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Businesses

+ - SPAM: The web vs. U.S. Bank

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destinyland
destinyland writes "Online information is creating problems for U.S. Bancorp. A new federal law lets customers opt-out of high-fee overdraft protection. In October a consumer site published an internal U.S. Bancorp memo, which inspired a Washington customer to confront a local manager who insisted that opting out was impossible. He ultimately received an apology from the bank's CEO — but two days later recorded the bank's tellers again wrongly advising customers that opting out was impossible. Now he's posted the audio recording online, targetting the $50 billion a year banks earn from their "courtesy" overdraft protection."
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Security

+ - Microsoft and Mozilla disagree on cert validity-> 1

Submitted by
obstalesgone
obstalesgone writes "As a person who generally trusts Firefox on security related issues, and who uses Firefox as his default browser, getting information on how to update my windows installation has recently become a bit of a hassle. Firefox simply does not trust some Microsoft security certificates. In my opinion they are valid certificates, but the Mozilla programmers disagree.

I'm don't claim to be an expert on security certificates, but the disagreement causes problems for people who use Firefox on Windows on a regular basis.

I am looking for suggestions on how to resolve this issue without being forced to accept untrusted certificates, or switch to using a browser I don't like (Internet Explorer) as my default browser.

Interestingly enough, Microsoft frequently uses the "default browser" in links provided by their operating system even though they know the only browser that will work with their web pages is IE. Isn't this detrimental to how Windows users will feel about Windows? Is there a solution for this?"

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Social Networks

+ - MySpace Friend Request Violates Protection Order-> 3

Submitted by
longacre
longacre writes "In what is believed to be the first ruling of its kind in the U.S., a 16-year old girl faces a year behind bars after submitting a MySpace friend request to a woman and her two daughters who had an order of protection against the girl. Staten Island (NY) Criminal Court Judge Matthew A. Sciarrino Jr. ruled that even though MySpace users can ignore, deny or block friend requests, "that request was still a contact, and no contact was allowed" by the temporary order of protection."
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Transportation

+ - Concept car runs on air

Submitted by TENxOXR
TENxOXR (1044052) writes "An engineer has promised that within a year he will start selling a car that runs on compressed air, producing no emissions at all in town.

The OneCAT will be a five-seater with a glass fibre body, weighing just 350kg and could cost just over £2,500.

It will be driven by compressed air stored in carbon-fibre tanks built into the chassis."
Portables

+ - Woman sues Best Buy $54M for missing Laptop 6

Submitted by
mikesd81
mikesd81 writes "Endgadget has a blurb about a woman named Raelyn Campbell who's had enough with Best Buy. She's opening up a big can of America Sauce on the retailer in the form of a $54m lawsuit after it lost her laptop during warranty service. Campbell says she bought a laptop and $300 extended warranty from Best Buy in 2006, and took the machine in for service when the power switch broke last May. After getting a run around, she learned the laptop was missing. Best Buy offered for losing a $1,100 machine with all her data on it was a $900 gift card. After learning about potential identity theft, Campbell filed the multi-million dollar law suit. She admits, however, she doesn't expect that much money. She only sued for that much money to gain attention of the media."
The Internet

+ - Social networking sites opening up

Submitted by
prostoalex
prostoalex writes "Business Week magazine is looking at social networking sites opening their APIs to third-party developers to enable social applications not supported by the network itself. Facebook is setting an example by releasing their API from beta into 1.0, and many others are expected to follow the suit, since Facebook API now serves as a backbone to 100 or so applications: "Since Facebook, a network of 17 million college students, started a pilot program last summer, third-party developers have created some 100 new applications. Now a Facebook user name and password can be used to log in to content-sharing and chat site Mosoto, and to automatically import Facebook friends into Mosoto's buddy list for chat. Facebook itself does not offer a chat function""
Movies

+ - HD-DVD and Blu-Ray Fully Broken

Submitted by gEvil (beta)
gEvil (beta) (945888) writes "According to an article at BoingBoing, the processing keys for the AACS encryption scheme used by both HD-DVD and Blu-Ray video discs have been extracted, and a crack has been released. What this means is that there is now a method to extract the copy-protected content of any HD-DVD or Blu-Ray disc out there. This is different from Muslix64's previous crack, which only extracted the volume key for each disc. This new method bypasses this step and allows anyone to extract the data without first requiring the volume key."

Comment: Re:The Real Outcome of This Fiasco (Score 1) 687

by depechemodem (#6111914) Attached to: SCO SCO SCO!
I too read Dvorak idiodic commentary. The real outcome is irrelevant - the Open Source community is an international collection of developers who mostly don't give a rip about US legality. If SCO wins in the US, the development and housing will just move off-shore. The code will get fixed in time and all of the world will use it freely again.

This is the same reason that world-wide P2P networks will never get completely get shutdown.

Score one for the world!

Real Programmers don't write in PL/I. PL/I is for programmers who can't decide whether to write in COBOL or FORTRAN.

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