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Launching 2015: a New Certificate Authority To Encrypt the Entire Web

Fnord666 Re:CAcert (201 comments)

A lack of sufficient auditing capability is what has kept CACert out of most browser CA bundles.

Which is laughable considering some of the other CAs that are included.

2 days ago
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Ask Slashdot: Programming Education Resources For a Year Offline?

Fnord666 Ask Slashdot? (223 comments)

Timothy,
I will never give up my quixotic quest to get you to post "Ask Slashdot" stories in the "Ask Slashdot" section of this site. That section exists for a reason. Use it.
-Fnord666

5 days ago
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Amazon's Echo Chamber

Fnord666 Re:Who is that? (112 comments)

Who is Dustin Curtis, and which multibillion dollar company did he found?

Exactly. The article is nothing more than a glorified facebook post by some unknown. WTF it is doing on Slashdot is anybody's guess. This is a new low.

about two weeks ago
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Users Can't Distinguish Scams From Facebook's Features

Fnord666 Re:The problem (116 comments)

So, not playing isn't effective unless everyone you know also respects your not wanting to be there, and most won't, even if unintentionally.

Just to be clear, you have asked people that you know not to tag you in photos that they post and they do so anyway?

about two weeks ago
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Denuvo DRM Challenges Game Crackers

Fnord666 Re: This is news, how exactly? (187 comments)

i have an artificial ceiling on game prices. i am mentally unable to convince myself a game can be worth more than 9.99 no matter what. and even that is only for an AAA title or good flight simulator. fortunately, i've grown out of impatience long ago and don't mind buying the likes of Crysis 3 a year or 2 after release.

The other nice thing about this is that you can game on modest hardware rather than needing bleeding edge, expensive components in your rig.

about three weeks ago
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Space Tourism Isn't Worth Dying For

Fnord666 Re:Typical short sighted viewpoint (594 comments)

Everything was, at some point in time, a novelty. That doesn't mean they are all equally useful. Even if some people took a plane to just go up and down, most people knew they could take a plane to take them from A to B quickly and efficiently. In contrast, the SS2 has been designed only to go from A to A with a short thrill ride in between.

Could SS2 be the predecessor though to a transport that goes from A to B in a short period of time where A and B are very far apart globally? Perhaps it could turn around and make the return trip the next day/week. Would there be value in a trip from Texas to Australia in under 4 hours?

about three weeks ago
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Rhode Island Comic Con Oversold, Overcrowded

Fnord666 Re:First hand report (126 comments)

This was the fire marshal being ignorant and inflexible. He's an idiot.

This was the fire marshall doing his job properly and you speaking from ignorance of the matter and the situation in general.

about three weeks ago
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Ask Slashdot: Where Do You Stand on Daylight Saving Time?

Fnord666 Battery Manufacturers (613 comments)

You do realize that Daylight Savings Time was created by battery manufacturers in a bid to sell more 9V batteries. They have used tried and true FUD tactics to scare the sheeple into replacing the batteries in their smoke detectors unnecessarily. It worked well too. Battery sales, specifically 9V batteries, increased 38.3% the year Daylight Savings Time was introduced.

about three weeks ago
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Virginia Court: LEOs Can Force You To Provide Fingerprint To Unlock Your Phone

Fnord666 IOS Power Off (328 comments)

If you have an IOS device that uses fingerprint authentication, power it off before the police can seize it. When it reboots it will require the passcode before fingerprint access works.

about three weeks ago
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Ask Slashdot: Unlimited Data Plan For Seniors?

Fnord666 My recommendation (170 comments)

My recommendation would be a directional antenna and a neighbor with an open access point.

about three weeks ago
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Why CurrentC Will Beat Out Apple Pay

Fnord666 Not for the user's benefit (631 comments)

CurrentC is not for the user's benefit. It's for the merchant's benefit so that they can avoid the fees that MC/Visa charge them for handling the transaction. I don't see anything in this deal that benefits the consumer. For example, you will no longer have any charge back protection. If the item you purchased turns out to be a brick in a box you will be at the merchant's mercy to transfer the funds back into your account at some point. Meanwhile that money is just gone.

The user interaction in the transaction flow is also hideous.If you disagree, take a look at the example transaction flow that they display on their site.

Here's how it looks like it works:

  • Take out your phone,
  • Enter your phone's password
  • Launch the payment app
  • Enter the app's PIN
  • Take a picture of the QR code that the register displays
  • Hope you have cellular signal
  • Get a QR code back
  • Let the clerk scan the reply code
  • Put you phone away
  • Receive your merchandise

Compare that to NFC

  • Take out your phone,
  • Tap the NFC pad with your phone
  • Enter the app's PIN
  • Put you phone away
  • Receive your merchandise

I'm sorry but that dog won't hunt.

about three weeks ago
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Why CurrentC Will Beat Out Apple Pay

Fnord666 Re:Not a chance (631 comments)

I don't want to give you nightmares, but it is horrifying how little security there is on ACH transactions. The whole system relies on the ability to undo transactions to discourage fraud. All anyone needs is the routing and account numbers that are helpfully printed on your checks.

I hate to break it to you, but your average individual cannot initiate an ACH transaction and transfer money out of your account.

about three weeks ago
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Delivering Malicious Android Apps Hidden In Image Files

Fnord666 Re:Still have to install (113 comments)

Still, though, this vulnerability appears to be firmly in the area of social engineering because why would I want to download an encrypted image file that requires another separate, random app to decrypt and view it?

The payload is encrypted/embedded into an image that is an asset inside the application such as a splash screen or a logo. It appears innocuous until the application runs, extracts the embedded apk and executes it. Prior to that the malicious payload is not detected by application scanners that scan the carrier apk.

about a month ago
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JavaScript and the Netflix User Interface

Fnord666 Re: Golden Hammer (195 comments)

1. Basically, all crypto that uses "magic constants" without a clear and complete spec of how they were reached is highly suspect. That includes most ECC crypto the NSA has done so far and is likely the reason the NSA and some vendors like RSA are pushing for the use of ECC crypto.

Very true in general. With elliptic curves, you need to use specific curves because randomly selected curves are easily compromised. Only curves with very specific properties are acceptable, but as you point out the NSA has not publicly enumerated those properties. The very same thing happened with the selection of the S boxes in DES, but in that case it turned out that the NSA recommendations did, in fact, harden the algorithm from attacks such as differential cryptanalysis, an analytical technique not publicly known a decade later. Unfortunately the recommended elliptic curves have turned out a bit differently so far and thst shift seems to echo the changing mindset of the NSA and/or the administration that it reports to.

about a month ago
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JavaScript and the Netflix User Interface

Fnord666 Re:Browser Apps are NOT desktop apps (195 comments)

Oddly enough, that makes my point. That "problem" was solved ages ago. Why is that we've seemed to have collectively forgot old, but excellent, solutions to common problems?

Because three week crash course dev school graduates won't have a clue what pre-emptive multitasking is.

about a month ago
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Florida Supreme Court: Police Can't Grab Cell Tower Data Without a Warrant

Fnord666 Re:anonymously sourced evidence? (114 comments)

There is at least one judge that is known to keep signed warrents [sic] there for them to take and fill out as they desire, as he can't be bothered to do his job of providing oversight.

Citation needed please.

about a month ago
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How Whisper Tracks Users Who Don't Share Their Location

Fnord666 Re:Not at all accurate (39 comments)

Can TOR be used with this program to make it even harder to track?

Unfortunately not. TOR only obscures your source IP address from servers and peers that you are connecting to. It won't help for an application that is residing on your phone. You could use any number of the location spoofing frameworks that are used for testing applications to provide fake/random location data.

about a month ago
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Facebook 'Safety Check' Lets Friends Know You're OK After a Major Disaster

Fnord666 Re:Would sooner have a Dislike button than this (130 comments)

Slashdot has 10 options you can moderate a comment, if you have points.

If you're using mod points as a dislike button, you're doing it wrong.

about a month ago
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FBI Director Continues His Campaign Against Encryption

Fnord666 What part of the 4th Amendment... (284 comments)

What part of

The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated,

do these people not understand?

about a month ago
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Ask Slashdot: Handling Patented IP In a Job Interview?

Fnord666 I give up (224 comments)

Why does Slashdot even have an Ask Slashdot section if none of the editors are ever going to post "Ask Slashdot" stories in it?

about a month ago

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Google acquires Israeli security startup SlickLogin

Fnord666 Fnord666 writes  |  about 9 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 9 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 10 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 10 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 10 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 a year 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 a year 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 a year 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 a year and a half 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  |  about a year and a half ago

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  |  more than 2 years 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  |  more than 2 years 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  |  more than 2 years 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  |  more than 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  |  more than 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 3 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 4 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  |  more than 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  |  about 8 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 8 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  |  more than 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 6 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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