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Comment No Duopoly Here! (Score 1) 307

Oh good. I'm glad AT&T is going a different route than Verizon in an attempt to offer better service to their customers with the hope that rational-minded consumers will decide AT&T propostion offers better value... What? You mean the plans are extremely similar? That's crazy. Almost like there is some sort of collusion going on between the two companies that control 65%+ of the cell phone market in America, but that could never happen, right? Guys? Hello? http://www.thesimpledollar.com/verizon/

Submission + - Sergey Brin Demos Google Glasses Prototype (hothardware.com)

MojoKid writes: "Folks have been clamoring for more on Google's Project Glass and Sergey Brin--one of the co-founders of Google is now burying himself in the R&D department associated with its development. Recently Brin appeared on “The Gavin Newsom Show” on The Current with the prototype glasses perched on his face. The visit was actually a bit awkward as you can see in the video, as it’s a lot of Brin and Newsom describing what they’re seeing via the glasses with no visual for the audience. However, Brin dropped a bomb when he stated that he’d like to have the glasses out as early as next year."

Submission + - NIH Director Supports Release of Bird Flu Research (nih.gov)

renek writes: Common Sense has struck again as the director for the National Institute of Health has called for the release of two studies about the deadly H5N1 avian flu virus. The U.S. Government had previously advised that the research not be published in the journals Science and Nature. From the article,

"On March 29 and 30, the National Science Advisory Board for Biosecurity (NSABB), an independent expert committee that advises the National Institutes of Health (NIH), the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and other Federal departments and agencies on matters of biosecurity, convened to review unpublished revised manuscripts describing NIH-funded research on the transmissibility of H5N1 influenza virus—the strain commonly referred to as "bird flu"
During its March meeting, the NSABB took into account the new and clarified information in the manuscripts, additional perspectives provided by influenza biology experts, highly pertinent but as yet unpublished epidemiologic data, and relevant security information. After careful deliberation, the NSABB unanimously recommended the revised manuscript by Dr. Yoshihiro Kawaoka be communicated in full.


Submission + - Security Experts, Internet Engineers Urge Lawmakers to Drop CISPA (threatpost.com)

Trailrunner7 writes: A long list of security, networking and computer science experts have signed a letter sent to lawmakers on Monday, asking them to deop support for CISPA and other proposed cybersecurity bills because they consider the measures overly broad and say they would infringe on users' privacy and civil liberties. The group, which includes Bruce Schneier, Peter Neumann and others, said the bills' focus on allowing the sharing of users' traffic with government agencies would "unnecessarily trade our civil liberties for the promise of improved network security."

The technologists, researchers and academics who signed the letter sent to congressmen this week said that the promise of better network security in return for this kind of data sharing is not a valid one.

"As experts in the field, we reject this false trade-off and urge you to oppose any cybersecurity initiative that does not explicitly include appropriate methods to ensure the protection of users’ civil liberties," the write in the letter.

Comment Formatting... (Score 1) 84

To fit in with the Title, I formatted the rest of the post for your bleeding eyeball convenience: "Our software, such as Linux, Apache, hadob, and so forth, why open source won't work for other types of open-source software successful? Maybe a Trojan malicious programs opened behind the expected big criminals"

Submission + - Google releases the source for Android 4.0 and 3.0 (google.com)

LWATCDR writes: Google is dropping not just the source code for Ice Cream Sandwich but also Honeycomb. I can hardly wait for Cyanogen to get to work on this. I wonder how it will run on my wife's GTab and my Evo 4G. I guess the worries about Google not releasing the source to Android can now be put to rest. Check out the announcement here https://groups.google.com/group/android-building/msg/c0e01b4619a1455a?pli=1

Submission + - Verizon Announces Pay-Per-Use "Turbo Boost" for Te (pcmag.com)

renek writes: In one of the most brazen attacks on net neutrality to date, Verizon has announced it will offer a so called "Turbo Boost" for smart phones that run on it's wireless network.
"Verizon will publish an API that could allow consumers to "turbocharge" the network bandwidth their smartphone apps use for a small fee, executives said Tuesday. Verizon anticipates that a customer running an app on a smartphone will have the option to dynamically snatch more bandwidth for that app, if network congestion slows it down, said Hugh Fletcher, associate director for technology in Verizon's Product Development and Technology team. The app, however, must be running what Verizon referred to as the network optimization API it is currently developing, and hopes to publish by the third quarter of 2012."

Comment So I read the fucking article. (Score 1) 220

Am I missing something? I don't believe I have ever read anything by Bennet before, but this guy's argument is awful. None of the points he makes actually address the issues at hand. The two that pop out to me are: 1. Open wireless network, hacker, etc, IE you didn't download any infringing material and someone else used your IP. The judge argues this: "Moreover, VPR ignores the fact that IP subscribers are not necessarily copyright infringers." Bennet responds with: "Well, true — the assignee of the IP address might not be the actual copyright infringer. But, more generally, being named as a defendant in a lawsuit does not mean that you're at fault anyway — that's what the trial is for." So, once again, am I missing something or did he just agree with the main point of Judge Baker's entire argument? If the IP addy might not be the actual infringer and we in this country are supposedly innocent until proven guilty then the entire case should be thrown out. "Being named as a defendant in a lawsuit does not mean that you're at fault anyway." Really? How many people who have been wrongly accused of downloading child porn or something equally heinous only for the cops to say, "Oops". This of course leads to the second tenet of the arguement: "Could expedited discovery be used to wrest quick settlements, even from people who have done nothing wrong? The embarrassment of public exposure might be too great, the legal system too daunting and expensive, for some to ask whether VPR has competent evidence to prove its case." And then Bennet responds, agreeing with him once again. "Now these are actually all fair points. The logical error is that they apply to any lawsuit — Judge Baker makes no argument why these problems would be more pronounced in a lawsuit against 1,000 John Does." So in the end he agreed with Judge Baker's two main points (that support the rest of his argument). What am I missing?

Comment Wait, you mean THIS key? (Score 5, Informative) 508

erk: C0 CE FE 84 C2 27 F7 5B D0 7A 7E B8 46 50 9F 93 B2 38 E7 70 DA CB 9F F4 A3 88 F8 12 48 2B E2 1B

riv: 47 EE 74 54 E4 77 4C C9 B8 96 0C 7B 59 F4 C1 4D

pub: C2 D4 AA F3 19 35 50 19 AF 99 D4 4E 2B 58 CA 29 25 2C 89 12 3D 11 D6 21 8F 40 B1 38 CA B2 9B 71 01 F3 AE B7 2A 97 50 19

R: 80 6E 07 8F A1 52 97 90 CE 1A AE 02 BA DD 6F AA A6 AF 74 17

n: E1 3A 7E BC 3A CC EB 1C B5 6C C8 60 FC AB DB 6A 04 8C 55 E1

K: BA 90 55 91 68 61 B9 77 ED CB ED 92 00 50 92 F6 6C 7A 3D 8D

Da: C5 B2 BF A1 A4 13 DD 16 F2 6D 31 C0 F2 ED 47 20 DC FB 06 70

Sorry Sony, don't know how that happened. My cat jumped on the keyboard.

Comment Re:disconnect (Score 5, Informative) 480

What actually happens when a call comes in? Obviously any data streams stop, but if I have a laptop tethered will TCP connections get reset or is it like all of a sudden having dropped packets?

That's exactly what happens. I travel a great deal for business and given that most hotel's WiFi tends towards the sucktastic side of speeds I tether my Droid constantly. When a phone call comes in the radio kills any data coming through it. The connection doesn't get a reset, the packets just stop coming.

Submission + - Entertainment Industry's Dystopia of the Future (eff.org) 1

renek writes: If you think the RIAA/MPAA's tactics have been outlandish, laughable, and disconcerting in the past you haven't seen anything yet. From government-mandated spyware that deletes infringing content to border searches of media players, this reads like an Orwellian nightmare. Given the US government's willingness to bend over for Big Media it wouldn't be terribly surprising to see how far this goes and how under the radar it stays.
The Internet

Submission + - Domain naming rules could make .sex available

renek writes: The group controlling Internet domain names may soon decide whether to relax naming rules and potentially open up a virtual domain name gold rush.At a meeting in Paris Thursday, the board of the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers will vote on two key proposals.The first would allow domains that do not use Latin characters, meaning domain names using Chinese, Arabic or Cyrillic letters. The other proposal would allow domains to use nearly any letter or number combination, up to 64 characters. If ICANN approves the proposals, the world of .com and .org and country names like .jp or .fr would be opened to a much wider choice, such as .hotel or .sex.

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