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Submission + - LastPass: Users Don't Have To Reset Master PWDs (

CWmike writes: "LastPass on Friday rescinded its day-old order that all users of its online password management system reset their master passwords due to a database breach. In a blog post this morning, the company said it won't allow users to change master passwords 'until our databases are completely caught up and we have resolved outstanding issues.' In an e-mail to Computerworld, LastPass CEO Joe Siegrist said the company changed its plan in response to demands from users asking they not be required to reset their passwords. 'They're asking because they know how strong their master password is — that it's not vulnerable and therefore they know they're safe even if it was exposed,' Siegrist said. However, comments posted on a LastPass blog suggest that the company's decision may also be related to trouble some users appear to be having with the password reset process. The blog post acknowledged that it had 'identified an issue' with roughly 5% of users that reset their master passwords. The company said it would be contacting those users about about a fix for the problem LastPass said earlier that passwords for its Xmarks bookmark sync, which it acquired last December, were not affected."

Submission + - VideoLAN Announces libaacs (

supersloshy writes: VideoLAN, makers of the well-known media player VLC, have just announced a new project called libaacs. The libaacs library's intention is to provide a free software library to implement the AACS specification, the copy-protection found on things such as Blu-ray discs. Note that this isn't meant to actually be a decoding library. It includes no AACS keys and is solely developed for research purposes.

Submission + - User-mining: Start at the gym, end up at a bar? (

An anonymous reader writes: Instead of sitting at my desk, I spent all day “Hacking with Cloudera on CDH3 at the Cloudera Hackathon understanding people’s location-based activities using Yelp, Foursquare, and Twitter. By analyzing the data algorithmically, I got strikingly similar results to those shown on, which are based on user-generated and hand-moderated content. I was able to retrieve more data regarding users’ whereabouts each day, even hour. Here are my results...

Submission + - Silent recall of iPhone 4 by Apple? ( 1

tekgoblin writes: With all of the reception issues and now proximity sensor issues with the iPhone 4, who wouldn't expect a company to recall a defective product. Well Apple has made no mention of a recall but Gizmodo has gotten a report of something like this actually happening. This is a transcript of the actual letter that they received:

I've been following all of the iPhone 4 stuff since I got mine the day before release. I was able to replicate the signal issue. I also had the proximity sensor issue, causing inadvertent mute button pushing. There were a few other software issues I was experiencing so I consulted Apple at the Fifth Avenue store in New York. They replaced my phone. The diagnostic showed that the OS was corrupt and certain utilities were failing. [They claimed that] all phones with a proximity sensor issue were being sent back to Apple for further study. Well, when I got the new phone it was different. It was different hardware. The black [plastic] bezel isn't as black on the new one. I couldn't see the proximity sensor at all on the previous iPhone 4, now I can. The stainless steel band on the new phone is less 'steel-y' and more matte. I've also tried to replicate the signal drop and failure. While I can't say for sure that it is entirely fixed, there is certainly huge improvement. I'm guessing they coated the steel with something, took some black out of the bezel and sent them out without saying too much about it. I also think Apple is willing to warranty a phone for any reason except the signal issue. The guy next to me said that he had to press the home button several times before the phone would come back from stand-by. This happened once. The Apple tech ran the diagnostic, everything was fine. They still replaced his phone. I think they're doing a 'silent recall'.

It would be nice for Apple to publicly apologize for the mistakes they made with the iPhone 4, both their attitudes and non-acknowledgment of the problem in the first place. And to then offer free replacement to people that actually have both of the problems, being reception and proximity. I do not see Apple doing this in the near future, but I do hope that they are still investigating the cause of the issue and not relying on a 'software' fix.


Submission + - Pink Floyd manager: don't stop file-sharing ( 1

Barence writes: The former manager of Pink Floyd has labelled attempts to clamp down on music file-sharing as a "waste of time". "Not only are they a waste of time, they make the law offensive. They are comparable to prohibition in the US in the 1920s," said Peter Jenner, who's now the emeritus president of the International Music Managers' Forum. "It's absurd to expect ordinary members of the public to think about what they're allowed to do [with CDs, digital downloads, etc]... and then ask themselves whether it's legal or not." The comments come as Britain's biggest ISP, BT, said it was confident that Britain's Digital Economy Act — which could result in file-sharers losing their internet connection — would be overturned in the courts, because it doesn't comply with European laws on privacy.

Submission + - If the iPhone were a Travel Brochure (

An anonymous reader writes: Apple doesn’t sell the iPhone by advertising minute details such as how fast the processor is or how many megapixels the camera has, they sell the iPhone as an experience, by highlighting what you can actually do with the device. Other smartphones, and the Droid comes to mind here, try and sell you on long lists of features that in the end mean nothing if they don’t translate into a compelling user experience.

Submission + - Can't do this at your school, without paying (

tripdizzle writes: Ever watch that show Glee? Me neither, but apparently, it shows kids doing things in school that under federal law, would be illegal. No, not drugs or gambling, though those are fun too, but singing, dancing, and parodying/re-imagining copy-written works.

"The absence of any mention of copyright law in Glee illustrates a painful tension in American culture. While copyright holders assert that copyright violators are “stealing” their “property,” people everywhere are remixing and recreating artistic works for the very same reasons the Glee kids do — to learn about themselves, to become better musicians, to build relationships with friends, and to pay homage to the artists who came before them. Glee’s protagonists — and the writers who created them — see so little wrong with this behavior that the word ‘copyright’ is never even uttered."


Submission + - HTML5 vs. Flash: The Case for Flash ( 4

snydeq writes: "InfoWorld's Peter Wayner offers 7 reasons why Web designers will remain loyal to Flash for rich Web content, despite 'seductive' new capabilities offered by HTML5. Sure, HTML5 aims to duplicate many of the features that were once the sole province of plug-ins (local disk storage, video display, better rendering, algorithmic drawing, and more) and has high-profile backers in Google and Apple, but as Wayner sees it, this fight is more about designers than it is about technocrats and programmers. And from its sub-pixel resolution, to its developer tools, to its 'write once, play everywhere' functionality, Flash has too much going for it to fall by the wayside. 'The real battle is in the hearts and eyes of the artists who are paid to create incredibly beautiful objects in the span of just a few hours. The designers will make the final determination. As long as Flash and its cousins Flex and Shockwave remain the simplest tools for producing drop-dead gorgeous Websites, they'll keep their place on the Internet.'"

Submission + - Google Offers Encrypted Web Search

Pickens writes: "Last year Google announced making SSL the default setting for all Gmail users and today Google announced they're gradually rolling out the ability to search more securely at to protect search terms and search results pages from being intercepted by a third party on your network. The service includes a modified logo to help indicate that you’re searching using SSL and the release comes with a “beta” label because it currently covers only the core Google web search product and because search over SSL may be slightly slower than Google's regular search. Two caveats: HTTPS only protects against eavesdropping. It doesn't prevent Google from logging your searches, or prevent a government or civil litigant from obtaining your records from Google. Second, clicking on any of the web results will probably take you out of SSL mode. Google also offers SSL as an option with its Calendar, Docs, and Sites services, and just recently, it added SSL to Google Web History and Google Bookmarks, after a security vulnerability was found in the search personalization service that taps Web History. Google hopes to add https to other services as well says The Register. A Google spokesman indicated it plans to make SSL encryption the default for search once they better understand how it affects users' search experience. "We expect that encrypted SSL search will slow down Google searches by a small degree, and we don’t like the idea of rolling this out to everyone before we’re able to test the performance effects and gather feedback from our users.""

Submission + - Canada sues Google for Gmail identities (

hessian writes: "A Canadian court has ordered Google (GOOG) to turn over the identities of anonymous Gmail users who had accused York University faculty members of fraud and dishonesty. Like similar cases in the U.S., the York incident shows just how easy it is for courts to allow authorities to gain access to "our" personal information."

Submission + - 10 Best Practices for Teachers New to Online Ed. (

jillduffy writes: "Thousands of teachers have no choice but to move part or all or their coursework online, and many are completely unprepared for what it will entail. Michelle Everson has spent the last 5 years figuring out how to best transition her classroom teaching online. eLearn Magazine recently posted a detailed article listing her top 10 findings that is instrumental to professors who have to make the leap into distance education and online learning, too."

Submission + - Hacking the Smart Grid is a Snap

schwit1 writes: As with all wirelessly-connected electronic devices, smart meters--and in turn, the smart grid--are vulnerable to hackers. And if the smart grid is hacked, well, there goes the neighborhood's (or the city's) power. CNN recently demonstrated how a hacker equipped with $500 worth of equipment could take control of the grid, and now Mike Davis, a security consultant at IOActive, has presented a laundry list of ways that hackers could disrupt the smart grid.

In one simulation, Davis proved that malware set to self-replicate could shut down power for 15,000 homes in 24 hours.

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