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The Dangers of Hugging 1

Posted by samzenpus
In a disgusting display of public affection dozens of East Valley students in Mesa Arizona, participated in a group hug to protest a school ban on hugs lasting more than 2 secs. The district said a list of acceptable and non-acceptable behaviors will be handed out to students and that they are simply trying to save the children from the horror of human contact.
Sony

Obituary For the Sony Trinitron 297

Posted by kdawson
from the chrome-parts-shining-in-the-sun dept.
An anonymous reader sends us to Gizmodo where, to honor the passing from production of the Sony Trinitron, they've done a timeline on the development of television. "After 280 millions tubes sold, Trinitron will be officially dead this month. Few Sony inventions have had the same gravitational pull as their Trinitron display technology... Trinitron became synonym of the best quality TV sets and computer monitors in the planet... Sony became the king of TV, with more than 100 million sets sold by 1994, to later fall under the weight of plasma and LCD technologies."
Security

Paypal Advises Users To Stop Using Safari 362

Posted by Zonk
from the watch-where-you-click dept.
eldavojohn writes "Over concerns for lack of an anti-phishing mechanism for Safari, Paypal is telling its Mac users to use another browser. An author from Ars Technica reveals that he has been using Camino and has fallen victim to a Paypal related phishing scam via e-mail so this story must hit home for him. 'Currently the Apple browser does not alert users to sites that could be phishing for your info, and it lacks support for Extended Validation. PayPal is, of course, a popular site among phishers in their neverending search for personal information, user IDs, and passwords. While it's not entirely fair singling out Safari (other Mac browsers like Camino also lack this support), it is perhaps at least a helpful reminder of the threat.'"
Security

+ - Do we really need anti-virus software?

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An anonymous reader writes "On my dual-boot notebook I run Linux most of the time and Windows XP when I have to. My Windows setup is as minimalist as I can get away with, so one of the things I didn't install is anti-virus software. I've had this machine for almost 5 years now, and run Linux 90 to 95% of the time, but there often extended periods when I run Windows fairly extensively — for example there was a period of about 6 months once where I ran Windows about 75% of the time. However in all that time I never contracted a virus or worm or spyware or any of that nasty stuff — and to check that I occassionally go to the major anti-virus sites and run their free virus scans. Now, to be sure, I don't run IE (except when I have to in order to access sites that only work with IE, and then only when I absolutely have to), and I don't run Outlook, and I don't go to questionable sites, and I don't follow phishing emails, but I have run Windows in some fairly-unprotected environments like airports and coffee shops and hotels. Have I just been lucky? Or is Windows really not as vulnerable as we've been led to believe as long as you follow a few simple safe computing rules? And if so, what are those rules?"

History To Repeat Itself With PS3? 390

Posted by Zonk
from the kutaragi-hopes-so dept.
Dr. Eggman writes to mention a 1up article looking at the way things were when the PS2 launched vs. next week's PlayStation 3 launch. The question: can history repeat itself? From the article: "PS2: Released one year after the lower priced Dreamcast, lauded for its great games, ease of development, and superior online service. PS3: Releasing one year after the lower priced Xbox 360, lauded for its great games, ease of development, and superior online service. PS2: Competition from Nintendo: A smaller, cheaper 'family friendly' console with a 'focus on gameplay.' PS3: Competition from Nintendo: A smaller, cheaper 'family friendly' console with a 'focus on gameplay.'" The article also looks at how things have changed for Sony since the last time around.
Security

+ - Online security monitoring service launches

Submitted by Parallax Blue
Parallax Blue (836836) writes "The BBC has an article on a new online security monitoring service that just officially launched. It's called DataPatrol, and its creators claim that it will protect you from identity theft online, among other things. As part of its launch, they're offering a free trial to anyone who wants to sign up, but it appears that the service is for UK citizens only at this time."
Google

+ - Google makes deal with NHL to provide games online

Submitted by CowsAnonymous
CowsAnonymous (697884) writes ""NHL Interactive Cyber Enterprises (ICE), the digital arm of the National Hockey League (NHL), today announced a multi-year deal to provide NHL video content to Google Video. The NHL will provide in-season full-length games on delay to Google Video".

To celebrate its 89th season and this increased access to video content, the NHL will be offering its content for free — without ads — for the first two weeks of November."
Businesses

+ - Best online bank?

Submitted by jakob_grimm
jakob_grimm (38102) writes "I'm looking to set up a new account, and I want to take full advantage of online services. In your opinion, what is the best online bank, or the brick-and-mortar bank with the best online services, and why? (Please note that I live in the southeast USA.) Thanks in advance!"

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