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Comment Re:what i would say (Score 1) 494

First, they probably don't have your work phone. Second, if they call work, you inform the boss what is going on. Provide the paperwork that has been supplied to you - the boss most likely knows that you weren't in Micronesia during that time, because you were WORKING for him. Third - get the boss to threaten legal action against the "creditors" for interfering with his place of business. It's almost certain the mere threat will scare them away - if not, get a lawyer to summon their asses to court in your home state. When they fail to show, the judge finds against them, and suddenly they owe YOU AND YOUR BOSS!!

This sounds like easier money than patent trolling. Think I'll switch my SSN to 000-oh-baby

Comment Re:That's odd - I think games are boring (Score 1) 439

Actually, the summary says the opposite... That certain people turned to gaming as a 'coping mechanism' to relieve their depression.

The last bit at the end is confusing because it says 'on the flip side', but it's actually the same side. The coping mechanism is good for your mental health. Well duh! It wouldn't be a very good coping mechanism if it made you MORE depressed!

Comment Re:An easy work around (Score 1) 225

Nope. From the LAN side, only the LAN address works. From the WAN side, only the WAN address works, and then only if the router is set up to expose the management GUI to the outside.

The WAN address does work from the LAN side as well, whether remote management is enabled or not. A quick test confirms this, on both the old and new firmwares.

Data Storage

Submission + - Can You Really Trust Your Data To The Cloud? (computerworld.com)

Lucas123 writes: "After last week's revelation that yet another "cloud" backup vendor lost thousands of customer's data, only to recover most of it later, the question seems more pertinent than ever: can you really trust your data to a service provider? Little has changed with regards to the business model since the failure of storage service providers of the late 1990s and early 2000s, such as Storage Networks. 'You're a fool if you put personally identifiable information out there. Vendors in this space have to be putting their trust message out there and try to prove it. But as a consumer, I'm not ready to trust again. And I'm a suffocated user. I've been using this stuff for years," said Michael Peterson, president of Strategic Research Corp."

Comment Re:Ban Pop-ups (Score 2, Interesting) 232

Javascript alerts would be fine, as long as they would stay only with their own content and not interrupt other tabs/windows or other programs on the system.

There is a very long-standing bugzilla bug about this for Mozilla, you can read:

  Bug 59314 - Alerts should be content-modal, not window-modal

(comment #39 describes a security problem that sounds similar to the problem here)

Lots of good ideas in that page about how alerts could be handled differently. I like the one where the alert becomes an infobar. If you aren't on that tab when the alert happens, you won't be forced to see it, and it can't interrupt anything else you're doing.

In the meantime, closing all open browser windows before you visit your bank site is still the safest thing to do.


Linux On Brazilian Voting Machines, the Video 252

Augusto writes "Just 10 days ago, 130M Brazilian voters were turned into users of one of the largest Linux deployments worldwide: the 400,000 electoral sections in all of the 5,563 Brazilian municipalities were running electronic voting machines, and the Linux kernel was running in all of them. These voting machines have been used in Brazil since 1996, and are rugged, self-contained, low-spec PCs. We've discussed the technical details of this Linux deployment and implementation elsewhere, but I thought it would be interesting to show some pictures (and a movie) of Linux booting on these voting machines. So I asked for official permission and thus was helped by a technician while I took some quick pictures and made a small movie showing the boot process, where you can actually read the kernel messages."

Flash Cookies, a Little-Known Privacy Threat 225

Wiini recommends a blog posting exploring Flash cookies, a little-known threat to privacy, and how you can get control of them. 98% of browsers have Macromedia Flash Player installed, and the cookies it enables have some interesting properties. They have no expiration date; they store 100 KB of data by default, with an unlimited maximum; they can't be deleted by your browser; and they send previous visit information and history, by default, without your permission. I was amazed at some of the sites, not visited in a year or more, that still had Flash cookies on my machine. Here's the user-unfriendly GUI for deleting them, one at a time, each one requiring confirmation.

Submission + - Microsoft Sees Stronger XP Sales in FY08 (pcworld.com) 1

Rude Awakening writes: Microsoft Corp. Thursday said that it expects Windows XP, the operating system supposedly made moot by Windows Vista, to make up a significantly larger part of sales in the coming year.

I thought this was a misprint and they really meant Vista sales would be stronger in '08 instead of XP, but it is no misprint. Is Vista bad enough to breathe new life into XP sales, or is this part of an insidious plot by Microsoft to sell two OS licenses for each new PC shipped?


Submission + - Commodore back from the grave!

An anonymous reader writes: For everyone with fond memories of the VIC-20, the C64 and of course the classic Amiga, you'll be glad to know that Commodore's new PC based machines are a reality. Here's a full review of a high end Commodore gaming box that costs over $5000! The specs and the performance look good, and if I were Alienware or Voodoo, I'd start to worry about now! http://www.trustedreviews.com/pcs/review/2007/07/2 0/Commodore-XX-Gaming-PC/p1

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