jest3r writes: Lavabit won a victory in court and were able to get the secret court order unsealed. The ACLU's Chris Soghoian called it the nuclear option. The court order revealed the FBI demanded Lavabit turn over their root SSL certificate, something that would allow them to monitor the traffic of every user of the service.
Lavabit offered an alternative method to tap into the single user in question but the FBI wasn't interested.
Lavabit could either comply or shut down. As such no US company that relies on SSL encryption can be trusted with sensitive data. Everything from Google to Facebook to Skype to your bank account is only encrypted by SSL keys, and if the FBI can force Lavabit to hand over their SSL key or face shutdown they can do it to anyone.
jest3r writes: MacWord reports that Apple iCloud mail deletes messages and attachments that contain unsavoury internet phrases. They tested this by sending a test email from a personal iCloud account that read "My friend's son is already allowed to drive his high-powered car. It's ridiculous. He's a barely legal teenage driver? What on earth is John thinking". Because the email contains the phrase "barely legal teen" it never got delivered.
The Apple iCould TOS states: "Apple reserves the right at all times to determine whether Content is appropriate and in compliance with this Agreement, and may pre-screen, move, refuse, modify and/or remove Content at any time, without prior notice and in its sole discretion".
Will this be the trend for all Cloud Service Providers — monitoring and removing content they deem inappropriate? or is this Apple taking the moral high ground?
jest3r writes: Yesterday the EFF filed a brief proposing a process for the Court in the Megaupload case to hold the government accountable for the actions it took (and failed to take) when it shut down Megaupload's service and denied third parties access to their property. Many businesses used Megaupload's cloud service to store and share files not related to piracy. The government is calling for a long, drawn-out process that would require individuals or small companies to travel to courts far away and engage in multiple hearings just to get their own property back. The government's argument that you lose all your property rights by storing your data on the cloud could apply to Amazon's S3 or Google Apps or or Apple iCloud services as well.
jest3r writes: My sister who is a school teacher was looking for a new 15" laptop to replace her old Windows one... I mentioned that Apple has discounts for teachers (good!!)
However to our dismay the only 15" laptop Apple offers is $1799 ??!! Meanwhile at Best Buy virtually all 15" Windows laptops are $500 or less... There seems to a major GAP in the laptop product line?!! The prices are not even close here !!!
I tried to give my best sales pitch — but even I (a dedicated Apple user) couldn't come up with a reason to spend so much more...
Can any Slashdot users enlighten me as to how to sell a 15" Macbook to a Windows user thinking of switching from a similar Windows laptop?