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Submission + - Hitler assassination plotter Von Kleist dies (bbc.co.uk)

Dynamoo writes: "The BBC reports that Ewald-Heinrich von Kleist who was involved in the 20 July plot to kill Hitler died last week at his home in Munich. He was arrested and later released for his involvement where many other plotters were executed, and after the war he created the Munich Security Conference which brought together heads of state and senior diplomats to discuss international security issues. What would have happened if Von Kleist and his associates had succeeded in killing Hitler? Perhaps a different leader might not have made so many mistakes?"

Submission + - SPAM: Africa starts Crowdfunding

TrendingOnTwitter writes: A Ghanaian start-up planning to popularise crowdfunding in Africa has been selected as one of the winners of this year's Apps4Africa competition. SliceBiz plans to develop a service that will deliver 30-second pitches recorded by entrepreneurs
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Submission + - Passwords Like Cryptography - Kerckhoffs Principles (my-scrib.com)

SmartCrib writes: ""“Forgot your password?” methods are not here to improve our security but primarily to “prevent” us calling websites so that they don’t need to dedicate too many resources to help their customers."

Kerckhoffs principle states that any cryptographic system should remain secure even when it is made public. The security must lie in the secrecy of a "key" that can be and should be easily changed. The article builds on this principle and says that a few strong passwords + a simple rule to create more if needed can make a huge difference in security."


Submission + - Ceefax ends after 38 years (bbc.co.uk)

An anonymous reader writes: The BBC writes " Ceefax had initially been developed when BBC engineers, exploring ways to provide subtitles to enable viewers with hearing problems to enjoy BBC TV programmes, found it was possible to transmit full pages of text information in the "spare lines" transmitted on the analogue TV signal." Now it is ending with a fitting tribute graphic. It was called Ceefax, simply because viewers would be able to quickly "see the facts" of any story of the day.

Submission + - Libertarian Candidate Excluded From Debate For Refusing Corporate Donations (fishmanforcongress.com) 3

fishdan writes: "I'm a long time /. member with excellent karma. I am also the Libertarian candidate for U.S. Congress in Massachusetts 6th District. I am on the ballot. I polled 7% in the only poll that included me, which was taken 6 weeks ago, before I had done any advertizing, been in any debates or been on television. In the most recent debate, the general consensus was that I moved a very partisan crowd in my favor. In the 2 days since that debate, donations and page views are up significantly.

Yesterday I received a stunning email from the local ABC affiliate telling me that they were going to exclude me from their televised debate because I did not have $50k in campaign contributions, even though during my entire campaign I have pointedly and publicly refused corporate donations. They cited several other trumped up reasons, including polling at 10%, but there has not been a poll that included me since the one 6 weeks ago — and I meet their other requirements."


Submission + - 10 Best iPhone 5 Concept Design Released (dezineguide.com)

An anonymous reader writes: There is always a craze to see the new concept of iPhone. This post will show 10 Best iPhone 5 Concept Design Released by artists. Check out the list from below.

Submission + - Android's One Killer Feature That Beats the iPhone

Hugh Pickens writes writes: "Jason Hiner writes at Cnet that it's hard to argue that Android is more usable than iOS overall and the truth is that iOS is a more limited, simplified experience that makes it easy for most users to pick up and start using right away but there's still one key feature that Apple isn't likely to improve enough to catch up with Android: The alerts system on the Android is just flat out more useful and more usable than iPhone's giving the user timely updates of important information, quickly letting you know about things that need your attention, and giving you an at-a-glance look at your latest messages from various sources. "What I'm really talking about when I say "immediate glance-ability" is that when you turn on the display on your Android phone you see a bunch of little badges in the top left corner of the screen that let you know you've got new messages or that a calendar appointment is about to happen or someone is talking about you on social media or there's a severe weather alert in your area," writes Hiner. Apple made big strides with its alerts system in iOS 5 — taking obvious inspiration from Android — but even the vastly-improved alerts system still didn't match the power and efficiency of what Android offers. "Don't get me wrong, there are plenty of other things that Android does better than iPhone — for example, turn-by-turn GPS navigation and Google Voice integration," concludes Hiner. "[But] alerts represent the one area where Android is a lot more friendly and usable than iOS, and that's unlikely to change any time soon unless Apple does a more drastic redesign on the user interface of its home screen.""

Submission + - UK Tory MP calls for RIPA powers to be revoked (techworld.com)

sweetpea86 writes: Conservative party MP David Davis has said that the powers of unwarranted intelligence, surveillance and interception granted in the Regulation of Investigatory Powers Act 2000 (RIPA) should be revoked.

Speaking at the 'Scrambling for Safety' conference at the London School of Economics (LSE) yesterday, Davis slammed the government's plans to allow intelligence services to monitor all internet activity in real time, claiming that most ministers “do not know one end of a machine from another”.

At the same event, tech experts including Ross Anderson, professor of security engineering at the University of Cambridge Computer Laboratory, said that the government's proposal to separate communications data from content is impractical.

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