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Submission + - Aussie software pirate extradited (10yrs jail)

Watertowers writes: BEFORE he was extradited to the United States, Hew Griffiths, from Berkeley Vale in NSW, had never even set foot in America. But he had pirated software produced by American companies. Now, having been given up to the US by former justice minister Chris Ellison, Griffiths, 44, is in a Virginia cell, facing up to 10 years in an American prison after a guilty plea late last month. http://www.theage.com.au/news/technology/aussie-pi rate-extradited/2007/05/06/1178390182639.html
The Almighty Buck

Submission + - Steve Jobs highest paid CEO - $646 Mil

Whiney Mac Fanboy writes: "Fans of Apple CEO Steve Jobs are quick to point out that he is only paid a $1 salary for his role at Apple. However, according to Forbes he's the highest paid executive in the US — to the tune of 646 Million dollars for 2006. From the article

Forbes said the highest-paid CEOs were not always those that delivered the most to shareholders.Forbes said by its analysis, Apple's Jobs was 36th. Topping the list was John Bucksbaum of General Growth Properties, a real-estate investment trust. Over the past six years, Bucksbaum was paid $US723,000 a year while delivering a 39 per cent annual return to shareholders.
I wonder how much of that $646 Million was from improperly backdated options?"

Feed Uber-slim G4 Mouse slides away in your PCMCIA slot (engadget.com)

Filed under: Laptops, Peripherals

Under normal circumstances, a palm-sized mouse with a built-in wireless transceiver is about as portable as it gets, but the G4 Mouse just showed all the other guys how a mobile mouse should be constructed. The uber-slim mousing instrument folds perfectly flat in order to fit in your PCMCIA slot when not in use, and when you're all settled, it pops out, ejects a USB cable, and folds into a more ergonomic position for all your mousing needs. Additionally, the slot card mouse comes in pink, blue, and silver colors, and it appears that you can even get a matching pouch if say, a 120GB hard drive is already occupying your PC Card slot. The 800 DPI mouse boasts a left / right click and a touch-sensitive scroll wheel, touts Windows compatibility, and will run you a respectable 46,500 (or about $50). Click through for a couple more snaps.

[Via CacheYourCash]

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Feed The homemade GPS speed camera detector (engadget.com)

Filed under: GPS, Transportation

Although this device may be of limited usefulness outside of its creator's home country of Sweden, the project's inspiring ingenuity isn't restricted to the borders of the Scandinavian state. This particular speed camera detector does the same job that most off-the-shelf (and often illegal) speed camera detectors do: it detects fixed speed cameras by referencing itself against a database of camera locations using built in GPS. This example does exactly the same job, but with the same "you get to see its guts!" flair that we've come to expect from hacks. The best part about the hack is that it integrates into the sun shield for quick hiding, and that the part costs are undoubtedly cheaper than the commercial solutions out there. If you want in on the homemade speed detection avoidance scene, then you can hit up the creator at his email address and he'll apparently help you out with a parts list and instructions, although we expect he'll post this online after the slew of emails he or she is about to receive.

[Via hackaday]

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Security

Submission + - STEAM Hacked, Credit Cards stolen

3Y3 writes: "DailyTech is reporting that VALVe's STEAM system has been hacked into by a hacker known only as "MaddoxX", who has wasted no time gloating and publicly releasing internal information, such as credit card numbers, on the anti-Steam website No-Steam."

Feed 'DVD Jon' is hiring (com.com)

Blog: Jon Johansen, the 20-something hacker widely known for helping crack the piracy protections on DVDs several years ago, is hiring...
Mozilla

Submission + - Mozilla Thunderbird 2 Released

An anonymous reader writes: From mozillaZine:

"Thunderbird 2 is now available for download on Windows, Mac and Linux in over 35 languages. Thunderbird 2 offers easy ways to manage and organize your email with message tags, advanced folder views, message history navigation, find as you type, and improved new mail alert notifications. Thunderbird 2 also includes a refreshed user interface and support for Microsoft Vista.

"The Thunderbird 2 features page has more details about the new features in Thunderbird 2. The Thunderbird 2 Release Notes have more specific information. The Rumbling Edge has a list of notable bug fixes in Thunderbird 2."

"We also want to extend a huge thanks to everyone in the MozillaZine community for their help and support with Thunderbird 2 over the past year. We wouldn't have been able to release Thunderbird without you. A special thanks to the awesome forum moderators who spend so much time answering questions and to the folks who help organize and participate in our weekly test threads here at MozillaZine."

Important note: "Thunderbird 1.5.0.x users will be offered Thunderbird 2 via software update at a later date. Those wishing to upgrade now are therefore advised to download and install Thunderbird 2 manually."
Windows

Submission + - Symantec: Vista UAC Prompts Cannot be Trusted

ambr00sio writes: "Symantec researcher Ollie Whitehouse has is warning that the UAC prompts in Windows Vista cannot be trusted to provide the end user with reliable warnings. In one potential attack scenario, Whitehouse showed how UAC privilege elevation prompts can look like it's coming from Microsoft Windows — when in fact the user is being asked to authorize admin rights for malicious code. Also see Slashdot's previous coverage of UAC design and implementation flaws."
Enlightenment

Submission + - Dell gives desktop Linux its "full attention&#

An anonymous reader writes: Only days after Dell launched a new user feedback forum called Dell Idea Storm where customers can suggest new ideas for the PC manufacturer, the request for a Linux desktop tops the list with thousands of votes. Emails exchanged with Bob Pearson, Dell's vice president of corporate group communications, indicate that Dell is taking the request seriously. Dell is known for taking risks and with its new found devotion to customer service, Dell just might grant the Linux community's wish.

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