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His crime was to create a Mal-Ware package called Loverspy which he sold on his website for $89. This Mal-Ware allowed someone to monitor their spouse (or other target's) online activities. It captured passwords, emails, and could activate a webcam.
With recent relavations in the Press concerning NSA antics, I thought the Government might be able to use talent such as Carlos'. I guess they really don't want the competition." Link to Original Source top
A Seattle bar has issued a preemptive ban of Google Glass to preserve the privacy of its tipplers.
The 5 Point Cafe in Seattle announced plans to suppress the futuristic devices on its Facebook page this week, and didn't mince words.
"The 5 Point is the first Seattle business to ban in advance Google Glasses," the bar wrote. "And ass kickings will be encouraged for violators."
Apparently, It is a self described Dive Bar and they already do ban recording and pictures. I'm pretty sure this will come as no surprise, even Steve Mann has had issues with acceptance by the general public.
Do you think this technology will become so mainstream that people will give up trying to protect their privacy?" Link to Original Source
dakohli (1442929) writes "Michael Geist, Canada's tireless Digital Rights Crusader has pointed out an interesting development at a major Canadian Newspaper Website:
If you try to highlight the text to cut and paste it, you are presented with a pop-up request to purchase a licence if you plan to post the article to a website, intranet or a blog. The fee would be $150.
He points out that even if you are highlighting a 3rd party quote inside an article a pop-up asking if you want a license will appear. I have tried highlighting Associated Press, or Canadian Press articles and this does not appear. But try it on any of the Post's articles or commentary it will. Even if it happens to be a 3rd party quote.
The Copyright service provider is iCopyright. This appears to be a US company, and as Mr Geist points out it might be contrary to Canadian Copyright Law's fair use provisions.
dakohli (1442929) writes "So, we all love to love/hate Apple. Forbes reports that Brian White (Topeka Capital Analyst) has predicted that Apple will launch a cheaper iPhone sometime this year. He further goes on to say that the price point will be $300.
As a former Apple iPhone 3gs user, and now an Android fan I think this is fantastic, if true. Apple may now be getting ready to compete with manufacturers of less than premium phones. In the Android jungle, what will around 300 bucks get you? hmmm, HSPA+ (no 4G), 2G Ram, 8G Storage and a quad 1.5 Ghz processor, oh, and a 4.7" screen. Should Apple succeed, and I think they can. Just think what an extra $300 should get you for the full fledged Apple product. Even though some are pretty sceptical, this kind of heads up competition could easily accelerate the development of future phones. Now, be civil.....Discuss" Link to Original Source top
Canadian Government scrapping Internet Predators Act
dakohli (1442929) writes "The Conservative Goverment of Canada is scrapping the controversial bill C-30 They will instead make "modest" changes to the existing Warrantless Wiretap bill. This bill was widely panned by Privacy Critics and members of the opposition. Another victory for online privacy!" Link to Original Source top
Royal Canadian Air Force sees more sims in the future of Fighter Pilot Training
dakohli (1442929) writes "Currently, Canadian Fighter Pilots spend about 20% of their "stick" time in Simulators. RCAF General Blondin states that this will rise to 50/50 in the future. The article goes on to state that the US Army is moving in this direction, although the US Air Force is a little more skeptical. Aircraft are expensive to fly, and if the fidelity of a simulator is good enough then perhaps real pilots will spend even less time actually in the air. Slashdotters, do you think that this will actually make recruiting pilots more difficult, or is it a sign of the things to come beyond Military Aviation?" Link to Original Source top
"A French woman spent hours on the phone last month with telecom customer service reps, trying to convince them her $15-quadrillion phone bill was a mistake.
Solenne San Jose, from Pessac, in the Bordeaux region of France, terminated her contract with Bouygues Telecom in September, reports the French newspaper Sud Ouest. When she got her bill on Sept. 28 with the cancellation fee, she said she "almost had a heart attack."
She was told 11,721,000,000,000,000 euros — which is about $15 quadrillion, or nearly 6,000 times more than her country's GDP — would automatically be withdrawn from her account.
"It was so many zeroes I couldn't even figure out how much it was," she told the newspaper.
Eventually, Bouygues admitted the amount was a mistake, but not before many frustrating hours of San Jose pleading and arguing with customer service reps on the phone.
"When I explained it was a mistake, they'd say it was all automatically calculated and withdrawals would begin shortly," she said. "The first time I called, I spent at least 45 minutes on the phone with one operator. He replied, 'It's automatic. There's nothing I can do.'"
One operator told her she could pay in instalments — 11,721 million million of them.
"How many thousands of generations would it take to pay this bill?" she said.
dakohli (1442929) writes ""A ground-breaking smart-phone app designed to help locate missing children received an unexpected test run when three-year-old Kienan Hebert was abducted from his Sparwood home, the Missing Children’s Society of Canada says."
The App was Poynt, available for both iPhone and Android. In Canada this was a highly publicized case which saw the missing child dropped off at his home after several days, and then today the suspect being brought into custody.
Not long ago we heard about cell-phone equipped children taking pictures of people who tried luring them into cars, and now we have full fledged applications that are capable of reaching millions at very short notice. This has the potential to take Amber Alerts to the next significant level.
As smart/super phones rise in popularity, I think that more and more apps will be available for society and the potential for good is awesome. Of course the flip side is that we also have the potential to become Big Brother's partner in crime.
dakohli (1442929) writes "We like making predictions. In fact, some publications such as Popular Science have columns devoted to future technology. However, there are lists upon lists of stuff that never was developed. Sometimes, an idea was over taken by events, and the requirement/desire evaporated because the conditions that made something make sense actually disappeared.
I think in the near term, new technology will not greatly change the way we live. I predict as data storage continues to get ever more economical, we will be able to store with great fidelity anything we wish, be it a picture, a sound or a raw experience. Transferring this data will also become trivial. I think everything will be connected, you'll be able to take your camera, take a picture, and that picture will be available to you instantly on any other device whether it be a picture frame, computer or communications device.
Our devices will converge, we have multi-purpose devices now, cell phones that take pictures, play music and other media, but the future will extend this even further. Cell-phones that will also be virtual wallets, hold our keys and our proof of identity. Our mobile numbers are almost synonymous with our names now.
Peter F Hamilton, in his Night's Dawn Trilogy describes "nanonics", implants which augment the owner's brain power and allow fast communication on a vast distributed network, as well and Genetic Engineering on such a vast scale that it is trivial to manipulate our DNA in order to make us much more suitable for living in zero-g/high-g environments.
So, slashdotters, what do you think the future holds, and how will our lives change as a result? Will we end up in a dysfunctional world that is slowly deteriorating despite our technological prowess? Perhaps we will be in a decidly green world of supportable communities living basic simple lives. Did Star Trek get it right, or will we be stuck within reach of Earth?" top
The Detroit Free Press is reporting that a Michigan resident could face five years in prison for reading his wife’s e-mail. 33 year old computer technician Leon Walker had been snooping through wife Clara Walker’s Gmail account after finding her password written in a book next to their shared laptop, and by doing so discovered that she had been having an affair with an ex-husband. In response, Clara filed for divorce and had her now ex-husband arrested.
Of course, there are all sorts of extenuating circumstances, enough perhaps to interest Mr. Springer!
One of the sites that is reporting also has a poll on whether or not it is acceptable to read your spouse's email. As of 630 CST the vote is only 17% in favor of keeping this type of activity illegal. I know that there has been a huge debate on whether or now work email should be accessable to your company, and even if you should be able to read your kids email. Where does the limit of privacy sit?" Link to Original Source
dakohli (1442929) writes "Slate magazine has published an interesting "what if" type of article:
"The Federal Communications Commission recently issued new rules regulating the Internet—even though it doesn't appear to have such powers. A federal court gangster-slapped the commission last year, accusing it of regulatory overreach for attempting to dictate Internet policy to service providers. These new regulations got me to thinking of where we would be today if the FCC had regulated the Internet from the get-go. "
Indeed, it could have stifled innovation, and delayed the emergence of new technology and the commercial environment that we all enjoy so much today. Could the internet survive without the USA?
Could it have played out like this? Does it matter now? Can the genie be put back into the bottle? What do you think?" Link to Original Source top
dakohli (1442929) writes "So here's the scoop: Bell Canada is given a five year contract to administer the Canadian Do Not Call Registry. Violations can net fines of $1500 for each instance.
So what do they do? They call the numbers that have been entrusted to them. And then? They get caught and fined: $CDN 1.3 Million
dakohli (1442929) writes "So, I was just in Best Buy (Canada) and saw the Duke Nukem Forever pre-order cards!
The Game is due out in the new year:
"All great things take time... a lot of time," laughs Christoph Hartmann, president of 2K. "After a hiatus from the video game world, Duke Nukem is back and better than ever. The return of the King from the glory days of shooters will satisfy our patient, die-hard fans, as well as a new generation of bubble gum-chewing, flat top and shades-wearing bad-asses. Make no mistake about it — Duke Nukem Forever is a testament to the era of when shooters were bodacious and fun."
So Slashers, what do you think? Does this game have even a small chance of living up to expectations? Or, will Duke, just fade into oblivion?" Link to Original Source top
dakohli (1442929) writes "So, this guy claims that Lineage II is so addictive, that he played it for 20000 hrs over 5 years. That is over 10 hours per day. Earlier this month, charges of misrepresentation/deceit, unfair and deceptive trade practices, intentional infliction of emotional distress and punitive damages were dismissed, but charges of defamation, negligence, gross negligence and negligent infliction of emotional distress still remain. I guess the age of personal responsibility continues to elude us." Link to Original Source top
dakohli (1442929) writes "And now, for a brilliant piece of journalism. The story of SciFi writer Dr Peter Watts was detailed recently in/. albeit from mostly his point of view. Now, the AP has had their say, mostly from the Border Patrol's viewpoint. There is no mention of the aftermath, how he was turned loose without even a jacket last week in the cold. All it really says that he left his car, got belligerent and had to be subdued. It accuses him of choking a border guard. No mention of the efforts to get him representation.
Now, I have passed through this particular entry/exit point, and I have to wonder why the US guards were looking at a car entering Canada. Usually you only encounter Canadian guards when you enter Canada, and US guards when you enter the States. I think it entirely appropriate that I might ask why I was being searched by US guards when I was leave the States for Canada.
Of course, each side will posture and present the case is the best possible light for themselves, don't you think that perhaps though a International Journalistic Organization should present a more balanced view and let the public make up their own opinions?
dakohli (1442929) writes "Lee Gomes from Forbes.com talks about mp3 being replaced by loss-less formats such as FLAC. According to him this is "a more sophisticated way of stealing music". He also calls "file sharing" a euphemism for Music Piracy. I must wonder if this guy is working for the Industry. I think the headline is quite sensationalist. I guess his whole argument is that mp3's were bad enough, now we can get a better format that will keep the quality of the original. He implies that the only reason you might want these formats is to Pirate the music. About the only thing he gets right, is the fact that cheaper Hard Drives and faster networks are driving the adoption of the new formats. I find it troubling that some tech writers seems to miss the point and go for the sensational news. The bottom line is the industry is not keeping up with the technology. As it has been pointed out so many times on Slashdot a change is brewing for the entertainment industry. If I am going to continue to pay for music, I don't want crippled DRM encumbered formats. I want to be able to play the music the way I want to listen to it, I want it in a portable format, and I want the quality." Link to Original Source top
dakohli (1442929) writes "Canwest's Sarah Schmidt writes that Facebook has until monday to find a way to fix its "serious privacy gaps."
And if the Canadian Privacy Commissioner isn't happy with the Web Company's response, then she has two weeks to push it to the Canadian Federal Court in Ottawa.
"A spokeswoman for the commission said it's premature to say whether the feud will end up in court. This would be an international first for Facebook, which has grown to more than 200 million users since its launch in 2004."
So, what does all this mean? Do young people even care about their privacy these days? Do they need protecting?
I find the implications far reaching, who knows how their personal pictures, information might be used/exploited down the line." top