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Comment Why do we still trust the manufacturer? (Score 1) 168

It's about time everyone had a long hard look at the software in their systems. Are they open enough for you to make the necessary fix should a problem arise?

I am by no means a tech geek, but I have DD-WRT on my routers because I can actually change the things I need the router to do. Disabling features in the interest of making more money in a higher end model is kinda dickish, but when you realize that the same dickishness (pardon the crude grammar) is likely responsible for hardcoded logins, it's a sad state of affairs.

Oh well.

Comment Credibility? (Score 5, Interesting) 264

I may be breaking the fundamental rules of Slashdot, but ...
- the "article" is a single post on a recently created blog
- they misspell "lose"
- a quick google of Brett Wooldrige doesn't bring up anything exciting (a Forbes blog account with no content?)

This is the very definition of "nothing to see here, move along".


Submission + - Swedish firm to offer lawful alternative to piracy

Karol writes: A Swedish company believes it may have discovered a lawful solution to the movie industry's long-running file sharing quandary. By merging peer to peer file sharing methods with advanced watermarking technology, Stockholm firm Headweb hopes to beat the internet pirates at their own game and offer consumers a legal alternative. Customers will be given the opportunity to pay for movies, download them legally using BitTorrent technology and view them using a regular DVD player.

Submission + - Koji Kondo Performs at GDC

njkid1 writes: "The CMP Game Group today announced that Video Games Live will be performing during the final night of the Game Developers Conference (GDC). This concert will be taking place at the Nob Hill Masonic Auditorium on Friday, March 9 at 8 PM. As a special treat, Koji Kondo, the music composer for games like Super Mario Bros., The Legend of Zelda and Star Fox, will make an appearance and perform one of his favorite songs. http://biz.gamedaily.com/industry/news/?id=15278&n cid=AOLGAM000500000000020"

Real computer scientists like having a computer on their desk, else how could they read their mail?