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Submission + - Ask Slashdot: How do you manage your passwords?

Albus Dumb Door writes: As an IT professional, I've got a problem common to many of you which is to deal with a lot of passwords. Memorizing them all is something becoming harder with age and number of passwords. I will forget them eventually. I am obviously unable to use something online like Last Pass and 1Password. Using a single password for all the systems is also obviously out of the question. I know that there are a few apps for cell phones for managing passwords (like Phone Genie and mSecure), but a cell phone, unless it's kept in offline mode (and even then), is still a security risk and I'm pretty sure my employers wouldn't like me having their passwords on my cell phone. I've also taken a look at things like the YubiKey, but changing the authentication scheme of most of the systems is not an option. The only intesting option I've seen so far is the Pitbull Wallet, but they just started taking pre-orders on IndieGoGo and are not expected to deliver until August. Amazon has some hardware password managers as well, like the RecZone and Logio, but either the price or their reviews scared me away. So how do you guys prefer to manage your passwords and what do you recommend?

Submission + - A half way approach to storing passwords, keys and digital wallets. (ondatechnology.org)

joaommp writes: I'd like to share with you all our newest project, the Pitbull Wallet. This is a project that attempts to solve — or at least, mitigate — two problems at once, the storage of digital wallets and managing passwords. It is a credit card sized device that allows you to store, manage and recall sets of public/private keys — including wallets — and username/passwords. This way you'll have something that while not being exactly a hardcopy, it isn't left around on your PC either, making that data safer from remote hacking. It's something half way between digital and physical. I'd like to invite you all to take a look at the project at the page above and at the IndieGoGo campaign we are running to fund it. Your feedback will be greatly appreciated, as well as any contributions you might consider sharing.

Submission + - Asking Slashdot: Converting an SUV into an hybrid diesel-electric (indiegogo.com) 6

joaommp writes: "So, my team has started a project to convert an SUV into an hybrid diesel-electric vehicle — basically, an electric vehicle with a diesel engine working as a range extender. We've now setup a campaign on Indiegogo to help with the project costs (we are a non-profit team) and later we'd like to, if the project is successful, be able to provide conversion kits and additional kits for elements of the transformation, like the HUD, for example. Why an SUV conversion? Because a lot of people like SUVs (sense of safety, overcompensation, etc) but they're un-economic and environment unfriendly. I'd like to ask all slashdotters if they have any advice or tips for this project. We already have the project well defined but more input is greatly appreciated before we begin tearing apart the beast. So, if you could help providing additional advice and information, it would be awesome."

Submission + - Non-profit Onda Technology Fighting Patent Trolls (ondatechnology.org)

zopathan writes: The Onda Technology Institute, a little known non-profit organization dedicated to developing open projects, has started an initiative to help fight patent trolls. They are betting on creating a fund to help individuals register their intellectual property in order to fight patent trolls with the same tactics. From the information available on the organization's website, free or open projects will be allowed free licensing to those patents and commercial projects will be subjected to a simple and painless negotiation. While other projects are more focused in protecting individual projects, like the Open Invention Network which is more focused on Linux, this initiative is aimed at protecting a broader range of projects.

Submission + - New type of e-paper can be used up to 260 times (reuters.com)

joaommp writes: "Taiwanese scientists developed a new type of film that can be printed on a thermal printer and erased up to 260 times. The boffins at the Industrial Technology Research Institute claim it as an ideal replacement for paper signs and posters. It does not require patterned electrodes. It is based on a plastic film covered with cholestric liquid crystal, a type of liquid crystal structured similarly to cholesterol molecules and can be erased by simply plugging it to a power source and an A4 sheet costs only US $2. It is expected to be available to consumers within the next two years."

Submission + - SPAM: How losing a brother may save other lives 2

joaommp writes: "The event that took my brother's life inspired me to come up with some sort of gadget to prevent any more lives from being lost. So, I figured that a low power device monitoring life-signs, transmitting a continuous ping to a central server, could eventually provide enough warning to prevent others from suffering the same fate my dear brother suffered. I also immediately noticed a bunch of possibilities to extend the functionality of the device and make the idea usable for many more situations like monitoring people in healthcare facilities such as nursing homes and hospitals, giving them more freedom, and keeping track of kids in amusement parks to help prevent accidents and kidnappings. I turned to my team at the non-profit I'm involved with and we agreed the project had merit and could go forward. Now I'm left with the difficult task of gathering the funds necessary to start the development of this system. So I turn to you all, slashdotters, for opinions, constructive criticism, advice and, if possible, that you contribute with work or donations to make this initiative flourish."
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Submission + - A Geek Tribute, saving more lives (ondatechnology.org)

joaommp writes: "My brother passed away last Wednesday, the 25th of May 2011. He was a strong, athletic, intelligent and dedicated boy. His lifeless body was found on the bottom of a pool which should have been guarded, but it wasn't. I wanted to do something in his memory. I though of doing something he would love. Therefore, my non-profit, Onda Technology, now has a new division dedicated to ecology. He loved nature and saved many animals. He was a very giving person, having donated his entiry first salary to a school for blind kids. For now and for him, I'm changing internal policies. For every 50 euros of donations, Onda Technology will be planting a tree. Besides, we have started a new project: we will be developing a kind of a health monitoring bracelet to monitor, in real time, people practicing sports and a real time warning and emergency team dispatching system so that what happened to my brother can be avoided for a lot of other people in the future. For that, we are asking for contributions, be it in the form of ideas, technology, help with the development process or donations. So, please take just a few seconds thinking about this and on how many lives could be saved in the future."
Open Source

Submission + - A different way of supporting open projects (ondatechnology.org)

joaommp writes: Most open projects are funded by donations from users all around the globe. The projects set up a Paypal account for donations (I've done it too) and, if they're successful, they will be rewarded with donations from the community. Sometimes they give back a slight token of appreciation. At Onda Technology, we decided to do something a bit different. Instead of expecting donations, we are making available, for the public to be able to acquire, the manuals we wrote. For now, we've released one book about good principles in C++ programming. The book is available through Lulu. More will eventually follow. Although we've not yet released any of our projects, we are gradually doing so. By helping us, you can accelerate the pace and this way you get something more than just a token of our appreciation, you get something useful for yourself or to give to a friend.
Microsoft

Submission + - Pidgin and Adium Users Blackout

joaommp writes: Seems that Pidgin and Adium Users have been left without the ability to connect to the Windows Live Messenger network for some reason. Haven't found any information yet about the problem, but hopefully someone will clarify this for us soon.
The Almighty Buck

Journal Journal: European Union wants to send the ATM system back into stone age

Portugal has one of the most, if not the most, advanced ATM networks in the world. While on most countries the ATM networks seem to be handled by individual banks, the Portuguese ATM network, called Multibanco (yes, as in multi-bank) is owned and ran by a state entity called SIBS (Sociedade Interbancária de Serviços - roughly inter-banking business society). This unified ATM network allows the state and the banking businesses to save millions in equipment, maintenance and headco

Input Devices

Submission + - Touchscreen usage with Linux 4

Joaommp writes: Lately I found myself needing a particular device: high resolution touch screens. Such need derives from a particular project I've been involved with. My objective is to add the touch screen as a second screen to my desktop, using a second graphics card, and having two concurrent X sessions running on each screen. In one I would do development and on the touch screen session I'd do the testing. The problem is to find the right hardware for it. There's not a whole lot of information and easily accessible devices on the net. There are a few, some are extremely expensive.
One device I found was the Belinea s.display 5_22, which is an hybrid touch screen/tablet. The device looks very nice in the specs, but the problem is: how well would it work with Linux? After a long time of browsing through the net, I came up empty and the technical support seems to know about their own product less than I do. They couldn't even provide information about what controller was being used or even the USB IDs. I'm still trying to convince them to provide more information about it.
There is also the similar Wacom Cintiq line, but those, besides being only tablet, is also as much as three times more expensive and aim at the graphics professionals.
So, my question to the audience is: What is your experience with this type of devices under Linux and X and which ones would you recommend that are available in Europe?
Input Devices

Submission + - Touchscreen usage with Linux 4

Joaommp writes: Lately I found myself needing a particular device: high resolution touch screens. Such need derives from a particular project I've been involved with. My objective is to add the touch screen as a second screen to my desktop, using a second graphics card, and having two concurrent X sessions running on each screen. In one I would do development and on the touch screen session I'd do the testing. The problem is to find the right hardware for it. There's not a whole lot of information and easily accessible devices on the net. There are a few, some are extremely expensive.
One device I found was the Belinea s.display 5_22, which is an hybrid touch screen/tablet. The device looks very nice in the specs, but the problem is: how well would it work with Linux? After a long time of browsing through the net, I came up empty and the technical support seems to know about their own product less than I do. They couldn't even provide information about what controller was being used or even the USB IDs. I'm still trying to convince them to provide more information about it.
There is also the similar Wacom Cintiq line, but those, besides being only tablet, is also as much as three times more expensive and aim at the graphics professionals.
So, my question to the audience is: What is your experience with this type of devices under Linux and X and which ones would you recommend that are available in Europe?
Toys

Submission + - Technology Roadmap for Productive Nanosystems (e-drexler.com)

WillWare writes: "The working group for the Technology Roadmap for Productive Nanosystems is 70-some scientists and researchers from academia, industry and the U.S. National Laboratories, who for the last two years have been figuring out how to get from today's technology to real working advanced nanotechnology. Their report has finally been published in PDF format, available to the general public. It surveys relevant current research efforts and looks at the most fruitful directions for future work."
Patents

Submission + - HTML5 now officially devoid of Ogg Vorbis / Theora (rudd-o.com) 4

Rudd-O writes: "It's official. Ogg technology has been removed from the HTML5 spec, after Ian caved in the face of pressure from Apple and Nokia. Unless massive pressure is exerted on the HTML5 spec editing process, the Web authoring world will continue to endure our modern proprietary Tower of Babel.

Note that HTML5 in no way required Ogg (as denoted by the word "should" instead of "must" in the earlier draft). Adding this to the fact that there are widely available patent-free implementations of Ogg technology, there is really no excuse for Apple and Nokia to say that they couldn't in good faith implement HTML5 as previously formulated."

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