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Submission + - EU critisises for 'No Interest' in Data Protection (

jhernik writes: Viviane Reding has highlighted a clash between US and European attitudes to data privacy regulation

Viviane Reding, the outspoken European commissioner for justice and fundamental rights, has accused the US authorities of demanding access to European citizens’ data without regard to their privacy rights.

Her comments spring from a meeting in Washington, USA, to thrash out a personal data protection agreement when the two jurisdictions co-operate to fight terrorism or crime. Reding complained that the American negotiating team were unprepared and uninterested.

Following an initial meeting earlier this year, she met Eric Holder, US Attorney General, and Janet Napolitano, the secretary for homeland security, on December 9. Reding said that the EU had “done its homework” over the year and a mandate was issued by the European Council of Ministers on December 3. It also appointed Francoise Le Bail, the director general of the Commission’s department for justice, as chief negotiator.


Going Faster Than the Wind In a Wind-Powered Cart 315

Shawnconna writes "Can a wind cart travel faster than the wind? A group of makers say, 'Yes!' Make: Online has published a story about the Blackbird wind cart that just set a record. This is a follow-up to an earlier story in which Charles Platt built a cart based on a viral video where a guy claimed he'd built a wind-powered vehicle that could travel downwind faster than the windspeed. Charles built one and said it didn't work. Heated debates broke out in forums, on BB, and elsewhere on the Net. In the ensuing time, a number of people have built carts and claimed success, most principally, Rick Cavallaro. He got funding from Google and JOBY to build and test a human-piloted cart. They claim success, with multiple sensor systems on board, impartial judges and experts in attendance."

Submission + - Blizzard and Activision Announce $18.8bn Merger ( 1

Ebon Praetor writes: "The BBC reports that Blizzard and Activision have announced an $18.8bn merger. Activision's CEO, Bobby Kotick, will become the head of the joint company, while Vivendi, Blizzard's current parent company, will become the largest single investor in the new group. Even with the size of the merger, the combined company will still be smaller than the industry giant EA."

Submission + - KDE 4 to be relelased on Jan 11th

VincenzoRomano writes: "It's official! KDE 4.0 will be released on next January 11th. The release itself doesn't sound very firm, as "the developers are confident to be able to release a more polished and better working KDE" and not the long awaited prime time release.
At the very first Alpha release on march 11th, the release date had been forecasted to October 2007, and then shifted to the end of the year with the second Beta.
Despite this, the promises for the fourth version are quite interesting and maybe deserve a "stay tuned"."

Submission + - BBC creates 'Perl on Rails' 2

Bogtha writes: Long-time users of Perl for their public websites, and having successfully used Ruby on Rails for internal websites, the BBC have fused the two by creating a 'Perl on Rails' that has the advantages of rapid development that Rails brings, while performing well enough to be used for the Beeb's high-traffic public websites. This is already powering one of their websites, and is set to be used in the controversial iPlayer project as well.

Submission + - Russian Hackers Hijack Search Results (

TechLuver writes: "A huge campaign to poison web searches and trick people into visiting malicious websites has been thwarted. "The booby-trapped websites came up in search results for search terms such as "Christmas gifts" and "hospice". Windows users falling for the trick risked having their machine hijacked and personal information plundered. The criminals poisoned search results using thousands of domains set up to convince search index software they were serious sources of information. While computer security researchers have seen small-scale attempts to subvert search results before now, the sheer scale of this attack dwarfed all others. "This was fairly epic," said Alex Eckelberry, head of Sunbelt Software — one of the firms that uncovered the attack. ( )"

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