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UK Government To Spy On Computers of the Jobless

December 21st, 2012 12:23 admin View Comments

Privacy

An anonymous reader writes “Jobseekers will be offered the chance to look for work through the new Universal Jobmatch website, which automatically pairs them up with opportunities that suit their skills after scanning their CVs. It will also allow employers to search for new workers among the unemployed and send messages inviting them to interviews. However, their activities may also be tracked using cookies, so their Job Centre advisers know how many searches they have been doing and whether they are turning down viable opportunities. Iain Duncan-Smith, the Work and Pensions Secretary, said the scheme would ‘revolutionize’ the process of looking for work. He said anyone without a job after signing up to the scheme would be lacking ‘imagination.’”

Source: UK Government To Spy On Computers of the Jobless

Eighth draft of Scheme R7RS-small published

December 7th, 2012 12:02 admin View Comments

The eighth draft of the Scheme R7RS-small standard has just been published. This draft contains editorial corrections to the seventh draft, as well as changing the definition of eqv? on inexact numbers to the style of R6RS operational equivalence.

This draft will be used for the ratification vote by the Scheme community, though we will continue to correct mistakes before the final draft. Details on the ratification vote will be published at scheme-reports.org and on the scheme-reports@scheme-reports.org mailing list.

Source: Eighth draft of Scheme R7RS-small published

UK ‘Virtual ID Card’ Scheme Set For Launch

October 4th, 2012 10:13 admin View Comments

Cellphones

First time accepted submitter evrybodygonsurfin writes “The UK Government will announce details this month of a controversial national identity scheme which will allow people to use their mobile phones and social media profiles as official identification documents for accessing public services. People wishing to apply for services ranging from tax credits to fishing licences and passports will be asked to choose from a list of familiar online log-ins, including those they already use on social media sites, banks, and large retailers such as supermarkets, to prove their identity.” I can’t wait until carrying a telephone is mandatory. In the U.S. at least, how else will the government send you important messages?

Source: UK ‘Virtual ID Card’ Scheme Set For Launch

Large Bitcoin Ponzi Scheme Collapses With a Loss of $5.6 Million

August 29th, 2012 08:11 admin View Comments

Bitcoin

New submitter beltsbear writes “Despite the many people calling it out as a Ponzi scheme from the beginning, Pirateat40 was able to collect millions of dollars worth of Bitcoins from thousands of Bitcoin users. At almost every stage Pirateat40 copied the path of the EVE Online Ponzi scheme except on a much larger scale with a far more liquid take. Now, it has shut down, and investors are wondering where their digital currency went. Quoting: ‘He claimed that BS&T was sitting on 500,000 BTC on the day of the shutdown, worth more than $5.6 million USD at today’s price of $11.38. “Once my process is released you’ll understand more of how coins move around,” he told members of the Bitcoin community last week. Pirateat40 initially promised to refund his investors’ Bitcoin deposits plus interest within a week, effectively admitting that he did not have the Bitcoins on hand. The fund normally paid out on Mondays, but last Monday and today have passed so far without refunds. BS&T investors are complaining loudly and so-called “pass-through” funds that invested with BS&T are shutting down. As of this writing, BS&T says there is “no ETA on payments.”‘”

Source: Large Bitcoin Ponzi Scheme Collapses With a Loss of $5.6 Million

VMware Back-Pedals On vRAM Scheme, Back To Per-Core Pricing

August 28th, 2012 08:31 admin View Comments

Virtualization

Last year VMware introduced a complex pricing scheme based on the size of the memory associated with each virtual machine instance. New CEO Pat Gelsinger announced this week that this system (which he described as “a four letter word”) has been deprecated, and VMware is back to more straightforwardly charging per physical processor core. Adds reader hypnosec: “Pricing hasn’t been announced yet but a file [PDF] present on VMware’s site does give an indication about the new pricing.”

Source: VMware Back-Pedals On vRAM Scheme, Back To Per-Core Pricing

VMware Back-Pedals On vRAM Scheme, Back To Per-Socket Pricing

August 28th, 2012 08:31 admin View Comments

Virtualization

Last year VMware introduced a complex pricing scheme based on the size of the memory associated with each virtual machine instance. New CEO Pat Gelsinger announced this week that this system (which he described as “a four letter word”) has been deprecated, and VMware is back to more straightforwardly charging per physical processor. Adds reader hypnosec: “Pricing hasn’t been announced yet but a file [PDF] present on VMware’s site does give an indication about the new pricing.”
Update: 08/28 17:18 GMT by S : Updated the headline and summary to reflect that the price is per processor, not per core.

Source: VMware Back-Pedals On vRAM Scheme, Back To Per-Socket Pricing

Near-universal Mexican Healthcare Coverage Results From Science-informed Changes

August 21st, 2012 08:03 admin View Comments

Medicine

ananyo writes about improvement to Mexico’s healthcare system. From the article: “A revamp of Mexico’s beleaguered health-care system is proving to be a runaway success and offers a model for other nations seeking to reform their own systems, according to a review published this week in The Lancet (abstract). The key to the scheme’s success is the way in which it has modified its reforms in response to scientific assessments of their effectiveness, the authors say. Launched in a law in 2003, the Mexican scheme was designed to sort out widespread inefficiencies and inconsistencies in the country’s health-care system. Some 50 million Mexicans — nearly half the country’s population — who previously were not covered by health insurance are now enrolled, leading the scheme’s architects to claim that the country has near-universal health-care coverage. As well as the increased coverage, the scheme has seen the number of conditions treated under Mexican public health insurance nearly quintuple. Admittedly, the former health minister Julio Frenk, now dean of the Harvard School of Public Health, is a co-author on the paper.”

Source: Near-universal Mexican Healthcare Coverage Results From Science-informed Changes

Australian Gov’t Drops Plan To Snoop On Internet Use — For Now

August 11th, 2012 08:32 admin View Comments

Australia

CuteSteveJobs writes “Australian Attorney-General Nicola Roxon has been forced to back down on her government’s unpopular plan to force ISPs to store the web history and social networking of all Australians for two years. The plan has been deeply unpopular with the public, with hackers attacking the government’s spy agency. Public servants at the spy agency promoting the scheme been scathing of the government, saying: ‘These reforms are urgently needed to deal with a rapidly evolving security environment, but there isn’t much appetite within the government for anything that attracts controversy,’ but a document on the scheme released under the Freedom of Information Act had 90% of it redacted to prevent “premature unnecessary debate.” Roxon hasn’t dropped the unpopular scheme entirely, but only delayed it until after the next election.”

Source: Australian Gov’t Drops Plan To Snoop On Internet Use — For Now

Indian Government Mulls Giving Away Mobile Phones To the Poor

August 9th, 2012 08:24 admin View Comments

Handhelds

jalfreize writes “The Indian government is finalizing a $1.2 billion plan to hand out free mobile phones to the poorest Indian families (around six million households, according to some estimates). The Times of India reports: ‘Top government managers involved in formulating the scheme want to sell it as a major empowerment initiative… While the move will ensure contact with the beneficiaries of welfare programmes (sic) …, there is also a view the scheme will provide an opportunity for the (government) to open a direct line of communication with a sizable population that plays an active role in polls.’”

Source: Indian Government Mulls Giving Away Mobile Phones To the Poor

Verizon Wireless Goes Ahead With ‘Bucket’ Data Plans

June 13th, 2012 06:40 admin View Comments

Cellphones

CanHasDIY writes “Previously, it was reported that Verizon was considering eliminating their current data plan scheme, as well as the grandfathered unlimited plans, in favor of a new ‘bucket’ plan in which up to 10 devices would share a data allotment. Verizon has now officially acknowledged the new scheme, called the ‘Share Everything’ plan, which will go into effect as of June 28, 2012. According to USA Today, ‘Under the new pricing plan, a smartphone customer opting for the cheapest data bucket, 1 gigabyte, will pay $90 before taxes and fees ($40 for phone access and $50 for 1 GB). Customers can add a basic phone, laptop and tablet to share data for $30, $20 and $10, respectively.’ Those of us still grandfathered into the unlimited plan will be forced (when upgrading) to either sign up for Share Everything or one of the tiered pricing plans currently in effect.”

Source: Verizon Wireless Goes Ahead With ‘Bucket’ Data Plans

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