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Heartbleed Sparks 'Responsible' Disclosure Debate

Fnord666 Re:Blame Game. (168 comments)

That is the biggest problem. Other then rewarding the people who fix the problem, we try to figure out who is to blame for every freaking thing.

"Fix the problem, not the blame."
Rising Sun (1993) - Capt. John Connor (Sean Connery)

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Heartbleed Sparks 'Responsible' Disclosure Debate

Fnord666 Re:No Good Solution. (168 comments)

Indeed. But there is a _standard_ solution.

Citation needed.

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Snowden Used the Linux Distro Designed For Internet Anonymity

Fnord666 Re:What a shame (170 comments)

Heartbleed is a server exploit

Actually it can cut both ways.

3 days ago
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IRS Can Now Seize Your Tax Refund To Pay a Relative's Debt

Fnord666 Re:And they've already stopped (630 comments)

I understand that it can be difficult for self employed people with highly variable incomes, but most Americans don't fall into that group and should know their yearly tax liability to within a fifty dollars or so at the beginning of the tax year.

Since the tax codes and the taxation tables aren't finalized until the end of the year I've always found it difficult to predict what my end tax liability is going to be.

4 days ago
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IRS Can Now Seize Your Tax Refund To Pay a Relative's Debt

Fnord666 Re:It kind of makes sense...but it doesn't (630 comments)

But if the money is in my possession, doesn't a fair reading of the Constitution mean they have to prove it never belonged to me?

The US Government abandoned any pretext of due process many years ago with the passing of various asset_forfeiture laws. Now they pretty much seize anything that they can and require you to prove that you obtained it legally and that you used funds that were obtained legally.

4 days ago
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The Comcast/TWC Merger Is About Controlling Information

Fnord666 Re:I don't "consume" content (107 comments)

Good point. But a quick sip isn't exactly something I depend on, right? That was the real point. If one source of marginally interesting information flow gets ruined, there are plenty of other things to do. My mental well-being doesn't depend on 'consumption' of what Comcast/TWC might control. Maybe I'll just take the kayak down to the river and paddle around for a bit, take the dog for a walk or take the bike out for a spin. Comcast/TWC can DIAF.

So when you go down to the local polling place, assuming that you even vote, do you just pick randomly?

about a week ago
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Can You Buy a License To Speed In California?

Fnord666 Re:Patternicity (325 comments)

Pattern recognition is an interesting way to put it.

We are predisposed to pattern recognition. Selection also likely accounts for the fortunate ones... whose patterns of recognition proved causal rather than corollary, such as this leaf cures that malady.

Don't forget a healthy sprinkling of confirmation bias on top.

about a week ago
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Can You Buy a License To Speed In California?

Fnord666 Re:selective enforcement at it's finest. (325 comments)

Pearl Harbor Survivor is not a licence(sic) plate HOLDER.

It is a state-issued alternative license plate.

Dude, chill out. He didn't mean a physical license plate retention device, he meant a person who has been issued that license plate. Kinda like when someone holds an office, they don't literally have a bunch of office furniture in their arms.

about a week ago
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Heartbleed OpenSSL Vulnerability: A Technical Remediation

Fnord666 Re:Thank you for the mess (239 comments)

Sadly, this is not the case. The evidence is that bad actors had this exploit for months: http://arstechnica.com/securit...

One of the two sites cited as evidence have since taken a step back,

Important update (10th April 2014): Original content of this blog entry stated that one of our SeaCat server detected Heartbleed bug attack prior its actual disclosure. EFF correctly pointed out that there are other tools, that can produce the same pattern in the SeaCat server log (see http://blog.erratasec.com/2014... ). I don't have any hard data evidence to support or reject this statement. Since there is a risk that our finding is false positive, I have modified this entry to neutral tone, removing any conclusions. There are real honeypots in the Internet that should provide final evidence when Heartbleed has been broadly exploited for a first time.

about two weeks ago
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Heartbleed OpenSSL Vulnerability: A Technical Remediation

Fnord666 Re:Situation is a Shambles (239 comments)

While something tells me this exploit is somewhat overblown, what really ticks me off is that this is all the result of delegating memory management to C pointers and basically mmap. As far as I'm concerned, in this day and age, that amounts to spaghetti code and I can't say it endears me to the reliability of openssl.

It has nothing to do with mmap or C pointers per se. The issue is simply bad programming. Someone wrote code that trusted unvalidated user input and they got bit in the ass. Whomever performed the code review should have known better, even if the developer didn't..

about two weeks ago
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How Cochlear Implants Are Being Blamed For Killing Deaf Culture

Fnord666 Cancer? (509 comments)

I was going to come up with a cure for cancer, but since it might endanger the culture of cancer support groups, I guess I won't.

about two weeks ago
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FCC Orders Comcast To Stop Labeling Equipment Rental a Service Fee

Fnord666 Re:A simple solution (97 comments)

Do you have an unlimited plan for your cell phone? Do you feel obligated to use it constantly and feel guilty about not using it? Probably not.

Do you have unlimited internet? Do you download large files constantly in order to maximize your usage? Probably not.

Do you go to all-you-can-eat buffets and eat as much as you possibly can and make yourself sick? Probably not.

Dude, this is /. You're probably 0 for 3 here.

about two weeks ago
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FCC Orders Comcast To Stop Labeling Equipment Rental a Service Fee

Fnord666 Re:A simple solution (97 comments)

And then came the kids, which make watching sports almost impossible anyway, because it isn't purple and doesn't sing or dance. Well, maybe the Ravens.

Did you know that it burns when you snort beer out of your nose? Guess how I just found out? Thanks for that then.

about two weeks ago
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"Nearly Unbreakable" Encryption Scheme Inspired By Human Biology

Fnord666 Re:geez, guys, give it a rest (179 comments)

The paper doesn't tell you much about cryptography, but it does illustrate the failures of peer review.

That's why you are seeing it in a physics journal and not being presented at EuroCrypt.

about two weeks ago
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"Nearly Unbreakable" Encryption Scheme Inspired By Human Biology

Fnord666 Re:anyone can devise encryption they can't break (179 comments)

Which is not going to happen because the authors haven't given any reason why anyone should care. We have lots of widely-deployed ciphers which are fast and secure. No one attacks modern cryptographic security systems by breaking the ciphers, they do it by exploiting peripheral flaws in implementation, key management, etc.

A potential patent to deal with just to use it is one more nail in the coffin of this.

about two weeks ago
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"Nearly Unbreakable" Encryption Scheme Inspired By Human Biology

Fnord666 Re:Area of expertise (179 comments)

Not that I've actually done my own research, but what qualifications do these folks have to state the security of an encryption mechanism? Everybody who finds a new way to twist a message thinks it's secure.

None whatsoever, but that doesn't stop physicists or managers from deluding themselves into thinking that they can do it better. Fortunately they patented whatever method they came up with so no one will want to even go near it as a replacement.

about two weeks ago
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"Nearly Unbreakable" Encryption Scheme Inspired By Human Biology

Fnord666 Re:Nearly Unbreakable (179 comments)

Yes, which means either they're being realistic in the sense that basically all forms of cryptography fall into this category,

Please share with us your crack of the one time pad.

about two weeks ago
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Hacker Holds Key To Free Flights

Fnord666 I Guess (144 comments)

I guess if he doesn't make the talk then the hack didn't work!

about two weeks ago
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Threatened Pandemics and Laboratory Escapes: Self-fulfilling Prophecies

Fnord666 Re:Better Idea (94 comments)

Wouldn't it make more sense to locate these labs in an incredibly isolated area like an island in the middle of the ocean or the Moon? Someplace that CAN be quarantined 100% in the event of a mishap?

Maybe you could put it near the arctic circle and name it Arctic Biosystems.

about two weeks ago
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Adaptation From Flash Boys Offers Inside Look at High-Frequency Trading

Fnord666 Re:day trader loses to second traders (246 comments)

Do you have any evidence that they are doing it anyway?

He has empirical evidence that supports his claim. That was the whole point of the investigation that the author was doing. When his orders hit the various exchanges at the exact same time, they were all filled. When they hit one exchange before the other, the "later" orders were suddenly unable to be filled.

about three weeks ago

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Google acquires Israeli security startup SlickLogin

Fnord666 Fnord666 writes  |  about 2 months ago

Fnord666 (889225) writes "SlickLogin, an Israeli startup and developer of smart identification technology through user smartphones has been acquired by Google for several million (the official transaction amount remains undisclosed). SlickLogin was founded under a year ago by Or Zelig, Eran Galili and Ori Kabeli. The company first unveiled its technology at TechCrunch Disrupt held last September. the company has yet to launch their product nor have they any customers to date."
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Incredible 3D GIFs Created with a Simple Visual Effect

Fnord666 Fnord666 writes  |  about 2 months ago

Fnord666 (889225) writes "Animated gifs seem to be everywhere these days, but some gif creators are taking the visual experience of viewing quick clips of silent motion to another level. By carefully adding a couple of solid-colored (typically white), vertical lines to the moving images, an incredible three-dimensional effect is created. As characters and objects move into the foreground, they seemingly extend beyond the barrier of the image."
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Nation's most notorious "troll" sues federal government

Fnord666 Fnord666 writes  |  about 3 months ago

Fnord666 (889225) writes "MPHJ Technology Investments quickly became one of the best-known "patent trolls" of all time by sending out thousands of letters to small businesses—16,465 of them, we now know—saying that if the business did not pay a licensing fee of $1,000 or more per worker, it would be sued for patent infringement. MPHJ claimed to have patents that cover any networked "scan-to-email" function.

As the debate over so-called "patent trolls" has flared up in Congress, MPHJ became the go-to example for politicians and attorneys general trying to show that patent abuse has spun out of control. "We're talking about bottom feeders," said Sen. Claire McCaskill (D-MO) in one Senate hearing focused on patent demand letters.

We now know that MPHJ has also become the first patent troll targeted by the Federal Trade Commission. The FTC's interest in MPHJ was revealed in an audacious "preemptive strike" lawsuit that MPHJ actually filed against the FTC on Monday. The suit, which names the four sitting FTC commissioners personally, says that the agency has overstepped its bounds and trampled on MPHJ's constitutional rights."

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Court Strikes Down FCC Open Internet Order

Fnord666 Fnord666 writes  |  about 3 months ago

Fnord666 (889225) writes "WASHINGTON — On Tuesday, the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals struck down the Federal Communications Commission’s Open Internet Order. In its decision, the court said that the FCC lacked the authority to implement and enforce its rules under the legal framework the agency put forth.

The FCC’s 2010 order was intended to prevent broadband Internet access providers from blocking or interfering with traffic on the Web. Instead of reversing a Bush-era FCC decision that weakened the FCC’s authority over broadband, and establishing solid legal footing for its rules, former FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski pushed for rules under the complicated legal framework the court rejected today."

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Hackers Steal Card Data from Neiman Marcus

Fnord666 Fnord666 writes  |  about 3 months ago

Fnord666 (889225) writes "Another day another data breach. Apparently high end retailer Neiman Marcus has also suffered a breach of credit card data. Krebs on Security has the news:.
"Responding to inquiries about a possible data breach involving customer credit and debit card information, upscale retailer Neiman Marcus acknowledged today that it is working with the U.S. Secret Service to investigate a hacker break-in that has exposed an unknown number of customer cards.""

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AllThingsD co-founders launch new tech site, Re/code.

Fnord666 Fnord666 writes  |  about 4 months ago

Fnord666 (889225) writes "The founders of popular technology website AllThingsD have launched a new digital news and review website after parting ways with Dow Jones back in September.

The site, Re/code, was announced on Thursday by co-founders Kara Swisher and Walt Mossberg. The site and conference, which will be called Code, are to be managed by Revere Digital LLC, which received investments from the NBCUniversal News Group as well as Windsor Media, founded by former Yahoo chairman and CEO Terry Semel. The first conference under the new company will be held in late May outside Los Angeles."

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Secret New UAS Shows Stealth, Efficiency Advances

Fnord666 Fnord666 writes  |  about 4 months ago

Fnord666 (889225) writes "A large, classified unmanned aircraft developed by Northrop Grumman is now flying—and it demonstrates a major advance in combining stealth and aerodynamic efficiency. Defense and intelligence officials say the secret unmanned aerial system (UAS), designed for intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (ISR) missions, is scheduled to enter production for the U.S. Air Force and could be operational by 2015.

Funded through the Air Force’s classified budget, the program to build this new UAS, dubbed the RQ-180, was awarded to Northrop Grumman after a competition that included Boeing and Lockheed Martin. The aircraft will conduct the penetrating ISR mission that has been left unaddressed, and under wide debate, since retirement of the Lockheed SR-71 in 1998."

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Twitter Implements Forward Secrecy for Connections

Fnord666 Fnord666 writes  |  about 5 months ago

Fnord666 (889225) writes "Twitter has enabled Perfect Forward Secrecy across its mobile site, website and API feeds in order to protect against future cracking of the service’s encryption. The PFS method ensures that, if the encryption key Twitter uses is cracked in the future, all of the past data transported through the network does not become an open book right away.

“If an adversary is currently recording all Twitter users’ encrypted traffic, and they later crack or steal Twitter’s private keys, they should not be able to use those keys to decrypt the recorded traffic,” says Twitter’s Jacob Hoffman-Andrews. “As the Electronic Frontier Foundation points out, this type of protection is increasingly important on today’s Internet.”"

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Apple, betrayed by its own law firm

Fnord666 Fnord666 writes  |  about 10 months ago

Fnord666 (889225) writes "When a company called FlatWorld Interactives LLC filed suit against Apple just over a year ago, it looked like a typical "patent troll" lawsuit against a tech company, brought by someone who no longer had much of a business beyond lawsuits.
Court documents unsealed this week reveal who's behind FlatWorld, and it's anything but typical. FlatWorld is partly owned by the named inventor on the patents, a Philadelphia design professor named Slavko Milekic. But 35 percent of the company has been quietly controlled by an attorney at one of Apple's own go-to law firms, Morgan, Lewis & Bockius. E-mail logs show that the attorney, John McAleese, worked together with his wife and began planning a wide-ranging patent attack against Apple's touch-screen products in January 2007—just days after the iPhone was revealed to the world."

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FBI Pursuing Real-Time Gmail Spying Powers as "Top Priority" for 2013

Fnord666 Fnord666 writes  |  1 year,23 days

Fnord666 (889225) writes "Despite the pervasiveness of law enforcement surveillance of digital communication, the FBI still has a difficult time monitoring Gmail, Google Voice, and Dropbox in real time. But that may change soon, because the bureau says it has made gaining more powers to wiretap all forms of Internet conversation and cloud storage a “top priority” this year."
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Researchers Demonstrate 3D Spy Trojan for Mobile Phones

Fnord666 Fnord666 writes  |  about a year and a half ago

Fnord666 (889225) writes "Researchers at the University of Indiana at Bloomington and the Crane Division of the Naval Surface Warfare Center (NSWC) created a program to use a phone's camera to take surreptitious pictures of its surroundings, weed out poor photos, and send the remaining stills back to be used to construct a 3D model of the environment. Called PlaceRaider, the project shows that virtual thieves and spies could identify and steal information from a remote location, the researchers said in a paper posted online on Sept. 26."
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Research Shows Half of All Androids Contain Known Vulnerabilities

Fnord666 Fnord666 writes  |  about a year and a half ago

Fnord666 (889225) writes "According to an article on threatpost, the Kaspersky Lab Security News Service, "About half of all Android phones contain at least one vulnerability that could be used to take control of the device, according to new research. Duo Security, which launched a free vulnerability scanning app for Android this summer, said their preliminary data from users shows a huge number of the devices are vulnerable to at least one of the known Android flaws.""
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Novel text analysis uses PageRank to identify influential Victorian authors

Fnord666 Fnord666 writes  |  about a year and a half ago

Fnord666 (889225) writes "A literature professor has developed software using Google's PageRank algorithm that has identified Jane Austen and Walter Scott as the most influential authors of the 1800s.

Matthew Jockers of the University of Nebraska analysed 3,592 digitized novels published in the UK, Ireland and the US between 1780 and 1900 using a combination of Google's algorithm, machine learning and a series of techniques used in computational text analysis including stylometry, corpus linguistics and network analysis."

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US-CERT discloses security flaw in Intel chips

Fnord666 Fnord666 writes  |  about 2 years ago

Fnord666 (889225) writes "The U.S. Computer Emergency Readiness Team (US-CERT) has disclosed a flaw in Intel chips that could allow hackers to gain control of Windows and other operating systems, security experts say.

The flaw was disclosed the vulnerability in a security advisory released this week. Hackers could exploit the flaw to execute malicious code with kernel privileges, said a report in the Bitdefender blog.

"Some 64-bit operating systems and virtualization software running on Intel CPU hardware are vulnerable to a local privilege escalation attack," the US-CERT advisory says. "The vulnerability may be exploited for local privilege escalation or a guest-to-host virtual machine escape.""

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New Twist On Ancient Math Problem Could Improve Medicine, Microelectronics

Fnord666 Fnord666 writes  |  about 2 years ago

Fnord666 (889225) writes "A hidden facet of a math problem that goes back to Sanskrit scrolls has just been exposed by nanotechnology researchers at the University of Michigan and the University of Connecticut.

Called the "filling problem," it seeks the best way to cover the inside of an object with a particular shape, such as filling a triangle with discs of varying sizes. Unlike the traditional packing problem, the discs can overlap. It also differs from the "covering problem" because the discs can't extend beyond the triangle's boundaries."

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A new approach to motion capture

Fnord666 Fnord666 writes  |  more than 2 years ago

Fnord666 (889225) writes "Traditional motion capture techniques use cameras to meticulously record the movements of actors inside studios, enabling those movements to be translated into digital models. But by turning the cameras around — mounting almost two dozen, outward-facing cameras on the actors themselves — scientists at Disney Research, Pittsburgh (DRP), and Carnegie Mellon University (CMU) have shown that motion capture can occur almost anywhere — in natural environments, over large areas and outdoors."
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VAT to be implemented in the US?

Fnord666 Fnord666 writes  |  more than 3 years ago

Fnord666 (889225) writes ""Have you heard about the value-added tax (VAT), a horrible new tariff Americans will soon have to shoulder? The alarm is sounding on the conservative Web site Townhall.com, in the editorials of The Wall Street Journal, and on the opinion pages of The Washington Post (as well as in the pages of NEWSWEEK): consumers can expect to soon see the feared VAT sneaked into price tags nationwide.""
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Toktumi releases Line2 VoIP app

Fnord666 Fnord666 writes  |  about 4 years ago

Fnord666 (889225) writes ""For a little $1 iPhone app, Line2 sure has the potential to shake up an entire industry. It can save you money. It can make calls where AT&T’s signal is weak, like indoors. It can turn an iPod Touch into a full-blown cellphone. And it can ruin the sleep of cellphone executives everywhere.

Line2 gives your iPhone a second phone number — a second phone line, complete with its own contacts list, voice mail, and so on.""

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Fnord666 Fnord666 writes  |  more than 7 years ago

Fnord666 (889225) writes "According to an article in tgdaily, Best Buy Burbank has given the boot to the ten people waiting for the Sony PlayStation 3 launch. According to our sources in the line, Best Buy kicked the group off property on Friday afternoon November 10th. ...The group was in high spirits Wednesday night when we interviewed them for our "PS3 fans quit jobs and postpone engagement to wait in line " article. At that time they seemed to have the full support of Best Buy and several employees walked by to chat with the group. ...It's unknown if the call to move the campers was a Best Buy corporate decision or if instructions came down from the Empire Center, the mall where Best Buy Burbank is located, property management. Calls to the Best Buy corporate offices and Best Buy Burbank went unanswered."
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Fnord666 Fnord666 writes  |  more than 7 years ago

Fnord666 writes "On Monday, interface developer Synaptics, together with Pilotfish, an industrial design company, announced a keyless prototype of a mobile phone that is all screen — all touch pad screen, to be exact. ..."Device manufacturers want to have larger and larger LCDs, so suddenly you need to have a touch input system on top of the LCD — and that's what we're suggesting here," said Mandi Mena, senior corporate marketing manager for Synaptics. ...This creates new possibilities such as assigning functions to two-finger taps, closing tasks by swiping an "X" over them, performing drag and drop applications, and answering the phone by simply pressing it next to your face. ...The two companies worked together to develop the phone, which uses Synaptics' ClearPad touch screen technology and interaction design with Pilotfish's user interface and industrial design. ..."We see the enabled ClearPad technology as something that can be applicable to remote controls or any sort of handheld device that is experiencing the same content overload that mobile phones are experiencing today," Mena said."

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D&D Cofounder Dave Arneson has died

Fnord666 Fnord666 writes  |  about 5 years ago "APOLIS -- Dave Arneson, one of the co-creators of the Dungeons & Dragons fantasy game and a pioneer of role-playing entertainment, died after a two-year battle with cancer, his family said Thursday. He was 61. Arneson and Gary Gygax developed Dungeons & Dragons in 1974 using medieval characters and mythical creatures. The game known for its oddly shaped dice became a hit, particularly among teenage boys. It eventually was turned into video games, books and movies. Gygax died in March 2008." - The Huffington Post

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Fnord666 Fnord666 writes  |  more than 5 years ago This article on macworld is just a waste of server space. I especially like the second editor,

who's as gung-ho about the iPhone 3G as ever.

Apparently he has not one, but two 1st gen iPhones, yet he can't even get signal most of the time! He doesn't use text messaging, so why does he even have the thing? He could just as easily use an ipod touch and wifi to do everything else. Instead he is planning on getting an iphone 3G, which uses a faster network that he will get "the day before never". If this is the technical insight I can expect from macworld, I'm glad I don't subscribe.

In true Slashdot fashion, I'll just end with a question:

Why would anyone listen to this person?

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