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+ - Pentagon Contractors Openly Post Job Listings For Offensive Hackers->

Submitted by Sparrowvsrevolution
Sparrowvsrevolution (1926150) writes "In the wake of confirmation that the U.S. government was involved in the creation of Stuxnet and likely Flame, a look over job listings on defense contractor sites shows just how explicitly the Pentagon and the firms that service it are recruiting offense-oriented hackers. Northrop Grumman, Raytheon, Lockheed Martin, SAIC, and Booz Allen have all posted job ads that require skills like "exploit development," have titles like "Windows Attack Developer," or asks them to "plan, execute, and assess an Offensive Cyberspace Operation.""
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Google

+ - Google, Apple, and Microsoft all slammed over privacy issues->

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walterbyrd
walterbyrd writes "Apple Inc must defend against a lawsuit accusing it of letting advertisers secretly track the activity of millions of mobile device users.
Microsoft is selling “political campaigns the ability to target voters online with tailored ads using names, ZIP codes, and other registration information,” based on a report.
And finally, another Google is Evil article."

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Apple

+ - Rare operating Apple 1 rakes in $374,500 at Sotheby's auction->

Submitted by
coondoggie
coondoggie writes "It's not one of a kind but pretty darn close. Sotheby's this week auctioned off a rare working Apple 1 computer for $374,500 to an unnamed bidder. The price was more than double the expected price listed on the Sotheby's web site.
The Sotheby's notes about the Apple 1 say it is one of six thought to be operational boxes and one of about 50 known to exist."

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Security

+ - My IT department wants you to hack my account 1

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "I work for a publicly traded company. When I submit tickets to helpdesk, they reply with an automated response which has a link to the ticket. Nothing special there, right? The only thing is, it is a plain http: link, leading to a page that immediately asks for my password. If I add an s after the http, there is not even a listener there. So the only way I can access that page is to send my password in the clear. That server is geographically distant, so I am pretty sure I would be sending my password in the clear over the internet. (And even if it is fully intranet-based, isn't this still a pretty big risk?) Again, it is my IT department which is sending this link. This is not the first company where I have seen this. So I am starting to think that the easiest way for a hacker to compromise a company is actually provided as a service by that company's IT department. How common is this, and how can it possibly be happening? More generally, how safe is my personal data that I provide to corporations, when they may be so astoundingly easy to compromise?"

Comment: Re:Not losing much... (Score 3, Informative) 272

by chicagoan (#32535572) Attached to: Adobe (Temporarily?) Kills 64-Bit Flash For Linux
The 64bit version of flash on linux was much better for me than the 32bit version running through ndiswrapper. The plugin used to crash for me all the time when wrapped but ever since the 64bit version came out crashes are rare. When I go full screen on say you tube it does get a bit choppy very easily but I'll take that over crashes.

+ - Gmail, Too, Seeks to Rival Facebook->

Submitted by chicagoan
chicagoan (670650) writes "Google Inc. is taking a swipe at Facebook Inc. and Twitter Inc. (WSJ subscription may be required) with a new feature that makes it easier for users of Gmail to view media and status updates shared online by their friends. Google could announce the new Gmail feature as soon as this week, said people familiar with the matter. A Google spokeswoman declined to comment.

The change adds a module to the Gmail screen that will display a stream of updates from individuals a user chooses to connect with, said one of these people. It is a format popularized by Facebook and Twitter."

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Microsoft

Visual Studio 2010 Forces Tab Indenting 390

Posted by kdawson
from the one-man's-readable dept.
An anonymous reader writes "For years, Microsoft has allowed Visual Studio users to define arbitrary tab widths, often to the dismay of those viewing the resultant code in other editors. With VS 2010, it appears that they have taken the next step of forcing tab width to be the same as the indent size in code. Two-space tabs anyone?"

Comment: Re:Comodo? (Score 1) 127

by chicagoan (#29661157) Attached to: Thawte Will End "Web of Trust" On November 16

That is actually the first thing I did when I read the original post. Seems to work exactly the same for email purposes at least and everyone I sent mail to was able to decrypt etc. I also found the getting the cert process much easier. I didn't have to create an account and the email saying my cert was ready only took about 1 minute, I think i've waited close to 15 minutes for thawte certs in the past.

http://www.instantssl.com/ssl-certificate-products/free-email-certificate.html

Hopefully they don't follow the same fate at thawte did.

+ - AT&T Asks FCC to Investigate Google Voice ->

Submitted by
chicagoan
chicagoan writes "It seems that AT&T hasn't taken too nicely to all the bad press they have been getting in the Google-Apple-AT&T fiasco. Google Inc.'s Google Voice service is improperly preventing consumers from calling certain phone numbers, violating federal call-blocking rules, AT&T Inc. said Friday in a letter to the Federal Communications Commission."
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Google

+ - Google barks back at Microsoft over Chrome Frame s->

Submitted by
CWmike
CWmike writes "Google hit back at Microsoft on Friday, defending the security of its new Chrome Frame plug-in and claiming that the software actually makes Internet Explorer (IE) safer and more secure. "Accessing sites using Google Chrome Frame brings Google Chrome's security features to Internet Explorer users," said a Google spokesman today. "It provides strong phishing and malware protection, absent in IE6, robust sandboxing technology [in IE6 and on Windows XP], and defenses from emerging online threats that are available in days rather than months." On Thursday, Microsoft warned users that they would double their security problems by using Chrome Frame, the plug-in that provides better JavaScript performance and adds support for HTML 5 to Microsoft's browser."
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Image

13-Year-Old Trades iPod For a Walkman For a Week 354 Screenshot-sm

Posted by samzenpus
from the don't-tell-him-about-records dept.
BBC Magazine convinced 13-year-old Scott Campbell to trade in his iPod for a Walkman for a week and see what he thought. Scott thinks the iPod wins when it comes to sound quality, color, weight, and the shuffle feature. The Walkman, however, offers two headphone sockets, making it much easier to listen to music with a friend. My favorite part of the review is, "It took me three days to figure out that there was another side to the tape. That was not the only naive mistake that I made; I mistook the metal/normal switch on the Walkman for a genre-specific equalizer, but later I discovered that it was in fact used to switch between two different types of cassette."
Upgrades

+ - Samsung ships first 16GB DDR3 modules-> 1

Submitted by Slatterz
Slatterz (666) writes "South Korean chipmaker Samsung said that it has shipped its first 16GB DDR3 memory modules. The new modules use a 50 nanometer manufacturing process and operate at a 1.35 volt power level. The modules use the higher density and more efficient 2Gb process Samsung first announced last September. While prices for DDR3 remain high, the modules are widely expected to take over the market in the coming years as prices fall and buyers opt for its higher data transfer rates and power savings."
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