morcego writes "Brazil's National Traffic Council (CNT) published today, Friday, a resolution that institutes the National System of Automatic Vehicle Identification (Siniav). According to the Q&A published (Google translation from Portuguese), only "visible and public" information will be available (vehicle year or fabrication, make, model, combustible, engine power and license plate number), without any personal information about the owner or registration data. This system will be mandatory to all vehicles (cars, trucks, motorcycles etc) and should cost vehicle owners aprox. R$ 5 (less than US$3)." Link to Original Source top
morcego (260031) writes "Looks like the old Network Solutions DNS query hijacking is now available, but from a new source. Oi/Telemar, one of the main brazilian broadband providers, is now hijacking all NXDOMAINS queries and redirecting it to dnserros.oi.com.br. This deep disregard for its consumers privacy (and for the RFC) was specifically detected on the 126.96.36.199 dns server, which is provided and the main dns server for its ADSL customers. The secondary dns server is still (as of this writing) unaffected. Most impressive yet, this server (dnserros) is hosted outside the country. Unfortunatelly, OI/Telemar's DNS servers are not usable outside its network, so people with other connections won't be able to test it. How far down can we get ?" top
morcego (260031) writes "After many speculations, it is finally here. Google has released its free, ad-supported broadband services. TiSP is announced as a "Free, fast and highly reliable" services, proposed to solve the ""last hundred yards" problem for delivering data from local networks into individual homes". A press release is online, along with FAQ" top
morcego (260031) writes "As we are all too much aware, spam is an increasing problem. Each of us has our own set of tools and methods to try and reduce the amount of spam we receive, each with different pros and cons. Also, on a more broad front, we have "solutions" like SPF (+ SRS), Microsoft's own Caller-ID,
Yahoo's DomainKeys to notice. These days it is incredibly easy to implement any (or all of these), using publicly available frameworks and libraries (libspf2, milter etc). I have been using SPF for quite some time now with some measurable results, although nothing earth shattering. So the question is, which of these are you using, if any ? Why, or why not ? Do you think any of them really contribute anything to fight spam ?" top
morcego writes "Welcome to real life Gattaca. The NYT (gene sample submission required) is reporting on a Chicago couple that was able to screen their embryos to select one free of an hereditary cancer gene. From the article:
As Chad Kingsbury watches his daughter playing in the sandbox behind their suburban Chicago house, the thought that has flashed through his mind a million times in her two years of life comes again: Chloe will never be sick.
Not, at least, with the inherited form of colon cancer that has devastated his family, killing his mother, her father and her two brothers, and that he too may face because of a genetic mutation that makes him unusually susceptible.