WebManWalking (1225366) writes "AppleInsider is running a report by Prince McLean about how deliberate misinformation is being used to manipulate Apple stock prices. As usual, traditional journalists, whose job ought to be to inform us, have dropped the ball, and it fell to Jon Stewart of The Daily Show to tear Wall Street yet another new one. I'm getting pretty sick of traditional journalists' reluctance to go for the throat when they see corruption, and ostensibly hide behind the skirts of fairness. Looks more like cowardice to me. I don't own Apple stock, but if I did, I'd be thanking The Daily Show."
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Hardware Hacking

+ - MacBook modded with second monitor inside Logo-> 1

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Anonymous Coward
Anonymous Coward writes "This is one of the coolest mods I've seen all year. Mac Moder EdsJunk submitted this mod to our forums late Thursday night. By cracking open a MacBook he was able to put a second monitor inside of the screen. The end result is sweet. The second monitor can make the Apple logo have any kind of background, like the clown fish, or the flurry screen saver."
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Security

+ - The "militarisation" of the Internet->

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angry tapir writes "One of the discussions at the Source Boston Security Showcase has been the "militarisation" of the Internet. Governments looking to silence critics and stymie opposition have added DDOS attacks to their censoring methods, according to Jose Nazario, senior security researcher at Arbor Networks, with international political situations spawning DDOS attacks."
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The Military

+ - How Do Militaries Treat Their Nerds?

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An anonymous reader writes "Cyber Warfare is a hot topic these days, a major reorganization may be looming, but a critical component is a culture where technologists can thrive. Two recent articles address this subject. Lieutenant Colonel Greg Conti and Colonel Buck Surdu recently published an article in the latest DoD IA Newsletter stating that "The Army, Navy, and Air Force all maintain cyberwarfare components, but these organizations exist as ill-fitting appendages that attempt to operate in inhospitable cultures where technical expertise is not recognized, cultivated, or completely understood." In his TaoSecurity Blog Richard Bejtlich added "When I left the Air Force in early 2001, I was the 31st of the last 32 eligible company grade officers in the Air Force Information Warfare Center to separate from the Air Force rather than take a new nontechnical assignment." So, Slashdot, how has the military treated you and your technical friends? What changes are needed?"
Google

+ - Google's 2007 April Fool's Hoax

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Anirban Paul
Anirban Paul writes "Google has embarked upon a huge internet April Fool's hoax campaign as we speak (now it is 4:15am April 1st EST -NY). google has launched an april fool hoax as a link in the main search page that it is offering broadband internet service through household toilets. they have named the service as TiSP (beta); it is well written elaborate hoax with customer support, tech support, FAQs etc. it can also be accessed at http://www.google.com/tisp/. it says the following: "Sick of paying for broadband that you have to, well, pay for? Introducing Google TiSP (BETA), our new FREE in-home wireless broadband service. Sign up today and we'll send you your TiSP self-installation kit, which includes setup guide, fiber-optic cable, spindle, wireless router and installation CD.""
Graphics

Nvidia To Recall Every 8800 GTX/GTS Card 134

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Bill Stubbs writes "NVIDIA has admitted to a killer bug in all GeForce 8800GTX/GTS cards, and will recall all affected cards and replace them. 'An NVIDIA engineer, who wishes to remain anonymous, has just clued us in on the whole deal. This engineer claims that while allegations of poor gaming performance are correct, the reason is not really poor drivers. Brace yourself for the truth: Right after the G80 was taped out, NVIDIA discovered a bug in the vertex shader that causes the GPU to generate slightly incorrect geometry transformation data. The difference was minimal enough to escape attention but it was significant enough to render a scene incorrectly.' The article also links to a secret website which will allow gamers to purchase Nvidia cards at cost."

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