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Submission + - Vizio smart TVs spying on their owners (

DogDude writes: "The television maker agreed to pay $2.2 million to settle a case with the FTC and the New Jersey attorney general's office after the agencies accused it of secretly collecting — and selling — data about its customers' locations, demographics and viewing habits."

Submission + - Why You Shouldn't Trust Geek Squad (

An anonymous reader writes: The Orange County Weekly reports that Best Buy's "Geek Squad" repair technicians routinely search devices brought in for repair for files that could earn them $500 reward as FBI informants. This revelation came out in a court case, United States of America v. Mark A. Rettenmaier. Rettenmaier is a prominent Orange County physician and surgeon who took his laptop to the Mission Viejo Best Buy in November 2011 after he was unable to start it. According to court records, Geek Squad technician John "Trey" Westphal found an image of "a fully nude, white prepubescent female on her hands and knees on a bed, with a brown choker-type collar around her neck." Westphal notified his boss, who was also an FBI informant, who alerted another FBI informant — as well as the FBI itself. The FBI has pretty much guaranteed the case will be thrown out by its behavior, this illegal search aside. According to Rettenmaier's defense attorney, agents conducted two additional searches of the computer without obtaining necessary warrants, lied to trick a federal magistrate judge into authorizing a search warrant for his home, then tried to cover up their misdeeds by initially hiding records. Plus, the file was found in the unallocated "trash" space, meaning it could only be retrieved by "carving" with sophisticated forensics tools. Carving (or file carving) is defined as searching for files or other kinds of objects based on content, rather than on metadata. It's used to recover old files that have been deleted or damaged. To prove child pornography, you have to prove the possessor knew what he had was indeed child porn. There has been a court case where files found on unallocated space did not constitute knowing possession because it's impossible to determine who put the file there and how, since it's not accessible to the user under normal circumstances.

Comment Re:I'd settle for taking away the concussion grena (Score 0, Troll) 147

This "grenade" story is not at all true.

Her arm was blown off by a propane-tank IED built by the protesters. The remains of the tanks were confiscated after the explosion, and her clothing was taken for testing.

Submission + - Yahoo Says Hackers Stole Information From Over 1 Billion Accounts (

An anonymous reader writes: Yahoo says it believes hackers stole data from more than one billion user accounts in August 2013. The Sunnyvale, California, company says it's a different breach from the one it disclosed in September, when it said 500 million accounts were exposed. That new hack revelation raises questions about whether Verizon will try to change the terms of its $4.8 billion proposed acquisition of Yahoo. Yahoo says the information stolen may include names, email addresses, phone numbers, birthdates and security questions and answers. The company says it believes bank-account information and payment-card data were not affected.

Comment Re:Very true (Score 4, Informative) 2837

Mod parent down for being completely wrong. How the hell did this get modded up in the first place?

You need 2382 votes to clinch. Hillary won 2,205 pledged delegates; Bernie won 1,846. There were 712 superdelegate votes. 1846 + 712 is 2558.

News flash:
2558 is greater than 2382. Bernie could have won based on superdelegates.

Had the DNC not rigged the contest against Bernie from the start, and had superdelegates actually paid attention to the polls and realized that Bernie is far more electable than Hillary, then Trump would have lost last night.

Comment 2016 marks the end of Apple brand loyalty (Score 5, Insightful) 361

2016 marks the end of Apple brand loyalty. We have quite clearly reached the point where the roadmap Steve Jobs laid out has ended, and now Cook and Ives are on their own, screwing things up as they go.

The outrage about today's keynote at AppleInsider is palpable. Among the common complaints are:

- These computers are overpriced and underwhelming. The price of the entry-level MacBook Pro was bumped up hundreds of dollars, and all they did was increase the price and remove ports from it. (The entry-level model only has two Thunderbolt ports (USB, etc. have been removed), and one of the ports has to be used for charging! What kind of "Pro" computer is that???)
- The mind boggles that they removed the "esc" key from a supposedly "Pro" computer.
- They removed the MagSafe connector, which is arguably one of the greatest features of Apple's laptops.
- The only connections are Thunderbolt 3, meaning that you will need a dongle for ~anything~ you want to connect. Do you own an iOS device? Better hope you have a USB-C adapter for it.
- Removal of the SD drive.

Apparently Apple has also been sending out emails to some of its customers asking if they use features such as the headphone jack on their laptop. (Because of course, they're going to remove it from there as well.)

This company has lost its mind.

Comment An idea for Apple (Score 5, Insightful) 77

Next time you feel like doing something brash, like removing a ubiquitous, standardized, and completely functional feature from your products, such as the headphone jack in order to promote wireless listening, why don't you go ahead and make the Bluetooth headphones available FIRST?

Or better yet, don't eliminate the jack at all. This isn't the 3.5" floppy in the age of CDs that we're talking about here. The headphone jack works well, it's standard, and it's on literally almost EVERYTHING that outputs sound.

And now Apple is set to announce tomorrow that its professional line of laptops will be moving completely to USB-C.

This company has lost its way and its mind.

Submission + - Google Bans Plug-in That Picks Out Jews

An anonymous reader writes: According to BBC News, Google has recently banned a Chrome plug-in that was used to identify and highlight Jewish names on Internet sites. The names were accentuated with three sets of brackets and the plug-in was aptly named "the coincidence detector," citing the conspiracy theory that suggests that Jewish people control a disproportionate amount of companies through CEO or executive positions. The news source claimed that members of the alt-right movement have created the plug-in and that Google's main reason for removing the plug-in was to combat hate speech.

Submission + - Clinton campaign chair: 'The American people can handle the truth' on UFOs

An anonymous reader writes: In what seems like an April Fools' Day prank story but is surprisingly real, Hillary Clinton's campaign chair, John Podesta, says that he has convinced Hillary Clinton to declassify as many documents as possible related to Area 51 and UFOs.

On the matter of alien visitation, Clinton has previously stated that "I think we may have been [visited already]. We don’t know for sure."

Meanwhile, Democratic rival Bernie Sanders has been dismissive of UFO talk.

And on the other side of the isle, everyone surely already knows how likely Republican nominee Donald Trump feels about illegal aliens.

Submission + - FBI unlocks iPhone without Apple's help in San Bernadino case (

A_Mang writes: After asking for a delay last week, today the FBI revealed that a third party has succeeded in unlocking the iPhone used by a shooter in the San Bernadino attack. They've asked the court to vacate their request for an injunction forcing Apple to provide tools for unlocking the phone.

Submission + - Ransomware Discovered in Transmission BitTorrent Client for OS X (

An anonymous reader writes: Attackers have infected two installers of Transmission version 2.90 for OS X with ransomware they have named "KeRanger". This is the first-known fully functional ransomware for OS X. All users are advised to upgrade to 2.92 immediately.

"On March 4, we detected that the Transmission BitTorrent client installer for OS X was infected with ransomware, just a few hours after installers were initially posted. We have named this Ransomware “KeRanger.” The only previous ransomware for OS X we are aware of is FileCoder, discovered by Kaspersky Lab in 2014. As FileCoder was incomplete at the time of its discovery, we believe KeRanger is the first fully functional ransomware seen on the OS X platform."

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