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+ - Butt-dialing 911 has led to a number of arrests->

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netbuzz (955038) writes "A Tennessee man is facing minor criminal charges after his butt-dialing 911 allowed police to overhear a restaurant conversation in which he allegedly discussed visiting a drug dealer. And while this may seem like an unlikely scenario it turns out that such accidental dialing to the authorities has led to quite a few overheard conversions and quite a few arrests, some for serious crimes."
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+ - Wikipedia reports 50 links from Google 'forgotten'->

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netbuzz (955038) writes "The Wikimedia Foundation this morning reports that 50 links to Wikipedia from Google have been removed under Europe’s “right to be forgotten” regulations, including a page about a notorious Irish bank robber and another about an Italian criminal gang. “We only know about these removals because the involved search engine company chose to send notices to the Wikimedia Foundation. Search engines have no legal obligation to send such notices. Indeed, their ability to continue to do so may be in jeopardy. Since search engines are not required to provide affected sites with notice, other search engines may have removed additional links from their results without our knowledge. This lack of transparent policies and procedures is only one of the many flaws in the European decision.”"
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+ - One way to assure SysAdmin Day appreciation->

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netbuzz (955038) writes "Friday is the 15th annual SysAdmin Appreciation Day and one IT department at a Florida credit union has not been shy about rectifying what it considers to be an underwhelming acknowledgement from co-workers last year. Posters featuring their pictures and scattered throughout the workplace spell it out thusly: “So appreciate an IT person (Friday) and we may allow you to use your computer tomorrow.”"
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+ - Y2K bug sends draft notices to 14,000 born in 1800s->

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netbuzz (955038) writes "And you thought you’d never hear about the Y2K bug again. So did the families of some 14,000 Pennsylvania men who were born in the 1800s yet recently received draft notices from the Selective Service. The snafu originated with a Pennsylvania Department of Motor Vehicles database that uses two-digit dates to represent birth years. ‘‘It’s never happened before,’’ a department spokesman told Associated Press."
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+ - What to expect from 11ac's multiuser MIMO->

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netbuzz (955038) writes "802.11ac is already delivering much higher Wi-Fi throughput. Later this year, with wave two of the standard, a feature called multiuser MIMO will boost network efficiency and help Wi-Fi nets handle the explosion of mobile clients. “A common misconception is that multiuser MIMO makes the network ‘go faster,’” says one expert. “It really doesn’t. It creates multiple logical connections with devices at the same time. This increases network efficiency.” That means by being able to transmit to as many as four clients at once, the 11ac access point can make full use of its available “gigabit” capacity at every moment."
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+ - Cisco purchase of CIA-funded firm may fuel distrust abroad->

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netbuzz (955038) writes "Virtually unnoted in last week’s announcement that Cisco is acquiring ThreatGRID was that the New York-based security company last year received an undisclosed amount of funding from In-Q-Tel, the venture arm of the Central Intelligence Agency. Given that In-Q-Tel has pumped untold millions into technology startups since its launch in 2000, it’s not unusual for major vendors to acquire and absorb such companies. What’s different this time, though, is that Cisco is today scrambling to counter the impression – especially abroad – that it is in league with the U.S. intelligence community, a charge it has always denied. And in addition to the financial connection, there are also familial ties between Cisco’s latest acquisition and U.S. intelligence."
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+ - Federal court pulls plug on porn copyright shakedown->

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netbuzz (955038) writes "The Electronic Frontier Foundation is calling it “a crushing blow for copyright trolls:” A federal appeals court today has for the first time ruled against what critics call a shakedown scheme aimed at pornography downloaders and practiced by the likes of AF Holdings, an arm of notorious copyright troll Prenda Law. The United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit called the lawsuit “a quintessential example of Prenda Law’s modus operandi” in reversing a lower court ruling that would have forced a half-dozen ISPs to identify account holders associated with 1,058 IP addresses."
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+ - $200 For a Bound Textbook That You Can't Keep?->

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netbuzz (955038) writes "The worst of DRM is set to infest law school casebooks. One publisher, AspenLaw, wants students to pay $200 for a bound casebook but at the end of class they have to give it back. Aspen is touting this arrangement as a great deal in that the buyer will get an electronic version and assorted online goodies once they return the actual book. However, law professors and the Electronic Frontier Foundation are calling it nothing but a cynical attempt to undermine used book sales, as well as the first sale doctrine that protects used bookstores and libraries."
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+ - This IT Guy Unknowingly 'Live-Blogged' Bin Laden Raid->

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netbuzz (955038) writes "Three years ago today, software consultant Sohaib Athar was working on his laptop at home in Pakistan when he tweeted: "Helicopter hovering above Abbottabad at 1AM (is a rare event)." And then: "A huge window-shaking bang here in Abbottabad Cantt. I hope it’s not the start of something nasty :-S." It was for Osama bin Laden. Today Athar says, “People do bring it up every now and then.”"
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+ - Band Releases Album As Linux Kernel Module->

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netbuzz (955038) writes "A band called netcat is generating buzz in software circles by releasing its debut album as a Linux kernel module (among other more typical formats.) Why? “Are you ever listening to an album, and thinking ‘man, this sounds good, but I wish it crossed from user-space to kernel-space more often!’ We got you covered,” the band says on its Facebook page. “Our album is now fully playable as a loadable Linux kernel module.”"
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+ - ATM malware, controlled by a text message, spews cash-> 1

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netbuzz (955038) writes "Cybercriminals are able to get cash from a certain type of ATM by sending a text message. The tactic is being reported by security vendor Symantec, which has periodically written about a type of malicious software it calls "Ploutus" that first appeared in Mexico. The malware is engineered to plunder a certain type of standalone ATM, which Symantec has not identified. The company obtained one of the ATMs to carry out a test of how Ploutus works, but it doesn't show a brand name."
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+ - IDG Founder Patrick J. McGovern dies at 76->

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netbuzz (955038) writes "Patrick J. McGovern, founder and chairman of International Data Group, died yesterday at Stanford Hospital in Palo Alto. In 1964, with the computer industry still in its infancy, McGovern founded the company to provide timely and reliable statistics on information technology markets. Three years later, McGovern launched Computerworld, a weekly print publication dedicated to keeping computer buyers apprised of industry and product news. Over a span of 50 years, McGovern oversaw IDG's launch of more than 300 magazines and newspapers and championed the expansion of IDG's network to include more than 460 websites, 200 mobile apps and 700 events worldwide. In 2000, MIT created the McGovern Institute for Brain Research, made possible by a total $350 million gift from McGovern and his wife, Lore Harp McGovern."
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+ - Here's why the iPhone 5c is not a flop->

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netbuzz (955038) writes "Today’s announcement of a cheaper iPhone 5c has served to harden the conventional wisdom that the 5c line has been a flop. Not everyone ascribes to that view, however. From a Network World analysis: “Nearly all of these fiasco formulations are based on an almost complete absence of reliable data (or on unsubstantiated rumor) and on an almost willful misunderstanding and misinterpreting of comments by Apple executives. As we’ll see, comments by Apple CEO Tim Cook at the January earnings call were almost universally misinterpreted as an admission that Apple had overestimated demand for the 5c. What he actually said was the Apple had under-estimated demand for the 5s.”"
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+ - 5-year Cyberespionage Op Hit Orgs in 30-plus countries->

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netbuzz (955038) writes "A cyberespionage campaign that featured sophisticated multi-platform malware went undetected for more than five years and compromised computers belonging to hundreds of government and private organizations in more than 30 countries, according to researchers from Kaspersky Lab. Details about the operation were revealed Monday in a paper by the researchers, who believe the attack campaign could be state sponsored."
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