lundi, 09 janvier 2006 22:38

Gates and Ballmer: What's on their Xboxes

LAS VEGAS--When Steve Ballmer fires up his Xbox 360, he reaches for the NBA 2K6 basketball game. Bill Gates, who played his console for about 100 hours over the holidays, prefers the Project Gotham car racing game.

"Fortunately I had some young kids around who were showing me around all this stuff," Gates said in an interview with CNET News.com. "I played a lot of Project Gotham, a lot of Hexic, a lot of Zuma."

lundi, 09 janvier 2006 22:33

France to legalise P2P file-sharing?

French Parliament voted 20 to 28 in December 2005 to accept an
amendment that would allow users to download copyrighted content
from P2P networks for personal use. The amendment is part of a
larger copyright law. French law recognizes a right to 'private
copy', but lawmakers have remained undecided on whether private
copy includes P2P downloads.

vendredi, 06 janvier 2006 00:43

Government Web sites are keeping an eye on you

Dozens of federal agencies are using visitor-tracking cookies that violate long-standing rules designed to protect privacy.  a CNET News.com investigation shows.

From the Air Force to the Treasury Department, government agencies are using either "Web bugs" or permanent cookies to monitor their visitors' behavior, even though federal law restricts the practice.

Some departments changed their practices this week after being contacted by CNET News.com. The Pentagon said it wasn't aware that its popular Defenselink.mil portal tracked visitors--in violation of a privacy notice--and said it would fix the problem. So did the Defense Threat Reduction Agency and the U.S. Chemical Safety and Hazard Investigation Board.

"We were not aware of the cookies set to expire in 2016," a Pentagon representative said Wednesday. "All of the cookies we had set with WebTrends were to be strictly (temporary) cookies, and we are taking immediate action." WebTrends is a commercial Web-monitoring service.

The practice of tracking Web visitors came under fire last week when the National Security Agency was found to use permanent cookies to monitor visitors, a practice it halted after inquiries from the Associated Press. The White House also was criticized last week for employing WebTrends' tracking mechanism that used a tiny GIF image.

A 2003 government directive says that, in general, "agencies are prohibited from using" Web bugs or cookies to track Web visitors. Both techniques are ways to identify repeat visitors and, depending on the configuration, can be used to track browsing behavior across nongovernment Web sites too.

"It's evidence that privacy is not being taken seriously," said Peter Swire, a law professor at Ohio State University, referring to the dozens of agencies tracking visitors. "The guidance is very clear." While working in the Clinton administration in 2000, Swire helped to craft an earlier Web tracking policy.

To detect which agencies engage in electronic tracking, CNET News.com wrote a computer program that connected to every agency listed in the official U.S. Government Manual, and then evaluated what monitoring techniques were used. The expiration dates of the cookies detected ranged from 2006 to 2038, with most of them marked as valid for at least a decade or two.

Many agencies appeared to have no inkling that their Web sites were configured to record the activities of users. "When the agency set up ColdFusion on our Web server, we set the software to its default value," said William Alberque, a spokesman for the Defense Threat Reduction Agency. "The default value, as you saw, creates individual session cookies that can last on your computer for either 30 years or until you delete them." (ColdFusion is Adobe Systems' Web development software.)

While the practice of setting permanent cookies is generally prohibited, it's usually not clear how they're being used. In the worst case, they could be used to invade privacy by correlating one person's visits to thousands of Web sites. They also can be as innocuous as permitting someone to set a Web site's default language.

Not all monitoring of Web visitors is prohibited. The 2003 directive provides an exception for federal agencies that have a "compelling

vendredi, 06 janvier 2006 00:37

The year 2005 Morocco, rich with cinema events

Nourredine Sayel, the director of the Moroccan Cinematographic Centre (CCM), expressed hopefulness about the progress that Moroccan cinema has made in the recent years.

Considering the achievements of Moroccan filmmakers in 2005, the director of CCM said that the 8th edition of the National Film Festival (FNF), held in Tangiers on Dec. 2-10, has proved the progress recently marked by young directors.

A firm that holds patents for technology used in Internet voice calling is suing search giant Google Inc. for US$5 billion over its Google Talk instant-messaging client, according to court papers.

Rates Technology Inc. (RTI), a small, New York company that holds patents to telecommunications technologies but does not sell products, filed suit in October against Google, claiming the Mountain View, California, company is using two technologies RTI has patented but has not licensed them.

Motorola yesterday introduced a music radio service for cellphones that also plays in car and home stereos.

Motorola expects iRadio, featuring 435 channels, to be sold by wireless service providers to their subscribers for between $7 and $10 a month - a few dollars cheaper than the satellite radio networks that would be among the phone-based service's immediate rivals.

mardi, 03 janvier 2006 02:30

The Future of privacy in America

As a student at Princeton University, Supreme Court nominee Samuel Alito put together a remarkable report on the future of privacy in America. EPIC has obtained a complete copy of the report and, in cooperation with the Seeley G. Mudd Manuscript Library at Princeton University, has made it available online at the EPIC Web site.
mardi, 03 janvier 2006 02:15

Fakher named Atlas Lions caretaker

The Royal Moroccan Football Association (FRMF) has appointed FAR manager M'hamed Fakher to take charge of the national team on a two-year deal, only three weeks ahead of the African Cup of Nations' kick-off due on January 20 in Egypt
dimanche, 01 janvier 2006 21:39

Credit Card Debt Catches Up With Britons

Although some critics blame credit card companies for liberally passing out credit, others say at the end of the day, only the debtor is at fault. "When it comes to credit, one lesson people have never learned worldwide is simply because somebody extends credit to you has nothing to do with your ability to afford it," said Steve Rhode, president of Myvesta.org.

mardi, 27 décembre 2005 21:02

Construir una nueva cultura sexual

Todos tratamos de construir una nueva cultura sexual, aunque resulta un poco dificil hacerlo dentro de una sociedad como la nuestra.
 Hoy, esta vieja idea occidental de sexo està exteniendo a todo el mundo y es una forma de globalizaciòn. Es eso lo que queremos? No hay por qué destruir algunas de las distintas ideas de otras culturas al respecto, que no siempre se centran en el acto con el mismo interés que nosotros; por eso, en todo el mundo los adolescentes utilizan palabras inglesas como "sex" y "fuck" para parecer modernos porque en sus lenguas no existen palabras similares.

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