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Comment Re:Overhyped (Score 2) 170

I heard an interview in the town square last month about this and the gentleman was gushing about how in a few years we won't carry bushels of supplies to barter in our oxcarts anymore. Which seems to miss the point that we carry other supplies in oxcarts. My pitchfork, shovel, rake are all still in there, plus some gold shillings for places which don't barter.

Meanwhile, why would I use Paper Money? Most stores don't support it and, in my area, they probably won't for several years. And if I'm out and about I'm going to have both my oxcart and gold shillings on me. I don't see th benefit of paying for something with paper money.

Canada

Submission + - CRTC tells Rogers to stop throttling online gamers (calgaryherald.com)

Meshach writes: Recently Canada's telecommunications regulator revealed that net neutrality was failing and that throttling was taking place. Apparently several months later things have not improved and Canada's telecommunications regulator on Friday gave Rogers Communications Inc., mere days to stop throttling online games.
IOS

Submission + - GLBasic supports iPad joysticks (glbasic.com)

GLBasic writes: "The lack of proper controls for iPad and iPhone games had been a pain for many gamers since the huge impact of the iOS based devices. But clever geek solutions exist that bring the joy of old school buttons and joysticks to the new gaming era.
Starting with the iCade and followed by the more compact iControlPad now the giant Atari released a bluetooth gadget that connects to your iPad or iPhone as a keyboard, offering great physical controls for great games.

With the update version 10.113, the developers of GLBasic offer a built-in support for these devices. Programming is very easy, because from the programmers point of view the iCade was implemented as if there was a 2nd joystick attached to a PC.

GLBasic is a free programming language that supports a huge variety of target platforms. The "premium" SDK purchase offers support for many mobile devices, 3D graphics and networking action."

China

Submission + - Pledge asks Chinese hackers to reject cybertheft (techworld.com.au) 1

angry tapir writes: "Two prominent Chinese hackers have released a convention calling for the rejection of cybertheft and are asking their peers to support it, as China is increasingly seen as the source of international hacking attacks. The two hackers, Gong Wei and Wan Tao, released their "Hackers' Self-Discipline Convention" to the Chinese media and posted its contents on the Internet. The hackers declined to offer further comment, but the document presents itself as a moral code that outlines appropriate hacking activities. The document states that hackers will not obtain money through stealing from the public. Hacking groups will also not spread knowledge or tools that are meant to take income. "The public's privacy, especially that of children and minors, will be protected," the document says. Any activity to buy or sell people's private information is considered inappropriate."

Submission + - Australia to get "License to Publish"? (news.com.au)

An anonymous reader writes: Tell me it will never happen — that even this government would never dream of requiring newspapers to have a government license
Security

Submission + - Linux update that looks like a redacted CIA doc (fedoraproject.org)

StealthHunter writes: When did updates start looking like recently unclassified and fully redacted documents? This recent update to the Fedora distribution leaves quite a bit to the imagination to the reader. Security folks may advise "apply security patches in a timely manner" while others may go a step further and say "read about what the patch does and consider the impact to the system before applying it." What is somebody supposed to do with this patch? Fav part: (See also _______)
Android

Submission + - How do users remove CAs from a mobile OS? (pcworld.com)

alostpacket writes: "With all the news recently about Mozilla, Microsoft, Google and Apple removing DigiNotar's and possibly some of Commodo's fraudulent certificates from their respective desktop browsers and operating systems, it seems mobile OSes may be more of a challenge.
While it appears some Android apps have sprung up, some of it is apparently early beta software. There is also an issue for Cyanogenmod. With Mobile OS updates few and far between, Google an Apple apparently have not yet commented on the matter. And, while WP7 and RIM devices do not appear to use DigiNotar, one would likely suspect they are equally prone to slow updates should a CA they do use become compromised.
In the meantime, what are users to do to help protect themselves? What steps are even necessary?"

News

Submission + - Following Exit of CEO, VeriSign CFO Quits Too (securityweek.com)

wiredmikey writes: Following news in early August that VeriSign CEO Mark D. McLaughlin would be leaving the company to become CEO at Palo Alto Networks, the company today finds itself faced with another key executive leaving the company. VeriSign today said that Executive Vice President and CFO, Brian Robins, will be leaving the company to pursue other opportunities.

Robins' last day at the company will be Sept. 30, 2011. Mark D. McLaughlin's last day at VeriSign was August 25th 2011, resulting in the company losing two key leaders over a period of about a month.

Some rumors have been speading that the company may be a takeover target or putting itself up for sale. According to report from Bloomberg, "The stock jumped 13 percent this week after the company canceled appearances at two investment conferences, one by Robins, fueling speculation that VeriSign was in talks to be acquired."

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