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Submission + - Mac Flashback attack began with Wordpress blogs->

beaverdownunder writes: Alexander Gostev, head of the global research and analysis team at Kaspersky, says that “tens of thousands of sites powered by WordPress were compromised. How this happened is unclear. The main theories are that bloggers were using a vulnerable version of WordPress or they had installed the ToolsPack plug-in.”
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Submission + - US charges twins over $1.2m 'stock robot' fraud->

peetm writes: Twin brothers from England face US civil charges for allegedly defrauding investors out of $1.2m (£745,000) through a bogus stock-picking robot.

The twins; Alexander and Thomas Hunter; were just 16 years old when they devised the scam which fooled around 75,000 people, according to US officials.

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Comment Is the internet planned to be involved someday? (Score 1) 451 451

I was browsing Google News when I happened to hear the tone from next door. For some (unexplained) reason, I kind of expected to see a notification on there.

Considering I sit in my office all day with no radio and no TV, it would be nice to get that kind of alert webified.

Comment It's become a cultural phenomenon (Score 1) 94 94

Sure, it's easy to be a hater. But you got to give those guys props that they created something fun enough that both me and my four year old daughter find fun at the same time. Easy to play, a little tougher to master, and you can pick it up for minutes or hours at a time.

Whether you like it or not, Angry Birds is at least or more socially relevant than anything else that's come out in consumer market - app or web-based - in the past year or so. Good to see that crossover hits like this can be done.

Comment Forced updates needed (Score 1) 373 373

Unless you force users to update software before continuing to use it, they will nearly always pick the "remind me later" option. Updates to packages like these need to be automatic and enforced for all but the most managed of users, or this problem will just go on forever.

It this issue affected only the individual users, it would be one thing. But the fact that clicking the "remind me later" has a disastrous effect across society means that you can't just rely on people to do the smart thing. They won't. They'll do the quick, easy thing.

Comment Re:the school already is lying (Score 1) 364 364

If someone wants to show me a demonstration of software that can turn that iSight camera on, snap a pic, and then turn off in 10ms - I'd love to see. Hey, maybe it's possible. But it takes Apple's Photo Booth like 4-5 seconds before it displays a picture.

Comment Re:the school already is lying (Score 1) 364 364

Doesn't say that the school official activated the camera or snapped the pic. If the student snapped their own pic and the school official saw the picture, the school would be totally within their rights (assuming they have the right to browse the contents of the laptop at any time, and this I would assume).

Comment Re:the school already is lying (Score 1) 364 364

Not if the student took the picture of himself. The "big question" here is: Who activated the camera?

Also, I don't think I've seen anywhere that indicates this security software can snap pictures without turning the green light on next to the camera. Meaning that we're not exactly talking about "covert surveillance".

Comment So when will they admit this about Los Angeles? (Score 2, Interesting) 144 144

Very few days go by when I don't have a call dropped on my iPhone, just sitting here in my home office. And forget about when driving. Everyone I know in LA who has an iPhone complains about the very same thing. If you want to listen to a funny conversation, eavesdrop on a conversation between two iPhones. "Yeah, it's me again. The iPhone dropped the call again. Yeah, well.... hello? Hello?"

So far their answer? "Mark The Spot", an iPhone app that they want you to switch to and register a complaint about dropped calls instead of trying to call back the person whose call just dropped off. Why don't they look at their records and see the number of times I redialed a number within 30 seconds that I was just connected to?

I've been an Apple guy since the II, and make my living on the Mac platform. But another couple of months to shake out the Nexus and I'm moving. I like Apple but not willing to continue being punked by this Apple/AT&T alliance.

Submission + - Thorium, the next nuclear fuel?-> 1 1

mrshermanoaks writes: When the nuclear choices were being made, we went with uranium because it had the byproduct of producing plutonium that could be weaponized. But thorium is safer and easier to work with, and may cause a lot fewer headaches. So why are we not building these reactors?
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