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Unique ID In India Causes 'Fear of the Beast' 725

bhagwad writes "India's attempts to tag everyone with an ID number has run into a roadblock is some Christian villages. Apparently the villagers fear they will be associated with the devil since according to the Bible, everyone having the 'mark of the beast' will go to hell. These people are not afraid of punishment. They relish this opportunity to prove their faith because the Bible also proclaims that they will be persecuted."
Privacy

Submission + - Census Hurt Trust In Feds More Than NSA Wiretaps (forbes.com) 1

AGreenberg writes: I've written a post at Forbes' cybersecurity and privacy blog on a study by the Ponemon Institute showing that Americans' trust in government privacy protections is at an all-time low. That's largely because Americans' privacy trust in the Census Bureau fell dramatically over the last year, more even than trust in the NSA fell after the revelations of its warrantless surveillance of American citizens. This is a sad consequence of paranoia fueled by bizarre and ridiculous reports like this one, which argued that the Census would use GPS to target missiles at citizens' homes.
Censorship

Some Google Searches Now Blocked In China 84

bannable writes with this from the Wall Street Journal: "Google Inc. said that its Web search service in mainland China was partially blocked Wednesday, the deadline for the company to extend its Internet operating license in the country. The company said the blockage appeared to affect only search queries generated by mainland China users of the company's Google Suggest function, which automatically recommends search queries based on the first few letters a user types into the search box."

Feed Wired: FBI: Spies Hid Secret Messages on Public Websites (wired.com)

Moscow communicated with a ring of alleged spies in America by encoding instructions in otherwise innocent-looking images. It's one of a slew of high-tech and time-tested methods that the agents used to pass and receive information — from private Wi-Fi networks to buried paper bags.



AMD

Submission + - Build guide outlines cheap quad-, six-core PCs (techreport.com)

J. Dzhugashvili writes: Slapping together a lean, mean gaming machine has never been easier, especially with the trend of bargain-basement pricing in the CPU market. The latest edition of The Tech Report's build guide outlines a hexa-core gaming rig that costs only $850 to put together, not to mention a quad-core hot rod for $550. Both configurations have DirectX 11 graphics, bells and whistles like 6Gbps Serial ATA and USB 3.0, and quiet, highly efficient power supplies with equally discreet enclosures. Considering what you can get with careful component selection, a Phillips-head screwdriver, and some elbow grease, it's a wonder anyone still buys overpriced gaming PCs from Dell or HP.

Feed Techdirt: Google On China: Yeah, So Apparently The Gov't Doesn't Like Us Redirecting All T (techdirt.com)

This can't really come as a surprise, but it appears that Google's plan to redirect all traffic from China to its Hong Kong site, in response to China's censorship... and hack attack isn't making China very happy. The country has apparently threatened to take away Google's Internet Content Provider license... so, now it appears that Google is taking a step back into China in an attempt to keep the license. Google's argument (effectively the same one it had when it first went into China despite concerns about censorship there) is that having some access in China is better than no access for people there:

Without an ICP license, we can't operate a commercial website like Google.cn--so Google would effectively go dark in China.

That's a prospect dreaded by many of our Chinese users, who have been vocal about their desire to keep Google.cn alive. We have therefore been looking at possible alternatives, and instead of automatically redirecting all our users, we have started taking a small percentage of them to a landing page on Google.cn that links to Google.com.hk--where users can conduct web search or continue to use Google.cn services like music and text translate, which we can provide locally without filtering. This approach ensures we stay true to our commitment not to censor our results on Google.cn and gives users access to all of our services from one page.

Over the next few days we'll end the redirect entirely, taking all our Chinese users to our new landing page--and today we re-submitted our ICP license renewal application based on this approach.
I'm not sure this will actually satisfy the Chinese government, or do Google much good either. It seems like taking a bit of a step backwards after insisting that it would stay out of China if China continued to require it to censor results.

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