GeekSpeak for 2008-07-19

The Ultimate CSS GeekSpeak

Tommy Olsson, co-Author of [The Ultimate CSS Reference|http://www.sitepoint.com/books/cssref1/] joins the Geeks to chat about web development. We will also cover the Week in Geek News and take your calls with questions and comments about technology.

Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Open House

There is a free-to-the-public Open House at the Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute at Moss Landing today, Saturday July 19th.

MBARI is located in Moss Landing, halfway between Santa Cruz and Monterey off Highway 1. The Duke Energy Power Plant is a visible landmark to Moss Landing. From Highway 1, turn west (toward ocean) onto Moss Landing Road. Turn on Sandholdt Road and cross the bridge. MBARI is on the west side of the road.

"Spore" creatures outnumber Earth species

The makers of the popular “Sim” series of games take on biology in their not-yet-released game, “Spore.” Their “Creature Creator,” [a free download from their site|http://www.spore.com/], allows people to create creatures that will eventually fill the game’s universe.

Plausible Deniability with Encryption Broken?

It’s all Cloak & Dagger until someone spoils the party. It turns out that everyday applications and even your operating system might be your secrets’ worst enemies.

Cuba to add undersea cable to get around US embargo

Cuba is about to get a better internet solution.

Apple climbs into third place in the US PC Market

Apple is tying with Acer for third place in the US PC Market

Google reveales anonymized logs in Viacom legal battle

Google and Viacom in a legal battle regarding Youtube’s hosting of copyrighted videos. Google’s stance is it can’t keep people from uploading copyrighted material, but will obey takedown notices. Viacom asked for youtube database with usernames and IP addresses, and what videos each user has watched. This has obvious privacy ramifications. Google and Viacom recently reached a deal where Google will deliver the Youtube logs, but with usernames and IP addresses obscured.

Other links:
[What are Google Staff Youtubing?|http://www.pcpro.co.uk/news/212070/viacom-wants-to-know-what-google-staff-are-youtubing.html]
[Google to mask IP addresses and usernames|http://www.pcpro.co.uk/news/212226/google-wins-agreement-to-anonymise-youtube-logs.html]

Expert suggests Diebold tampered with 2002 election

A whistleblower within the Georgia state government delivered a Diebold software patch to Stephen Spoonamore, a prominent cyber-security expert in the US. The whistleblower had become suspicious when the CEO of Diebold personally installed a supposed computer clock fix to voting device, but only within two counties in the state, both considered democratic strongholds. Then that patch failed to address the problem. Spoonamore confirmed that the patch did not fix the targeted problem, and suspiciously contained two copies of the system software instead. Unable to investigate further without Diebold hardware, he submitted his findings to the Justtice Department.


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