Want to read Slashdot from your mobile device? Point it at m.slashdot.org and keep reading!


Forgot your password?
DEAL: For $25 - Add A Second Phone Number To Your Smartphone for life! Use promo code SLASHDOT25. Also, Slashdot's Facebook page has a chat bot now. Message it for stories and more. Check out the new SourceForge HTML5 Internet speed test! ×

Submission + - Google: Gmail users have no expectation of privacy (cbsnews.com)

PatPending writes: FTFA: Google has made it clear that people who send or receive email via Gmail should not expect their messages to remain private.

In a 39-page motion filed in June to have a class-action data-mining lawsuit dismissed, the Web giant cites Smith v. Maryland, a 1979 Supreme Court decision that upheld the collection of electronic communications without a warrant.

"Just as a sender of a letter to a business colleague cannot be surprised that the recipient's assistant opens the letter, people who use web-based email today cannot be surprised if their emails are processed by the recipient's [email provider] in the course of delivery. Indeed, 'a person has no legitimate expectation of privacy in information he voluntarily turns over to third parties.'"

Comment Re: --disable-new-menu-style no longer works (Score 4, Informative) 90

Google says they did the extra padding to create a "unified experience" for all. Meaning us normal users get to suffer because we somehow need to have the same interface as people using tablets. Like you, I'm going back to Firefox as my primary browser, or Waterfox to be exact.

4-Billion-Pixel Panorama View From Curiosity Rover 101

SternisheFan points out that there is a great new panorama made from shots from the Curiosity Rover. "Sweep your gaze around Gale Crater on Mars, where NASA's Curiosity rover is currently exploring, with this 4-billion-pixel panorama stitched together from 295 images. ...The entire image stretches 90,000 by 45,000 pixels and uses pictures taken by the rover's two MastCams. The best way to enjoy it is to go into fullscreen mode and slowly soak up the scenery — from the distant high edges of the crater to the enormous and looming Mount Sharp, the rover's eventual destination."

Google Fiber Expands To Olathe, Kansas 120

skade88 writes "If you are one of the lucky 125,000 people who live in Olathe, Kansas, the rest of us congratulate you on your new amazing $70.00/month, 1 GB Google fiber service. Google also announced they will be letting us know about further cities that will be wired up with Google Fiber service soon. This shows that Google Fiber is not just a sandbox they are going to keep in Kansas City, Google Fiber is a real business they will keep expanding. In other exciting news, the FCC wants to see at least one community in each state with 1 Gigabit home service by 2015."

Comment Re:Sweden doesn't have a judiciary? (Score 1) 234

So if a Rwandan dude put every French diplomatic cable on a Congolese website, do you seriously think the French would be like "we have no jurisdiction, so we'll just have to be good losers?"

France would probably be annoyed and hiss a lot about it, but unless the Rwandan dude has broken any local laws he goes free. France is free to vote in laws that allows them to block the domains and/or IPs of the Congolese host in France, but other than that they can't do much.

Comment Re:Unkown Lamer, FOR THE LOVE OF GOD! (Score 2, Insightful) 234

Wikileaks biggest activity was breaking US Laws on classified information, which is illegal in the US, which generally means that Sweden has an obligation to stop them.

No, Sweden has no obligation to stop them - just like the US isn't obliged to stop an American from doing something in the US that would be illegal in Sweden.

Comment Re:Sweden doesn't have a judiciary? (Score 5, Insightful) 234

Manning (or so the prosecutors say) leaked the information, not Wikileaks. That was illegal under US law, and the US has jurisdiction. Wikileaks, on the other hand, is not and has never been a US organisation, and are thus not under US jurisdiction. They are registered in Sweden, and I think their infrastructure is placed there as well, so the legality of whatever they have on their servers is a matter of Swedish law. After all, Sweden is a sovereign country, where US laws doesn't apply.

Comment Re:Before the inevitable... (Score 1) 402

I was raised in a county in northern Sweden with just over 3000 inhabitants. The closest city with 50k+ people is 160km away. It's basically just forest, lakes, scattered villages and a small central town with about 1500 people. In town you can get cheap cable up to 30Mbit or fiber up to 100Mbit and in the villages ADSL up to 24Mbit. So no, it's not even about local population density.

Submission + - Italian team successfully demonstrates Cold Fusion (cromalternativemoney.org)

Xemu writes: Today, an italian team of researchers from the University of Bologna has demonstrated Cold Fusion together with a peer-reviewed paper. The demonstration was made using a kilowatt cold fusion reactor using nickel and hydrogen that can produce up to 10 kilowatts. There's only one catch: They refuse to show how the blue box works, citing patent concerns. What does our esteemed slashdot readership say, has the dream come reality, or is this a scam? Hard facts welcome.

Submission + - Bank of America Cuts Off Wikileaks Transactions (kansascity.com) 1

Chaonici writes: The first actual bank to do so, Bank of America has decided that it will follow in the footsteps of PayPal, MasterCard, and Visa, and halt all its transactions that it believes are intended for WikiLeaks, including donations in support of the organization. 'This decision,' says the bank, 'is based upon our reasonable belief that WikiLeaks may be engaged in activities that are, among other things, inconsistent with our internal policies for processing payments.' Coincidentally, in a 2009 interview with Forbes magazine, Julian Assange stated that he was in possession of the hard drive of a Bank of America executive, and that he planned to release information about a major bank early next year.

Submission + - Numerous HTTP polluted web sites exist out there (iseclab.org)

An anonymous reader writes: From a recent research it seems that numerous web applications are vulnerable to a new type of flaw called HTTP parameter pollution (HPP). The authors of the research designed an unique tool that permits to scan web sites for this class of problems. In fact, it seems that about 30% of 5,000 high-profile well-known web sites are bugged and an attacker can carry out different attacks that may vary from a simple annoyance to a complete corruption of the application’s behavior. Now the system is online and web developers should think to use it to verify that their code is safe.

Submission + - U.S. to Host World Press Freedom Day in 2011 (state.gov)

rekrowyalp writes: The United States is pleased to announce that it will host UNESCO’s World Press Freedom Day event in 2011. The United States places technology and innovation at the forefront of its diplomatic and development efforts. New media has empowered citizens around the world to report on their circumstances, express opinions on world events, and exchange information in environments sometimes hostile to such exercises of individuals’ right to freedom of expression. At the same time, we are concerned about the determination of some governments to censor and silence individuals, and to restrict the free flow of information.
Oh the ironing.

Comment Re:Why do leftists call themselves mainstream? (Score 2) 385

Does it make you happy and delighted that your enemies feel they must speak anonymously?

What saddens ME is that some regard people of a different political persuation "enemies". Extreme political polarization, fed by talking-head whackos, makes people totally lose grip on reality and regard every single thought from the other side as wrong/facist/treasonous/whatever, even if they themselves held that position before.

Slashdot Top Deals

A university faculty is 500 egotists with a common parking problem.