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Comment Android Wear actually easier to use? (Score 4, Interesting) 104

I found it interesting that Apple's 'digital crown' concept apparently isn't very comfortable to use while my Android Wear watch (an LG G Watch R) is perfectly serviceable with just a single button (to wake it up) and the rest of the UX being driven via the touch screen itself. (The apps you open most often are always at the top of the list, so getting to my groceries app is a simple swipe left and a tap.) Similarly, it's screen is always on, so the most basic function of telling the time is always right there, no matter whether the accelerometer noticed me raising my wrist or not.

Of course, it does suffer from the same 'what can you do with it' problem that the Apple Watch does. Apart from dismissing notifications, using voice commands to set Google Now reminders or start the occasional timer/countdown, there really isn't that much useful functionality to benefit from. App-wise, I really only use two: one to track my groceries (Bring!) and one to tell me I've left my phone somewhere by alerting me of the Bluetooth connection loss (Cerberus).

Comment Also, unauthenticated iSCSI (Score 3, Interesting) 70

The linked article doesn't mention this but the way FinFisher got into the Backup server was by simply mounting its iSCSI volumes which required no authentication at all. (Technically, the iSCSI targets were supposed to be on a separate network, but it turns out you could still get at them from the main network.)

The lesson there: It doesn't matter which network the service is in, turn on authentication!

Comment Re:The ones who grew up using MSN? (Score 1) 127

Probably means 'folks who grew up with Windows XP, where Microsoft yet again abused their OS monopoly to peddle one of their services (MSN) and push the others (ICQ, AIM, Yahoo-IM) into obscurity'.

Not that the others weren't working hard on obsoleting themselves, cf. ICQ's very obnoxious later clients.

Comment Re:Lenovo aren't the only ones (Score 1) 586

Mine is the Logitech G15, and yes, the not_having_that_bloody_'double'_delete_key was a factor, as were the not-rearranged home/end/pgup/pgdn keys and the presence of the insert key in its normal position.

I frequently use shift+insert to paste (especially in places where CTRL+V fails) and will not put up with a keyboard where it was removed.

And don't even get me started on the 3-by-3 arranging of F-keys that I've seen on some recent keyboards.

I like my keyboard as it is. The one key I absolutely never ever use is that windows/menu key on the right (next to right-CTRL), but it doesn't bother me enough to even ponder its removal.

If the keyboard manufacturers want to add value to the keyboard, they can feel free to add multimedia buttons at the top, which I can use or ignore. (Preferably they'd agree on an industry-wide standard for them and then use that on all keyboards, so I don't have to relearn the buttons every time.)

Feed Engadget: NTP shows fall 2007 lawsuit fashions, sues AT&T, Sprint, Verizon (

Filed under: Cellphones, Handhelds

Remember those crazy sons of guns at patent holding firm NTP that ended up working RIM for a shade over $612 million? They're back at it, throwing lawsuits at AT&T, Sprint, and Verizon -- that's three of the States' four national carriers, in case you're keeping count -- for alleged infringements of eight patents involving mobile email. The firm seems to be something of a one-trick pony seeing how mobile email was the issue at hand with RIM and later with Palm; for a company that does nothing but sue other companies, two-thirds of a billion dollars seems like a plenty healthy bank account, but heck, what do we know? At this point, we're assuming that once they're done suing every company that's ever offered, used, or mentioned "mobile" and "email" in the same sentence, we'll finally be able to put this issue to rest -- but until that day comes, watch your back, folks, because NTP's back on the prowl.

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Submission + - Six Rootkit Detectores To Protect Your PC

An anonymous reader writes: InformationWeek has a review of 6 rootkit detectors.This issue became big last year when Sony released some music CDs which came with a rootkit that silently burrowed into PCs. This review looks at how you can block rootkits and protect your machine using F-Secure Backlight, IceSword, RKDetector, RootkitBuster, RootkitRevealer, and Rookit Unhooker.

Submission + - ISOHunt Shutdown

tgignac writes: isoHunt Shut Down January 16, 2007 Thomas Mennecke isoHunt has been one of the long time staples of the BitTorrent/IRC/Usenet search engine genre. It's longevity has been exceptional among this crowd, lasting upwards of three years without hindrance. This is no small feat considering the site's administrator, Gary Fung, is the recipient of an MPAA (Motion Picture Association of America) lawsuit which was filed in February of 2006. The eventual legal complaint was preceded by several email exchanges between Fung and the MPAA. isoHunt and the MPAA engaged in what could be considered an amicable debate on the merits of copyright laws in the digital age, however the movie industry's patience wore out once it was clear Fung's position was solidified. On February 23rd, 2006, the MPAA filed seven lawsuits that included nine sites; including,, and of course "Website operators who abuse technology to facilitate infringements of copyrighted works by millions of people are not anonymous — they can and will be stopped," said John G. Malcolm, Executive Vice President and Director of Worldwide Anti-Piracy Operations for the MPAA. "Disabling these powerful networks of illegal file distribution is a significant step in stemming the tide of piracy on the Internet." While most of these indexing sites capitulated, decided to hold the line. The status quo remained intact for, at least until today. File-sharing fans were not greeted by the typical search engine that resides on — instead a stark message was left by Fung: "Lawyers from our primary ISP decided to pull our plug without any advance notice, as of 14:45 PST. No doubt about our lawsuit brought by the MPAA. We will be back in operation once we sort out this mess with our ISP, or we get new hardware ready from another ISP (already working on that)." Gary Fung told a temporary site is already up, however the traffic load is placing an exceptional burden on the server. This should be a temporary setback however, as Fung is working diligently to restore the site. With some patience and luck, could be restored by morning. The amount of time will depend whether's current ISP restores the site, or whether Fung will have to shop elsewhere for hosting.
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After 100M IE7 Downloads, Firefox Still Gaining 425

Kelson writes "Internet Explorer 7 hit the 100 million download mark last week. Yet in the three months it's been available, Firefox's market share has continued to grow. InformationWeek reports that nearly all of IE7's growth has been upgrades from IE6. People don't seem to be switching back to IE in significant numbers, prompting analysts to wonder: has Microsoft finally met its match?"

Comment Re:Bacula (Score 1) 136

The 2.0.0 release of Bacula (released yesterday) actually introduced the server components (called director and storage daemon) on Win32, so you don't even need a Linux server any more to run Bacula.

As for the database, it depends: Bacula uses Volume Shadowing to try and grab open files, if your database system takes VSS requests and dumps a proper state to disk for the snapshot, then there should be no problem. If not, you'll probably have to script something that dumps the databases to separate files and backs up those.

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