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Comment Re: Valid (Score 3, Informative) 586

The Internet Archive is one of the most important sources of information ever created. I think we should put a copy of it on every continent at the very least.

Yes, but its policy of retroactively blocking archived webpages due to the feelings of the domain's current owner is outrageous. Fat lot of good multiple copies will do when the Archive's own policies hamstring it.

Comment Re:Apple has lost its Mojo (Score 1) 478

Believe it. For a while now I've been flying every year from the West Coast to Western Europe and the prices for major airlines (a.k.a. those with the ability to connect to my destination) are almost all fixed at just under $1000 each way. It doesn't matter which carrier you choose - Air France, KLM, British Airways, Lufthansa... It's a racket, especially for those originating from the United States. The first three airlines above have already been fined for operating a cargo cartel, and it seems to me that the major players are colluding in the passenger market as well.

Comment Re:Fortunately nothing of value was lost (Score 1) 169

Flickr/Yahoo backtracked a bit after rolling out the new UI and removed the most egregious aspects, but the site is still a far cry from what it once was. The tone-deafness and technical incompetence from management has been breathtaking, as every new change they make (I assume in an attempt to woo new users) only hemorrhages more of their core userbase. As a longtime Pro member, it's an awful shame.

Comment Re:Lol (Score 1) 305

But yeah, if these companies moved out of the Bay Area, or even more, California, all those million dollar homes in the Bay Area, be it in Cupertino, San Francisco, Atherton, Los Altos, et al would crash like buildings in a San Francisco earthquake.

I see very little wrong with that. The sooner this bubble bursts, the better.

Privacy

Submission + - Germany Seeks Expansion of Computer Spying

gooman writes: The LA Times reports on a proposal to secretly scan suspects' hard drives which is causing unease in a nation with a history of official surveillance. Along with several other European countries, Germany is seeking authority to plant secret Trojan viruses into the computers of suspects that could scan files, photos, diagrams and voice recordings, record every keystroke typed and possibly even turn on webcams and microphones in an attempt to gain knowledge of attacks before they happen.
Security

Submission + - Apple Adds Memory Randomization (ALSR) to Leopard

.mack writes: "Apple has announced plans to add code-scrambling diversity to Mac OS X Leopard, a move aimed at making the operating system more resilient to virus and worm attacks. The security technology, known as ASLR (address space layout randomization), randomly arranges the positions of key data areas to prevent malware authors from predicting target addresses. Another new feature coming in Leopard is Sandboxing (systrace), which limits an application's access to the system by enforcing access policies for system calls."
Television

Submission + - Why Can't I buy a cablecard ready set top box? (arstechnica.com) 1

Al E Usse writes: "Ars Technica does a write up of the problems that haven't been solved by the July 1, 2007 integration ban on integrated security in your cable box. Three months after the ban went into effect, digging up a third-party, CableCARD-ready set-top box can be an exercise in hair-pulling frustration. The companies who make the boxes don't seem interested in selling to consumers, cable companies still push their own branded devices, and Best Buy employees... well, the less said the better. We've heard the pain of our readers on this issue. One of them described his own epic (and fruitless) quest to secure such a device. His conclusion? "Although I should be able to buy a set-top box of my own, nobody will sell me one. I am standing on the doorstep, wad of cash in hand, yelling, 'Please take my money! I want to buy!' but am turned away."
Privacy

Submission + - How bad is OSX when it comes to DRM and spying? 1

whirred writes: I'm a long time Windows, Linux, and *nix user. I've seen Microsoft's operating systems change over the years from being a mediocre hodge podge of borderline functionality into the steaming pile that is Vista. Over this time frame, I've seen the Mac OS change from a cute, decent interface into what I believe is the best Unix operating system ever created. I also feel that my philosophy has changed over the years, and whereas I used to be able to tolerate Microsoft with a good software firewall and a lot of patching, I have seen their vision of the future and I simply do not like it. Intrusive DRM, "trusted computing", draconian activation schemes... I just don't want any part of it. I can't switch to Linux 100% because I still have to use Photoshop and other production tools that just aren't there yet. So my question is this: As bad as Windows with it's random snooping around (why are random processes always trying to connect to the internet?), how is OSX? I want zero DRM, zero "trusted computing", etc. I also want to make sure that before my computer contacts the internet (aside from browsing) that it asks me permission. Any thoughts?
Security

Submission + - Chinese military hacks Pentagon (ft.com)

teh_commodore writes: FinancialTimes online tells us of a security breach of the Pentagon at the hands of the Chinese PLA in June. Officials are calling this "the most successful cyber attack on the US defence department."

"The PLA has demonstrated the ability to conduct attacks that disable our system...and the ability in a conflict situation to re-enter and disrupt on a very large scale," said a former official, who said the PLA had penetratedthenetworksof US defence companies and think-tanks. Hackers from numerous locations in China spent several months probing the Pentagon system before overcoming its defences, according to people familiar with the matter.

Windows

Submission + - Creative Labs' Vista driver team feeling stressed? (creativelabs.com) 2

regular_gonzalez writes: "While the X-Fi's issues under Vista have been widely reported, that doesn't prevent a flood of complaints pouring into the Creative Labs website, posted for all to see. What is more surprising is the employees' responses. A sampling:

# The drivers will be released when we are good and ready and happy with them
# Bitching like a 5 year old won't magically solve all our problems on the drivers.
# Call us hopeless and whatever else all you like, noone else is going to fix these drivers but us, demoralizing us won't bring it faster
# There are already reasonably working drivers supplied with the card, legally our responsibility stops there, think yourselves lucky we even bother updating the drivers at all.
# Anymore of these derogatory posts and we might well just flush the whole XFi/Vista64 saga to the toilet and move on.
Is Creative Labs obliged to treat even the most obnoxious of whiners with a certain level of respect, or is it refreshing to have a company actually state opinions that normally would be kept to themselves?"

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