Tech News Today 422

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Episode 422

Tech News Today 422: Join The Rest Of The World

The Government can force you to Decrypt your laptop, Google changes their privacy policy, Apple gets rich, Ubuntu gets rid of menus and more.

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Top Stories

  • Judge: Americans can be forced to decrypt their laptops
  • Judge Orders Defendant to Decrypt Laptop
    • Judge Robert Blackburn ordered a Peyton, Colo., woman to decrypt the hard drive of a Toshiba laptop computer no later than February 21
    • "I find and conclude that the Fifth Amendment is not implicated by requiring production of the unencrypted contents of the Toshiba Satellite M305 laptop computer,"
    • Feds cleverly did NOT ask for the password, but merely for the defendant to enter the password and decrypt the contents
    • Ramona Fricosu, who is accused of being involved in a mortgage scam, has declined to decrypt a laptop encrypted with Symantec's PGP Desktop that the FBI found in her bedroom during a raid of a home. It is unknown if she CAN decrypt it.
    • Fricosu's attorney, Phil Dubois, hopes to appeal to 10th circuit court.
    • IS a passphrase an object like a key, or something known in your mind?

Discussion Stories

  • HUD's up! Ubuntu creates menu-free GUI
  • Ubuntu Linux's New 'HUD' Interface Will Do Away with Menus
  • Introducing the HUD. Say hello to the future of the menu.
    • Mark Shuttleworth, founder of Canonical, put up a blog post showing what the next version of Ubuntu will look like
    • Ubuntu 12.04 LTS, otherwise known as Precise Pangolin, will get rid of drop down menus in favor of a heads up display model.
    • Instead of clicking options, you would just start typing to bring up features normally found in those old menus.
    • The system will learn your behaviors and handles fuzzy matching (like searching for "settings" will bring up Preferences)
    • The change will apply to Unity apps and you'll see the new system in Ubuntu 12.04 LTS which is scheduled for April.
    • The HUD menu can access background apps without changing focus.
    • Shuttleworth says the HUD is faster than mousing or easier than hotkeys and that voice is the next step
  • Verizon Reports $2B Loss Amid Pension Costs, IPhone Subsidy
  • Verizon adds 1.5m new wireless customers in Q4 2011; 44 percent of subscribers use smartphones
  • Verizon suffers $2B loss on pensions, iPhone costs
    • Verizon posted Q4 earnings of $0.52 a share on revenue of $28.4 billion, in line with Wall Street’s consensus. $2.02 billion fourth-quarter loss, mostly due to one-time charges of $3.4 billion for severance, pension and benefits, as well as increased subsidy costs for iPhone sales.
    • The company’s wireless unit added 1.5 million customers over the quarter, while its video FiOS offering added another 200,000.
    • 44% of wireless customers use smartphones.
    • Verizon Chief Financial Officer Fran Shammo told analysts on the company's conference call that sales of the iPhone and other high-end LTE smartphones put pressure on profit margins, due to the subsidies. But he added that eventually the cost of the subsidies will pay off, since these customers will subscribe to more expensive data plans.
    • Craig Moffett, an analyst with Sanford Bernstein, wrote in a research note today that three years ago AT&T found itself with depressed profit margins due to the iPhone. But even though the company has promised that those margins would rebound over time due to higher service revenue from iPhone customers, the reality is that those margins have still not come back.
    • I think the story here may be that the idea of subsidizing smartphones (not just iPhone) with hope of making it back on contracts is a pipe dream. See analyst quotes in lower half of CNET story - tm

News Fuse





"You guys seem kind of clueless when it comes to this stuff, so let me clarify for you. None of the hosts like megaupload, filesonic, fileserve,, mediafire, or rapidshare allow users to search all the files available for download on their servers. Megavideo, a property of megaupload, allowed users to search videos that were available for streaming. 3rd party services indexed available links to these hosts that were posted publically to forums. If you uploaded something personally and never posted the link anywhere, no one would ever be able to download it.

The problem lies because properties like mediafire and rapidshare comply with take-down requests and filtering, while megaupload, filesonic, fileserve, and did not comply to a sufficient standards, so they shuttered their services when megaupload went down.

- Blockman Bing"

"In show 421 (January 21), you made several references to the fact that the "hosting sites" could not be searched- I must disagree. If you do a simple google search ending with site:(website address), you will get results for anything that has been crawled by google on the site. I tried this by searching: ""Black Eyed Pea"" and I got several results of available songs to download. I had never tried that with megaupload, but it probably worked similarly.




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