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Comment Re:There is some kind of battery black magic (Score 2, Informative) 206

The action that kills laptop batteries quicker than anything is using the computer, plugged into the wall AND the battery inserted into the machine. FWIU, if the battery is in the machine, you should be using only battery power, unless it's charging.

Once the battery is full, either unplug the computer from the wall and use only the battery, or take the battery out and use only the AC power.

Submission + - Firefox Most Vulnerable Browser, Safari Close ( 1

An anonymous reader writes: Cenzic released its report revealing the most prominent types of Web application vulnerabilities for the first half of 2009. The report identified over 3,100 total vulnerabilities, which is a 10 percent increase in Web application vulnerabilities compared to the second half of 2008. Among Web browsers, Mozilla Firefox had the largest percentage of Web vulnerabilities, followed by Apple Safari, whose browser showed a vast increase in exploits, due to vulnerabilities reported in the Safari iPhone browser.

Submission + - Mafia Wars CEO Brags About Scamming Users (

jamie writes: "Mark Pincus, CEO of the company that brought us Mafia Wars, says: 'I did every horrible thing in the book to, just to get revenues right away. I mean we gave our users poker chips if they downloaded this Zwinky toolbar which was like, I don't know, I downloaded it once and couldn't get rid of it.'"

Submission + - Big Brother downsizes (

PeterAitch writes: The UK government have put 'on hold' their surveillance project to track details of everybody's email, mobile phone, text and internet use after being warned of problems with its technical feasibility, high costs and privacy issues.

Comment Re:I don't know, but... (Score 1) 494

As I've grown up I developed my signature with its own style. I never write cursive and someone got past that requirement in grade school. What I find fascinating is after about 5 years of tweaking it and getting to a consistent style that I like and is easy to write, it has turned out very similar to my dad's. Great minds think alike, I guess. :-)

Comment Re:Better the Devil You Know (Score 1) 388

I got that message a couple days ago. What happened was Flash did an automatic update as my computer was starting up. I had Firefox open at the time, so I had to close it to complete the update. I did and launched Firefox again, only to find that it didn't update successfully. So, I had to download it again, this time manually, and install the software. Then I went ahead and rebooted the computer for good measure. Everything's been fine since then.

You know you've landed gear-up when it takes full power to taxi.