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Submission + - Yahoo exposes emails of iPhone users

iamthekingofthesees writes: Slashdot recently covered Yahoo! Zimbra Desktop's exposing authentication information. It turns out that other Yahoo! applications are affected, although to a lesser degree. Yahoo! is one of the lucky few default e-mail providers on the iPhone; sadly it looks like Apple didn't insist on encryption from Yahoo! On the iPhone, authentication is encrypted, but you can see all the messages sent and received in plaintext. Incoming messages are downloaded in plaintext over the standard imap port. Outgoing mail is a bit harder to find, it is apparently sent by an HTTP post request wrapped up inside a bundle of XML, but security through obscurity isn't very effective. Yahoo! & Apple really need to step up their game when it comes to encryption.

Submission + - Laptop use cause of Qantas midair incident?

HiramAbif writes: reports that investigators are seriously considering the idea that use of a laptop could have caused a Qantas Airbus to suddenly drop thousands of feet by interfering with the operation of the aircraft's elevators. Should we start taking those warnings more seriously?

Comment Re:How about playing a real MMO ? (Score 1) 103

Indeed, I've often found it beneficial to play available games in other languages, as a way of enhancing my language understanding.

Back around 1994, I had a CD version of "The Secret of Monkey Island" that contained five language versions of the game. I brought it in to my high school French class and my teacher LOVED it. Thanks to that, I can still say, "How appropriate: you fight like a cow!" in French. (Didn't come in so useful at that job where we actually communicated with Francophone schools and businesses, though...)

Similarly, I've played my MMOG of choice -- EQ2 -- on the French servers from time to time. I haven't worked up to having the gall to group with anyone yet but it's still interesting to be in that kind of informal environment in my second language.

That said, even after two years of college Chinese I don't think I'd ever be bold enough to attempt to do that with Mandarin! But I like the idea of an MMO meant for learning. I'll have to give it a try.

Submission + - Windows 7 NOT to be released in 2009. (

HappyAndyK writes: "Contrary to talks on the net, it clearly looks like Microsoft is NOT planning to release Windows 7 in 2009. Microsoft's official response, by an email dated 26th January, 2008, to WinVistaClub's enquiry, states that Windows 7 is still in the planning stage and will take approximately 3 years to develop. While the answers to the other 2 questions may have been on predictable lines, what is important to note that Microsoft TODAY maintains that Windows 7 is STILL in the planning stages and it will take approximately 3 (more) years to develop."
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Submission + - Facebook User-Data Gathering Goes Viral (

JD Rucker writes: "When a company has news that they want buried, they issue their information on a Friday night and hope nobody in the media notices on Monday morning. Marred in controversy over their Beacon advertising platform, Facebook hoped that their latest attempt to gather more user-data would go unnoticed."

Submission + - A Cell Phone for people looking for Privacy?

Ghostalker474 writes: "I love how cell phone companies push out millions of dollars of advertising for their phones, but the only features they state are Bluetooth, GPS and Web Browsing. I had an old phone a few years back that I could block calls from certain numbers with (Nokia 3360; called Call Restriction), but it seems that feature isn't around anymore. The only solution nowadays to block a number is to call a provider and have them block the call from my account. Can anyone recommend a phone that has that feature in it?"

Submission + - No Shortage of IT skills in the USA 1

walterbyrd writes: "Dr. Ron Hira, assistant professor of public policy at Rochester Institute of Technology, argues that The Tech Skills Shortage Doesn't Exist. According to Ron Hira "Employers game the system and misrepresent the key market indicators." Dr. Hira sites several studies to support his position. The article provides an objective discussion of issues such as: H1-B visa abuse, declining enrollment in computer acience studies, and offshoring trends."
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Submission + - Ye Olde Worlde Charm (

The Solitaire writes: "Despite the rather fast paced, technological world most Slashdotters live in, some of us still yearn for the good old days; the days when clocks still ran on clockwork, cooking didn't mean microwaving last night's pizza, and we started our laptops with a turnkey instead of pushing a button... wait, what?

The folks over at have come up with a rather spiffy little hardware mod; they've converted a HP ZT1000 laptop into something resembling a piece of old-English clockwork — and it still functions. From the site:

This may look like a Victorian music box, but inside this intricately hand-crafted wooden case lives a Hewlett-Packard ZT1000 laptop that runs both Windows XP and Ubuntu Linux. It features an elaborate display of clockworks under glass, engraved brass accents, claw feet, an antiqued copper keyboard and mouse, leather wrist pads, and customized wireless network card. The machine turns on with an antique clock-winding key by way of a custom-built ratcheting switch made from old clock parts.


Submission + - Arthur C. Clarke's 90th Birthday Video Message

SoyChemist writes: Just before completing his 90th orbit around the sun, Sir Arthur C. Clarke recorded what may be one of his last messages to the world. "The golden age of space is only just beginning... Space travel and space tourism will one day become almost as commonplace as flying to exotic destinations on our own planet," said the legendary science fiction author. He wished for proof of extraterrestiral life, freedom from our addiction to oil, and an end to the civil war in Sri Lanka — his adopted home. The wheelchair-bound legend concluded by saying that in spite of his many accomplishments, he would most like to be remembered as a writer that entertained many people.

Submission + - The Epic Battle between Microsoft and Google 1

Hugh Pickens writes: "There is a long article in the NYTimes well worth reading called "Google Gets Ready to Rumble With Microsoft" about the business strategies both companies are pursuing and about the future of applications and where they will reside — on the web or on the desktop. Google President Eric Schmidt thinks that 90 percent of computing will eventually reside in the Web-based cloud and about 2,000 companies are signing up every day for Google Apps, simpler versions of the pricey programs that make up Microsoft's lucrative Office business. Microsoft faces a business quandary as they to try to link the Web to its desktop business — "software plus Internet services," in its formulation. Microsoft will embrace the Web, while striving to maintain the revenue and profits from its desktop software businesses, the corporate gold mine, a smart strategy for now that may not be sustainable. Google faces competition from Microsoft and from other Web-based productivity software being offered by start-ups but it is "unclear at this point whether Google will be able to capitalize on the trends that it's accelerating." David B. Yoffie, a professor at the Harvard Business School, says the Google model is to try to change all the rules. If Google succeeds, "a lot of the value that Microsoft provides today is potentially obsolete.""

Submission + - Should Wikipedia Allow Mathematical Proofs? ( 4

Beetle B. writes: "An argument has arisen over whether Wikipedia should allow pages that provide proofs for mathematical theorems (such as this one).

On the one hand, Wikipedia is a useful source of information and people can benefit from these proofs. On the other hand, how does one choose which proofs to include and which not to? Should Wikipedia just become a textbook that teaches mathematics? Should it just state the bare results of theorems and not provide proofs (except as external links)? Or should they take an intermediate approach and formulate a criterion for which proofs to include and which to exclude?"


Submission + - Goodbye from the STARTREK.COM Team 1

Curlsman writes: Goodbye from the STARTREK.COM Team

Sadly, we must report that CBS Interactive organization is being restructured, and the production team that brings you the STARTREK.COM site has been eliminated. Effective immediately.
We don't know the ultimate fate of this site, which has served millions of Star Trek fans for the last thirteen years.

If you have comments, please send them to editor @ — we hope someone at CBS will read them.

Thank you for your loyal fandom over the years. It has been a pleasure to serve you.

Is this site worth a write-in campaign?
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Submission + - Ask Slashdot: New York City for Geeks

blueboybob writes: "What places in new york city must all geeks see. I dont want to be the stereotypical tourist. What museums and places of geeky historical value are a must to see?"

Submission + - Massive Vonage Outage (

caeled writes: "I'm a bit supprised noone else has posted about this. I'm the Technical Support manager for my company which provides call tracking telephony related services. As a result I have a lot of wierd routings and servies I dog food to learn how our customers are impacted. I have one of our TFN's redirected to a vonage number which itself is configured to ring both my desk at home and my cell. Starting around 4:30 last night I was getting a bunch of repeated calls with dead air. Then it became hundreds. After yelling my way to our Director of telephony I discovered a few hundred posts on this forum with other folks experiecing the same thing. The only "offical" comment from Vonage being that some users may experience "no dial tone." After 400 calls through all hours of the night (I'm on call, and most of the repeats look like they are coming from the office emergency line.. I have to check) all I can say is "I wish the damn thing wasn't working""

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