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Submission + - Apple on Purple Flare - Your Fault (

javelinco writes: Looks like Apple is at it again. CNN is reporting that they have responded to complaints about a "purple flare" with their new iPhone 5 sapphire cameras by saying "This can happen when a light source is positioned at an angle..." Some people are speculating that the sapphire cover is the source of the issue, which seems to occur outside the usage scenarios that Apple has described.

Overall, the reviews have been positive for the phone, with Consumer Reports calling it the "best iPhone yet". But the issues with the glare and the map app are getting a lot of press.


Submission + - Hushmail handing over user emails to police 1

Stony Stevenson writes: A court document in a drug smuggling case has shown that the private email service Hushmail has been cooperating with police in handing over user emails. Hushmail claims to offer unreadable email as it uses PGP encryption technology and a company specific key management system that it says will ensure only the sender and recipient can read the emails. However it seems the Canadian company has been divulging keys to the American authorities.

Submission + - Comcast Just Won't Learn

JjcampNR writes: Moments after announcing the availability of Tivo powered Comcast DVR boxes, the serial port on most Comcast digital cable boxes manufactured by Motorola were disabled. After a large volume of calls to Comcast by a hoard of angry Tivo users (most Series 2 Tivo boxes use the serial connection to change channels on the cable box) word from Comcast support is that new firmware was the reason for the crippling of the serial port. While Comcast is currently blaming the issue on Motorola for releasing the firmware, the timing of this awfully convenient. My Tivo Series 2 box has worked perfectly through the serial port on a number of Motorola cable boxes over the last few years. With the current list of dirty tricks growing longer by the day, increased pressure from Verizon, and revenue down 50% for the last quarter, how long can Comcast continue to ignore customers to make up for their own shortcomings?
The Courts

Submission + - Apple Shareholder Lawsuit Dismissed (

explosivejared writes: "New Apple General Counsel Daniel Cooperman won his first battle on behalf of his new company yesterday, successfully convincing a judge to dismiss a shareholder lawsuit over Apple's stock-options backdating mess.

The New York City Employees Retirement System had sued Apple claiming that the company's practice of backdating stock options diluted the value of the stock. Apple has admitted that it improperly backdated stock options on several occasions, including two awards to CEO Steve Jobs, and last December it took a $84 million charge to account for the options.

But the suit had to show that Apple shareholders lost money in order to recover damages..."


Submission + - Microsoft .NET source to be available for viewing

cbhacking writes: "A post on the blog of Microsoft's Scott Guthrie has some exciting news for .NET developers: with the release of Visual Studio 2008 later this year, the .NET Framework 3.5 source code will be released for reference purposes. Most of the libraries, including System.Runtime, System.Security, System.Windows.Forms, and System.Web will be made available with the release of VS2008, with more some additional non-core libraries coming later. The code will be available for either standalone download and viewing, or as debugging symbols with associated source for integrated debugging with VS2008.

There's a catch though: although the license abbreviation used in the post, MS-RL, usually refers to the copyleft and OSI-approved Microsoft Reciprocal License (which allows modification and redistribution), the license actually explicitly mentioned and linked to is the Microsoft Reference License, which prohibits modification or redistribution. Although an open-source release of the code would be great, this is still likely to be very helpful for debugging, examining behavior of the libraries, and selecting the correct methods or algorithms for a given situation."
The Military

Submission + - British nukes protected solely by bicycle locks

StationM writes: Newsnight at BBC2 has revealed that British were secured only by a bicycle lock and 'trust' in the integrity of the officers in charge of the weapons. "Newsnight has discovered that until the early days of the Blair government the RAF's nuclear bombs were armed by turning a bicycle lock key...The Royal Navy argued that officers of the Royal Navy as the Senior Service could be trusted:

"It would be invidious to suggest... that Senior Service officers may, in difficult circumstances, act in defiance of their clear orders".

Neither the Navy nor the RAF installed PAL (Permissive Active Link) protection on their nuclear weapons.

The RAF kept their unsafeguarded bombs at airbases until they were withdrawn in 1998."

sure makes me feel safe!

Journal Journal: Discovery of Stem Cell Population in Menstrual Blood

Medistem Laboratories, Inc. in collaboration with researchers from the University of Western Ontario, University of Alberta, and the Bio-Communications Research Institute, has published a paper describing a novel stem cell population derived from menstrual blood. The publication, entitled "Endometrial Regenerative Cells: A Novel Stem Cell Population" appeared in today's
The Internet

Submission + - US Control of Internet Remains an Issue

Hugh Pickens writes: "A UN-sponsored Internet conference ended with little progress on the issue of US control over the domain name system run by ICANN, a California-based nonprofit over which the US. government retains veto power. By controlling the core systems, the United States indirectly influences the way much of the world uses the Internet. As the conference drew to a close, the Russian representative, Konstantin Novoderejhkin, called on the United Nations secretary-general to create a working group to develop ''practical steps'' for moving Internet governance ''under the control of the international community.'' The United States insists that the existing arrangements ensure the Internet's stability and there's little indication that the US government and ICANN plan to cede their roles over domain names anytime soon. ''I think (there are) a small number of countries that are very agitated and almost don't care what the facts are,'' said Internet pioneer Vint Cerf, who stepped down as ICANN's chairman earlier this month. ''It's a very small vocal group bothered by this issue. ICANN has existed for eight years and done a great job with its plans for internationalization.'' With no concrete recommendations for action, the only certainty going forward is that any resentment about the American influence will only grow as more users from the developing world come online, changing the face of the global network. The next forum will held next year in New Delhi, India."

Submission + - GAO rips airline security; bomb materials get in (

coondoggie writes: "With only a week before the busiest airline travel day of the year the Government Accounting Office today issued a scathing and chilling report on airline security: Bomb making materials costing less that $150 were purchased and carried past airport security screening in 19 US airports."

Submission + - First Leopard Update Released

owlgorithm writes: The much-anticipated update for Mac OS X Leopard has arrived, with 10.5.1 bringing many needed fixes but also leaving a lot to be desired, such as the broken X11 application. It isn't as large as rumors reported, but it's a start.
Data Storage

Submission + - Company unveils 1.6TB FC Solid State Disk ( 1

Lucas123 writes: "BitMicro today said they are preparing to ship a solid state hard disk drive for the data center that is dual ported with 4Gbit/sec Fibre Channel connectivity. The E-Disk Altima line comes in capacities ranging from 16GB to 1.6TB in a 3.5-inch format and reportedly delivers up to 55,000 IOPS. The stat sheet states that the drive sports duplex burst rates of up to 800 MB/sec and has sustained rates of up to 230 MB/sec. The sheet also states the drive has a MTBF of 2 million hours."

Submission + - Demonoid Down?

An anonymous reader writes: Well, it looks like Demonoid, one of the most popular torrent tracking sites, has gotten handed yet another bill of bad if you go to there is a simple and to the point message: "The CRIA threatened the company renting the servers to us, and because of this it is not possible to keep the site online. Sorry for the inconvenience and thanks for your understanding." I guess the question now is will demonoid be back ever again and, if not, what does this mean for the smaller torrent trackers?
Social Networks

Submission + - Facebook under Fire over Breastfeeding Photos ( 4

NewsCloud writes: "Facebook continues to struggle with when to enforce its own terms of service. While the 78,240 group members who want Facebook to shut down the F*** Islam group are still frustrated, those concerned with photos of breastfeeding mothers can rest more easily. The site has recently come under fire for removing pictures of breastfeeding mothers, and banning users on the grounds that they'd uploaded "obscene content" to their profiles. Says Facebook, "Photos containing an exposed breast do violate our Terms and are removed." In response, more than 33,431 concerned Facebook users have created the "Hey, Facebook, breastfeeding is not obscene!" group. Apparently, scantily clad college co-eds, fine and dandy."

Submission + - Trojan found in brand new HD sold in Taiwan (

GSGKT writes: "About 1800 of these brand new 300GB or 500GB external HD made for Maxtor in Thailand have Trojan Horse malwares (autorun.inf and ghost.pif) pre-installed. When the HD is in use, these will forward information on HD to two websites in Beijing, China): or Potential users of these large HD would be mid/small business, the military, and the government in Taiwan, although no one can prove this to be the continuing war/spying efforts on Taiwan by the People's Liberation Army. /. has a story on Russian Business Network moving to China recently ( Together, these two stories make an interesting new cyber-crime model: Infecting the HD at the manufacturing sites is far more efficient than to phish the end-users!"

Submission + - BookBump - brings it all together! (

Bayashi Maru writes: In my search for "the right" book organization scheme, I came across BookBump. Now I know there are a lot of these book sites. I have tried LibraryThings, Gurulib, Shelfari, What to Read Next, etc. They are all decent but lack the UI polish and basic features of BookBump. is the site.

Bookbump has an iTunes like interface. Its easy to use and simple to understand. It differs from others in that it offers all of the below (most of the others offer some or others but not all)

offers the ability to create multiple booklists (I have "Want to Read", "Fantasy", "Sci-Fi", "Math", etc...)
keeps track of when you start and finish a book
keeps track of what page you're on if you stop a book midway through
links to book covers
allows searches by ISBN, author, keyword, or title
price comparison to look for books at various vendors
tracks ratings
tracks who you borrowed from or lent to
tracks where the book actually is
creates bibliographies automatically

The site is new and features are being added all the time. I understand that new features include social networking aspects, more in-depth reviews, and more. I completely recommend this site to people looking to track their reading or book collections.

Give it a shot, its free!

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