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Comment Re:If you can learn to put a beer down while drivi (Score 1) 184

Germans are notorious tailgaters even at 140mph. If you're in the left lane in an unlimited zone and you aren't doing more than the guy behind you, expect to get the headlight flash (oh hi Mr. Porsche @ 190mph!). Motorcyclists split lanes even when traffic is flowing at 60mph. The police here just don't have the kind of manpower required to regulate drivers like you imply. Lots of speed cameras (fixed and temporary) though!

Remote ATM Attack Uses SMS To Dispense Cash 150

judgecorp (778838) writes "A newly discovered malware attack uses a smartphone connected to the computer that manages an ATM, and then sends an SMS message to instruct it to dispense cash. The attack was reported by Symantec, and builds on a previous piece of malware called Backdoor.Ploutus. It is being used in actual attacks, and Symantec has demonstrated it with an ATM in its labs, though it is not revealing the brand of the vulnerable machines."

Submission + - Groklaw Shutdown in wake of Lavabit shutdown, NSA firestorm (

KrisJon writes: Blogger Pamela Jones will shut down her award-winning legal news website Groklaw following revelations that the NSA is intercepting the world's internet communications. Jones, also known as PJ, said in a final farewell article that the shutdown of encrypted email provider Lavabit, used by whistleblower Edward Snowden, had prompted her decision to discontinue the site.

"The owner of Lavabit tells us that he's stopped using email and if we knew what he knew, we'd stop too," she said. "There is no way to do Groklaw without email. Therein lies the conundrum."


Submission + - Mexican congressmen will pay 10 million dollars for an iOS & Android App.

phylevn writes: Mexican congressman will pay 10 Million Dollar for an iPhone and Android App that allow them to connect remotely to get information about the activities which occurred in the legislative day, this because they recquire an encrypted and secure connection to monitor in real time wherever they are.

  You will pay this amount for an App like this ?. How much yo will pay ?

News in Spanish

News translate to English:
Your Rights Online

Submission + - Obama to allow ALL spy agencies scour Americans' finances ( 2

KrisJon writes: "The Obama administration is drawing up plans to give all U.S. spy agencies full access to a massive database that contains financial data on American citizens and others who bank in the country, according to a Treasury Department document seen by Reuters. Financial institutions that operate in the United States are required by law to file reports of "suspicious customer activity." A move like the FinCEN proposal "raises concerns as to whether people could find their information in a file as a potential terrorist suspect without having the appropriate predicate for that and find themselves potentially falsely accused," said Sharon Bradford Franklin, senior counsel for the Rule of Law Program at the Constitution Project, a non-profit watchdog group."
Open Source

Submission + - Why freeloaders are essential to FOSS project success (

dp619 writes: Outercurve Foundation technical director Stephen Walli has written a blog post arguing that attracting users is fundamental to the ability of open source projects to recruit "new blood" and contributors who are willing to code. "So in the end, it's all about freeloaders, but from the perspective that you want as many as possible. That means you're “doing it right” in developing a broad base of users by making their experience easy, making it easy for them to contribute, and ultimately to create an ecosystem that continues to sustain itself," he wrote.

Submission + - Porn troll smackdown in federal court (

WhiteSlash writes: On Monday, Prenda, a porn copywrite trolling firm had its house of cards slowly begin to topple.

"Today United States District Court Judge Otis D. Wright II made it explicitly, abundantly, frighteningly clear that he believes the principals of Prenda Law have engaged in misconduct — and that he means to get to the bottom of it."

In a bizarre hearing, where even the lawyers had lawyers, Prenda's lawyers, named by former partner Brett Gibbs, were chastised for their messy (generous in this case) practicies of serving lawsuits to hundreds of Does expected of illegally downloading porn.

FAP carefully.


Submission + - Samsung's advertising game outmuscled Apple in 2012 (

anderzole writes: With Samsung set to release its Samsung Galaxy S IV tomorrow in New York City, the South Korea based company has certainly learned a thing or two about creating a media buzz prior to a product launch. Previously, that was a talent that only Apple seemed to have mastered.

What’s more, Samsung has also proven rather shrewd at another one of Apple’s historic specialties – advertising. Not only are its latest people-centric ads resonating with consumers, they also bash Apple fans and iPhone users in the process. That’s a lot of bang for the buck.

And speaking of bucks, Samsung isn’t shy about spending a lot of its money on advertising efforts either. While Apple outspent Samsung by a factor of 3-1 in mobile advertising in 2011, Samsung stepped up its game in a major way in 2012. Last year, Samsung outspent Apple by $64 million in mobile advertising. Specifically, Apple spent $333 million on its advertising efforts while Samsung spent $401 million.


Submission + - Ebay say Google ads not worth it (

clickclickdrone writes: A report by auction website eBay has found that paying for advertising in the form of keywords on search engines has little effect on sales.

Platforms such as Google and Bing offer companies the option to "buy" words. This means their websites appear more prominently if a person searches for a particular term.

The eBay study found that most people who clicked through as a result of this service were loyal customers who would have come to the site anyway.

As the article goes on to suggest though, these results will be heavily skewed by the fact Ebay is such a well known brand to begin with, it would already show high in the listings. Smaller advertisers would probably see more benefit.


Submission + - Strike Two For Yahoo!'s Marissa Mayer? (

An anonymous reader writes: E. Werner Reschke @tgaap — Interesting look at how Yahoo!'s Marissa Mayer's latest move (reviewing everyone's resume before hiring anyone) is part of her master plan. A comparison made to Steve Jobs which in 1998 had a similar task.

Submission + - Obama has 13 million fake followers (

KrisJon writes: "Multiple sources are reporting that forty-one percent of the commander in chief's 18.6 million Twitter followers are fake, 35 percent are inactive and 25 percent are "good," or likely to be authentic, according to Fake Follower Check, which scours the messaging service specifically for phony adherents."

Submission + - 6 Scientific Discoveries That Laugh in the Face of Physics (

KrisJon writes: "There are some startlingly simple questions that science can't answer. And then there are the special occasions where the universe up and does a freaking magic trick that seems to be designed by an unjust, all-powerful entity dedicated to making scientists slowly pull off their glasses while saying, "What in the hell?"

Comment Re:teachers' unions (Score 1) 311

Our per capita spending is very much at the high end of the spectrum: And this spending has doubled since 1970: I don't think throwing more money at the problem is a solution.

Submission + - India: Spam Center of the World? (

An anonymous reader writes: India seems to hold top spot in exporting junk mail according to recent a recent report. A study by Internet security company, Kaspersky Lab, claims that in the third quarter of 2011, more spam was sent from the Subcontinent than any other nation...

The best way to avoid responsibility is to say, "I've got responsibilities."