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Comment: Would this make regular security illegal? (Score 1) 49

It's not just a matter of using Linux versus Windows. I get the occasional spam with poisoned executable attachments inside zipfiles. I view zipfile headers, and often see stuff like the following 2 examples...



".scr" is executable in Windows so I assume that's a trojan-planting attempt. One possible legal defense is that it's impossible to tell whether you're blocking a trojan sent by police or by foreign criminals.

Comment: Better idea; resupply the shuttle (Score 1) 247

The report deals with a tragedy 11 years ago (Feb 2003), and how it could've been handled 11 years ago. Fast forward to February 2014. Let's use today's tech. We've got SpaceX and other commercial entities capable of launching supplies into orbit and rendezvouing with with ISS or a shuttle.

If any similar missions are undertaken in future, pay SpaceX/whomever, to have a launch vehicle with emergency supplies on standby. In a worst case, send up enough oxygen/water/rations/etc to allow the orbiting shuttle crew to survive longer on the orbiting shuttle. This would buy enough extra time to do a proper and safe inspection+launch of the rescue shuttle. In a best case, they might be able to carry out the necessary repairs and safely land the orbiting shuttle.

Comment: Re:Ain't no body got time for that (Score 1) 606

by knorthern knight (#46341315) Attached to: 'Google Buses' Are Bad For Cities, Says New York MTA Official

> How is building a vast company campus green
> compared to using already constructed buildings?

Are those "already constructed buildings" new, with sufficient electrical capacity to power your racks of servers, plus everybody's PC plus all the laser-printers in the building. And do they have efficient office layouts?

Or are they 19th-century "heritage buildings" that you can't legally knock down? In many cases, it's more expensive to gut the interior of a building and modernize it, than to simply knock it down and build a new one.

Comment: What about the following sites? (Score 3, Interesting) 137

The "dialectizer" "translates" English to Redneck, Jive, Cockney, Elmer Fudd, Swedish Chef, Moron, Pig Latin, or Hacker. And there's an English to Ebonics translator at so it won't be that difficult to get a translator that outputs 16-year-old-girl talk.

+ - LG breaks TVs with software "upgrade"

Submitted by Sooner Boomer
Sooner Boomer (96864) writes "I bought an LG 47" TV last year (2013). The picture was good, and it would play not only 3D video from a Blu-Ray player, but also would play 3D video files from an attached USB drive. Not any more. After a forced update to the software, which I did everything to avoid, LG removed much of the functionality from the TV. A 3D video file, still on a USB stick in the TV from before the update, will not play. In fact, they have removed the media player entirely. Their response:

I understand your concern and apologize for the inconvenience. I am afraid that the update cannot be uninstalled. With the latest update the TV changed to Jelly Bean. However, as it was announced directly from adobe, Android will no longer support flash player on the latest versions of the OS (Jelly Bean). Hence, all Google TV&#39s updated to jelly bean will no longer have flash support. Adobe has stopped supporting flash on the new versions of android. This is also the reason why media player is no longer available on the TV. ... Now, about the files that it won’t play, that part doesn’t seem normal.

No shit Sherlock. It's not normal. You REMOVED the media player and a bunch of other features! So, Slasdotters, what are my options?"

+ - Dell Spyware? 2

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "I recently purchased a laptop from Dell for a friend. Yesterday I received a call from Dell, that the laptop was downloading material which may make it susceptible to malware. They were very insistent that they had not installed spyware by default, but could not explain rationally how they had come by this information. While I'm not concerned about what my friend is doing with his new laptop, I am very concerned that Dell is monitoring the internet activity of this machine. I want to ensure that my friend has a clean experience, so what's the consensus on limiting the spying? I don't have access to the machine, so any directions on which services to disable or programs to uninstall would need to be followed by a very non-tech person. Any hope on getting Dell to stop the monitoring?"

+ - Google's Free and Open Android Software is a Myth->

Submitted by DavidGilbert99
DavidGilbert99 (2607235) writes "Google loves to tell anyone who will listen about the benefits of its open source mobile software Android and how it helps drive rather than stifle innovation. The ruth is somewhat different. If you want access to what most people think of as Android (with Gmail, Maps, Search and Google Play access) then you have to pay and you have to agree to a strict set of criteria, as newly discovered documents show, including pre-installing all of Google's apps and using them as default options within your smartphone/tablet."
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+ - Slashdot's new interface could kill what keeps Slashdot relevant->

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "Technology Lab / Information Technology
Slashdot’s new interface could kill what keeps Slashdot relevant
Flashy revamp seeks to draw new faces to the community—at the cost of the old.

by Lee Hutchinson — Feb 12 2014, 6:55pm E

        Web Culture


In the modern responsive Web Three Point Oh Internet, Slashdot stands like a thing frozen in time—it's a coelacanth stuck incongruously in an aquarium full of more colorful fish. The technology news aggregator site has been around since 1997, making it positively ancient as websites are reckoned. More importantly, Slashdot's long focus on open source technology news and topics has caused it to accrete a user base that tends to be extremely technical, extremely skilled, and extremely opinionated.

That user base is itself the main reason why Slashdot continues to thrive, even as its throwback interface makes it look to untrained eyes like a dated relic. Though the site is frequently a source of deep and rich commentary on topics, the barrier for new users to engage in the site's discussions is relatively high—certainly higher than, say, reddit (or even Ars). This doesn't cause much concern to the average Slashdot user, but tech job listing site (which bought Slashdot in September 2012, along with Sourceforge and a number of other digital properties) appears to have decided it's time to drag Slashdot's interface into the 21st century in order to make things comfortable for everyone—old and new users alike."

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+ - FCC said to be considering monitoring radio and TV news content-> 4

Submitted by sixoh1
sixoh1 (996418) writes "According to an op-ed in today's WSJ (tiered subscription model) by Ajit Pai (current FCC commissioner, nominated by Obama):

Last May the FCC proposed an initiative to thrust the federal government into newsrooms across the country. With its "Multi-Market Study of Critical Information Needs," or CIN, the agency plans to send researchers to grill reporters, editors and station owners about how they decide which stories to run. A field test in Columbia, S.C., is scheduled to begin this spring.

Don't rush to the tin-foil hats, but at the same time we're seeing a fight over Net-Neutrality, do we want to see a precedent set that allows the FCC to select favored content?"
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