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Comment Re:Linux USB support (Score 1) 374

It's easy to get USB support working in Kubuntu. Credit goes to David Grant for graciously posting the instructions on his blog at

Here's a summary of what you need to do:
1) Use the closed-source version of VirtualBox. Download it directly from Sun, do not use the version in the Ubuntu repositories.
2) Find out what the vbox users group id is with the command grep vbox /etc/group
3) Set up the /proc/bus/usb interface by adding the following lines to /etc/init.d/ (after the section where /proc is mounted). Replace with the group id you found in step 2:
#for hardy:
domount usbfs usbdevfs /proc/bus/usb -onoexec,nosuid,nodev,devgid=,devmode=664
#for intrepid:
domount usbfs "" /proc/bus/usb usbdevfs -onoexec,nosuid,nodev,devgid=,devmode=664

Comment Re:nothing new (Score 1) 300

The author's point was that he could get a signed cert the says

But if the author doesn't own the domain, the user is still going to get a warning in their browser about the domain mismatch between the cert and the domain visited. How is this any more dangerous than a regular self-signed cert? In this case the evildoer still doesn't control the domain, even though he or she has a renegade cert for it.

Submission + - What happened to OpenMoko?

overshoot writes: Does anyone know what happened to OpenMoko? First they were going to have development hardware last December, then it slipped to February, with commercial availability in June, then the development units showed up in the summer but the consumer devices were going to be available in October. Well, my calendar says October was two months ago, the website hasn't been updated since July, and I'm still lusting after that phool fone.

Submission + - Do Police Read Your Myspace? (

An anonymous reader writes: According to Indybay, Police are using myspace in a hip new way, to send off to your employers after you have been arrested. The Article states

"They had tracked down the website for my band, followed a link to our myspace page, and from there tracked down my personal myspace page. In my profile I had some pretty cheeky anti-authoritarian hyperbole and that was quoted in the report. "Subject says in his myspace profile that he is 'looking for someone to turn over and burn police cars with,'" a dumb comment that had been part of my online profile for many years. There was a print out of my entire myspace profile, band website, etc. All of this info had been passed on to my employer."

I have heard of employers checking up on employees through myspace and facebook, but could we be going into a new era where cops not only charge you with a crime but taddle on you to your employer?

I'm not sure the legality of all of this.


Submission + - Fox News refuses to run pro-Constitution ad

An anonymous reader writes: I am a bit confused here aren't News agencies supposed to be impartial on what they report and what commercials they air? Fox News has refused to air an ad produced by the Center for Constitutional Rights that criticizes the Bush administration for "destroying the Constitution" by the use of renditions, torture, and other tactics. The ad, "Rescue the Constitution," which is narrated by actor Danny Glover... Full article here.

Submission + - Comcast blocking Ron Paul fund raising site 1

noiseordinance writes: "I realize I just asked a question last night and am grateful it was published. However, I'm noticing that many Comcast subscribers are reporting that they cannot access the website,, a fund-raising website for presidential candidate, Ron Paul. Is Comcast up to it's filtering tricks once again?

Thanks guys, and sorry if I'm being a nuisance."

Submission + - Off-the-Record Messaging: Useful Security for IM

An anonymous reader writes: The creator of Off-the-Record Messaging (OTR), Ian Goldberg, recently gave a talk about OTR to the University of Waterloo. In his talk, Goldberg discusses why existing secure/encrypted IM implementations are flawed. He notes that those that provide authentication use digital signatures, which gives proof that a message was sent by the user. He also notes that some implementations, such as Trillian, are vulnerable to man-in-the-middle attacks. Goldberg then explains how OTR is able to overcome these deficiencies, and provide deniability and perfect forward secrecy. The math behind OTR is quite interesting and requires only a minimal understanding of cryptography. The talk is available via HTTP and BitTorrent and in a variety of formats.
The Courts

Submission + - Free Software Found. reaches out to RIAA victims 2

NewYorkCountryLawyer writes: "In what has been termed the "the RIAA's worst nightmare", the Free Software Foundation has announced that it is coming to the aid of the victims of RIAA lawsuits, by establishing an Expert Witness Defense Fund to assist defendants in RIAA cases. The purpose of the fund is "to help provide computer expert witnesses to combat RIAA's ongoing lawsuits, and to defend against the RIAA's attempt to redefine copyright law." The funds will be used to pay fees and/or expenses of technical expert witnesses, forensic examiners, and other technical consultants assisting individuals named as defendants in non-commercial, peer-to-peer file sharing cases brought by the RIAA, EMI, SONY BMG, Vivendi Universal, and Warner Bros. Records, and their affiliated companies, such as Interscope, Arista, UMG, Fonovisa, Motown, Atlantic, Priority, and others."

Submission + - Critical .mdb flaw Found - Microsoft may Never fix ( 4

SkiifGeek writes: "When independent security researcher cocoruder found a critical bug with the JET engine, via the .mdb (Access) file format, he reported it to Microsoft, but Microsoft's response came as a surprise to him — it appears that Microsoft are not inclined to fix a critical arbitrary code execution vulnerability with a data technology that is at the heart of a large number of essential business and hobby applications.

Where should vendors be required to draw the line when supporting deprecated file formats and technology? In this case, leaving a serious vulnerability active in a deprecated technology could have serious effects if an exploit were to target it, but it is a matter of finding the right balance of security and usability such that Microsoft's users are not exposed to too great a danger for continuing to use Microsoft products."


Submission + - Feds Confiscate Private Gold & Silver

CranberryKing writes: I am surprised this hasn't been posted already. Here is TV coverage and the original e-mail I received yesterday: Dear Liberty Dollar Supporters: I sincerely regret to inform you that about 8:00 this morning a dozen FBI and Secret Service agents raided the Liberty Dollar office in Evansville. For approximately six hours they took all the gold, all the silver, all the platinum and almost two tons of Ron Paul Dollars that where just delivered last Friday. They also took all the files, all the computers and froze our bank accounts. We have no money. We have no products. We have no records to even know what was ordered or what you are owed. We have nothing but the will to push forward and overcome this massive assault on our liberty and our right to have real money as defined by the US Constitution. We should not to be defrauded by the fake government money. But to make matters worse, all the gold and silver that backs up the paper certificates and digital currency held in the vault at Sunshine Mint has also been confiscated. Even the dies for mint the Gold and Silver Libertys have been taken. This in spite of the fact that Edmond C. Moy, the Director of the Mint, acknowledged in a letter to a US Senator that the paper certificates did not violate Section 486 and were not illegal. But the FBI and Services took all the paper currency too. The possibility of such action was the reason the Liberty Dollar was designed so that the vast majority of the money was in specie form and in the people's hands. Of the $20 million Liberty Dollars, only about a million is in paper or digital form. I regret that if you are due an order. It may be some time until it will be filled... if ever... it now all depends on our actions. Everyone who has an unfulfilled order or has digital or paper currency should band together for a class action suit and demand redemption. We cannot allow the government to steal our money! Please don't let this happen!!! Many of you read the articles quoting the government and Federal Reserve officials that the Liberty Dollar was legal. You did nothing wrong. You are legally entitled to your property. Let us use this terrible act to band together and further our goal — to return America to a value based currency. Please forward this important Alert... so everyone who possess or use the Liberty Dollar is aware of the situation. Please click HERE to sign up for the class action lawsuit and get your property back! If the above link does not work you can access the page by copying the following into your web browser. Thanks again for your support at this darkest time as the damn government and their dollar sinks to a new low. Bernard von NotHaus Monetary Architect

Submission + - Researcher sets salt water on fire (

An anonymous reader writes: A researcher who was trying to use radio waves as a possible cure for cancer has found a way to set salt water on fire. CNN has an article from Popular science discussing how a radio and television station operator who while trying to find a cure for cancer stumbled on a novel way of producing hydrogen and oxygen from salt water using radio wave at a frequency of 14mhz. Additionally the article points out that there may be promise in the technology to fight cancer.
The Internet

Submission + - Web 2.0 And The Myth of 'Free Media' (

Anti Globalism writes: "The corporate media is rapidly losing consumers. Thanks to a society obsessed with the individual, people today are no longer satisfied with simply consuming. They want to produce, vote, rate and share. Open Source fans clap their hands together and talk about the new "free media," pointing to examples like Wikipedia. Despite this development, the quality of media content online is not increasing — why?

Most people are not interested in communicating an idea, they want to be the center of attention. Wikipedia-writers play academics, bloggers document their oh-so-fascinating bourgeois lifestyles and MySpacers exercise their ego together with digital friends. The result is at best a social re-hash of what the corporate media has been promoting for years: consumer products, popularity contests and political fashion.

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