November 22, 2011 | Digital Life

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Remember the original release of (depending on your perspective) emails hacked or released by a whistleblower regarding global warming research alleged to have been tampered with? Well, now the same folks have released another 5000 emails. The new emails also contain quotes which are likely to prove embarrassing for the scientists involved.

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November 21, 2011 | News

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You know how it’s commonly said there are six degrees of separation between you and anyone else on the planet? Meaning you know a guy who knows a guy … who knows the guy (six times). It’s based on a 1967 study by psychologist Stanley Milgram. Now the NY Times says scientists at Facebook (they [...]

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November 15, 2011 | Digital Security

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DigitalCashNews tweeted that the head of ChronoPay, an alternative payment system, was arrested in Russia, being accused of orchestrating a DDoS attack on a competitor. The tweet links to threatpost.com, but I can’t access the site at the moment. Nevertheless, it seems doubtful for people trying to establish PayPal alternatives.

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November 14, 2011 | Digital Security

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Microsoft Research has identified what it thinks may be a flaw in the system: Namely, there’s an incentive for miners not to forward Bitcoin transactions. See here for the MS paper and here for basic info on the Bitcoin protocol. Can Bitcoin survive the death of a thousand cuts?

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November 11, 2011 | Misc

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Eleven minutes past eleven o’clock on the 11th day of the 11th month of the 11th year only rolls around once in a 100 years. So what were you doing at that time? Do you know anyone who was born on a “special” date? If you missed the special moment this year, you can try [...]

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November 2, 2011 | Digital Privacy

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The Telegraph reports that Google is going to start indexing JavaScript-based comments like Facebook comments, Disqus, and IntenseDebate. Traditionally, comments have been managed by websites themselves. They were saved on the website to which they pertain itself, and they showed up even if you had JavaScript turned off. In the past two years, Javascript-based comments [...]

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October 30, 2011 | Digital Life

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So Google Street View is moving indoors, allowing business to have pictures taken of their shops. But that’s not all. A little birdie told me Google Street View is also coming to your house. Want to know what’s in the fridge? Don’t get up off the sofa, go to maps.google.com. Can’t find the kids? Google [...]

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October 29, 2011 | Digital Privacy

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Dolphin HD, one of the most popular alternative web browsers for Android devices, has now been shown to spy on every website you visit by sending the URLs to a website, en.mywebzines.com, owned by the browser vendor. The company came up with an excuse relating to a “webzine” feature, but that was really weak. Anyway, [...]

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October 27, 2011 | Digital Life

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If you want a free iPad, you might want to check out your local library. It’s not just books they’re loaning out anymore. They expanded a long time ago into lasing CDs. But now they’re also loaning out the devices you need to play them: iPods, iPads, laptops, digital cameras

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October 26, 2011 | Windows

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Windows XP used to have a feature where it would remember the size and location of your Explorer windows. But that was removed in Windows 7. All Explorer windows are bunched up in a single location at a single size. Fortunately, you can add that feature back with ShellFolderFix. Download it here. Via

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