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Submission + - User-Privilege Flaw Hits Vista

IT071872 writes: "According to PC world, A security firm has discovered one of the first security flaws to directly affect Windows Vista, a bug that it claims allows local users to escalate their privileges.

The flaw involves Windows' system for managing user security levels, User Account Control (UAC), which was introduced with Vista. UAC is designed to limit the damage that can be caused by mass attacks such as worms by giving standard users limited privileges, a practice common with other operating systems."

Submission + - How Indian Software pros play the hot job market

Anonymous Reader writes: It is very interesting to see a narrative on how software pros in India milk the shortage of qualified manpower in the country. With a lot of software development happening there, good people are in short supply as in any other field in any other country. It is a job seekers market and the writer puts in a funny spin to his poor experience.

Microsoft Responds to DOT Ban on Vista, Office, IE 218

roscoetoon writes "From the blog of Mary Jo Foley: What's Microsoft's response to the DOT's charges? A corporate spokeswoman sent this statement, via e-mail: (caution: microbrain double-speak ahead) ... "We respect the customer's decision. As with any of our other Federal customers, it's our job to help DOT maximize the value of its Enterprise Agreement through the adoption of our technology. We are engaged with large, strategic customers across government at every level, and are working closely with them on these products through their participation in our Technical Adoption Programs.""

Feed World Business Briefing | Europe: Turkey: YouTube Blocked Over Content Found Off (

A court ordered the YouTube Web site blocked throughout Turkey because of a video deemed insulting to Mustafa Kemal Ataturk, the founder of modern Turkey. The ban followed a week of what the news media termed a “virtual war” of videos between Greeks and Turks on YouTube. The largest Internet provider, Turk Telecom, complied with the ban and cut off access to the site. Insulting Ataturk is a criminal offense in Turkey.

Journal Journal: Who runs Iran? 1

There are some very important questions that folks (including me, in this case) just completely fail to ask. Today's example:

Submission + - Major gene study uncovers secrets of leukemia

stemceller writes: "Investigators at St. Jude Children's Research Hospital have discovered previously unsuspected mutations that contribute to the formation of pediatric acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL), the most common cancer in children. The discovery not only suggests novel methods for treating pediatric ALL, but also provides a roadmap for the identification of unsuspected mutations in adult cancers."
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Submission + - 5 Things You Can't Discuss about Linux

gondwannabe writes: Flamebait for the /. crowd? How about The Five Things You Aren't Allowed to Discuss About Linux With considerable chutzpa, an insightful Rob Enderle takes on what he considers five dogmas in the OSS community and explains why they're wrong. Examples: Linux is secure, "communes" actually work in the long haul, and that Linux is "pro-developer.

Submission + - Linux Laptops

rustalot42684 writes: What manufacturers offer laptops with Linux pre-installed? I looked at System76, but thought that it is always good to consider other options, and I thought Slashdot would be a good place to fish for [strong] opinions.
User Journal

Journal Journal: Skin cancer 8

Found out I may have skin cancer. And to make matters worse, there's a pledge drive on NPR.

Submission + - The hidden $70 charge from ebay to UPS

Causalien writes: ""I held my breath in excitement as I sniped an old SLR camera for $150 off ebay."

The deal seems to be too sweet, but everything checks out ok after I triple checked all possible fees and custom charges. It's a used item so I shouldn't have to pay tax. Shipping by UPS os $12.95 and custom fees for items between 100 and 200 should be less than $30. Adding some shipping and handling that the shipper might charge, I shouldn't expect anything more than a $30 surprise charge.


On an item valued at $150, I received a $69.88 COD charge from UPS. I expected something, but never this, not at almost 50% of the original item's price. Credit card companies rip you off less than at a 30% card interest rate. Upon calling and asking about how this fee got there, I was informed that it was due to certain customs document that wasn't filled out which UPS did for me. It's called the custom broker's fee.

It's a little service provided by UPS that speeds up the process of passing through the customs. Which most likely involves someone stamping certain document at 60 times an hour. I asked them why I wasn't informed of this charge and all they can do is apologize leaving me to slowly realize that the charge still holds. There's nothing, that informs people of this. On their website, it only says a possibility of $25 to bring something into customs. Nowhere does it mention the extra $40.

I am sure that there are others who rely on ebay to get anything decent technology wise and have had this done to them. What are some of the way to get around this charge? Is it even legal? I mean, if I am missing some documentation at the customs, wouldn't it be better for everyone to just call me up and have me provide it instead of slapping me with a $70 fine? This has tarnished UPS's image for me and officially established them as a company with a sneaky shady practice."

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