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Comment Re:Arch Linux (Score 1) 92

Come on, Grammar Nazis, if you're going to do it, do it properly.

It doesn't matter worth a damn if my ass is in the seat if you're driving. And it doesn't, from the same example, even matter who is occupying the driver's seat.

However, your mileage may vary based on who's driving - and that person's ass is likely (but necessarily) in the driver's seat!

Submission + - iPhone Hacked in Under 60 Seconds Using Malicious Charger (

DavidGilbert99 writes: Apple's iOs has been known as a bastion of security for many years, but three researchers have now shown iPhones and iPads can be hacked in just under 60 seconds using nothing more than a charger. OK so it's not just a charger but the Mactans charger does delete an official app (say Facebook) replacing it with an official-looking one which is actually malware which could access your contacts, messages, emails, phone calls and even capture your passwords. Apple says it will fix the flaw, but not until the release of iOS 7, the date of which hasn't been confirmed yet. So watch out for chargers left lying around.....

Submission + - VLC For iOS Returns On July 19, Rewritten And Fully Open-Sourced

An anonymous reader writes: VideoLAN revealed some very exciting news today: VLC for iOS will be back in Apple's App Store by tomorrow (July 19). The company tells TNW the app will be available for free worldwide, requires iOS 5.1 or later, as well supports the iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.

As you can expect, VLC for iOS version 2.0 will be open-source. This time, however, its code will be available online (also by tomorrow), bi-licensed under both the Mozilla Public License Version 2 as well as the GNU General Public License Version 2 or later.

Comment Re:badg3r5 (Score 4, Insightful) 193

Oh wait... I thought you were joking!

The SHA1 of "badg3r5" really is "78a7ecf065324604540ad3c41c3bb8fe1d084c50".

HP used "badgers" in leet-speak for an NSA backdoor? Smells like they wanted people to know, to me. Maybe they didn't like what they were supposed to be doing, and stuck their tongue firmly in cheek at the implementation stage? "Screw the NSA - we'll give them a back door if they want it so much - and we'll make it so that researchers find it easily, so our business isn't damaged in the long term ("If we wanted you data so much, we'd have done a better job of hiding it - blame your government")

Comment Re:Secure Boot solves a nonissue (Score 1) 135

Unfortunately, I held out on actually registering, and have a rubbish UID as a result. I still see logical, rational and funny discourse, and I've got quite a loose leash when I post silly things to cause trouble - things could be a lot worse for me here, with the things I post sometimes!

I got the username I would have chosen though, I was webmistressrachel at Excite dot com while it was still going!

Submission + - Can the Slashdot effect save Ed Snowden? 1

NewtonsLaw writes: I read that Iceland has refused asylum and citizenship to whistleblower Ed Snowden.

In response to this, I wrote a very polite, email to the office of the Icelandic Prime Minister Sigmundur Davíð Gunnlaugsson (details on this webpage) expressing my disappointment at the decision and my sympathy for a once-proud nation that seems to have lost its nerve when faced with the might of the USA.

If anyone else wants to do the same then perhaps it's not too late to alert the Icelandic government to the fact that they could win millions of new friends from all over the world if they were to show their courage and bravery by helping Snowden, as they have with others in the past.

Of course any such communication needs to be polite, concise and focused on showing Iceland that the internet community supports Ed Snowden and those who are prepared to help him.

Maybe the Slashdot community can help. Why not spend a few quick minutes firing off an email so we can find out for sure.

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