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Submission + - Microsoft Issues Word Zero-Day Attack Alert

0xbl00d writes: "According to a report on eweek.com, there's a new Microsoft Word zero-day attack underway. Microsoft issued a security advisory to acknowledge the unpatched flaw, which affects Microsoft Word 2000, Microsoft Word 2002, Microsoft Office Word 2003, Microsoft Word Viewer 2003, Microsoft Word 2004 for Mac and Microsoft Word 2004 v. X for Mac. The Microsoft Works 2004, 2005 and 2006 suites are also affected because they include Microsoft Word.

Simply opening a word document will launch the exploit. There are no pre-patch workarounds or anti-virus signatures available. Microsoft suggests that users "not open or save Word files," even from trusted sources."
Displays

Journal Journal: TL (and cast of men) B00BS: Real or Memorex? 29

So, the other day, a RL female friend of mine indicated that she may consider getting her assets augmented. She asked for my feedback as to whether guys had a strong preference.

I had to admit that I have no basis to judge, lacking an augmented volunteer to play adjust the radio with. :-(

However, I thought it might be more interesting that the current questionaire meme going around. If you're a guy: Real or Memorex? Do you care?

It's funny.  Laugh.

Submission + - McDonald's Files Sandwich Making Patent

zxnos writes: "In a bold move McDonald's has filed a patent for a "method and apparatus for making a sandwich". I am pretty sure I have heard of these "sandwiches" before.

A choice sample of the article: A "bread component" is then placed over the cavity and the assembly tool "inverted" to tip out the contents. "Typically, a sandwich filling will thereafter be placed in the bread component," the 55-page patent explains. "Often the sandwich filling is the source of the name of the sandwich, for example — ham sandwich.""
User Journal

Journal Journal: [wtf] That shark done got JUMPED. 16

Since when is Blue a furry? And since when does she fucking TALK!?! She used to be a cute little cutout with that "bowbow bow BOOOWWWW!!!" thing going on.

AND she's getting a baby brother?

And WHAT?!?! They're playing fucking COMMERCIALS in the middle of the program?!
User Journal

Journal Journal: I want every journalist who knows me to walk................

arm in arm with my husband and three-legged dog. Underwriting fraud is being accepted not only at some law firms but also at doctor offices. It is far deeper than emergency room leaks. M&R get NY and Phila. on this. Please contact me via ed. as they will not believe my credibility . This CIA leak wants to turn in her evidence. Also, the mail delivery person never rang my doorbell on 11-8-06 to have me sign for my certified. THEY delayed delivery of a certified letter for an extra 2 da
Security

Submission + - What could happen if you don't erase your disks...

simm1701 writes: A Hard Lesson in Privacy gives a rather amusing and potentially very embarassing tale of what could happen if you don't take simple precautions before selling your PC, not to mention suppliying your password to the buyer.

From the article:
Boy have I got a story for your SecurityFocus column. My brother-in-law just bought a used Intel 20" iMac. The seller was a nice looking blonde, who didn't wipe the disk. You can probably see where this is going, but it's better than that.
PlayStation (Games)

Submission + - PS3 Sold for $9.99 on eBay

Unnamed Hero writes: "The seller, kevdigital, was certainly not looking to sell his newly-acquired PS3 for just $9.99 and $50 shipping. The auction ended Saturday afternoon with only 1 bid. The winner, jce422, has probably had one of the best weekends of his life. That is until he receives his $10 PS3...

Here's a link to the final look at the auction: http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item =280050635902&ru=http%3A%2F%2Fsearch.ebay.com%3A80 %2Fsearch%2Fsearch.dll%3Ffrom%3DR40%26satitle%3D28 0050635902%26fvi%3D1

Who would have guessed this could have ever happened? Certainly someone had a very, very bad day, and someone else had a very, very good day."
User Journal

Journal Journal: Sun's Big Gamble

[Posted on Technocrat.net]

Sun only has three real product lines: hardware, Java and Solaris.

Democrats

Submission + - Congressman Rangel proposes re-instating the draft

dkarma writes: "House Democrat and soon-to-be leader of the Ways and Means Committee Charlie Rangel is proposing re-instating the draft. He suggests that our leaders would be less inclined to propose war if their own kids were possibly sent to war also. From the article: "New York Democratic Rep. Charles Rangel said Sunday he sees his idea as a way to deter politicians from launching wars. He believes a draft would bolster U.S. troop levels that are currently insufficient to cover potential future action in Iran, North Korea and Iraq.
"There's no question in my mind that this president and this administration would never have invaded Iraq, especially on the flimsy evidence that was presented to the Congress, if indeed we had a draft, and members of Congress and the administration thought that their kids from their communities would be placed in harm's way," Rangel said."
What say you slashdot community? Would the draft be a deterrent, or would leaders see an unlimited supply of troops with which to "build" nations?"
Microsoft

Submission + - scientific american on msft & hung machines

crossheart writes: "There's an article on page 37 of the december issue of scientific american about microsoft and a tool they use (called terminator) to prove that programs like device drivers halt. URLs: http://www.sciamdigital.com/index.cfm?fa=Products. ViewIssuePreview&ARTICLEID_CHAR=C8DBBEE7-2B35-221B -66F4A382FB321DCE http://research.microsoft.com/TERMINATOR/"
Red Hat Software

Submission + - Redhat rejects Microsoft's offer

jayd56 writes: "In a recent Turn of events, Redhat has rejected Microsoft's offer of patent projection and support.

"We do not believe there is a need for or basis for the type of relationship defined in the Microsoft-Novell announcement," said Mark Webbink, Red Hat's deputy general counsel, in an e-mail. "[But] Red Hat has and will continue to work with Microsoft on true interoperability and open standards in the way we did in advising them in the development of their Open Specification Promise.""
United States

Submission + - UCLA Student Taserd for not showing ID in library

linuxghoul writes: "The Daily Bruin, UCLAs campus newspaper reports that an Iranian student at UCLA was taserd multiple times by campus police when he could not produce is ID during a random check at the UCLA library. There are cell-phone videos (on youtube, amongst showing the police officers delivering him multiple shocks, once even while the student was already handcuffed. At one point, a bystander asks one of the officers for his badge number, and the officer threatens him with the taser as well.
While LATimes seems to have woken up to this news item now that a probe has been ordered, CNN still seems totally oblivious. Heck, searching for news on "taser" on CNN website leads to a whole bunch of ads for places that sell tasers. CNN does have space on its home page for a story on OJS but considers a student being taserd by campus police unworthy to even make it to its website.
Whatever happened to reasonable force? The student was clearly unarmed, and was no threat to four police officers. Whatever happened to nonviolent resistance? While we argue about the rights to bear arms, even the right to stand up for our rights non violently has already started to erode away. Yes, we are late for 1984, but we are catching up FAST."
Windows

Submission + - New Microsoft CLI doesn't rate a /. article?

Simulant writes: Come on guys... this is arguably more important than Vista's release to Windows sys admins.

Windows PowerShell 1.0 is now available. It's a massive improvement over the old command prompt and is available for XP and Windows Server 2003, as well as Vista.

If the object oriented environment doesn't suit you, you'll still want this if for no other reasons than you can now 'cd' into UNC paths and use backs slashes & forward slashes interchangeably in path names. Tons of other good stuff including regex support.

This is most definitely worth a discussion on Slashdot.

Download at:

http://www.microsoft.com/windowsserver2003/technol ogies/management/powershell/download.mspx

Developer's Blog at:

http://blogs.msdn.com/PowerShell/

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