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Submission + - ARIN is down to the last /8 of IPv4 addresses (

An anonymous reader writes: On 3 February 2011, the Internet Assigned Numbers Authority (IANA) issued the remaining five /8 address blocks, each containing 16.7 million addresses, in the global free pool equally to the five RIRs, and as such ARIN is no longer able to receive additional IPv4 resources from the IANA. After yesterday's large allocation ( to Akamai, the address pool remaining to be assigned by ARIN is now down to the last /8. This triggers stricter allocation rules and marks the end of general availability of new IPv4 addresses in North America. ARIN thus follows the RIRs of Asia, Europe and South America into the final phase of IPv4 depletion.

Submission + - This 1981 BYTE magazine cover explains why we're so bad at tech predictions (

harrymcc writes: If you remember the golden age of BYTE magazine, you remember Robert Tinney's wonderful cover paintings. BYTE's April 1981 cover featured an amazing Tinney image of a smartwatch with a tiny text-oriented interface, QWERTY keyboard, and floppy drive. It's hilarious--but 33 years later, it's also a smart visual explanation of why the future of technology so often bears so little resemblance to anyone's predictions. I wrote about this over at

Submission + - New World Order - same as the Old One .. ( 1

An anonymous reader writes: "For the first time in all of human history, almost all of mankind is politically awake activated, politically conscious and interactive. There are only a few pockets of humanity here or there in the remotest corners of the world which are not politically alert and interactive with the political turmoil and stirrings and aspirations around the world. And all of that is creating a world surge in the quest for personal dignity and cultural respect ..

While the lethality — the lethality — of their power is greater than ever, their capacity to impose control over the politically awaking masses of the world is at a historical low. I once put it rather pungently and I was flattered that the British foreign secretary repeated this — as follows. Namely in earlier times, it was easier to control a million people literally, it was easier to control a million people, than physically to kill a million people. Today it is infinitely easier to kill a million people than to control a million people. It is easier to kill than to control. And of course that bares directly on the use of force particularly by societies that are culturally alien of other societies."

Submission + - Crypto Wars .. (

An anonymous reader writes: In the 1970s, a group of quirky academics and scientists came up with a means of providing encryption to the masses. America’s National Security Agency went to war with them – doing its best to suppress the emerging technology of public encryption. In the 1990s the US government pushed to have every computer and phone installed with something called a ‘clipper’ chip which would allow the government to break encryption if needed – effectively a back door for the state. They lost that battle and so what we have learnt from the Snowden leaks is how they tried to work round encryption by hacking into companies and other spy-type methods to retain their edge.

Submission + - Brendan Eich to leave Mozilla .. (

An anonymous reader writes: Brendan Eich recently stepped down as CEO of Mozilla, developer of the Firefox Web browser. It may be more accurate to say he was forced out in the wake of a rising boycott against him.

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.
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Journal Journal: has slashdot lost it's sense of humor?

today is april first, and while bing and google have jokes up, i haven't seen a single april fools on the main page. i realize in years past they have done nothing but april fools and that was unpopular but seriously not even a token link to google or bing?

Submission + - SPAM: In Which I Interview an HFT and Ask Him Some Tough

incomesherpa writes: I realize that there are few more contentious and controversial topics in the financial world right now than high-frequency trading. A few weeks ago the NASDAQ froze up for several hours — another massive black eye for an exchange that’s been trying desperately since the Facebook IPO snafu to prove to the world that it’s got its act together. Many immediately blamed HFT for the freeze-up.
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Submission + - NSA confirms it has been searching US citizens data without a warrent (

Charliemopps writes:

There have been queries, using US person identifiers, of communications lawfully acquired to obtain foreign intelligence targeting non-US persons reasonably believed to be located outside the United States. These queries were performed pursuant to minimization procedures approved by the Fisa court and consistent with the statute and the fourth amendment.

Basically, if you communicated with someone that is "reasonably believed" to be a terrorist, you've lost constitutional protection against searches without a warrant according to the NSA. This directly contradicts what President Obama has said about the programs in the past.

Submission + - NTFS streams for pentesters .. (

An anonymous reader writes: As penetration testers, using ADS could allow us to bypass the expected behavior of the applications. Take in account that NTFS streams are fully integrated by Windows, which also imply that most of the web components build on top of it supports it (e.g. PHP/Java), even if the developers are not aware of that.

Therefore, using the ADS format could help us during our penetration testing activities, as the input validation controls might not be expecting a filename using the NTFS stream format.

Submission + - France bans GM maize .. (

An anonymous reader writes: France's agriculture ministry on Saturday banned the sale, use and cultivation of Monsanto's MON 810 genetically modified maize, the only variety currently authorised in the European Union ..

Submission + - Anachronism in the movies ..

An anonymous reader writes: As in "Dark Star", they appear to be using eight-track cartridge ..

Submission + - Terrorists going to school on Snowden leaks .. ( 1

An anonymous reader writes: “Terrorists and other adversaries of this country are going to school on U.S. intelligence sources, methods, and tradecraft .. And the insights they’re gaining are making our job in the intelligence community much, much harder. And this includes putting the lives of members or assets of the intelligence community at risk, as well as those of our armed forces, diplomats, and our citizens.”

Submission + - Lumia phones leaking private data to Microsoft (

Albietta writes: According to the Finnish newspaper Helsingin Sanomat two independent sources inside Nokia has confirmed that the Nokia Lumia phones sends private information to Nokia and Microsoft servers around the world. At least location data, SMS-messages and browser identification is uploaded. The Nokia leadership has known about the privacy violation at least since 2011 when the Lumia phones were introduced.

In the spring 2013 after suspicions of leaks and during the negotaions for selling off the mobile phone branch to Microsoft, the Finnish state communications department sent an enquiry to Nokia regarding leaking of private data asking that Nokia assure that users private data is not leaked. Nokia did not want to/or could not provide an assurance due to the delicate business negotiations. After two more enquieries with narrower demands, Nokia assured that the phone, excluding third-party software such as the operating system, did not violate Finnish privacy laws.

Microsoft is apparently also following Lumia user accounts. On one occation a finnish parents Lumia account was closed without warning when the user uploaded pictures from the phone displaying the parents own kids playing naked on the beach at their summer cottage.

The Lumia leak has also become a big concern for the finnish political leadership that to a large extent uses Lumia phones.

Original article (in finnish) at URL provided.

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