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Comment Re:The art of deception (Score 1) 77

I did the same thing but on my Kindle. When I heard about the new book, I was interested (since I enjoyed The Art of Deception), and got the sample for my kindle. When I was finished with the sample, I quickly clicked the link to purchase the whole book.

I really enjoyed it. While I'm fairly knowledgeable about computers, I know very little about the phone system. He did go into some technical detail, but I never found it difficult to follow. I think people without a background in computers may find some of the technical details to be a bit much, the rest of the story is enough to keep anyone entertained. I really found his descriptions about social engineering to be fascinating. I thought it was funny that people would tell him that they were not supposed to do something because of this hacker that was causing problems, but then they would go right along and give him the information anyway.

I manage people who have to do money services, and social engineering is still alive and well. People have to go into all kinds of training on what not to do, and how not to get tricked into sending money fraudulently, but people still do it all the time.

Comment Re:Not really a moving narrative (Score 1) 236

A monopoly is when you have 100 % control of the market. While amazon do not control all electronic distribution. They do control the distribution to all Kindles. Basically you can take everybody who owns a kindle and consider them a separate market. And this market they control.

First, your definition of a market in regards to monopoly power is to narrow. The market would include all ebook readers. You have the nook, the ipad, as well as other readers with a smaller user base. If amazon got to greedy, publishers could stop catering to them and sign contracts with their competitors. Without content, people wouldn't buy as many kindles...they would buy nooks, ipads, or some other device. This is competition, and what makes it so amazon does not have a monopoly.

Second, they don't control all distribution to the kindle. Yes, they control whispernet...because they are paying for it. However, they don't control the wifi connection, or the USB connection. On the kindle 3 you can use other programs (including my favorite...calibre) to put books or periodicals on your kindle. You can subscribe to the economist, or the WSJ and have calibre download it automatically every day. You can then have it sent via wifi (on your kindle 3) automatically for free as long as your have your kindle hooked up to your wifi network.

As for your distribution comment, you do have more of an argument when it comes to the ipad. Apple has it locked down tight. You can't install other apps on it, and they even prevent publishers from setting lower prices if they wish to set up subscriptions outside of the app store. I think apple is making an error in judgement with their current requirements. I think it harms both the publishers and the users of the ipad. However, the kindle doesn't suffer from the same problems. While whispernet is the most convenient way to get content on the kindle, it is not the only way.

Comment Re:The gap is permanent (Score 3, Interesting) 185

I'm with you on that. I enjoy games, but at 30 I have a very busy life and only have so much time to play games. I work 50 hours a week, have a girlfriend (who will play rock band and guitar hero, but thats about it), and friends that want to go out. I just don't have the same amount of time to play games that I did 10 years ago (or at least I don't prioritize the same amount of time to gaming anymore).

I find myself playing games that I can pick up for 30 minutes at a time and put down. If it has a save system that I can save anywhere I'm more likely to play it. I really enjoyed the bioshock games, though it took me ages to beat them because I played them in short spurts. If a game has a checkpoint system where I have to get to a certain place before saving, I can guarantee that I won't keep playing it.

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Ray Bradbury Loves Libraries, Hates the Internet 600

Hugh Pickens was one of several readers to let us know that, according to a NY Times story, the 89-year-old Ray Bradbury hates the Internet. But he loves libraries, and is helping raise $280,000 to keep libraries in Ventura County open. "Among Mr. Bradbury's passions, none burn quite as hot as his lifelong enthusiasm for halls of books. ... 'Libraries raised me,' Mr. Bradbury said. 'I don't believe in colleges and universities. I believe in libraries because most students don't have any money. When I graduated from high school, it was during the Depression and we had no money. I couldn't go to college, so I went to the library three days a week for 10 years.' ... The Internet? Don't get him started. 'The Internet is a big distraction,' Mr. Bradbury barked... 'Yahoo called me eight weeks ago,' he said, voice rising. 'They wanted to put a book of mine on Yahoo! You know what I told them? "To hell with you. To hell with you and to hell with the Internet." It's distracting. It's meaningless; it's not real. It's in the air somewhere.'"

Military Enlists Open Source Community 131

jmwci1 writes "The US Defense Department is enlisting an open source approach to software development — an about-face for such a historically top-down organization. In recent weeks, the military has launched a collaborative platform called for its developers to share software, systems components and network services. The agency also signed an agreement with the Open Source Software Institute to allow 50 internally developed workforce management applications to be licensed to other government agencies, universities and companies."

Submission + - MI5, British spy agency searches for real-life `Q' (

suraj.sun writes: LONDON — He was James Bond's go-to guy for inventions that included dagger-embedded shoes, radioactive lint and a deadly sofa that swallowed people. Now, Britain's domestic spy agency — MI5 — is hunting for its very own "Q," of sorts.

MI6's sister organization, which carries out surveillance on terror suspects inside Britain and gives security advice to the government, is searching for someone to lead its scientific work. Projects could include everything from developing counterterrorism technology to tackling a biological or chemical attack.

"Looking for a chief scientific adviser to lead and coordinate the scientific work of the security service so that the service continues to be supported by excellent science and technology advice," MI5's Web site ad reads.

MI5 has long had a roster of scientific staff tasked with developing high-tech gadgets, but an official said the service now wants a high-profile figure to lead pioneering work in technology and science.

The adviser's work will focus chiefly on creating sophisticated new tools to help security service officers carry out surveillance and analysis work, said a government security official, who requested anonymity to discuss the work of MI5.

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Submission + - The Internet Archive Demands Same Rights as Google (

Miracle Jones writes: "Brewster Kahle's Internet Archive has jumped on Google's "Authors Guild" settlement and asked to be included as a party defendant, claiming that they ought to get the same rights and protections from liability that Google will receive when the settlement is approved by federal court. From the Internet Archive's letter to Judge Denny Chin: "The Archive's text archive would greatly benefit from the same limitation of potential copyright liability that the proposed settlement provides Google. Without such a limitation, the Archive would be unable to provide some of these same services due to the uncertain legal issues surrounding orphan books." Who deserves the rights to out-of-print literature more? Google or Kahle's internet library?"

Comment Re:Entrapment. (Score 1) 767

I'm not a lawyer, but from what I have read about entrapment if they tried to charge you for viewing porn because you clicked on the link, that would be entrapment. However, they are not doing that. They are using the fact that you clicked on the link as probable cause for searching your computer. They then charge you having the child porn on your computer that is unrelated to link that you clicked. If you didn't have any porn on your computer, then you likely would not be able to be charged for clicking on the link (since you could then claim entrapment).

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