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Submission + - EU should switch to ODF standard (

DTentilhao writes: The European institutions should switch to using the Open Document Format ODF as their internal default document format, says Member of the European Parliament Indrek Tarand. Speaking at a meeting of the European Parliament's Free Software User Group (Epfsug), last week Wednesday, MEP Tarand said: "Moving to ODF would allow real innovation, and real procurement.

Submission + - £46m anti-hacking system written off .. (

DTentilhao writes: The Ministry of Defence wasted nearly £50m on a cancelled cryptographic system to protect top-secret military information from the growing threat of cyber attack .. The Cipher project, run by the French electronics giant Thales, was axed last year after the forecast budget for assessment costs alone more than trebled from £19m to £66m ...

Submission + - Antibiotics and America's obesity epidemic .. (

DTentilhao writes: decades of agricultural research has shown that antibiotics seem to flip a switch in young animals’ bodies, helping them pack on pounds ..

New evidence shows that America’s obesity epidemic may be connected to our high consumption of these drugs. But before we get to those findings, it’s helpful to start at the beginning, in 1948, when the wonder drugs were new — and big was beautiful ...

Submission + - The NSA has an advice columnist .. (

DTentilhao writes: On Friday, Glenn Greenwald's new website The Intercept published a number of internal NSA documents that didn't necessarily reveal any great state secrets, but instead cast some light on the NSA's office culture. Those documents, leaked by former security contractor Edward Snowden, were actually from an advice column series, written by a 20-year veteran of NSA management under the pen name “Zelda.”

Submission + - Linux Alternatives for XP Users .. (

DTentilhao writes: Lubuntu is a flavor of Ubuntu based on the Lightweight X11 Desktop Environment (LXDE), as its default GUI. The goal is to provide a very lightweight distribution, with all the advantages of the Ubuntu world (repositories, support, etc.). Lubuntu is targeted at "normal" PC and laptop users running on low-spec hardware ..

Submission + - Bank of America patents NMAP .. ( 2

DTentilhao writes: Two days ago, Bank of America was granted a patent on assessing security by checking a list of servers for open ports, pinging those ports, determining whether the servers contain sensitive information, and then closing the ports on those servers in the event that they do contain sensitive information.

Phew. I'm glad that BOA finally invented nmap. I can't imagine how we'd gotten by so long without it.

Ping and scan of computer systems

Submission + - California drought worse than predicted .. (

DTentilhao writes: as I’ve reported, scientists a decade ago not only predicted the loss of Arctic ice would dry out California, they also precisely predicted the specific, unprecedented change in the jet stream that has in fact caused the unprecedented nature of the California drought. Study co-author, Prof. Lisa Sloan, told me last week that, “I think the actual situation in the next few decades could be even more dire that our study suggested.”

Submission + - Snowden testifies to the European Parliament about the NSA ( 1

DTentilhao writes: SURVEILLANCE WHISTLEBLOWER Edward Snowden has responded to the European Parliament's questions about PRISM and data privacy.

Snowden's testimony to the Parliamentary inquiry on electronic mass surveillance saw the whistleblower discuss his role at the US National Security Agency (NSA) and the things that the agency required him to do. He also answered some questions presented by the parliament.

Submission + - Twitter: the Stazi for the Angrybird generation (

DTentilhao writes: Stewart Lee returns to BBC Two this weekend and judging from the first preview clip of his new series, the stand-up has lost none of his brilliantly astute, bone-dry cynicism.

In the preview clip for the first episode, 'Shilbottle', Lee launches into one of his trademark rants about his dislike for the internet, and in particular, Twitter.

Lee points out that his entire life could be traced back using only inane Twitter updates from members of the public and compares the social networking service to "a state surveillance agency staffed by gullible volunteers".

"It's the Stasi for the Angry Birds generation," he concludes.

Submission + - FBI bug Tsarnaev lawyer .. (

DTentilhao writes: An FBI agent overheard Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev make a "statement to his detriment" when his sister visited him in prison, federal prosecutors said Friday ..

Tsarnaev made the remark when an investigator working for his lawyers accompanied Tsarnaev's sister to a prison visit, a meeting that was monitored by an FBI agent, prosecutors .. say Tsarnaev, "despite the presence of an FBI agent and an employee of the federal public defender, was unable to temper his remarks and made a statement to his detriment which was overheard by the agent."

The government described the conversation in a memo outlining their opposition to a request from Tsarnaev's lawyers to lift the prison restrictions, known as special administrative measures.

Submission + - World Wide Web is 25 years old .. (

DTentilhao writes: IT WAS 12 MARCH 1989 or thereabouts that the World Wide Web was born.
The exact date of the creation of the World Wide Web is debatable. After all it wasn't until 7 August that Tim Berners-Lee posted his design for a system to communicate between computers to the alt.hypertext news group.

Submission + - Obfuscating a program .. (

DTentilhao writes: `The idea of “obfuscating” a program had been around for decades, but no one had ever developed a rigorous mathematical framework for the concept, let alone created an unassailable obfuscation scheme. Over the years, commercial software companies have engineered various techniques for garbling a computer program so that it will be harder to understand while still performing the same function'

How about scrambling the microcode on the CPU and doing the same to the core OS, that way each system would be render unique and unknown software would be unable to run on such a system. You could then run the apps on a VM running on top of the core OS.

Submission + - Data breach at Holiday Inn, Marriott hotels (

DTentilhao writes: Lodgers at Holiday Inns, Marriott and Renaissance hotels may have had their payment card details compromised following a new disclosure on Monday of suspected point-of-sale device attacks.

White Lodging Services, a hotel management company, warned in a news release it suspects point-of-sale systems at restaurants and lounges on 14 of its properties were compromised between March 20, 2013 and Dec. 16, 2013.

Submission + - Firefox switches to a user name and password sync service (

DTentilhao writes: The system — which allows users to transfer and sync bookmarks, browsing history and passwords between systems — previously required a somewhat longwinded authentication process that required users to store their credentials ..

This weekend, however, Mozilla released a nightly build that introduced a more traditional user account service with user names and passwords stored on Mozilla's servers ...

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