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Submission + - Barcelona Not Pedestrian Friendly

dkatana writes: Barcelona is constantly referred to as one of the top smart cities in Europe, and it is the fourth most popular destination in Europe, after London, Paris and Rome.

Tourist enjoy great climate, astonishing architecture, beaches, the best music festivals and luxury shopping.

But residents have to deal daily with traffic, pollution and, mostly, the sidewalks "occupied" with motorbikes, cafes, delivery vans, etc.

In most places (outside the main shopping avenues) city residents have to side-step dozens of motorcycles parked on the pavement. Often they hog so much space there’s only a meter gap for pedestrians to squeeze through between them and the buildings.

Barcelona might be technology smart, but it is definitely NOT Predestrian Smart.

Submission + - PayPal Sues Google over Google Wallet (thepaypalblog.com)

An anonymous reader writes: PayPal is suing Google and two former employees who now work there (Osama Bedier and Stephanie Tilenius), alleging trade secrets were stolen related to mobile payments aka Google Wallet.

Submission + - Is there a justification for USB 3.0 ?

gorg1 writes: We've been living the last years with USB 2.0, giving us 480Mbps devices, that never went past 30Mbps.
How is it possible that now we're getting 5Gbps devices, which will apparently average 120Mbps?
Just wondering if there's any decent reason to insist on the joke..

Government Begins Securing Root Zone File 198

Death Metal notes a Wired piece on the US government beginning the process of securing the root zone file. This is in service of implementing DNSSEC, without which the DNS security hole found by Dan Kaminsky can't be definitively closed. On Thursday morning, a comment period will open on the various proposals on who should hold the keys and sign the root — ICANN, Verisign, or the US government's NTIA.

Firefox 3.1 Alpha "Shiretoko" Released 385

Just as you were getting used to 3.0, those Mozilla guys have announced 3.1's Alpha release. FTA "Built on the pre-release version of the Gecko 1.9.1 platform, Shiretoko includes a variety of new features. Called an 'early developer milestone,' the release includes bug fixes, improved Web standards support, Text API for the Canvas Element, support for border images and JavaScript query selectors, and improvements to the tab-switching function and the Smart Location Bar." You can download it if you dare.
It's funny.  Laugh.

The Ridiculous LexisNexis Search that the Justice Department Used 589

jamie writes "The politicization of Bush's Justice Department, which this week was officially determined to be illegal, has a funny side too. Sometime in 2005-2006, White House Liaison Jan Williams attended a seminar on LexisNexis searches, and wrote one herself. When she left, she passed it on to her successor Monica Goodling in an email. Justin Mason, author of SpamAssassin, is skeptical about its accuracy:

[First name of a candidate]! and pre/2 [last name of a candidate] w/7 bush or gore or republican! or democrat! or charg! or accus! or criticiz! or blam! or defend! or iran contra or clinton or spotted owl or florida recount or sex! or controvers! or racis! or fraud! or investigat! or bankrupt! or layoff! or downsiz! or PNTR or NAFTA or outsourc! or indict! or enron or kerry or iraq or wmd! or arrest! or intox! or fired or sex! or racis! or intox! or slur! or arrest! or fired or controvers! or abortion! or gay! or homosexual! or gun! or firearm!

Needless to say, when asked about it, Williams first said she didn't remember ever seeing it, then said she'd used an edited version just once. LexisNexis records show she used it, as shown, 25 times." Note that 'sex!' appears twice in the query. Must be VERY important.

The Internet

Police Shame Pranksters On YouTube 390

Barence writes "British police are shaming hoax 999 callers and time-wasters on YouTube in an effort to cut down on non-emergency calls. Video clips uploaded include a lady phoning police to ask what year the internet started, the dramatic tale of a man whose wife would only provide salmon sandwiches for lunch, and another worried soul who had lost her glasses and could not see properly to peel potatoes. Anyone else think the chance of YouTube fame is more likely to encourage copycats than educate people about the wrongs of hoax calling?"

Emergency Workaround For Oracle 0-Day 152

Almost Live writes "Oracle has released an out-of-cycle alert to offer mitigation for a zero-day exploit that's been posted on the Internet. The emergency workaround addresses an unpatched remote buffer overflow that's remotely exploitable without the need for a username and password, and can result in compromising the confidentiality, integrity, and availability of the targeted system." Whoever published the vulnerability and matching exploit code did not contact Oracle first.

Submission + - Should the U.S. Keep Using Polygraphs? (msn.com)

George Maschke writes: "The polygraph has been a cornerstone of U.S. national security policy for decades, with thousands going through the polygraph ritual each year. But as MSNBC's chief science correspondent Robert Bazell reports, the polygraph test doesn't pass the test of science. Bazell also discusses some of the harm that has resulted from governmental reliance on the lie detector. An associated poll asks, "Do you think the U.S. government should continue to use polygraph tests?""

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