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Submission + - FCC Wants Proposals To Manage White Space Database (wetmachine.com)

kdawson writes: A year after voting unanimously to open 'white space' frequencies for unlicensed use, the FCC has now issued a public notice seeking database proposals (PDF). Howard Feld explains in his blog posting: 'At last! We can get moving on this again, and hopefully move forward on the most promising "disruptive" technology currently in the hopper. And move we are, in a very peculiar fashion. Rather than resolve the outstanding questions about how the database provider will collect money, operate the database, or whether the database will be exclusive or non-exclusive, the Public Notice asks would-be database managers to submit proposals that would cover these issues. ... I label this approach "good, but weird."'

Submission + - NASA Nebula: Cloud Computing in a Container (datacenterknowledge.com)

1sockchuck writes: NASA has built its Nebula cloud computing platform inside a data center container so it can add capacity quickly, bringing extra containers online in 120 days. Nebula will provide on-demand compute power for NASA researchers managing large data sets and image repositories. "Nebula has been designed to automatically increase the computing power and storage available to science- and data-oriented web applications as demand rises" explains NASA's Chris Kemp. NASA has created the project using open source components and will release Nebula back to the open source community. "Hopefully we can provide a good example of a successful large-scale open source project in the government and pave the way for similar projects in other agencies," the Nebula team writes on its blog.

Submission + - TrueCrypt developers complain about MS secret API.

Futurepower(R) writes: "TrueCrypt developers have complained to a Microsoft representative about Microsoft's secret disk encryption API. They say that, if they don't get satisfaction, they will file a complaint with the European Commission. These are the relevant paragraphs:

"As Microsoft does not provide any API for handling hibernation, all non-Microsoft developers of disk encryption software are forced to modify undocumented components of Windows in order to allow users to encrypt hibernation files. Therefore, no disk encryption software (except for Microsoft's BitLocker) can guarantee that hibernation files will always be encrypted. At anytime, Microsoft can arbitrarily modify components of Windows (using the auto-update feature of Windows) that are not publicly documented or accessible via a public API. Any such change, or the use of an untypical or custom storage device driver, may cause any non-Microsoft disk encryption software to fail to encrypt the hibernation file. We plan to file a complaint with Microsoft (and if rejected, with the European Commission) about this issue, also due to the fact that Microsoft's disk encryption software, BitLocker, is not disadvantaged by this."

"[Update 2008-04-02: Although we have not filed any complaint with Microsoft yet, we were contacted (on March 27) by Scott Field, a lead Architect in the Windows Client Operating System Division at Microsoft, who stated that he would like to investigate our requirements and look at possible solutions. We responded on March 31 providing details of the issues and suggested solutions.]"

Truecrypt is free and open source. Many people think that encryption software must be open source because of the need to guard against hidden behavior. Truecrypt provides file encryption, full partition encryption, including encrypting boot partitions, and even hidden encryption."

Submission + - Blu-ray BD+ Copy Protection Removal Accomplished!

An anonymous reader writes: In July 2007, Richard Doherty of the Envisioneering Group (BD+ Standards Board) declared: "BD+, unlike AACS which suffered a partial hack last year, won't likely be breached for 10 years". Only eight months have passed since that [bold] statement, and Slysoft has done it again! According to this Press Release http://forum.slysoft.com/showthread.php?t=14786 the latest version of their flagship product AnyDVD HD is able to automatically remove BD+ protection and allows you to back-up easily any Blu-ray title on the market.

Submission + - Kernel hacker -ck quits (apcmag.com) 2

vmarks writes: Kernel hacker Con Kolivas has quit submitting kernel patches. He talks with apcmag.com about Linux for the desktop, the performance issues he tried to rectify, and why he will now spend his time learning Japanese instead of developing improvements for the Linux kernel.

Submission + - Electricity Over Glass (ieee.org)

guddan writes: "Running a live wire into a passenger jet's fuel tank seems like a bad idea on the face of it. Still, sensors that monitor the fuel tank have to run on electricity, so aircraft makers previously had little choice. But what if power could be delivered over optical fiber instead of copper wire, without fear of short circuits and sparks? In late May, the big laser and optics company JDS Uniphase Corp., in San Jose, Calif., bought a small Silicon Valley firm with the technology to do just that."

A Legal Analysis of the Sony BMG Rootkit Debacle 227

YIAAL writes "Two lawyers from the Berkeley Center for Law and Technology look at the Sony BMG Rootkit debacle: 'The Article first addresses the market-based rationales that likely influenced Sony BMG's deployment of these DRM systems and reveals that even the most charitable interpretation of Sony BMG's internal strategizing demonstrates a failure to adequately value security and privacy. After taking stock of the then-existing technological environment that both encouraged and enabled the distribution of these protection measures, the Article examines law, the third vector of influence on Sony BMG's decision to release flawed protection measures into the wild, and argues that existing doctrine in the fields of contract, intellectual property, and consumer protection law fails to adequately counter the technological and market forces that allowed a self-interested actor to inflict these harms on the public.' Yes, under 'even the most charitable interpretation' it was a lousy idea. The article also suggests some changes to the DMCA to protect consumers from this sort of intrusive, and security-undermining, technique in the future."

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