BBC reporting (here: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-15968878 ) that the people behind the Can You Crack It website are the UK's GCHQ (one of the UK intelligence agencies) and that they're hiring!
So, let's see if the Slashdot effect holds...
A reporter from The New York Times, an American of Norwegian rather than Afghan extraction, voluntarily submitted to a test screening with the B.A.T. system. After his fingerprints and iris scans were entered into the B.A.T.’s armored laptop, an unexpected “hit” popped up on the screen, along with the photograph of a heavily bearded Afghan.
The “hit” identified the reporter as “Haji Daro Shar Mohammed,” who is on terrorist Watch List 4, with this note: “Deny Access, Do Not Hire, Subject Poses a Threat.”
Hilarious, until this "hit" is used to trigger a missile strike on your house. this example illustrates why outputs of biometric comparisons should be human-adjudicated when anything other than a parking-space is at question.
Is it like "Ewen"? "Yawn"? "Evan"? "Yohan"? "Eeeeeeee-yooooo, e-yo, eleven"?
It's Irish and is pronounced Owen (O-wen). Naturally, Mr. Casey may have a different view!
Other great Irish names - Niamh (Neve), Saedbh (Sive) and Maedbh (go on, guess - "bh" is like "v")
Google has released two phones ever, both of which are easily rootable.
Easily by the average
Or just to offer power users more options to rid themselves of the constant sucking noise of Google (and Facebook and Yelp and the rest of the bottom-feeders) eavesdropping on our every action, thought, movement.
This may be FUD, but there's a grain of truth in there somewhere!
FTA: It seems right now that this particular niché is not being served: or is it?
Why do so many people have a problem with this word? I can put up with the US pronunciation (i.e. "nitch") though I grew up in Ireland and England pronouncing it what I presume to be a slightly French way - i.e. "neeesh"
But how in heavens did we arrive at "niché "??
The agency's five-member panel of commissioners is preparing to send its formal demands for information to Google within days, these people said
Can't they simply google the information?
For all their guff on http://www.eg8forum.com/en/accessibility/ about making it accessible, you still have to download the PDF via the Flash "app".
It all looks like the sort of shiny UI that is necessary when your key customers are heads of state and the like - frequently clueless about and impatient with technology.
Anyone actually read it? It's still downloading
FTA: Somehow, I'm thinking that Steve Jobs circa 1984...would have told U.S. senators sending threatening letters about computer-based info sharing to take a hike.
All companies that go public will eventually drop or morph core values when these conflict with shareholder value (variously defined as profit or share price). Apple are no different.
I have never, ever, bought a network-locked handset. Sure, I pay more, but the freedom to travel the world and pop in a SIM wherever I go, plus the leverage when dealing with telco's at home more than compensates.
As pretty as thas is, this is Slashdot and I'd have expected one or more of the following features:
(1) Internet connection
(2) Out of circuit, redundant internet connection
(3) A link to some DHS Threat Level status source with automated update of the status on the device
(4) some stupid social networking linkage (since it's so bloody ubiquitous...)
But, nice box.
One San Francisco brewery is offering a free beer to people from Yahoo who show their termination letters.
I see a huge business opportunity there - www.yahooterminationletters.com
Not naked, but certainly in an adult-sized romper suit. No pockets, no metal, comfortable. No hand baggage either. Breeze through security.
Might attract attention overseas, but should fit right in at home...
because it's not Microsoft they just can't consider it "reliable".
Tell them Open Office comes from Oracle.
God no - don't tell them that - they'll think they have to pay for Larry's yachts....
Just as soon as there is something similar in other countries, expect a LOT of people to get on twitter to organise dissent.
Not necessarily. Once a country gains the capacity not merely to block Twitter/Facebook/Whatever (that's too simple) but to trace the messages back to their sources - not necessarily on the day or in real time - then it's game over. If you know that the goons will come knocking at three in the morning, you'll be loathe to use the likes of TwitBook.
What's needed is a truly secure solution - because we know that the bad guys are likely to find needles in the haystack...
Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from a rigged demo.