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Submission + - Another Election, Another Slew of Voting Machine Glitches (

An anonymous reader writes: As Election Day in the U.S. starts to wind down, reports from around the country highlight another round of technological failures at the polls. In Virginia, the machines are casting votes for the wrong candidates. In North Carolina, polling sites received the wrong set of thumb drives, delaying voters for hours. In Michigan, software glitches turned voters away in the early morning, including a city mayor. A county in Indiana saw five of its polling sites spend hours trying to get the machines to boot correctly. And in Connecticut, an as-yet-unspecified computer glitch caused a judge to keep the polls open for extra time. When are we going to get this right?

Submission + - Help this NFC chip implant guy violate his own privacy and security (

An anonymous reader writes: His wife thinks he's crazy but this guy got an NFC tag implant for at least a year. He's inviting everyone to come up with uses for it. Especially ones that violate his privacy and security I understand. There must be something better to do than getting into the office or unlocking your work PC surely... ;)

"The chip we are using is the xNTi, an NFC type 2 NTAG216, which is about the size of a grain of rice and is manufactured by the Dutch semiconductor company NXP, maker of the NFC chip for the new iPhone. It is a glass transponder with an operating frequency of 13.56MHz, developed for mass-market applications such as retail, gaming and consumer electronics."

Submission + - 'Wasting Time on the Internet' Is Now an Actual College Class 1

Jason Koebler writes: Next semester at the University of Pennsylvania, students will walk into a classroom, pull out their laptops, their smartphones, their tablets, and sit there, for three hours, doing what they no doubt do pretty often: Waste time on the internet.
The Ivy League school's newest creative writing class is trying to remove the stigma from an activity that millions of people do on a daily basis, in an attempt to explore how our minds might work when we're totally aimlessly clicking through reddit or Facebook or Slashdot or watching porn or doing whatever people do in their free time.

Submission + - Austrian Teen at Heart of TweetDeck Mess Says it Was All a Mistake

Trailrunner7 writes: The last 24 hours have been a sad, scary and frustrating time for an 19-year-old aspiring programmer in Austria who found himself smack in the middle of Wednesday’s TweetDeck mess—all because of a Unicode heart.

Twitter’s real-time account dashboard was taken down for a brief time yesterday before a cross-site scripting vulnerability in the TweetDeck Chrome plug-in was properly addressed. But not before code exploiting the bug in a benign manner spread to Twitter users worldwide.

Ground zero for the incident was the Austrian teen who identified himself only as Florian to Threatpost. The youngster said things began yesterday when he tweeted out an HTML hearts symbol (&hearts) that was graphically displayed in the message.

“TweetDeck is not supposed to display this as an image, because it’s simple text, which should be escaped to “♥,” he said.

“I didn’t know that there is such a big problem. So I experimented with this in a public environment, there was no reason not to do so,” Florian said. “And that was the point where I reported this to TweetDeck.

“TweetDeck actually did not react in any way,” Florian said. “Their next Tweet was saying that there is a security-issue and the users should log in again.”

Submission + - Microsoft Ships Surface Pro 2 Tablets with Wrong, Slower Processor

SmartAboutThings writes: Microsoft launched the Surface Pro 2 tablet in October 2013 with several hardware upgrades, like the new 1.6GHz Core i5-4200U processor specifically optimized for longer battery life and increased performance. Three months later, Microsoft decided to upgrade the CPU with a 1.9GHz Core i5-4300U unit that would be capable of taking these improvements even further. Albeit Redmond has kept a low profile for the somewhat significant improvement, tech savvy buyers were aware of the change. Now, according to some new reports, it seems that the company is still shipping the old models to buyers, despite the fact that Microsoft has promised to deliver only upgraded models featuring the new CPU. The new processor is said to come with 20% higher clock speed and 15% to 20% better overclocked clock speed.

MS Reportedly Adds 6 Months of Vista Downgrade 244

LiteralKa sends in a poorly sourced Reg story claiming that Microsoft has granted OEMs six more months to sell PCs using Windows Vista with the support to downgrade to Windows XP. OEMs can now offer such arrangements until July 31, 2009 — the previous deadline was January 31, 2009. The article claims as source "a Reg reader" without further details. Neither Microsoft nor any OEM has confirmed the rumor, and only a few scattered bloggers have picked it up.

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