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Comment: Re:Heathrow T5 (Score 1) 171

by Ponderu (#28438741) Attached to: Verified Identity Pass Shuts Down "Clear" Operations

Heathrow T5 is for 1st, business and flexible economy tickets, so more people can use this than you might think. And don't believe for a minute it runs faster! Do a search on Google for T5 Fast Track to see the complaints of frequent travellers who are eligible for fast track, many of whom now give it a miss and join the line with the rest of the "economy pleb"s as you put it.

From my own experience, the normal lines primarily have holidaymakers and casual travellers with one piece of hand luggage, whereas "fast track" has buiness travellers with one case and a laptop bag and therefore have to take their laptops AND liquids out of their bags. Thanks to T5's special "everything must go in the trays" design (and these trays are smaller than the maximum permitted hand baggage size!) and the distinct lack of space to prepare this is a massive hold up.

Comment: Easy to avoid for those who want to (Score 1) 446

by Ponderu (#27732833) Attached to: UK Government To Monitor All Internet Use

As usual, it's only the average person who is going to be caught by this. I run my own mail and web server. A small sum of money later and I have an SSL certificate and my ISP can no longer see a lot of the information they're supposed to be recording. Or did I just become an ISP by hosting my own services? Am I responsible for maintaining logs about my own communications to be handed over to the police?

The Pirate Bay's VPN system could make a small fortune selling services to the UK populate now.

ISP Kicks Out User Who Exposed Vulnerability; Doesn't Fix Vulnerability->

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Over the past few years, there have been plenty of examples of companies with security vulnerabilities blaming the messenger when the vulnerabilities are pointed out, often threatening them with time in jail. The end result, of course, is that many security researchers are afraid to report vulnerabilities, as they may be blamed for them. Of course, that doesn't mean that others haven't found the same vulnerabilities and started using them for malicious purposes. The latest such case is pointed out by Broadband Reports and involves an ISP in the UK called BeThere. Apparently, a college student discovered and published a pretty major vulnerability found in the routers the company uses, allowing anyone to access the routers remotely. Rather than thank the customer for finding and highlighting a pretty serious vulnerability, the company has cut off his service and threatened him with lawsuits. Oh yeah, they also haven't bothered to fix the vulnerability -- despite it being published 7 weeks ago. The reasoning from the ISP is astounding. They claim that since they can't find any evidence that anyone ever used the vulnerability, he must have discovered it by "illegal" means. Who knew that simply probing for security vulnerabilities was illegal? And, of course, the ISP told the guy he's not allowed to talk about its legal threat to him -- which isn't actually legally binding. It's not clear if the ISP doesn't understand what it's done or simply doesn't want to fix the vulnerability -- but the fact that it seems to think it's ok to leave the vulnerability there and just cut off the guy who pointed it out should make other customers of BeThere wonder about how the ISP treats their security.
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The Internet

+ - Principal who banned MySpace has a page of her own

Submitted by
Anonymous Coward
Anonymous Coward writes "You've probably heard by now about how the principal of St. Hugo of the Hills school in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan has banned all students at her school from having a MySpace account... even if they're using MySpace from their own homes. Now it looks as if the principal has been something of a hypocrite: here's Sister Margaret Van Velzen's MySpace page!"
Education

+ - How the BBC Micro Educated Britain

Submitted by Gammu
Gammu (1004474) writes "Unlike the North American computer market in the late seventies and early eighties, Britain was largely dominated by domestic companies. Beginning with the early eighties, the BBC selected a computer that schools schools would use for more than a decade, not unlike the Apple II, the BBC Micro. The computer was the BBC Micro and was the subject of a massive computer literacy program in Britain and the Commonwealth."
Censorship

+ - YouTube banned nationwide in Turkey

Submitted by
unity100
unity100 writes "As of 07.03.2007, access to YouTube.com has been banned nationwide in Turkey through the nations' one and only internet backbone provider, Turkish Telecom, in accordance with decision no: 2007/384 dated 06.03.2007 of Istanbul First Criminal Peace Court.

The reason for this court's decision is a recent video that has been published on YouTube.com recently which is said to be insulting Turkish Republic's founder, Mustafa Kemal.

Curiously, this follows on the heels of a 3-4 month long campaign by the ruling party and the media supporting them against the freedom in the internet, citing "internet needs to be 'straightened up'".

All internet users nationwide are met with the below message that apparently emanates from Turkish Telecom DNS server or access filters :

"Bu siteye eriim mahkeme kararyla engellenmitir !...

www.youtube.com sitesine eriim stanbul 1. Sulh Ceza Mahkemesi'nin 2007/384 say ve 06.03.2007 tarihli karar gerei engellenmitir.

Access to www.youtube.com site has been suspended in accordance with decision no: 2007/384 dated 06.03.2007 of Istanbul First Criminal Peace Court.""
Security

+ - ISS founder's next act: 3D world for average Joes

Submitted by
BobB
BobB writes "Chris Klaus, the brains behind ISS, the security company IBM bought out last year for more than $1 billion, is now heading up a virtual world web site he says is for the average Joe. He's already got 100K registered users, mostly women, and it's still in beta. "We have created an environment for people to come in and have fun. They can create their characters, visit theaters, go to the mall, hang out at coffee shops — anything that you can do in the modern-day world." http://www.networkworld.com/news/2007/022707-iss-3 d-ibm-buyout.html"
Upgrades

+ - Swiftness of Dow Drop Due to Computers

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "Sorry I dont know where to file this but "A computer glitch triggered a sudden plunge in the Dow Jones industrial average at mid-afternoon Tuesday, turning an already bad day in stocks into a head-turning spectacle. Dow Jones & Co., the media company that manages the well-known index of 30 blue chip stocks, said it discovered shortly before 2 p.m. that its computers weren't properly handling the day's huge volume in trades at the New York Stock Exchange. It switched to a backup computer, and the result was a massive swoon in the index as the secondary system took over processing shortly before 3 p.m. " Interesting how NAsdaq, which uses Microsoft SQL didnt have any issues http://www.ibtimes.com/articles/20070228/dow-jones -computers.htm"
Announcements

+ - Australia Outlaws Incandescent Lightbulb

Submitted by
passthecrackpipe
passthecrackpipe writes "The Australian Government is planning on making the incandescent ligtbulb a thing of the past. In three years time, standard lightbulbs will no longer be available for sale in the shops in Australia (expect a roaring grey market) and everybody will be forced to switch to more energy efficient Fluorescent bulbs. In this move to try and curb emissions, the incandescent bulb — which converts the majority of used energy to heat rather then light — will be phased out. Environmental groups have given this plan a lukewarm reception. They feel Australia should sign on to the Kyoto protocol first. (Article in Dutch). A similar plan was created together with Phillips, one of the worlds largest lighting manufacturers. What do other slashdotters think? Is this a move in the right direction? Will this boost the development of better fluorescent bulbs? Improve the design and lower the costs of LED lightbulbs? Will this plan make a big difference to the environment at all?"
Spam

+ - Fight Image Spam With FuzzyOCR And SpamAssassin

Submitted by
hausmasta
hausmasta writes "This tutorial describes how to scan emails for image spam with FuzzyOCR. FuzzyOCR is a plugin for SpamAssassin which is aimed at unsolicited bulk mail containing images as the main content carrier. Using different methods, it analyzes the content and properties of images to distinguish between normal mails (ham) and spam mails. FuzzyOCR tries to keep the system load low by scanning only mails that have not already been categorized as spam by SpamAssassin, thus avoiding unnecessary work.

http://www.howtoforge.com/fight_image_spam_with_fu zzyocr_spamassassin"
Software

+ - Apple's Open Calendar Server vs Microsoft Exchange

Submitted by DECS
DECS (891519) writes "Apple is leveraging the power of open source development in a new effort to directly target Microsoft Exchange Server. The new standards based, open source Calendar Server will debut this year with Leopard Server; the source itself is already available at MacOSForge.org under the Apache 2.0 license. Rather than trying to copy Microsoft's tools, Apple is building its own vision of collaborative workgroup services. Why Apple is offering a calendar server might come as a surprise. Apple's Open Calendar Server vs Exchange Server puts Apple's efforts in the context of existing collaboration software, from IBM's Lotus Notes, to Novell's GroupWise, Microsoft's Exchange, MeetingMaker and others."
The Almighty Buck

+ - Amazon asserts right to adjust prices after sale

Submitted by An anonymous reader
An anonymous reader (666) writes "On December 23, Amazon advertised a "buy one get one free" sale on DVD boxsets, but did not test the promotion before going live. When anyone placed two boxsets in their cart, the website gave a double discount — so the "grand total" shown (before order submission) was $0.00 or something very small. Despite terms stating that Amazon checks order prices before shipping, Amazon shipped the vast majority of orders. Five days later (December 28), after orders had been received and presumably opened, Amazon emailed customers advising them to return the boxsets unopened or customers' credit cards would be charged an additional amount. (You can read more threads about this here and here.) Starting yesterday, Amazon has been (re)charging credit cards, often without authorization. On Amazon's side, they didn't advertise any double discount, and the free or nearly-free boxsets must have cost them a mint. But with Amazon continually giving unadvertised discounts that seem to be errors, is "return the merchandise or be charged" the new way that price glitches will be handled?"
Security

+ - Security Researchers Targeted by DDoS Malware

Submitted by
httptech
httptech writes "Recently I was targeted for a DDoS attack by a custom-compiled DDoS trojan. During the course of my investigation into the attack, I not only learned which malware author was behind the attack, but that similar attacks have been taking place targeting anti-rootkit developers and anti-spam researchers- particularly those involved in exposing pump-and-dump stock spam. Though similar in nature, the attack patterns are different, meaning there seems to be a growing trend among a few virus authors/stock spammers to try and silence those who stand in the way of their profits."

He keeps differentiating, flying off on a tangent.

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