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Facebook, If You’re Serious About Privacy Controls, Let Me Control Them

Facebook wants people to stop getting frustrated with the company’s privacy settings. Well, good luck with that. Almost any change Facebook makes to privacy controls triggers outcries and accusations that the social network is continuing to erode any remaining confidence people might have have sharing their data with the social network—and justifiably so. Yet Facebook […]

Heartbleed—What’s Next? Check Your Clients, Routers, Virtual Machines And VPNs

What we thought was secure—Web servers, routers, virtual machines, virtual private networks, and even client software—isn’t so safe, after all. Just about everything that relies on the open source cryptographic software OpenSSL is compromised by the Heartbleed bug, which can leak the contents of the memories of these networks and devices to compromise your security. […]

Appellate Court Reverses Conviction Of Hacker “Weev”

Today a federal appeals court reversed and vacated the conviction of Andrew “Weev” Auernheimer.  Weev received a 41-month prison sentence in March 2013 after being convicted of violating the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act and committing identity fraud for his actions in 2010 when he exposed a security hole at ATT by hacking into the […]

NSA Accused Of Exploiting Heartbleed For At Least Two Years, But Agency Denies

The National Security Agency exploited the massive security vulnerability called Heartbleed for the past two years, and used the flaw in OpenSSL to intercept private data, according to a new report from Bloomberg. Heartbleed is a newly-discovered flaw in OpenSSL that makes your private information—usernames, passwords, bank statements, etc.—vulnerable to potential hackers, and apparently, government snoops. […]

Building A Raspberry Pi VPN Part Two: Creating An Encrypted Client Side

Welcome to Part Two of ReadWrite’s Raspberry Pi VPN server tutorial! By now, it’s pretty apparent that turning your Raspberry Pi into a Virtual Private Network is an all-evening activity. But as security flaws further compromise our Internet lives, it feels increasingly worth it to have a secure server on your side. That way, you’re free to […]

What ComiXology Can Do For Amazon

Amazon on Thursday announced it will acquire digital comics agency ComiXology for an undisclosed sum. But why does the world’s biggest online retailer care so much about comic books? Well, that’s because the deal—and ComiXology, as a whole—isn’t just about comics. ComiXology is pioneering the art of digital storytelling, and attempting to bring these tools […]

The New “One Microsoft” Is—Finally—Poised For The Future

Microsoft has completely overhauled its corporate kernel. The stodgy old enterprise company whose former CEO once called open source Linux a “cancer” is gone. So is its notorious tendency to keep developers and consumers within its walled gardens. The “One Microsoft” goal that looked like more gaseous corporate rhetoric upon its debut last summer now […]

Sonos Lets Google Put It To Work, Chromecast-Style

Just when we were looking at how to turn a Chromecast into a Sonos, Google turned the Sonos into a Chromecast. Sonos and Google’s new partnership, touted on Google’s fairly elaborate launch page, means that you can now stream music to a Sonos speaker from the Google Play Music app. That feature launched as an […]

India Starts Paying Big For Software—Will China Follow?

India has never paid much for software, but that may be changing, according to a new Gartner report. With the Indian software economy growing at a hearty 10% clip, there are signs that indicate India is growing out of the rampant software piracy that has long characterized the market. The question is whether or not […]

Logitech B530 USB Headset

I purchased this on a whim a few months ago to use at my office. To say that it was a great investment would be an understatement. Comfortable and flexible, the headset does its job well by providing an incredible sound quality that is unmatched to any other headset I’ve used. The mic is also […]

Kitebuilder

This is the best site for learning how to build your own kites. Good tutorials, decent forums (quieter since the site’s founder died) and a great encyclopedia of techniques and materials. Their best asset is the stash of plans submitted by users for almost any type of kite. (Kite making supplies can be found from […]

Pocket Rocket Outside Diameter Rule

I work in a pulp mill and this tool comes in very handy when sizing up pipes in the field. The calipers quickly measure outside diameters of any round object up to 16 inches in diameter. The gauge is marked with actual inch diameter and also standard iron pipe sizes. When opened completely it also […]

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