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Submission + - Apple dictates naming of corporate networks. (

Gattman01 writes: After updating our company's iPhones to iOS 4.0 the phones suddenly stopped communicating with servers on the local network. It turns out Apple has decided in iOS 4.0 to disallow resolving domain names ending in .local. Their resolution, change your company's internal domain name.

Submission + - A month with only 10 trusted root CA certificates ( 1

krypticmind writes: Researcher Nasko Oskov from has spent 30 days trusting only 10 CA root certificates in his browser and details the findings in his blog. "It was an interesting one month and I’ve learned a bunch. The main takeaway from this experiment is that I don’t need 3 digit number of trusted CAs in my browser." This comes after previous concerns on breaking the chain of trust for certificates here (

Submission + - Market sell-off caused by trader's fat-finger (

s122604 writes: Stock market's extraordinary volatility may have been caused by fat-fingered entry.
Article is reporting that the catalyst for today's extradorinary price swing (at one point the Dow lost almost 9 percent in less than an hour) may have been because a trader entered a 'B' for billions instead of an 'M' for millions on a trade of Procter and Gamble:

"According to multiple sources, a trader entered a "b" for billion instead of an "m" for million in a trade possibly involving Procter & Gamble, a component in the Dow. (CNBC's Jim Cramer noted suspicious price movement in P&G stock on air during the height of the market selloff."
br. Unbelievable there are no safeguards to protect against this.


Submission + - Spam Causes Microsoft to Kill Newsgroups (

eldavojohn writes: Some two thousand public and twenty two hundred private newsgroups devoted to and managed by Microsoft support are going to be phased out in favor of forums. The reason being? Newsgroup spam. The Register calls it "killing newsgroups" but Microsoft eloquently calls it "the evolution of communities." Always managing to spin it in a positive light! Let's hope the spam posts and voting bots in their forums remain controllable.

Submission + - Texting Underground Can Save Lives And Caves : NPR (

Gulthek writes: Sixteen-year-old Alexander Kendrick has created a device that allows texting and other data transfer from almost 1000 feet underground. The tech could allow rapid emergency communication with the surface and opens the potential for scientific measurements without the need to continually visit (and disturb) the cave environment.

Submission + - CompTIA changes their tune about lifetime certs (

garg0yle writes: Recently, it was reported that CompTIA had changed their A+, Network+, and Security+ certifications — rather than being "for life", there would now be a recertification requirement through continuing-education credits (and an accompanying fee). Needless to say, this made a lot of people very unhappy, and today it was announced that CompTIA has reversed their decision. Basically, any certification obtained before 2011 will still be "for life".

Submission + - Deforestation Unveils Lost Amazon Civilization (

Deathsoldier11 writes: "Satellite flyovers of newly cleared land in the Amazon have uncovered a vanished civilization that could rival the Incans or Aztecs in sophistication.

Researchers found mysterious geometric trenches and other earthworks carved into the landscape as early as a decade ago, but satellites have paved the way for the discovery of over 200 giant structures.

Writing in the journal Antiquity, the researchers say the the formations stretch for some 250 kilometers (155 miles) across the upper Amazon basin east of the Andes mountains and appear to be of a similar style throughout, suggesting one vast, united civilization that could have totaled some 60,000 inhabitants.

Researchers also found stone tools, bits of ceramics, and other artifacts buried in mounds along the trenches. So far, the uncovered areas date to between 200 and 1283 A.D., but the team thinks they've seen "no more than a tenth" of the true extent of this archeological wonder."


Submission + - Dell Defect Turns 2.2GHz CPU into 100MHz CPU (

jtavares2 writes: In what is being dubbed as Throttlegate, scours of users on many message boards have been complaining about inexplicably aggressive throttling policies on their Dell Latitude E6500 and E6400 laptops which cause its CPUs to be throttled to less than 5% of its theoretical maximum even while in room temperatures! In many cases, the issue can triggered just by playing a video or performing some other trivial, but CPU intensive, task. After being banned from the Dell Forums for revealing "non-public information", one user went so far as to write and publish a 59-page report explaining and diagnosing the throttling problem in incredible detail. Dell seems to be silent on the issue, but many users are hoping for a formal recall.

Submission + - Potential MS (multiple sclerosis) breakthrough

dr-suess-fan writes: CTV reports on doctor's discovery. From the Article:
"A group of doctors in Italy is investigating a fascinating new treatment for multiple sclerosis, based on a theory that, if proven true, could radically alter the lives of patients. An investigation by CTV's W5 reveals that this treatment appears to stop the disease from progressing. Patients seen in the documentary relate how, after the simple procedure, their MS symptoms suddenly stopped and, in some cases, they were able to resume normal lives."

Submission + - Reach out to an unhappy customer, get fired. (

thatseattleguy writes: It started with a blog post complaining about the poor user interface design of American Airlines website (including a suggested redesign). The poster didn't expect a response, but received a nice and detailed email from a UI guy there, explaining why it was often tricky to good design at large companies, due to all of the different interests — but says that good stuff is coming, even if it may take some time.

So, how did AA respond when they learned of this? It fired the guy.


Submission + - Suspected hackers arrested for Zbot/Zeus Trojan (

Unexpof writes: According to a report by British security company Sophos, a man and a woman have been arrested in Manchester, England, by the Metropolitan Police in connection with the Zeus Trojan (also known as Zbot).

The Zbot Trojan, which steals bank account and social networking login details, creates a botnet of compromised computers. According to Sophos, the gang behind the Zbot attacks have used a wide variety of social engineering disguises to spread their malware — including posing as statements from the IRS or notifications that a server upgrade is about to take place.

The names of the two people arrested under the Computer Misuse Act 1990 and the 2006 Fraud Act have not been released, but it is known that the man is 20 years old.


Submission + - Engineered Bacteria Glows to Reveal Land Mines (

MikeChino writes: Sifting through minefields to remove hidden threats is currently a dangerous, tedious, and expensive process, however scientists at the University of Edinburgh recently announced that they have engineered a strain of bacteria that glows green in the presence of explosives, making mine detection a snap. The new strain of bacteria can be sprayed onto local affected areas or air dropped over entire fields of mines. Within a few hours the bacteria strain begins to glow wherever traces of explosive chemicals are present.

Submission + - Wins 1,017 Domains by UDRP (

typosquatting writes: The National Arbitration Forum published a historic domain dispute decision late Thursday awarding 1,017 cybersquatting domain names to The complaint was filed by, owner of, through a process called the Uniform Domain-Name Dispute-Resolution Policy (UDRP), and is believed to be the largest case in the ten years since the UDRP was first enacted. The disputed domain names were all slight misspellings of (such as, or they included FreeCreditReport spelled correctly within a longer domain (such as The respondent in the case is a firm called Netcorp LLC which had previously lost one other UDRP case in 2005. Further complicating the case was a tussle over the perceived "generic" nature of the brand Netcorp argued unsuccessfully that "the disputed domain names are comprised of common, descriptive terms and as such cannot be found to be confusingly similar to Complainant's mark." The full story is available here.

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