Support Apple’s Fight to Protect Digital Security
Sign the petition at https://petitions.whitehouse.gov/petition/apple-privacy-petition
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Women write better code, study suggests
Rarely Patched Software Bugs in Home Routers Cripple Security
Librarian of Congress Renews and Expands Protections for Fair Uses
The new rules for exemptions to copyright’s DRM-circumvention laws were issued today, and the Librarian of Congress has granted much of what EFF asked for over the course of months of extensive briefs and hearings. The exemptions we requested—ripping DVDs and Blurays for making fair use remixes and analysis; preserving video games and running multiplayer servers after publishers have abandoned them; jailbreaking cell phones, tablets, and other portable computing devices to run third party software; and security research and modification and repairs on cars—have each been accepted, subject to some important caveats.
The exemptions are needed thanks to a fundamentally flawed law that forbids users from breaking DRM, even if the purpose is a clearly lawful fair use. As software has become ubiquitous, so has DRM. Users often have to circumvent that DRM to make full use of their devices, from DVDs to games to smartphones and cars.
The law allows users to request exemptions for such lawful uses—but it doesn’t make it easy. Exemptions are granted through an elaborate rulemaking process that takes place every three years and places a heavy burden on EFF and the many other requesters who take part. Every exemption must be argued anew, even if it was previously granted, and even if there is no opposition. The exemptions that emerge are limited in scope. What is worse, they only apply to end users—the people who are actually doing the ripping, tinkering, jailbreaking, or research—and not to the people who make the tools that facilitate those lawful activities.
Stupid Patent of the Month
Method and device for interactive virtual control of sexual aids using digital computer networks
Bug Lets Hackers Into Nearly Any Android Phone Using Nothing But an MMS Text Message
A major flaw in Android software allows an attacker to take complete control of a device by simply sending a specifically crafted media text message. The flaw was first reported by Zimperium zLabs VP of Platform Research and Exploitation, Joshua J. Drake – See more at: http://blog.zimperium.com/experts-found-a-unicorn-in-the-heart-of-android/#sthash.92fOeK4Q.dpuf
To kitigate the threat until an Android device receives a patch, go to Hangouts, select the menu in the upper left and select Settings. SElect the SMS settings, scroll down until you see "Auto retrieve SMS and UNCHECK that box.
NEW Medium Troy & Lafa Taylor EP
Vocals: JoJo Ferreira, Lafa Taylor
Production: JoJo Ferreira
Bass/Synth: Jesse Ferreira
Turntables: Connor Sullivan
Violin: Michelle Whitlock
Cello: Nancine Mcdonald
Trombone: Joe Freuen
Trumpet: Tim Mclaughlin
Engineering: Chris Reesor
NAS – Economy Edition
Good blog post by Brian Moses about his economy FreeNAS build.