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Google Gmail Motion Beta 104 104

PB8 noted that has been following all the kinect projects that have been floating around the net, and decided to use detection along with a rich visual vocabulary including common gestures and American Sign Language to accelerate your gmail time. This is going to require a bit of a change in my email composition since normally I use those to vent frustration.

World's Largest Patent Troll Fires First Salvo 189 189

ChiefMonkeyGrinder writes "Yesterday the biggest software patent troll of all finally woke from its slumbers: Intellectual Ventures filed patent infringement complaints in the US District Court of Delaware against companies in the software security, DRAM and Flash memory, and field-programmable gate array industries. Intellectual Ventures was co-founded by Microsoft's former CTO Nathan Myhrvold, with others from Intel and a Seattle-based law firm." We discussed IV's potential for patent trollery last spring.

Gene Simmons Threatens Anonymous Again and Gets DDoS'd 403 403

BussyB writes "Rather than shutting him up, the 'Operation Payback' DDoS attack on his websites only made Simmons more angry and outspoken. None of those threats seemed to bother Anonymous, however, and the group promptly launched another DDoS attack on both of Simmons' websites and rendered them inaccessible once again."
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Badgers Digging Up Ancient Human Remains 172 172

One of England's oldest graveyards is under siege by badgers. Rev Simon Shouler now regularly patrols the grounds of St. Remigius Church looking for bones that the badgers have dug up. The badger is a protected species in England so they can not be killed, and attempts to have them relocated have been blocked by English Nature. From the article: "At least four graves have been disturbed so far; in one instance a child found a leg bone and took it home to his parents. ... Rev. Simon Shouler has been forced to carry out regular patrols to pick up stray bones, store them and re-inter them all in a new grave."

Comment Re:Lawyers... (Score 3, Insightful) 475 475

You honestly think that the lawyer in this case deserves to get over double the payout that the students received? Oh wait never mind, your a troll. No sane person would think that.

The lawyers pay in this case is beyond ridiculous. For the amount of work they do they are almost as overpaid as sports "professionals" who earn millions of dollars to play a fucking game.

Comment Re:Wow... (Score 1) 114 114

They can download all of the data, almost instantly, and store it offline or release it into Torrentland. Scraping takes time, and prolonged access to the account. Now they only need access for a few minutes and they have everything. Changing your account password won't help since they already have everything they need and can freely and safely browse it offline.

I can totally understand why they made this move, and overall it is probably a good thing (Makes getting away from FB when it comes crashing down a whole lot easier), but at the same time they are making it even easier for people to steal your data.

Comment Re:Wow... (Score 1) 114 114

Chances are if they have the FB password they already have access to the users e-mail account. Lets face it, the average user uses one password for most of their online services. Why scrape when you can just download everything in one shot? If the download doesn't work (i.e the user was smart enough to use different passwords) then fall back to scraping the old fashioned way. You can even confirm access to the e-mail account before trying the download, meaning it would be risk free to try.

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