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Submission + - Wal-Mart implicated in widespread bribery in Mexico ( 1

Darren Hiebert writes: "An excellent example of investigative journalism conducted by the New York Times has implicated Wal-Mart in extensive bribery, revealing the company as "an aggressive and creative corrupter, offering large payoffs to get what the law otherwise prohibited" in its in-depth story The Bribery Aisle: How Wal-Mart Got Its Way in Mexico."

Submission + - SPAM: Advances in Time-Memory Tradeoffs

ofcbn writes: "Researchers at the Information Security Group (UCL, Belgium) have developed a cryptanalytic time-memory trade-off technique called "Fingerprint Tables" that improves the well-know Rainbow Tables introduced by P. Oechslin in 2003. Rainbow tables were already quite famous in the password hacking world, having been popularized by the Ophcrack software.

In order to demonstrate the use of Fingerprint Tables, the researchers have made available a free online password cracker for Windows NTLM Hashes (Windows NT and onward). The tool cracks any password of up to seven alphanumeric characters (lower and upper case) in a matter of seconds, with a 99.97% success probability. The back-end server is a single modest desktop computer."

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Submission + - iPhone 5s impact on U.S. economy estimated at $75 billion in 2012 (

zacharye writes: Apple’s most recent smartphone launch was its biggest ever by a wide margin. The company sold more than 5 million iPhone 5 handsets during its first three days of availability, and iPhone sales across all models in the iPhone 5s debut quarter totalled 27 million units. Apple’s latest iPhone isn’t just a big deal to Apple fans, however — according to Mobile Future, a coalition of wireless companies and non-profit organizations, the iPhone 5 had a staggering $75 billion impact on the U.S. economy in 2012...

Submission + - Police make arrest in massive Quebec maple syrup heist (

An anonymous reader writes: A follow up to the previous article:

Police have made a breakthrough in the headline-grabbing heist of millions of dollars’ worth of maple syrup from a warehouse in Quebec.
Police arrested Richard Vallières, 34, and Avik Caron, 39, along with a third, unidentified, suspect. The three are to appear in court today in Trois-Rivières on charges of theft, fraud and possession of stolen property.

Submission + - Phone Hacker Gets 10 Years (

xaosflux writes: Christopher Chaney was sentenced to 10 years in prison for hacking celebrity e-mail accounts, including Scarlett Johansson's. Wired reports that the conviction includes charges for hacking, identity theft, and wiretapping.

Submission + - TSA (Finally) Studying Health Effects of Body Scanners (

An anonymous reader writes: A 2011 ProPublica series found that the TSA had glossed over the small cancer risk posed by its X-ray body scanners at airports across the country. While countries in Europe have long prohibited the scanners, the TSA is just now getting around to studying the health effects.

Comment Re:Just like algebra in high school (Score 1) 1134

Guess what? The vast majority of them never will use algebra in real life. Most jobs simply don't require it.

Then you don't understand algebra. Everyone uses algebra, whether they realize it or not. E.g. You are at the supermarket and you see milk is on special: "Get two for $5.00." Most people can figure out that one costs $2.50. In other words, 2x = 5, solve for x.

I will, however, agree that most people never learned it well enough to use it for anything more complicated. Your comment proves my point: "When you don't understand something, it's easy to say it has no purpose".

Comment I am pleased to say... (Score 4, Interesting) 271

I am pleased to say that I was the one who first added Vim to the Sunsite Linux archive back in 1993. I had transferred to a company which did its development on Windows (yuk) and went looking for a vi-clone which I could use on it. I came across Vim and found it to be very solid, but with some bugs to fix. I regularly emailed Bram on these issues and he was very responsive to my reports and suggestions on how to improve its tag support (vis-a-vis ctags). Back then, the newly-available Linux archive only had the vi-clone Elvis, which wasn't nearly as good. So, thinking that I had discovered a gem, I uploaded Vim to the Sunsite Linux archive and eventually it got picked up for use as the resident vi editor by each of the Linux distributors.

In 1996, I developed Exuberant Ctags as a better ctags. Bram started including it in his Vim distributions and our programs were paired together in much the same was that Elvis was packaged with its own ctags clone, and Emacs was packaged with its own ctags. Eventually, Exuberant Ctags became large enough that it caused the Vim distribution to become too large to fit on a 5.25-inch floppy and Bram said it was time to let them grow separately. Exuberant Ctags, as well, got picked up by the Linux distributors as the resident ctags program.

I have always enjoyed working with Bram over the years and wish I could have met him. He is a very pleasant and easy person to work with, very accommodating, and very bright. I think very highly of him and I am glad to see his editor become one of the bulwarks of Linux distributions, as well as used on many other platforms.

Darren Hiebert


Submission + - Google is Now Officially Evil (

Darren Hiebert writes: "After yesterday's claim by Google that Microsoft and other companies had conspired together to hurt Google, we find now that Google had turned down an explicit offer from Microsoft to join in with it on the patent rights purchase. I don't know of a better definition for "evil" than intentionally trying to hurt others and lying in order to benefit yourself."

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