Monthly Archives: March 2012

( Greek riot police attack protesting school teachers in the capital Athens on the eve of Independence Day celebrations, making 29 arrests.

Scuffles broke out on Saturday just before the start of pupils’ parade, held on the eve of the Independence Day in the capital every year, as the riot police blocked the demonstrators advancing towards the Syntagma Square, Kathimerini, an English-language daily published in Athens, reported.

March 25 marks the start of the Greek Revolution in 1821 and the country celebrates the day with a military parade.

Authorities have implemented massive security measures over fears that protesters, outraged at the government-applied austerity measures, could disrupt the celebrations.

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) Anti-war activists have held a day of action in key British cities to warn the authorities against a potential attack on Iran. A similar rally is expected in the capital of Israel, which is leading calls to strike over Tehran’s nuclear programme. Campaigners fear the mounting pressure could escalate into all-out war, the effects of which would reverberate globally. RT talks to British MP Jeremy Corbyn, who’s also a member of the ‘Stop the War Coalition’, which organised the UK protests.

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( U.S. National Security Agency has developed and patented a new technique by which a computer network can be computed by hackers who try to impersonate legitimate users. At the heart of the NSA is developing software that accurately measures the time required to transfer over the network or that type of data from one computer to another.

In the event that the time required for transmission, dramatically increases or decreases, the software warns of atypical behavior of the computer that is located “on the other side” of the network.

In the NSA notice that earlier time technique is proposed for use by other researchers, but their technique is different from anything proposed so far. The new technology involves sending different types of data, comparing the speed and the nodes on which they are in the process of its delivery to the destination node.

“The highlight of the method lies in the fact that he is looking at several network levels at once,” – says Tadaeshi Kono, one of the developers of the system and an employee of the University of Washington.
The developers say that their method allows to find phishing sites, as well as deal with common types of attack, man-in-the-middle, where the attacker transmits and listens to all traffic from the private client to the server via your computer.

IT expert Dan Kaminsky, who discovered a major bug in the DNS system this year, not particularly impressed with the development of American intelligence officers: “Just think, if your network has become a bit slower, or the bad guys fill her bad packets, this method is not very effective . In practice it might be a billion reasons why the routing can be slowed down. ”

While the NSA did not report whether they will publish a new development under the GPL, as it was in his time with SELinux.


( on Mar 23, 2012 It’s emerged that at the height of Japan’s nuclear crisis last March, the authorities in Fukushima concealed radiation data vital to safely evacuate people from that area. Japan has a computer system designed to predict the spread of radioactive releases. But local media reports say the prefecture’s government deleted the e-mails detailing it. RT talks to Asia Times correspondent Pepe Escobar.

By The Guardian
Friday, March 16, 2012 10:09 EDT
A determination to ‘move beyond anger to creativity’
is driving a strong barter economy in some places

In recent weeks, Theodoros Mavridis has bought fresh eggs, tsipourou (the local brandy: beware), fruit, olives, olive oil, jam, and soap. He has also had some legal advice, and enjoyed the services of an accountant to help fill in his tax return.

None of it has cost him a euro, because he had previously done a spot of electrical work – repairing a TV, sorting out a dodgy light – for some of the 800-odd members of a fast-growing exchange network in the port town of Volos, midway between Athens and Thessaloniki.

In return for his expert labour, Mavridis received a number of Local Alternative Units (known as tems in Greek) in his online network account. In return for the eggs, olive oil, tax advice and the rest, he transferred tems into other people’s accounts.

“It’s an easier, more direct way of exchanging goods and services,” said Bernhardt Koppold, a German-born homeopathist and acupuncturist in Volos who is an active member of the network. “It’s also a way of showing practical solidarity – of building relationships.”