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Submission MySpace profile and a statutory rape conviction->

drhamad writes: "A man convicted of statutory rape attempted to use a MySpace profile to show that the girl was putting herself out to be over the age of 18. The court denied him because he couldn't prove he saw it prior to the "rape". Whether or not you believe that it should be admitted in this case, it's an interesting example of our reliance on internet information and how cases in the future may be looked at."
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US Not Getting Money's Worth From ISS 217

greysky writes "On the 45th anniversary of his first trip into space, astronaut John Glenn says the U.S. is not getting it's money's worth out of the International Space Station. From the article: "Diverting money from the orbiting research outpost to President Bush's goal of sending astronauts back to the moon and eventually on to Mars is preventing some scientific experiments on the space station"."

Submission TestDisk & PhotoRec 6.6 release

Christophe GRENIER writes: "TestDisk & PhotoRec 6.6 have been released. TestDisk is a powerful free data recovery program! It was primarily designed to help recover lost partitions and/or make non-booting disks bootable again when these symptoms are caused by faulty software, certain types of viruses or human error (such as accidentally deleting your Partition Table). PhotoRec is file data recovery software designed to recover lost files including video, documents and archives from Hard Disks and CDRom and lost pictures (thus, its 'Photo Recovery' name) from digital camera memory. PhotoRec ignores the filesystem and goes after the underlying data, so it will still work even if your media's filesystem has been severely damaged or re-formatted. The encase expert witness compression format is now supported, so computer forensic experts can use TestDisk and PhotoRec more easily. Remember, Slashdot article Memories of a Media Card, PhotoRec was the tool used to recover lost files from apparently formatted cards. PhotoRec 6.6 comes with a new methode to handle fragmented files: it's faster and more reliable."

Submission Vista anti-spyware to be renamed Windows Emmental

ronniekray writes: An independent test of Windows Defender against third party vendors has demonstrated holes in Microsoft Vista's spyware protection. Calls of Swiss Cheese could be heard coming from the direction of Spyware Doctor vendor PC Tools which commissioned Australian concern Enex Testlab to evaluate how Windows Defender compared to its own and other products.
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Journal Journal: Thoughts on the new console generation

Now that I've had over 2 weeks with the PS3, I'm perhaps in a position to offer some thoughts on how things stand with the new generation. The opinions below are based on significant hands-on experience with each of the new consoles although obviously, due to the length of time that it has been in the wild, I have had significantly more time with the 360 than with the other two machines.

Submission The Top 100 Alternative Vendors

Anonymous writes: "Everyone can name the market leaders in different technology segments. HP has overtaken Dell in PCs and is the undisputed market-share leader in printers. Microsoft holds the title for operating systems. Symantec stands at the top of the hill for antivirus software. Cisco is king in data and voice networking. And EMC ranks ahead of all others in storage hardware. Alternative vendors? They're everyone else, with innovative technologies that complement hardware and software offered by market-share leaders. And, according to, they often offer higher margins and better sales opportunities. Here are 100 you should know across 10 key technology segments."
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Submission Exploring the Texas Instruments homebrew scene

marcellizot writes: "Modding hardware and writing homebrew applications is a bloody-minded activity at the best of times; it's all about the square pegs and the round holes. But in the Texas Instruments (TI) range of scientific calculators, the modding/homebrew community has found its Everest. It's hard not to admire this sort of absurd stubbornness, so in homage to this noble gaming pursuit Pocket Gamer has explored the TI scene and rounded up some key TI homebrew games, mods and resources to shed a little light on the modding/homebrew world's most shadowy precipice."

Submission Ballmer to analysts you're too bullish about Vista

An anonymous reader writes: Speaking at a recent recent financial analyst briefing in New York, Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer told analysts they were "somewhat too bullish" about the sales of Microsoft's new Vista operating system. Ballmer also revealed that while he believed the controversial Windows Genuine Advantage anti-piracy program might improve Vista revenue growth, he wasn't counting on it to be a "huge thing on the scale of this business".

March To Be Month of PHP Bugs 292

PHP writes "Stefan Esser is the founder of both the Hardened-PHP Project and the PHP Security Response Team (which he recently left). During an interview with SecurityFocus he announced the upcoming Month of PHP bugs initiative in March." Quoting: "We will disclose different types of bugs, mainly buffer overflows or double free (/destruction) vulnerabilities, some only local, but some remotely triggerable... Additionally there are some trivial bypass vulnerabilities in PHP's own protection features... As a vulnerability reporter you feel kinda puzzled how people among the PHP Security Response Team can claim in public that they do not know about any security vulnerability in PHP, when you disclosed about 20 holes to them in the two weeks before. At this point you stop bothering whether anyone considers the disclosure of unreported vulnerabilities unethical. Additionally a few of the reported bugs have been known for years among the PHP developers and will most probably never be fixed. In total we have more than 31 bugs to disclose, and therefore there will be days when more than one vulnerability will be disclosed."

Submission Finding a public toilet is _not_ easy!

William S. writes: "Ever try to find a public toilet in a big city? Looking for a clean, safe, and convenient place to go?
A database of public toilets in 18 countries has been set up at . At this site you can search for a public toilet by country and city and get detailed information about that particular toilet. There is a provision for entering geographic coordinates (longitude/latitude) so it is possible to apply this information to mapping resources as well.
The database is new with it's origin in the Netherlands. It is now open for your queries and input worldwide!

Submission BonziBUDDY ported to Mac OS X - the world's end?

An anonymous reader writes: As it could be read recently on digg and Ars Technica, the world famoust spyware, the BonziBUDDY, has been ported to OSX, no exatcly like the original but as price for the spyware freeness, with a bit more "profane" attitude to the users. Does spyware free ports of the world famoust spyware bring the mac world in danger? At least it's worth a good laugh.

MPAA and FBI Help To Train Swedish Police 165

Several readers let us know about a program in which a US FBI agent and employees of the MPAA led a seminar for Swedish police officers in methods of finding and stopping illegal downloading from the Internet. The writer at says, "I bet the Swedish people are going to love to find out that the US government and a US lobbying group now have a hand in training their police personnel. So much for the notion of national sovereignty." Reader Oxygen provided a bit of translation from an article in Swedish on "According to Bertil Ramsell, responsible for the course, the purpose of the visit was to give the invited speakers a chance to explain to the students what their organization's purpose was. But in a report from the IIPA, the purpose was to educate students in anti-piracy."

"I may be synthetic, but I'm not stupid" -- the artificial person, from _Aliens_