pestilence669 (823950) writes "Marvel Heroes is running a large play test with IGN this weekend. Sign up and redeem the following key "IGN2-TGAX-OU6B-SNBT" for limited beta access. I've been playing it for a couple of months and it's really starting to look good." Link to Original Source top
pestilence669 (823950) writes "Marvel Heroes was built from the ground up to be a free-to-play game. Players will be able to get nearly ALL Heroes and Costumes in the game for free, just by playing. The Founders Program gives you the opportunity to play as your favorite Heroes from the day we launch! For an incredible value, you'll get your choice of starting heroes, alternate costumes spanning Marvel's expansive history, special game boosts, and more! Have any questions? Visit our FAQ." Link to Original Source top
pestilence669 (823950) writes "I've recently had run ins with Taco Bell, 7-11 and especially Fry's Electronics. Where do you go to to get vengeance / refunds on bunk product?... Everything from overcharging, to fraudulently packaged products (Fry's), and even FDA violations on consumables (7-11).
Even with Fry's generous refund policy, it's difficult to get your money's worth when you receive a US Robotics modem instead of an 8800 GT. They always assume you're lying, even though they probably repackaged it. The shrink wrap is in the back and in plain view. Walk into the warehouse to see it for yourself. I've never been stopped.:)
Do you rely on your credit card companies or the atrocious customer support that every organization goes out of their way to discourage you from using?
20% of what I buy must be returned due to fraud explicitly, I believe, caused by the seller. Only 50% of that is accepted and made good. What about you?" top
pestilence669 writes "Millions of text messages were sent simultaneously at midnight on New Year's. Many were delayed, or didn't arrive at all. A delay in holiday greetings is not a big deal, but what about during a real emergency?
pestilence669 writes "An alarming number of kiosks and ATMs (like the V-Com units in 7-11) run Windows XP. I've recently made it a hobby to play minesweeper and surf the web on these units. Most, if not all, are connected to the Internet. BitTorrent from an ATM? It's easier than you think! Gaining control is as simple as five keystrokes.
The companies that build ATMs and kiosks seem to know nothing about keyboard shortcuts. If there's a keyboard attached, you can bet that they removed the TAB key to prevent ALT+TAB abuses. Little do they know, ALT+TAB is not the only way to lose focus for an application.
If you're a fast typer like me, you've probably been greeted with the Microsoft sticky keys dialog. It asks you if you want to enable "sticky keys." It's a usability feature that helps disabled individuals type with one hand. Sadly, it's pseudo-enabled by default since this dialog box appears. Most people don't know it, so it's ready to be abused on just about every production XP-based kiosk or ATM (with keyboard).
All that needs to be done: hit the SHIFT key five times. SHIFT is guaranteed to be included in even the most restrictive keyboard layouts. In almost every instance, the sticky keys dialogs appears. As the kiosk or ATM application looses focus, you'll be presented with the XP start menu in the background. Many of these machines use a complete install with Minesweeper, Hearts, Internet Explorer and Outlook Express. Fun!!!
I've made it a regular habit to browse Slashdot, send email, and surf blogs from just about any kiosk that I find. Whenever my wife uses the bathroom at Dave & Busters, I'm reading blogs in the lobby. Whenever I'm at 7-11, I'm surfing with the ATM.
What's really scary about all of this is how easy it is to install executable code onto these devices. They're on the Internet and they have local storage. As far as I can tell, in my own experience, there are no restrictions in place. What's to stop someone from installing their own COM/ActiveX "helper" object and intercepting all HTTP/bank traffic?" top
pestilence669 writes "There's a new iPhone AIM chat client, and it's the best out thus far. It has most of the features available with the regular AIM client. No registration necessary. If you're angry that Apple hasn't got around to supporting AIM yet, this will definitely hold you over. Check it out." Link to Original Source top
pestilence669 writes "The 10.4.10 Update is recommended for PowerPC and Intel-based Mac computers currently running Mac OS X Tiger. This update includes general operating system fixes, as well as specific fixes or compatibility updates for the following applications and technologies:
- RAW camera support - Mounting and unmounting external USB devices - Support for 3rd party software applications - Security updates
Mac OS X 10.4.10 Update (Intel) SHA-1 Digest: MacOSXUpd10.4.10Intel.dmg= 0d3abab73af3370699bbe5389513511a1ba8b8fd" Link to Original Source top
pestilence669 writes "Windows Vienna, Vista Successor, is due to be out in two years. So what will be the coolest new feature in Vienna?
According to Fathi, that's still being worked out. "We're going to look at a fundamental piece of enabling technology. Maybe its hypervisors, I don't know what it is," he said. "Maybe it's a new user interface paradigm for consumers."
— I don't know about you, but I'd prefer less crashing, more drivers, and better resource management." top
"The amount of Plonium-210, and all the isotopes we sell is an 'exempt quantity' amount. These quantities of radioactive material are not hazardous — this is why they are permitted by the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) to be sold to the general public without any sort of license."
"You would need about 15,000 of our Polonium-210 needle sources at a total cost of about $1 million — to have a toxic amount."
I think that settles it. Polonium-210 is still hard to get in quantity." top
pestilence669 (823950) writes "SEATTLE (Reuters) — Software maker Novell Corp. said on Tuesday Microsoft Corp. will make two separate up-front payments totaling $348 million to the company under an agreement to allow Novell's open-source Linux software to work with Windows.
Microsoft will pay Novell $240 million up front in subscription fees to allow the world's largest software maker to use its Linux software. Microsoft will pay an additional $108 million upfront for use of patents, Novell said in a filing with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission.
Is this the beginning of interoperability or the beginning of something much worse?" top
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