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Comment: damn it, I logged into AOL again (Score 0) 106

by ThePhish (#39531779) Attached to: Hackers Can Easily Lift Credit Card Info From a Used Xbox

Slow news day? This is just as slashdot worthy as some putz buying a refurbed computer or HD and finding someone's personal info, or a "My Documents" full of NOT THEIR DOCUMENTS.

My money is on most readers here aren't stupid enough to unload any data storage device w/o appropriately clearing it, or using throwaway credentials.

Comment: fun for deviants (Score 1) 172

by ThePhish (#36364026) Attached to: Man Creates Open Source Flashlight

Won't take much work for someone to go and hack the flash pattern to go and mimic Opticom traffic pre-emption signals, and then start pre-empting local traffic control. Some asshat will do this, get smashed up - or worse use it in aiding/abetting a crime, and then blinking flashlights will become illegal, if some DA gets their way.

A quick mod to it makes it an infrared LED, and then all of a sudden you have an invisible device that you can attach to your vehicle and roll thru town causing all kinds of chaos. You're only talking about 6hz / 11hz or something like that, my Droid device does that already on a smaller scale.

Comment: Re:Speculation (Score 5, Informative) 404

by ThePhish (#35945974) Attached to: PSN Outage Continues, Console Hack Claimed To Be Responsible

You are correct, he is not the government...but he was CT's Attorney General for 20 years, and has long championed consumer rights and technology . So, him picking this battle as a freshman senator is technically accurate, but it does not reflect his multi-decade experience in the arena.

Comment: Re:Before everyone freaks (Score 1) 1122

by ThePhish (#35657494) Attached to: Things Get Worse at Fukushima

+5 Interesting? Repairing? Those are units that are over 30 years old, and are approaching end of life. Considering the amount of work that goes into decommissioning a nuclear power plant, burying "the whole damn thing in concrete" is an idiotic solution to a devastating emergency. If it was that simple, wouldn't they bury all the old nuclear reactors in concrete all over the world? Even the ones that lived accident free lives, and are newer, take decades to decommission and break down, and recover.

I'm disappointed in the +5, but then again, this is /.


Rupert Murdoch Claims To Own the 'Sky' In 'Skype' 186

Posted by samzenpus
from the mine-now-I-take-it dept.
Crudely_Indecent writes "Not content to own just news stories, Rupert Murdoch is now going after individual words! His BSkyB is fighting a legal battle with Skype, claiming that it owns the 'Sky' in 'Skype.' From the article: 'A spokesman for Sky confirmed that the company has been involved in a "five-year dispute with Skype" over trademark applications filed by the telecomms company. These are, the spokesman added: "including, but not limited to, television-related goods and services."'"

Inmates Escape As Guard Plays Plants Vs. Zombies 87

Posted by samzenpus
from the prioritizing-priorities dept.
dotarray writes "Everybody knows that there's a certain risk one takes when playing addictive, engrossing games can be trouble when you're meant to be doing something else. The prevalence of awesome games on the iPhone hasn't helped that risk. A Plants Vs. Zombies loving police officer has learned this the hard way after an escape."
First Person Shooters (Games)

Gamer Plays Doom For the First Time 362

Posted by Soulskill
from the new-is-relative dept.
sfraggle writes "Kotaku has an interesting review of Doom (the original!) by Stephen Totilo, a gamer and FPS player who, until a few days ago, had gone through the game's 17-year history without playing it. He describes some of his first impressions, the surprises that he encountered, and how the game compares to modern FPSes. Quoting: 'Virtual shotgun armed, I was finally going to play Doom for real. A second later, I understood the allure the video game weapon has had. In Doom the shotgun feels mighty, at least partially I believe because they make first-timers like me wait for it. The creators make us sweat until we have it in hand. But once we have the shotgun, its big shots and its slow, fetishized reload are the floored-accelerator-pedal stuff of macho fantasy. The shotgun is, in all senses, instant puberty, which is to say, delicately, that to obtain it is to have the assumed added potency that a boy believes a man possesses vis a vis a world on which he'd like to have some impact. The shotgun is the punch in the face the once-scrawny boy on the beach gives the bully when he returns a muscled linebacker.'"
The Almighty Buck

EVE Player Loses $1,200 Worth of Game Time In-Game 620

Posted by Soulskill
from the sorry-about-your-luck dept.
An anonymous reader writes " has reported that an EVE Online player recently lost over $1,200 worth of in-game items during a pirate attack. The player in question was carrying 74 PLEX in their ship's cargo hold — in-game 'Pilot's License Extensions' that award 30 days of EVE Online time when used on your account. When the ship was blown up by another player, all 74 PLEX were destroyed in the resulting blast, costing $1,200 worth of damage, or over 6 years of EVE subscription time, however you prefer to count it. Ow."

Southwest Adds 'Mechanical Difficulties' To Act Of God List 223

Posted by samzenpus
from the blameless-travel dept.
War, earthquakes, and broken washers are all unavoidable events for which a carrier should not be liable if travel is delayed according to Southwest Airlines. Southwest quietly updated their act of God list a few weeks ago to include mechanical problems with the other horrors of an angry travel god. From the article: "Robert Mann, an airline industry analyst based in Port Washington, NY, called it 'surprising' that Southwest, which has a reputation for stellar customer service, would make a change that puts passengers at a legal disadvantage if an aircraft breakdown delays their travel. Keeping a fleet mechanically sound 'is certainly within the control of any airline,' Mann said. 'Putting mechanical issues in the same category as an act of God — I don't think that's what God intended.'"

Anyone can hold the helm when the sea is calm. -- Publius Syrus