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  • Will Climate Engineering Ever Go Prime Time?
    By on August 31, 2011 | Comments Off  Comments


    coondoggie writes “You may or may not be old enough to remember the TV commercial for margarine that had the tag line: ‘It’s not nice to fool Mother Nature.’ But that commercial came to mind as I was reading a report out recently that looked at the viability of large climate engineering projects that would basically alter large parts of the atmosphere to reduce greenhouse gases or basically reverse some of the effects of climate change. The congressional (more…)

  • Diginotar Responds To Rogue Certificate Problem
    By on August 30, 2011 | Comments Off  Comments

    An anonymous reader writes “Vasco, the owner of the DigiNotar CA implicated in the MITM attacks on Iranian Google users has responded to their fraudulently issued certificate problems. The press release reads: ‘On July 19th 2011, DigiNotar detected an intrusion into its Certificate Authority (CA) infrastructure, which resulted in the fraudulent issuance of public key certificate requests for a number of domains, including Google.com. Once it detected (more…)

  • Hurricane Irene Threatens US Northeast; Cover Your Assets
    By on August 25, 2011 | Comments Off  Comments

    jfruhlinger writes “Hurricane Irene is bearing down on the heavily populated U.S. Northeast Corridor. If you work in IT, you know that there are few things that are worse for electronics than water; so, what’s your plan? Tom Henderson has come up with a checklist, which sensibly includes backing everything up, twice; not that you have time for it now, but for future reference you might want to consider just moving your whole data center to a location (more…)

  • Microsoft Drops Use of ‘Supercookies’ On MSN
    By on August 20, 2011 | Comments Off  Comments

    Trailrunner7 writes “In response to work by Stanford University researchers who found that Microsoft and several other high-profile companies were using a controversial technique to keep persistent cookies on users’ PCs to track their movements, Microsoft says it has discontinued the practice of using so-called ‘supercookies.’ In July, Jonathan Mayer, a graduate student at Stanford, revealed that some companies were still employing techniques that (more…)

  • Mozilla To Remove User-Facing Firefox Version Numbers
    By on August 15, 2011 | Comments Off  Comments

    MrSeb writes “A great collective gasp issued from tuned-in Firefox fans when Mozilla announced that it was switching to a Chrome-like release schedule for its browser. Now Mozilla wants to take things one step further and remove Firefox version numbers entirely — from the user-facing parts of the browser, anyway.”
    You can see the Bugzilla entry for this change, and keep up on Mozilla’s reasoning and discussion through a thread on the mozilla.dev.usability (more…)

  • Feds’ Radios Have Significant Security Flaws
    By on August 10, 2011 | Comments Off  Comments

    OverTheGeicoE writes “The Wall Street Journal has a story describing how the portable radios used by many federal law enforcement agents have major security flaws that allow for easy eavesdropping and jamming. Details are in a new study being released today (PDF). The authors of the study were able to intercept hundreds of hours of sensitive traffic inadvertently sent without encryption over the past two years. They also describe how a texting toy (more…)

  • Rookie Stallings claims first Tour win
    By on August 5, 2011 | Comments Off  Comments

    Rookie Scott Stallings emerged victorious from a three-way playoff at the Greenbrier Classic to secure his first ever PGA Tour title.

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  • Car Insurance By Age
    By on August 5, 2011 | Comments Off  Comments

    Car insurance can vary by age, because the typical risks involved with each age group vary drastically. Think you’re a great driver, because you’re old and sage? Not everyone would agree. Afraid of teens who always seem distracted? Don’t make assumptions: those kids might be better drivers than the average middle-aged man. Take a look at the infographic below to find out the truth about insurance breaks by age.

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  • 7 Video Game Cereals We Want to Eat
    By on August 5, 2011 | Comments Off  Comments

    A gamer’s breakfast isn’t complete without a hearty serving of your favorite gaming cereal!

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  • Court: Domain Seizures Don’t Violate Free Speech
    By on August 5, 2011 | Comments Off  Comments

    Since last year we’ve been following the story of how domains are being seized by the U.S. government for allegedly facilitating online piracy. The seizures received a legal challenge back in June from the owners of one such site, and now a U.S. federal court has returned a ruling in the matter:
    “District Court Judge Paul Crotty decided to deny Puerto 80’s request, which means the domain will remain in the hands of the U.S. Government. The Judge argues (more…)