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Trusted computing? Not with Microsoft

A while back I wrote about trusted computing and how Microsoft’s implementation, the Next Generation Secure Computing Base, was set to impose onerous restrictions on computer owners, such as preventing them from playing legally purchased media with a player not approved by Microsoft. The post got some scathing criticism from some trusted computing practitioners who

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Kutztown, Pa. school district: Downloading iChat is a felony

Updated September 2: Twelve of the thirteen students have been offered an informal adjustment, where all charges will be dropped for community service and a brief probation. The other student will face charges as he had a prior criminal history. Thirteen high school students in Kutztown, Pa., have been charged with computer trespass, a third

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Blogger arrested; told to quit blogging or go to prison

Bryan DuBois, editor of erievoices.com, was arrested last month in retaliation for exercising his First Amendment rights to free speech and to petition the government for a redress of grievances when he wrote about judicial corruption. Also charged was Elsebeth Baumgartner, who wrote on the site. DuBois has filed a petition for a writ of

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Google files for RSS ads patent

Google has filed a patent application for serving targeted ads in RSS feeds. The patent application, filed under the name of Nelson Minar, who works for Google AdWords, describes “[i]ncorporating targeted ads into information in a syndicated, e.g., RSS, presentation format in an automated manner.” The patent covers RSS, Atom and XML methods of delivery

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Jack Thompson targets Sims 2 “full frontal nudity’

Miami attorney Jack Thompson didn’t stop after his vicious attacks on the popular video game Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas. He’s now targeting The Sims 2. Thompson, who represents defendants in homicides and other crimes he claims were inspired by Grand Theft Auto, claims that a simple code in The Sims 2 unlocks the “blur’

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Freedom is irrelevant, you will be a PATRIOT

(I’ve been in bed Friday with a severe headache, the kind which prevents coherent thought, or even standing up, but I’m back! No promises on coherent thoughts, though.) On Thursday the U.S. House of Representatives voted 257-171 to reauthorize the USA PATRIOT Act, making permament 14 of 16 of its provisions, and extending for another

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NYPD police officer fired for blogging?

Officer Edward Polstein of the New York Police Department claims he was fired for running a Web site criticizing the department’s policies. Department officials, however, say he was fired for reneging on an early-retirement deal. The site, known as NYPD RANT, is widely read by NYPD officers, family members, and the public at large. Postings

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FBI monitored free speech in counterterrorism investigation

A Washington Post report today details how the FBI’s counterterrorism unit monitored several Web sites calling for protests on the 2004 Republican and Democratic national conventions. “It’s increasingly clear that the government is involved in political surveillance of organizations that are involved in nothing more than lawful First Amendment activities,’ said Anthony Romero, executive director

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Homeland Security can’t even keep its own computer running

It seems the Department of Homeland Stupidity can’t even keep its own web site up. Visitors to the site tonight receive a page which looks much like this. Other pages report either “No content found’ or “Error 500.’ And you want to trust these people with your computer security? They’re running Java Server Pages. Come

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Technorati is putting the wrong tags on my posts, sorry!

It appears that Technorati is somehow confusing the tags of my posts, and in many cases the tags for one post get associated with the previous post. Apologies to those of you looking for something and finding something else! If this is happening to you, try going to the post immediately following the one you

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