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musicon writes "According to Nadim Kobeissi, Windows 8 is configured by default (using a new featured called Windows SmartScreen) to immediately tell Microsoft about every app you download and install. This is a very serious privacy problem, specifically because Microsoft is the central point of authority and data collection/retention here and therefore becomes vulnerable to being served judicial subpoenas or National Security Letters intended to monitor targeted users. This situation is exacerbated when Windows 8 is deployed in countries experiencing political turmoil or repressive political situations.
Additionally, it may be possible for a 3rd party to intercept SmartScreen’s communications to Microsoft and thus learn about every single application downloaded and installed by a target." Link to Original Source top
musicon (724240) writes "Sharing the sad news that Pasquale "Pat" Villani, author of the original FreeDOS kernel, died Saturday August 27th at his home. Mr. Villani was the author of two books including "FreeDOS Kernel", a member of I.E.E.E., and the holder of numerous patents. He also wrote several articles on Computer and Electrical Engineering Designs." Link to Original Source top
musicon writes "A group of scientists at Purdue University have created a portable refinery that efficiently converts food, paper and plastic trash into electricity. The machine, designed for the U.S. military, would allow soldiers in the field to convert waste into power and could have widespread civilian applications in the future. Researchers tested the first tactical biorefinery prototype in November and found that it produced approximately 90 percent more energy than it consumed" top
musicon writes "Seymour Papert, 78, an expert on how children learn, was struck by a motorbike Tuesday while crossing one of the many traffic-clogged streets near his hotel in Hanoi, Vietnam. He underwent brain surgery at the French Hospital on Wednesday, and is currently in a coma. Papert helped develop the Artificial Intelligence Lab at MIT and was instrumental in launching the Logo computer language." top
musicon writes "Hans Reiser (the creator of ReiserFS on Linux systems) was arrested today for the murder of his wife, who has been missing since September 3rd. Police have not found her body, but say there is enough circumstantial evidence to indicate that she was murdered, with a contentious divorce as one potential motive." top
musicon writes "Christopher Blizzard with the OLPC (One Laptop Per Child) project has written a long update on the current status of the project. 'We've gotten a lot done, but I don't think that's been communicated to the outside world very well. So, for the first time, here's an update of where we are. Hopefully I'll be able to do this on a regular basis.'" top
musicon writes "Linux Weekly News has just posted a position paper from 29 Linux kernel developers on the current GPLv3 draft. 'The three key objections noted in section 5 are individually and collectively sufficient reason for us to reject the current licence proposal. However, we also note that the current draft with each of the unacceptable provisions stripped out completely represents at best marginal value over the tested and proven GPLv2. Therefore, as far as we are concerned (and insofar as we control subsystems of the kernel) we cannot foresee any drafts of GPLv3 coming out of the current drafting process that would prove acceptable to us as a licence to move the current Linux Kernel to.'" top
musicon (724240) writes "Twelve years in the making, the FreeDOS Project (a free DOS-compatible operating system for IBM-PC compatible systems) has finally reached the "1.0" milestone: 'This is a very important day for FreeDOS. A lot of you have put in so much work over the years, helping to make everything perfect. Even if you didn't contribute code, you helped out the FreeDOS Project by submitting comments and bug reports. Thank you!'" top
musicon writes "As previouslymentionedon/., the Optimus Mini Three Keyboard is real! A working final production sample is shown on ThinkGeek with several pictures and a description of features. The Mini is estimated to be available in September for $160."