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+ - Oops: World Leaders' Personal Data Mistakenly Released by Autofill Error->

Submitted by mpicpp
mpicpp (3454017) writes "With a single key stroke, the personal information of President Obama and 30 other world leaders was mistakenly released by an official with Australia's immigration office.

Passport numbers, dates of birth, and other personal information of the heads of state attending a G-20 summit in Brisbane, Australia, were inadvertently emailed to one of the organizers of January's Asian Cup football tournament, according to The Guardian. The U.K. newspaper obtained the information as a result of an Australia Freedom of Information request.

Aside from President Obama, leaders whose data were released include Russian President Vladimir Putin, German Chancellor Angela Merkel, Chinese President Xi Jinping and British Prime Minister David Cameron.

The sender forgot to check the auto-fill function in the email "To" field in Microsoft Outlook before hitting send, the BBC reports."

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+ - Hacking collective targets Indiana state government site in response to bill->

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "A hacker collective calling themselves YourVikingdom intermittently took down Indiana’s state website, www.in.gov, in response to Indiana Governor Mike Pence signing a controversial “religious freedom” bill, that many say legalizes discrimination against gays. The group said, “Since Indiana’s Gov decided to sign the religious bill allowing to discriminate it’s time for #OPIndiana to start,” and linked to an article on Perez Hilton’s website about the bill.

It's likely that this group is related to Vikingdom2015, which has gone on a rampage hacking state government websites across the country. Their Twitter handle lists the location as Russia but later tweeted that they are not based in Russia."

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+ - Systemd Devs Fork Linux Kernel-> 3

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "Now it appears as though the systemd developers have found a solution to kernel compatibility problems and a way to extend their philosophy of placing all key operating system components in one repository. According to Ivan Gotyaovich, one of the developers working on systemd, the project intends to maintain its own fork of the Linux kernel. "There are problems, problems in collaboration, problems with compatibility across versions. Forking the kernel gives us control over these issues, gives us control over almost all key parts of the stack.""
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Comment: TANSTAAFL (Score 1) 59

by ThatsNotPudding (#49355703) Attached to: Facebook Successfully Tests Laser Internet Drones

This is going to be great for people in rural areas, developing countries, and others who otherwise would remain hostages to the poor reliability and high latency of radio and satellite internet.

Zuckbook will never give us great unwashed unfettered Internet access, but only a one way trip into the bidding paddock for advertisers to assess us - the product - a monetary value.

And to think FB will not be vending everyone out to all the state security organs of the world for 30 Ag is utter cluelessness.

Comment: Truer words never spoken (Score 2) 1089

by ThatsNotPudding (#49299841) Attached to: Obama: Maybe It's Time For Mandatory Voting In US

"The people who tend not to vote are young, they're lower income, they're skewed more heavily towards immigrant groups and minority groups. There's a reason why some folks try to keep them away from the polls."

This is the one downside to health care advances: the geriatric gentry like DICK Cheney will hang around far too long, doing out-sized damage to every facet of our existence.

Internet Explorer

Microsoft Is Killing Off the Internet Explorer Brand 317

Posted by Soulskill
from the unpoisoning-the-well dept.
An anonymous reader writes: The Verge reports that Internet Explorer as we know it will be taking a back seat to Microsoft's new browser, Project Spartan, in Windows 10 and future projects. IE will still exist, and stick around for compatibility issues, but Project Spartan will be the default way users interact with the internet. Microsoft wants to distance itself with the negative connotations Internet Explorer has acquired through the years. They still haven't decided on an official name for Project Spartan, but it will probably have the company name in it.

What is worth doing is worth the trouble of asking somebody to do.