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Submission + - Thawte ends "Web of Trust" on November 16th (

An anonymous reader writes: Thawte is ending their "Web of Trust", including their "Free Personal Email Certificates". This hasn't been picked up yet. Seems to me a lot of people, including myself, are hurt by this.

Submission + - Vista shares drop first time in two years (

adeelarshad82 writes: Microsoft's Windows Vista lost market share last month for the first time in almost two years, a sign that users are already abandoning the oft-ridiculed operating system in favor of the new Windows 7. According to Web metrics firm Net Applications, Vista dropped 0.2 percentage points during September to end the month at an 18.6% slice of the operating system pie. It was the first decline for Vista since a 0.3 percentage-point slip in January 2008. Windows 7, meanwhile, gained 0.3 percentage points, its biggest one-month gain since Microsoft began handing out the new OS to the public in January 2009. Windows 7 powered an estimated 1.5% of all computers that connected to the Internet last month, also a record. Its share means that about one in every 67 personal computers is already running Microsoft's new operating system.

Submission + - Chicago lost Olympics due to US passport control?

An anonymous reader writes: Chicago lost its bid for the 2016 Olympics (which went to Rio de Janiero instead), and it's looking very likely that US border procedures were one of the main factors which knocked Chicago out of the race:

Among the toughest questions posed to the Chicago bid team this week in Copenhagen was one that raised the issue of what kind of welcome foreigners would get from airport officials when they arrived in this country to attend the Games. Syed Shahid Ali, an I.O.C. member from Pakistan, in the question-and-answer session following Chicagoâ(TM)s official presentation, pointed out that entering the United States can be "a rather harrowing experience." ... The exchange underscores what tourism officials here have been saying for years about the sometimes rigorous entry process for foreigners, which they see as a deterrent to tourism.


Submission + - Canadian Minister Lies On Net Surveillance Claims

An anonymous reader writes: The Canadian government has introduced Internet surveillance legislation that requires ISPs to disclose customer information without a warrant. Peter Van Loan, the Minister in charge, claims that a Vancouver kidnapping earlier this year shows the need for these powers. I did some digging and shows this to be a lie — the Vancouver police acknowledge that the case did not involve an ISP request and the suspect is now in custody.

Comment Actual Mozilla blog posts (Score 5, Informative) 236

Urgh, I hate these links to useless tech news websites, rather than the original sources. To see what the Mozilla executives in question actually had to say, with their words in context, read Mitchell Baker: Browser Soup and Chrome Frame and Mike Shaver: thoughts on chrome frame.

And as a bonus, from a Mozilla-technology using developer (I don't think he's affiliated with Mozilla in any official capacity anymore) Daniel Glazman: Google Chrome Frame.

Comment Minefield (Score -1, Redundant) 412

I've already seen a ton of posts thinking that this browser is somehow distinct from Firefox. It isn't. Minefield is the application name for any version of Firefox currently under development (just like Shredder is for Thunderbird). These names have been specifically chosen to sound scary, as these builds have gotten virtually no testing, and using them is not recommended for the general public. They are not in any way considered stable, and might (as the old joke goes) set your computer on fire or eat babies. It was a really bad idea of the submitter to promote using just any old nightly build - at least without explaining what nightly builds are. (They're basically automated builds created daily; testing them is highly welcome (which is why they're made available), but expect to find bugs (and please report those bugs!) - they are most definitely not vetted for general use.)

If you do want to experience the recent developments and see what Firefox 3.1 will be like when it's released, Beta 1 was recently released, and has at least gotten a nominal amount of testing to ensure that the risk of fires and devoured babies is small.

Internet Explorer

Submission + - IE8 sees massive improvements in standards support

Sander writes: "After well over a year without any news of substance, the Internet Explorer team has just broken this silence to announce that IE8 will show a massive increase in its support of web standards, and at this point even correctly renders the ACID2 test! (Firefox will render this test correctly as of version 3.)
There is a caveat however, in that this increase in standards will only show in a new "IE8 standards mode", which will not be triggered by any currently existing website (in order to not break compability with websites specifically built for IE6 or 7). On IRC, Chris Wilson has been seen to say that the new rendering mode will probably require a special META element, although it's uncertain if this is indeed the final solution that the IE team settled upon."

Submission + - Slashdot References in Popular Culture? 1

The Living Fractal writes: "So I'm reading Century Rain, a great SF book by Welsh author Alastair Reynolds, and at about page 80 or so I stumble onto a hidden Slashdot reference. Reynolds' character "Niagara" runs a finger diagonally across his chest then 'dots' next to the slash, then goes on to talk about a community of progressive thinkers on one of the earliest computer networks (today's internet) who eventually founded his society. They're even called Slashers! Maybe old news to some of you, but a nice surprise for me nevertheless.
Does anyone else have /. easter eggs they've found that they can share with us?"

Submission + - Google's YouTube-Orkut Blatant Privacy Issue! (

An anonymous reader writes: McAfee reports on a major privacy issue with Google's YouTube-Orkut. I just confirmed this issue myself, and its sick! I can see videos I watched last night show up as related videos for any content I upload. If you are a regular content-uploader, you are giving up a lot of info on your private browsing habits this way, and you probably don't even realize this yet! 007/05/29/on-youtube-data-mining-invasion-of-priva cy/ der/spn-49-20070530YouTubeFixesPrivacyIssue.html

Submission + - Hawking, Lording it up..

Quietly_Confident writes: "A petition on the official UK government 'Number 10 Downing Street' web site is inviting British citizens or residents to impetrate the conference of a life peerage on Prof. Stephen Hawking. The petition suggests that; "Professor Stephen Hawking, one of the greatest minds this country has and has had, who should have been Knighted a decade ago should actually be conferred a peerage [Lord Hawking]".

A life peerage would entitle Prof. Hawking to sit in the House of Lords should he wish to. With recent honours for cash scandals, it would be a breath of fresh air if a truly Great and deserving Britton was honoured appropriately, possibly in the Prime Minster's Resignation Honours List."
Role Playing (Games)

Submission + - WoW Gold paid for real sex

Shohat writes: "A woman posted an ad on Craigslist, offering a certain something for some quick cash in her game of choice, WoW.The offer was very specific, and And she got what she wanted — enough money an epic flying mount - Screenshots of the postings prior to removal .
First of all, is this prostitution? Sure seems like it, although MMO money isn't entirely established as legally worth real money yet, even if people buy and sell it all the time on multiple online and offline markets."

Submission + - 2004 vote count manipulated on GOP servers

hugecabbage writes: "The Free Press published an interesting article stating that not only did the Republicans alter the actual Ohio vote count during the 2004 presidential election, they also controlled how the tallies of those manipulated votes were disseminated over the web, affecting media and public perception of the returns as they occurred. FTA: 'There is more than ample documentation to show that on Election Night 2004, Ohio's "official" Secretary of State website — which gave the world the presidential election results — was redirected from an Ohio government server to a group of servers that contain scores of Republican web sites, including the secret White House e-mail accounts that have emerged in the scandal surrounding Attorney General Alberto Gonzales's firing of eight federal prosecutors.'"

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