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Privacy

Russia To Require Registration For Wi-Fi Use 155

Oleg.salenko points out a ComputerWorld story with some bad news for Russia's wireless users, which starts out "Business travelers to Russia might want to keep their laptops and iPhones well-concealed — not from muggers, necessarily, but from the country's recently formed regulatory super-agency, Rossvyazokhrankultura (short for the Russian Mass Media, Communications and Cultural Protection Service)... Rossvyazokhrankultura's interpretation of current law holds that users must register any electronics that use the frequency involved in Wi-Fi communications, said Vladimir Karpov, the deputy director of the agency's communications monitoring division, according to an English commentary provided by website The Other Russia."
Software

Lightroom Vs. Aperture 192

Nonu writes "Adobe has officially released its Aperture killer, Lightroom, and the reviews are starting to come in. Ars looks at Lightroom and concludes that it's a better choice for those without bleeding-edge hardware. 'Aperture's main drawback is still performance as it was designed for bleeding-edge machines. On a quad Core 2 Duo Xeon, it is very usable but Lightroom just feels faster for everything regardless of hardware. Since Aperture relies on Core Image and a fast video card to do its adjustments (RAW decoding is done by the CPU), it's limited to what the single 3-D card can do. Lightroom does everything with the CPU and so it is likely to gain more speed as multicore systems get faster.'"
Security

Submission + - Study Finds Bank of America SiteKey is Flawed

An anonymous reader writes: The NYT reports on a Harvard and MIT study, which finds that the SiteKey authentication system employed by Bank of America is ineffective at prevent phishing attacks. SiteKey requires users to preselect an image and to recognize this image before they login, but users don't comply.

The idea is that if customers do not see their image, they could be at a fraudulent Web site, dummied up to look like their bank's, and should not enter their passwords. The Harvard and M.I.T. researchers tested that hypothesis. In October, they brought 67 Bank of America customers in the Boston area into a controlled environment and asked them to conduct routine online banking activities, like looking up account balances. But the researchers had secretly withdrawn the images. Of 60 participants who got that far into the study and whose results could be verified, 58 entered passwords anyway. Only two chose not to log on, citing security concerns.
The study, aptly entitled "The Emperor's New Security Indicators", is available online.
Programming

Submission + - Writing Open Source Documentation?

An anonymous reader writes: I'm an Open Source guy. I run Linux, I suggest FF and OO.org to friends. And I'd like to give back. The problem is, I'm not a coder. So how do I go about writing documentation, and what kind of projects should I look into? What are some stellar examples?
Hardware Hacking

Submission + - DocuColor Tracking Dot Decoding Guide

An anonymous reader writes: The EFF has posted a nice little guide decoding the grid that is printed by the Xerox DocuColor series printer. The FBI and NSA use this to keep track of certain groups, like Greenpeace, here in the US. The article itself only covers the DocuColor series printers, but the EFF warns that this maybe used by other printers as well. Very interesting read, and also very scary knowing that whatever we print can possibly be tracked with exact date and times and the serial number of the printer used. Enjoy!
Operating Systems

Submission + - Ubuntu Canada vs. Microsoft's Digital Ice House

Dave writes: This past week, Microsoft Canada had a house made of ice at Dundas Square, raffling off free copies of Windows Vista and Office 2007, and demonstrating the "all new features" of their flagship products. The folks at Ubuntu Toronto set up shop just outside of the ice house on Friday and Saturday, fully equipped with a 10-foot inflatable version of Tux, the Linux penguin, handing out freshly burned CDs and flyers. Despite initial discouragement and words from Toronto Police, they report that the campaign was a success. Check out the scoop here, and photos of the event are here.
Software

Submission + - Benchmark: VirtualBox vs. Qemu vs. VMware-player

An anonymous reader writes: Recently InnoTek, a company from southern Germany, released their virtualization software "VirtualBox" under GPL. Due this piece of software is based on qemu I thought about performing a benchmark to compare those two open source vmware competitors. As some people requested, I added the VMware-Player to this article to make a direct comparison of those 2 opensource projects with this freeware tool. Full article here
Censorship

Submission + - Scientology critic arrested after 6 years

destinyland writes: "Friday police arrested 64-year-old Keith Henson. In 2000 after picketing a Scientology complex, he was arrested as a threat because of a joke Usenet post about "Tom Cruise Missiles." He fled to Canada after being found guilty of "interfering" with a religion, and spent the next 6 years living as a fugitive. Besides being a digital encryption and free speech advocate, he's one of the original Burr-Brown/Texas Instruments researchers and a co-founder of the Space Colony movement."
User Journal

Journal Journal: Moved blog

I've starting (in a small way), blogging on my own server :

http://blog.tc.dk/

This is TC ... closing /. journal...

The Internet

Journal Journal: Google adsense

I can't believe that there isn't a "google" topic...

Anyway. I've added google adsense ads to my book review site. The basic idea is that google already know what my page is all about, so it will be able to intelligently target ads at my site.

I seems to work - to some degree. My front page has some okay links at the moment:
* Free Sci-Fi News
* SF&F First Editions
* Free Reading Group Guides
* Robert Sheckley's Books

Mandriva

Journal Journal: To Linux or Not - Part III - Mandrake 1

Okay. I wiped the mandrak createde partitions, with Partition magic, thinking that I would start from scratch.

I moved the old "media" partition about a bit and made a bit more free space for Mandrake to gob up.

Took Partition magic about four hours to do.

After which my machine couldn't find the boot thing on my main drive (which shouldn't have been touched at all!). Strangely enough it found some strange Novell thing (which didn't get far).

Linux

Journal Journal: To Linux or Not - Part II - Mandrake

So I decide to give installing something a try.

After reading a bit on distrowatch.com I decide for a mandrake distro. The three CD set seems to have a fair amount of application and a fair level of newbiee friendlyness.

Linux

Journal Journal: To Linix or not - part I 1

I'm working towards doing my main home workstation totally microsoft free.

The first step was chancing to OpenOffice, which I really enjoy. But I'm still running W2K.

What I need:

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