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Comment: Not so horrible (Score 1) 244 244

I've recently been the recipient of a nasty piece of malware which took over my Linux server through a hole I didn't know was there. I no longer have the problem or the large amount of traffic because I went through using tcpdump, netstat, and iptables to effectively ward off the offensive. A little judicious, patient analysis can go a long way.

EPIC Files Lawsuit To Suspend Airport Body Scanner Use 559 559

nacturation writes "The Electronic Privacy Information Center filed a petition for review and motion for an emergency stay, urging the District of Columbia Court of Appeals to suspend the Transportation Security Administration's full body scanner program. EPIC said that the program is 'unlawful, invasive, and ineffective' (PDF). EPIC argued that the federal agency has violated the Administrative Procedures Act, the Privacy Act, the Religious Freedom Restoration Act, and the Fourth Amendment. EPIC cited the invasive nature of the devices, the TSA's disregard of public opinion, and the impact on religious freedom."

+ - Latest Facebook virus is a double combo->

kgkoutzis writes: The latest virus spreading around Facebook via friend messages is actually two viruses in one. The virus is passed around in a Windows executable called 'photo.exe' and is also known as 'Facebook Surprise' because of the message it uses to lure users ('I got you a surprise'). As soon as the file is executed in a Windows PC, it extracts two new executable files in the hidden Windows folder 'Application Data' (or 'AppData'). The first file immediately starts abusing the Facebook mobile protocol to mass message all the friends of the victim with a link to photo.exe, while the second file installs the well known "Security Tool" virus which slows down the computer and urges users to buy a fake antivirus in order to steal their credit card information.
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+ - Not transparent aluminum, but conductive plastic->

michaelmalak writes: ""Scientists at the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Brookhaven National Laboratory and Los Alamos National Laboratory have fabricated transparent thin films capable of absorbing light and generating electric charge over a relatively large area. The material, described in the journal Chemistry of Materials, could be used to develop transparent solar panels or even windows that absorb solar energy to generate electricity. The material consists of a semiconducting polymer doped with carbon-rich fullerenes.""
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Comment: Seriously... (Score 2, Insightful) 764 764

This new verdict is as "monstrous and shocking" as the $1,940,000 verdict was. After reading through many articles on the history of this case, I have to proclaim it a farce. Since when don't you need actual, admissible evidence to prosecute someone? The only evidence they had was from MediaSentry, which, at least according to an appeal that was filed, may violate wiretap laws and state private investigator laws. In fact, there was a court ruling in 2007 which proclaimed that this company was operating without a private investigator's license, rendering their evidence in that case inadmissible. If the RIAA is going to try to prosecute for this type of thing, they should at least use legal means to gather their evidence. The jury is in essence awarding the RIAA for ignoring due process and illegally obtaining information which should not have been admitted in the court case. Since they would no longer have admissible proof of her sharing the files, given that MediaSentry's evidence was illegally obtained, then the RIAA should receive no reward. I'm not saying that what she (Jammie Thomas-Rasset) did was right or wrong, that's not my call, but my observation is that the RIAA has performed its share of misconduct all throughout this trial, yet that's being ignored and they're being rewarded statutory damages for copyright violations that they can't legally prove with legally obtained evidence.

Comment: Rambus... (Score 5, Insightful) 82 82

Wow, there's a company I haven't heard of in years. Didn't they make some hideously expensive RAM that was supposed to perform twice as well as normal RAM, but never lived up to the hype? Basically, they patented the design, couldn't get it to work right, and now they're suing the companies who did.

Comment: The decline of free radio (Score 1) 206 206

I have done some listening to other radio stations via streaming over the internet, and one station in Texas, KLFX, AKA 107.3 The Fox, was bought out by Clear Channel. I have never been more disappointed in a radio station than I am in them for selling out. The morning guy, Jack Hammer, used to have a whole lot of fun and did some wacky, crazy stuff, not to mention playing "Smoke Two Joints" by The Toyes every morning. I tuned in via the internet to try to hear some of the fun they used to have, and was sadly disappointed when I found out that it was owned by Clear Channel now. They sanitized his morning show, making it drab and totally uninteresting to listen to. That station had also been one of the stations broadcasting the Dr. Demento Show when I was at Fort Hood, Texas, and I listened to it every Sunday night despite the fact that it was on very late at night. Yeah, I was really tired at P.T. the next morning, but that show was awesome. They don't even carry that anymore. Curse Clear Channel and their mindless corporate drones, they've ruined what used to be a great radio station. They, like the Dr. Demento Show, were wacky and offbeat, but great. Now it's nothing more than a shell of its former essence, with the morning D.J. not doing anything funny at all. Due to Clear Channel's sanitizing of all of the stations it buys and the proliferation of horribly long commercial segments, it's no wonder more and more people are refusing to listen to terrestrial radio, and the good Dr. is disappearing from that medium. I do hope he keeps up online for a long time, he has a great show, and after moving back home from the Army, I missed it terribly because our radio stations here don't carry it, either.

Comment: Easily disproved... (Score 1) 574 574

The effects of her wi-fi and other wireless devices on this man can easily be disproved by running a signal strength meter in his home to find out what radio signals at what strengths are received within it. Likely her 2.4 GHz wireless is probably at a negligible -89 dBm, which may be even weaker by the time it goes through his walls. A wireless (cellular) telephone is doubly not a problem since the signal for the cell tower is radiated everywhere, not just in a local field around her handset, so his claim there is also null and void. Another way to catch him in a lie is to turn on hidden 2.4 GHz transmitters at regular wi-fi strength while he's in a room during a deposition, displaying no devices which use it, and if he displays no "symptoms" or complains of any discomfort, then it's pretty obvious he's lying and just a hair-brained Luddite.

Also, someone on the story's site made a good point in the comments. This is similar to a neighbor's flowers causing allergies. It's your own responsibility to shield yourself from that problem, not the neighbor's. Should he feel that things which radiate in the electromagnetic spectrum are triggering some sort of allergy, he can always wrap his house in a Faraday cage.

+ - United Breaks Guitars->

Sol Rosinberg writes: Apparently, United Airlines' baggage handlers deserve the moniker of "throwers". This guy had his guitar broken by careless baggage handlers, had alerted several employees on the plane that his guitar was being thrown only to be ignored, and what's worse, has been completely ignored by United when he asked them to pay for what their employees were responsible for. "He promised the last United person he spoke with to make 3 songs and videos about the way United Airlines handles luggage" (The Jazz Guiter Blog, 2009). This is the first video. Although it's not my kind of music, it's a rather clever song and a funny bit of revenge. Check it out here.
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