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Comment Re:Conflates Manning and Assange (Score 1) 226

Perhaps their choice of title was unfortunate. "We steal secrets" is part of a quote uttered by a reformed government higher-up interviewed in the documentary. The documentary itself does not conflate Manning and Assange to any extent. I see you haven't yet watched it. I haven't looked at today's Manning news but it sounds interesting.

Comment While I love a good conspiracy theory... (Score 1) 226

While I love a good conspiracy theory as much as anyone here, I recently watched and highly recommend this documentary if you haven't already seen it. It was quite an eye opener for me. Assange certainly seems to have made some tactical mistakes due to personality 'flaws.'

We Steal Secrets: The Story of Wikileaks

Comment We need more satire (Score 1) 109

It seems to me that the timing of Bloom County's return could be very interesting if attracts some sustained attention. With the departure of Jon Stewart, I would imagine that this strip could succeed on the level of simple humour, but also occupy some of that 'leftist' media space which will be largely vacant otherwise, even if Stewart's successor does well. Regardless of a person's political leanings, satire is one of the great methods for getting the proletariat to consider things that they might otherwise miss. I, for one, welcome our new honk-nosed overlord!

Submission + - Anonymous publishes personal information of Wall Street CEO's (

Presto Vivace writes: "

Declaring “the guilty must pay,” Anonymous has released 4.6 gigabytes of data detailing the personal information of Wall Street CEOs and other high level Wall Street executives.

Links to the data began appearing via Twitter on March 2. AnonymousIRC, a popular Twitter account associated with the international hacktivist collective known as Anonymous, tweeted the following:4.6GB .xml files on CEOs and Directors [Compressed to 520mb zip] #Anonymous #OWS #OpWallStreet #BofA #Bloomberg

Between Too Big To Fail banksters and online vigilantes, we are not going to have any law in this country."


Submission + - Analysis of Dexter Malware Uncovers Mystery Man, And Links to Zeus (

chicksdaddy writes: "The newly discovered Dexter malware is one of the few examples of a malicious program that targets point of sale terminals, but also communicates, botnet-like, with a command and control infrastructure. According to an analysis by Seculert, the custom malware has infected “hundreds POS systems” including those operated by “big-name retailers, hotels, restaurants and even private parking providers.”
Now a detailed analysis by Verizon’s RISK team suggests that Dexter may be a creation of a group responsible for the ubiquitous Zeus banking Trojan.
By analyzing early variants of Dexter discovered in the wild, Verizon determined that the IP addresses used for Dexter’s command and control were also used to host Zeus related domains and several domains for Vobfus, also known as “the porn worm,” which has been used to deliver the Zeus malware.
Verizon also produced some tantalizing clues as to the identity of one individual who may be a part of the crew responsible for the malware. The RISK team linked the domain registration for a Dexter C&C server to an unusual online handle, “hgfrfv,” that was used to post a number of suggestive help requests (“need help with decrypting a table encrypted with EncryptByKey") in online technical forums, where a e-mail address was also provided. The account name was also linked to a shell account on the outsourcing web site, which lists “hgfrfv” as an individual residing in the Russian Federation."


Submission + - Fast DNA origami opens way for nanoscale machines (

ananyo writes: "DNA strands can be coaxed to fold up into shapes in a matter of minutes, reveals a study published in Science. The finding could radically speed up progress in the field of DNA origami.
DNA origami involves using short DNA strands to hold a longer, folded strand in place at certain points, like sticky tape. Until now, assembling the shape has involved heating the DNA and allowing it to cool slowly for up to a week. But researchers at the Technical University of Munich in Germany have worked out that for most of the cooling period, nothing happens. But when a crucial temperature is reached, the whole structure forms suddenly (abstract).
The researchers now aim to design nanostructures with optimal folding temperatures close to 37 C, the temperature at which mammalian cell cultures are grown, so that DNA machines could one day be used in biological settings."


Submission + - Google rules out Gmail and Drive apps for Windows 8 ( 4

girlmad writes: Google has revealed it won't be developing any apps for Windows 8 or Windows Phone 8, so those wanting a dedicated app for Gmail or Drive on their Microsoft device will miss out.

Google Apps product management director Clay Bavor said that due to a lack of interest for the Microsoft systems, it is holding back on any work.

Bavor said Google is very careful about where it invests and will go where its users are — and they are not on Windows Phone or Windows 8. Ouch.


Submission + - An Interactive Graph of the CA Ecosystem

An anonymous reader writes: Researchers of the International Computer Science Institute in Berkeley have created an interactive diagram that shows root-CAs, their intermediates, the relationships between them and how many certificates have been signed by them. The graph was generated by passively monitoring the Internet uplinks of a number of (mostly) edu sites for SSL connections and their certificate Information. Among other things the graph shows that one GoDaddy intermediate signed more than 74,000 certificates and that a German CA uses more than 200 sub-CAs for administrative reasons.

Comment Cost to end user? (Score 2) 108

As a former Seattlite, I applaud the city's efforts, and I wonder what this will mean with respect to cost for the end user and competition in the market:
" The city will lease out the unused fiber, but will not have ownership in the provider nor a relationship with the end customers"

Can there be multiple lessees along particular routes, or is the whole thing likely to be gobbled up by Comcast or FIOS?

Submission + - Seattle to get gigabit fiber to the home and business (

symbolset writes: Enthusiasm about Google's Kansas City fiber project is overwhelming. But in the Emerald City, the government doesn't want to wait. They have been stringing fiber throughout the city for years, and today announced a deal with company Gigabit Squared and the University of Washington to serve fiber to 55,000 Seattle homes and businesses with speeds up to a gigabit. The city will lease out the unused fiber, but will not have ownership in the provider nor a relationship with the end customers. The service rollout is planned to complete in 2014. It is the first of 6 planned university area network projects currently planned by Gigabit Squared.

Is this the way for all of us to get our fiber faster? Have the city run the fiber and lease it out?


Submission + - Google has confirmed its Maps app is returning to iPhone (

Scrabble-Elk writes: "Google has confirmed that Maps is returning to the iPhone three months after Apple booted it off in an operating system upgrade. The new Google Maps app is now available for free download from the Apple iTunes store, ending months of frustration for iPhone users forced into using the bug-filled first version of Apple’s own Maps app. The app has been built from scratch and comes with new features to bring it up to the standard of the Google Maps app for Android smartphones. This includes voice-guided directions, integration with Google Earth and local search and vector-based graphics."

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