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Slurping air passengers' private details not great for privacy, concede EU data bods

The Register - Fri, 2015-02-06 11:54
WP29 group stops short of actually blocking it, though

Despite calls for increased monitoring of airline passengers after the Charlie Hebdo murders, EU data protection authorities have repeated that the indiscriminate nature of passenger name record data processing means it is likely to undermine EU citizens' right to privacy.…

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Exclusive: U.S. pressing Cuba to restore diplomatic ties before April - officials

Reuters: Technology - Fri, 2015-02-06 11:41
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The United States is pressing Cuba to allow the opening of its embassy in Havana by April, U.S. officials told Reuters, despite the Communist island's demand that it first be removed from the U.S. list of state sponsors of terrorism.






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GnuPG Gets Back On Track With Funding

Slashdot - Fri, 2015-02-06 11:37
jones_supa writes: Soon after the poor state of the GnuPG was unveiled, the online community has rallied to help Werner Koch. He wanted to hire a full-time programmer to work on the project alongside him and to ensure that he's not living on the brink of bankruptcy all the time. Immediately after the article was published, it was revealed that he got a one-time grant of $60,000 from the Linux Foundation's Core Infrastructure Initiative. Also, the community donated over $150,000, and Facebook and Stripe have each pledged to provide $50,000 per year. All in all, it looks like Werner Koch won't be worried about funding for quite some time. The problem remains: it's very likely that other projects just as important as this one are probably facing the same kind of issues, but it would be nice to hear about them before they get in trouble, and not after.

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Half a billion wearables... and guess whose kit has to support all that data, asks Cisco

The Register - Fri, 2015-02-06 11:31
Smart fridges won't stock themsel... oh. OK then

Analysis Video will continue to be the primary engine of mobile data growth over the next five years, but will be reinforced by an explosion in M2M (machine-to-machine) applications and particularly wearables as a subset of that, given they are more data-intensive.…

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U.S.-led forces target Islamic State with airstrikes in Iraq, Syria: U.S. military

Reuters: Technology - Fri, 2015-02-06 11:19
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S.-led forces have launched 10 air strikes in Syria and eight in Iraq against Islamic State militants since Thursday, the American military said on Friday.
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California Uber Alles: Google wants to become the World Privacy Court

The Register - Fri, 2015-02-06 11:02
And 'privacy campaign' groups actually support this madness

Analysis Google's advisory panel on privacy recommends rolling back 160 years of UK common law, say legal experts, with Google itself creating new interpretations of well-established legal principles. The consequence would be that Google usurps the courts' role in guarding individual privacy, which critics say would be like the fox ruling the hen house.…

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Git 2.3 Brings A Lot Of Small Fixes, Tweaks

Linux Today - Fri, 2015-02-06 11:00

Git: This one ended up to be a release with lots of small corrections and improvements without big uncomfortably exciting features.

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Google-Advised Disney Cartoon Aims To Convince Preschool Girls Coding's Cool

Slashdot - Fri, 2015-02-06 10:55
theodp writes: Cereal and fast food companies found cartoons an effective way to market to children. Google is apparently hoping to find the same, as it teams with Disney Junior on a cartoon to help solve its computer science "pipeline" problem. The LA Times reports the tech giant worked with the children's channel on the new animated preschool series Miles From Tomorrowland, in an effort to get kids — particularly girls — interested in computer science. The program, which premieres Friday, introduces the preschool crowd to Miles Callisto, a young space adventurer, and his family — big sister (and coder extraordinaire) Loretta and their scientist parents Phoebe and Leo. Google engineers served as consultants (YouTube video) on the show. "When we did our computer science research, we found the No. 2 reason why girls in particular are not pursuing it as a career is because their perception was fairly negative and they associated it as a field for boys," said Julie Ann Crommett, Google's program manager for computer science in media. Can't wait for the episode where Google and Disney conspire to suppress Loretta's wages!

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Bipartisan Bill Would Mandate Warrant To Search Emails

Slashdot - Fri, 2015-02-06 10:11
jfruh writes: Bills were introduced into both the House and Senate yesterday that would amend the Electronic Communications Privacy Act, requiring a warrant to search Americans' email messages stored on third-party servers even if they're more than 180 days old. The current version of the law was passed in 1986, and was written in an environment where most email users downloaded emails to their computer and erased them after reading them.

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Legalese and coding? Yup, it's the open-source FOSDEM shindig

The Register - Fri, 2015-02-06 10:04
Where there's money there's muck, lad

FOSDEM doesn't get the ra-ra headlines or (thankfully) the "booth babes" but the conference does get networking and top technologists (and Belgian beer). I saw a couple of my tech heroes and big cheeses here a few minutes apart just before writing this, for example, and got some top advice for a specific tech issue a breath later.…

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ownCloud Hooks Up Global Mesh Cloud for Universities, Researchers

Linux Today - Fri, 2015-02-06 10:00

OSstatic: OpenCloudMesh, a joint international initiative under the umbrella of the GÉANT Association, is built on ownCloud’s open Federated Cloud sharing application programming interface (API).

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Farmers Struggling With High-Tech Farm Equipment

Slashdot - Fri, 2015-02-06 09:29
An anonymous reader writes: Farming is a difficult profession. One of the constants throughout the generations is that if you're working out in the field all day, machinery eventually breaks down. Farmers tend to deal with this harsh reality by becoming handy at basic repair — but that strategy is starting to fail in the digital age. Kyle Wiens, founder of iFixit, writes about the new difficulties in repairing your broken tractors and other equipment. Not only do you often need experience in computer software, but proprietary technology actively blocks you from making repairs. "Dave asked me if there was some way to bypass a bum sensor while waiting for the repairman to show up. But fixing Dave's sensor problem required fiddling around in the tractor's highly proprietary computer system—the tractor's engine control unit (tECU): the brains behind the agricultural beast. One hour later, I hopped back out of the cab of the tractor. Defeated. I was unable to breach the wall of proprietary defenses that protected the tECU like a fortress. I couldn't even connect to the computer. Because John Deere says I can't." Wiens also tells us about Farm Hack, a community that has sprung up to build a library of open source tools and knowledge for dealing with high-tech modification and repair in agriculture.

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Ubuntu smartphone to go on sale: It'll be HARDER to get than a new iPhone

The Register - Fri, 2015-02-06 09:28
'Flash sales' - not that kind of Flash, silly

The first Ubuntu Linux smartphones go on sale next week, after more than a year of chatter about the upcoming release.…

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The World’s Email Encryption Software Relies on One Guy, Who is Going Broke

Linux Today - Fri, 2015-02-06 09:00

ProPublica: Werner Koch’s code powers the email encryption programs around the world. If only somebody would pay him for the work.

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Legion of Superheroes fly in from Redmond for SQLBits bash

The Register - Fri, 2015-02-06 08:58
Is it a bird? Is it a…Oh, it’s a data expert

Promo A whole flock of Microsoft techies will be heading to the Excel Centre next month for this year’s SQLBits conference.…

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UK's Most Secretive Court Rules GCHQ Mass Internet Surveillance Was Unlawful

Slashdot - Fri, 2015-02-06 08:46
Hammeh writes: Today marks the first time in its history that the Investigative Powers Tribunal (IPT), who are responsible for oversight and complaints relating to all of the UK intelligence agencies, upheld a complaint against GCHQ, stating that accessing data provided to them by the NSA was in breach of human rights. The ruling comes as the saga into online privacy continues to unfold. Last year, the same court ruled that internal surveillance of British citizens did not breach human rights. The difference: NSA data is claimed to have sidestepped the protections provided by the UK legal system. The tribunal also noted that although the UK government was willing to admit that Prism and Upstream existed (both NSA programs outed by Edward Snowden), they would not comment on the existence or non-existence of the Tempora program.

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TOTAL DARKNESS lasted 550 MILLION years until the first STARS LIT UP

The Register - Fri, 2015-02-06 08:26
ESA's Planck peers into gloomy aftermath of the Big Bang

The first stars were formed much later than had previously been thought in the boffinry community, according to new maps of the universe's "ancient light" from the European Space Agency's Planck satellite.…

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