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+ - Apple includes an Anti Bio-Warfare licence clause 3

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MrNatas
MrNatas writes "I should be doing something else right now. But this is the WTF of the year. Looking closer at Apple's products license made me drop my jaw and I temporarily went blind from a parse error.
Here is the quote, please be seated :

"You also agree that you will not use these products for any purposes prohibited by United States law, including, without limitation, the development, design, manufacture or production of missiles or nuclear, chemical or biological weapons."
That's the most ridiculous license clause since the DRM.
First of all, you'll have to explain me how to build a missile with Safari or I-Tunes, unless you want to play the "Ride of The Valkyries" somewhere in the script.
Then, I don't really see some weird minded evil genius saying "Oooh my god, I had the perfect plan to destroy mankind with Safari , but bummer I can't do it because I'm violating the license".
And last but not least, they should be careful not to break their own terms, since I almost died laughing reading it.
It's curious though, they didn't mention acids..."
Movies

+ - Nmap in Live Free or Die Hard->

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buanzo
buanzo writes "It seems Nmap made a brief appearance at the beginning of Live Free or Die Hard. Fyodor is looking for heroic people to get a screenshot of it! In his words: "I actually thought this might happen, since the studio asked me some hacking questions long ago while they were filming. I sent them some info about Nmap, SSH, etc, but never heard any more from them. So I figured they dropped the idea. But I think Nmap is in there and I'm hoping one of you can get a screenshot to confirm by sneaking a camera into the theater or grabbing a frame from a pirate copy.""
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Technology (Apple)

+ - Steve Jobs addresses new AT&T/iPhone controver->

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destinyland
destinyland writes "Working Assets is calling for a boycott of the iPhone. Locking all iPhones to AT&T is unnecessary, they argue, and AT&T is "a corporation whose practices seem to run counter to everything Apple stands for..." (They specify AT&T's stand on net neutrality, warrantless wiretapping, and their handing over of customer records to the NSA.) This article says Steve Jobs was asked specifically about the AT&T lock-in Thursday, and he responded that AT&T's GSM network makes the iPhone a "world phone". But asked point-blank about whether other U.S. carriers would service the iPhone — he didn't answer."
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The Internet

+ - Wikipedia vandal predicts death

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An anonymous reader writes "A wikipedia vandal inserted into wikipedia information that Nancy Benoit was dead 14 hours before police found out. The vandal later came forward and said it was just a coincidence, and apologizing for ever vandalizing wikipedia:

...I feel incredibly bad for all the attention this got because of the fact that what I said turned out to be the truth. Like I said it was just a major coincidence, and I will never vandalize anything on wikipedia or post wrongful information. I've learned from this experience. I just can't believe what I wrote was actually the case, I've remained stunned and saddened over it....
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Networking

+ - Preparing 4 Digg / Slashdot Effect: Beyond Caching->

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Anonymous Coward
Anonymous Coward writes "When preparing for an onslaught of traffic to your web site, the smallest mistake can turn your servers one time chance for fame and fortune into an overly-expensive brick sitting in a collocation cabinet. A great example is MeetMoi.com that, when it was profiled on Fox News as an mobile dating service, was almost unreachable."
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Space

+ - Black hole information loss paradox cracked->

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Anuborn Satirak
Anuborn Satirak writes "Physicist may have finally cracked the black hole information loss paradox that has befuddled physicists for the past 40 years, according to an article accepted for publication by Physical Review D, which concludes that that an outside observer can never lose objects down a black hole.

The question is: "what happens once something collapses into a black hole?"

If all information about the collapsing matter is lost, it defies the laws of quantum physics. Yet, in current thinking, once the matter goes over the event horizon and forms a black hole, all information about it is lost."

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Security

+ - FBI Investigates Online 'Hitman' Scams

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Billosaur
Billosaur writes "CNN is reporting that the FBI is looking into a new breed of on-line scam: 'The Hitman Scam'. The FBI has received more than 100 complaints about the scam, which involves the target receiving an email stating that one of their "friends" has put out a contract on them, and for a sum (anywhere from $30K to $80K dollars), the "hitman" will instead leave them alone.

FBI special agent James Burrell says some people have fallen for the scam, sending criminals tens of thousands of dollars. The FBI says they have some leads in the case, but they wouldn't provide specific details.


Given that the emails can be sent from anywhere, especially overseas, tracking the scammer becomes more difficult. It is believed to be merely a scam, as the email rarely contains any personal or specific information that would lead them to believe it was real. However, that is not always the case — in at least one instance, a victim received a follow-up email that did contain personal data."
United States

+ - Excellent essay on the dangers of copyrights->

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John Brice
John Brice writes "Long essay on the dangers of copyright and the need for society to embrace the free flow of ideas. Suggests that the current copyright environment is way to protective of owners and this has a negative effect on the economy as a whole. Argues that current technology makes current restrictions bizarre and ineffective. Also brings up the gift economy and the need for society to embrace a free flow of ides and concepts in order to advance. Overall this is a very well written and though provoking piece on the current state of copyright."
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Google

+ - How to stop top 100 Google results being sellers?

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Architect
Architect writes "Google use to be about searching for information. Now, google is about searching for organizations selling products.

I can't enter search items and find any informative help anymore, instead the first results are always organizations selling something related to all items in the search box...

Does anyone know a way to tell the Google search that I am not buying? How do you tell Google to stop returning results from people selling products? "-buy -purchase" etc doesn't seem to work.

Thank you"
Privacy

+ - Should "Do not call" list include SMS mess

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VirtualUK
VirtualUK writes "There are a number of recent startups that use SMS (mobile phone text) messaging to form something akin to the social networking interactions that we're so familiar with the likes of Friendster, MySpace et al. While online social networking sites are typically 'opt-in' and provided free (as in beer) of charge, these newer SMS based sites are sending unsolicited text messages which are often at cost to the recipient and provide no 'opt-out' facility unless you become a reluctant member of their service. In light of changing phone usage shouldn't privacy laws be updated to keep in touch?"

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