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clyde_cadiddlehopper (1052112) writes "'Researchers at the University of Waterloo in Ontario have developed a browser plug-in to help users keep their information private from prying eyes and from social-network providers as well. Urs Hengartner, an assistant professor of computer science, and his colleagues say the plug-in replaces sensitive information in a user's profile and news feed with meaningless text that can only be unscrambled by trusted friends or contacts. Dubbed FaceCloak, the tool assures its users that sensitive data stays private.' But how will Facebookies tell when most social posts are already bereft of meaning?" top
clyde_cadiddlehopper (1052112) writes "In a story coincidentally timed with an upcoming movie release, Space.com reports that the speed of light limit "only applies within space-time (the continuum of three dimensions of space plus one of time that we live in). While any given object can't travel faster than light speed within space-time, theory holds, perhaps space-time itself could travel." Gosh, this explains everything: warp drives, cold fusion, grand unified theory, the root cause of the big bang, and how Natalie Portman came to Earth. And when we move blobs of space-time, what could possibly go wrong?" top
clyde_cadiddlehopper (1052112) writes "The government system that issues preflight notices to pilots about runway, equipment and security issues has been down for at least 12 hours. Pilots were told the FAA database suffered a "disc failure." A backup server worked so slowly that the agency opted to take the whole thing down. Sounds like an air RAID problem. Contractors SAIC and EDS are winging it." Link to Original Source top
clyde_cadiddlehopper (1052112) writes "Sure, we've seen several isolated cases of indiscretions and illegalities winding up immortalized on the net. But how's this for a mass case of poor judgment? "Eden Prairie High School administrators have reprimanded more than 100 students and suspended some from sports and other extracurricular activities after obtaining Facebook photos of students partying." Does the punishment fit the crime?" top