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+ - O2 (UK) send your phone number to every site you v

Submitted by JanusDC
JanusDC (886118) writes "It seems that the UK mobile company O2 sends your phone number to every website you visit using their network. It's hidden in the header, so you can easily be identified and tracked. The twitter user http://twitter.com/lewispeckover had made a website where you can check all the header sent by your device: http://lew.io/headers.php"
Google

+ - Google announces privacy changes, you can't opt-ou 2

Submitted by bs0d3
bs0d3 (2439278) writes "Google said Tuesday it will require users to allow the company to follow their activities across e-mail, search, YouTube and other services. The information will enable Google to develop a fuller picture of how people use its growing empire of Web sites. Consumers will have no choice but to accept the changes. The policy will take effect March 1 and will also impact Android mobile phone users, who are required to log in to Google accounts when they activate their phones. People who wish to search anonymously can use startingpage.com"

Comment: Re:Yeah, now try hiring for it. (Score 1) 99

by SW6 (#34662228) Attached to: 23 Years of Culture Hacking With Perl

Perl software development is a seller's market, and that job ad is rubbish and fails to pique interest. It's a bland description with no indication of benefits or salary on offer. In fact, it's even less detailed than the crap Perl job ads that pimps spam me with me on a daily basis. Lack of detail implies there is little good to say about the job. Is that the impression you want to give?

Answer this simple question: Why the bloody hell should I quit my current gig and come and work for you? Then put that answer in the job description.

+ - "Three strikes" to go ahead in Britain->

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David Gerard
David Gerard writes "Lord Peter Mandelson has carefully ignored the Gowers Report and the Carter Report, instead taking the advice of his good friend David Geffen and three strikes and you're out will become law in Britain. The Open Rights Group has, of course, hit the roof. Oh, and never mind MI5 and the police pointing out that widespread encryption will become normal, hampering their efforts to keep up with little things like impending terrorist atrocities. Still, worth it to stop a few Lily Allen tracks being shared, what?"
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Microsoft

+ - Office 2003SP3: Old file formats, now unavailable! 3

Submitted by
time961
time961 writes "In Service Pack 3 for Office 2003, Microsoft has disabled support for many older file formats, so if you have old Word, Excel, 1-2-3, Quattro, or Corel Draw documents, watch out! They did this because the old formats are "less secure", which actually makes some sense, but only if you got the files from some untrustworthy source.

Naturally, they did this by default, and then documented a mind-bogglingly complex workaround (KB 938810) rather than providing a user interface for adjusting it, or even a set of awkward "Do you really want to do this?" dialog boxes to click through. And, of course, because these are, after all, old file formats, many users will encounter the problem only months or years after the software change, while groping around in dusty and now-inaccessible archives.

One of the better aspects of Office is its extensive compatibility mechanisms for old file formats. At least the support isn't completely gone—it's just really hard to use. Security is important, but there are better ways to fulfill this goal.

This was also covered by the Windows Secrets newsletter, although I can't find a story URL for it."
Wii

+ - Nintendo Wii Fully Hacked at 24C3, runs Homebrew->

Submitted by
cHALiTO
cHALiTO writes "From the site:
The guys over at 24C3 just demoed a Wii hack that is set to provide native Wii homebrew in the near future (not running in GC mode, and with full access to all the Wii hardware!)
They were able to find encryption and decryption keys by doing full memory dumps at runtime over a custom serial interface. Using these keys, they were able to create a Wii 'game' that ran their own code (their demo happened to show live sensor/Wiimote information, amongst a few other things).
Read here and watch video here."

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