BUL2294 (1081735) writes "CNN Money is reporting that, prior to the Target breach that exposed information on 110 million customers, and prior to Experian gaining Target's "identity theft protection" business from that breach, Experian was involved a serious breach, to which nobody admits the scope of. Their subsidiary, Court Ventures, unwittingly sold access to a database to a Vietnamese fraudster named Hieu Minh Ngo. This database contained information on some 200 million Americans, including names, addresses, Social Security numbers, birthdays, work history, driver's license numbers, email addresses, and banking information. "Criminals tapped that database 3.1 million times, investigators said. Surprised you haven't heard this? It's because Experian is staying quiet about it. It's been more than a year since Experian was notified of the leak. Yet the company still won't say how many Americans were affected. CNNMoney asked Experian to detail the scope of the breach. The company refused. "As we've said consistently, it is an unfortunate and isolated issue," Experian spokesman Gerry Tschopp said."" top
To add, even declining the policy still results in non-specified information being sent to LG.
LG's policy of spying on the viewing habits of customers, along with sending filenames of videos stored on USB devices connected to TVs, was previously discussed on Slashdot."
BUL2294 (1081735) writes "The Chicago Tribune is reporting that, over the next few months in Chicago, Comcast is turning on a feature that turns customer networks into public Wi-Fi hotspots. After a firmware upgrade is installed, "visitors will use their own Xfinity credentials to sign on, and will not need the homeowner's permission or password to tap into their Wi-Fi signal. The homegrown network will also be available to non-subscribers free for several hours each month, or on a pay-per-use basis. Any outside usage should not affect the speed or security of the home subscriber's private network. [...] Home internet subscribers will automatically participate in the network's growing infrastructure, although a small number have chosen to opt out in other test markets." The article specifically mentions that this capability is opt-out, so Comcast is relying on home users' property, electricity, and lack of tech-savvy to increase their network footprint..." top
95% of ATMs worldwide are still using Windows XP...
BUL2294 (1081735) writes "With the April lifecycle deadline looming for Windows XP, BusinessWeek has indicated that 95% of the world's ATM machines are still running Windows XP and banks are already purchasing extended support agreements from Microsoft as they will not meet the deadline. (The article indicates that some of the affected ATMs are running XP Embedded, which has a support lifecycle until January, 2016). 'Microsoft is selling custom tech support agreements that extend the life of Windows XP, although the cost can soar quickly—multiplying by a factor of five in the second year, says Korala. JPMorgan is buying a one-year extension and will start converting its machines to Windows 7 in July; about 3,000 of its 19,000 ATMs need enhancements before the process can begin...'" top
Public Citizen sues KlearGear.com for $75,000 over $3500 fine...
This is huge since 1) recordings would be unaffected by cable or power outages; 2) recordings wouldn't be lost over a fried/replaced DVR box; 3) cable companies could offer customers the ability to login & adjust their recordings remotely over the Internet; 4) cable companies might even be able to offer Slingbox-like online viewing capabilities. Unfortunately, there's no indication of where the additional bandwidth to support this would come from..." top
BUL2294 (1081735) writes "The Chicago Tribune has an interesting low-tech article about how many older mechanical gasoline pumps are incapable of going above $3.999/gallon. A large number of these pumps are in rural areas and the owners cannot afford to refit or replace the pumps. To add insult to injury, companies that offer the replacement mechanics have backlogs approaching several months, while the $4/gallon threshold is imminent or has already been crossed. But leave it to state government bureaucracies to come up with creative solutions — North Dakota will allow the station owner to cut the per-gallon price in half then double the final price (quick, multiply $37.87 by 2!) and Minnesota will allow the station to hide the total price (yeah, that won't cause problems)..." top
BUL2294 (1081735) writes "Windows XP SP3 has been released to manufacturing, according to a post on Microsoft Technet. According to the post by Chris Keroack, Release Manager for Windows XP Service Pack 3, general availability will be made available on Windows Update to all on April 29th. Given that XP-SP2 is almost 4 years old, it's about freakin' time! Am I the only one who thinks that Microsoft is trying to save money by putting out fewer service packs? — XP will only go to SP3, Windows 2000 went to SP4, NT 4.0 went to SP6..." top
BUL2294 (1081735) writes "CNN is reporting that the Mars Rovers program at NASA will be faced with budget cuts of $4 million for this year and $8 million for fiscal 2009. This will also mean job cuts. Spirit in all likelihood will be put in "hibernation mode", to be reactivated when (if...) future funding becomes available." Link to Original Source top
BUL2294 (1081735) writes "InfoWorld reports that the UK Government has recommended against upgrading software in schools to Vista and Office 2007, especially if it's done in a piecemeal fashion. Two-thirds of the cost of the upgrade (£175 million / $350 million), would go straight to Microsoft, while the rest would go towards deployment, testing, and hardware costs. They also recommended against going to Office 2007 and its OOXML format, and slammed M$ for their poor implementation of ODF in Office 2007. The recommendation can be found here." top
BUL2294 (1081735) writes "Toshiba has started providing Vista-specific BIOS firmware upgrades that cause problems with Windows XP. Frankly, I think this is very wrong because now a machine is tied to a specific operating system ONLY. According to the article, if you run the Vista v5.00 BIOS with XP, Fn+F1 thru Fn+F9 stop working... What, that couldn't be fixed with a keyboard driver???
For certain models, Toshiba has both XP and Vista BIOSes, but how long before PC manufacturers like Toshiba only put out Vista-specific BIOSes??? Frankly, I have no idea if M$ has a hand in this but would it really surprise anyone? This might explain some peoples' difficulties in getting XP to run on a PC bought with Vista (beyond the basic lack of drivers)...
And what about anyone wanting to run Linux? What about someone who needs to dual-boot between Vista and XP?
Anyway, Toshiba's support document ID# is 98082330. There's no direct link to this support article because the site uses session IDs, but you can get there by going to http://www.csd.toshiba.com/cgi-bin/tais/su/su_sc_h ome.jsp then click on the 4th article in the "support updates" section called "Fn key combinations may stop working with BIOS version 5.00 or higher, and Windows XP".
(I can also send you a PDF copy of the support article if Slashdot wants to host it... My real e-mail address is in my profile but please don't post it should you post the article...)"