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Android

Malware Posing As Official Google Play Store Evades Most Security Checks 100

Posted by timothy
from the ok-ok-using-ios-doesn't-count dept.
DavidGilbert99 (2607235) writes Mobile malware on Android is nothing new, but now security company FireEye has discovered in the Google Play store a sophisticated piece of malware which is posing as....the official Google Play store. Using the same icon but a different name, the malware is not being detected by the vast majority of security vendors, is difficult to uninstall and steals your messages, security certificates and banking details.
Education

Localized (Visual) Programming Language For Kids? 185

Posted by timothy
from the because-english-sometimes-sucks dept.
First time accepted submitter jimshatt writes "I want my kids to play around with programming languages. To teach them basic concepts like loops and subroutines and the likes. My 8-year-old daughter in particular. I've tried Scratch and some other visual languages, but I think she might be turned off by the English language. Having to learn English as well as a programming language at the same time might be just a little too much. I'd really like to have a programming language that is easy to learn, and localized or localizable. Preferably cross-platform, or browser-based, so she can show her work at school (Windows) as well as work on in at home (Debian Linux). By the way, she speaks Dutch and Danish, so preferably one of those languages (but if it's localizable I can translate it myself). Any suggestions?"

Comment: Re:The Man Who Said No To Sony (Score 1) 255

by Stavr0 (#43184337) Attached to: Nvidia Walked Away From PS4 Hardware Negotiations

Another quote from that story...
I could go to my grave, and my tombstone could say, 'Here lies the dumbest CEO ever to live. He chose not to sell to Wal-Mart.'
I wasn't condoning nor condemning nVidia's move, just pointing out the similarities. ... or maybe a more accurate analogy would be 3dfx failing to get the SEGA Dreamcast chipset contract.

Comment: Re:If you're getting a refund... (Score 1) 526

by Stavr0 (#43182495) Attached to: For 2012's U.S. tax season ...

This. A million times this.

Nobody should ever pay income tax deductions above the absolute minimum permitted by law. Do I have to include a cheque when I turn in my income tax paperwork?

Of course, but meanwhile that cashflow sits in MY bank account, which has side benefits of raising my number of free transactions, makes it easier to keep a minimum balance, helps get a better interest rate on progressive savings accounts, provides an extra cushion againts overdrafts ....

The Internet

Why Are We So Rude Online? 341

Posted by Soulskill
from the because-nobody-can-punch-us-in-the-face dept.
kodiaktau writes "An article in the WSJ discusses why internet users are more rude online than they are in person. The story discusses some of the possible reasons. For example, a study found that browsing Facebook tends to lower people's self control. An MIT professor says people posting on the internet have lowered inhibitions because there is no formal social interaction. Another theory is that communicating through a phone or other device feels like communicating with a 'toy,' which dehumanizes the conversation. Of course, a rude conversation has never happened on Slashdot in the last 15 years."
Image

Linux Forcibly Installed On Congressman's Computer In Act of Terrorism 343 Screenshot-sm

Posted by Unknown Lamer
from the rms-detained-on-hooliganism-charges dept.
fermion writes with news of Windows computers being forcefully liberated: "The campaign headquarters of Michael Grimm, a U.S. House of Representatives member from New York, were vandalized. What has not been reported everywhere is that Linux was installed on one of his computers, erasing data in the process. Is this a new attack on democracy by the open source radicals, or it is just a random occurrence?" From the article: "'In fact, one officer said to me today they see this as a crime against the government, because I am a sitting United States congressman and they take it very seriously. You know, especially in light of what happened with Gabby Giffords, we're not in the world today where we can shrug things off,' Grimm said. ... [GNU/]Linux, an open-source operating system, was installed on Grimm's computers, erasing the hard drive contents, which included polling and voter identification data. But staff had backed up the hard drive contents hours beforehand. Grimm and his staffers said the vandalism — cement blocks were thrown through the office's windows — is a cover-up for the attacks on the computers."

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