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Submission + - NSA broke privacy rules thousands of times per year, audit finds" (washingtonpost.com)

NettiWelho writes: The Washington Post: The National Security Agency has broken privacy rules or overstepped its legal authority thousands of times each year since Congress granted the agency broad new powers in 2008, according to an internal audit and other top-secret documents.
Most of the infractions involve unauthorized surveillance of Americans or foreign intelligence targets in the United States, both of which are restricted by law and executive order. They range from significant violations of law to typographical errors that resulted in unintended interception of U.S. e-mails and telephone calls.

Comment App store VS repository (Score 0) 429

Wow, it just occurred to me that after this, as far as a user is concerned the app store might as well be a software repository... If anything apple will allow to be tinkered with is available, and installs with a click or two... I'm not sure if i think this is good or bad. 1) Apple controls what gets in the repository 2) Macs ship setup to get software from it... ... 4) Profit!

Comment Re:Umm... (Score 1) 362

and if you couple this attack with the slightly older "make the address bar show a slightly wrong thing" attack...
you know, the PayPal.com vs PayPaI.com (one's an L one's an I, can you tell with the default font?)...adjusted for font collisions, or making use of the way a browser falls back on installed fonts when you try and show a different script style...

This could be very bad...

Comment Re:is he right? (Score 1) 409

1%er is a reference to criminally bikers, from an AMA (American Motorcycle Association) publication ('91 I think) claiming that 99% of bikers are law abiding citizens. The suggestion of 15%er is that in AU there are many more criminal bikers than in the US, so many that it might be an acceptable form of shenanigans, like soccer hooligans in GB.

Submission + - Sony Ericsson Developes Motion Headphones (pcworld.com)

TechnologyResource writes: "Sony Ericsson has just introduced the MH907 headphones. The headphones will pause or play your music based on contact; eliminating the use of a pause or stop button. Removing one ear bud will pause the music. Removing both ear buds will stop the music. Both ear buds have to be in your ear to play the music. According to Sony Ericsson, this will allow you to "play your music and answer phone calls just by inserting the buds into your ear or taking them out." Oh, by the way, make sure you have your phone on vibrate since you won't hear it ring."
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Submission + - FCC Proposes Net Neutrality For Cell Phones (pcworld.com)

rhathar writes: "FCC chairman Julius Genachowski delivered Monday on President Obama's promise to back "net neutrality". But he went much further than merely seeking to expand rules that prohibit ISPs from filtering or blocking net traffic — he proposed that they cover all broadband connections, including data connections for smartphones.

"The Internet's creators didn't want the network architecture — or any single entity — to pick winners and losers," Genachowski said, embracing what is known as the end-to-end principle. "The principles that will protect the open Internet are an essential step to maximize investment and innovation in the network and on the edge of it — by establishing rules of the road that incentivize competition, empower entrepreneurs, and grow the economic pie to the benefit of all."

Genachowski has proposed two rules: Broadband providers cannot discriminate against services or applications by slowing them down and broadband providers must tell customers how its engineers manage the network when it gets congested"

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