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Comment: I damaged my graphics processor in 4 hours (Score 1) 715

by ExpressTrain (#33573660) Attached to: The Last Component To Fail In My Computer Was The...
I got a new laptop assigned at work. On day one, I closed the lid (as I do every evening to put it into "hibernate" mode), slipped it into my bag and headed home for the day. Four hours later I pulled it out of bag to do some work at home and noticed that it was extremely hot. With a sick feeling in my stomach, I opened the lid and realized what I had done. But the only damage I noticed was some flickering pixels. Bottom line, only had the laptop in my possession about 4 hours before it was damaged. Fortunately my IT guy was very understanding.
Security

+ - Phishing for bank info without any pesky malware!->

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Emb3rz
Emb3rz writes "DarkReading.com brings us news of a new approach to phishing that targets online banking sites. Here's the novel part of it: it doesn't involve any of the typical attack vectors we all know and love. Instead, it uses JavaScript from a remote page to detect if you have a banking site open, and prompts you for info via popup if you do. Read on for full details. http://www.darkreading.com/security/attacks/showArticle.jhtml?articleID=212900161"
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Sun Microsystems

+ - My friend was tricked into buying OpenOffice

Submitted by
mldkfa
mldkfa writes "Recently I told a friend about OpenOffice and how it was a great alternative to the big name pay office suites. She went home and searched on Google for it and thought she found the website, filled typical registration information, and downloaded OpenOffice.org 3.0. The next time she opened her e-mail she found a request for 98 for her 1 year subscription to OpenOffice.org 3.0 from the company that she downloaded it from. Apparently the EULA stated this cost and here in Germany she is required to pay up. So I thought I would ask Slashdot, should she pay? On the OpenOffice.org German website there is a warning of these schemes being legal. Shouldn't Sun change the license of OpenOffice.org to protect their fans or are they doing this to protect someone else? It has really made me think about recommending it to any more friends."
Google

+ - Apps using Google App Engine->

Submitted by falmouthrr
falmouthrr (1452725) writes "It's been almost a year since Google jumped into cloud computing with the beta of Google App Engine, trying to compete with the likes of Amazon Web Services. eWEEK Labs took a look at some of the applications built using the Google technology, and found some pretty cool tools, such as one that helps track the delivery of packages regardless of the carrier and another that lets people create wish lists, a la Amazon. That said, the folks at eWEEK Labs are still waiting to see how Google App Engine does when someone tries to create a powerful application that can be used by hundreds of thousands of people at the same time, like a Facebook or a Twitter."
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NASA

+ - SPAM: NASA puts wings on unmanned aircraft experiments

Submitted by
coondoggie
coondoggie writes "NASA today unveiled the first unmanned aircraft system it will use to conduct high-altitude, long-endurance science research. The 44-foot long Northrop Grumman Global Hawk weighs nearly 26,000 pounds when fully equipped and can fly 11,000-nautical-mile range at altitudes up to 65,000 feet for more than 30 hours at a time. NASA said its is the ability of the Global Hawk to autonomously fly long distances, remain aloft for extended periods of time, and carry large payloads brings a new capability to the science community for measuring, monitoring and observing remote locations of Earth not feasible or practical with piloted aircraft, most other robotic or remotely operated aircraft or space satellites. [spam URL stripped]"
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The Internet

+ - Hawaii tries out online health care->

Submitted by mytrip
mytrip (940886) writes "For people in Hawaii, going to see the doctor just got as easy as booting up their PC.

The state is the first to offer online physician visits statewide, under a program that kicks off Thursday. Residents can chat with a doctor over a standard Web browser (IE 7 or Firefox 2) or carry out their visit over the telephone. Those with a Webcam can also use that to share video with the doctor. The service will be available 24 hours a day, seven days a week (with a few monthly maintenance outages during low-volume times).

Doctors in the system are told to apply the same standards of care and address only the kinds of things that can be handled over the phone or Web. Doctors are allowed to issue prescriptions for most medications, but in some cases will not be able to offer a definitive diagnosis within the 10-minute visit."

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Announcements

+ - SPAM: China has highest internet users in 2008

Submitted by is4110
is4110 (1434031) writes "China now has the highest number of internet users in the world and had the largest growing online population of 2008, a report suggests. Internet users in China soared nearly 42 percent to 298 million by the end of 2008 from the previous year, making them the world's largest Internet population, the China Internet Network Information Center (CNNIC) said."
The Internet

+ - SPAM: Sci-Tech 2009: What to look forward to

Submitted by
mizanbdit
mizanbdit writes "2009 promises to be yet another promising year for the world of Science and Technology. 2009 has already been declared the 'International year of Astronomy' and many other high tech gadgets, automobiles and electrical appliances, due to hit the markets all through the year, promises a great year ahead of us."
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Security

+ - Anti-terror tech shown off->

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "European tech and defence company EADS has been showing off its vision for combating terrorists at major events. The tech features an unmanned aerial vehicle, body scanners and RFID tracking technology. Make you feel any safer?"
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Security

+ - Should Microsoft Kill Patch Tuesday?->

Submitted by
buzzardsbay
buzzardsbay writes "After five years of Microsoft releasing patches on the second Tuesday of the month, there's evidence that hackers are gaming the release cycle to their advantage. Seems like a good time for Microsoft to change its pattern. As this analysis of the efficacy and shortcomings of Patch Tuesday points out, the program has more or less served its purpose since 2003, when MS instituted it in response to criticism of what had been chaotic and unpredictable security patching. But now, hackers are waiting for Patch Tuesday to see what fixes are released and what remains vulnerable before unleashing new exploit code. The bad guys either release existing exploits or reverse engineer the patch to create an exploit before the fix is widely deployed. A pretty strong argument for shaking up the process."
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Censorship

+ - Wiretapping Program Legal

Submitted by
BuhDuh
BuhDuh writes "The New York Time is carrying a story concerning that well known bastion of legal authority the "Foreign Intelligence Surveillance" court, which has ruled that the National Security Agency's warrantless eavesdropping program was perfectly legal.

A federal intelligence court, in a rare public opinion, is expected to issue a major ruling validating the power of the president and Congress to wiretap international phone calls and intercept e-mail messages without a court order, even when Americans' private communications may be involved, according to a person with knowledge of the opinion.

Given that the largely derided administration of the last 8 years is expiring, should we be surprised? Should we even care?"

Comment: Re:Get out now (Score 1) 1055

by ExpressTrain (#26442913) Attached to: How Does a 9/80 Work Schedule Work Out?
I think that it would cost more in terms of accounting to deal with the complexity of carrying over 4 hours from the first week to the second week than they would gain in some nefarious extra labor benefit. However, I worked a 9/80 schedule for years, and LOVED it. However, it was successful largely because my manager was great about respecting the Friday off. Also, I didn't deal with customers outside of the company.

Thus spake the master programmer: "When a program is being tested, it is too late to make design changes." -- Geoffrey James, "The Tao of Programming"

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