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Comment Re:American perspective (Score 1) 195

Second, there is no presumption of innocence in our Constitution.

The words "presumption of innocence" are not in the U.S. constitution, but it does guarantee "due process" in the fifth amendment.

Also, there's "reasonable doubt" in the US constitution, and in 1895 the Supreme Courst of the United States estabilished (Coffin v. United States) that "reasonable doubt" implies the presumption of innocence.

United States

Submission + - US Intelligence Agencies Building Web 2.0 Sites (theregister.co.uk)

DrJokepu writes: "According to the Financial Times, US Intelligence Agencies are considering building a MySpace and Facebook-like collaborative network called 'A-Space' to share informations among different US and possibly foreign agencies. The director of national intelligence already invited the chief executives of MySpace and Facebook to a conference regarding the issue. One of the officials of the director notes that 'efforts to share information between the thousands of analysts working in the many American spook agencies tend to be frustrated by worries about blowing agents' covers and similar concerns.' The Register reports the story as well."

Submission + - The basic flaw behind ERP systems

cavehobbit writes: I have worked in IT for many years, and been forced by circumstance into changing from working in shops using homegrown applications and commercial software, to working in SAP shops in various roles. There is a difference between shops that use home-grown applications, or a mix of individually selected commercial tools, and those running ERP's like Peoplesoft and SAP. Using home-grown or selectively purchased applications allows you to choose the processes that fit best with the goals you choose. ERP's define the process by which you get to your goal, which requires you to choose your goals to fit the process, unless you are willing to undertake expensive and difficult modifications. This is not unlike the difference between centralized command and control economies and market economies. I am interested in seeing what Slashdotters think of this and what they think is driving demand for ERP's. Discuss.

Submission + - Widespread vulnerability in bank login pages

mrcaseyj writes: Microsoft has criticized some banks for no longer using secure connections for entire login pages and only encrypting the password as it goes back to the bank. This prevents simple password sniffing but doesn't prevent a man in the middle attack from replacing the unsecured login page with one that has disabled encryption. This is especially a problem if you are using an unencrypted wireless connection such as at a coffee shop, because hackers can easily use the airpwn package to intercept the login page and steal your password. An easy remedy for when a secure page isn't available is to enter a bad username and password which usually brings up a secure page telling you to try again. But can you really trust your money to a bank that doesn't even offer the option of a secure login page?
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Submission + - Would a completely new OS be a good investment?

Knutsi writes: Although I do not work with IT support, I see that the complexities of user interfaces and hardware costs companies allot of resources. Microsoft's new Office 2007 dramatically increased access to many of its features, making them more available, and it makes me wonder if it would not be good investment to have a major panel of academics, hardware makers and developers sit down and jointly design a lean new user interface based on the latest research and a new OS core based on recent standards and technologies. If a better, more user-friendly OS could be developed with wide industry support, would it not reduce support and easier development itself justify such an OS being developed?

Submission + - Google's Blogger output fails XHTML standards

saccade.com writes: "The headers generated by Google's Blogger web site assert it's output is complient with the "XHTML 1.0 Strict" document type definition. Well, John Walker tested it against that standard, and discovered even the simplest Blogger page fails with 73 errors. Walker comments:

...whatever standard you choose, you should be willing to be held to it, and in this case the blogging platform used by tens of millions of people falls flat on its face. Personally, I would be stone ashamed to ship something in this state. That Google, with what amounts to unlimited funds in our talent-constrained industry, plus the putatively smartest and certainly most smug technical staff, contents themselves with this is perhaps an indication that before expounding on issues of good and evil, one should first address the more mundane matter of competence.
The Almighty Buck

Submission + - Steve Jobs highest paid CEO - $646 Mil

Whiney Mac Fanboy writes: "Fans of Apple CEO Steve Jobs are quick to point out that he is only paid a $1 salary for his role at Apple. However, according to Forbes he's the highest paid executive in the US — to the tune of 646 Million dollars for 2006. From the article

Forbes said the highest-paid CEOs were not always those that delivered the most to shareholders.Forbes said by its analysis, Apple's Jobs was 36th. Topping the list was John Bucksbaum of General Growth Properties, a real-estate investment trust. Over the past six years, Bucksbaum was paid $US723,000 a year while delivering a 39 per cent annual return to shareholders.
I wonder how much of that $646 Million was from improperly backdated options?"

Submission + - Favorite flamewar?

An anonymous reader writes: Favorite flamewar?

Kirk vs. Picard
Joel vs. Mike
Tom Baker vs. Chris Eccelston
FreeBSD vs. OpenBSD
Linux vs. Windows
CowboyNeal vs. Polls

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I'd rather just believe that it's done by little elves running around.