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Republicans

Journal Journal: Gonzales defends Bush's revised domestic spying

The Senate interrogated Attorney General Alberto Gonzales over why the warrantless wiretapping program didn't end sooner. Gonzales did his best to avoid giving any answers. He also refused to tell the Senate any details of this just-discontinued (we hope) program because all those details are classified. Ouch! http://news.yahoo.com/s/nm/20070118/pl_nm/surveillance_bush_dc
Data Storage

Submission + - Credit Card Protection

jns137 writes: I am a freelance programmer who has recently found myself in the awkward position of having to tell a client that I will not store credit card information for them because their system is not all that secure and they will basically become hacker bait. However, since that happened I have noticed more and more that lots of places, from e-commerce sites to the local university where my wife goes to school take and keep credit card information.

My question for the (ahem, hacker) community is what is adequate security for storing credit card info, and more importantly, how do I know that the people I give my credit card info to are protecting it?
Wireless (Apple)

Submission + - Are Consumers Ready (To Pay) For the iPhone?

AndyComp writes: "Are Consumers Ready (To Pay) For the iPhone? "Even among the diehard segment of iPod shoppers who said they are very likely to buy an iPhone, only 6% said they would pay over $400." The iPhone has gotten a lot of hype since it debuted, but what will happen when it hits stores? This post reports who'll be willing to pay the high price, switch to Cingular, and several other interesting stats."
Space

Submission + - China Tests Anti-Satellite Ballistic Missile

Vicissidude writes: US intelligence agencies believe China performed a successful anti-satellite weapons test at more than 500 miles altitude January 11th, destroying an aging Chinese weather satellite target with a kinetic kill vehicle launched on board a ballistic missile. The United States, Australia, and Canada have criticised China over the test. Neither the Office of the US Secretary of Defense nor Air Force Space Command would comment on the attack, which followed by several months the alleged illumination of a US military spacecraft by a Chinese ground based laser.
Education

Videogaming Most Popular Activity Among Kids 49

njkid1 writes "Research from the NPD Group shows that kids are increasingly playing games earlier in life. Playing games, whether on a PC, console, phone or music player, was the highest ranked activity for kids in a survey conducted by the organization. From the article: 'NPD said it used an online survey sent to a 'nationally representative' sample of mothers with children ages 2 to 14 in their households. The survey revealed that an overwhelming majority (93 percent) of kids play games on a computer, cell phone, video game console or portable or digital music player. This was way ahead of the second highest activity reported, listening to music, which garnered 52 percent.'"
Operating Systems

Submission + - BSoD on the Las Vegas Strip!

Johnathon Howard writes: "A Blue Screen of Death on the Las Vegas Strip! From the photographers blog:

For those of you who didn't know, last November I took a Thanksgiving trip to Las Vegas, you know, relatives, good food, the works. As visitors to Vegas learn, no trip is complete without going down Las Vegas Boulevard, AKA the "Strip". Along the strip, there are many hotels, stores, restaurants, etc. There is a CVS pharmacy on the strip also, but, instead of the traditional graphical ads on the display screen, I got a pleasant surprise...
The Full Story and Picture"
Games

'Over 30' Section For Games Stores? 220

A New York law introduced by Representative Keith Wright seeks just that, a section for gaming stores that keeps 'violent games' under lock and key, and is accessible only to people over 30. The law is one of two poorly-thought pieces of legislation being considered by New York state's legal system. From the 1up article: "The history of the courts striking down such legislation goes just about as far back as politicians who attempt to bolster their own image by capitalizing on the public fear and hysteria over the bogeyman of video gaming. It's interesting to note that recently, courts have begun penalizing entities who purposely waste their time with attempts at passing frivolous and unconstitutional anti-videogame legislation. You'd think might deter motions like [these] somewhat, wouldn't you?" Update: 01/19 04:10 GMT by Z : As ahecht points out in the comments 1up has things wrong here. There is only one bill, and it restricts violent games from being sold to those under 18 only. Line 5 of the bill's text is the section in question.
Businesses

Submission + - Dell Loses Market Share and Customer Ratings

ack154 writes: Recent articles are showing that Dell has recently lost not only market share to HP but also has fallen in customer satisfaction. ArsTechnica reports that Dell marketshare is down about 2.5% from a year ago to 13.9%, while HP has increased it's position as the #1 PC maker, up about 2.4% from a year ago to 17.4%. Dell is also not looking too good on the customer front, falling from a score of 79 on the ACSI (American Customer Satisfaction Index) a year ago to a 74 for this last year. Apple on the otherhand leads the ACSI with a score of 81, compared to an industry average of 74.
The Courts

First Spammer Convicted Under CAN-SPAM Law 226

eldavojohn writes "Spammer Jeffrey Brett Goodin has been convicted under the 2003 CAN-SPAM Act, the first person in the U.S. prosecuted successfully under the law. He is facing a sentence of up to 101 years in a federal prison after being found guilty of numerous illegal acts. According to prosecutors, Goodin was convicted on multiple counts in addition to the CAN-SPAM conviction, including wire fraud, unauthorized use of credit cards, misuse of the AOL trademark and attempted witness harassment. From the article: 'The law forbids e-mail marketers from sending false or misleading messages and requires them to provide recipients with a way to opt out of receiving future mailings. During trial, prosecutors presented evidence that Goodin used several compromised Internet accounts to send e-mails to America Online users. The e-mails appeared to be from the company's billing department and told customers to update their billing information or lose service.'"
Internet Explorer

Submission + - Serious IE7 div layer rendering bug

costmo writes: "We have discovered a very serious and repeatable bug in the way IE7 handles swapping div layer visibility. We haven't seen too much mention of this bug online except for a few people saying "should be fixed in beta 2." We were wondering if anyone else has been struggling with this (we can't be the only ones!), and what they are doing about it. More importantly, what can we do to get Microsoft's attention to fix the problem? The write-up of our results with code and usable examples is here."
Music

RIAA Arrests Pro Artist for Making Mixtapes 426

Maximum Prophet writes "The RIAA is now going after mixtapes; specifically, the well-known mixtapes of rap artist DJ Drama. From the article: 'On Tuesday night he was arrested with Don Cannon, a protégé. The police, working with the Recording Industry Association of America, raided his office, at 147 Walker Street in Atlanta. The association makes no distinction between counterfeit CDs and unlicensed compilations like those that DJ Drama is known for.' The story goes on to say that many of the artists featured on the mixtapes would never have had the exposure and thus sales they had if DJ Drama had not featured them on a mix. Nowhere is a specific artist mentioned who claims to have been wronged by him. Additionally, the article states that mixtapes such as those made by DJ Drama are an accepted and integral part of rap music culture. His arrest is confusing on several levels."
Privacy

New Plan In UK For "Big Brother" Database 178

POPE Mad Mitch writes "The BBC is reporting that Tony Blair is going to unveil plans on Monday to build a single database to pull together and share every piece of personal data from all government departments. The claimed justification is to improve public services. The opposition party and the Information Commission have both condemned the plan as another step towards a 'Big Brother' society. Sharing information in this way is currently prohibited by the 'over-zealous' data protection legislation. An attempt to build a similar database was a key part of the, now severely delayed, ID card scheme."
Microsoft

MS Fights Gmail With 2-GB Exchange Mailboxes 353

prawnonthebarbie writes "Microsoft is battling the trend for frazzled office workers to give up on Outlook and auto-forward all their mail to Gmail: the company is promising 2-GB mailboxes in Exchange 2007 rather than the piffling 50-MB mailboxes most workplaces have now. Speaking at the launch of Vista, Office, and Exchange in Singapore, Microsoft Product Marketing Manager Martha DeAmicis said Microsoft had built clustered replication into Exchange so corporate IT admins wouldn't be worrying about backing up big mailboxes to tape. However, its killer feature appears to be its plans to make those gigs of email available on Joe Officeworker's mobile phone."
GNU is Not Unix

FSF Launches "BadVista" Campaign 607

FrankNFurter writes to note the launch yesterday of the FSF's BadVista campaign against Microsoft's new operating system. BadVista's aim is to inform users about the alleged harms inflicted by Vista on the user and about free software alternatives. Quoting program administrator John Sullivan: "Vista is an upsell masquerading as an upgrade. It is an overall regression when you look at the most important aspect of owning and using a computer: your control over what it does. Obviously MS Windows is already proprietary and very restrictive, and well worth rejecting. But the new 'features' in Vista are a Trojan Horse to smuggle in even more restrictions. We'll be focusing attention on detailing how they work, how to resist them, and why people should care."

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