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The Courts

+ - Cellular networks should be open, says major news->

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athloi
athloi writes "In the USA, however, cellphone service providers can and do thwart innovative technologies and limit competition. For example, they routinely bar handset makers from including Wi-Fi capabilities, which can save consumers a bundle by allowing them to use a free network when they are in "hot spots." With more new technologies on the way, the current system could stifle innovation. http://news.yahoo.com/s/usatoday/20070712/cm_usato day/ourviewonspectrumforsaledisconnectphoneprovide r"
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Privacy

+ - Privacy Isn't Dead, or At Least It Shouldn't Be->

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An anonymous reader writes "Scientific American sits down with Carnegie Mellon computer scientist Latanya Sweeney to discuss online privacy. After a brief discussion of the importance of privacy in society (and a few paragraphs on her life) Latanya Sweeny, who heads the Data Privacy Lab at Carnegie Mellon University, talks about just how easy it is to identify people through publicly available information. From the article: "[Earlier in my career] I had learned that if I had the date of birth, gender and a five-digit zip code of a person, I could identify 87 percent of the people in the United States. So even if you don't give me your social security number, I can find out who you are nearly nine out of 10 times.""
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Privacy

+ - Stolen Backup Tape Compromises a Million Citizens->

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InvisblePinkUnicorn
InvisblePinkUnicorn writes "The Columbus Dispatch has a detailed story about the recent theft of a backup tape that was stored in the car of an intern working for Ohio Governor Ted Strickland. The tape is now believed to contain sensitive personal information on nearly 860,000 individuals, or about one in 10 Ohio adults. From the article: 'Strickland continues to say that there is no evidence the stolen data tape has been used, and that doing so would require specialized equipment and expertise. Two people included on the tape have reported unauthorized or attempted use of a credit card, but authorities don't think it's related to the stolen tape. Even so, the state is paying $9.25 for one year of identity-theft protection for each affected individual.' Strickland has repeatedly emphasized that the data would be very difficult to obtain from the tape, and that this also explains why they initially didn't know how many people were compromised."
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IBM

+ - Mainframes still popular for their stability->

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athloi
athloi writes "In other words, it seems that what keeps the venerable IBM mainframe going is that its total cost of ownership (TCO) is low enough and its performance high enough that the up-front cost of switching to a completely different hardware/software system is not amortized by the lower TCO (and higher performance) of a competitor over a long enough time horizon. Indeed, one gets the sense that, instead of eyeing Itanium clusters wistfully, IBM mainframe customers are relatively satisfied. (This provides a different model for those who want Linux to make corporate inroads: stability and dependability, as opposed to the latest bells and whistles.)

http://arstechnica.com/news.ars/post/20070711-lega cy-matters-why-the-ibm-mainframe-continues-to-thri ve.html"

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Education

+ - Computer Science basics for marketing folks 1

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Anonymous Coward writes "I am a Computer Science ex-programmer who now finds myself working in a Marketing department at a large software company. I find that many of the marketing employees are being asked to understand pretty complex products and technologies without having a basic understanding of networks, how a computer works, etc. I have been looking for a training course to send these marketing employees to but am not finding anything appropriate. I am hoping that members of this community might nave some ideas for me. thanks."
United States

+ - The New Science of Parking

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Articles Directory writes " The New Science of Parking If you live in a city and drive a car, chances are you know the hassles of looking for a place to park. Studies of traffic congestion in New York and Los Angeles have found that cruising for parking is, in fact, a major source of gridlock. In a 2006 study undertaken in a Brooklyn neighborhood by Transportation Alternatives, a New York-based advocacy group, 45% of drivers interviewed admitted they were simply looking for a parking spot. A more rigorous analysis was conducted in Los Angeles by Dr. Douglas Shoup, an urban planning professor at UCLA and one of the nation's top parking gurus. Over the course of a year, he and his students found, the search for curb parking in a 15-block business district "created about 950,000 excess vehicle miles of travel — equivalent to 38 trips around the earth, or four trips to the moon," which consumes "47,000 gallons of gas and produces 730 tons of the greenhouse gas carbon dioxide.""
Censorship

+ - Canadian Piracy Claims Debunked->

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Steve
Steve writes "Law professor Michael Geist and filmmaker Daniel Albahary have just released an excellent film called "Putting Canadian 'Piracy' in Perspective." It does a great job of debunking the claims that piracy is rampant in Canada, and demonstrates that these claims are little more than scare tactics and straw-man arguments from corporate and government interests looking to change Canadian law to their benefit."
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Windows

+ - QuickTime plays havoc with RAID in Vista!

Submitted by Z00L00K
Z00L00K (682162) writes "This may be old news to some, but anyway...

According to an article there is a serious problem with Vista when Quicktime is used.

I thought I was just unlucky the first time but when something happens two times in the exact same fashion, you just got to check into it a little more.

System is Vista Ultimate 32-bit with RAID 10 on Intel ICH8R chipset. A couple of weeks ago I tried running a .mov file using Apple QuickTime software (latest version) and that is when things started to go downhill. The file seemed very slow to load and eventually QuickTime crashed after a lot of persuasion. Once QuickTime was closed, I was notified of a RAID error through the Intel Matrix Storage Console but the same thing will happen if you reboot during the lockup as well.
The problem here is that a rather normal application is able to cause data corruption on this level. This means that there is an obvious problem with Vista that can be exploited by malware.

Maybe it's the cause of "Beauty is only skin deep but ugly is down to the bone." from where I refer to that Vista has got a new skin of security but under the skin it's still the same ugly security handling."
XBox (Games)

+ - Microsoft admits all 360s sold so far are flawed

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An anonymous reader writes "CNN reports that Microsoft has admitted all xbox 360 consoles sold in the past 19 months suffer from a design flaw. But it does not have any plans to start a recall program.

It seems like everyone with a functional (like myself) are lucky. This seems to be a bad time for Microsoft. But as a 360 owner, I am glad they actually admitted this instead of denying and repeating their line on how the actual failure rate is very low."

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