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fudreporter fudreporter writes  |  more than 3 years ago

fudreporter (1243638) writes "From the 'Leader-Post':

"Text message blows up suicide bomber by accident.
Security sources believe a message from her mobile phone operator wishing her a happy new year received just hours before the planned attack triggered her suicide belt, killing her at a safe house."

Happy New Year indeed!"

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Apple/AT&T's blocking of Google Voice

fudreporter fudreporter writes  |  more than 5 years ago

fudreporter writes "Michael Arrington over at TechCrunch.com is saying goodbye to the iPhone. But not for the usual reasons:

What finally put me over the edge? It wasn't the routinely dropped calls, something you can only truly understand once you have owned an iPhone (and which drove my friend Om Malik to bail). I've lived with that for two years. It's not the lack of AT&T coverage at home. I've lived with that for two years, too. It certainly isn't the lack of a physical keyboard, that has never bothered me. No, what finally put me over the edge is the Google Voice debacle.

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I too had the opportunity to switch to an iPhone. My company offered to supply me with a 3GS, buy out my existing contract, unlimited voice and data, for $30 a month. I was salivating. But after much research, and some prior experience with Cinqular (AT&T's predecessor in my area), I chose to upgrade to a Blackberry and stay with Verizon (and get a reimbursement from my company, not quite cost neutral, but close enough). My reasons:

1) Terrible coverage for AT&T where I live. I know that may not be the case nationally, but hey, I live where I live.
2) Reputation for dropped calls. Brings back such "fond" memories from the Cinqular days. That was the main reason we switched to Verizon in the 1st place.

Now that I find that Apple/AT&T are blocking Google Voice (which I am really starting to love, and the Blackberry Google Voice app rocks), I am even more convinced in my decision.

To paraphrase an oft used election mantra:
It's the app, stupid!"

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Deleted Tweets are here to stay

fudreporter fudreporter writes  |  more than 5 years ago

fudreporter writes "Delete a Tweet? Not so fast. For your voyeuristic pleasure, allow me to introduce Tweleted. All public Tweets are recoverable, but be sure sure to switch to "Evil" mode first. Be the first on your block to recover that most embarrassing of Tweets..."I think I will take a hike on the Appalachian Trail today."

Time.com has the full scoop here...

Get past the cheesy name — honestly, this Twitter-izing of words needs to stop — and you'll find Tweleted is an occasionally useful service. Set against clouds on a bright blue background, Tweleted promises to recover any Twitter posts you may have accidentally deleted. A nice feature, but one hardly worth, well, twittering about.

But across the top of the page, there's an option to switch the site into evil mode. Click on it and the blue skies disappear, replaced with the fires of Hell and an ominous message: "Recover embarrassing deleted tweets for fun and profit." Because Tweleted uses publicly available records, the website can recover not only your deleted tweets but also everyone else's. And since Twitter users aren't exactly known for filtering their thoughts, the few things they think twice about should be interesting.

Tweleted raises some larger privacy concerns. When a user deletes a post on Twitter, it disappears from their user profile but not from Twitter's search engine results. Tweleted uses this loophole to dig up its deleted posts. Some Twitter users are crying foul, arguing that when they delete something, it should be gone for good. The company says they're working to make this happen, although setting your Twitter profile to private fixes the issues. For now, it's worth remembering the old adage: If you don't want someone to read it, it's better not to write it — or tweet it — in the first place."

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Goldman Sachs software theft could threaten market

fudreporter fudreporter writes  |  more than 5 years ago

fudreporter writes "This article from Bloomberg illustrates the danger of the digital world we now live in. Grab (steal) a copy, send it up to an offshore server, and control is lost forever.

Goldman Sachs Group Inc. may lose its investment in a proprietary trading code and millions of dollars from increased competition if software allegedly stolen by a former employee gets into the wrong hands, a prosecutor said.

Sergey Aleynikov, an ex-Goldman Sachs computer programmer, was arrested July 3 after arriving at Liberty International Airport in Newark, New Jersey, U.S. officials said. Aleynikov, 39, who has dual American and Russian citizenship, is charged in a criminal complaint with stealing the trading software. Teza Technologies LLC, a Chicago-based firm co-founded by a former Citadel Investment Group LLC trader, said it suspended Aleynikov, who started there on July 2.

At a court appearance July 4 in Manhattan, Assistant U.S. Attorney Joseph Facciponti told a federal judge that Aleynikov's alleged theft poses a risk to U.S. markets. Aleynikov transferred the code, which is worth millions of dollars, to a computer server in Germany, and others may have had access to it, Facciponti said, adding that New York-based Goldman Sachs may be harmed if the software is disseminated.

"The bank has raised the possibility that there is a danger that somebody who knew how to use this program could use it to manipulate markets in unfair ways," Facciponti said, according to a recording of the hearing made public yesterday. "The copy in Germany is still out there, and we at this time do not know who else has access to it.""

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Windows 7 Home Premium May Get a Family Pack

fudreporter fudreporter writes  |  more than 5 years ago

fudreporter writes "Microsoft appears likely to offer a "Family Pack" version of Windows 7, according to language in a leaked test version of the operating system. This week enthusiasts started buzzing over wording in the license agreement in the test build that suggests Microsoft will have an option to buy a license for Windows 7 that covers up to three PCs in the same household. 2. INSTALLATION AND USE RIGHTS. a. One Copy per Computer. Except as allowed in Section 2 (b) below, you may install one copy of the software on one computer. That computer is the "licensed computer." b. Family Pack. If you are a "Qualified Family Pack User", you may install one copy of the software marked as "Family Pack" on three computers in your household for use by people who reside there. Those computers are the "licensed computers" and are subject to these license terms. If you do not know whether you are a Qualified Family Pack User, visit go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?Linkid=141399 or contact the Microsoft affiliate serving your country. c. Licensed Computer. You may use the software on up to two processors on the licensed computer at one time. Unless otherwise provided in these license terms, you may not use the software on any other computer. d. Number of Users. Unless otherwise provided in these license terms, only one user may use the software at a time. e. Alternative Versions. The software may include more than one version, such as 32-bit and 64-bit. You may install and use only one version at one time."
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Max Butler Pleads Guilty

fudreporter fudreporter writes  |  more than 5 years ago

fudreporter writes "Wired.com reports: A skilled San Francisco-based computer hacker who once sought to unite the cyber underworld under his benign rule pleaded guilty to federal wire fraud charges here Monday, admitting he stole nearly 2 million credit card numbers from banks, businesses and other hackers, which were used to rack up $86 million in fraudulent charges. Max Ray Butler, 36, faces up to 60 years in prison for the two felonies under law, but his actual sentence will be influenced by a number of factors, not least a plea agreement with federal prosecutors that was filed under seal Monday. "Max Vision, known in this case as Max Butler, pled guilty today as a first step toward getting this sad chapter of his life behind him. It is unfortunate that his life circumstances in 2005 led him to participate in this criminal conduct, and he very much regrets doing so," he wrote. "Max has always preferred using his extraordinary computer skills — his computer vision — for the good of society and the cyber world, and he hopes that he will be given the opportunity in the future to once again don the white hat.""
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Microsoft sues for Click Fraud

fudreporter fudreporter writes  |  more than 5 years ago

fudreporter writes "Be careful what you click for...it may come true: Microsoft said Tuesday that it filed suit against three Canadians and two associated businesses that the software giant had committed a version of "click fraud". Microsoft sued Eric Lam, Melanie Suen, and Gordon Lam of Vancouver, British Columbia for breach of contract, torturous interference with business relationships, fraudulent inducement and misrepresentation, computer fraud, conspiracy, and two violations of Washington anti-spyware and consumer laws. Companies named UMGE, Super Continental USA and Super Continental US, both allegedly tied to the trio, were also named, as were 50 "John Doe" plaintiffs. The complaint accuses the Lams and Suen of abusing Microsoft's adCenter network, specifically exploiting it to benefit their own company, and its ad purchases of keywords associated with so-called "gold farming" in the online game "World of Warcraft," and a separate business reselling car insurance. The method, according to Microsoft, was a technique known as "pay-per-click fraud"."
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Opera - Back to the future

fudreporter fudreporter writes  |  more than 5 years ago

fudreporter writes "The Register is reporting that... Opera raised the browser feature ante today by announcing Opera Unite — placing a web server in every client and encouraging end users to share content from their own desktop with the world. Rather than compete with the cloud-based services that are currently so popular, Opera is proposing, and enabling, a return to how the internet used to work: everyone runs their own host device, with their own applications running on their own hardware, which can then be accessed from anywhere using any web browser. All this functionality is intended to be rolled into the Opera browser, and is currently available in a Beta release, along with a few applications to demonstrate the kind of functionality Opera thinks could become standard fare.

More from the Opera site
Opera Unite: a Web server on the Web browser With Opera 10, we are introducing a new technology called Opera Unite, radically extending what you are able to do online. Opera Unite harnesses the power of today's fast connections and hardware, allowing all of us to help define the future landscape of the Web, one computer at a time. Read about how Opera Unite is going to change the way we interact on the Web on labs.opera.com."

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Hybrid vehicles - silent but deadly?

fudreporter fudreporter writes  |  more than 5 years ago

fudreporter writes "Hybrid vehicles are breeding a new kind of danger...silent to the visually impaired, and potentially fatal to emergency responders. From MSNBC: As the car crept up to them, the students didn't react. It wasn't until it was about to run them over that they even knew it was there. And that was only because it hit their white canes. The hybrid car's electric motor had kicked in. And the students, all of whom are blind, couldn't hear it. "It came up, and it was right there. We had no idea it was even coming," said Chad Wilburn, one of students, who took part in a demonstration of the new hazard posed by the quiet hybrid vehicles earlier this year in Salt Lake City by the Utah Center for the Blind. ### In its guide for emergency responders, Toyota, whose Prius popularized hybrids in the United States, warns crews to "never assume the Prius is shut off simply because it is silent." Emergency agencies across the nation have added specialized training for workers responding to accident scenes involving hybrids, like a hybrid safety seminar last month at the Lamar Institute of Technology in Beaumont, Texas. That's because "we're worried about forced entry into a hybrid and using the jaws of life," said Brad Pennison, a captain with the Beaumont Fire Department. At these seminars, crews learn that the first difficulty is recognizing that a vehicle is, in fact, a hybrid, which calls for different procedures."
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Time Warner pulls plug on metered billing "tes

fudreporter fudreporter writes  |  more than 5 years ago

fudreporter writes "The Winston-Salem Journal is reporting that Time Warner will not proceed with the tiered-consumption system tests in the Triad: "Time Warner Cable has shelved its plans for a consumption-based Internet pricing structure, but the company said it may return to the idea in the future. The Triad was to be one of four test markets for the plan, which was to start this fall. The announcement of the plan was met with complaints from consumers and government officials, who said that it would stifle creative growth on the Internet. Some bloggers also speculated that the plan was part of a scheme to discourage people from watching streaming videos online rather than watching Time Warner Cable on television, which Time Warner officials denied. The plan would have established several tiers based on how much consumers use the Internet. Time Warner Cable had said at the time that it believed that consumers who download the most content need to pay more to cover infrastructure upgrades. The plan was first announced two weeks ago, then modified with higher download caps last week. In a news release yesterday, Glenn Britt, the chief executive of Time Warner Cable, said, "We will not proceed with implementation of additional tests until further consultation with our customers and other interested parties, ensuring that community needs are being met." Have they seen the light?"
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Orrin Hatch - Software copyright violater

fudreporter fudreporter writes  |  more than 5 years ago

fudreporter writes "Wired.com has an article referring to comments Senator Orrin Hatch(R-Utah) made about downloading copyrighted material from the Internet... Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-Utah) suggested Tuesday that people who download copyright materials from the Internet should have their computers automatically destroyed. But Hatch himself is using unlicensed software on his official website, which presumably would qualify his computer to be smoked by the system he proposes. The senator's site makes extensive use of a JavaScript menu system developed by Milonic Solutions, a software company based in the United Kingdom. The copyright-protected code has not been licensed for use on Hatch's website. "It's an unlicensed copy," said Andy Woolley, who runs Milonic. "It's very unfortunate for him because of those comments he made.""
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McCain facing scrutiny over lobbyist connection

fudreporter fudreporter writes  |  more than 6 years ago

fudreporter writes "The New York Times , in its infinite wisdom, has resurrected an 8 year old story about innuendos of a romantic relationship with a (thankfully, female) lobbyist.

"Early in Senator John McCain's first run for the White House eight years ago, waves of anxiety swept through his small circle of advisers. A female lobbyist had been turning up with him at fund-raisers, visiting his offices and accompanying him on a client's corporate jet. Convinced the relationship had become romantic, some of his top advisers intervened to protect the candidate from himself — instructing staff members to block the woman's access, privately warning her away and repeatedly confronting him, several people involved in the campaign said on the condition of anonymity. "

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While the article goes on to outline other various potential ethics issues (travel on corporate jets, founding the nonprofit Reform Institute, etc.), it seems that they just couldn't resist introducing sex, because as we all know, sex sells. What is the relevancy of a perceived relationship (apparently only suspected) to the litany of ethics issues the article enumerates? Well, sex sells.
Anonymous sources are always the most reliable, aren't they?

Fear — Know that every move you've ever made, any friend you've ever had, any place you've ever been, will be scrutinized like never before. If you aspire to political office, know that there is someone out there looking to take you down, for any reason.

Uncertainty — Never knowing who is out there that may assist in the take down. Old "friends" can turn up as anonymous sources.

Doubt — What is the truth? Well, let's put it out there (on the New York Times no less) and see if it sticks. Proof is seemingly no longer a requirement for the media.

Fox News will have the complete analysis at 10, dropping the crawl banner no doubt to make sure the pictures of Ms. Iseman get "full exposure""

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