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Submission + - Things That Scare the Bejeezus Out of Programmers ( 1

itwbennett writes: Software developers are, by and large, a cool and analytical bunch, but there are a handful of things that strike terror in their hearts. ITworld's Phil Johnson scoured developer forums looking for an answer to the question: What’s your biggest fear as a programmer? The answers clustered into 5 broad groups ranging from being forced to learn or use a specific technology to working for and with incompetents.

Comment Re:Improved Customer Experience (Score 1) 287

If they know to whom you're talking, or what pictures you're taking, or what documents you're reading or writing, or where you are at any given moment

Well, I'll be sure to give them something to look at. Since this is plain HTTP, technically I can send them anything if I know the right URLs. So they'll see me talking to the presidents of various countries (some friendly, some not), taking pictures of goatse, reading leaked classified documents, visiting, and visiting various locations around the north and south poles, North Korea, and Motorola HQ.

Mix in enough chaff and it's harder to separate the real data. Too bad the article doesn't list the URLs, since I'm never in hell going to buy a Motorola phone.

Submission + - Ubisoft Online Services Compromised

jones_supa writes: An unnamed Ubisoft website has been cracked, and usernames, email addresses and password information has been compromised. Ubisoft claims that no financial information was obtained but in an 'abundance of caution' has requested users to change their passwords. While no service is never mentioned specifically, as the only system housing customer data, it's a safe bet that we are talking about Uplay and, that it was possibly also used as the attack vector. Last year, a browser exploit was identified with the Uplay plug-in that endangered users by allowing certain malicious websites access to player computers. Uplay is a cross-game interface introduced in 2009, allowing for digital distribution and social services across Ubisoft games.

Submission + - Ubisoft hacked, account data compromised

Freshly Exhumed writes: Over at today is this creepy revelation from the video game publisher and developer: 'We recently found that one of our Web sites was exploited to gain unauthorized access to some of our online systems. We instantly took steps to close off this access, to begin a thorough investigation with relevant authorities, internal and external security experts, and to start restoring the integrity of any compromised systems.

During this process, we learned that data were illegally accessed from our account database, including user names, email addresses and encrypted passwords. No personal payment information is stored with Ubisoft, meaning your debit/credit card information was safe from this intrusion.

As a result, we are recommending you to change your password by clicking this link.'

Comment Re:Key theft != cracking encryption (Score 1) 268

If Windows notifies programs about suspends/shutdowns (not sure it really does), TrueCrypt needs to dismount immediately and do whatever it needs to do to protect its key.

It does. Just make sure the options "Dismount all when: Entering power saving mode" and "Wipe cached passwords on auto-dismount" are checked in the TrueCrypt settings (Settings -> Preferences) and you should be good. This will automatically dismount all TrueCrypt drives and wipe any cached passwords from memory when sleeping or hibernating.


Submission + - School District Threatening Newspaper Over Article Detailing Money Mismanagement (

FutureDomain writes: The Weslaco Texas School District is threatening the Monitor, a local newspaper for running a story detailing financial mismanagement by the school district. According to the Monitor, investigations by state authorities and a confidential memo reveal that the school district siphoned off $2 million dollars from the school employee's health insurance fund and used it to build a press box at a high school stadium, violating Texas labor law. The school district has threated to take “any legal action necessary to preserve its rights.” unless the Monitor removes the article.

Comment Re:Why? (Score 0) 627

Ron Paul tried that very technique, but he got stonewalled by the party establishment and had the rules changed at the last minute to exclude him. People are beginning to realize that changing the parties from the inside out doesn't work as long as there are power hungry people controlling the rules and making decisions for the party.

But this only works if you try and work within the party. Once Tea Party Republicans realize that they can't beat the powerful and corrupt using their rules, than we'll see a mass exodus followed by a party collapse rivaling the Whig party.

Comment Re:Ah! How to Shut Down 3D Printing 101... (Score 1) 570

Rather, you are willing to give a gun to a complete non-government stranger because complete non-government strangers have never done anything illegal, or the achieve his agenda.

Yes, not because you know he hasn't done anything illegal, but because the probability that he's wrongly killed someone is extremely low. On the other hand, an armed governmental stranger (especially a cop) is much more likely to have wrongly killed someone. It probably wasn't illegal (since the government makes the laws in the first place) or if it was it was ignored, but they have a much higher tendency to wrongfully kill someone because they have done it before and gotten away with it or they know they can.

Comment Re:This won't really affect anything. (Score 1) 250

What's the point in using 2.0 in the first place if 1.9 will do?

If you'll read TFA, they're doing it so that jQuery will be much faster and more modular. If you just use 1.9, you're punishing everyone who has a sane browser. Their code will run slower so that it won't break for the drones using ancient versions of IE. By offering both and choosing server side, you have the speed and support of the new versions and still support grandpa's Windows XP computer. Eventually Windows XP will die a long deserved death and version 1.9 can go with it.

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