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Submission + - Flash exploit lets websites activate your webcam (geek.com)

An anonymous reader writes: A new Adobe Flash exploit has been discovered that allows any website you visit to activate your webcam and microphone giving whoever owns the website the opportunty to watch and record you sat at your machine. The exploit involves the use of a hidden iFrame and the Flash Player Settings Manager. With just four clicks of the mouse the camera can be activated silently and the user has no idea. The example given is a simple game that pops-up the webcam output once you've done the appropriate number of clicks.

Adobe has been told about the problem several weeks ago, but has yet to respond. So the exploit has been made public to try and speed things along.

Comment social shopping yes - social network no (Score 4, Insightful) 271

The problem is that all it is is a social shopping network. And of course it's a "social shopping at the iTunes store" network, so it's very, very limited. I personally think that Apple narrowed the scope of their network too much (you can't even post a link to a live video on YouTube of a song you just bought - or rather, you can but it will show up as text only with no way to click or copy&paste it) and most users will be bored by it very quickly and just ignore it. Even if Apple expands it later, a reputation once ruined is hard to improve...
Security

Submission + - Checking email for TLS support now easy (ismymailsecure.com)

theonlyholle writes: Finding out if a certain email address is able to receive email securely with TLS based encryption has always been a bit of a hassle, as you had to check every single MX manually. So I wrote a little web tool for myself and some colleagues, which is now open to the general public. Just enter an email address (the left part really doesn't matter, it's just so it's more end-user friendly) and the tool will tell you which MXs accept email for the domain and if they support TLS. Of course you still need to be sure that you support it on your end as well... try it at http://www.ismymailsecure.com/

Comment man page != end user documentation (Score 1) 769

The question in the summary shows the extent of the problem. No, a man page is not proper end-user documentation. It's great for a trained IT professional who quickly needs to look up the syntax for a command. But for my mom or my wife's dad, even getting to the man page is a challenge - and to get there, they need to know that man pages exist. Are there even man page viewers for the desktop? Ones that are readily accessible and preinstalled with the default system? But I must come to Linux's defense, too. The documentation on my latest Windows system is not much better, except that a help system is built right into the desktop. It's the availability of third party printed documentation that makes the difference.
Media

Submission + - How to sell to a pirate (po-ru.com)

theonlyholle writes: "Paul Battley has an excellent blog post on "how to sell to a pirate" that shows how artificial restrictions on media distribution kept him from paying for the content he wanted to see: "At any stage up until the last, you could have had me as a customer, if you were willing to supply it there and then in a format I could use. However, because of licensing, region coding, and DRM, my best option was the 'pirate' one.""
Linux Business

Red Hat CEO Says Economic Crisis Favors Open Source 191

arashtamere writes "Red Hat president and CEO Jim Whitehurst predicts the enterprise open source software business will emerge from the economic crisis stronger than the proprietary market. 'I've had a couple of conversations with CIOs who said, "We're a Microsoft shop and we don't use any open source whatsoever, but we're already getting pressure to reduce our operating costs and we need you to help put together a plan for us to... use open source to reduce our costs." And we've had other customers literally looking at ripping and replacing WebLogic or WebSphere for JBoss ... I think we'll know in about six to nine months but there is no question that open source will come out of this in relatively better shape than our proprietary competitors,' he told Computerworld."

Comment why would she work for IBM... she works for me :) (Score 5, Interesting) 340

At least I've paid her a couple of times and I suspect others have done the same. There are some very convenient donation links on Groklaw and for every donation I have sent so far I have received a friendly "thankyou" email. But even if she *did* work for IBM, that wouldn't change the facts of the case and I would still enjoy reading the legal analysis, which is pretty sound once you take out the sometimes over the top OSS "fangirlism" that I occasionally find a bit annyoing.
Input Devices

Submission + - Surface Wave Touch Technology might be next

ranga_the_don writes: "
Hugo Ortega of UberTablet provides us with an in-depth look at "Surface Wave Technology", a touchscreen that "registers coordinates by interacting with a sound wave that crosses the screen." Video after the jump. Quite literally X and Y coordinates (cursor movements) are recorded by someone breaking this Sound Wave by placing their finger on the screen
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Media

Submission + - The future of Creative and the sound card market

Hanners writes: "Elite Bastards investigates the future of Creative Labs, and in particular their PC sound card business, which is facing a number of big challenges during 2007. Windows Vista has seen some large changes to the driver model required by audio devices, the abilities of on-board solutions have improved somewhat, and the amount of competition in the market place has ballooned. So what does all of this mean for the traditional leader of this market? As well as outlining all of these issues, they speculate as to what measures Creative may need to take to thrive once more in this changing market."
Games

Submission + - Xbox 360 lacks precautions measures to prevent scr

janp writes: "The Dutch TV program Kassa asked Hardware.Info to investigate the complaints of many Xbox 360 owners that their console scratches their gamediscs and renders them useless. Although they couldn't reproduce the problem completely, Hardware.Info did find out that the Xbox lacks some precaution measures that prevents the lens from scratching discs: where many PC DVD-drives have a sort of cushions around the lens that prevent scratching, the Xbox 360 drive doesn't provide any safety measures whatsoever. Kassa received hundreds of complaints and is now preparing a legal claim against Microsoft."

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