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Submission + - MIT Software Allows Queries On Encrypted Databases (

Sparrowvsrevolution writes: CryptDB, a piece of database software that MIT researchers presented at the Symposium on Operating System Principles in October, allows users to send queries to an encrypted SQL database and get results without decrypting the stored information. CryptDB works by nesting data in several layers of cryptography, each of which has a different key and allows a different kind of simple operation on encrypted data. It doesn't work with every kind of calculation, and it's not the first system to offer this sort of computation on encrypted data. But it may be the only practical one. Previous crypto schemes that allowed operations on encrypted data multiplied computing time by a factor of a trillion. This one adds only 15-26%.

Comment Re:Tuition math lesson (Score 1) 359

Hey, here's the "Things have gotten more expensive" crap. I guess it depends on your idea of crap. I'm going back to college to finish getting my degree at a local public university. I had one class that required 3 books and cost about $250. One band-spanking-new "lab" book, and 2 used textbooks. There is some serious bullshit going on with books, and it HAS gotten worse.

When I was at Purdue in '99, used books cost between $60 - $90 depending and new books were maybe $110. Now the used books cost $110 and are only in use 1 year so you can't even sell the stupid things back. It's a racket.

Comment Re:Other Motivation? (Score 5, Informative) 101

Maybe if GPS manufacturers hadn't disregarded the DOD requirements on GPS, the technology wouldn't mess with your GPS

Imagine I bought a timeshare for 2 weeks a year and noticed that nobody was using the week after mine and I started planning 3 weeks stays. A few years down the road, somebody else shows up and wants to stay during that third week. What right would I have to be pissed?

Personally, I'm more concerned to find out that it's apparently really easy to knock out military GPS.... It seems like somebody would want to fix that rather than complain about spectrum usage. Just my 2 cents.

Mario Gets a Portal Gun In New Indie Game 85

jjp9999 sends word of a game in development that mashes up Super Mario Bros. and Portal. Dubbed Mari0 by its developer, the game is being built on the Löve framework and will be released for free. The original Super Mario Bros. levels will be included, as well as some puzzle-style maps and a level editor. They also plan to include simultaneous multiplayer.

Comment Interesting but... (Score 1) 166

I think it's great that people have been this creative with Minecraft, and I think it's cool that Minecraft is capable of doing it. On the other hand I question the usefulness of doing bigger and bigger things like this. Of course, this is coming from an adult with a job and a half who is also married and taking classes so I might be a little more judicious with my time.

Submission + - Apple Puts $383 Million Handcuffs on CEO Tim Cook

theodp writes: There are bonuses. And then there are BONUSES. Apple's board, led by sadly frail-looking chairman Steve Jobs, signaled its long-term confidence in Tim Cook as the company's new leader, disclosing in a regulatory filing that it’s awarding the new CEO one million restricted stock units that will vest over the next decade. Apple shares closed at $383.53 Friday. From the SEC filing: 'In connection with Mr. Cook's appointment as Chief Executive Officer, the Board awarded Mr. Cook 1,000,000 restricted stock units. Fifty percent of the restricted stock units are scheduled to vest on each of August 24, 2016 and August 24, 2021, subject to Mr. Cook’s continued employment with Apple through each such date.'

Submission + - London police post riot suspect photos on Flickr (

DMandPenfold writes: The Metropolitan Police has begun posting on Flickr a set of photos from CCTV cameras of suspected London rioters, as it prepares a full-on bid to have the criminals identified by local people.

After days of rioting in London and the spread of violence to other UK cities including Manchester, Salford, Liverpool, Nottingham and Birmingham, the police have vowed to make public the images of those responsible.


Submission + - Apple now offering free recycling for Windows PCs (

MrSeb writes: "Do you have a few old, dusty beige-box computers kicking around that you’d like to turn into money? Or perhaps you’d just like to get rid of them, but you lack the means to dispose of them properly? Well, if you’re in the US you’re in luck: Apple will now provide postage-paid packaging to allow you to recycle your old laptop or desktop PC and its monitor for free, from the comfort of your home — and if it’s worth anything, you’ll even get an Apple Gift Card in return. In addition, your old iPhone or iPad can now be returned for an Apple Gift Gard, too."

Submission + - wall street predicts merge of OS X, iOS (

gumbi west writes: One Wall Street analyst predicts what slashdot commenters have predicted for years, that iOS and OS X will merge into a single OS. However the analyst sees this happening because the iOS devices receive a substantial CPU boost from the quad core A6 which can power MBA and smaller devices while following 64-bit ARM processors can bring the remainder of the Apple lineup back to ARM under a single architecture.

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