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Submission + - Surge in PlayStation 3 trade-ins due to PSN Outage (

iamhassi writes: ""The ongoing PlayStation Network outage is beginning to have an effect on the high street, Edge can reveal.

Our sources indicate a growing trend of PS3 consoles being traded in for cash or Xbox 360s, slumping sales of PSN points cards and a shift in the ratio of multiplatform game sales and pre-orders away from PS3.

“In the first week of downtime we did not really see any major change in sales or trades,” says one source, a store manager at a major UK retailer speaking on condition of anonymity. “However from the second week onwards we have seen an increase of over 200 per cent on PS3 consoles being traded in, split almost 50/50 between those trading for cash and those taking a 360 instead.”""

Submission + - Shop owner calls customers "tard" in Craigslist Ad (

iamhassi writes: In an amazing display of lack of judgement Tony's Computer Shop in St. Charles, Missouri decided to refer to customers as "tard" in a recent ad on Craigslist: "shop owners hate when people say that, and it makes you look like a tard... Tony's Computer Shop , 1207 S Duchesne , St.Charles MO 63301 , 636-493-9392". Copy of the ad incase it disappears

Submission + - Toyota to borrow, test Woz's Prius for a week (

iamhassi writes: Only a day after Steve Wozniak mentioned at Discovery Forum 2010 (and reported on slashdot) that he was having sudden and repeatable acceleration issues with his 2010 Prius, the Toyota U.S. President has passed Woz his personal number and his Toyota dealer will be testing the car for a week and giving him a loaner. They're also recalling the 2010 Prius, but of course this has nothing to do with Steve.

Submission + - How to pick a really good security question (

iamhassi writes: Web developers are always looking for a better way to provide security for their sites. Answers to common security questions like "What's your mother's maiden name" or "Where did you meet your wife/husband" are all too easy to find on social networks as we all discovered from Sarah Palin's email hacking. Lifehacker provides some insight and tips on how to choose a really good security question and what to avoid.

Submission + - Hasta la Vista, baby: Ars reviews Windows 7 (

iamhassi writes: With much fanfare and even a few parties, Windows 7 has arrived. In this extensive review, Peter Bright of dives deep into Microsoft's new OS offering to see what's new, what's still the same, and whether it's worth upgrading.

Submission + - Choose Good Security Questions and Better Answers (

iamhassi writes: "Security questions are a part of the internet, right up there with logins and passwords. No one thought much about them until Sara Palin's Yahoo account was hacked because her security question was something stupidly easy to find online: "Where did you meet your spouse?"

So now security questions have been given the attention they deserve, but I still see supposedly knowledgeable websites (I'm looking at you suggesting really poor security questions.

Because I hate the idea of people googling "good security questions" and being offered poor questions like "What is your oldest sibling's birthday month? (e.g., January)" (Bet I can guess it in twelve guesses or less!) or "Where does your nearest sibling live? " (Gee, hope you two aren't friends on each other's facebook or myspace, because it would only take a minute to find the answer), I've decided to post actual good security questions and why they're good questions.

A good security question will have the following characteristics:
1. Easy to remember, even 5 or 10 yrs from now
2. At least thousands of possible answers
3. Not a question you would answer on facebook, myspace, in a "Fun Questions to Ask" survey, or in a article or interview
4. Simple one or two word answer
5. Never changes"


Submission + - Prius won't move in snow, Toyota safety feature

iamhassi writes: from consumeraffairs: ""When my car is on any kind of slick surface that causes one of the front wheels to slip, ALL power to the drive system is stopped," wrote Christopher of Reston, Virginia", and he had to push his car up a hill because the wheels refused to budge. The dealership was able replicate the problem, and a Toyota spokeswoman calls it a "safety feature".

If it's worth hacking on well, it's worth hacking on for money.