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Comment: Re:Feature Request (Score 1) 238

by djce (#26966555) Attached to: Homemade PDF Patch Beats Adobe By Two Weeks

When loading a PDF, if Reader sees there's JavaScript that wants to run, Reader pops up a dialog along the lines of, "Hey, this file contains executable code which is, y'know, kind of contrary to the whole concept of a 'document'. Do you want to allow the code to run? [Yes] [[Hell, No]]"

Do you think that the average user will read anything before clicking "Yes"?

So make sure that pressing escape, space or return will all do the same thing: fail safe.

And/or maybe reword the question: "This file contains unsafe content which could harm your computer. Protect your computer against this threat?"

Or don't even make it a question: make it an alert box with only one option (ok), and you have to go elsewhere (dive into some menu) to turn on scripting.

Earth

Acorns Disappear Across the Country 474

Posted by kdawson
from the curiouser-and-curiouser dept.
Hugh Pickens writes "Botanist Rod Simmons thought he was going crazy when couldn't find any acorns near his home in Arlington County, Virginia. 'I'm used to seeing so many acorns around and out in the field, it's something I just didn't believe,' said Simmons. Then calls started coming in about crazy squirrels. Starving, skinny squirrels eating garbage, inhaling bird feed, greedily demolishing pumpkins. Squirrels boldly scampering into the road. And a lot more calls about squirrel roadkill. Simmons and Naturalist Greg Zell began to do some research and found Internet discussion groups, including one on Topix called 'No acorns this year,' reporting the same thing from as far away as the Midwest up through New England and Nova Scotia. 'We live in Glenwood Landing, N.Y., and don't have any acorns this year. Really weird,' wrote one. 'None in Kansas either! Curiouser and curiouser.' The absence of acorns could have something to do with the weather and Simmons has a theory about the wet and dry cycles. But many skeptics say oaks in other regions are producing plenty of acorns, and the acorn bust is nothing more than the extreme of a natural boom-and-bust cycle. But the bottom line is that no one really knows. 'It's sort of a mystery,' Zell said."
Music

+ - RIAA slams FAIR USE Act

Submitted by Tyler Too
Tyler Too (909326) writes "The RIAA has weighed in on the just-introduced FAIR USE Act, and to no one's surprise, they're not at all happy with it. 'The FAIR USE Act "would repeal the DMCA and legalize hacking," says the RIAA. "It would reverse the Supreme Court's decision in Grokster and allow electronics companies to induce others to break the law for their own profit."' Looks like the CEA's lobbyists and the RIAA's lobbyists will be battling it out on Capitol Hill."
Privacy

+ - DHS Abandons RFID

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An anonymous reader writes "The Department of Homeland Security has abandoned plans to embed RFID chips in arrival and departure forms carried by foreign nations in the U.S. The decision comes shortly after a General Accounting Office report found that the chips often were not properly scanned by sensors, and that they provided no additional assurance that the person arriving in the country was the same as the person leaving the country. Privacy groups had criticized the plan to embed the chips out of fear that they would allow people on the street to be scanned for forms that would identify them as non-citizens."
Microsoft

+ - California mulls ODF -- hard times for MS ahead?

Submitted by PetManimal
PetManimal (987201) writes "The California state legislature will decide on a proposal about whether to have the state government use open, XML-based document file formats starting next January. The proposed bill, AB 1668, is similar to bills filed earlier this month in Minnesota and Texas. Such bills, if passed, would be a big win for the OpenDocument format, and a big loss for Microsoft and its Office suite. However, Microsoft hasn't been sitting on its laurels — besides lobbying Massachusetts legislators and officials to prevent the state government there from turning away from Office, it has also gained standards certification for Open XML from Ecma International and is seeking ISO approval as well."
Education

+ - Top 50 Things To Do To Stop Global Warming

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An anonymous reader writes "Global warming is a dramatically urgent and serious problem. We don't need to wait for governments to solve this problem: each one of us can bring an important help adopting a more responsible lifestyle: starting from little, everyday things. It's the only reasonable way to save our planet, before it is too late.

There's an handy list of the Top 50 things to do to fight Global Warming that gives useful advices that everyone can follow in order to help the environment: some of them are at no cost, some other require a little investment but can help you save a lot of money, in the middle-long term!"
Google

When Your Site Ceases To Exist 191

Posted by kdawson
from the without-a-trace dept.
El Lobo writes with a sobering account of how Javalobby dropped off the face of Google last month. The site had been attacked by forum spammers and Google indexed some of their spew before the Javalobby guys could remove it. According to a post in Rich Skrenta's blog, Google is now the de-facto front page for the Internet, accounting for anywhere from 70% to 78% of the search market. The power this conveys is hard to overstate. From the Javalobby saga: "We had completely disappeared from Google's main index! If you run a website, then you know how serious a problem this is. On any given day over 10,000 visitors arrive at Javalobby as a result of Google searches, and suddenly they stopped coming! ... Suddenly we no longer existed in the eyes of Google."

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