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Submission + - Second Root Cert-Private Key Pair Found on Dell Computer (

msm1267 writes: A second root certificate and private key, similar to eDellRoot, along with an expired Atheros Authenticode cert and private key used to sign Bluetooth drivers has been found on a Dell Inspiron laptop.
The impact of these two certs is limited compared to the original eDellRoot cert. The related eDellRoot cert is also self-signed but has a different fingerprint than the first one. It has been found only on two dozen machines according to the results of a scan conducted by researchers at Duo Security.
Dell, meanwhile, late on Monday said that it was going to remove the eDellroot certificate from all Dell systems moving forward, and for existing affected customers, it has provided permanent removal instructions, and starting today will push a software update that checks for the eDellroot cert and removes it.

Submission + - Why Black Friday and Cyber Monday Are Pretty Much Meaningless Now writes: Brad Tuttle writes at Money Magazine that while the terms “Black Friday” and “Cyber Monday” are more ubiquitous than ever, the importance of the can’t-miss shopping days is undeniably fading. “I think what you’re seeing now is the start or middle of a trend where Black Friday decreases in importance,” says analyst Yory Wurmser. “It’s probably still going to be a significant shopping day, but at the same time it’s probably going to lose its singular significance in the season.” Retailers seem to want it both ways: They want shoppers to spend money long before these key shopping events, and yet they also want shoppers to turn out in full force to make purchases over the epic Black Friday weekend. When they use the “Cheap Stuff!” card day after day and week after week, the deals on any single day stop seeming special. The bottom line is that shifting spending patterns means that holiday sales are now dispersed over a longer period. “You can try to get the consumer to spend earlier," says Marshal Cohen. "But that doesn’t mean there’s more money in their pockets."

The true story behind Black Friday is not as sunny as retailers might have you believe. Back in the 1950s, police in the city of Philadelphia used the term to describe the chaos that ensued on the day after Thanksgiving, when hordes of suburban shoppers and tourists flooded into the city in advance of the big Army-Navy football game held on that Saturday every year. Not only would Philly cops not be able to take the day off, but they would have to work extra-long shifts dealing with the additional crowds and traffic. Shoplifters would also take advantage of the bedlam in stores to make off with merchandise, adding to the law enforcement headache. Sometime in the late 1980s, however, retailers found a way to reinvent Black Friday and turn it into something that reflected positively, rather than negatively, on them and their customers. The result was the “red to black” concept of the holiday mentioned earlier, and the notion that the day after Thanksgiving marked the occasion when America’s stores finally turned a profit.

Submission + - Microsoft Blames Layoffs for Drop In Gender Diversity (

itwbennett writes: This year, women made up 26.8 percent of Microsoft's total workforce, down from 29 percent in 2014, the company reported Monday. In a blog post discussing the numbers, Gwen Houston, Microsoft's general manager of diversity and inclusion, pointed the finger at the thousands of layoffs the company made to restructure its phone hardware business: 'The workforce reductions resulting from the restructure of our phone hardware business ... impacted factory and production facilities outside the U.S. that produce handsets and hardware, and a higher percentage of those jobs were held by women,' she said.

Submission + - Dell admits installing security hole on laptops, apologizes, offers fix (

alphadogg writes: Dell acknowledges a root certificate it installed on its laptops was a bad idea and is pushing a patch to permanently remove it. In a blog post company spokesperson Laura Thomas says eDellRoot was installed as a support tool to make it faster and easier for customers to service the devices. But some of those customers discovered the certificate and recognized it as a serious security threat.

Comment Troll far from out of business (Score 1) 153

Yes, I read the article, sorry. This was a shell company, that already made money. These companies are designed to live for a short period, make a lot of money, then go down in flames. The 'troll' is actually Austin Hansley, the lawyer representing eDekka. Amazingly, he also represents the #2 and #3 patent troll companies of 2014...

Comment Re:one person != some developers (Score 5, Insightful) 131

I can see several instances where people can benefit from this. Most people have no first hand experience with programming. Watching a bit of something like this might open their eyes into what it takes. Perhaps it's a kid that thinks she wants to grow up to be a programmer, or a mother wondering what in the world her son does at work all day long, or a novice in the language wanting to see what methods are being used. I'm not saying it's going to have a huge audience, but it's hardly worthless.

Comment Great way to show the fail rate (Score 1) 60

I can see how an exercise like this can benefit those against smart guns. Put that exact technology in a device we use everyday, such as our mouse, and track how often it fails or becomes temperamental. So, you had to readjust your grip after every 50 uses, and it flat out stopped working after 1000? Would you want that to be in the hands of an officer trying to save your life?

Comment Possible Malfunction (Score 1) 961

The source is TMZ so take it for what it's worth, but:

"...possible evidence of a fluid burst and subsequent fluid trail before the skid marks at the accident scene."

The sources also made evident the absence of skids leading up to where the crash took place, with marks only noticeable before the point of impact. They claim if Roger had lost control of the vehicle there would be visible signs on the road from swerving rather than in a straight line, suggesting he didn't have control of the steering. "

Which would make all this talk of their skill and the dangers of that model moot in this situation. Perhaps we should wait for the final investigation report.

Comment Re:What was "stop loss"? (Score 1) 668

Ok, I get a little pissed off every time I hear this crap. Let me explain to you how enlisting in the military works: You enlist for 8 years. not 3, not 5, EIGHT. Generally, it's 4 active and 4 inactive. The inactive years, IE:reserves, are put there on the end of the active to allow the government to call you back or retain you if they need it. It's not a mystery. It's right there on the contract you sign. Stop Loss activates those inactive years because the military has deemed you currently irreplaceable.

Source: 5 years ACTIVE 3 inactive, USMC.

Comment Re:Sounds handled fairly well (Score 2) 223

I figure that because it happened in the first place, which is completely inexcusable. What were they thinking?

The latest release from ESEA covers this. It was initially beta tested with client approval, then they decided against moving forward.

With the whole fervor around Bitcoin, we did conduct some internal tests with the Client on only two of our own, consenting administratorsâ(TM) accounts to see how the mining process worked and determine whether it was a feature that we might want to add in the future. We thought this might be an exciting new tool that we could provide to our community. Ultimately, we decided that it was not. On April 13, 2013, after the initial tests, ESEA informed those involved in the test that we were killing the project and they should stop using the beta test. It came to our attention last night, however, that an employee who was involved in the test has been using the test code for his own personal gain since April 13, 2013...

"Trust me. I know what I'm doing." -- Sledge Hammer