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+ - Major Skype outage "not caused by a crash"

Submitted by dhollist
dhollist (811706) writes "According to Skype's website their system "has not crashed or been victim of a cyber attack. We love our customers too much to let that happen. This problem occurred because of a deficiency in an algorithm within Skype networking software. This controls the interaction between the user's own Skype client and the rest of the Skype network."

What is the difference between an outage where nobody can access the system and a crash? If my desktop computer locks up, but I don't get a BSOD, did it really crash, or is it an "outage" since I am merely unable to do anything? Is there truly a difference, or is it just semantics? An article in The Sydney Morning Herald provides additional information."
Google

+ - Gmail Paper

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "Google in another first has released Google Paper a paper archive service for gmail users... Details state that it will be free and funded by advertising revenue. From press release:

Is it free? Yes. The cost of postage is offset with the help of relevant, targeted, unobtrusive advertisements, which will appear on the back of your Gmail Paper prints in red, bold, 36 pt Helvetica. No pop-ups, no flashy animations — these are physically impossible in the paper medium. How about attachments? All part of the deal. Photo attachments are printed on high-quality, glossy photo paper, and secured to your Gmail Paper with a paper clip. MP3 and WAV files will not be printed. We recommend maintaining copies of your non-paper Gmail in these cases. Is there a limit? You can make us print one, one thousand, or one hundred thousand of your emails. It's whatever seems reasonable to you.
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Slashdot.org

+ - When will Slashdot fix its CSS?

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scjnsn
scjnsn writes "Every day before I check out SlashDot I secretly hope that the stylesheets have been repaired. How long will the lowly Firefox users have to suffer with link text that bleeds into and over the top of paragraph text? How long with they have to piece together stories because the two words on the right-hand side of the page flow under the floating icon? SlashDot should get its carp together!"
Internet Explorer

+ - IE7 and FF 2.0 share vulnerability

Submitted by hcmtnbiker
hcmtnbiker (925661) writes "Internet Explorer 7 and Firefox 2.0 share a logic flaw. The issue is actually more severe, as the two versions of the Microsoft and Mozilla browsers are not the only ones affected. The vulnerability impacts Internet Explorer 5.01, Internet Explorer 6 and Internet Explorer 7, and Firefox 1.5.0.9. "In all modern browsers, form fields (used to upload user-specified files to a remote server) enjoy some added protection meant to prevent scripts from arbitrarily choosing local files to be sent, and automatically submitting the form without user knowledge. For example, ".value" parameter cannot be set or changed, and any changes to .type reset the contents of the field," said Michal Zalewski, the person that discovered the IE7 flaw. There are Proof of concepts for both IE7 and firefox"

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