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Comment totally annoying (Score 1) 294

My 10 month old son is recovering from a bone marrow transplant. We LIVE in the hospital. We were in a room recently that had a wireless repeater with a bright blue LED. Nothing contributes more to a less sleepful night for a baby (and a parent who sleeps in the room with him) than that single point of annoying light on the ceiling. Seems to me an old school fuse type device that trips when the access point loses power or signal would make more sense than those stupid LED lights.

IT Worker's Revenge Lands Her In Jail 347

aesoteric writes "A 30-year-old IT worker at a Florida-based health centre was this week sentenced to 19 months in a US federal prison for hacking, and then locking, her former employer's IT systems. Four days after being fired from the Suncoast Community Health Centers' for insubordination, Patricia Marie Fowler exacter her revenge by hacking the centre's systems, deleting files, changing passwords, removing access to infrastructure systems, and tampering with pay and accrued leave rates of staff."
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Blizzard Unveils Custom StarCraft 2 Game Types, Encourages Map Design 83

StarCraft 2 launched in July, and since most of the developers' efforts since then have gone into tweaking balance issues, fixing bugs and further developing Battle.net integration, the second part of the trilogy is still quite a ways off. So, in lieu of announcements about Heart of the Swarm, the devs are using Blizzcon to showcase the map-editing tools and encourage the community to get more involved with custom maps and game types. Using the map editor, they created internally four custom games for StarCraft 2, which they’ll soon be releasing over Battle.net for free alongside three fan creations that won a recent contest. Read on for more details.

The Future of OpenSolaris Revealed 342

ywlke writes "A few hours ago, an internal Oracle memo was leaked to the osol-discuss mailing list at opensolaris.org. It details Oracle's plans for Solaris and OpenSolaris; namely that OpenSolaris, the distribution, is dead. Solaris Express has come back from the grave, and source code will still be CDDL, but won't be released to the public until some time after it is incorporated into a binary release. What happens to the community now is anybody's guess." The full text of the memo is available on the mailing list, as well as apparent confirmation from an Oracle employee. That said, no official announcement has yet been made.

Submission + - Its Finally Here, First Widespread Android Trojan (trippletech.com)

hasanabbas1987 writes: Honeymoon’s over, everyone: antiviral watchdog Kapersky has spotted Android’s first, SMS-based trojan making the rounds in Russia. The devious little MS.AndroidOS.FakePlayer.a masks itself as a media Player before invisibly shooting out expensive texts to premium numbers, earning cash for fraudsters. Isolated instances of Android spyware were reported last year, but this infection marks the first significant sighting of malware on the platform.

Submission + - KDE 4.5.0 Released

An anonymous reader writes: After 6 months of development concentraing on performance, polish, and bug-fixing, KDE 4.5.0 is ready for the general public. See the release announcement for more information.

Comment Re:Inadvertent Or Not ... (Score 1) 267

Well, I live in Europe, so I don't have a States Vehicle Code. Not yet, anyway, but for now traffic law mostly remains in the hands of each member state.

So, if you'd like to visit someday and dive around a little, please keep in mnd that hitting a pedestrian always results in full responsibility on your part, even if said pedestrian is drunk out of his mind and throws himself on your vehicle. We have that thing in our Code that says "the driver MUST remain in control of his vehicle AT ALL TIMES", and they really mean it.

That may sound stupid, but it's not, actually. We also have 30 km/h (<20 mph) speed limits around most residential areas. That helps a lot.


WordPress 3.0 Released 79

An anonymous reader writes "WordPress 3.0, the thirteenth major release of WordPress and the culmination of half a year of work by 218 contributors, is now available for download and comes with 1,217 bug fixes and feature enhancements. Major new features in this release include a new default theme called Twenty Ten. Theme developers have new APIs that allow them easily to implement custom backgrounds, headers, shortlinks, menus (no more file editing), post types, and taxonomies."

Facebook Bug Lets Hackers Delete Friends 89

swandives writes "There's lot of talk about Facebook and privacy at the moment, but a bug in Facebook's website lets hackers delete Facebook friends without permission. Steven Abbagnaro, a student from Marist College in Poughkeepsie, New York, reported the flaw, writing proof-of-concept code that scrapes publicly available data from users' Facebook pages and deletes all of their friends, one by one. The victim first has to click on a malicious link while logged into Facebook. Abbagnaro's code exploits the same underlying flaw that was first reported by Alert Logic security analyst M.J. Keith who discovered a cross-site request forgery bug, where the website doesn't properly check code sent by users' browsers to ensure that they were authorized to make changes on the site."

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