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Americans Show 'Surprising Willingness' To Accept Internet Surveillance ( 223

Researchers from BYU recently took a survey of internet users (PDF), mostly from the U.S., to determine how they balanced opinions of security and privacy. They found, perhaps surprisingly, that over 90% of users are fine with somebody snooping their encrypted traffic, so long as they were informed of the snooping. Most of them also supported legislation requiring notification and/or consent. "Most respondents also agreed that employers should be able to monitor the encrypted Internet connections of employees even without notification or consent, especially when an employee used a company computer. There was less agreement when it came to employees using personal devices; approximately a third of respondents opposed surveillance in that case."

That said, "Despite accepting surveillance in a number of situations, 60 percent of respondents said that they would react negatively if they discovered that a network they currently use employed TLS proxies." The study also found 4.5% of participants were "jaded" toward the state of privacy and security on the internet, feeling that their traffic is already monitored, and that the government would circumvent whatever technologies we put in place to protect it. The researchers say this group "once cared about these issues but has lost all hope and has largely given up on ever achieving a secure world."

Submission + - SourceForge Joins the Bundle Wagon

An anonymous reader writes: The irony of submitting this on /. is not lost on me.
"Apparently, SourceForge's mysterious "sf-editor1" has also claimed ownership of a number of other accounts for open source and other software projects."
SF is claiming ownership of these projects for the specious reason of them being "abandoned" when in fact these project simply stopped using SF (apparently for good reason).

Submission + - Ask Slashdot: When we perfect age reversing, how do we decide who gets to live? 4

ourlovecanlastforeve writes: With biologists getting closer and closer to reversing the aging process in human cells, the reality of greatly extended life draws closer. This brings up a very important conundrum: You can't tell people not to reproduce and you can't kill people to preserve resources and space. Even at our current growth rate there's not enough for everyone. Not enough food, not enough space, not enough medical care. If — no, when — age reversal becomes a reality, who gets to live? And if everyone gets to live, how will we provide for them?

Submission + - SourceForge (owned by Slashdot Media) installs ads with GIMP ( 5

careysb writes: SourceForge, the code repository site owned by Slashdot Media, has apparently seized control of the account hosting GIMP for Windows on the service, according to e-mails and discussions amongst members of the GIMP community—locking out GIMP's lead Windows developer. And now anyone downloading the Windows version of the open source image editing tool from SourceForge gets the software wrapped in an installer replete with advertisements.
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Microsoft Open Sources CoreCLR, the .NET Execution Engine 253

An anonymous reader writes: As part of Microsoft's continuing project to open source the .NET framework, the company has announced that CoreCLR, the execution engine for .NET Core, is now available on GitHub. CoreCLR handles things like garbage collection, compilation to machine code, and IL byte code loading. The .NET team said, "We have released the complete and up-to-date CoreCLR implementation, which includes RyuJIT, the .NET GC, native interop and many other .NET runtime components. ... We will be adding Linux and Mac implementations of platform-specific components over the next few months. We already have some Linux-specific code in .NET Core, but we're really just getting started on our ports. We wanted to open up the code first, so that we could all enjoy the cross-platform journey from the outset."

Comment Re: Don't (Score 2) 107

I live in a rural area, but with access to lte. My config consists of Cradlepoint router, with 2 lte modem's connected , one from Verizon, the other from AT&T, used to also have sprint as well, but canned it due to them never upgrading speed of their networks. Connection speed varies from 22mbps to 44mbps via I have two external antennas attached to the modem, which gives me solid 5 bar signals,

Latency varies constantly, 15-60ms variance.

Good news am have access, quick, semi reliable
Bad news, expensive $300/mo per carrier for 30gb per carrier per month, despite being set up highly available the lte modems hang frequently, yes the Cradlepoint resets and the system fails over to the other carrier, but it never fails that that both will fail at the same time when I need it the most. Those fails require a rest of modem, which can be done by the web interface. Latency varies heavily, 15ms-60ms.

As expensive as it is, it is a tremendous improvement over satellite based Internet. Prior to lte, I installed Hughes commercial internet service at my house. (Not the wimpy personal service, the big 1 meter dish based system). Satellite is an absolute last resort solution.

Voice over the lte, is great until a modem decides to mess up, then it goes from bad to dropped. Movies are capable to stream, but some services like Netflix, Hulu, do better recover than others. Gaming is non-existent. The latency varies too much, first person shooter become first person target.

Main issue is the obscene pricing. Att is cheaper than Verizon, but neither will deal on more than 50gb per month usage.

Comment Re:LTE and 5G (Score 1) 424

I have LTE as the only internet connection to my house, not by choice, but its the only game faster than t1 speeds, and latency that is tolerable. (have tried satellite, and local "wireless" plans)

Speed is great, but the cap at 30GB per month of around $298(phone usage included) is pretty steep, and the overage charges are even steeper. Yea there is competition, but their prices are higher with even more draconian overage fees.

I expect all wired data plans here in the US start mimicking the wireless plans with high rates and low GB usage amounts.

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