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Security

Journal Journal: story submission: diebold security flaw worst ever

The folks at Open Voting Foundation got their hands on a Diebold AccuVote TS touchscreen voting machine. They took it apart (pictures here), and found the most serious security flaw ever discovered in this machine. A single switch is all that is required to cause the machine to boot an unverified external flash instead of the builtin verified EEPROM.

Slashdot.org

Journal Journal: missing moderation categories 2

I was posting a comment, and actually read the text at the bottom explaining how to post (that I normally just gloss over). This bit caught my eye:

Offtopic, Inflammatory, Inappropriate, Illegal, or Offensive comments might be moderated.

So my question is this. I've had moderator access quite a lot, but I've never seen any of these moderation categories except Offtopic. However, the capitalization suggests that those are specific categories. Were they originally categories that don't exist any more, or what?

Hardware

Journal Journal: strangeness w/ Synaptics TouchPad and Windows XP home 5

I have a Synaptics Touchpad on my laptop. The driver is version 5.9 and my OS is Windows XP Home Edition (with SP2 and latest updates). I have my screen saver set to a short timeout, (three minutes) so if I am idle for 3 minutes, the screen saver comes on. The problem is, that if I am for instance reading comments on slashdot, scrolling down using the special area on the right side of the touchpad, it does not count as an input signal for the purposes of screen saver timing. That means that the screen saver will kick on, even though I am actually moving the page even at the same time! Is this just a bug in the Synaptics driver? Anyone else see this behavior?

User Journal

Journal Journal: Interesting discovery

It is well known that posting in a discussion that you have also moderated will cancel your moderations. It is interesting (and perhaps a bug but I am not sure) that this is still true even if you check the "post anonymously" box when posting your comment.

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