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Comment: Re:Its the monopoly stupid (Score 1) 605

by Clete2 (#26214129) Attached to: Microsoft Extends XP To May 2009 For OEMs
It is NEVER a good time to have the government intervene and split up a company. Ever watch what happened to AT&T? 20 (or so) years ago, our brilliant government decided to split them into a bunch of pieces. Now, look, they have bought back all of their subsidiaries and are now as they were 20 years ago. They, like Microsoft, succeeded in their trade. They are back now to what they were 20 years ago. Splitting Microsoft is the worst possible thing that could happen. You may not like them, but the government only messes things up. Intervention NOT needed.
Security

Spammers Targeting Microsoft's Revised CAPTCHA 303

Posted by samzenpus
from the paint-a-bullseye-on-it dept.
toomuchtoomuchspam writes "According to Websense, Microsoft's CAPTCHA has been busted again. CAPTCHA was surely a logical move for different service providers to fight against spammers, but it seems to be melting down. 'Realizing the potential for massive abuse from spammers with anti-CAPTCHA capabilities, who could use the clean IP reputation to carry out various attacks over Email and Web space, Microsoft attempted to increase the complexity of their CAPTCHA system. The CAPTCHA system was revised in an attempt to both prevent automatic registrations from computer programs or automated bots, and preserve CAPTCHA's usability and reliability. As this attack shows, those efforts have failed,' says Websense security researcher Prasad. Could there be any better CAPTCHA? A better solution?"

Iron Man Released 301

Posted by CmdrTaco
from the it's-that-most-wonderful-time-of-the-year dept.
Slashdot reader stoolpigeon wrote about the start of summer blockbuster season, and the latest comic book to make it to the big screen. He says "Iron Man is an entertaining movie, as they go. I never was really into comic books — so I have no knowledge or concerns as it relates to following the original story line. I can't address that. The film has good action and some very humorous moments. The serious side of the film is not its strong suit. It's not horrible, but it really doesn't make too much sense. It was interesting to see how they tried to set up an anti-war message without being critical of the US military. It's really a comic book put to film. Not high art or anything, but a whole lot of fun. The film keeps up a fast pace throughout and never bogs down. Some of the product placements were so blatant that they kind of jarred me out of being into the film. The special effects were phenomenal. It was awesome in that regard. Like any movie, it is not everyone's cup of tea If you do go see it in the theater, and you are a big comic books fan, do not leave until after all the credits have run. And I mean all of them." I gotta get a sitter. Man I'm old.
Your Rights Online

Cuba Lifts Ban on Home Computers 290

Posted by CmdrTaco
from the hello-computer dept.
ianare writes "The first legalized home computers have gone on sale in Cuba, the latest in a series of restrictions on daily life which President Raul Castro has lifted in recent weeks. The desktop computers cost almost $800, in a country where the average wage is under $20 a month, but some Cubans do have access to extra income. Internet access remains restricted to certain workplaces, schools and universities on the island which the government claims is due to low bandwidth availability. Venezuela's President Hugo Chavez is laying a new cable under the Caribbean, but it remains unclear whether once the connection is completed, the authorities will allow unrestricted access to the internet."
The Military

+ - Talking to the Taliban-> 1

Submitted by europa universalis
europa universalis (1081469) writes "At the Globe and Mail(1) website, Canadian journalist Graeme Smith is presenting a video report in which members of the Taliban fighting Canadian troops in Kandahar province were asked 20 specific questions from a survey, on camera, by a long-time source and associate of his. The translations were double-checked by a third party; the interviews and report were circulated amongst prominent Afghanis near Kandahar, including members of the Taliban, for commentary and feedback before the report was published.

(1)A major Canadian newspaper, widely viewed as somewhat conservative by Canadians."

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Privacy

Americans Don't Care About Domestic Spying ? 485

Posted by Zonk
from the you're-blocking-the-view-of-the-big-game dept.
S1mmo+61 writes "Salon is analyzing a Time Magazine article today, a piece that essentially claims Americans do not care about the domestic spying. The analysis of the Time magazine piece (which is longer than the article itself) is interesting, if only as a quick history of domestic spying in the last eight years. 'Time claims that "nobody cares" about the Government's increased spying powers and that "polling consistently supports that conclusion." They don't cite a single poll because that assertion is blatantly false. Just this weekend, a new poll released by Scripps Howard News Service and Ohio University proves that exactly the opposite is true. That poll shows that the percentage of Americans who believe the Federal Government is "very secretive" has doubled in the last two years alone (to 44%)'"
Mozilla

Firefox 3 May Be More Memory Efficient Than Either IE or Opera 370

Posted by Zonk
from the but-is-it-as-efficient-as-a-red-stapler dept.
Edy52285 writes "Ars Technica has an article showing benchmarks pitting Firefox 3 Beta 4 against other browsers. Contenders include IE7, Firefox 2, Opera 9.5 Beta, and Safari 3.0.4 Beta. The piece includes a graph depicting FF3's memory usage well below that of the other browsers. The in-testing browser even trumps Opera, which has long been regarded as the fastest browser around."
Government

If IP Is Property, Where Is the Property Tax? 691

Posted by kdawson
from the making-the-world-safe-for-mickey dept.
nweaver writes "In a response to the LA Times editorial on copyright which we discussed a week ago, the paper published a response arguing: 'If Intellectual Property is actually property, why isn't it covered by a property tax?' If copyright maintenance involved paying a fee and registration, this would keep Mickey Mouse safely protected by copyright, while ensuring that works that are no longer economically relevant to the copyright holder pass into the public domain, where the residual social value can serve the real purpose of copyright: to enhance the progress of science and useful arts. Disclaimer: the author is my father."
Space

Spirit Outlasts Viking 2 Lander 137

Posted by Zonk
from the in-for-the-long-haul dept.
ScottMaxwell writes "Spirit, the Mars rover designed for a 90-day mission, has now outlasted the Viking 2 lander. Viking 2 survived until its 1281st sol (Martian day); Spirit is now on sol 1282 and counting. Assuming both rovers continue to weather the ongoing dust storms, Spirit's sister, Opportunity, will reach the same age in a few weeks. They aren't breathing down the neck of the all-time record just yet, though — the Viking 1 lander lasted 2245 sols on the surface of Mars; Spirit and Opportunity won't break that record for another 2.7 Earth years."
Privacy

+ - Is Your Printer Spying on You?

Submitted by
gnujoshua
gnujoshua writes "In 2005, the EFF alerted the world to how laser printers are spying their users by providing tracking information in the form of a unique smattering of barely detectable yellow dots that appear on every printout. Revitalizing this issue, the Computing Counter Culture Group at the MIT Media Labs has launched Seeing Yellow. They provide instructions to see the tracking dots, as well as provide you with a list of clever questions, and appropriate contact information so that you can confront your laser printer manufacturer. Let's act before this issue slips through the cracks again and send the message that manufacturers' must respect our privacy and our right to anonymous free speech."
Handhelds

+ - Where in the US can you get JUST a Cell Phone? 6

Submitted by arakon
arakon (97351) writes "I am looking around for a cell phone for my technically challenged mother and all she wants is just a phone, and yet there seem to be no carriers in the US that carry a plain cell phone with good reception and battery life. All of them bundle camera's, pda's, mp3 players and a kitchen sink with a battery life of 2 hours, all for the low price of $350 or more...

Having looked around, the Motorola F3 is exactly what she wants but it doesn't seem to be available in the US. If we order it online will it work on US carriers? Are there any comparable products out there with a similar feature set and price range available for US networks? I appreciate the help."
It's funny.  Laugh.

+ - Oregon man flies lawn chair 193 miles at 13,000 ft->

Submitted by
Jeff
Jeff writes "Kent Couch, an Oregon cluster balloonist has flown a lawn chair above Oregon at an altitude of 13,000 feet using helium balloons. The AP reports he received rope burns trying to hang on during a bout of turbulence having forgotten to buckle his seat belt.

Couch, 47, is the latest American to emulate Larry Walters — who in 1982 rose three miles above Los Angeles in a lawn chair lifted by balloons. Walters surprised an airline pilot, who radioed the control tower that he had just passed a guy in a lawn chair with a gun.
Snopes confirms the Walter flight but has no entry yet for Couch."

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The Internet

+ - eBay vs Google vs Amazon all out war pending->

Submitted by
BenelliShooter
BenelliShooter writes "eBay LIVE was held last week in Boston, Google planned a Boston Tea Party type event that offended eBay causing them to pull their entire Google AdWords spending (over $1MM per day) and divert it for 'testing' elsewhere. Like an intimidated schoolyard nerd Google canceled the party but the money isn't coming back. As any good geek would Google got their revenge cold by reducing or removing eBay's vital organic search results. Stay tuned to see who loves who the least in this mash-up gone awry. Google is not the only target of eBay's savvy moves of late... Amazon's bottom line is next. Having seen what 'Third Party Sales' did for Amazon's profit sheet the last few quarters, eBay management has now decided to nourish eBay Store's. eBay sellers, especially store owners are a sales hungry mob of third party sellers the likes of which Amazon cannot draw upon. With proper traffic management and attention to the stores that excel, eBay Stores will win the day for eBay and deprive Amazon of 'Third Party Sales' this fall. Wall Street will take notice soon enough, but as a programmer living full-time off my eBay Store (TECKWAVE) I'm liking it right now!"
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