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Comment: How has slashdot come to this? (Score 1) 126

Who's paying these researchers at Codenomicon to research Android vulnerabilities? Howard A. Schmidt, Chairman of the Board at Codenomicon.

Some people might have been providing a vulnerability on purpose in order to do something nasty .. Who are they working with? Do they have sideline jobs somewhere else? The developers might be getting their dollars from ad networks"

Is this what slashdot has been reduced to, regurgitating anti Open Source FUD on behalf of a most probably a false-front for the MICROS~1 organization?

Comment: How has slashdot come to this? (Score 1) 113

by lippydude (#47548759) Attached to: Microsoft's Nokia Plans Come Into Better Focus
Did you just say 'focus', how did it come to this that a cutting edge technology site is reduced to spouting free slasterverts for the MICROS~1 organization ..

Insert marketing buzz words: focus, framework, opportunities, phones, productivity, puck, rightsizing, skating, sunset, unify, unwind ...

+ - Microsoft veteran laid off by a computer->

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "“Somehow, some algorithm put me on a list, and that was the end of it,” Berg explained. “I’d like to think that I was probably laid off by a computer. A computer put me on a list for whatever reason and sent me packing.”"
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+ - Pi Power - the power supply the Raspberry Pi *should* have come with->

Submitted by nsayer
nsayer (86181) writes "The Raspberry Pi is awesome. There's only one thing I dislike about it — how you're meant to power it. Crappy USB power supplies are ubiquitous, and the power more or less goes straight onto the +5 rail. Not only that, but the micro USB connector is SMT, and USB cables are much thicker and heavier than their 2.1mm barrel connector cable counterparts. No, it's just not the best tool for the job.

So I made Pi Power. It's a small board that sits on the GPIO pins (it comes with a stacking header so you can piggyback onto it) and has a 2.1mm barrel connector that will accept any DC voltage from 6-15 volts and output up to 2A of well regulated 5V power.

I sell them on Tindie for $15 ( ) and am running an IndieGoGo campaign to fund building 1000 of them at ."

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+ - FCC Reminds ISPs That They Can Be Fined for Lacking Transparency

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "The FCC issued a notice on Wednesday reminding ISPs that, according to the still-intact transparency rule of the 2010 Open Internet Order, they are required to be transparent about their services. "The FCC's transparency rule requires that consumers get the information they need to make informed choices about the broadband services they purchase." Applicable scenarios include "poorly worded service offers or inaccurate counts of data against a data cap...[as well as] blocking or slowing certain types of traffic without explaining that to the customer." The transparency rule gives the FCC the power to fine ISPs for non-compliance."

+ - Internet Explorer Vulnerabilities Increase 100%

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "Bromium Labs analyzed public vulnerabilities and exploits from the first six months of 2014. The research determined that Internet Explorer vulnerabilities have increased more than 100 percent since 2013 , surpassing Java and Flash vulnerabilities. Web browsers have always been a favorite avenue of attack, but we are now seeing that hackers are not only getting better at attacking Internet Explorer, they are doing it more frequently."

+ - SPAM: Note 4 Will Much Better Than Galaxy S5

Submitted by Blogodice
Blogodice (3722505) writes "Samsung is famous for making plastic smartphone, not exactly plastic but sturdy plastic with good build quality which can take a beating or two. The recently Galaxy S5 had no change in this manner as it also offered a plastic body, but under that plastic hid all the top-notch hardware and not to mention, a waterproof body. Well news has been out that the Samsung Galaxy Note 4 won’t be following this tradition and will come with an all metal body which will give the rivals a run for their money. Although metal body has been rumoured, this can change since Samsung is quite famous for their hush hush plans about the manufacturing. However the Samsung Galaxy Note 4 will be waterproof and dust-proof like the Galaxy S5."
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Comment: Security issues of emails .. (Score 3, Insightful) 127

by lippydude (#47521381) Attached to: The Psychology of Phishing
"Phishing emails are without a doubt one of the biggest security issues consumers and businesses face today."

Only on Microsoft Windows, the Operating System that made clicking on a URL or opening an email attachment dangerous. Mainly because Windows doesn't know the difference between OPEN and RUN. If you want to be safe doing your online banking then use a LiveCD

+ - The Time The US Blew Up A Passenger Plane — And Tried To Cover It Up

Submitted by mrspoonsi
mrspoonsi (2955715) writes "Fury and frustration still mount over the downing of Malaysia Air Flight 17, and justly so. But before accusing Russian President Vladimir Putin of war crimes or dismissing the entire episode as a tragic fluke, it’s worth looking back at another doomed passenger plane—Iran Air Flight 655—shot down on July 3, 1988, not by some scruffy rebel on contested soil but by a U.S. Navy captain in command of an Aegis-class cruiser called the Vincennes. A quarter-century later, the Vincennes is almost completely forgotten, but it still ranks as the world’s seventh deadliest air disaster (Malaysia Air Flight 17 is the sixth) and one of the Pentagon’s most inexcusable disgraces. In several ways, the two calamities are similar. The Malaysian Boeing 777 wandered into a messy civil war in eastern Ukraine, near the Russian border; the Iranian Airbus A300 wandered into a naval skirmish—one of many clashes in the ongoing “Tanker War” (another forgotten conflict)—in the Strait of Hormuz. In 1992, four years after the event (and shortly after I moved on to a different beat), Adm. Crowe admitted on ABC’s Nightline that the Vincennes was in Iranian waters at the time it shot down the plane. Back in 1988, he and others had said that the ship was in international waters. Not long after the shoot-down, Iran asked the United Nations Security Council to censure the United States for its “criminal act” against Iran Air Flight 655. Vice President George H.W. Bush, who was running to succeed Ronald Reagan as president, said on the campaign trail, “I will never apologize for the United States—I don’t care what the facts are.”"

+ - Vancouver's SkyTrain Crashes Twice Due To No Redundancies

Submitted by Freshly Exhumed
Freshly Exhumed (105597) writes "Vancouver's automated SkyTrain rapid transit system has crashed not once but twice in one week due to single points of failure in control systems. Authorities have controversially thrown an electrician under the train for accidentally tripping a single breaker, crippling the entire control system for over 5 hours at peak ridership time. In another case, the failure of a single computer card reduced large portions of the system to a standstill for several hours, with both crashes resulting in risky evacuations of SkyTrain cars high above ground level. To go with their abysmally bad PR, the SkyTrain authorities seem to be avoiding discussing the obvious absence of uptime/availability capability."

+ - UK to use Open Document Format for government documents->

Submitted by sfcrazy
sfcrazy (1542989) writes "UK has decided to use ‘open standards’ for sharing and viewing government documents. The announcement was made by the Minister for the Cabinet Office, Francis Maude. One of the primary objectives of this move is to create a level playing field for suppliers of all sizes. The move must put some pressure on Google to offer full support for ODF in Chrome, Android and Google Docs."
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+ - Anti-Fracking activist in Texas disassembles Gas company propaganda->

Submitted by Walkingshark
Walkingshark (711886) writes "Adam Briggle, a key leader in the Texas anti-fracking movement, has been one of the pivotal figures in the historic total fracking ban proposed in the city of Denton. With the help of the rest of the leadership of Frack-Free Denton, a medium sized city in Texas stands to be one of the key battlegrounds in efforts to rebalance the property rights of mineral owners and home owners. Now that the petition is going to the voters in the fall, the Gas industry is opening up their pockets to flood the city with propaganda designed to misinform voters so that the referendum to ban fracking will fail. Briggle, on his Denton Drilling blog, has published an incredibly well reasoned and articulate takedown of their usual propaganda, a piece of writing that could end up serving as the template for how to completely demolish the poorly worded half truths often deployed by industry. Read it here and have a chuckle, Depantsing the Perryman Report about Denton’s Fracking Ban."
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The meat is rotten, but the booze is holding out. Computer translation of "The spirit is willing, but the flesh is weak."