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Comment: Re:Happened to one my accounts as well (Score 1) 139

by RootWind (#31917296) Attached to: Escalating Gmail/Spamming Attacks
This is what was in the details before I changed the password last week:
Mobile Algeria (41.103.164.236) Apr 14 (6 days ago)
Mobile Serbia (94.189.168.76) Apr 14 (6 days ago)
Mobile Saudi Arabia (77.64.47.176) Apr 9
Mobile United States (TX) (208.54.171.181) Apr 7

From people describing that they see Texas and Serbia activity. It sounds almost like it's all the same "entity"?

+ - Rumor: Palm ditching webOS for Android? 8

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "Jon Rubinstein, in an internal Palm memo that will be released in full shortly, is showing support for Android to replace the webOS on the Palm Pre Plus. Citing competition with the iPhone and exponential growth from the Android operating system (specifically mentioning the Motorola Droid), the leaked memo first came as a confidential internal email to certain members of the software development branch of the company.

The memo partially states: "While Palm is incredibly proud of our engineers who spent timeless work and effort to bring us this advanced operating system, consumers simply have not caught on. To provide a better future for ourselves and our customers, the only logical choice is to transition our hardware and software to the Android platform."

WebOS won't officially go away (the UI and notifications feature, which have been heavily praised by reviewers, are more than likely going to be integrated, a la Sense UI, into the Android platform), according to the memo.

Software engineers are to begin working on Palm's own builds of Android as soon as the device maker officially joins the Open Handset Alliance, which other executives at Palm say could be as soon as next week. An official statement from the company is expected as soon as the union is made.

Palm Inc.'s stock took a nosedive earlier this month when it was reported that its projections for revenue were down 50% than initially estimated. On Friday, the stock fell $1.65, or 29%, to $4.00. That value remained relatively unchanged during Monday's trading.

The full leaked memo will be posted on wikileaks.org around midnight Eastern."

Comment: Re:It freaks me out... (Score 4, Informative) 358

by RootWind (#26598423) Attached to: Obama To Launch Website For Tracking Tax Expenditures
You might want to revisit that story. Somewhere a long the way, the Obama administration putting a stay on all pending cases (including wiretapping) somehow means he "supports" warrantless wiretapping. You might notice Obama has yet to get his Attorney General pick confirmed. So Obama has yet to actually support warrantless wiretapping. Whether he will or will not will be a story for another day.

Comment: Discuss/Consider = Action? (Score 1) 491

by RootWind (#26320213) Attached to: Obama Moves To Link Pentagon With NASA
I'm not entirely sure whether Obama will actually pursue this, but I notice a trend going on. Maybe it's just me, but it seems like every time any idea is discussed, the press seems to make the assumption that the Obama administration is actually going to pursue it (and unmodified). Are they just not use to the idea of actual discussion about choices?
Biotech

+ - Why you can't get a date

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mcgrew
mcgrew writes "New Scientist is running a story totled A quirky look at our quirky species, about "'quirkology' — the use of scientific methods to study quirky human behaviour, or quirky methods to probe weightier topics."

Of the eight "quirkology" subjects presented, number seven, "Hot and spicy" caught my eye, as it directly affects most of us loveless slashdot nerds. The author did a study to find the best pickup lines, and "the secret of a good chat-up line is to encourage someone to talk about themselves in a quirky, fun way. So the best line from the top-rated man was 'If you were on Stars In Their Eyes, which celebrity would you be?' On a similar theme, the top-rated female asked 'If you were a pizza topping, what would you be?'".

But the interesting (to me) part was at the end. The world's worst pickup line?

"I have a PhD in computing.""
Music

+ - Safeguards Set for RIAA Hard Drive Inspection

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NewYorkCountryLawyer
NewYorkCountryLawyer writes "In SONY v. Arellanes, an RIAA case in Sherman, Texas, the Court entered a protective order (pdf), which spells out the following procedure for the RIAA's examination of the defendant's hard drive: (1) RIAA imaging specialist makes mirror image of hard drive; (2) mutually acceptable computer forensics expert makes make 2 verified bit images, and creates an MD5 or equivalent hash code; (3) one mirror image is held in escrow by the expert, the other given to defendant's lawyer for a 'privilege review'; (4) defendant's lawyer provides plaintiffs' lawyer with a "privilege log" (list of privileged files); (5) after privilege questions are resolved, the escrowed image — with privileged files deleted — will be turned over to RIAA lawyers, to be held for 'lawyers' eyes only'. The order differs from the earlier order (pdf) entered in the case, in that it (a) permits the RIAA's own imaging person to make the initial mirror image and (b) spells out the details of the method for safeguarding privilege and privacy."

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