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Submission + - UN subdomain for Swaziland hacked (techi.com)

JDRucker writes: "The Swaziland subdomain on the United Nations' website has been hacked by Cocain TeaM. The website now shows the text "har kos kholi vase ma hacker shode lol :))" but before it displayed a a map and 'credits' while playing the theme song to The Pink Panther. It is the latest in a string of hacks by the group and is their biggest victim to date."

Raspberry Pi Running Quake 3 102

First time accepted submitter phonewebcam writes "Here's something to liven up your weekend: a video of the Raspberry Pi running Quake 3. We're still working on ironing a few kinks out (specifically, there seems to be a library issue which means our framerate, while good, isn't quite as spectacular as we know it can be; we're working on it as I post this) – but this is what test boards are for, and we're making great progress getting the boards running smoothly."

Submission + - Right-Wing Extremists Tricked by Trojan Shirts (spiegel.de)

gzipped_tar writes: Fans at a recent right-wing extremist rock festival in Germany thought they were getting free T-shirts that reflected their nationalistic worldview. But after the garment's first wash they discovered otherwise. The original image rinsed away to reveal a hidden message from an activist group. It reads: "If your T-shirt can do it, so can you. We'll help to free you from right-wing extremism."

Submission + - Time may fly erratically, come September (nerc.com) 1

ibsteve2u writes: "Field trials for the elimination of the time error correction (the intentional increase or decrease of the 60 Hz frequency many household clocks rely upon to keep time in order to compensate for load-driven variations) applied to the nation's electricity grid are tentatively scheduled to begin in September:

While it is intuitively obvious that any frequency offset that moves target frequency away from the reference point to which all other frequency sensitive devices (such as relays) have been indexed will have a potential impact on those devices' performance, the industry has by and large regarded Time Error Corrections as harmless and necessary as part of the service it provides to its customers. However, in light of this data, NERC's stakeholders are now questioning whether or not the intentional movement closer to (or in some cases, further away from) the trigger settings of frequency-based protection devices as is evidenced during Time Error Correction events is appropriate.

Accordingly, NERC is planning a Field Trial during which the practice of doing Time Error Corrections will be suspended. What will this affect? We don't think it will have much affect at all, but just to be safe, we are reaching out to various industries to get their thoughts on this. Those industries include appliance manufacturers, software companies, chemical manufacturers, companies that make automation equipment, computer manufacturers, and many others.



Submission + - Microsoft Yanks Security Site Poisoned With Porn (computerworld.com)

CWmike writes: "Microsoft disabled the search tool on its Safety & Security Center on Saturday after attackers poisoned results with links to pornographic URLs. The company restored the website's search field early Monday afternoon ET. Alex Eckelberry, the general manager of GFI Software's security group and CEO of Sunbelt Software, said search poisoning is not unusual — but this is different. 'This is crafty,' Eckelberry told Computerworld on Monday. 'This isn't normal search poisoning. It's poisoning the results with actual searches. Users were getting back a prior search as a search result.'"

Comment Re:How prevalent? (Score 5, Insightful) 449

On the contrary. It is *extremely* rude to throw up a confirmation dialog before every trivial system maintenance task.

As has been pointed out below, System Restore is basically only useful for resolving problems so severe they prevent your system from booting. Once your system has booted you don't really need older restore points, and they take up a *lot* of space. Deleting them is absolutely the right decision for the average user. The *real* problem here is probably the UI for creating system restore points not mentioning the deletion policies and generally misleading people into believing that creating restore points manually is a useful thing to do.

These people creating restore points all the time remind me of the people who get obsessed with defragmenting their disks every night...

Comment Bugs on your Windows 7 system restore? (Score 1) 449

Seems like they (Microsoft) have managed to continue flawed restore data loss in each new release. Ironically, it restores (through social engineering) our familiar role as beta testers that also get to (once again) pay for the privilege of a windows operating system loaded security concerns, flabby feature creepiness, and a corporate eula that is guaranteed to serve their interest and cost you time and money. We are subjected to this, repeatedly, in order to ease the headache of unnecessary risk, expense, and effort. All of this transparency is like living in a glass house, and we seem to have lost our stones. Gee, each new release its getting to be a ritual like a national or religious holiday. The tithe is more a mobster protection racket for your system and the life of the Motherboard and Godfather. Perhaps the Gates fund will one day heal malaria, but in the mean time they're hopelessly infected with "bugginess by design". The day they "cure" windows, it the day we stop buying it again and again like neurotic addicts chasing that elusive sense of clarity.

Comment Re:Democracy (Score 3, Insightful) 229

You've hit the nail on the head
We here in the US are now completely buttfucked by the greedy corporations that have bought all our elected officials.

Obama has become nothing more than a trained monkey on a chain.
Pity, I liked the guy too and hoped he would be different.

We traded a bunch of whacked out right wing conservative asshats for a bunch of whacked out left wing asshats. All of which still serving the corporations that bought them as whores.

American used to represent freedom. Now were hogtied under corporate dictatorship

Would someone out there please invade us and liberate us from the terrorists now in control. Pretty please ...

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