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San Francisco Just As Guilty In Terry Childs Case

August 16th, 2010 08:57 admin View Comments

snydeq writes “Deep End’s Paul Venezia follows up on the Terry Childs sentencing, stating that the City of San Francisco is as much at fault in this case as Childs is. ‘The way that the San Francisco IT department has been run is nothing short of abysmal, and that has been pointed out time and again by anyone paying attention to this case,’ Venezia writes. ‘Plenty of dirty laundry was aired out in court as well, yet through it all, the city has had a full-court press on Childs, and being both the plaintiff and the prosecution it spared no expense to drill Childs into the ground.’ Worse, perhaps, is the disproportion of the sentence, when compared with recent convictions for intended malfeasance on the part of several notable rogue IT admins.”

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75% Use Same Password For Social Media & Email

August 16th, 2010 08:26 admin View Comments

wiredmikey writes “Over 250,000 user names, email addresses, and passwords used for social networking sites can easily be found online. A study of the data collected showed that 75 percent of social networking username and password samples collected online were identical to those used for email accounts. The password data was gathered from blogs, torrents, online collaboration services and other sources. It was found that 43 percent of the data was leaked from online collaboration tools while 21 percent of data was leaked from blog postings. Meanwhile, torrents and users of other social hubs were responsible for leaking 10 percent and 18 percent of user data respectively….”

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Eben Moglen Calls To Free the Cloud

August 15th, 2010 08:02 admin View Comments

paxcoder writes “You have been informed about Diaspora, a (to-be) distributed free social network. What you may not have known is that it was inspired by an excellent talk by Eben Moglen called ‘Freedom in the Cloud.’ But it doesn’t stop there. At Debconf 10 this month, Moglen went further, and shared his vision of a free, private, and secure Net architecture relying on (‘for lack of a better term’) freedom boxes — low-price, ultra-small, plug it into the wall personal servers. He believes they will catch on since they will eventually cost less than a router, provide more functionality and freedom to the user, and even help your friends bypass any censorship by encrypting and routing their traffic. Since hardware is being taken care of, we are called to assemble the software stack. The title of this sequel talk is How we can be the Silver Lining of the Cloud.”

Source: Eben Moglen Calls To Free the Cloud

Blackberry Gives India Access To Servers

August 13th, 2010 08:33 admin View Comments

Meshach writes “As happened earlier in Saudi Arabia Blackberry has reached a deal that allows Indian authorities access to the transmissions of hand held devices. Much of the fear comes from worries about terrorists: Pakistani-based militants used mobile and satellite phones in the 2008 attacks that killed 166 people in Mumbai.”

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The Risks of Entering Programming Contests

August 13th, 2010 08:36 admin View Comments

snydeq writes “Fatal Exception’s Neil McAllister warns developers of the hidden risks of entering programming competitions, which are on the rise since NetFlix awarded $1 million to BellKor’s Pragmatic Chaos in 2009. ‘Web and software companies offer prizes for a variety of reasons. Chief among them is simply to raise awareness, interest, and participation in a given software platform or service,’ McAllister writes. But the practice of offering and entering software prizes is not without concerns. Privacy implications, class-action lawsuits — many of the prizes leave participants vulnerable to prosecution. Worse is the possibility of handing hard work over to a company without reward. ‘Contests like the Netflix Prize are sponsored by commercial entities that stand to profit from the innovations produced by the entrants. Those who participate invest valuable time toward winning the prize, but if they fail to meet the deadline (or to produce the leading results) their efforts could go completely unrewarded. Depending on the terms of the contest, however, the sponsor might still be able to make use of the runners-up’s innovations — which, of course, would be a whole lot cheaper than hiring developers.’”

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Google Responds To Net Neutrality Reviews

August 13th, 2010 08:10 admin View Comments

I Don’t Believe in Imaginary Property writes “Google has written a defense of their joint Net Neutrality proposal with Verizon, responding to criticism like the EFF’s recent review. Google presents its arguments as a list of myths and facts, but too many of them look like this one: ‘MYTH: This proposal would eliminate network neutrality over wireless. FACT: It’s true that Google previously has advocated for certain openness safeguards to be applied in a similar fashion to what would be applied to wireline services. However, in the spirit of compromise, we have agreed to a proposal that allows this market to remain free from regulation for now, while Congress keeps a watchful eye. Why? First, the wireless market is more competitive than the wireline market, given that consumers typically have more than just two providers to choose from. Second, because wireless networks employ airwaves, rather than wires, and share constrained capacity among many users, these carriers need to manage their networks more actively. Third, network and device openness is now beginning to take off as a significant business model in this space.’”

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ISP Owner Who Fought FBI Spying Freed From Gag Order

August 12th, 2010 08:42 admin View Comments

Tootech writes “So you wonder what happens when an ISP recieves a a so-called ‘national security letter’ from the FBI? Well, read this about an ISP owner’s fight to not have to turn over everything and the sink to the FBI: ‘The owner of an internet service provider who mounted a high-profile court challenge to a secret FBI records demand has finally been partially released from a 6-year-old gag order that forced him to keep his role in the case a secret from even his closest friends and family. He can now identify himself and discuss the case, although he still can’t reveal what information the FBI sought. Nicholas Merrill, 37, was president of New York-based Calyx Internet Access when he received a so-called “national security letter” from the FBI in February 2004 demanding records of one of his customers and filed a lawsuit to challenge it.’”

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Wikileaks To Publish Remaining Afghan Documents

August 12th, 2010 08:35 admin View Comments

Albanach writes WikiLeaks spokesman Julian Assange has been quoted by the Associated Press as stating ‘the organization is preparing to release the remaining secret Afghan war documents.’ According to Assange, they are halfway through processing the remaining 15,000 files as they ‘comb through’ the files to ensure lives are not placed at risk.”

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EFF Reviews the Verizon-Google Net Neutrality Deal

August 12th, 2010 08:54 admin View Comments

I Don’t Believe in Imaginary Property writes “The EFF has written an analysis of the Net Neutrality deal brokered between Verizon and Google. While the EFF agrees with substantial portions of it, such as giving the FCC only enough authority to investigate complaints, rather than giving them a blank check to create regulations, there are a number of troubling issues with the agreement. In particular, they’re concerned that what constitutes ‘reasonable’ network management is in the eye of the beholder and they don’t like giving a free pass to anyone who claims they’re attempting to block unlawful content, even when doing so in such a way that they interfere with lawful activities. On balance, while there are some good ideas about how to get Net Neutrality with minimal government involvement, there are serious flaws in the agreement that would allow ISPs to interfere with any service they wanted to because there is no algorithm that can correctly determine which numbers are currently illegal.”

Source: EFF Reviews the Verizon-Google Net Neutrality Deal

The Case Against Net Neutrality

August 11th, 2010 08:10 admin View Comments

jeek writes “While I certainly don’t agree with it, this article tries to make the case that Net Neutrality may actually be bad for America. From the article: ‘If the government regulates net neutrality, policies for internet access are set by one entity: the FCC. However, if the government stays out, each company will set its own policies. If you don’t like the FCC’s policies, you are stuck with them unless you leave the United States. If you don’t like your internet service provider’s policies, you can simply switch to another one. So which model sounds better to you?’”

Source: The Case Against Net Neutrality