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Comment: Finding accounts linked to recovery email (Score 1) 99

by w00tz (#40982895) Attached to: Companies Advise Tighter Security After Honan Hack
It seems that one can find out all google accounts associated to a recovery address by simply selecting "I don't know my username" in the google recovery menu. If the hacker would have known/used this, he could have had access to even more of Mr. Honan's stuff, provided he had more than one gmail accounts which used the same recovery address (and by the looks of it, I'm sure he would have daisy-chained that too). Google is happy to deliver the associated accounts to the recovery address, with no obfuscation. There's not much hassle to reset those accounts and compromise them as well afterwards. Although I understand its usefulness, using it for the wrong purpose can turn it against you. I'm beginning to think recovery emails are bad too..
Education

+ - Leica lenses in the make->

Submitted by w00tz
w00tz (1943770) writes "Every Leica lens is hand-crafted and goes through meticulous manufacturing processes to uphold the quality and precision that Leica defines and customers have come to expect. In the age where technology almost inevitably means mass manufacturing, Leica products are still made with exacting precision by the hands of highly-trained technicians."
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Earth

Carbon Dioxide Emissions Fall Worldwide In 2009 221

Posted by kdawson
from the is-it-warm-out-here dept.
Hugh Pickens writes "The Christian Science Monitor reports that the good news is that emissions from burning coal, oil, and natural gas fell 1.3 percent compared with emissions in 2008 primarily because of the global economic downturn and an increase in carbon-dioxide uptake by the oceans and by plants on land. One big factor was La Niña, a natural seesaw shift in climate that takes place across the tropical Pacific every three to seven years, where the climate is cooler and wetter over large regions of land in the tropics, encouraging plant growth in tropical forests. However the bad news is that even with the decrease in emissions the overall concentration of CO2 rose from 385 ppm in 2008 to 387 ppm in 2009, as concentrations continue to rise even as emissions slip because even at the reduced pace, humans are pumping CO2 into the atmosphere faster than natural processes can scrub the gas. Many countries have agreed in principle to try to stabilize emissions at 350 ppm by century's end, which would result in a 50 percent chance of holding the increase in global average temperatures to about 2 degrees C over pre-industrial levels."
PC Games (Games)

Witcher 2 Torrents Could Net You a Fine 724

Posted by Soulskill
from the dodging-legal-threats-now-a-valid-gameplay-mechanic dept.
An anonymous reader writes with this quote from Eurogamer: "Gamers who download upcoming PC exclusive The Witcher 2 illegally could receive a letter demanding they pay a fine or face legal action. If gamers refuse to pay the fine, which will be more than the cost of the game, they could end up in court, developer CD Projekt told Eurogamer. 'Of course we're not happy when people are pirating our games, so we are signing with legal firms and torrent sneaking companies,' CD Projekt co-founder Marcin Iwiski said. 'In quite a few big countries, when people are downloading it illegally they can expect a letter from a legal firm saying, "Hey, you downloaded it illegally and right now you have to pay a fine." We are totally fair, but if you decide you will not buy it legally there is a chance you'll get a letter. We are talking about it right now.' Interestingly, The Witcher 2 will be released free of digital rights management – but only through the CD Projekt-owned digital download shop GOG.com. That means owners will be able to install it as many times as they like on any number of computers – and it will not requite an internet connection to run."
Security

Former Employee Stole Ford Secrets Worth $50 Million 236

Posted by Soulskill
from the yu-did-it dept.
chicksdaddy writes "A ten year veteran of US automaker Ford pleaded guilty in federal court on November 17 to charges that he stole company secrets, including design documents, valued at between $50 million and $100 million, and shared them with his new employer: the Chinese division of a US rival of Ford's. Xiang Dong ('Mike') Yu admitted to copying some 4,000 Ford Documents to an external hard drive, including design specifications for key components of Ford automobiles, after surreptitiously taking a job with a China-based competitor in 2006. Yu, who took a job for Beijing Automotive Company in 2008, was arrested during a stopover at Chicago in October, 2009. The FBI seized his Beijing Automotive-issued laptop, and an analysis found 41 stolen Ford specification documents on the hard drive. He faces five to six years in prison and a $150,000 fine (PDF)."

Comment: true (Score 1) 341

by w00tz (#34281188) Attached to: Why Don't We Finish More Games?
A pertinent subject. I found myself in a similar situations some days ago.
I had GTA 4 since it appeared in 2008; was at 55% of the story. Didn't play it for ~1 year. Uninstalled it yesterday.
I had Assassin's Creed 2, almost at the end of the story (I think). Uninstalled it yesterday.
The same happened for Mass Effect 2. Played about 40% of it and uninstalled it.
I played Star Wars Force Unleashed 2, uninstalled it and returned it after a few hours.

I used to love games and always told myself I'll be a gamer even when I grow up. Now that I have grown up, I don't have the patience anymore. Add the repetitiveness of games and glitches, bugs, boring stories, going to work 5 days a week... well, priorities change in time it seems.

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