cstacy writes "As a publicity stunt, LG attached vouchers for free smartphones (852$US) to 100 helium balloons for people to catch at a promotional event widely advertised on social media. Customers showed up with BB guns, knives on sticks, and other tools. With only about two dozen security guards, the frenzied crowd surged, the guns fired, the blades were wielded, and at the end of the day 20 people were injured; some had to be taken to the hospital.
A spokesman for LG was reportedly overheard to say, "As God is my witness, I thought turkeys could fly..."" Link to Original Source top
Google deletes Nav app from Android phones, customers bewildered and pissed
cstacy writes "Google has removed the Navigation app from the Android smartphones, and released a new version of Google Maps (which they think replaces Nav). Customer response seems to be universally negative.
Maps is not an in-car navigation app like Nav. It doesn't have a UI suitable for use in a car, and lacks most of the significant features such as traffic alerting, ETA, alternate routes selection, plan/turn view toggling, and much more. Moreover, the new version of Maps apparently crashes all the time.
It's a breathtaking move on Google's part. Many people, like me, purchased their devices (mine's a Samsung Note 2) specifically because of the excellent Nav app provided on the ROM. People are really upset. No word from Google." Link to Original Source top
cstacy writes "Tatu Yionen, inventor of SSH, says he feels "a moral responsibility" to come out of retirement and warn that a "little-noticed problem" could jeopardize the security of much of the world's confidential data. He is referring to the management (or lack thereof) of SSH keys (i.e. "authorized_keys") files. He suggests that most organizations simply allow the SSH key files to be created, copied, accumulated, and abandoned, all over their network, making easy pickings for intruders to gain access.
Do you think this is a widespread problem? How does your company manage SSH keys?" top
cstacy writes "The American Psychiatric Association is dropping Asperger's Syndrome from the upcoming edition of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual (DSM-5). It's symptoms will be included under the umbrella of Autism Spectrum Disorder, which includes everything from severe autism such as children who do not talk or interact, to milder forms of autism. Asperger's disorder is impairment in social interaction and repetitive and stereotyped patterns of behavior, activities and interests, without significant delay in language or cognitive development. Often the person has high intelligence and vast knowledge on narrow subjects but lacks social skills. DSM-5 comes out in May and will be the first major rewrite in 19 years." Link to Original Source top
cstacy writes "NASA has announced that there is no announcement — the supposed tease of an amazing discovery, "one for the history books", was a quote taken out of context. Geographical evidence of water has already been found, but perhaps evidence of organics will still be found. Curiosity continues, at home and on the red planet." Link to Original Source top
cstacy writes "The Nassau County (New York) Police Department is "very concerned" about reports that shreds of police documents (with social security numbers, phone numbers, addresses, license plate numbers, incident reports, and more) rained down as confetti in the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade. The documents also unveiled the identities of undercover officers, including their SSNs and bank information, according to WPIX-TV. Macy's has no idea how this happened, as they use commercial, colored confetti, not shredded paper." Link to Original Source top
cstacy writes "The Inamori Foundation has awarded the Kyoto Prize to graphics pioneer Ivan Sutherland, for developing Sketchpad in 1963. The award recognizes significant technical, scientific and artistic contributions to the “betterment of mankind, and honors Sutherland him for nearly 50 years of demonstrating that computer graphics could be used “for both technical and artistic purposes.”" Link to Original Source top
cstacy writes "Apple's "rubber band" scrolling patent has been provisionally invalidated by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO). This patent was part of Apple's recent billion-dollar win against Samsung. The patent includes a number of touch screen gesture features (such as rotation); all 20 claims have been invalidated. Many of the claims have been ruled "obvious" and "anticipated". Is the PTO getting a clue?" Link to Original Source top
cstacy writes "The Smithsonian is honoring V.A. Shiva Ayyadurai, who invented email. The museum is launching an online exhibit of documentary materials showing how, as a 14 year old in 1978, he invented email and wrote the first software (including features such as the header lines To, From, CC, and BCC)
Numerous people have contacted the Washington Post, which ran the story last Friday, to inform them that email already existed before this. The paper has clarified that in addition to his story of being the inventor, "Ayyadurai holds the copyright to the computer program called 'email', establishing him as the creator of the 'computer program for [an] electronic mail system' with that name. (However, the Smithsonian itself still appears to be clueless.)" Link to Original Source top
cstacy writes "The United States Postal Service will be closing half of its processing centers this spring. Currently, 42% of first-class mail is delivered the following day for nearby residential and business customers. But that overnight mail will be a thing of the past, with delivery guaranteed only for 2-3 days. About 51% will be delivered in 2 days. Periodicals may take up to nine days. (Additional delays beyond this may come into play when Congress also authorizes USPS to close operations for some days each week.) Stamp prices will be going up in a few weeks. How long before the post office is a footnote in the history books?" Link to Original Source top
cstacy writes "The head of security and his aide at Électricité de France, whose 66 nuclear power stations produces 22% of the electricity for the European Union, have been sentenced to prison for three years for spying on Greenpeace using trojan malware. Also, EDF is being hit one of the largest fines ever imposed by a court on a French corporation for any reason, 1.5 million euros.
In 2006, the power company employed Kargus Consultants to steal 1,400 documents from the computer of Yannick Jadot, the head of Greenpeace campaigns against nuclear power in France.
Meanwhile, the head of Kargus, Thierry Lorho, was also sentenced to three years in jail, while his technical expert and former secret service man, Alain Quiros, was given two years suspended. Earlier this week, Quiros was sentenced to six months in prison in a separate case for using the same malware, involving a French anti-doping lab, Floyd Landis, and the Tour De France in 2006." Link to Original Source top
cstacy writes "John McCarthy, who coined the term "Artificial Intelligence" and helped found the field, invented LISP, garbage collection, time-sharing, and made other seminal contributions to computing, has died at age 84." Link to Original Source top
Is A Bad Economy Good For Social Networking Sites?
cstacy writes "In the present economic jobless "recovery" with rising unemployment, and many unemployed professionals no longer even being counted in the gloomy statistics, are more people turning to social networking to make job connections? Personal networking has always been the best way to find good jobs. This Mashable article http://mashable.com/2009/10/14/linkedin-50-millon/ cites a huge recent growth spurt in social networking, and this McKinsey article http://www.mckinseyquarterly.com/Organization/Talent/When_job_seekers_invade_Facebook_2317 also notices the trend. In the last few months I've had more people connecting to me on LinkedIn and Facebook, and a lot of them are recently unemployed. Do you see more people using SN for job seeking? And does it work? Or is it just more people giving away their personal info so that they can play Mafia Wars and Farmville?" top
Is A Bad Economy Good For Social Networking Sites?
cstacy writes "In the present economic jobless "recovery" with rising unemployment estimated at 10-17%, and many unemployed professionals no longer even being counted in the gloomy statistics, are more people turning to social networking to make job connections? Personal networking has always been the best way to find good jobs. This Mashable article http://mashable.com/2009/10/14/linkedin-50-millon/ cites a huge recent growth spurt in social networking. In the last few months I've had more people connecting to me on LinkedIn and Facebook, and a lot of them are recently unemployed. Do you see more people using SN for job seeking? And does it work? Or is it just more people giving away their personal info so that they can play Mafia Wars and Farmville?" top
cstacy writes "The United States has been trying to extradite Gary McKinnon from the United Kingdom. He admits hacking into 97 military and NASA computers in 2001 and 2002. He insists he was looking for evidence of UFOs. Prosecuters say he committed the "biggest military computer hack of all time" and faces up to 70 years in prison. Today the High Court agrees he should be extradited, calling it "a lawful and proportionate response to his offending". His latest bud comes after unsuccessful appeals with House of Lords and the European Court of Human Rights. He can still appeal to the UK Supreme Court. His lawyer argues that the extradition treaty is for terrorists, and "Gary McKinnon is no terrorist." However, McKinnon did leave a rant on one of the computers he hacked: "US foreign policy is akin to government-sponsored terrorism these days? It was not a mistake that there was a huge security stand-down on September 11 last year...I am SOLO. I will continue to disrupt at the highest levels."" Link to Original Source