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Privacy study shows Google's eyes are everywhere

BrianWCarver BrianWCarver writes  |  more than 5 years ago

BrianWCarver writes "The San Francisco Business Times reports that researchers at UC Berkeley's School of Information have released a study and launched a website,, in which they found that web bugs from Google and its subsidiaries were found on 92 of the top 100 Web sites and 88 percent of the approximately 400,000 unique domains examined in the study. This larger data set was provided by the maintainer of a Firefox plugin called Ghostery which shows users which web bugs are on the sites they visit. The study also found that while the privacy policies of many popular websites claim that the sites do not share information with third parties, they do allow third parties to place web bugs on their sites (which collect this information directly, typically without the user's knowledge) and share with corporate "affiliates." The full report and more findings are available from their website."
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Debian on the Openmoko Neo FreeRunner Phone

BrianWCarver BrianWCarver writes  |  more than 6 years ago

BrianWCarver writes "It was inevitable. One can now run the entire Debian distribution (ARM port) on the Openmoko Neo Freerunner. Slashdot previously covered the July 4th launch of this GNU/Linux-based smartphone, which is open down to its core, with the company providing CAD files and schematics for the phone. Openmoko released an update to their software stack earlier this month, called Om2008.8, which is still a work in progress. But now one can use these instructions on the Debian wiki to open up the possibility of using apt-get to access Debian's more than 20,000 applications — on your phone, which due to integration with efforts, can also actually be used as a phone. There were previously efforts to run Debian on the predecessor product to the Neo FreeRunner, the Neo 1973, but with the wider adoption of the Neo FreeRunner and the hard work of many Debian developers at the ongoing DebConf8, carrying Debian in your pocket has just gotten a lot easier."
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Court Ruling On Minnesota's Violent Video Game Law

BrianWCarver BrianWCarver writes  |  more than 6 years ago

BrianWCarver writes "Today the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit upheld a lower court's ruling that had permanently enjoined enforcement of Minnesota's Restricted Video Games Act which prohibits minors in Minnesota from purchasing or renting video games bearing a "Mature" or "Adult Only" rating. In its opinion (Entertainment Software Association v. Swanson), the Court explained that video games — even violent ones — are protected free speech and restrictions on their access is subject to what courts call a "strict scrutiny analysis." The Court found that the state failed to provide incontrovertible proof of a causal connection between exposure to the violence depicted in the games and subsequent psychological dysfunction, and such a high level of proof is required under the strict scrutiny analysis."
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