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Vista's Security Rendered Completely Useless

Silver Sloth Re:Details... (415 comments)

No, normal Windows vulnerabilities are not extraordinary but here's one which claims to be

  • Fundamental to the design of Vista
  • Therefore unfixable

which makes it extraordinary.

more than 6 years ago
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Apple Cracks Down On iPhone Unlockers

Silver Sloth Re:ER, non-story (565 comments)

Great Britain is a country

a great Briton is an inhabitant of that country who is either (a)notable or (b)obese

And, ok, mod me off topic, I've got the karma to burn.

more than 6 years ago

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Lack of COBOL Skills Stymies Ca Payroll Cut

Silver Sloth Silver Sloth writes  |  more than 6 years ago

Silver Sloth (770927) writes "A story in the New York Times tells of the woes of Arnie as an attempt to cut the payroll under an executive order failed due to lack of COBOL programming skills. From the article

"There are no Cobol programmers around anymore," Mr. Farber said. "They retired centuries ago."

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BBC

Silver Sloth Silver Sloth writes  |  more than 6 years ago

Silver Sloth (770927) writes "The BBC are reporting a story about Dr Who fan in knitted puppet row From TFA

A Doctor Who fan is embroiled in a row with the BBC after she published knitting patterns for the sci-fi drama's monsters on the internet.

The patterns of Ood and Adipose were removed from her website after the BBC's commercial arm complained that they breached its copyright.
Is the BBC being heavy handed or just protecting license payers money?"
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Verizon Rejects Abortion Rights Text Messages

Silver Sloth Silver Sloth writes  |  about 7 years ago

Silver Sloth (770927) writes "The New York Times has an article saying that Verizon Wireless has rejected a request from Naral Pro-Choice America, the abortion rights group, to make Verizon's mobile network available for a text-message program. From TFA

The dispute over the Naral messages is a skirmish in the larger battle over the question of "net neutrality" — whether carriers or Internet service providers should have a voice in the content they provide to customers.

"This is right at the heart of the problem," said Susan Crawford, a visiting professor at the University of Michigan law school, referring to the treatment of text messages. "The fact that wireless companies can choose to discriminate is very troubling."
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NBC to End iTunes Sales of Its Shows

Silver Sloth Silver Sloth writes  |  more than 7 years ago

Silver Sloth (770927) writes "No more Heroes?

There's a report in the New Your Times saying that NBC is to end it's contract with iTunes. From TFA

The media conglomerate — which is the No. 1 supplier of digital video to Apple's online store, accounting for about 40 percent of downloads — notified Apple of its decision late yesterday, according to a person familiar with the matter who asked for anonymity because negotiations between the companies are confidential.
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Polar Sea Ice Cap at minimum

Silver Sloth Silver Sloth writes  |  more than 7 years ago

Silver Sloth (770927) writes "The University Of Illinois has published a report that the polar sea ice cap is at a minimum since satelite tracking began. From TFA

Today, the Northern Hemisphere sea ice area broke the record for the lowest recorded ice area in recorded history. The new record came a full month before the historic summer minimum typically occurs. There is still a month or more of melt likely this year. It is therefore almost certain that the previous 2005 record will be annihilated by the final 2007 annual minima closer to the end of this summer.
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Donald Michie killed in car crash

Silver Sloth Silver Sloth writes  |  more than 7 years ago

Silver Sloth (770927) writes "The British Observer newspaper — dead tree version so no URL — reports that Donald_Michie died yesterday in a car accident.

Whilst not a name that all will know, especially on a US centred site like /., Donald Michie was a major force in British computing working at Bletchley Park and founding the Department of Machine Intelligence and Perception at Edinburgh University."
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Silver Sloth Silver Sloth writes  |  more than 7 years ago

Silver Sloth (770927) writes "The New York Times has an interesting article about

A hammerhead shark that gave birth in a Nebraska aquarium reproduced without mating
Also from TFA

At the time of the birth, many scientists thought that the female had mated with another species, or that it had used sperm obtained years before. Female sharks are capable of storing sperm, although none have been known to store it as long as these sharks had been isolated. But through the analysis "it was pretty clear that there was no male contribution," said Mahmood S. Shivji, director of the Guy Harvey Research Institute and author of a paper on the finding being published online today by the journal Biology Letters.
Looks like we boys are becoming unneccessary."
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Silver Sloth Silver Sloth writes  |  more than 7 years ago

Silver Sloth (770927) writes "The New York Times is reporting that Google is testing a new concept in advertising revenus, payment by results. From TFA

The company said Tuesday that it would expand a test of a system that allows advertisers to pay only when an ad spurs a consumer to take an action, be it purchasing a product, subscribing to a newsletter or signing up to receive a quote from a mortgage broker or car dealer.
Although this is not a new idea, again from TFA

The model has long been used online by "affiliate marketing" companies like ValueClick, which have created networks of hundreds or thousands of Web sites that display small ads for e-commerce sites. The publishers are paid when they refer a user who makes a purchase.
its a new one for Google"
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Silver Sloth Silver Sloth writes  |  more than 7 years ago

Silver Sloth (770927) writes "The New York Times has an article comparing sales of the PS3 vs The Wii. From TFA

The competitive picture became clearer on Tuesday, when Sony reported disappointing profits that industry analysts attributed largely to the expensive and shaky rollout of the PlayStation 3 and lukewarm demand for the complex machines. By contrast, Nintendo said last week that its own third-quarter sales were up 40 percent from a year earlier, buoyed by Wii sales.
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Silver Sloth Silver Sloth writes  |  more than 7 years ago

Silver Sloth writes "IMDB is reporting that Studio Breifing is reporting that

A new study has suggested that efforts by the Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA) and law-enforcement authorities to crack down on online movie piracy have been largely ineffective. The study by Solutions Research Group discloses that 32 million Americans over the age of 12, about 20 percent of the U.S. online population, have downloaded at least one film, while 63 percent of those are considered regular pirates. Typically, a regular movie downloader is around 29 years old, male, and has 16 films stored on his PC. While 78 percent of those interviewed by the researchers said that they regarded stealing a DVD from a retail store to be a serious offense, only 40 percent said the same about downloading one from the Internet.
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Silver Sloth Silver Sloth writes  |  more than 7 years ago

Silver Sloth (770927) writes "The New York Times is reporting that Ciber Inc is temporarily barred from testing voting machines. From TFA

Experts on voting systems say the Ciber problems underscore longstanding worries about lax inspections in the secretive world of voting-machine testing. The action by the federal Election Assistance Commission seems certain to fan growing concerns about the reliability and security of the devices.
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Silver Sloth Silver Sloth writes  |  more than 7 years ago

Silver Sloth (770927) writes "The New York Times is reporting on a Reuters story that
Microsoft Corp. (MSFT.O) filed revised documents with the European Commission on Thursday aimed at complying with a landmark antitrust decision from 2004, the European Commission said.

Microsoft met a deadline set by Competition Commissioner Neelie Kroes, but it will be months before it is clear whether the submission is sufficient to avoid a fine that could be as high as 3 million euros ($3.9 million) a day.

The Commission ruled in 2004 that Microsoft had abused its dominant position in the market because Windows, used on more than 95 percent of the world's personal computers, allowed too little interoperability for other software makers.
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Silver Sloth Silver Sloth writes  |  more than 8 years ago

Silver Sloth (770927) writes "Were you in collage in the US over the last five years? The New York Times has a story
The Federal Education Department shared personal information on hundreds of student loan applicants with the Federal Bureau of Investigation across a five-year period that began after the Sept. 11 terror attacks, the agencies said yesterday.

Under the program, called Project Strikeback, the Education Department received names from the F.B.I. and checked them against its student aid database, forwarding information. Each year, the Education Department collects information from 14 million applications for federal student aid.
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