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Moon

Submission + - The Real Apollo 18, NASA's Canceled Mission to the (yahoo.com) 3

MarkWhittington writes: "The scenario surrounding the newly released film, "Apollo 18," is fictional and the notion of it being a top-secret Defense Department mission is ludicrous. But NASA actually did, at one time, plan for there to be an Apollo 18 mission to the moon.

Indeed, there Apollo 18, Apollo 19, and Apollo 20 were manifested to fly at one time. But each of these missions was canceled due to congressional budget cuts and a waning public interest in voyages to the moon."

Beer

Submission + - Minnesota Shutdown Sends MillerCoors Packing (drinkphilly.com)

DrinkNJShore writes: "If you haven't been keeping up, Minnesota has been trying to redo their budget. Since no one has agreed on anything just yet, the government has temporarily shut down, meaning (among many other things) that a number of beer licenses that were up for renewal simply couldn't be renewed — no one was available to file the paperwork."
Games

Submission + - Will open source gaming catch up? (fsf.org)

TheSilentNumber writes: "I wrote a piece in the Free Software Foundation's 2010 Bulletin, called "The Free Game Lag":
Still, even many free software proponents may fail to provide an answer to those who are skeptical about the viability of free gaming. While it is true that software should be ethical, video games need not suffer for it. The business models for production simply need to change, and just like they have for other software, they will for gaming as well. When people ask you how gaming as we know it can exist in a free software world, you should open with your response with, "It can't, but it can be better."
What do you think?"

Microsoft

Submission + - Microsoft's Looming 'Single Windows Ecosystem' (itworld.com)

jfruhlinger writes: "XBox on Windows 8? A shared PC-tablet OS? Hints have been coming fast and furious from Microsoft about what their next-generation OS strategy will look like. It may be that at its heart, Microsoft is doing what it should have been doing for the last 5 years: building a set of modular OS components for different platforms that work together when need be, rather than a group of competing and incompatible OSes with superficially similar branding. In other words, the company may be getting out of its own way, at last."
Google

Submission + - Silly Users, Google+ Not for Kids or Non-Humans

theodp writes: Think twice before you accept that Google+ invite, kids. Unlike that charming 'Dear Sophie' Google Chrome ad, Google may delete — not save — your childhood e-mail memories. Ten-year-old Alex had a Gmail account since 2009, but the Netherlands resident made the mistake of entering his real date of birth in the required Google profile, tipping off Google to a Terms Of Service age violation, which rendered his account inaccessible (it will be deleted in 29 days). 'This USA-centric age 13 bullshit is a blight on the internet,' wrote Alex's Dad. Actually, some kids have reported 17-year-olds aren't welcome, either. Guess Alex should have gone with the less-hip Yahoo! for his email. The Google+ age limit also proved to be a problem for real grown-up Danny Sullivan, who made the mistake of making up a required birth date for his Search Engine Land account. In this case, Google+ Chief Bradley Horowitz personally told SEO Danny he's SOL, which he would have known had he read between the lines: 'Let me be clear — and I'm sorry if this wasn't obvious — we are not currently supporting brands, organizations, and non-human entities in the Google+ field trial. While we should have been clearer about this, there are some fields in the registration form (asking for a first name, a last name, an age and a gender) that indicate that.' Another Google+ Project Lead piled on, informing Sullivan that 'Building great consumer products is a necessary prerequisite for compelling business products.' That'll teach him to speak Google+ evil!
Microsoft

Submission + - Virtual Skywriting Faked in Microsoft Patent?

theodp writes: GeekWire reports that Microsoft this week was awarded a patent on something it calls 'virtual skywriting', an augmented reality service that adds fake skywriting to scenes captured on a cell phone screen. Odd enough in its own right, but Microsoft also included an unattributed photo in the patent application which it described as 'an example of virtual skywriting in use,' although it certainly appears to be identical to a famous image of actual skywriting from a 2001 public art project. If that turns out to be the case, could the self-described opponent of half-baked patents and IP misuse find itself in hot water with the USPTO for using the 'prior art' to fake its fake skywriting?
Politics

Submission + - Lawmakers to introduce bill to legalize marijuana (yahoo.com)

sanzibar writes: A group of US representatives plan to introduce legislation that will legalize marijuana and allow states to legislate its use, pro-marijuana groups said Wednesday.

The legislation would limit the federal government's role in marijuana enforcement to cross-border or inter-state smuggling, and allow people to legally grow, use or sell marijuana in states where it is legal.

Google

Submission + - Google Gets A Ridiculous Patent For Google Doodles (techspot.com)

Krystalo writes: After filing for it nearly 10 years ago (in April 2001), Google has been granted US Patent 7,912,915, which is titled "Systems and methods for enticing users to access a web site." The patent lists Google co-founder Sergey Brin as the inventor of the feature, which is now known as Google Doodles — the custom logos that the company has been putting on its home page to mark special occasions since the year 2000.

Submission + - Hotmail Vulnerability - 95% of Emails Hackable (live.com)

An anonymous reader writes: A new hotmail exploit has been found that allows hackers to gain access to 95% of hotmail/live/msn email addresses.

Im not good at writing reports, but here is the tutorial disclosed on a well known hacking website:

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Yes you heard it right! You can now hack near on any hotmail account. From being a one letter account to a person you want to hack on xbox! All you got to do is follow my guide and you can hack a hotmail account in seconds. Thats right.. Seconds!!

Step 1: Think of a email address you want to hack, e.g Ditz@hotmail.com (It can be any of this: @hotmail.co.uk/com @live.co.uk/com @msn.co.uk/com Etc etc)

Step 2: Copy and paste this link into the URL bar.

Code:
https://maccount.live.com/ac/resetpwdmain.aspx?username=%40&ru=https://mid.live.com/si/login.aspx%3Fwa%3Dwsignin1.0%26rpsnv%3D1 1%26ct%3d1262548393%26rver%
3d6.0.5285.0%26wp%3dMBI%26wreply%3dhttp%253a%252f%25 2fmail.live.com%252fm%252ffolder.aspx%253ffid%253d00000000-0000-0000-0000-00000 0000001%2526n%253d914846695%26lc%3d1033%26id%3d64855%26MspSty%3dmobile%26ms%E2% 80%8Bpco%3d1&lc=1033&mlc=en-US&__ufps=805991#InitPos

Step 3: Enter your email address you want to hack, and type in the shitty make sure your a human thing :P

Step 4: This is the important bit. It will say if it has a email address which you reset the password back to. If it does, you have the first step to get the account, if it doesn't. Sorry you cannot hack this email.

Step 5: Once you found the email you want to hack, and its got another email on it, you need to see if its registered. Now your thinking, Its full of ***** How am I meant to see what it is? This is the expoilt..

View the source code of the webpage. Find it in there, Its not crypted.

Step 6: You found the full email now, you need to check if its registered. If it isn't, BAM, register it, and reset the password of the email you want to hack. If it is registered, this is when it gets longer. You now need to go back to the form and put that email in. It can go on for ever. When I got the email p@hotmail.com it took me about 20mins, worth it though, right?

If you need to get a email with a different extention you can use this link to get it etc:
Code:
https://accountservices.passport.net/reg.srf?sl= 1&vv=900&mkt=EN-GB&lc=2057
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This exploit is currently 0 day and stupidly hot, hotmail DO NOT KNOW ABOUT it, but hackers globbaly are going crazy and i needed to get this out to slashdot, hackers are currently stealing any accounts they want, and accessing the hotmails of celbrities and politicians.

The hacker "crow" is credited with its release to the public.

I just got sent a copy of this and sent it straight to you lot — please format this into a report suitable for public release !

Anonymous

Microsoft

Submission + - Where Do I Go Now that Oracle Owns OpenOffice.org? (openoffice.org) 2

eldavojohn writes: So I noted that there was better support for my processor in the latest BIOS for my mainboard. After downloading the update, there was a .doc file containing flashing instructions. No matter, I have OpenOffice.org installed on this machine and just opened it up. And, as should be no surprise, there was an Oracle logo splash screen while OpenOffice.org 3.2 started up. At my job, I've had a less than favorable history with Oracle that I'm not going to get into — rather let's just say I never want anything to do with them again. Including installing any of their software on my machine. So I'm facing a dilemma. I've looked into the forked LIbreOffice but that's still in beta and I'm a little wary of depending on that. Has anyone used LibreOffice (it's installing as I type this) extensively? Does it handle complex Powerpoint files okay? Is there some alternative out there that I'm completely overlooking for open source? Can anyone convince me that there's no reason to fear the Oracle OpenOffice.org? Will it remain the de facto standard? Will it eventually lock me into a commitment with Oracle? If you get by without one of these heavyweight monster editors, what do you use and how do you handle doc, ppt, etc extensions?

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