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+ - Internet Kill Switch->

Submitted by grimwell
grimwell (141031) writes "A clear majority of Americans would support giving the president authority to shut down portions of the Internet should there be "clear evidence" of a cyber attack by a foreign government, according to the results of a biannual poll of U.S. attitudes toward security."
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Comment: gov't discounts (Score 1) 606

by grimwell (#33927652) Attached to: Generic PCs For Corporate Use?

Are the gov't discounts really that great? Last time I compared(summer of 2008) the gov't(state level) & education discounts available to me they were higher priced than what was currently available on Dell's website.

This situation arise because the prices & configurations are negotiated only every few years.

I'd suggest comparing the pricing of the same machine with & without the "gov't discounts". It would also be useful to know what kind of specs you are looking.

The Dell Vostro series for your basic office worker will you run about $500. As others have mentioned don't bother getting your windows license from Dell. At the volume you are dealing with it, you can a simple enterprise/site wide license from Microsoft.

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+ - SPAM: Researcher shows new clickjacking methods

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alphadogg (971356) writes "A computer security researcher has released a new browser-based tool that can be used to experiment with next-generation "clickjacking" attacks along with details of the four new techniques.

Clickjacking is a style of attack where a user is tricked into clicking on certain parts of a Web page with hidden buttons that perform malicious actions. The hidden buttons are delivered by an invisible iframe, which is a window that brings other content into the target Web site.

Paul Stone, a security consultant with Context Information Security in the U.K., revealed four new kinds of clickjacking attacks on Wednesday at the Black Hat conference that are effective against most Web sites and browsers. Stone showed one demonstration that used the drag-and-drop API implemented in all browsers. With some social engineering, users can be tricked into dragging an item on a Web page, which would cause text to be inserted into fields"

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+ - Adobe to sue Apple over Flash cross-compiler ban->

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sopssa writes "IT World reports that Adobe intends to sue Apple "within a few weeks," citing sources close to Adobe. Not only did the recent iPhone and iPad licensing change ban Adobe's Flash-to-iPhone cross-compiler, but also Novell's MonoTouch which lets you compile C# and .NET apps to the iPhone. "Applications must be originally written in Objective-C, C, C++, or JavaScript as executed by the iPhone OS WebKit engine, and only code written in C, C++, and Objective-C may compile and directly link against the Documented APIs". Lee Brimelow notes in his blog post that "What they are saying is that they won’t allow applications onto their marketplace solely because of what language was originally used to create them. This is a frightening move that has no rational defense other than wanting tyrannical control over developers and more importantly, wanting to use developers as pawns in their crusade against Adobe. This does not just affect Adobe but also other technologies like Unity3D."."
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+ - PayPal discovers Freedom is risky->

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grimwell (141031) writes "Date: Fri, 05 Mar 2010 04:03:37 -0800 to: cryptome[at]earthlink.net subject: Update to Your Account, PP-910-103-553 From: Dear John Young, We have reviewed your PayPal Account, and due to the excessive risk involved, we would like to begin parting ways in a manner that is least disruptive to your business."
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Comment: Re:Perception (Score 1) 252

by grimwell (#31008378) Attached to: Why Time Flies By As You Get Older

"stuff to look forward to" isn't right. Then plenty of experiences across the ages spectrum. The speed with which time appears to pass is relative. To a ten year old, one year is 1/10 of their life... that can seem like forever. To a sixty year old, one year is 1/60 of their lifetime... a year can pass in the blink of an eye.

Trust me as you age there is no shortage of things to -do-, fresh & new or otherwise. But you are right that TV plots are pretty much the same... same for movies.

I think physical location is also a factor. Where I live we have four distinct seasons. This makes one acutely aware of where in the year(cycle) we are; amount of daylight & temps.
   

Comment: Re:Bring pack the family pack! (Score 1) 344

by grimwell (#30759320) Attached to: What To Expect From Windows 7 SP1

Unless there are gaming or itunes needs I would move your home machines to a free(as in speech & beer) OS. Fedora/Ubuntu have all matured enough for general home use. Go try a LiveCD.

You can re-skin them to look like Windows. See this comment for links.

Otherwise look at BizSpark for your Microsoft software needs.

Fee: A USD $100 Program Offering Fee is due when the Startup exits the Program. As part
of Microsoft's commitment to Startup success, there are no initial costs for Startups to join
BizSpark.

Technology offering: The BizSpark technology offering to Startups currently includes:
      For design, development, testing and demonstration of your software application:
        - Software included in a Visual Studio Team System Team Suite (VSTS) with MSDN
              Premium subscription is included in this Program. Additionally, VSTS Team
              Foundation Server (Standard Edition) is available for use by the entire development
              team

Comment: Re:I have a solution.... (Score 1) 638

by grimwell (#24475445) Attached to: Blizzard Tries To Forbid Open Sourcing Glider

IANAL either. Blizzard originally wanted to stop the development & distribution of Glider. Currently Glider is a binary software package. In that form(non-human readable) free speech doesn't apply. Releasing the source code(in human readable form) is where free speech rights come into play.

Free speech out weighs a company's profits. Yes?

Maybe look at it this way... Glider is akin to a zero-day exploit. Should it be censored/repressed because it disrupts a company's profits? Should the latest DNS vulnerability have been forever forbidden from being published?

With the source code of Glider released, Blizzard will also have access to the code and be able to patch their servers to render Glider ineffective. With the code release future client-server games will have another example of perverting/abusing the client&server to guard against. i.e. make cheating more difficult/there is more to be gained by releasing the source of Glider.

Does that help explain how open sourcing a piece of software is free speech issue?

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