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Comment Re:Slow Justice is No Justice (Score 1) 827

I think the idea is that your computer manufacturer (or installation cds) could determine what browser (and presumably other software) goes on your computer.

...and this would be different from what we've got now in what way, precisely? OEMs and users already have the ability to totally hide IE, block its entry points, set the defaults (browser, mail client, java vm, media player, etc) they want. They've had this ability since XP SP1.

Comment Careful what you ask for (Score 1) 827

The point is to make IE separately installable and sell and distribute Windows without it

Which will get you what, exactly? Keep in mind that the last time the EU did this, the product was Windows XP N, (a distribution of windows with no media player). Which nobody, it seems, but the EU regulators wanted- maybe 2000 of them were sold, ever. OEMs continued to purchase and sell Windows versions with media player bundled, and they still do.
If Microsoft was smart, they'd go pre-emptive in the same vein and make a SKU of Windows called EU edition, or Antitrust edition- and it'd have the kernel, maybe a shell, and pretty much jack shit apart from that. It would accomplish exactly what XP N did- sell zero units, but satisfy regulators that indeed, the public isn't being denied choices it really wants.


Submission + - Harry Potter book theft by an hacker (grok.org.uk)

PSYOP HARRY POTTER writes: "Harry Potter still unreleased book theft by an hacker news, appeared on 10.000+ blogs, 200 newspaper publications (including BBC, CNN, REUTERS), most of the TV reportage in the world.

All media reported it, but it was an seriously effective hoax.

The success of the hoax depends on the military psycological operation approach used by the guys that made it and reported that all was only an experiment.
The reporter suggested to download and mirror several documents from US government explaining Psycological Operation military methodologies and tactics to modify the informations trough the media.

http://insecure.org/ report the email on a mailing list with which the hacker revealed the hack to the company printing harry potter book.

Their reporting after the news diffusion on the psycological operation success and description of what we called, until now, an hoax http://lists.grok.org.uk/pipermail/full-disclosure /2007-June/064163.html .

It's impressive how they did it and how exists tactics to modify the mass media information.



Submission + - Yahoo! Go 2.0 Released (blogspot.com)

Anonymous Coward writes: "Yahoo! Go is optimized for the small screen of a mobile phone, making it easy and fun to access the Internet. Everything about the Yahoo! Go interface is designed to be both visually stunning and give you what you want with the fewest clicks possible."

Submission + - Fast-Moving Web Threat Spreads Around The World

Adam writes: HNS has a story about an accelerating infection in Italy of seemingly legitimate web pages loaded with malicious code that could plant a keylogger to steal user passwords, or turn computers into proxy servers for various other attacks. Tens of thousands of users worldwide have already accessed compromised URLs, oblivious to the threat as a result of their natural web surfing activity. The initial HTML malware takes advantage of a vulnerability in so-called "iFrames" that are commonly used on websites and commonly exploited.

Submission + - Email snafu sends Bush DOJ emails to Greg Palast

destinyland writes: 500 of Karl Rove's email messages were mistakenly sent to WhiteHouse.org, who forwarded them to investigative reporter Greg Palast. The DOJ emails were reviewed by a law professor who confirmed they discussed "an illegal way of getting rid of black votes." Palast has just come forward with the information, which affects 4.5 million voters, and in a new interview explains how it sheds a new perspective on the Department of Justice scandal.

Submission + - Govt. report slams FBI's internal network security

An anonymous reader writes: The Government Accountability Office, the federal government's watchdog agency, Thursday released a report critical of the FBI's internal network, asserting it lacks security controls adequate to thwart an insider attack. Among its other findings, the GAO said the FBI did not adequately "identify and authenticate users to prevent unauthorized access." The GAO report also criticized FBI network security in other regards, saying that there was a lack of encryption to protect sensitive data and patch management wasn't being done in a timely manner. http://www.networkworld.com/news/2007/052407-gao-s lams-fbi-network-security.html
The Media

Submission + - BBC lose all their original footage of 911

Kerago writes: "The head of news BBC World, Richard Porter, recently disclosed in the BBC World editors blog http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/theeditors/2007/02/part _of_the_conspiracy.html, that the BBC has lost all of its original 911 footage. Mr Porters response to questions about how this could happen, who was responsible and when this would be reported to the public can be found here: http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/theeditors/2007/03/part _of_the_conspiracy_2.html This has been kept extremely quiet in the UK media so far."

Submission + - Getting out of two-year cellphone contracts

An anonymous reader writes: The Star news online has an article on getting out of 2-year cell phone contracts.. It discusses attempts made by people to get out of contracts. "Pretending to be dead, however, does not work well as a way to break a contract. Sprint Nextel, Verizon and Cingular, for example, may ask for a death certificate. T-Mobile says it does not." It also discusses other "strategies" such as joining the military, moving to a roaming location and so on. Any slashdot readers have interesting experiences on cancelling cell phone contracts, successes and failures?

Feed Biofuels Boom, Tough Questions (wired.com)

America is drunk on ethanol -- Midwestern corn farmers, Detroit automakers, politicians approving subsidies and Bush shaking hands in Brazil, but ethanol isn't ready for primetime. By the Associated Press.


Submission + - Got the Time?

theodp writes: "Slate reports that there's bad news for the watch industry — most people these days carry a highly accurate and durable time piece, but it isn't a watch. So where does the Slashdot crowd turn to for the time?"
User Journal

Journal Journal: Mac and PC: Mac gets upgraded to Leopard 4

Mac: I'm a Mac.

PC: And I'm a PC.

Pull out to reveal tubes hooked up to Mac's head.

PC: You OK, Mac? What's with the tubing?

Mac: Oh, it's nothing, just getting read to upgrade to Leopard. Backing up the files in case something goes wrong, standard stuff, really. Unlike your upgrade to Vista, I don't have to worry about going under the knife like you did.

PC: [skeptically] Really?


Submission + - Wikipedia reveals plans for a web search engine

jasonoik writes: Wikia, the company behind wikipedia reveals plans for a new, editable search engine. They say that the goal of the project is to get 5% of the search market. The service does not yet an official release date. The article also leaves open the possibility that the search results may contain advertisments, and concludes by listing figures of the web advertisment market.

Submission + - source control for bills in congress ?

grepya writes: "This slate article talks about the sneaky way a major change in the Patriot Act reauthorization bill was made by (possibly) a congressional staffer without even his boss knowing about it. Now, I write software for a large and complex system containing millions of lines of code and I know that nobody could slip in a single of code into my project without my knowledge because every thing that goes into the build has to go into a source control system and email notification is generated to interested parties. This is for a body of work that affects perhaps a few hundred thousand people at most (our company and the combined population of all our customer organizations). Shouldn't the same process be applied to bills being debated in front of congress/parliament that affects potentially hundreds of millions of people?"

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