Commenting to undo my accidental positive moderation. You're an idiot. That is all.
unjedai writes: "A San Francisco man, Matthew Shinnick, was arrested and jailed when he tried to cash a check at a Bank of America branch after receiving it from someone who had seen his ad for bicycles on Craig's List... Clark Howard found out about this story and... After speaking with BofA, Clark Howard
... asked his listeners to close their Bank of America accounts because of what he feels is unfair treatment of Matthew... A "BofA Money Loss Meter" on his site reports that listeners have allegedly withdrawn several million dollars and closed their accounts." -Wikipedia summary. The San Fransisco Chronicle article is amazing.
The "BofA Money Loss Meter" is up to $50 million.
Ray writes: "Okay, it's that time again. I've got a zillion things to do, presents to wrap, cards to write (let alone send!) and it suddenly dawned on me that surely some Slashdotters out there have pretty slick systems set up to get cards out to people. I use KDE and Open Office as my main tools, and I'm also a photographer. I'd love a nice way to select a photo, personalize a card, pull out a name or two from my Kontact list, print the card on my color printer, have a matching envelope or label print out on my laser printer...and be done with it. I'm always getting my cards out in March or April if I get them out at all. I've played around with merging addresses into documents but it's frustratingly opaque. Are there any good Open Source applications out there that make the letter writing and letter mailing process less painful? Or is the Slashdot community still mainly writing the darn things by hand?"
Knossos writes: "My free AVG anti-virus system is going to run out (as free will no longer be supported). So as the subject says, I'm on the hunt for the most superior anti-virus package available. If you're going to reply to this question, then please don't just say "Norton", or "AVG". Why is your suggestion the best? Suggestions don't have to be free, but of course that is a good factor. Thanks!"
4foot10 writes: "For all the turmoil roiling Hewlett-Packard's Palo Alto campus of late, the third quarter has become a cause for celebration as the PC maker edged out rival Dell for the top spot in worldwide PC shipments, according to market-share analyst firm iSuppli and reported by VARBusiness.com. And the feat was likely more satisfying to someone who no longer works there."
Lumpy asks: "Lately there has been a HUGE push by Certified Microsoft Professionals and their companies to call clients and warn them of the dangers of open source. This week I received calls from 4 different customers that they were warned that they are dangerously insecure because they run Open Source Operating systems or Software because 'anyone can read the code and hack you with ease' they are being told. Other colleagues in the area also have noticed this about 3 Microsoft Partners or so they claim have been going out of their way to strike fear of OSS in companies that respond with 'yes we use Open source or Linux' when the sales call comes in. I know this is simply a sales tactic by these companies that will remain nameless, but how do I fix the damage caused by these sales tactics? I have several customers that now want more than my word about the security of the systems that have worked for them flawlessly for over 5-6 years now with minimal expense outside of upgrades and patching for security. Does anyone have a good plan or sources of reliable information that can be used to inform the customer?"
theodp writes: "The Motley Fool cries foul on Amazon for not only bungling a promised 11 a.m. PT Thursday sale of 1,000 portable DVD players for $25, but also for blaming its customers for delaying the sale to Sunday at 8 a.m. PT. The sale was to have been the second in a weekly series. Last Thursday's sale of 1,000 Xboxes for $100 put the kibosh on Amazon's entire site, leading to some embarrassing publicity for the e-tailer that wants to run your business."
An anonymous reader writes, "Sun is about to announce its plans for open-sourcing Java SE and ME, according to CRN — and they're going to use the GPL, not their own CDDL or another less-restrictive license."
BobB writes to tell us NetworkWorld is reporting that new code released on Sunday could allow a fully patched Windows XP PC's personal firewall to be disabled via a malicious data packet. The exploit depends on the use of Microsoft's Internet Connection Service. From the article: "The attacker could send a malicious data packet to another PC using ICS that would cause the service to terminate. Because this service is connected to the Windows firewall, this packet would also cause the firewall to stop working, said Tyler Reguly, a research engineer at nCircle Network Security Inc."