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Comment Re:remove battery? (Score 1) 139 139

Is it true that the gubmint can track the location of my cellie even when it's off? Or do I really need to disconnect the battery?

It's theoretically possible since it's a soft power-off. Hypothetically, the phone could still be operating while giving the appearance of being turned off. By the same token, it could be taking pictures and transmitting audio even when you're not on a call and not using the camera, or even when "off". Whether this is ever actually done, I don't know.

Comment Re:bullshit (Score 1) 625 625

A format does not wipe

I think this is worth repeating. There is a common misconception that while a quickformat does not wipe the drive, a regular format does. Both types of formats only write enough information to initialize the filesystem, and leave other sectors untouched. The only difference is that a regular format verifies the readability of all (or at least most) sectors within the partition before initializing the filesystem.

Printer

Printers Vulnerable To Security Threats 173 173

jcatcw writes "Networked printers are more vulnerable to attack than many organizations realize. Symantec has logged vulnerabilities in five brands of network printers. Printers outside firewalls, for ease of remote printing, may also be open to easy remote code execution. They can be possible launching pads for attacks on the rest of the network. Disabling services that aren't needed and keeping up with patches are first steps to securing them." From the article: "Security experts say that printers are loaded with more complex applications than ever, running every vulnerable service imaginable, with little or no risk management or oversight.... [N]etworked printers need to be treated like servers or workstations for security purposes — not like dumb peripherals."
Security

Submission + - Hackers steal data on 20,000,000 Visa cards

RonMcMahon writes: "The CBC is reporting that in mid-December 2006 it was discovered that hackers got in to the computer systems of the discount retailer, TJX Cos. and stole data for transactions from 2003-2006.

Never heard of TJX? Well, you've been a customer if you've shopped at a Winners or HomeSense in Canada, T.J. Maxx, Marshalls, HomeGoods, A.J. Wright and Bob's in the United States or T.K. Maxx in Europe.

You can rest assured, though...Ben Cammarata the CEO of TJX says "...we believe customers should feel safe shopping in our stores." Ok. Perhaps he is right, if we shop with CASH."
Mozilla

Submission + - IE-derived Chinese Browser challenges Firefox

crush writes: Maxthon holds 30% of the Chinese browser market and is built on top of IE's layout engine. A Linux Journal article (by Glynn Moody) reports on the challenges this non-Free browser presents to Firefox by offering many of Firefox's features and offering compatibility with IE. Firefox apparently is a negligible presence in the important Chinese internet community.
Wii

Submission + - Wii outselling PS3 in Japan

saintory writes: Apparently the Japanese console consumers are sinking their teeth into the modest Wii and are not as interested in the power-packed PS3. According to the article:
Enterbrain ... said that about 980,000 Wii units had been sold as of the end of 2006, while Sony Computer Entertainment had sold only 460,000 of its PlayStation 3 consoles, signifying a clear win for Nintendo.
Programming

Submission + - Code by pictures to code or something else

daveling writes: How do you write code? Do you visualise and move around the structures in your head and then make the code do what you really mean, that's how I think, are there other ways?

Studies say that there are 2 main sorts of thinkers — visual or linguistic (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Visual_thinking). Are programmers mainly visual or linguistic? If you're linguistic how do you start writing code? More like a story? and let the dialog develop?

For instance if I'm writing a singly linked list I have a picture in my head of two boxes and a line with an arrow, when I think about the pointer in code, the arrow lights up in my head. When I put a record in the box a whole stack of lines appear in the box in my head each with field values, I focus on one of the boxes for the value and the others are sort of in my peripheral vision in my minds eye. Do other coders think like this? If not how would you imagine this or similar structures when you're developing it.
Sci-Fi

Submission + - Leonardo Da Vinci inventions

Goranek writes: "Leonardo di ser Piero da Vinci (April 15, 1452 — May 2, 1519) was an Italian polymath: architect, anatomist, sculptor, engineer, inventor, mathematician, musician, and painter. He has been described as the archetype of the "Renaissance man", a man infinitely curious and equally inventive. He is widely considered to be one of the greatest painters of all time.
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