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Firefox

+ - dragon naturally speaking virus-> 2

Submitted by
iplayfast
iplayfast writes "I'm livid. My site updates information on a daily basis. Over the last few months Firefox has been asking for a plugin, I never put that in the code....

Turns out that Dragon naturally speaking version 12, is adding extra code to entries if you are using firefox. This code is hidden inside of div tags. So users don't know they are inserting it. It is asking visitors to my site (who are also using firefox) to install a plugin. This plugin doesn't exist.

In otherwords, if you go to the site and use firefox you will be asked to install a plugin. If you do it, none will be found.

EVERY SINGLE TIME YOU GO TO THE PAGE!

Just a big waste of time and resources.

As anybody can enter things into the site (similar to slashdot) anybody using dragon dictate 12 will be filling my site with this pointless code.

I view this as a virus. It infects computers in a hidden way, is made by a fairly large company, on purpose, with I assume, the idea of releasing their plugin to promote their software.

Am I overreacting?"

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The Almighty Buck

+ - why isn't my site more popular-> 1

Submitted by iplayfast
iplayfast (166447) writes "I figure there are lots of smart people on my favourite website, so I'm putting the question out there.
My site is http://www.stockchase.com/ and it is used to track what experts say on public TV about stocks. We have over 10 years worth of data, and it is updated daily.

If you invest in the stock market, it gives good guidance. You can see what many experts have said about a company over time. Or you can see what one expert has said about many companies.

So my question is, why isn't this site more popular? Or, how do I let more people know about it?"

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+ - Companies fight antivirus false positives->

Submitted by iplayfast
iplayfast (166447) writes "False positives in Antivirus software have some companies fighting back. Compulife Software Inc, updates their software on a subscription basis, and has to deal with Norton telling Compulife's customers that Compulife's software is a virus, because the software is often updated. Even after notifying Norton of the problem it persists, so ... Compulife is fighting back by telling it's customers Norton Is Crap."
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+ - Compromising Twitter's OAuth security system-> 1

Submitted by iplayfast
iplayfast (166447) writes "Facebook, Twitter, and Google all have different variants of the [OAuth] standard that have to be handled differently by third-party applications. Twitter's approach is, by far, the worst.

Twitter has screwed up big time,and this article tells how. The author has been ignored by Twitter so he's publicly outing them, with their Not so secret consumer key."

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Linux Business

+ - Is it safe to program .NET for Linux?

Submitted by
iplayfast
iplayfast writes "I program for a number of operating systems and usually end up using C++. However as C++ is getting more and more knarly (IMHO) I'm thinking of going to C# which is similar to C++ without the knarlyness.

My worry is that given Microsoft's tendency to sue or back law suits against anything Linuxy If I develop an app for Linux using .NET will I have to re-write it 10 years down the road due to legal issues. Is it safe?"
Wireless Networking

+ - Lightbulbs Could Replace Wi-Fi Hotpsots-> 1

Submitted by
iplayfast
iplayfast writes "Researchers expect to piggyback data communications capabilities on low-power light emitting diodes, or LEDs, to create "Smart Lighting" that would be faster and more secure than current network technology.
This initiative aims to develop an optical communication technology that would make an LED light the equivalent of a Wi-Fi access point."

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Government

+ - Conservatives Promise to Re-Introduce Canadian DMC->

Submitted by
iplayfast
iplayfast writes "http://www.michaelgeist.ca/content/view/3439/ A re-elected Conservative Government led by Stephen Harper will reintroduce federal copyright legislation that strikes the appropriate balance among the rights of musicians, artists, programmers and other creators and brings Canada's intellectual property protection in line with that of other industrialized countries, but also protects consumers who want to access copyright works for their personal use. We will also introduce tougher laws on counterfeiting and piracy and give our customs and law enforcement services the resources to enforce them. This will protect consumers from phoney and sometimes dangerous products that are passed off as reliable brand-name goods. In otherwords, the Conservatives remain bought by the music and film industries."
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It's funny.  Laugh.

+ - Flame war as it should be done!->

Submitted by
iplayfast
iplayfast writes "The kernel trap has an excellent post of a flame war between GPL2 Linus Torvalds and GPL3 Alexandre Oliva.

Some of the highlights are:
Linus: What kind of logic is that? ....
Alexandre: By this reasoning, .... Is this why you're overreacting?
Linus: ....How stupid are you to not acknowledge that?
Linus: ...I'm sorry, but people who cannot see that difference are just stupid.
Alexandre: No. The FSF actually ....
Linus: ....If you really thought anything else, you're just uninformed and stupid,
and didn't think things through.
...
Linus:...You're a moron.
...
Linus:...Go away."

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Security

+ - RSA Factoring Challenge is no more!

Submitted by
iplayfast
iplayfast writes "RSA Factoring Challenge is no more. http://www.rsa.com/rsalabs/node.asp?id=2092
From the site Why is the RSA Factoring Challenge no longer active?

Various cryptographic challenges — including the RSA Factoring Challenge — served in the early days of commercial cryptography to measure the state of progress in practical cryptanalysis and reward researchers for the new knowledge they have brought to the community. Now that the industry has a considerably more advanced understanding of the cryptanalytic strength of common symmetric-key and public-key algorithms, these challenges are no longer active. The records, however, are presented here for reference by interested cryptographers.


I think they've realized that with cheap cpu's and modern OS's, these challenges are more at risk, and can be cracked more easily. They just don't want to pay the money :)"

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