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Comment: NZ Mint Security (Score 1) 129

by MAurelius (#37102240) Attached to: Star Wars Coins Issued By Pacific Island Nation
I went to the site, added two sets of the 999 silver coins to my Cart. Went to pay for it, and noticed the website was NOT secure. No "https" in the address line. This NZ Mint appears to be completely clueless about security OR the entire thing is a giant SCAM. It's actually hilarious: the place in NZ that MAKES THE MONEY does not know how to secure an online order form. Maybe they don't have criminals down there? BUYER BEWARE. I canceled my order, and my 11-yr-old will never know what he almost got for his birthday. Did anyone else notice this? I'm in the US using Chrome 13.0.782.112 (the latest) on OS X Snow Leopard, fully updated. (Chrome is very clear when a secure page has been loaded)

Comment: How Much Data Is This and What Will This Cost? (Score 1) 132

by MAurelius (#36123778) Attached to: New Bill Would Require US ISPs To Retain User Info
Can anyone with relevant experience at a major ISP give an estimate of how big the 90-day rolling logfile would be for even one company? Would it be terabytes/million subscribers and exabytes for an entire country? Do any of the major ISPs have the infrastructure to store this much information at the moment? Imagine the electrical power needed to store this much (mostly useless) information--not exactly environmentally friendly. Perhaps a Beowulf cluster could... (ducks)
Patents

Red Hat Settles Patent Case 76

Posted by Soulskill
from the making-it-go-away dept.
darthcamaro writes "Red Hat has settled another patent case with patent holding firm Acacia. This time the patent is US Patent #6,163,776, 'System and method for exchanging data and commands between an object oriented system and relational system.' While it's great that Red Hat has ended this particular patent threat, it's not yet clear how they've settled this case. The last time Red Hat tangled with Acacia they won in an Texas jury trial. 'Red Hat routinely addresses attempts to impede the innovative forces of open source via allegations of patent infringement,' Red Hat said in a statement. 'We can confirm that Red Hat, Inc and Software Tree LLC have settled patent litigation that was pending in federal court in the Eastern District of Texas.'"
Crime

Girls Bugged Teachers' Staff Room 227

Posted by samzenpus
from the making-the-grade dept.
A pair of enterprising Swedish schoolgirls ended up in court after they were caught bugging their teachers break room. The duo hoped they would hear discussions about upcoming tests and school work, allowing them to get better grades. It worked until one of them decided to brag about it on Facebook, and the authorities were called in. The girls were charged with trespassing and fined 2,000 kronor ($270) each in Stockholm District Court.

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