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ehud42 writes "Slashdot readers generally agree that voting machines such as from Diebold are a bad idea. Well, what about online voting? That is what the Vancouver Sun is reporting. Given that voter turnout in our most recent election was the worst on record, Elections Canada is kicking around the idea of allowing voters to register online, update registration information online and maybe even vote online. Seems the kids like the idea... what do you think?" Link to Original Source top
ehud42 writes "We all know about the risks of having someone 'borrow' your open Wi-Fi connection to do bad stuff. What happens when it is the government (specifically the Canadian Human Rights Commission) who is free-riding on your unsecured network?
During the hearings, Dean Steacy, an investigator for the human rights commission, admitted using the pseudonym "Jadewarr" to post messages on white supremacist websites.
Following a subpoena, Bell Canada revealed that one "Jadewarr" post in a chat room had originated from an Internet address belonging to Nelly Hechme, who lives in an Ottawa highrise close to the commission's office.
ehud42 writes "According to Symantec, "Internet security is headed toward a major reversal in philosophy, where a 'white list' which allows only benevolent programs to run on a computer will replace the current 'black list' system" as described in this article on the CBC. The article mentions some issues with fairness to whose program is 'safe' including a comment that judges need to be impartial to open source programs which can change quite rapidly. Would this work? The effort to maintain black lists is becoming so daunting that white lists may be an effective solution." Link to Original Source top
ehud42 writes "The CBC is
that "Manitoba First Nations are seeking compensation from Manitoba Telecom Services for every cellphone signal that passes through First Nations land, saying the airspace should be considered a resource like land and water."
Is the airspace around us a resource like land and water? Would I have to pay someone for my wireless signals travelling through their airspace? I doubt this will get much traction — at least I hope not..." top
ehud42 writes "A couple of weeks ago, my son started going to
(flash warning). Dr. Dumore runs a very hi-tech office complete with video games, LCD screens, and biometrics. As my wife explained when she got home, all our son has to do is put his finger on a scanner and the office knows he's there! Great! Right? Well, seems the practise has caught the attention of the CBC with a story about how this
might not be a good thing. From the article:
"He [Dr. Tim Dumore] said fingerprints help patients maintain their anonymity by eliminating the need for conversations about personal health information at the reception desk."
Regarding security there was this standard don't-worry-your-little-head-about-such-things quote:
"It can seem Big Brotherish," he said. "But we can reassure them that we're using proper security protocols."