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LinkedIn Accused of Hacking Customers' E-Mails To Slurp Up Contacts

ThinkPad760 11 year old son's non existing email address slurp (210 comments)

I purchased my domain name 10 years ago the same day .jp became available. (mylastname.jp) At that time, I hosted it on a florida based ISP then moved to GoDaddy and finally last year to GoogleApps. I created email addresses for my immediate family from day 1. Myself, my wife and my two boys aged 1 and 0 at the time. The boy's accounts where never logged into although there was a secure password set. When I move the domain to GoDaddy, the email accounts did not come over and all data on the old ISP was deleted. Again when moving to GoogleApps the addresses of the boys did not get created. The addresses are, however, in my address book. Which is hosted to my mylastname.jp account on GoogleApps. So you'll understand my surprise when my son's name and email address turns up as a 'Person you may know' on Linkedin. How did they get the address? It hasn't existing in a system for over 7 years, and as far as I know, only resides in my address book. Sure his last name is the same as mine and the email address is mylastname.jp, so there might be a connection there. But the point is, where did they get the address from in the first place? There has never once been an email send from that address. The other concern is that his name and the full email address was clearly shown on screen. What's with that?

about a year ago

Recourse For Poor Customer Service?

ThinkPad760 Do a 'Chargeback" with you credit card issuer (593 comments)

The proper procedure is to call you credit card company (the financial institution that issued the card to you) and have them start a chargeback for "goods not recieved". That will take the money away from Dell and most likely get their attention and more than likely to have them contact you.

about 6 years ago



Japan's MagLev Get Go Ahead

ThinkPad760 ThinkPad760 writes  |  more than 3 years ago

ThinkPad760 (794676) writes "The Japanese government has finally given approval to build the long awaited MagLev train linking Tokyo and Osaka via Nagoya.
But don't hold your breath. Construction will start in 2014. The Tokyo Nagoya section will be completed in 2027 with the final section to Osaka complete by 2045.
I was hoping my wife could buy me a ticket as my retirement present, but looks like I have a wait a couple of years after that."

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Japan's Seibu Railways to introduce 'maid trains'

ThinkPad760 ThinkPad760 writes  |  more than 4 years ago

ThinkPad760 (794676) writes "JapanToday gives us the scope that Seibu Railways is planning to have maids on trains. Maid cafes are very popular in the Akihabara (a.k.a. Electric Town) district of Tokyo with anime otaku. The new trains web site is here if you need to make reservations. I guess is this will already be sold out for months ahead. http://maidtrain.info/"
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Japan Maglev train 3 routes proposed

ThinkPad760 ThinkPad760 writes  |  more than 6 years ago

ThinkPad760 (794676) writes "It's been a long long time in testing, but finally we might be getting close to Japan having a working commercial maglev train. 3 routes between Tokyo and Nagoya have been studied and all of them found to be viable. One is almost in a straight line, while the other 2 have a bell curve in the middle. One of the prefectures north of Tokyo (Nagano) has sighted economic benifits for the round about route. Would the extra construction and operating cost be off set by any economical benifits of butting the track thru an area with only 1 million people and an average age of over 60? The Maglev will not be operational until 2025 and one could argue that the average age of the area would then be over 80 while on the other hand; young people could move into the area and commute to Tokyo or Nagoya giving both JR Tokai and the area a steady revenue stream! It'll be the first train I ride after I retire (in 2026)."

Longest word possible on a single mobilephone key

ThinkPad760 ThinkPad760 writes  |  more than 6 years ago

ThinkPad760 (794676) writes "The Sydney Morning Herald's Column8 recently had the questions; "What is the longest English word that can be spelt using one mobile phone button?"

So /.ers, what is it?"

Banks to customers: Don't use mobiles at ATMs

ThinkPad760 ThinkPad760 writes  |  more than 6 years ago

ThinkPad760 (794676) writes "In what can only be described as a poorly thought through exercise, the Japan Banking Association has announced it will ask customers to refrain from using mobile phones near ATMs. The reason for this: to prevent fraud!

According to the Japan Times story, the decision will be make next Tuesday, "because fraudsters have frequently instructed victims via mobile phone to transfer money to their accounts using ATMs". And then this "In typical billing fraud cases, fraudsters pose (over the phone) as relatives of victims and ask them to pay money through ATMs to resolve problems."

Perhaps a bigger story should be the fact that the Japanese Police and Justice Ministry have issued an anti-fraud action plan that includes "measures to emit radio waves to disable mobile phones near ATMs"

So next, is no paper allowed near ATMs because you have the transfer details written on it! and you can't call the police when you get mugged at the ATM."

Japan newspaper yanks "too vulgar" English

ThinkPad760 ThinkPad760 writes  |  more than 6 years ago

ThinkPad760 (794676) writes "This may not be the first time this has happened, but it is unusual for Japan, in this category anyway.

The national newspaper, the Mainichi has closed down a column from it's English web site... but not the Japanese version. The English articles are (were) translations of Japanese pieces.

The announcement says that there where many complaints (over 300 of them) to the paper about the articles giving the "wrong impression" of Japan to the English speaking world. Those articles increasingly dealt with sex and sexual attitudes of Japanese readers.

I've lived in Japan for 20 years and found the site refreshing in its honest reporting of the way life is in Japan; (more Tokyo) at the present day. Here's the announcement in all its reporting glory. JapanToday Report So /.ers, can we beat 300 complaints against the hordes and get the column back on the air?

For Japan's sake. (that's the English 'sake' not the Japanese rice wine 'Sake'!)"

Nintendo Wii outsells Sony PS3 in 2007 in Japan

ThinkPad760 ThinkPad760 writes  |  more than 6 years ago

ThinkPad760 (794676) writes "Don't think this will come as a surprise to anyone, but the Nintendo Wii has trounced Sony's PS3 in domestic Japan sales in 2007. What might be surprising is by how much. The Wii sold an estimates 3.63 million units in 2007 while Sony PS3 sold 1.21 million units.
According to a local Japan magazine 'Enterbrain', Wii also out sold the PS3 by 3 to 1 during the year end period from Nov 25 thru Dec 31 with 774,123 for the Wii and 232,421 for the PS3. Mean while the Xbox sold a grand total of 257,841 units for the whole of 2007.
Japan's total computer game market was worth a record 687.7 billion yen (USD5,980,000 @Y115/USD1) in 2007, up 9.9% from the previous year.

Has the Wii concured we and is the Xbox hexed? Will Sony Post Strong 3rd year sales?"

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Monthly Price: $1.99 to access Slashdot!

ThinkPad760 ThinkPad760 writes  |  more than 6 years ago

ThinkPad760 (794676) writes "Amazon's new Kindle may be really cool or a complete joke, we'll just have to wait and see. Have you seen the list of available material to download (wirelessly they keep saying)?
Well one of those daily downloads that will greet you in the morning is your old favorite; SlashDot for.... $1.99 a month & includes free wireless delivery via Amazon Whispernet!!

So are Amazon misadvertising? They clearly state "Amazon pays for Kindle's wireless connectivity so you will never see a monthly wireless bill for shopping the Kindle Store." yet they are charging an access fee to a free web site. I think I'm missing something. What do /.ers think?"

NEC releases world's most powerful computer

ThinkPad760 ThinkPad760 writes  |  more than 7 years ago

ThinkPad760 (794676) writes "Japan Today is reporting that NEC Corp have released the world's most powerful computer. The SX-9 runs at 839 teraflops and is targetted at the scientific community. The press release from NEC is here. From the release: "In addition to the newly developed CPU, the SX-9 combines large-scale shared memory of up to 1TB and ultra high-speed interconnects achieving speeds up to 128GB/second. Through these enhanced features, the SX-9 closes in on the PFLOPS*3 range by realizing a processing performance of 839 TFLOPS. The SX-9 also achieves an approximate three-quarter reduction in space and power consumption over conventional models. This was achieved by applying advanced LSI design and high-density packaging technology.""

No more checkin for ANA flights

ThinkPad760 ThinkPad760 writes  |  more than 7 years ago

ThinkPad760 (794676) writes "ANA (All Nippon Airways) of Japan will on September 4 complete their rollout of a completely ticketless checkin and boarding pass called SKiP! That's right. You book the ticket online thru either a computer or your mobile phone and then use your ANA Mileage card that has a IC chip or have the booking dowloaded into your IC enabled phone (most phones in Japan have wireless IC chips in them now). When you get to the airport, you go straight to security, place you mobile or IC card on the reader. It confirms your booking, the light turns green and off you go to the gate. At the gate the same thing. 2 peeps and you are in your seat!

I've been using this service out of Haneda to Osaka for the past year. It is fantastic. Since I never have to checkin bags, I turn up to the airport 15 minutes before my flight, walk straight thru security and on board.

From the article.
"Passengers who wish to SKiP, choose their seat after booking and paying for their ticket, in advance of going to the airport. Through mobile Internet technology, seats can even be chosen or changed on the way to the airport. On arrival, they bypass check-in and simply touch one of the following to a reader at security, and then again at their boarding gate: an IC-chip equipped ANA credit card or mileage club card, IC-enabled mobile phone, or printed 2D barcode. The process of buying to flying is thus made very simple and convenient."

See the full story here. http://www.japantoday.com/jp/news/416706"

Generated healthy mice - no males involved.

ThinkPad760 ThinkPad760 writes  |  more than 7 years ago

ThinkPad760 writes "It appears that a team of Japanese scientists have found a way to breed mice that does not require a male to be present. From the news story "the construction of ovary cells, or oocytes, from fully grown oocytes and non-growing oocytes that were engineered to allow imprinted genes to function in ova. Without such engineering, they function only when they were transmitted via sperm cells." The orginal article can be found here http://www.nature.com/nbt/journal/vaop/ncurrent/in dex.html but at a cost."

Japan, Korea, China concider common IC travel card

ThinkPad760 ThinkPad760 writes  |  more than 7 years ago

ThinkPad760 (794676) writes "Japan Today is reporting that Japan, Korea and China are concidering developing a common IC card for public transportation in the 3 counrties! From the article:

"The decision came during a meeting of tourism ministers which brought together Japanese Land, Infrastructure and Transport Minister Tetsuzo Fuyushiba, Chinese National Tourism Administration Director Shao Qiwei and South Korean Culture and Tourism Minister Kim Jung Min. Fuyushiba proposed unification of the three nations' different standards for public transportation IC cards."

Full and very short story here http://www.japantoday.com/jp/news/410593. A little more here; http://asia.news.yahoo.com/070626/kyodo/d8q0f1e00. html.

Raises some interesting questions. Like; will they be able to track who is where? What about the exchange rate when not used in the holders home country? After all, you have 3 currencies? Will the make us load the card with each currency, or somehow work out a 3 country settlement system for an IC card??"

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