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+ - Sony got hacked (but it hacked you more)->

Submitted by HansonMB
HansonMB writes: So we’ve been here before. When you hand over your personal info to a large company in exchange for a service, we’ve all come to the agreement that you are assuming a certain degree of risk, right?

But when that company happens to have a history of doing things like illegally installing DRM rootkits, gathering the personal information of children, not revealing data breaches, and other such sins, we can’t help but wonder whether the more important thing being hacked is our data, or the common sense of the people who control it.

The company I’m referring to is of course Sony, who on Tuesday revealed that the mysterious ongoing outage of their online gaming service, PlayStation Network, was in fact due to a high-level security breach that has compromised the personal data of approximately 75 million subscribers. The company admitted that information including names, home addresses, purchasing history, email addresses and possibly even credit credit information, were all at risk. Whoops.

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+ - Slashdot achieves linguistic enlightenment->

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes: Reuters:
Today, famous geek website Slashdot, of "the Slashdot Effect" fame, made a momentous leap into the world of a new language, "English". For the first time, Slashdot posters were seen to distinguish between the words "suit" and "lawsuit", and surprisingly, get their context correct. "We're proud of the fact that my clothing attire is no longer going to be confused with the legal system of the non-geek world" explained Cmdr Taco, leader of the otherwise pedantically correct website who knows the difference between "pearl" and "perl", "C++" and "C#", etc. "It's a great day for nit-pickers and the unwashed masses everywhere" he declared. Attorneys and native English programmers collectively breathed a sigh of relief and the announcement. :"Thank f@#$" stated one individual who declined to be identified. "It's bad enough having to listen to those idiots on Fox News butcher the language, but Slashdot's persistent linguistic abuse was just too raw a nerve. Now I can just hurl abuse at my TV and not damage my keyboard." he said as he pulled his leisure suit pants back up over his pizza-stained paunch...

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+ - Tips for Securely Destroying Data->

Submitted by doperative
doperative writes: There are services that will literally shred a hard drive. Take a look at this impressive video, which shows a drive being completely destroyed. For someone to come back after the fact and attempt to reconstruct it — particularly when a single drive’s debris is mixed with other debris — would be almost impossible
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Comment: Re:Give us more facts... (Score 1) 300

by kjdames (#35281686) Attached to: Verizon Drops 10,000 911 Calls During Blizzard

Also what is the ratio of dropped calls to calls made?

With all due respect, I don't see how that is even relevant. If one dropped call to 911 ended in tragedy, it is alarming. I understand the provider is under no obligation to guarantee 911 service in any particular area, but that is the one service we should be able to depend on. The #1 reason I have a cell phone is in case of an emergency. Obviously I enjoy the other capabilities it gives me, but if the only thing you could use a cell phone for was to call 911, I would still get one for my wife. I have a feeling the majority of (mature) people with cell phones feel the same way.

Data Storage

+ - WD's New Caviar SE16 750G Hard Drive, Huge, Fast->

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MojoKid writes: "Western Digital took a bit longer than expected to finally release a desktop drive in the larger than 500G, but their first release, the Caviar SE16 WD7500AAKS looks to be an impressive rendition of new advancements in hard disk perpendicular recording technology. This new 750Gig WD drive gave Seagate's 7200.10 equivalent a run for its money and beat it in every performance test shown at HotHardware. Also, with storage prices so low right now, the 750G monster weighs in at a svelte $0.33/GB or better, with current street prices falling below the $250 range."
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