That's a fine point, but if you were that consumer shopping to implement a prefab site, wouldn't you like to know if the technical foundations are sound? If 1000 GoDaddy sites are hacked in a day maybe that prompts a response from the host.
Some of these sites are likely entrusted with sensitive user information. The car analogy is only apt if you borrowed $100 from a couple of your closest friends for rent and left that in the car you forgot to lock while you were getting a taco. As I see it, the benefit of this type of public shaming is it reinforces in end users the idea that you should be careful who you trust with your data. For admins, if the majority of listed sites use web technology "x", maybe if you're designing a new site you look for an alternative.
No single or combined biometric is secure. If you want to verify identity you must have at the least, a second factor like a password.
theodp writes: A week after his 60 Minutes appearance, Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen lets his guard down a bit more as he talks about his new book 'Idea Man' at Town Hall Seattle to a hometown audience that included his old college girlfriend Rita (who served up chicken that Bill Gates found spoon-eating good). In a wide-ranging interview, Allen cops to being a fan of Star Wars, Star Trek and Battlestar Galactica, says it took him 25 years to 'play a half-decent Purple Haze,' and explains the appeal of a personal submarine this way: 'It turns out if you go 1,000 feet down in the ocean, it's really dark, and the animals are really strange, but if you put on some Pink Floyd, it's fantastic.' Allen added that 'no one has disagreed or contradicted any fact or any memory' in the memoir, which includes a story of overhearing Bill Gates and Steve Ballmer plotting to dilute Allen's Microsoft shares into insignificance at a time with Allen was dying of non-Hodgkins lymphoma.
Orome1 writes: An experiment revealed how online scams can earn scammers a lot of money in a short time — if they choose their angle well. In this case, the lure was a "Golden Ticket" that would allow the person possessing it to attend the long-awaited royal wedding of Prince William and Kate Middleton, and if he or she is extra lucky, to appear in the couple's wedding photos. The hoax website was set up only minutes after the date and the venue of the wedding were announced. The price for the ticket was set at £250, and the site was advertised on social networks, classified advertising websites and web forums. The experiment ended with over 160 visitors having clicked on the "Buy now" button in 12 hours.
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It probably comes as no surprise, but researchers have found that most of us would gladly put on a mask and fight do-gooders if given super powers. From the article: "But power also acts like strong cologne that affects both the wearer and those within smelling distance, Galinsky noted. The person gains an enhanced sense of their importance, and other people may regard them with greater respect as well as extend leniency toward their actions. That combination makes for an easy slide into corruption."
jamie points out news of a study attempting to explain the decline of honeybee populations across the US. As it turns out, the fungus N. ceranae that was thought to be killing off bee colonies had a partner in crime — a DNA-based virus that worked in tandem with N. ceranae to compromise nutrition uptake. From the NY Times: "Dr. Bromenshenk's team at the University of Montana and Montana State University in Bozeman, working with the Army's Edgewood Chemical Biological Center northeast of Baltimore, said in their jointly written paper that the virus-fungus one-two punch was found in every killed colony the group studied. Neither agent alone seems able to devastate; together, the research suggests, they are 100 percent fatal. 'It's chicken and egg in a sense — we don't know which came first,' Dr. Bromenshenk said of the virus-fungus combo — nor is it clear, he added, whether one malady weakens the bees enough to be finished off by the second, or whether they somehow compound the other's destructive power. 'They're co-factors, that's all we can say at the moment,' he said. 'They're both present in all these collapsed colonies.'"
mngdih writes with this excerpt from Wired: "A California student got a visit from the FBI this week after he found a secret GPS tracking device on his car, and a friend posted photos of it online. The post prompted wide speculation about whether the device was real, whether the young Arab-American was being targeted in a terrorism investigation and what the authorities would do. It took just 48 hours to find out: The device was real, the student was being secretly tracked and the FBI wanted their expensive device back ... His discovery comes in the wake of a recent ruling by the 9th US Circuit Court of Appeals saying it's legal for law enforcement to secretly place a tracking device on a suspect's car without getting a warrant, even if the car is parked in a private driveway. ... 'We have all the information we needed,' they told him. 'You don't need to call your lawyer. Don't worry, you're boring.'"
waderoush writes "After laying off staff and splitting the organization in two, Nicholas Negroponte and the One Laptop Per Child effort may be hitting their stride again. In an interview with Xconomy, Negroponte says he has a new model for getting XO laptops to kids in Gaza and Afghanistan — and reveals more ideas about the planned XO 3 tablet and the future of books. 'Paper books are really dead — they're gone. And they're not being killed by tablets, they're creating tablets,' he says."
oxide7 writes "The philosopher Frederick Nietzsche once famously said, 'That which does not kill me, makes me stronger.' That may or may not be true for human beings, but it is certainly true for bacteria. The superbugs are among us and they are not leaving. Indeed, they are growing stronger. 'The problem is that the animal agriculture industry makes massive use of low-dose antibiotics for growth promotion and in place of effective infection prevention methods,' Young said, adding that the farm animal population is much larger than the human population. The low-dose antibiotics do not kill the disease. They make the disease stronger, more resistant to those and other antibiotics. The animals — the cattle, pigs and chickens — thus treated become superbug factories. The diseases stay in them and they wash off them to infect the surrounding environment."
Hugh Pickens writes "Ever since television caught on in the 1950s, the FCC has been getting complaints about blaring commercials but concluded in 1984 there was no fair way to write regulations controlling the 'apparent loudness' of commercials. Now the AP reports that the Senate has unanimously passed a bill to require television stations and cable companies to keep commercials at the same volume as the programs they interrupt using industry guidelines on how to process, measure and transmit audio in a uniform way. Senator Charles Schumer (D-NY), a co-sponsor, says it's time to stop the use of loud commercials to startle viewers into paying attention. 'TV viewers should be able to watch their favorite programs without fear of losing their hearing when the show goes to a commercial.' The House has already passed similar legislation, so before the new measure becomes law, minor differences between the two versions have to be worked out when Congress returns to Washington after the November 2 election."
rhettb writes "In a spectacularly creative effort to rid Guam of the brown tree snake, an invasive species which has ravaged local wildlife and angered local residents, the US Department of Agriculture is planning to 'bomb' the island's rainforests with dead frozen mice laced with acetaminophen. While it might not seem difficult to purge an island of snakes, the snake's habit of dwelling high in the rainforest canopy has so far thwarted efforts to rid the island of the pest. Eradicating the snake is a priority because it triggers more than 100 power outages a year at a cost of $1-4 million and has driven at least 6 local bird species to extinction."