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Journal Journal: Slashdot now a little less private, or "Watch What You Say" 22

At 11:02 -0500 2006.12.04, Michael Mol wrote:

The "Submit" checkbox in journal writting is currently being
ignored---and treated as CHECKED.

That's not a bug, but a behavior change. Journal entries without a
checkbox are sent to the firehose, but come in at a lower score.

Desktops (Apple)

Submission + - Apple Releases Boot Camp 1.1.2 beta

jeremyclark13 writes: "From AppleInsider

"Apple Computer on Monday posted to its website an update to Boot Camp, its software dual-boot solution designed to allow users of Intel-based Macs to install and run Microsoft's Windows operating system."

"However, the feature set listed on Apple's Boot Camp website is identical to that of previous versions, suggesting the only improvements are support for the latest Intel-based Macs — mainly the Core 2 Duo MacBook Pro.""

Halo Movie Postponed, Street Fighter Movie On 76

FofR writes "Given the previous statements concerning the Halo Movie's stalled progress, it should come as no surprise that the movie is now officially on hold." From the article: "At this time Peter Jackson and Fran Walsh, along with their partner, Microsoft, have mutually agreed to postpone making a feature film based on the Halo video game universe until we can fulfill the promise we made to millions of Halo fans throughout the world that we would settle for no less than bringing a first class film to the big screen. We are fully supportive of Director Neill Blomkamp's vision of the film. Neill is a tremendously gifted filmmaker and his preliminary work on Halo is truly awe-inspiring. While it will undoubtedly take a little longer for Halo to reach the big screen, we are confident that the final feature film will be well worth the wait." You'll be happy to know even if a Jackson-inspired Halo isn't coming our way, at least we can look forward to another Street Fighter movie.
Hardware Hacking

Submission + - How do you install heavy servers?

GeK writes: "I work in a large data test center and I spend most of my time installing and removing test equipment from 19 inch racks. Most of this stuff weights around 50 kilo's and they tend not work after being dropped. Looking around I have found the SL500 Server lift which would make my job easier. I was wondering if anyone has any other solution that is both practical and affordable."

Google To Microsoft — Give Users Choices In Vista 240

An anonymous reader writes "A Google spokesman has asked Microsoft to 'preserve user choice for search and other applications' with its future products, such as Vista. The spokesman made this comment after meeting with European Union antitrust regulators, though he added that at this point, the company has no plans to make antitrust allegations against Redmond. Notably, McAfee and Symantec have accused Microsoft of not being forthcoming with the code they need to ensure their security wares run smoothly on Vista, and the EU has already expressed concern about Microsoft's potentially anticompetitive plans."

Submission + - GPS cell phone tells other owners where you are

An anonymous reader writes: According to Cnet, a company called Benefon has launched a cell phone with a built in GPS receiver — nothing new there. However, this particular GPS cell phone called the Twig does something extra. It can send your GPS coordinates to another Twig owner and then that person can navigate directly to you using the preloaded navigation software. Is it just me or would this save a lot of time and effort when trying to explain to the in-laws where your new apartment is?

Submission + - How to get your Steam account pwned

Pharmboy writes: "Seems a 13 year old was trying to pose as a Steam employee to gain access to someone elses Steam account, but had the tables turned on him and ended up giving out his OWN Steam account information. In a battle of wits, it helps to be smarter than the next guy. Reported here at The Register, based on the forum exchange found here. I won't spoil the ending for you, it is something you just have to read for yourself."

Submission + - Ubuntu 6.10 reviews and comments galore

Christian Pfeiffer Jensen writes: "All the Ubuntu 6.10 (Edgy Eft) reviews you can dream of. So far reviews from Linux.com, Arsgeek, Lunapark6, Element14, mo79online, sencer.de, Manufactured Enviroments, first impressions at Technical Itch + the Ubuntu forums and screenshot tours at TheCodingStudio + several blog entries. http://debian-news.net/modules/news/article.php?st oryid=1610"

Submission + - Dutch government bans voting machines

hcdejong writes: "Yesterday, the Dutch government announced that use of the SDU NewVote voting computer will not be allowed in the upcoming general election. The NewVote is one of two voting machines in use in the Netherlands, with a market share of about 10%. The NewVote contains a Windows PC with a touch screen. The AIVD (Dutch secret service) found they could read the signals broadcast by the NewVote from dozens of meters away, and determine which candidate was being voted for.

The machines built by competitor Nedap also broadcast readable signals, as shown by We don't trust voting computers. These have a shorter range (less than 10m). Nedap is working to reduce these emissions, and to remove any readable information from them. These modifications will be tested again before the election.

According to the letter (warning, PDF) written by minister Nicolai, there have been two investigations: one by the AIVD into reading votes remotely, and one by research lab TNO into hacking the machines themselves (changing the software etc.).

For the election, the machines will be sealed more thoroughly than before, and EPROMs will be replaced with ROMs. After the election, several hundred machines will be tested."

Submission + - Robot Head Design Contest

yannack writes: The French Aldebaran Robotics company, which is designing the Nao robot, is organizing a contest (French link) for the design of heads for its robot.
Here is the translated page by Google (translation is very readable, on one of my Firefox browsers, I needed to copy/paste the URL, it wouldn't just "open in a new tab").
These heads will actually be used as secondary heads for the robot.

I, for one, welcome our home-designed-headed French robot overlords.

Submission + - NASA - No Sex in Our Space!

j_to_the_ard writes: "SpaceRef has an editorial today concerning NASA's seeming lack of interest in discussing the idea of Sex in Space. This is a very real concern if human spaceflights start lasting more than a week or so. To just put a cap on the whole idea and deny it's an important issue seems a little juvenile to me."
Hardware Hacking

Submission + - Amit Singh Dispells Apple's TCPA/TPM DRM Myth

Trusted Anonymous Coward writes: "Despite continuous attention from both media and hackers nobody has so far been able to explain how Apple's TPM chips work in Mac OS X. In a fascinating article Trusted Computing for Mac OS X Amit Singh finally dispells the myth about Apple's TCPA/TPM based DRM. Singh has also released a GPL-ed open source TPM driver for Mac OS X, complete with an OS X port of the TrouSerS open source trusted computing software stack and provides a detailed guide for how you go about initializing your Intel Mac's TPM for your own use and how you perform your own cryptographic operations, data signing etc. For the executives among us there's a sweet and short executive summary also provided in the article."

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