Australian Electoral Commission Refuses To Release Vote Counting Source Code
That only applies when transparency is not a competing security mechanism.
In this case, transparency protects from institutional and insider attacks on the system of self-governance. Obscurity simply protects the mechanism from observation. One must ask which is more important.
Live Q&A With Ex-TSA Agent Jason Harrington
What's with the guards by the vending machines in terminals? What would happen if I insisted on using the vending machines?
The airports I fly through have nooks with vending machines. When I go through (always day or early evening), there's always a guard. I tried to use the vending machines a couple times and was told "no" and they're only for when the shops are closed.
What goes? Whose policy is it? Do the shop vendors pay separately for this extra protection?
Could Slashdot (Or Other Private Entity) Sue a Spy Agency Like GCHQ Or NSA?
While I'm sure the Corporate Parents of slashdot and linked in are in all sorts of rage and feeling dirty and used, think of the users. As a user of both, I'm certainly displeased.
A virtual protest may be asynchronous, but could go on for quite some time. It could be one more thing encouraging the less corrupt elements to help reign in such abuses.
Google X Display Boss: Smartphones, Tablets, Apps Are "Mind-Numbing"
Does that mean Pixel Qi dead?
I've been looking forward for years for their displays to go mainstream.
Ask Slashdot: Are There Any Good Reasons For DRM?
Do you really want me to pull out the buggy whip argument?
Yes. Here, I'll do it for you. DRM is today's buggy whip manufacturers' mechanism for forcing the buggy whip to stay in use.
Watch this TED video for some hints about what's going on beyond the desperate measures of the Content Industrial Machine.
MP Seeking To Outlaw Written Accounts of Child Abuse
I'm pretty sure that stuff like this only occurs to people who battle such urges in their own life.
I suppose he must get off on such things, so naturally thinks everybody else must too.
Same goes for most other moral crusaders.
12 Dead, 50 Injured at The Dark Knight Rises Showing In Colorado
What's a sane response to this sort of thing? I like this one: http://cpontius.wordpress.com/2012/07/22/fear-of-the-dark/ .
Why You Shouldn't Panic About Closed Source MySQL Extensions
The proprietary extensions were there before, all the way back to mysql ab. You just had to pay for them before.
From the article, they are enterprise monitor and enterprise backup. Backup at least has been reimplemented by percona as xtrabackup.
Pakistan Bans Encryption
They won't have anymore telecommuters. One of our workers awhile back was resident in pakistan. No way are we going to let our data over the wire in the clear, so we can't hire from there anymore.
Old Arguments May Cost Linux the Desktop
I can only imagine the discussion that preceded the writing: Let's trick those zealots into trading their core values of freedom and openness for hierarchy and control by dangling shiny irrelevancies in front of them. Then we'll have have fewer targets and might gain some traction. Sure why not, everything else has failed.
Online Parody Cartoon Targeted For Prosecution
The mechanism / perpetrator just happen to be called "prosecution".
TSA Announces Pilot of Trusted Traveler Program
That's "white list" to you. :(
Netflix Announces Streaming Only Plans and Higher Prices for DVDs
Have they addressed subtitles for streaming yet? In particular, subtitles for the hearing impaired: english subtitles for english language shows.
Also, are they ever going to support linux?
If they addressed those issues, I'd be happy to use streaming rather than disks.
Ask Slashdot: Best Linux Distro For Computational Cluster?
He was asking for X libraries, not an X server. He's covered. No non-embedded distro will ship without such.
In X-land, the server is what talks to your display device on behalf of your other programs. The server manages the scarce resource. The clients bribe the server for access.
Users Want Matte LCDs While Glossy Screens Dominate
More to the point (for me) is a screen that doesn't burn my eyes when I read in bed in preparation for sleep. Matte helps for that too, of course.
Why hasn't pixel qi taken over the lcd display market? I want big ones for coding (desktop) and little ones for phone and medium ones for tablets and laptops.
Ask Slashdot: FTP Server Honeypots?
Block by country dynamically: https://github.com/bugi/iptables-by-country
It's a bit cobbled together, but it works for me.
Evolution Battle Brews In Texas
Hurray, they finally understand that their claims aren't falsifiable. Unfortunately, they still miss the point.
An IP Address Does Not Point To a Person, Judge Rules
Police Using Apple iOS Tracking Data For Forensics
So in other words, black hat law enforcement hackers have known about the vulnerability and have been exploiting it for some time?
Given that law enforcement is by and large a State actor with the requisite influence, are we sure these aren't purposeful back doors?
Do Violent Games Hinder Development of Empathy?
In other news, studies suggest that some children are more suggestible than others. This correlates with, among other variables, the degree of parental involvement in rearing the child.
What say we focus on identifying at risk children and make sure their parents have the tools to handle this special case?
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