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Submission + - Obama: Let Big Brother In If You Want Online Protection ( 2

Taco Cowboy writes: President Obama urged students to open up their digital life to the federal government, if they wanted to be protected by the government, calling the current privacy expectations from Americans unrealistic

“People have a whole new set of privacy expectations that are understandable. They also expect though that since their lives are all digitized, that the digital world is safe, which creates a contradictory demand on government” he said

He pointed out that citizens expected the government to protect them from hackers and terrorists, but refused to allow the government to have some sort of access to their information

He characterized the problematic attitude as “protect me from hackers, protect me for terrorists, protect me from et cetera, et cetera, et cetera, but I don’t want you to know any of your business and I don’t even want you to have the ability to investigate some of that business when it happens because of its broader implications and we’re worried about Big Brother”

Obama discussed the issue during a conversation about the Supreme Court at the University of Chicago, where he used to teach Constitutional law

Obama asserted that privacy issues would be paramount in the future of the Supreme Court, which was why he urged Congress to confirm his nomination to the court

Submission + - French internet provider denounces client 1531 times, wrongly ( 1

augustm writes: The French internet company Numericable denounced one of its clients 1531 times. When the company's software was unable to find a trace after a complaint it always, incorrectly, gave the name of a single wrong client, rather than reporting an error. Numericable thus denounced a single client over 1000 times to the police over a two year period, who indicted him 7 times — including for child pornography offenses. His computers were seized on multiple occasions.

Numericable argued that they were not responsible for any errors in their tracing.

Text in French, but understandable from google translate.

Submission + - Why the Xbox One could be a hit with businesses (

colinneagle writes: Microsoft makes some good points in its business pitch for the Xbox One, most notably that, at $499, it would be a pretty easy expense write-off. But The Xbox One will also offer Skype, SkyDrive, IE and Office and Wi-Fi Direct, plus you can write your own apps for it. Since the Xbox One is powered by an x86 chip courtesy of AMD, most PC developers should not be overly challenged in writing custom apps. The Kinect One audio/video detector will be the real selling point here, as it is much more advanced than any Webcam, with wide-angle 1080p motion detection that can be operated by voice and gestures. Wi-Fi Direct will allow owners of Xbox One to send presentations from a tablet or notebook to the console for display on the TV, and you can use the Smart Glass controller to navigate through the PowerPoint presentation or use a tablet to control Internet Explorer.

And that's all out of the box. Since Xbox One will support third-party applications, you can build all kinds of custom business tools that utilize the hardware, including Kinect, and software.


Submission + - First Shanghai Maker Carnival ( 1

spanner888 writes: "The First Shanghai Maker Carnival was held this weekend in conjunction with a Creation Exhibition, an arts and crafts expo with about 200 exhibitors. Makers attended from Shanghai, Beijing and Shenzhen and visitors came from around China.

Article & photos:

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Other photos can be found in this thread:"


Journal Journal: Getty Images is stealing Creative Commons pictures.

Getty Images, Inc. is a stock photo agency, based in Seattle, Washington, United States. It is a supplier of stock images for business and consumers with an archive of more than 80 million still images and illustrations and more than 50,000 hours of film footage. Mark Getty is the company's founder. Getty Images caused controversy for its aggressive pursuit of copyright enforcement on behalf of its photographers.

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Journal Journal: Explosions in Louisiana Result In 2000 Meter Plume

First, this first paragraph is not the submission. I am re-submitting the story below, but to journal this time. My reason for the second submission is exclusively because I observed the first one showing red consistently until it suddenly and rapidly disappeared altogether with no color change. It was still showing in the Firehose box to the left for a while, but not on the Firehose page (du

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Journal Journal: Justify an SSD to your boss

I made a comment a while back detailing money I saved switching to a solid state drive (SSD) from a standard spinning-rust hard drive (HDD). Since then I've gotten a request to detail my procedure. It's not difficult or complicated, so I'll explain it here.

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Journal Journal: Webcams on Linux 3

I don't use Arch Linux - but I found this webcam setup article on the ArchWiki to be really helpful today. More than anything else because it introduced me to GUVCViewer which is a pretty nice piece of software. Documenation completely sucks though. If you look at their site under "Usage" it tells you to check the man page - which gives you the options for the cli interface. There is

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Journal Journal: I've been featured on The Onion! 1

OK not really, but the similarities are absolutely startling, they even know which floor I work on!

Onion article

And I made Firefox's Session Restore fail from too many open tabs a few weeks ago!

The big difference being that I obviously don't work that hard all the time :-P

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Journal Journal: It's time to send Congress home. 1

Hello, Washington? It's the 21st Century calling. You're less important than you thought.

There is no reason why all 535 members of Congress need to live and work in Washington, DC, disconnected from their constituency. There is also no reason why Representatives should spend upwards of a quarter of each term campaigning and commuting -- or worse yet, ignoring votes entirely. It's time Congress came home to us, the People.

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Journal Journal: Lego Rolls-Royce Trent 1000 Jet Engine

This is pretty cool. Some "professional Lego builders" have made a half-size scale model of a Rolls-Royce Trent 1000 jet engine, and it goes round! It was inspired by a model made by a 5-year-old boy and his dad.

Allegedly, it's made from only standard Lego bricks. I'd love to take it apart to see how they did it.

The Trent 1000 powers the Boeing Dreamliner.

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