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Comment Are those directions about the poll or elections? (Score 3, Funny) 390

  • * Don't complain about lack of options. You've got to pick a few when you do multiple choice. Those are the breaks.
  • * Feel free to suggest poll ideas if you're feeling creative. I'd strongly suggest reading the past polls first.
  • * This whole thing is wildly inaccurate. Rounding errors, ballot stuffers, dynamic IPs, firewalls. If you're using these numbers to do anything important, you're insane.

I think that's a pretty accurate summary of the problems with elections.


Submission + - Google Engineers Deny Hack Exploited Chrome (

CWmike writes: "Several Google security engineers have countered claims that a French security company, Vupen, found a vulnerability in Chrome that could let attackers hijack Windows PCs running the company's browser. Instead, those engineers said the bug Vupen exploited to hack Chrome was in Adobe's Flash, which Google has bundled with the browser for over a year. Google's official position, however, has not changed since Vupen said it had sidestepped not only the browser's built-in 'sandbox' but also by evading Windows 7's integrated anti-exploit technologies. But others who work for Google were certain that at least one of the flaws Vupen exploited was in Flash's code, not Chrome's. 'As usual, security journalists don't bother to fact check,' said Tavis Ormandy, a Google security engineer, in a tweet earlier Wednesday. 'Vupen misunderstood how sandboxing worked in Chrome, and only had a Flash bug.' Chris Evans, a Google security engineer and Chrome team lead, tweeted, 'It's a legit pwn, but if it requires Flash, it's not a Chrome pwn.'"

Comment Re:Mozilla's public disclosure (Score 1) 154

One technique is to use a password that is a function of the website domain name. For example, all of your passwords could be the number of characters in the second level of the domain, a random string, and the first letter of the domain. For slashdot, the password would be "8RANDOMs". This won't protect against a person who knows your password, but it will stop a script that knows 44,000 username/password pairs and blindly submits them to websites.

Comment Re:WTF (Score 1) 496

I like listening to the BBC on my Sirius satellite radio. Also, in some towns you will find a station that re-broadcasts news at least part of the day. Look for non-profit stations that are not part of NPR.

Submission + - SPAM: Reducing stress - Herbs

jrosesr writes: Stress is everywhere. A variety of situations can produce stress: job pressure, family discord, illness, and injuries. Over time, stress can exhaust natural defenses, leaving the body susceptible to a wide range of health problems.
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Submission + - Where's the GIMP? 3

reyahtbor writes: I searched Google News and Slashdot and nobody seems to think that the absence of a major open source project is news worthy. I, and a number of other people I've spoken too haven't been able to get to for nearly a week. What gives?

Submission + - IPhone now plays DOOM! (

anglico writes: id's classic shooter has finally been (officially) ported to the iPhone. And thanks to oversight from John Carmack himself, there are a number of improvements that make it worth a purchase even for Jailbreakers. Carmack says he loves that players port Doom to every device imaginable, but he's disappointed that there's rarely any real effort to build a new, functional control scheme on platforms without a keyboard and mouse.That's why he personally developed the controls for the iPhone version, and according to early reviews, the iPhone can now play Doom. Users are saying controls as good as you would expect from Carmack. Not to mention the other enhancements like 24-bit lighting.

Comment Re:Faster... (Score 1) 377

The problem is, Office tends to be 'compatible enough', certainly to the point where most people don't think twice about which version a .doc is created in when they open it.

In which direction?

I recall there being issues opening old docs in Word 2007. If I were a bigger microsoft troll, I might have even saved the links. I suggest searching out the last OpenOffice post on slashdot, and perusing the comments. :P

Comment Re:i'm not paying $250 to buy books (Score 1) 542

I'm 45 years old, which around here makes me an old fart. I remember when the phrase "word processor" meant a dedicated machine designed to do one thing: document editing. In 25 years, the old farts will be saying "I remember when the phrase e-book reader meant a machine designed to do one thing."

Comment Re:Noticed that (Score 1) 6

I liked the mafia style warning that the White House has been giving to their media cronies too. "Dont follow Fox". I dont think it was so much an attack on Fox, but more of a shot across the bow that they had better start ignoring any criticism and keep pushing the talking points... or else.

I recently received a warning from my bank about some more legislation that is being passed that will restrict/reduce their ability to collect transaction fees from vendors. They came out and said clearly that 60% of their profit comes from those fees and if this legislation passes, they may be forced to stop issuing and cancel VISA/Debit bank cards. Cant wait to see the talking too that WH communistcations sends out.

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