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+ - UEFI Secure Boot, Linux, and Virtualization->

Submitted by thisNameNotTaken
thisNameNotTaken (952374) writes "Microsoft is implementing UEFI Secure Boot in the Windows 8 OS, [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Unified_Extensible_Firmware_Interface]. This will impact users who want to dual boot other distributions — Linux included. Garrett, a Red Hat employee who works on the Fedora distro, has a solution for the Fedora Linux distro. [http://mjg59.dreamwidth.org/12368.html].

My question is how the the UEFI issue might effect a users ability to use QEMU [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/QEMU] and/or Oracle VirtualBox. Garrett says UEFI will "be moving to requiring signed kernel modules and locking down certain aspects of kernel functionality. The most obvious example is that it won't be possible to access PCI regions directly from userspace, which means all graphics cards will need kernel drivers.".

Does this "signing" mean Windws 8 will not allow any type of vitalization? Are we now heading into an era where software , again, is so limited that an abacus now looks hi-tech."

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Security

+ - In-Secure Banking Security Software: Trusteer Rapport

Submitted by thisNameNotTaken
thisNameNotTaken (952374) writes "Ever so often my bank has a pop-up which askes me to install a security application from www.trusteer.com. The application, "Trusteer Rapport", is a security addon which is to make my banking safer. Safer for whomn? Accoring to the Trusteer website, the "Trusteer works with leading banks to prevent criminals from taking money from your accounts".

Really, it seems that the application is a keylogger (http://goo.gl/1K5py) at best or at worst, it's a security nightmare which does not work and can be bypassed by malware (http://goo.gl/RWcfJ)(http://goo.gl/FAMwz).

Does anyone know if this software REALLY works, or, does it "phone home" with a users private information like the ATT CarrierIQ phone software (http://goo.gl/Sx72Q)."

+ - MPAA: We're No Pirates! You Are Thieves! Or?->

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TheGift73
TheGift73 writes "The MPAA is outraged and offended by “The Pirate Bay and their apologists” who “seek to justify profiting from digital theft” by referring to Hollywood’s founders as pirates. Not true, they claim. Instead, the early inhabitants of Hollywood were independent filmmakers who were censored by a copyright monopoly. They were freedom fighters who saw no other option than to infringe patents for the sake of creativity."
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United States

+ - Facebook Co-Founder Renounces US Citizenship 1

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Hugh Pickens writes
Hugh Pickens writes writes "MSNBC reports that Eduardo Saverin, who helped Mark Zuckerberg start Facebook while at Harvard University, is giving up his US citizenship in a move that may reduce his tax bill to become a resident of Singapore, where residents pay no capital gain taxes. “Eduardo recently found it more practical to become a resident of Singapore since he plans to live there for an indefinite period of time,” says Tom Goodman, a spokesman for Saverin adding that Saverin renounced his US citizenship “around September” of last year. Renouncing one’s US. citizenship well in advance of an IPO is “a very smart idea,” from a tax standpoint, says Reuven S. Avi-Yonah, director of the international tax program at the University of Michigan’s law school. “Once it’s public you can’t fool around with the value.” Forbes estimated Saverin’s net worth at $2 billion, ranking the 30-year-old No. 634 in its list of billionaires. Renouncing citizenship is an option chosen by increasing numbers of Americans. A record 1,780 US citizens gave up their US passports last year compared with 235 in 2008, according to government records. “It’s a loss for the U.S. to have many well-educated people who actually have a great deal of affection for America make that choice,” says Richard Weisman."
Google

+ - Court Rules NSA Doesn't Have To Confirm Or Deny Secret Relationship With Google-> 1

Submitted by Sparrowvsrevolution
Sparrowvsrevolution (1926150) writes "A DC appeals court has ruled that the National Security Agency doesn’t need to either confirm or deny its secret relationship with Google in response to a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request and follow-up lawsuit filed by the Electronic Privacy Information Center. The NSA cited a FOIA exemption that covers any documents whose exposure might hinder the NSA’s national security mission, and responded to EPIC with a "no comment." Beyond merely rejecting the FOIA request, the court has agreed with the NSA that it has the right to simply not respond to the request, as even a rejection of the request might reveal details of a suspected relationship with Google that it has sought to keep secret.

Google was reported to have partnered with the NSA to bolster its defenses against hackers after its breach by Chinese cyberspies in early 2010. But to the dismay of privacy advocates who fear the NSA's surveillance measures coupled with Google's trove of data, the company has never explained the details of that partnership."

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Data Storage

+ - SSD vs HDD: Differences Explained

Submitted by adeelarshad82
adeelarshad82 (1482093) writes "It wasn't until recently that computer shoppers could pick the type of primary storage they prefer for their machines. However now that they can configure their system with either an HDD, SSD, or in some cases both; question is, which do they pick. One desktop analyst takes the topic a full circle; talks about the history of storage drives, startng from 1956, which eventually paved the way for SSD. The article also sheds light on the advantages and disadvantages of SDD versus HDD and finally gives an opinion on why one type of storage may be better for a user over the other."
United States

+ - USPS to Ban International Shipping on Lithium Ion Powered Gadgetry->

Submitted by sl4shd0rk
sl4shd0rk (755837) writes "Apparently the USPS is enacting a ban on the international shipment of all devices containing Litihium Ion batteries. The ban is expected to lift in January of 2013. Seems like this should drive more business away from the already floundering USPS financal situation. Although TFA focuses on the shipment of items _out_ of the US, I would surmise the same ban will apply to purchasing these items on Ebay from overseas sources."
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Security

+ - UNC Data Breaches Expose 350,000 Social Security Numbers->

Submitted by Gunkerty Jeb
Gunkerty Jeb (1950964) writes "Confidential data, including bank account and Social Security numbers for some 350,000 University of North Carolina-Charlotte students, staff and faculty, were accidentally exposed — some for almost 15 years — due to a system misconfiguration and incorrect access settings that made electronic data publicly available.

The school on Wednesday released a statement on an investigation it launched in February after staff discovered the data breach. The investigation revealed two separate incidents exposed data such as names, addresses, Social Security numbers and financial account information provided during university transactions."

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Comment: Whole House Protection (Score 1) 341

Have an electrician install a whole house surge device at the main power panel. Remember, these protection devices are designed to fail after a BAD hit. Get a surge device with external status display.

I installed mine, I do not recommend you install this as you need to pull your meter and most (all) power companies don't like this. Especially, when amateurs are doing the work. Oh well.

Comment: Who says? Just TOR. (Score 1) 591

by thisNameNotTaken (#33163200) Attached to: Google CEO Schmidt Predicts End of Online Anonymity

"According to Schmidt, true transparency and anonymity on the Internet will become a thing of the past because of the need to combat criminal and 'anti-social' behavior." Of course he would like this. Another way to make money at user expense.

This is posted using Tor. [http://www.torproject.org/] [http://www.torproject.org/easy-download.html.en].

The Tor windows installation is portable [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Portable_application] and anti-forensic [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Anti-computer_forensics].

Happy Computing

+ - Apple, iJail, iPolice, and the Gizmo Blogger's ->

Submitted by thisNameNotTaken
thisNameNotTaken (952374) writes ""Authorities seized computers, digital cameras, a cell phone and other items from a technology blog editor who posted pictures and details of a lost iPhone prototype." A Gizmido (http://gizmodo.com) blogger had a real bad day. "The warrant, issued by a Superior Court judge in San Mateo County, said the computers and other devices may have been used to commit a felony." Really, what would that be? Pissing Steve Job's off. "Steve Wagstaffe, spokesman for the San Mateo County District Attorney's office, confirmed the warrant's authenticity." Wow. Call the iPolice!

This is political and a waste of time. Because, this case that WILL not get prosecuted. It is all about showing the world that Apple cares about bad press. The drunk/drinking Apple employee (http://gizmodo.com/5520471/the-tale-of-apples-next-iphone?skyline=true&s=i) leaves the next generation iPhone on a bar stool and the blogger gets tossed by the police. Bad people should get arrested and jailed. A blogger.Over an iPhone. Lets us hope the Electronic Freedom Foundation (http://www.eff.org/) steps in on this.

What a sorry state of affairs. Speaking as a retired LEO — what a bunch of %^#@. Sadly, the judge and the law enforcement officer must really be bored."

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