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The Internet

AT&T Invests in Filtered Networking 152

Filtered Coward writes "Last summer, AT&T announced its intention to begin filtering copyrighted content at some point. The telecom has now bought a chunk of Vobile, whose core product is VideoDNA. "Like other systems of its kind, VideoDNA develops a unique signature from every frame of video. The signature is meant to be robust enough to survive various transformations and edits, and it can then be used to run matches against incoming content.' Vobile claims that VideoDNA is good enough to be used on video when transmitted over a network. 'Based on the complexity of the problem, we suspect that anything initially deployed by AT&T will fall far short of a robust P2P video filter. But should AT&T truly have its eyes on just such a prize, the company would be in a powerful position to impose its own policies on the entire US, since it owns major parts of the Internet backbone.'"
Censorship

Submission + - Sensitive Guantánamo Manual Leaked via Wi (wired.com)

James Hardine writes: Wired is reporting that a never-before-seen military manual detailing the day-to-day operations of the U.S. military's Guantánamo Bay detention facility has been leaked to the web, via the whistleblowing site Wikileaks.org, affording a rare inside glimpse into the institution where the United States has imprisoned hundreds of suspected terrorists since 2002. The 238-page document, "Camp Delta Standard Operating Procedures," is dated March 28, 2003. The disclosure highlights the internet's usefulness to whistle-blowers in anonymously propagating documents the government and others would rather conceal. The Pentagon has been resisting — since October 2003 — a Freedom of Information Act request from the American Civil Liberties Union seeking the very same document. Anonymous open-government activists created Wikileaks in January, hoping to turn it into a clearinghouse for such disclosures. The site uses a Wikipedia-like system to enlist the public in authenticating and analyzing the documents it publishes. The Camp Delta document includes schematics of the camp, detailed checklists of what "comfort items" such as extra toilet paper can be given to detainees as rewards, six pages of instructions on how to process new detainees, instructions on how to psychologically manipulate prisoners, and rules for dealing with hunger strikes.
Space

Submission + - Earthrise/earthset (www.jaxa.jp) 1

GSGKT writes: The iconic "Earthrise" photo taken during Apollo 8 mission has been hailed as "the most influential environmental photograph ever taken". Japanese lunar explorer, Kaguya (a moon princess in Japanese folklore), has entered lunar orbit on Oct 19. It has been sending back pictures/movies of the moon taking with its high-resolution camera before that. Movies of earthrise and earthset taken by the Kaguya are now available. This is the first of such a movie since NASA's 1969 Appolo 11 mission, and the first taken using HD camera, according to Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency's press release.
The Internet

Submission + - Verizon DNS wildcarding FIOS/DSL (publicknowledge.org)

obsidian97 writes: Verizon has taken a page from the Verisign Sitefinder debacle and turned on DNS wildcarding for FIOS and DSL customers. For these customers, a DNS query for "asdf1234", for which there isn't even a TLD, yields a Verizon sponsored landing page where they can automatically piss off their customers. Don't they ever learn?
Graphics

Submission + - Free online tool for precision vectorization (stanford.edu)

cbroglie writes: Stanford has released a free tool called Vector Magic to convert bit map images into vector art. Vector art is useful because it allows you to scale an image without making it blurry or pixelated. The tool supports a variety of inputs/outputs and works great — especially for logos. Check out some cool comparisons to Adobe Live Trace and Corel PowerTRACE. And you thought that 100 pixel jpeg could never look good on a tee shirt.
Privacy

Submission + - Justice Dept re-opens wiretapping investigation

frdmfghtr writes: In a surprising change, the White House has "cleared the way for the Justice Department to restart an investigation into the government's no-warrant electronic surveillance program.". FTA: "We recently received the necessary security clearances and are now able to proceed with our investigation," [H. Marshall] Jarrett said in the letter he wrote to five members of the House, including Rep. Maurice Hinchey, a Democrat from New York.

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