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Wikileaks DDoS Attacker Arrested, Equipment Seized 429

Posted by samzenpus
from the I-feel-safer-already dept.
kaptink writes "The self proclaimed hacker that waged a DDoS attack on Wikileaks has been arrested and has had all his equipment seized. What is interesting is that local police conducted the raid and not a federal authority such as the FBI. The Jester (th3j35t3r) who has a reputation for attacking websites he disagrees with is said to be trying to raise $10,000 in expected lawyers fees. If anyone is going to be alight in the whole Wikileaks debacle, its going to be the lawyers. Personally I think anyone who spells their nick with numbers in an effort to look 'leet' deserves to have their computer confiscated."

Comment: Re:Apple to MS Transferable Skills? (Score 1) 375

by Da VinMan (#29520237) Attached to: Microsoft Reportedly Poaching Apple Retail Staff

Well, it certainly seems to apply in a number of areas. To wit:

- Clothing - Of course
- Computer hardware - Apple, Alienware
- Books - "Real Literature"
- Food - French Cuisine
- Music

Actually, there's probably a general market development pattern there that pretty much applies across most, if not all, areas of the economy. I think even financial investment instruments were affected by this (how else can anyone explain how Maddox, among others, did what he did?).

The world would probably appear to be much more sane to me if I hadn't (symbolically speaking) taken the blue pill a long time ago. As human beings, we're far too easily manipulated, and your observation along with my own over the years have demonstrated to me that capitalism needs an upgrade; that it's not the highest possible expression of/for human endeavor. The non-profit and creative commons models come closer, but those models seem to lack intrinsic motivators/reward mechanisms (e.g. greed in capitalism) and I'm assuming a good economic model needs one. Still looking I guess. Of course, there's lots I don't know, so if you know of better, I'm all ears.

Comment: Re:Apple to MS Transferable Skills? (Score 1) 375

by Da VinMan (#29506531) Attached to: Microsoft Reportedly Poaching Apple Retail Staff

Essentially, its retail as advertising. As capitalism ages everything essentially becomes the fashion industry. All style, perhaps a chance of substance.

Frankly, I find this idea for more interesting than anything else in this thread. Did this quote originate with you or someone else?

Comment: Vertical tab tree (Score 1) 554

by Da VinMan (#27998507) Attached to: Mozilla Preparing To Scrap Tabbed Browsing?

Install the Tree Style Tab add then switch your tabs to vertical orientation. With that in place on a wide screen monitor (or even not), plus being able to hide tabs by collapsing parts of the tree, my only complaint is the 300+ MBs of RAM Firefox 3 tab takes when I have 50+ tabs open. ;+) (Oh, and Session Restore has to be very solid for this to work well - which is normally is).

Comment: Re:Glassfish is a Must-Have for Oracle (Score 1) 234

by Da VinMan (#27747195) Attached to: Will Oracle Keep Funding Sun's Pet Java Projects?

Oracle's acquisition of BEA probably means that WebLogic is going to rule the Oracle JEE roost for the foreseeable future. Orion/OAS/OC4J is likely dead within 2 years; just as soon as they can incent customers onto WebLogic (which may well be renamed into the OAS brand). I don't know what they'll do with Glassfish; it's clearly redundant. However, as FOSS, it will surely live on perhaps as a fork.

If Applets are dead then so is client-side RIA. And it's not dead; just look at Adobe Flex then AIR. BTW - JavaFX deserves a place at the table no less than Adobe. Client-side RIA is at least as viable as HTML5 going forward; especially since client-side RIA is hand in glove architecturally speaking, which is something HTML can not achieve without a re-design.

Hopefully, someday it will just be common practice to stop abusing document oriented architectures for complex application creation. I saw it done with Lotus Notes, Microsoft Office automation, and on the web with HTML, etc. and I'm sick of these architectural abominations.

Comment: Re:What else can you do? (Score 1) 1246

by Da VinMan (#26909161) Attached to: Student Arrested For Classroom Texting

They could.. oh, I don't know, just ignore her? Now, if she were cheating on a test, that would be different, but this is just a school asserting a policy in the most totalitarian way possible. And, at the end of the day, what public good came out of this? Oh goody, so now she REALLY knows they don't want her to use a phone in school. Like she didn't know that already. It certainly isn't going to improve the educational environment.

Audio CAPTCHAs Cracked; ReCAPTCHA Remains Strong 157

Posted by CmdrTaco
from the captcha-captcha-chameleon dept.
Falkkin writes "Ars Technica reports that audio CAPTCHAs consisting of only distorted digits or letters can be easy to crack using machine learning techniques. This includes most of the audio CAPTCHAs currently in use on the Web. The reCAPTCHA team has discussed their new audio CAPTCHA, which is resistant to this attack."
Earth

Chemical Pollution Is Destroying Masculinity 773

Posted by kdawson
from the lower-your-voice-and-say-that dept.
myrdos2 writes "A host of common chemicals is feminizing males of every class of vertebrate animals, from fish to mammals, including people. Many have been identified as 'endocrine disruptors' or gender-benders because they interfere with hormones. Communities heavily polluted with gender-benders in Canada, Russia, and Italy have given birth to twice as many girls as boys, which may offer a clue to the mysterious shift in sex ratios worldwide. And a study at Rotterdam's Erasmus University showed that boys whose mothers had been exposed to PCBs grew up wanting to play with dolls and tea sets rather than with traditionally male toys. It also follows hard on the heels of new American research which shows that baby boys born to women exposed to widespread chemicals in pregnancy are born with smaller penises and feminized genitals. It is calculated that 250,000 babies who would have been boys have been born as girls instead in the US and Japan alone. And sperm counts are dropping precipitously. Studies in more than 20 countries have shown that they have dropped from 150 million per milliliter of sperm fluid to 60 million over 50 years."

Comment: Seriously... (Score 1) 345

by Da VinMan (#25597977) Attached to: Doom9 Researchers Break BD+

I don't know why the hacker community keeps bothering with breaking these DRM schemes. It's clear that most people aren't going to use BlueRay unless it's significantly more accessible/cheap, more ubiquitous, and (by extension) much more open. You're just doing the hard work for them by enabling the dissemination of a technology which you actually oppose.

Space

Small Asteroid On Collision Course With Earth 397

Posted by kdawson
from the big-kaboom dept.
musatov writes "There's talk on The Minor Planet Mailing List about a small asteroid approaching Earth with a 99.8% probability of colliding. The entrance to the Earth's atmosphere will take place October 7 at 0246 UTC (2:35 after this story goes live) over northern Sudan, releasing the energy of about a kiloton of TNT. The asteroid is assumed to be 3-4 meters in size; it is expected to burn up completely in the atmosphere, causing no harm. As a powerful bolide, it may put on quite a show in the sky. For those advanced enough in astronomy to observe, check the MPEC 2008-T50 and MPEC 2008-T64 circulars. NASA's JPL Small Body Database has a 3D orbit view. The story has been already picked up by CNN and NASA."

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