orkybash writes: "The city of Bozeman, Montana is asking job seekers for the user names — and passwords — to Internet social networking or Web groups they belong to. The decision is sparking an outcry from those who say the policy goes way too far. An excerpt from city application form states: "Please list any and all current personal or business Web sites, Web pages or memberships on any Internet-based chat rooms, social clubs or forums, to include, but not limited to: Facebook, Google, Yahoo, YouTube.com, MySpace, etc." The city argues that it only uses the information to verify application information — and says it won't hold it against anyone who refuses. City officials say such checks can be useful, especially when hiring police officers and others in a position of public trust."
It's a little different than that. Verizon had a deal with Yahoo that allowed Verizon users to keep their "@verizon.net" email addresses but use Yahoo's email servers. You could log into Yahoo with "firstname.lastname@example.org" and get your verizon.net email through Yahoo's webmail interface. In fact, logging into Verizon's portal just redirects to Yahoo. In addition, your POP server was "incoming.yahoo.verizon.net" instead of the normal Verizon server. Fairpoint is not continuing this deal with Yahoo so now to access your new "@myfairpoint.net" email through a web browser you'll have to go to Fairpoint's web portal instead of Yahoo's and have to use Fairpoint's POP servers. If you have an "@yahoo.com" email address nothing is changing as far as I can tell.
Yeah, that might work in a controlled environment. However, doing this in the home environment gets very difficult to the point of being unworkable it seems. It gets particularly tricky if the vulnerable service is in some piece of the networking stack, which in Windows probably includes IE.
[Geeks Are Sexy] writes: "Yes folks, the 802.11 Working Group has finally approved Draft 2.0 of the 802.11n spec, brigning us a step closer to its final form. From the article: "With the positive vote from the 802.11n Working Group, the Wi-Fi Alliance will now begin officially certifying equipment as being compliant with Draft 2.0. That's an important step, as official Draft 2.0-compliant gear is guaranteed to be fully compatible with the final 802.11n standard.""