jcomeau_ictx (696704) writes "Bank of Internet has for years limited passwords to 8 alphanumerics, but over the next few days they will open their members' accounts up to anyone with the last 4 letters of their Social Security number: ex-partners, family, and any of thousands of employees of banks, credit unions, and online and offline businesses which have requested it over the course of an average life. Here is the communication sent out today:
Bank of Internet USA is upgrading our online solutions for Online Banking this weekend. The Bank is making this change to ensure we provide you with an Online Banking experience so impactful, you will not be able to imagine banking any other way. In preparation for the launch, there is some important information you need to know:
Launch Date: December 11, 2010. The conversion time frame will be from December 9, 2010 to December 11, 2010.
Logging in to Online Banking on December 11, 2010 or thereafter.
You will use the same Online Banking ID as you did prior to December 11th.
The first time you log in only, your Password will be the last 4-digits of your Social Security Number. You will be prompted to change your password to one of your choosing immediately upon logging in.
This doesn't mean I'll stop doing business with them; they still have better customer service than any other bank I've ever dealt with. I just won't keep anything more than a few hundred in there until they take security a little more seriously."
jcomeau_ictx writes "Ewe has been one of the preferred VMs, along with Waba and SuperWaba, for mobile device developers for years; it offers support for features not found in the others, such as ServerSockets. But, after more than two years with no updates, and author/developer Michael Brereton not having visited the Ewe forums since July 2007, it was unclear if there would be any further updates.
Today, having typed "ewesoft.com" into my browser without the "www", up popped a new webpage with a VM renamed to "Eve", at version 1.13. It promises support for Windows Mobile 5 and 6 in additional to its previous offerings, and now supports real Java Threads, which it never did before.
Kudos to Michael for this tremendous effort, and for keeping the new VM LGPL'd. Note to forum users: you may need to sign up again, it appears the member database has been reinitialized." Link to Original Source top
jcomeau_ictx writes "Sometime in the year since the Zypad first made an appearance here, it has ceased being vapor and is shipping. Both Parvus and Arcom carry the unit; neither page lists the price but an Arcom rep told me it's $2500. So, still a bit pricey for the average technogeek.
Some of the features: NEMA 4 (IP54) rated, 802.11b/g, choice of GNU/Linux (2.6 kernel) or Windows CE (no version listed), GPS, 400MHz MIPS CPU, 64 MB RAM, 64 MB ROM, integrated audio, Bluetooth... the works. If they could only drop the price down, say, to about $299, like Casio's new G'Zone waterproof phone, available from Verizon... well, something to drool over anyway." top
jcomeau_ictx writes "Our old friend Sal Wise (previous stories here and
here) just dumped some more (presumably stolen) laptops on eBay, and, when he ran out of merchandise, blithely took the money and closed his account. This time he's pretending to be Sal Sr. and blaming it on his son! It looks as though he used a shill buyer this time, too, to build up his positive feedback before the sting. I have to admit, he's actually quite creative at manipulating the system."