Richard_at_work writes: Dropbox today announced that it has been working on a "top secret" project called Magic Pocket for the past couple of years to get it off its Amazon S3 addiction, culminating in them moving over 400 petabytes of user data to multiple internal data centres and a custom mass storage hardware and software solution.
Dropboxes relationship with AWS isn't completely over however, as they will continue to use AWS for specific regional data stores where there is a requirement, such as the one currently available in Germany for example.
Richard_at_work writes: According to the BBC, a group called Campaigners Privacy International have lost a legal challenge against the operations of GHCQ (Britains NSA) with regard to hacking into computers and smart phones.
A panel of judges making up the Investigatory Powers Tribunal which heard the case, ruled that they were satisfied that "[GCHQ] was already operating in a lawful and proportionate way" regardless of the outcome of a current review that Parliament is undertaking into updating the law via the Investigatory Powers Bill, which is due later this year.
Richard_at_work writes: "The FAA announced this morning that they were initiating an indepth investigation into both the design and construction of the Boeing 787 aircraft after several safety scares in the past few months. The Boeing 787 has been in operation for less than 2 years, but in that time it has seen fuel leaks related to build quality issues, electrical problems and a fire related to the new all-electrical approach.
The review will involve a broader investigation than those systems involved in recent scares, and is a significant event for both Boeing as the manufacturer and the FAA."
Richard_at_work writes: "In a thread that has now been ongoing for almost a week, the evidence has been mounting that Dropbox has possibly had a security breach, with many users reporting spam being delivered to Dropbox-only email accounts.
Dropbox has denied this so far, but with the forum thread on the issue now surpassing 250 replies with most users reporting the same sort of thing (spam email for the same "service" all coming in on email addresses only used for Dropbox, and in many cases aliases specifically created for Dropbox with no spam hitting the catch all addresses for the same domains) the likelihood is that something is going on here.
Users were first reporting it as being limited to German Dropbox users, but it has gradually spread across a fairly representative sample of users across the globe now.
With disparity of ISPs, email systems and locations involved here, could there be any other explanation?"
Richard_at_work writes: "After losing his appeal to the UK Supreme Court a couple of weeks ago, Assanges lawyer was given leave to seek a reopening of the case on particular grounds — the UK Supreme Court has now rejected those grounds and upheld its earlier ruling that Assanges should be extradited, which could happen in the next few days."
Richard_at_work writes: Bryan Fischer, Director of of Issues Analysis for the American Family Association, has come out saying that the First Amendment is a privilege and not a right when it comes to Islam, and that "The First Amendment was written by the Founders to protect the free exercise of Christianity. They were making no effort to give special protections to Islam." as well as going on to say "Islam has no fundamental First Amendment claims, for the simple reason that it was not written to protect the religion of Islam. Islam is entitled only to the religious liberty we extend to it out of courtesy. While there certainly ought to be a presumption of religious liberty for non-Christian religious traditions in America, the Founders were not writing a suicide pact when they wrote the First Amendment." Quite a fantastical claim!
Richard_at_work writes: "Thirty years ago today, the Big Ear radio telescope recorded a 72 second long signal that perfectly matched the expected signature of a signal that was not of local origin. This became known world wide as the 'Wow!' signal after the comment its discoverer, Dr. Jerry R. Ehman of SETI, scribbled in the margin of the print out, and while it has never been detected since, it has fueled arguments on both sides as to the existence of extraterrestrial life ever since."