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NSA's Novel Claim: Our Systems Are Too Complex To Obey the Law

Slashdot - Tue, 2014-06-10 09:40
Reader Bruce66423 (1678196) points out skeptical-sounding coverage at the Washington Post of the NSA's claim that it can't hold onto information it collects about users' online activity long enough for it to be useful as evidence in lawsuits about the very practice of that collection. From the article: 'The agency is facing a slew of lawsuits over its surveillance programs, many launched after former NSA contractor Edward Snowden leaked information on the agency's efforts last year. One suit that pre-dates the Snowden leaks, Jewel v. NSA, challenges the constitutionality of programs that the suit allege collect information about Americans' telephone and Internet activities. In a hearing Friday, U.S. District for the Northern District of California Judge Jeffrey S. White reversed an emergency order he had issued earlier the same week barring the government from destroying data that the Electronic Frontier Foundation had asked be preserved for that case. The data is collected under Section 702 of the Amendments Act to the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act. But the NSA argued that holding onto the data would be too burdensome. "A requirement to preserve all data acquired under section 702 presents significant operational problems, only one of which is that the NSA may have to shut down all systems and databases that contain Section 702 information," wrote NSA Deputy Director Richard Ledgett in a court filing submitted to the court. The complexity of the NSA systems meant preservation efforts might not work, he argued, but would have "an immediate, specific, and harmful impact on the national security of the United States.' Adds Bruce66423: "This of course implies that they have no backup system — or at least that the backup are not held for long."

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NSA's Novel Claim: Our Systems Are Too Complex To Obey the Law

Slashdot - Tue, 2014-06-10 09:40
Reader Bruce66423 (1678196) points out skeptical-sounding coverage at the Washington Post of the NSA's claim that it can't hold onto information it collects about users' online activity long enough for it to be useful as evidence in lawsuits about the very practice of that collection. From the article: 'The agency is facing a slew of lawsuits over its surveillance programs, many launched after former NSA contractor Edward Snowden leaked information on the agency's efforts last year. One suit that pre-dates the Snowden leaks, Jewel v. NSA, challenges the constitutionality of programs that the suit allege collect information about Americans' telephone and Internet activities. In a hearing Friday, U.S. District for the Northern District of California Judge Jeffrey S. White reversed an emergency order he had issued earlier the same week barring the government from destroying data that the Electronic Frontier Foundation had asked be preserved for that case. The data is collected under Section 702 of the Amendments Act to the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act. But the NSA argued that holding onto the data would be too burdensome. "A requirement to preserve all data acquired under section 702 presents significant operational problems, only one of which is that the NSA may have to shut down all systems and databases that contain Section 702 information," wrote NSA Deputy Director Richard Ledgett in a court filing submitted to the court. The complexity of the NSA systems meant preservation efforts might not work, he argued, but would have "an immediate, specific, and harmful impact on the national security of the United States.' Adds Bruce66423: "This of course implies that they have no backup system — or at least that the backup are not held for long."

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NSA's Novel Claim: Our Systems Are Too Complex To Obey the Law

Slashdot - Tue, 2014-06-10 09:40
Reader Bruce66423 (1678196) points out skeptical-sounding coverage at the Washington Post of the NSA's claim that it can't hold onto information it collects about users' online activity long enough for it to be useful as evidence in lawsuits about the very practice of that collection. From the article: 'The agency is facing a slew of lawsuits over its surveillance programs, many launched after former NSA contractor Edward Snowden leaked information on the agency's efforts last year. One suit that pre-dates the Snowden leaks, Jewel v. NSA, challenges the constitutionality of programs that the suit allege collect information about Americans' telephone and Internet activities. In a hearing Friday, U.S. District for the Northern District of California Judge Jeffrey S. White reversed an emergency order he had issued earlier the same week barring the government from destroying data that the Electronic Frontier Foundation had asked be preserved for that case. The data is collected under Section 702 of the Amendments Act to the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act. But the NSA argued that holding onto the data would be too burdensome. "A requirement to preserve all data acquired under section 702 presents significant operational problems, only one of which is that the NSA may have to shut down all systems and databases that contain Section 702 information," wrote NSA Deputy Director Richard Ledgett in a court filing submitted to the court. The complexity of the NSA systems meant preservation efforts might not work, he argued, but would have "an immediate, specific, and harmful impact on the national security of the United States.' Adds Bruce66423: "This of course implies that they have no backup system — or at least that the backup are not held for long."

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License4J 4.3.6

Freshmeat - Tue, 2014-06-10 09:35
License4J is a total solution for software product licensing. It provides Java libraries and GUI tools for generating and validating license keys, license text, and floating license files. It is designed to be easy to use and integrate in your application. A License Manager GUI is provided for generating and storing licenses, and a Floating License Server can host and serve created floating licenses. An Online.License4J System allows single or multiple license activations to be defined. It also supports license generation through HTTP post either from a payment processor or a custom script.

Release Notes: Main license table renderer performance was improved. Hardware ID value was added to the License Generation Settings window, so node-locked licenses can be auto generated with a HTTP POST request. License list, activation list, and online key usage list can be exported to an XLSX file for opening in Excel, OpenOffice, and LibreOffice. The file will only include enabled headers on the license table. Bugs were fixed. Third party libraries were updated.

Release Tags: license manager, licensing, software licensing

Tags: License management, software licensing, license manager

Licenses: Proprietary (free trial)

Categories: open source

Bank of England plans to shove cyber-microscope up nation's bankers

The Register - Tue, 2014-06-10 09:21
BoE and pals will use govt intelligence to stage pen-tests at financial powerhouses

The Bank of England today announced it plans to penetrate Blighty’s banks to test the security of their critical computer systems.…

Categories: news

neoeedit r227

Freshmeat - Tue, 2014-06-10 09:03
neoeedit is a light but smart text editor for programmers. It's mainly written in Java.

Release Notes: Instead of using Swing's default fonts, you now can use custom Freetype fonts for better text rendering. Instead of using Java's ScriptEngineManager, which fails on some JRE/JDK versions, the Rhino JavaScript engine is now used as a plugin.

Release Tags: font rhino

Tags: text editor

Licenses: BSD Revised

Categories: open source

Why are Linux professionals in such high demand?

Linux Today - Tue, 2014-06-10 09:00

 ITworld: There's no doubt that Linux professionals are in high demand.

Categories: linux, news, open source

Grand Theft Auto V</em> For Modern Platforms Confirmed

Slashdot - Tue, 2014-06-10 08:58
jones_supa (887896) writes 'Since the release of the extremely successful Grand Theft Auto V on PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360, rumors about PC — and later also an Xbox One and PlayStation 4 — version have been floating around. Now it's official: Grand Theft Auto V will be released on Windows PC and Xbox One, in addition to PlayStation 4, this fall, publisher Rockstar Games announced today with a trailer. A post on Rockstar Newswire tells us that the ports will offer visual and technical improvements such as "increased draw distances, finer texture details, denser traffic and enhanced resolutions." All of the new GTA Online content that has been created and released since launch will be available also on the modern platforms. The PC version will exclusively include a video editor to allow players to put together their own clips of in-game action.'

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Apple is KILLING OFF BONKING, cries mobe research dude

The Register - Tue, 2014-06-10 08:41
Final hope for NFC payments now rests with ... bankers

A new report by Juniper Research makes much less bullish predictions of NFC uptake than we’ve seen before – and the report’s author, Windsor Holden, blames Apple for snuffing out hopes of future pay-by-bonk and such wireless stuff.…

Categories: news

Aspose.Slides for .NET 14.4.0

Freshmeat - Tue, 2014-06-10 08:35
Aspose.Slides is a .NET component to read, write, and modify a PowerPoint document without using MS PowerPoint. It supports files from PowerPoint versions from 97-2007 and all three PowerPoint formats: PPT, POT, and PPS. It lets you create, access, copy, clone, edit, and delete slides in your presentations. It can save PowerPoint slides into PDF format and also save presentations in SVG format, Streams or Images.

Release Notes: This new release introduces support for adding, inserting, and removing layout slides inside a presentation. It also returned support for setting relative image height and width for picture frames. Some noticeable improvements were made in SmartArt shapes support. Presentation rendering, slide cloning, chart rendering, accessing and saving presentations, setting SmartArt nodes and child nodes position, accessing the SmartArt node text frame, and several other enhancements are part of this new release.

Release Tags: .NET Presentation, Add layout slides in presentation, Remove layout slides in presentation, setting relative image height, Set relative image width and height, SmartArt rendering while exporting to PDF, better presentation rendering

Tags: Slide rendering, export PDF, .NET Client Profile Compatibility, Slide Comments in PPTX, Support for East Asian languages, PDF Support, Cloning the PPTX Slide

Licenses: Evaluation License, Developer Enterprise License, Developer OEM License, Site Enterprise License, Site OEM License

Categories: open source

Taliban gunmen attack Karachi airport academy in second assault

Reuters: Technology - Tue, 2014-06-10 08:29
KARACHI Pakistan (Reuters) - Pakistan's Taliban insurgents claimed responsibility for an attack on a security academy at Karachi's airport on Tuesday, less than 48 hours after an all-night siege by Taliban gunmen at Pakistan's busiest airport that killed more than 30 people.






Categories: news

Security Risks from Remote-Controlled Smart Devices

Schneier on Security - Tue, 2014-06-10 08:24
We're starting to see a proliferation of smart devices that can be controlled from your phone. The security risk is, of course, that anyone can control them from their phones. Like this Japanese smart toilet: The toilet, manufactured by Japanese firm Lixil, is controlled via an Android app called My Satis. But a hardware flaw means any phone with the...
Categories: security

Mayday Anti-PAC On Its Second Round of Funding

Slashdot - Tue, 2014-06-10 08:17
wonkavader (605434) writes 'Lawrence Lessig's MAYDAY.US Super PAC to end all Super PACs (and more) is now on its second round of funding. The PAC has been reported on here before, but now the numbers are bigger. They hit their $1 million first goal easily, but now they aim to get another $5 million in the same time period. Lessig says that he's arranged for matching, again. It seems like the goals will be even higher in 2016: "For 2014, our goal is to raise $12 million and use it to make fundamental reform the key issue in five congressional races. And we'll apply what we learn then to 2016."'

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ZABBIX 2.2.4rc1

Freshmeat - Tue, 2014-06-10 08:04
ZABBIX is an enterprise-class distributed monitoring solution designed to monitor and track performance and availability of network servers, devices, and other IT resources. It supports distributed and Web-based monitoring, auto-discovery, real-time monitoring, SLA assurance, trending, and more.

Release Notes: This release candidate introduces significant performance improvements in the Web front-end along with important bugfixes.

Tags: Logging, Networking, Monitoring, Systems Administration

Licenses: GPL

Categories: open source

Five U.S. troops killed in Afghan friendly-fire incident

Reuters: Technology - Tue, 2014-06-10 08:01
KABUL (Reuters) - Five U.S. servicemen were killed in southern Afghanistan in a friendly-fire air strike during a security operation, Afghan police and the Pentagon said on Tuesday, days before a run-off round in the country's presidential election.
Categories: news

Manjaro 0.8.10 Is Out and It's the Best One So Far

Linux Today - Tue, 2014-06-10 08:00

 softpedia: Manjaro is becoming one of the most important Linux distributions out there and it looks like it all has to do with the updates that have been pouring constantly from the developers.

Categories: linux, news, open source

Apple seeks 'friendly' mouthpiece after losing tight-lipped Cotton spinner – report

The Register - Tue, 2014-06-10 07:59
Tim Cook himself reportedly leading search

Apple has launched a bid to become friendlier to the outside world after losing famously reticent publicity chief Kate Cotton.…

Categories: news

Britain Gets National </nobr>.uk Web Address

Slashdot - Tue, 2014-06-10 07:45
hypnosec (2231454) writes 'Starting today businesses and individuals in the UK will be able to register a new national web address (".uk") and drop their existing ".co.uk" or ".com" suffix in favour of a shorter and snappier domain name. The entire process along with the transition is being overseen by private yet not-for-profit organisation Nominet, which has already started notifying existing customers with a ".co.uk" domain of their chance to adopt a ".uk" domain. Nominet will reserve all ".uk" domain names, which already have a ".co.uk" counterparts, for the next five years offering registrants the chance to adopt the new domain and to keep cyber squatters at bay.'

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Chrome OS leaks data to Google before switching on a VPN, says GCHQ

The Register - Tue, 2014-06-10 07:43
UK spy-base wing in new advice for BlackBerry, and Google OSes

The sexy-named Communications Electronics Security Group (CESG) – the bit of GCHQ that helps Brits protect stuff from foreign spies (never mind Blighty's) – has issued fresh advice for securing BlackBerry OS 10, Android and Chrome OS 32.…

Categories: news

Shout of 'murderer' goes up in packed court as Korea ferry crew face trial

Reuters: Technology - Tue, 2014-06-10 07:11
GWANGJU South Korea (Reuters) - Fifteen crew of a South Korean ferry that sank in April killing more than 300 people, most of them children, went on trial on Tuesday on charges ranging from negligence to homicide, with the shout going up of "murderer" as the captain entered the court.
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