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TV3's Vincent Browne is, disappointingly, the latest to jump on the bandwagon suggesting that Ireland ought to take a step backwards and repeat the disastrous attempt to introduce electronic voting.

BULLSHIT.

It's tempting to reduce the whole sorry episode in our memory to a simple waste of money by Fianna Fáil on an expensive system that, for some nebulous technical reason, couldn't be used - but there is so much more to it than that.

Electronic voting is a fundamental threat to democracy.  Voting machines - and vote-counting machines - are black boxes whose functioning is unknowable and unprovable.  They may be programmed to perform correctly during testing, but produce false results on election day.  This can be done by any employee of the manufacturer with access to the system during development, or anyone in a position to tamper with the machine - which may be easier than you think (one example: Security Analysis of the Diebold AccuVote-TS Voting Machine).

Furthermore, as anyone who's been paying attention to the news since last June is perfectly aware, practically the entire Internet is subject to mass surveillance by foreign intelligence agencies, such as the NSA in the US. They intercept deliveries of computer equipment and tamper with them [http://www.pcworld.com/article/2083300/report-nsa-intercepts-computer-deliveries-to-plant-spyware.html]. The US routinely imposes changes of government in other nations by force. What confidence can we have in the integrity - and secrecy - of a ballot conducted using such equipment?

We dodged a bullet when Fianna Fáil screwed up their misguided attempt to bring about this disaster, and we don't need another bullet to dodge. We might not be so lucky next time.

Frankly, I don't see the problem with a little bit of suspense that makes for interesting television, and if it makes some people feel irrationally impatient, that's a small price to pay for democracy.
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Remember this awesome short film from 2010? It seems Sony took a clip from it (legitimately) to use in a demo, then got the original taken down from YouTube for "infringement".

It's back now, but still a great example of what's wrong with YouTube's takedown system.
Alex writes, "This is a very good example of copyright abuse. The official Blender Foundation copy of Sintel on Youtube is currently blocked because Sony apparently claimed copyright over it.
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Excellent as always.
 
Today's edition of our EFFector newsletter is literally unbelievable.
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The 2014 Ubuntu Community Survey is live and your input is needed!

The 2014 Ubuntu Community Survey needs your thoughts on everything from Ubuntu Touch to your choice of web browser. Results will be published once the survey is over.

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If you're using Google Authenticator for two-factor authentication, I highly recommend this as an alternative.

It's open source (as Google's app used to be, but isn't anymore), which is reason enough to switch - all software, especially security-critical software like this, should be open source.

It also has a number of practical advantages. It allows you to reorder accounts in the UI. It hides the generated codes by default, for extra security (simply tap to display). It comes with its own built-in barcode scanner, so you don't have to risk trusting a third-party barcode scanner app with your secret 2FA keys. It requests fewer Android permissions - only the camera permission needed by the barcode scanner.

The latest version also adds two important features that Google Authenticator provides, that were previously missing form this app: copying codes to the clipboard, and the ability to rename accounts.

Of course, it's compatible with the same two-factor authentication system that Google's app uses, so it's compatible with Google, AWS, WordPress, GitHub, and any other other services that use that standard.

Also available on F-Droid: https://f-droid.org/repository/browse/?fdid=org.fedorahosted.freeotp
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Looks good - will take a look, thanks...

Although the iPhone one already allows reordering and renaming and includes a barcode scanner, but it doesn't allow icons and doesn't hide codes by default.
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And the point of telling people not to worry was what exactly?
Fedor Indutny, a core member of the node.js team, has proved that it is in fact possible for an attacker to sniff out the private SSL keys from a server left exposed by the Heartbleed ...
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At least they're doing the right thing and releasing the server source.
 
Ubuntu One cloud storage shutting down. I'm not even mad. Ubuntu One has been stagnating for a long time. While once an avid paid user, I've long since left.

My commiserations to +Stuart Langridge. I know it was once his baby.
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Pity, they never made it easy enough for the average consumer though.
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