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Technology (Apple)

Submission + - The Invented Mac and iPhone Security Crisis

Ed Cross writes: Ten Fake Apple Scandals reports on the invented Mac and iPhone Security Crisis, detailing the analysts who announced for years that up was down and black was white while Windows security problems blossomed and Macs putted along without any viruses. Here's why Apple's market share has little to do with Mac's security, and how Apple's iPhone stacks up in security issues against Palm OS, BlackBerry, and Windows Mobile devices.
Wireless Networking

Submission + - 'Sidejacking ' On WiFi

ancientribe writes: As if you need another reason not to use WiFi unprotected, here's one: a researcher has released a tool that lets hackers "sidejack" your machine and access your Web accounts. Called Hamster, the tool basically clones the victim's cookies by sniffing their session IDs and controlling their Website accounts. 692&WT.svl=news1_2

Submission + - This is why 'Flash' sucks (

Tech.Luver writes: "Blog at explains why Flash sucks, " The ironic thing about Flash is that its use is so frequently self-defeating. overzealous designers try to ?fix? what they see as bad interface models by creating custom Flash crap. This sucks. The fact of the matter is that Flash is pretty much inherently inaccessible. Developers who want to create Flash content first have to agree to the SWF Specs License where you promise that you will ?not use the Specification in any way to create or develop a runtime, client, player, executable or other program that reads or renders SWF files.? While they rushed to include DRM support, the company has been dragging it?s feet on Flash support for 64-bit operating systems. And it?s not like the advent of 64-bit CPUs was a surprise. They should have been working on 64-bit Flash in the late 1990s ? or they should have at least given it some thought! And, seriously, it?s taken a team of coders more than two years to port a plugin from 32-bit to 64-bit? Christ, Apple ported an entire operating systemfrom a RISC to a CISC chipset in less time than that. Sounds like the Flash code-base sucks too. ""

Submission + - MPAA: Plagarism good, Piracy bad? 1

BillGatesLoveChild writes: The MPAA is fast to complain about their Intellectual Property being violated, but have no qualms about violating the Intellectual Property of others. The SMH reports another case of a Hollywood Studio plagarizing a film as their own. Adam Sandler's I Now Pronounce You Chuck and Larry (2007) is a tale of two firemen who pretend to be gay to get domestic partner benefits. Curiously Paul Hogan's Strange Bedfellows (2004) made three years earlier, is also a tale of two firemen who pretend to be gay to get domestic partner benefits. Universal Studios issued a statement claiming "the similarities are purely coincidental". The producers of "Strange Bedfellows" are amused but not convinced.

This isn't the first time, with similar accusations being made against Spielberg's Julie Newmar (1995) vs Priscilla (1994) and Eddie Murphy's "Coming to America" which the courts found was stolen from writer Art Buchwald. Add to that "Hollywood Accounting" fleecing artists (The Forest Gump movie didn't pay the author a cent in royalties), the Record Industry doing the same and the MPAA itself caught yet unrepentant for pirating movies. Before The Senate rushes off to do their bidding, shouldn't the MPAA and RIAA be ordered to clean up their own houses?

Submission + - Mass Stalking Organized On Facebook

Jack Action writes: "Police in Cambridge, Ontario are investigating a 700-hundred member Facebook group that was dedicated to harassing and posting humiliating photos of a black, apparently homeless woman. Called "Obeeba Sightings" (the name group administers gave to the woman), Facebook members called the woman racist and sexually explict names, and called for her to be run over by a car and put in a trash compactor. In their response to the incident, Cambridge police indicated Facebook cooperated fully with them in their investigation to the point of handing over IP addresses for all those involved in the group; at which point Facebook shut down the group. Police say it is the worst case of online harassment they have ever seen.

Recent research indicates Facebook is homogeneous even by the standards of the internet, and that members of social networks are more likely to "cyber-bully." Is this a sign that cyber-bulling will get worse as social networks make themselves more like-minded and exclusive? Should companies like Facebook be held responsible for the bad behaviour of their members? Or is this just the nature of distance and anonymity on the internet?"

Thus spake the master programmer: "Time for you to leave." -- Geoffrey James, "The Tao of Programming"