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Comment Workarounds... (Score 1) 194

(1) Split an account with your friends or office (2) 20 free articles -- there's got to be a way to spoof that. Deleting cookies + changing IP #'s would probably do that. (3) Fake referrers from search engines or Facebook, though they may have ways of verifying Also, why doesn't NYT also have a daily option like their dead-tree version? You should be able to buy a copy, download the whole thing to your laptop or tablet, and be able to read it on the plane without being forced to pay for a 4-week period!

Submission + - Third explosion at Fukushima power station (businessweek.com) 4

b0s0z0ku writes: As of early Tuesday morning in Japan, there are reports of an explosion at a third reactor at the Fukushima power station. Unlike the previous two explosions, this blast may have damaged the containment of the reactor itself.

Submission + - Google Groups search ... still broken (google.com)

b0s0z0ku writes: For the past month or more, searching for any phrase on the Google Groups website has yielded only the first page of results with no convenient way to navigate to subsequent pages. The page bar on the bottom of the screen has gone missing. Despite this bug being reported to Google by multiple people, Google has not seen fit to fix it in a timely manner. This humble poster wonders if Google Groups is being maintained at all, and by whom?
First Person Shooters (Games)

Submission + - The modern FPS - as seen by the BBC in 1980 (shadowlocked.com)

An anonymous reader writes: A year before the BBC tried to educate the computer-illiterate with the BBC Micro, it had already inadvertantly predicted the look and feel of the modern hi-res first-person shooter in an episode from the third season of its very low-budget 'Robin Hood in space' SF show 'Blake's 7'. The episode 'Death-Watch' is to videogame FPS prediction what the 'Star Trek' TOS episode 'A Taste Of Armageddon' is to the likes of turn-based strategy games such as .Sid Meier's Civilization'. This article contains a short video excerpt from the episode that will look familiar to fans of 'Gears Of War' and the 'Half-Life' franchise. Ironically, if the BBC had had any real budget to work with, they would have got it wrong...

Submission + - ACLU's Mobile Privacy Developer Challenge (develop4privacy.org)

An anonymous reader writes: Privacy groups announced a mobile privacy developer challenge today. The competition, Develop for Privacy, challenges mobile app developers to create tools that help ordinary mobile device users understand and protect their privacy. Its sponsored by the ACLU of Northern California, the ACLU of Washington, and the Tor Project, with the assistance of the Ontario Information and Privacy Commissioner's Office. Submission deadline is May 31, 2011. The winner will be announced in August 2011 at an event in Las Vegas, coinciding with the DEFCON and Black Hat security conferences.

Comment Re:Not too surprising (Score 1) 406

Fuck mandating self-driving cars - I like driving and riding motos. Fortunately, I live in NYC, so I don't have to commute by car so driving hasn't become a chore. As far as bans having no effect, we've banned many things and people still do them. Perhaps the kind of people who NEED to use their cell phones right now as opposed to glancing at a text or picking up an occasional call will ignore the ban. The casual users who'll follow the ban paid less attention to the phone and more to driving before the ban. -b.

Submission + - Major problems with two financial websites

b0s0z0ku writes: As of 16:30EST today, the Bank of America website is down, and has been down for most of the day. Nasdaq.com is reporting completely different data from Scottrade and my iPhone, and the data on Nasdaq.com appears to be bogus (markets do not fluctuate repeatedly and immediately like that).


Both screenshots were taken 10 minutes ago. Could this be a sign of a cyberattack against US financial institutions?

Comment Re:So he was rewarded for hiding her body? (Score 3, Insightful) 553

That is an amazingly homophobic comment. Its offensive on so many other levels too.

Cheers +1. Yep, not only on that level. What if you love a woman who isn't able to have children? If you want to stay monogamous and not pay a surrogate, should you get a divorce just because she can't get pregnant?!? GP should get a life.


Technology (Apple)

Submission + - We won't take cash (yahoo.com) 1

stox writes: "In an effort to control iPhones sold to unauthorized re-sellers, Apple will require iPhone purchases to be made with a credit or debit card only. This has some scary implications. What next, a three day waiting period?"

Submission + - Apple limits iPhones to 2 per person, rejects cash

b0s0z0ku writes: Citing concerns about availability for the holidays, Apple is now limiting iPhone purchases to two per person (at least at Apple stores) and only accepting credit card payments in order to create a record of who bought the phones. Could this possibly be their attempt to control the market for unlocked iPhones now that the 1.1.1 firmware has been cracked? Naaw, never.

Submission + - iPhone vulnerable to trojan attack via USB?

An anonymous reader writes: I bought an iPhone last week, and have been playing with hacking it. The iPhone comes locked from Apple, both to the cell provider (AT&T) and with no possibility of installing third-party applications. There are several programs which, run from a box with an iPhone connected to it, can remove the application lock and install an installer on the phone. This requires almost no user intervention other than plugging in the phone and clicking on "OK"; no authentication of any type is required. The installer shows up in the phone's home screen automatically, and can then be used to install more third-party applications.

What's to stop someone from (for example) wrapping the installation tool in a fake iTunes update and sending out phishing e-mails linking to it, or making it part of a virus that modifies iTunes itself? The "update" would then install malware or a malware downloader on the phone itself. All processes on the phone run as root and have access to almost all components of the phone. Extant third-party apps include dialers, a voice recorder, and various chat and Internet tools. So I could see something that bugs a room and sends the audio over the 'net, something that sends copies of appointments and e-mails out to interested parties, or even a dialer repeatedly dials the number of a gay bordello in Washington, DC if the phone's number happens to belong to an Important Person.

My point is not to bash the iPhone. It's a fine device with a user interface nothing short of remarkable. But it would have been even better had Apple provided a *legitimate* installation mechanism for third-party applications, and a means of running them with reduced privileges. Nor do I have a problem with the people who created the iPhone hacks — they're just extending the phone's functionality to what it should have been out of the box. The lesson? Security through obscurity is never the answer, especially if it's easy to bypass!

Submission + - What constitutes a good geiger counter?

An anonymous reader writes: I've always wanted a geiger counter to play around with but thought they would be too expensive for mere mortals. But after a quick Google search, it looks like I was wrong and some ex-Russian models are available for pennies. I even found instructions on how to make my own doseometer. So I thought I'd ask Slashdot: What makes a good geiger counter? What features are most useful? Let's put together a geiger counter buying guide!

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