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Comment Re:TFA firewalled off here (Score 1) 338

I was talking about the original slashdot post that really just says "Google dude spied on minors" which sounds creepy to me. Not any linked articles within the /. post or comments.

If you think of how many worse things that a person that has access to "at the most sensitive information at the most powerful internet-based company in the world" one could see that this is a rather minor offense. He didn't gain anything out of it and in some ways is no more than stupid bullying.

There are plenty of 'what ifs' that you could run this through. I personally don't know what type of auditing Google does of their site reliability engineers - if any. Clearly the best way to be secure is to refrain from using a public email service as your medium for your sensitive data, no?

Very few people could know exactly how much 'snooping' went on. If he was doing this day in and day out for four months i'm sure someone would have noticed. If he did this very rarely over the course of four months it wouldn't necessarily be easy to audit. When it comes to personal violations like this - if the first guy it happened to reported it immediately it wouldn't have taken four months.

Finally: I tend to lean towards the side of criticizing any attempt at fear mongering on any medium, be it a simple post on slashdot or every major news agency saying the H1N1 is coming with the swines to eat you alive!

Comment Re:TFA firewalled off here (Score 2, Informative) 338

according to this FA, it wasn't some creepy stalker type deal.

He found a techie group and wanted to impress them with his 'haxor' skills. It probably didn't come out until later that he worked for Google. It was a stupid move and an abuse of power, but it wasn't something as creepy as the original post here makes it sound.

"Barksdale's harassment did not appear to be sexual in nature, although ... [he] demonstrated extraordinarily questionable judgment. ... It seems part of the reason ... was to show off the power he had. ... A self-described "hacker," Barksdale seemed to get a kick out of flaunting his position. ... The parents of the teens whose Google accounts were violated by Barksdale were hardly amused, however."

Doesn't sound newsworthy. Google did what they should have did; They got rid of him. Sounds like "do no evil" to me. He doesn't deserve to be burned at the stake for something like this, as immature and stupid as it may have been.

The Internet

Submission + - 4chan Does Something Nice (nytimes.com)

Hugh Pickens writes: "Members of 4chan aren't known for doing things that are cute and heart-warming and when they decide to go after someone, it's typically to subject them to ridicule. But not this time. Someone at 4chan decided that the Internet should get together and wish 90-year-old WWII veteran William J. Lashua a happy birthday, and soon Lashua's local branch of the American Legion was deluged by birthday calls from people as far away as Sweden. The account someone set up for Mr. Lashua's birthday on facebook had 3,956 "likes" and over 500 comments, most of which wished him a happy birthday and thanked him for his military service. It's not clear how 4chan originally came across a photo of Lashua, but a member of the site posted a snapshot of a flyer that was on the bulletin board at a store in Ashburnham, Massachusetts asking for guests to attend the nonagenarian's birthday on at the American Legion hall and the post took off. In contrast to their usual behavior, 4chan members "were giving him nice phone calls and sending him nice notes" and discouraging those who wanted to do something stupid or mean. "They were all being.. well, shucks, awful nice.""
The Internet

Submission + - Fidel Castro Loves the World Wide Web (latimes.com)

pickens writes: The LA Times reports that 84-year-old Cuban ex-President Fidel Castro consumes 200 to 300 news items a day on the World Wide Web and in a recent interview called web communication "the most powerful weapon that has existed" and extolled its power to break a stranglehold on the media by "the empire" and "ambitious private groups that have abused it" adding that the Internet "has put an end to secrets.... We are seeing a high level of investigative journalism, as the New York Times calls it, that is within reach of the whole world." Well, not the whole world. Cuba has the lowest level of Internet penetration in the Western Hemisphere (lower than Haiti), plus severe government restrictions and censorship affecting those who do have access. In addition Cuban law bans using the Internet to spread information that is against what the government considers to be the social interest, norms of good behavior, the integrity of the people or national security. Most Cubans who do have computers have access only to a Cuban intranet, a national e-mail system with approved websites and journals while on the World Wide Web, Cubans encounter filters and blocks on any information coming or going that might be construed as unfriendly to the Cuban government.

Comment Re:Lock in at $40 (Score 1) 199

The only problem I see with this is the fact that xbox live gold cards have gone on sale for 30$ multiple times per month this year through dell or amazon. Why bother locking in at 40 when I could just buy a few at 30 and be set for the forseeable future of xbox360 (and the next generation xbox)

Granted, the price hike might put an end to this... but I will be surprised if they will be very hard to find for 40 or less.

Comment Re:2004? No statute of limitations in the UK? (Score 1) 346

If you RTFA and look at the legal note from the lawyer, you can see what they are talking about, and they're not talking about a 2004 article, they are talking about comments from april 16th 2010 from a guy named "the unchosen one" claiming to have worked for the Jeffery guy.

The comment post the lawsuit threat is basically about: http://www.techdirt.com/article.php?sid=20041001/0941211&threaded=true#c1102

There are a couple other posts about the jeffery guy too, but this is the one they are trying to sue for it looks. But heres the paste.

"my name is adam gould son of doctor gould in leeds.
I get bollocked by jeffery everyday. He makes me feel stupid, maybe because i am?? I get paid 30k a year to get slapped about like a whore by jeffery. Who only looks after his own 'jewish' workers. the rest treated like shite.

Jeffery Morris has young people around him, they are so so fooled by his 'brainwashing' ways!! tels them anything to make them sell..many people are educated but caught in a 'dream' that he will make them rich. Hahah what a joke!!

The guy who runs wamey now is Dennis Carr, who owns a bar in manchester. Complete conman, check him out on google, inside track. He tries to get into your head like the demon headmaster, but he is just a working class plasterer who earned a few quid scammin people in property. Jeffery Morris what a wanker, scammer. Dennis is gettin a dose of his own medicine by jeffery..where is your workforce? left because dennis is a conman"

Comment Re:Interesting thread from HardForum (Score 5, Informative) 327

I found this article through your interesting thread: http://www.hardocp.com/news/2010/05/18/bfgtech_exits_graphics

As Notleh on HardForum posted:

"After eight years of providing innovative, high-quality graphics cards to the market, we regret to say that this category is no longer profitable for us, although we will continue to evaluate it going forward", said John Slevin, chairman of BFG Technologies. "We will continue to provide our award-winning power supplies and gaming systems, and are working on a few new products as well. I’d like to stress that we will continue to provide RMA support for our current graphics card warranty holders, as well as for all of our other products such as power supplies, PCs and notebooks."

BFG will continue to offer RMA, telephone and email support for qualified BFG Tech graphics card warranty holders, but will no longer be bringing new graphics card products to market.

First and foremost, I have to say that HardOCP is sad to see BFGTech go. It was a company that opened up new ways of doing business with customers in the graphics card arena. The solid warranties and support you all enjoy now with high-end graphics cards companies can be traced back to BFGTech and its three founders, Scott Herkelman, Ric Lewis, and Shane Vance.

Of course our biggest concern is that our readers that have purchased BFG video cards are taken care of. Speaking this morning with then BFGTech CEO, Scott Herkelman, he assured me that BFG has taken measures to make sure full RMA and support will continue. Eight full time employees and the full group of tech support will remain in place as well as warehouse labor. That means continued 24/7 phone, email, and full RMA support for registered cards. As of today, BFG has a full reserve of cards and monies set aside to sure proper support occurs.

Portables (Games)

Xbox 360 Laptop Creator Unveils Sleek New Design 46

A couple years ago we discussed Benjamin Heckendorn's modification which turned the Xbox 360 into a laptop. Now, he's completed a new, revamped design which includes a removable Xbox 360 hard drive, an internal Wi-fi module and a new button layout. It looks a lot nicer, too. He's also posted a description of how he did it.

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