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True Tales of Tech Hoarding 268

Recently some member of my household forced me to watch several episodes of A&E's Hoarders. This led to several *ahem* discussions about hoarding tendencies and the closet of cables, wires, boxes and parts in my basement. But I'm not doing bad compared to some of these tech hoarders. My favorite is the guy using a stack of 9 VA rack machines as an end table.

Visual Studio 2010 Forces Tab Indenting 390

An anonymous reader writes "For years, Microsoft has allowed Visual Studio users to define arbitrary tab widths, often to the dismay of those viewing the resultant code in other editors. With VS 2010, it appears that they have taken the next step of forcing tab width to be the same as the indent size in code. Two-space tabs anyone?"

Dutch Gov't Has No Idea How To Delete Tapped Calls 186

McDutchie writes "The law in the Netherlands says that intercepted phone calls between attorneys and their clients must be destroyed. But the Dutch government has been keeping under wraps for years that no one has the foggiest clue how to delete them (Google translation). Now, an email (PDF) from the National Police Services Agency (KLPD) has surfaced, revealing that the working of the technology in question is a NetApp trade secret. The Dutch police are now trying to get their Israeli supplier Verint to tell them how to delete tapped calls and comply with the law. Meanwhile, attorneys in the Netherlands remain afraid to use their phones."

Submission + - Fake news are good news (wired.com) 2

Virtual_Raider writes: Wired is running a story about a new twist in the never ending struggle to make true Barnum's adage. Old: Scammers are creating fake news sites that look almost like the real thing. New: They are advertising on real news sites, making it hard for unwary readers to realize they are being duped with fake coverage of get-rich-quick scams. Amongst those affected are the Huffington Post and Salon

From the article, "The story has art, it has a sidebar, there's weather, supposed reader comments — even ads. Steadman is described as "a mother from San Francisco" — at least, when I read the article. Thanks to cutting-edge reporting techniques perfected by News 5, she will automatically move to the geolocation of your internet IP address when you read it. Look, she lives right in your neighborhood!"


Submission + - Microsoft 'offers' $10k to IE users (ostatic.com)

ruphus13 writes: In the latest attempt to battle the declining share of Internet Explorer, Microsoft is dipping into its huge cash reserves to provide 'incentives' to people to switch to IE. In a new move, Microsoft is offering $10,000 in prize money that is 'buried' somewhere on the Internet, but can only be retrieved by using IE. Of course, several people will use IE, and a few will hopefully continue to do so even after 'discovery'. From the post, "How desperate is Microsoft to woo users to its Internet Explorer version 8 browser? Mozilla Chair Mitchell Baker points out in a blog post that Microsoft is now offering $10,000 in prize money "buried somewhere on the Internet" which you can only find if you use Internet Explorer. Come on Microsoft, Internet Explorer needs a lot more than this marketing campaign to shore up its prospects...Until Microsoft fosters the kind of free, open extensibility for its browser that Firefox has, it remains doomed to watch Internet Explorer continue to lose market share."

Submission + - Google snoopmobile catches muggers (theregister.co.uk)

An anonymous reader writes: Apparently a few unlucky muggers got a bit more than the bargained for when the mugged a 14 yr old Dutch boy last year. For just before their heist of some cash and a cell phone a Google snoopmobile had snapped their picture as it was taking pictures for Google streetview. After the victim realized this he contacted police who then obtained an original copy from Google and nabbed the perps. Full story can be found here — http://www.theregister.co.uk/2009/06/19/street_view_mugging/

Submission + - Microsoft Sues Vancouver Family Over Click Fraud

nandemoari writes: "A mother and her two sons are on the wrong end of a $750,000 suit filed by Microsoft. Microsoft claims the Vancouver, British Columbia family is responsible for an immense online scam using pay-per-click ads. The civil complaint was filed in a Seattle federal court earlier this week. The scam stems from complaints made by automotive insurance companies to Microsoft last year. Several of these firms noticed unusually high spikes in traffic to pay-per-click ads on Microsoft's search tool. As a result of the team's intentionally overkill searching of terms "World of Warcraft" and "auto insurance quote," Microsoft was forced to pay out about $1.5 million to advertisers in those spaces."
The Courts

Submission + - Microsoft sues over click fraud (goodgearguide.com.au)

angry tapir writes: "Microsoft has filed a lawsuit against three people accusing them of running a "massive" click fraud scheme that involved harnessing hundreds of thousands of computer IP (Internet protocol) addresses to target advertisers promoting auto insurance and World of Warcraft. The lawsuit centers on a scheme to bilk competitors by clicking on their on-line ads, Microsoft said in court filings."

Submission + - Hackers Open Up the iPhone's OS (technologyreview.com)

Al writes: "Two researchers have found a way to run unauthorized code on an iPhone remotely. This is different from 'jailbreaking', which involves having physical access to the device. Whereas normally applications have to be signed cryptographically by Apple in order to run, Charles Miller of Independent Security Evaluators and Vincenzo Iozzo from the University of Milanfound more than one instance in which Apple failed to prevent unauthorized data from executing. This means that a program can be loaded into memory as a nonexecutable block of data, after which the attacker can essentially flip a programmatic switch and make the data executable. The trick is significant, say Miller and Iozzo, because it provides a way to do something on a device after making use of a remote exploit. Details will be presented next month at the Black Hat Conference in Las Vegas."

Submission + - Swine Flu Vaccine now Available (blogspot.com)

ravjen writes: "Swiss pharmaceutical company Novartis AG said that they successfully produced a swine flu vaccine weeks ahead of their expectations. The vaccine was made in cells, rather than grown in eggs as is usually the case with vaccines."

Comcast Briefly Loses Control of Its Domain Name 222

Fallen Andy notes that Comcast, one of the largest US ISPs, lost control of its domain name to what appeared to be juvenile social engineers of the old school — i.e. not in it for the money. The intruders got into Comcast's registrar account at Network Solutions and repointed the domain's DNS records. A blog entry at SANS points out how trivially easy this can be. Reader ElvenKnight points out an insightful interview up at Wired with the two young guys who perpetrated the hack.

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