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Comment Re:Proof (Score 5, Interesting) 546

Also it's a very interesting time. Right after they find out that the recent breach by the Chinese Government got the personnel files with information for all executive employees up to cabinet level (including the security clearance data) they reveal that the Chinese (and Russia) got secret personnel information after all via the Snowden leaks. Something seems weird about this timing.

Comment Two questions need to be asked (Score 5, Insightful) 546

First (as stated in the summary): "Have the actions of Snowden, and, apparently, the use of weak encryption, made the world less safe?"

Second (not asked, but as important as the first): Was it worth it? Did the revelations made the world a better after the revelations?

IMO yes, it was worth it. Having secret programs authorised by secret laws and secret alliances to reduce or remove the privacy of the population as a whole for some geopolitical goal is not something that should happen in democratic countries.

Submission + - Reddit Removes Communities To Address Harassment, Users Respond (

sethstorm writes: As a change to their community management, Reddit administrators have banned multiple communities (known as subreddits) in a bid to remove harassment. In response, users have responded in different ways — some have pointed out the bias of Reddit admins for leaving known harassers alone such as those in the "SRS" subreddit, others have attempted to re-create the banned subreddit "FatPeopleHate", and many have gone to overwhelm Voat (a competitor).

Submission + - Adblocking is coming to the iPhone with iOS 9

vivaoporto writes: The next version of Safari will let users block ads on iPhones and iPads.

With the roll-out of iOS 9, Apple is giving app developers an easy way to create mobile ad blockers for Safari on iPhones and iPads. The new “Content Blocking” feature allows developers to pass a JSON file with a set of rules for images, popups, cookies, resources and other elements in Safari.

Sources like The Next Web point out that such a feature would allow ad blocking and privacy apps "to exist on iOS for the first time since launch".

On the other hand the Marketing Land warns that this move "could chip away at Google's and other ad networks' mobile ad revenue from iOS devices", NiemanLab calls it "a blow for mobile advertising" and Cult of Mac asks if that is a good thing and proposes as an answer:

Is that a good thing? Well, maybe for the average user, for a period of time. But when you block ads on the web, you prevent content providers from earning any revenue from them. If we all did that, our favorite sites would have to find other sources of revenue, or stop supplying content altogether.

Submission + - Swift will be open source later this year, available for iOS, OS X, and Linux. (

knightmad writes: Among the announcements made by Apple on today's WWDC keynote there was a surprise: Swift will be open source later this year

Swift, the compiled programming language created by Apple Inc. for iOS and OS X development, will later this year be available for iOS, OS X, and Linux, joining projects like CUPS, Webkit and LLVM in the apple open source ecosystem.

Comment Weird subject matter for a book on Slashdot (Score 3, Interesting) 270

This is a weird subject matter for a book review to be on Slashdot. I don't want this to be dismissed like one of those "this is not news for nerds / stuff that matter" comments so I will develop further about why this is my opinion:

1. From Slashdot's own Book Review Guidelines (emphasis mine): "In particular, we're interested in reviews of books on programming, computer security, the history of technology and anything else (including Science Fiction, cyberpunk, etc.) that fits under the "News for Nerds" umbrella."

The reviewed book doesn't seem to fit any of the name checked categories and even to fit in the more general "News for Nerds" umbrella seems to be very generous for most interpretations of what a "nerd" would be in this context (of computer, technology, science fiction and cyberpunk).

2. Here are the reviews from the past 12 months. Despite of the lack of reviewers the theme is almost always related to technology (even if as a pretext to discuss infosec, law enforcement and natsec). Curiously the same reviewer that submitted this review submitted most of the barely related ones.

by Saint Aardvark: Book Review: Networking For System Administrators (subject: infrastructure, sysadmin)
by Michael Ross: Book Review: Drush For Developers, 2nd Edition (subject: web development)
by benrothke: Book Review: Future Crimes (subject: infused, cybercrime, law enforcement)
by benrothke: Book Review: Data and Goliath (subject: infosec, privacy, law enforcement)
by benrothke: Book Review: Core HTML5 2D Game Programming (subject: game programming)
by benrothke: Book Review: Designing and Building a Security Operations (subject: infosec)
by Saint Aardvark: Book Review: FreeBSD Mastery: Storage Essentials (subject: infrastructure)


by MassDosage: Book Review: Build Your Own Website: A Comic Guide to HTML, CSS, and WordPress (subject: web development)
by benrothke: Book Review: Spam Nation (subject: cybercrime)
by benrothke: Book Review: Bulletproof SSL and TLS (subject: infosec)
by benrothke: Book Review: Countdown To Zero Day (subject: infosec, cyberwarfare, natsec)
by benrothke: Book Review: Measuring and Managing Information Risk: a (subject: infosec)
by sobczakt: Book Review: Scaling Apache Solr (subject: networking, infrastructure)
by benrothke: Book Review: Architecting the Cloud (subject: networking, infrastructure)
by benrothke: Book Review: Social Engineering In IT Security Tools (subject: infosec)
by benrothke: Book Review: Introduction To Cyber-Warfare (subject: infosec)
by benrothke: Book Review: Data-Driven Security: Analysis, Visualization (subject: infosec)
by benrothke: Book Review: Hacking Point of Sale (subject: infosec)

I don't want to speculate about the motivations for this review to be on slashdot but this seems to be a recurring theme: to inflame the audience with polarizing subjects and what more polarizing now than "who is more to blame for the Iraq mishaps: 43rd or 44th?".

But between this and the monstrosity that attempt to change the target audience that Beta was the most visible aspect we (the loyalty audience) will sure be needing a new home very soon.

Comment Not in june, only after september (Score 5, Informative) 97

However, these electronics will continue to operate normally until at least September, when the deactivations should actually begin. Until then, the system will only mount a database with information on the equipment in use in Brazil.

This is a new low, blatant lies in the summary only for cheap country based hate and some pageviews. Good job!

Submission + - Bitcoin Price Drops as Mt. Gox Exchange Closes Indefinitely

knightmad writes: According to Business Week bitcoin plunged more more than 7 percent today after a major Tokyo-based exchange halted withdrawals of the digital currency.

Citing technical problems Mt. Gox said in a blog post that it needed to "temporarily pause on all withdrawal requests to obtain a clear technical view of the currency processes."
It's funny.  Laugh.

Submission + - Amazing Cancer Drug Found; Scientist Annoyed.

sporkme writes: "A scientist was frustrated when the compound she was working with destroyed her sample of cancer cells. Further research revealed that the substance was surprisingly well suited as a cancer treatment. From the article:

"I made a calculation error and used a lot more than I should have. And my cells died," Schaefer said. A colleague overheard her complaining. "The co-author on my paper said,' Did I hear you say you killed some cancer?' I said 'Oh', and took a closer look." They ran several tests and found the compound killed "pretty much every epithelial tumor cell lines we have seen."
Lab test results on hapless mice have resulted in the destruction of colon tumors without making the mice sick. The PPAR-gamma compound is expected to be especially useful in combating treatment-resistant types of cancer."

Comment Three things that make this article suspicious (Score 4, Interesting) 158

1) "Java Only for now, more coming soon!"
2) "Alpha"
3) The linked article is a "product announcement" on Newsforge

This is slashvertisement for a vaporware product. Although this is promising, there is nothing concrete there to call it "what we need to unify the open-source community", not even an alternative to Google codesearch.

Btw, is alpha the new beta?

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