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Submission + - Twitter censors #DNCLeaks trending topic and hashtag (hashtags.org)

bongey writes: Twitter censored the 2nd trending topic DNCLeaks hashtag. The trending hashtag #DNCLeaks was climbing over 90k tweets when it disappeared from the trending topics. It was replaced with PraisinTheAsian(17k) and TheWalkingDead(38k). https://www.hashtags.org/analy... https://www.hashtags.org/analy...

Submission + - Court bans smart meter blueprints from public, requester sued amid terror fears (theregister.co.uk)

schwit1 writes: Phil Mocek, the sysadmin-activist at the center of a bizarre legal battle over a smart meter network in Seattle, Washington, says he never expected a simple records request to turn into a lawsuit.

"We all assume these meters simply monitor the amount of energy usage in the home," Mocek explained. "But they monitor it in real time in ways that other meters did not." When he asked Seattle City Light, a public power utility, to provide details on the designs and rollout of its smart power meter grid, he was simply hoping to find out what security safeguards the city and hardware providers Landis+Gyr and Sensus USA planned to use.

This, says Mocek, is where things started to get real odd.

After an email exchange with Seattle City Light officials, he obtained a mix of unredacted and redacted documents by the city, which he uploaded to the web – only to be told that the smart meter suppliers objected to the release of the information on the grounds that the unredacted documents would disclose their trade secrets and open the public to terrorist attacks on their infrastructure. Landis+Gyr and Sensus promptly sued the city, Mocek and Muckrock, and filed for an injunction: ultimately, the suppliers wanted the documents taken down, and the unredacted copies banned from public view.

On Thursday, a temporary restraining order was granted by the King County Superior Court in Washington – and Muckrock founder Michael Morisy confirmed the unredacted documents have been taken down pending the outcome of the case.

Submission + - Craig Wright has publicly identified himself as Bitcoin creator Satoshi Nakamoto (bbc.com)

seoras writes: Australian entrepreneur Craig Wright has publicly identified himself as Bitcoin creator Satoshi Nakamoto.
His admission ends years of speculation about who came up with the original ideas underlying the digital cash system.
Mr Wright has provided technical proof to back up his claim using coins known to be owned by Bitcoin's creator.
Prominent members of the Bitcoin community and its core development team have also confirmed Mr Wright's claim.

Submission + - Australia's major parties vote against encryption in wake of Apple FBI case (delimiter.com.au) 1

daria42 writes: If you're counting on Apple to keep your digital information safe, you may want to think again ... at least if you live in Australia. Yesterday the country's two major political parties — Labor and the Coalition — voted down a motion in Federal Parliament calling for strong encryption to be supported in the wake of the FBI's demands that Apple unlock iOS. It appears that implementing comprehensive telephone and email retention in Australia may not have been the end of demands by law enforcement in the country.

Comment Slashdot Videos make no sense here (Score 1) 403

While I am sure that you have the stats on how many views the videos attract, I will offer some suggestions.

I watch a lot of videos and also love to watch interviews and watch news stories. However, when I visit Slashdot, it is for the summaries and comments; I am not in a video-viewing mood. It is often at the beginning or end of my day when I want my quiet time; or when I am taking a break and want to minimize sensory load.

I believe that there is a place for Slashdot Videos - and that place is YouTube or an alternative.

Currently, your videos appeal to less than 10% of Slashdot visitors. There is a much larger market available through other streaming services. The difficulty will be in driving traffic to Slashdot from sites like YouTube. Perhaps a weekly news wrap-up (30-60 minutes) video directing people to the relevant articles for more detail will drive traffic.

Submission + - Chrome won't trust Symantec-backed SSL unless they account for bogus certs (googleonlinesecurity.blogspot.https)

ttyler writes: In September, Google caught Symantec issuing a fake google.com cryptographic certificate that could have been used to seamlessly intercept encrypted Google.com traffic. Symantec is one of the participants in Certificate Transparency, through which all new certificates issued and seen in the wild are logged to append-only, cryptographically provable logs, which create irrefutable audit trails for any bogus certs issued/discovered.

Comment Re: I got a laugh (Score 1) 120

Without copyright you couldn't monetise your knowledge

There are many individuals and organizations that place their work in the public domain, use a lesser form of copyright (CC, GPL), or otherwise give their rights away. They monetise their knowledge by being proficient or pioneering. Then there are people who want to control the knowledge but fail to monetise it.

... and so wouldn't publish publicly.

Money is not the sole reason for publishing. I would also say that it isn't even a top reason for publishing. Recognition, fame, sharing, sense of achievement, and sense of community are all great reasons why one would publish. I publish comments without payment. I publish blogs without advertising revenue. I publish source code without a licencing fee. Why? Because I value the betterment of society higher than having the freedom to have someone else water my lawn.

Submission + - Cops are asking Ancestry.com and 23andMe for their customers' DNA (fusion.net)

schwit1 writes: When companies like Ancestry.com and 23andMe first invited people to send in their DNA for genealogy tracing and medical diagnostic tests, privacy advocates warned about the creation of giant genetic databases that might one day be used against participants by law enforcement. DNA, after all, can be a key to solving crimes. It âoehas serious information about you and your family,â genetic privacy advocate Jeremy Gruber told me back in 2010 when such services were just getting popular.

Now, five years later, when 23andMe and Ancestry both have over a million customers, those warnings are looking prescient. "Your relative's DNA could turn you into a suspect," warns Wired , writing about a case from earlier this year, in which New Orleans filmmaker Michael Usry became a suspect in an unsolved murder case after cops did a familial genetic search using semen collected in 1996. The cops searched an Ancestry.com database and got a familial match to a saliva sample Usry's father had given years earlier. Usry was ultimately determined to be innocent and the Electronic Frontier Foundation called it a "wild goose chase" that demonstrated "the very real threats to privacy and civil liberties posed by law enforcement access to private genetic databases."

Submission + - Dear FCC : Please don't kill my PC! (dearfcc.org)

An anonymous reader writes: This past year the FCC passed a set of rules that require manufacturers to thwart end-users from violating rules intended to keep the airwaves usable by all. Unfortunately the rules are such that they will do nothing to stop violators who have the knowledge and intent to bypass them and are already having massive collateral damage on non-violating users. Many people in the OpenWRT and LibreCMC communities are already seeing these locks in newer stock firmware images.

What we would like people to keep in mind is that these rules are not explicit to routers and will hamper other devices as well. Can't install your favourite distribution on a new computer? These rules may be to blame.

The EFF, FSF, Purple Foundation, OpenWRT, ThinkPenguin, Qualcomm, and others have been working diligently to stop this, but we need your help. This is your last chance to send in comments for a set of proposed rules that will make the situation even worse than it already is. For accurate information (there have been many factually inaccurate and misleading stories/quotes) check out the following blog post: http://prpl.works/2015/09/21/y... and send your comments into the FCC via the EFF's new DearFCC.org site: https://www.dearfcc.org/. Also see http://www.savewifi.org/.

This is your last chance to stop this. The comment period ends October 9th!

Additional thoughts: Canada and Europe are also passing a similar set of rules. This fight won't be over any time soon. However we won't win unless we can overcome and win the first battle: stopping the proposed rules in the USA.

Comment Re:Oh, that's ironic (Score 3, Informative) 578

The second hit is a piece in the Wall Street Journal.

The piece mentions nothing of immigrants, Muslims, or anyone else filing a petition or calling for a ban.
It does mention that Christian Conservatives want to exclude all immigrants from festivities and Bavaria in general.

Having read ALL the first 20 links, it appears that the petition to ban Oktoberfest was submitted by the same Christian Conservatives and that all names and signatures were fraudulent. But I guess since these fraudsters aren't brown, we can now pretend the petition never happened.

Submission + - The $9 Computer is Shipping Today! (makezine.com)

An anonymous reader writes: The $9 CHIP computer is shipping. According to Dave Rauchwerk, CEO of Next Thing Co., single units will go out to early backers in 5 to 9 days; additional orders will arrive in December. But if you backed the project at the Kernel Hacker Backer level on Kickstarter, you will receive two CHIP computers — the second by mid-October.

Submission + - Malware Takes Screenshots Of The Infected Player's Virtual Poker Hand

An anonymous reader writes: Malicious spyware is targeting users of Full Tilt Poker and PokerStars online games, ESET researchers have revealed. The spyware, named Odlanor, takes screenshots of the infected player’s virtual poker hand and their player ID, the screenshots are then sent to the attacker who joins the victim’s virtual table by searching for the particular player ID. Thus, the attacker has the unfair advantage of being able to see the victim’s hand.

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