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Comment: Reddit (Score 1) 111 111

Several months ago after one of the Internet large password breaches the company offered several "forever" codes on Reddit as a gesture of goodwill. Amazingly enough those are now coming up as these suspicious licenses now. I suppose you can't complain about something you got for free, even if it wasn't pirated. I have another year of the license now before it expires instead of lifetime.

Comment: Privacy from whom? (Score 1) 61 61

Notice what she says: "She went on to note that the DOJ dedicates significant time and resources to protecting the privacy of Americans from criminals who steal financial and credit card information, online predators that stalk and exploit children, and cyber thieves who steal the trade secrets of American organizations." The DOJ may very well still be spying on you. She even throws in the "for the children" card.

Comment: Re:vyprvpn (Score 1) 164 164

I've had good luck with them, it uses Golden Frog. I'll admit I haven't come up against a situation where turning over logs or IP addresses to any outside party is an issue that I'm aware of. It is nice to be able to jump to location specific vpn's at will. Outside of the occasional out of region game, I'm more interested in stopping my ISP from seeing my traffic. I get this service "free" with my giganews account.

Comment: Re:Can we get this judge... (Score 3, Informative) 415 415

I've found that insurance companies don't always want you to know either. My current explanations of benefits from my insurance company will not tell me what any of the procedures are, and I've found they won't tell me what they are when I call either. It is only by eventually matching it up with the itemized doctors' bills later, that I'm able to have any idea why a visit warranted 4 charges. I would not think this would be a good way to get people to report fraud.

+ - Adobe Warns of Flash, Reader, Acrobat 0day

An anonymous reader writes: Adobe Systems Inc. warned late Friday that malicious hackers are exploiting a previously unknown security hole present in current versions of its Adobe Reader, Acrobat and Flash Player software, writes Adobe said the vulnerability exists in Flash Player and earlier versions for Windows, Macintosh, Linux and Solaris operating systems, and a component (authplay.dll) of Adobe Reader and Acrobat versions 9.x for Windows, Mac and UNIX operating systems. The Adobe advisory is light on details but suggests Flash users upgrade to new release candidate 10 and to disable or delete the vulnerable component in Reader and/or Acrobat.

+ - Scientists: Size of Oil Spill Underestimated->

cyclocommuter writes: From the NYT article: Ian R. MacDonald, an oceanographer at Florida State University who is an expert in the analysis of oil slicks, said he had made his own rough calculations using satellite imagery. They suggested that the leak could “easily be four or five times” the government estimate, he said.
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+ - VPN providers target censorship-shy Aussies->

asylumm writes: Australia's contentious Internet filter hasn't even been legislated yet, but that hasn't stopped enterprising VPN providers from marketing their services directly to Aussies.

Hot on the heels of revelations that there will be no legal repercussions for people that circumvent Stephen Conroy’s proposed Internet filter, it appears overseas virtual private network providers are wasting no time building a market for one-click filter circumvention.

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+ - NSF Censors US Poll on Evolution, Big Bang->

eldavojohn writes: Just how likely is it that an American accepts the idea that humans evolved from earlier species or that the universe started with a big bang? How about that data compared with citizens of the rest of the world? The results were apparently best left out of a report on indicators of our understanding of science released by the National Science Foundation (overseen by the National Science Board). This omission in 2010's Science and Engineering Indicators, understandably, drew criticism from a number of scientists and even the White House but the figures were released: '45% of Americans in 2008 answered true to the statement, "Human beings, as we know them today, developed from earlier species of animals." The figure is similar to previous years and much lower than in Japan (78%), Europe (70%), China (69%), and South Korea (64%). The same gap exists for the response to a second statement, "The universe began with a big explosion," with which only 33% of Americans agreed.' Louis Lanzerotti, an astrophysicist at the New Jersey Institute of Technology and chair of the board who decided to omit these numbers, claimed that the questions (which have been in use for 25 years by the way) were "flawed indicators of scientific knowledge because responses conflated knowledge and beliefs." I guess our understanding of science can only be measured as long as it doesn't threaten a given religion or perhaps ignorance is a very painful thing to admit to. Let's hope that none of these questions revolve around math, a form of witchcraft that my god explicitly forbids.
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Venezuela Bans Hostile Videogames and Toys 335 335

An anonymous reader writes "In an effort to 'help improve child education and prevent misconduct,' the Venezuelan government began enforcing a law on March 3rd banning war videogames and toys, imposing a fine and 2.5 years in prison on the production, distribution, sale, hiring and use of video games and toys inciting violent behavior. Alberto Federico Ravell, former director of opposing news network Globovision, has already come on twitter denouncing the authorities for seizing imported Gameboy, Wii and PlayStation 3 consoles, due to considering them violent."

Signs of Water Found On Saturnian Moon Enceladus 79 79

Matt_dk writes "Scientists working on the Cassini space mission have found negatively charged water ions in the ice plume of Enceladus. Their findings, based on analysis from data taken in plume fly-throughs in 2008 and reported in the journal Icarus, provide evidence for the presence of liquid water, which suggests the ingredients for life inside the icy moon. The Cassini plasma spectrometer, used to gather this data, also found other species of negatively charged ions including hydrocarbons."

Aren't you glad you're not getting all the government you pay for now?