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Submission + - Really? UMB Now Requires Microsoft or Apple Products for online Banking?! (umb.com)

An anonymous reader writes: Just logged into UMB and got a new updated Online Banking Agreement which included (new items in italcs):
E-sign Consent

In order to access your Account(s) through online banking, you must agree to the terms and conditions outlined in this Agreement (which includes this E-sign Consent). You consent to receive the Agreement electronically, including any update or amendment to the Agreement that we make from time to time, by clicking on the “I Agree” button below.

In order to review the Agreement in electronic form, you will need a personal computer, tablet or other electronic device and the ability to download and print. Your computer must have an operating system from Microsoft or Apple that is generally supported in the marketplace by the software developer, and a browser of your selection supported by your operating system that can successfully access and interact with normal online banking functionality, including the ability to transmit and receive financial information through encryption software typically used in the banking industry. We currently support recent versions of the following browsers: Internet Explorer®, Mozilla Firefox®, Google ChromeTM and Safari®... Failure to accept will prevent your future access to Online Banking

Submission + - Irony: iPhone 5S Users Reporting Blue Screen of Death (hothardware.com)

MojoKid writes: It's been a long time since many have seen a dreaded "blue screen of death" (BSoD), but it's back and in the in the most unlikeliest of places. Oddly enough, some Apple iPhone 5S owners are reporting BSoD errors, though they're a little different from the ones you may remember seeing on Windows desktops. Rather than spit out an obscure error code with a generic description, some iPhone 5S devices are suddenly turning blue before automatically restarting. The Numbers app in Apple's iWork suite, a free program with new iPhones, seems to be the primary cause, though BSoD behavior has also been observed in other applications, according to complaints in Apple's support forum.

Submission + - Pastafarian wins battle to wear Colander .. (huffingtonpost.com)

An anonymous reader writes: Castillo is the first American to successfully have his government-issued photo identification taken while wearing a colander, though DPS officials are reportedly planning to follow up with Castillo in order to "rectify" the situation. Others have tried unsuccessfully, and Castillo told KLBK that he was surprised at his victory, which he called a "political and religious milestone for all atheists everywhere."

Submission + - NVIDIA, fuck you! - worked (steamforlinux.com)

lagi writes: It looks like cursing NVIDIA worked out, for Linus. the R310 release features 'double the performance and dramatically reduce game loading times for those gaming on the Linux operating system.' this was tested on Intel Core i7-3930K CPU @ 3.20GHz with 8 GB memory, GeForce GTX 680 and Ubuntu 12.04 32-bit. ya sometimes it needs some cursing to get things done.

Submission + - Mountain Dew "Dub the Dew" promo pulled due to hacking and internet shenanigans (time.com)

rullywowr writes: Time reports that Mountain Dew's latest promotional stunt to name the new granny apple flavored drink was shut down due to hackers and people suggesting obscene names. Some of the top-voted names by users were the likes of “Hitler did nothing wrong,” “Diabeetus,” and “Gushing Granny" to name a few. In addition, the article mentions the site was hacked with an unwanted banner which said, “Mtn Dew salutes the Israeli Mossad for demolishing 3 towers on 9/11!” as well as some "unwanted RickRolling." The real question is if the security measures not implemented completely or perhaps the masterminds behind the promotion were just unprepared for the brutality of uncensored internet?
Your Rights Online

Submission + - Why Lamar Smith Won't Hear SOPA Critics (itworld.com)

itwbennett writes: "House Judiciary Chairman Lamar Smith, who has unapologetically excluded tech experts from testifying about SOPA, now explains why: 'The criticism of this bill is completely hypothetical; none of it is based in reality. Not one of the critics was able to point to any language in the bill that would in any way harm the Internet. Their accusations are simply not supported by any facts,' Smith said in a statement."

Submission + - Anti-Piracy Ad Caught Using Pirated Music (summify.com)

addam666 writes: "You wouldn't steal a car, you wouldn't steal a handbag...

We all know how the rest goes, because thanks to the Motion Picture Association Of America and their foreign associates, every time you hire a DVD, you have to sit through this ad before you get to the main menu. But in what must be the most delicious slice of irony served this year, it has just been discovered that that the music used to soundtrack this 50-second pain in the ass is actually stolen."


Submission + - KS Governor Sends Tweeting Teen to Principal's Off (kansas.com)

kstatefan40 writes: "According to the Wichita Eagle, A Kansas teenager is in trouble after mocking Gov. Sam Brownback during a mock legislative assembly for high school students. During the session, in which Brownback addressed the group, Sullivan posted on her personal Twitter page: “Just made mean comments at gov brownback and told him he sucked, in person #heblowsalot” On Tuesday, Sullivan was called to her principal’s office and told that the tweet had been flagged by someone on Brownback’s staff and reported to organizers of the Youth in Government program. The principal “laid into me about how this was unacceptable and an embarrassment,” Sullivan said. “He said I had created this huge controversy and everyone was up in arms about it and now he had to do damage control.

This has a nice big brother feel to it."


Submission + - Windows Phone 7 Sunk by Silverlight (i-programmer.info)

mikejuk writes: Windows 8 is aimed at the desktop, tablets and, as recently leaked by Steve Ballmer, at phones as well. On tablets Windows 8 will use WinRT/Metro applications and long standing technologies like Silverlight and .NET are to be allowed to wither. The problem is that WP7 runs Silverlight apps not WinRT/Metro apps which means that a move to WinRT based WP8 will involve a rewrite of all the existing WP7 apps! This is like droping WP7 and restarting with WP8. The only alternative is to engineer WP8 to run both Silverlight and WinRT which is equally crazy.
To launch WP7 based on Silverlight now seems very stupid when you planned not to use it on tablets.. or perhaps there wasn't a plan and Microsoft is just feeling its way in the dark.


Submission + - FBI agent who wrecked Ferrari F50 off the hook (autoblog.com) 1

Mr_Blank writes: You might recall the tale of the FBI and U.S. Department of Justice being sued earlier this year for wrecking a Ferrari F50. The F50 was stolen from its owner in 2003. The feds then recovered the stolen scarlet screamer during a sting operation and held it in FBI custody in Kentucky. At some point, it needed to be moved out of its impound garage, but instead of making it safely to another garage, it got wrapped around a tree, with an FBI agent at the wheel. The insurance company that paid-out for the stolen vehicle sued the FBI. The judge has ruled against Motors Insurance, saying that law enforcement has immunity when it comes to property in its possession, and that even though "the object was to control and preserve relevant evidence," it apparently doesn't matter what happens to that evidence nor for what reason. This is bad news if your private property is taken by the DHS. Who is responsible when something goes wrong?
United States

Submission + - Apple Denied Trademark for Multi-Touch (macrumors.com)

suraj.sun writes: In a decision handed down by the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board at the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO), Apple has been denied an application for a trademark on Multi-Touch. Apple originally applied for the trademark on January 9, 2007, the day the iPhone was introduced.

A lawyer for the USPTO denied Apple's initial trademark application and the company appealed to the Appeal Board. The board upheld the initial refusal to grant the trademark.

For trademarks, "the greater the degree of descriptiveness the term has, the heavier the burden to prove it has attained secondary meaning." The trademark attorney pointed out that the term "multitouch" has taken on generic meaning, being used by a wide variety of publications to describe the touchscreen technology on Android phones, tablets, and notebooks.



Submission + - Dangerously Creative Legos (youtube.com)

An anonymous reader writes: A 7th-grader was recently suspended from Stanley Middle School in Lafayette, California, for wielding a "Lego knife" on campus. S/he apparently learned to build the plastic weapon from a UTube video, part of a growing movement to master knife skills without losing any fingers. The student was not reported to have threatened or hurt anyone, but the school's principal ruled that the Lego pieces in hand had been arranged into a shape forbidden by school rules. Good to know that American schools are clamping down on kids who get dangerously creative with Legos.
The Internet

Submission + - 7 Days In Email Hell (itworld.com)

jfruhlinger writes: "If you first went on line in the '90s, you probably remember a time when every e-mail you received was exciting, or at least relevant, and was worthy of your personal attention. One brave writer decided to take that approach to his present-day overflowing inbox. He read every email he received and deal with them all, either by replying, filing, or unsubscribing. He even scanned his spam filter for false positives. It was a lot harder than he though it would be."

Submission + - Someone is Trying to Trademark "Bitcoin" (uspto.gov)

An anonymous reader writes: The USPTO (US Patent and Trademark Office) is now showing the following trademark:

Goods and Services IC 036. US 100 101 102. G & S: Financial services, namely, providing a virtual currency for use by members of an on-line community via a global computer network. FIRST USE: 20110622. FIRST USE IN COMMERCE: 20110622

The claim that "Bitcoin" was first used June 22nd, 2011 is patently false. Even a simple google search would easily prove otherwise. So what is the nefarious purpose behind this application?

I've got a bad feeling about this.