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Submission + - trend micro constantly 'sampling' your files ( 1

stenn writes: software: trend micro titanium internet security
os: windows 7 (yes yes, i know...)
the issue started while i was 'tail -f' the access_log on a server i'm working with. my system has a simple website and a standalone app that will hit the server via url with a handful of parameters for settings, one of those being a guid.

the problem:
i started noticing log entries for urls coming from the client app, with my guid, but not coming from my ip address. additionally, it was only the requests coming from the client app, not those starting in the browser. the duped requests would come from multiple ip addresses, all starting with 150.70.xx.xx. obviously, this is concerning. i am not going through any cloud services or using any proxies. i traced the ip addresses (ie:,,, etc) and they all pointed to Trend Micro Inc. i do have trend micro installed for anti-virus software, and as far as i could tell.. it was working fine and fairly lightweight. any reporting or proxy settings i have turned off. so i made a call.

after bouncing through a few people, i ended up with a guy trying to explain that they are trying to insure the 'web reputation' of the sites i was visiting. if that were the case, i pointed out, then you would echo the url calls originating from my browser. i can update my browser page and see it in the access_log immediately. no echoes. but when i issue urls from the stand alone client, i see an echo within 90 seconds.

it gets worse:
at this point he said he was going to need to see the screen to confirm what i'm seeing (?!). i asked how he'd do that, he said he'd take a screenshot and it would be sent to his machine (?!). i asked how and he said their software would do it if i allowed him to. obviously, i wasn't happy. that shouldn't even be an option. he backed away from this quickly.

the other shoe:
after another chorus of 'why the hell are you sending my internet traffic to your servers', he said trendmicro routinely samples files on the system and sends them to their malware experts for analysis (?!). he explained that they randomly sample from those files that have changed... bundling them up... and sending them to their servers every 3 hours. he tried to assure me that no 'sensitive' information was being sent from my machine (suuure...), just some random samples so the 'malware experts' can look for malware.

ip theft:
being a software developer, i write code that is copyrighted, at least by me, as i create it. for them to be 'sampling' the files that have changed essentially has them stealing my source code so their 'malware experts' can look through them. yes, i know... that's a lot of files and they aren't watching *my* files... but my name is on the trend micro license. if they wanted to, they could monitor one person's files without an issue.

i might be having a small cow over this issue, but i don't think it's unwarranted. it sure seems like spyware to me. if not, i'd love to know the difference, besides incorporation papers and a phone number.



Submission + - Gemalto Creates SIM Card With Facebook (

An anonymous reader writes: Gemalto, a Dutch digital security company, has announced Facebook for SIM at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona. The company’s software development team has effectively shrunk Facebook down so that it fits onto a standard SIM card, enabling anyone with a GSM phone to enjoy the service even if without a data plan. In fact, the company is claiming the Facebook application is compatible with 100 percent of SIM-compliant mobile phones. As a result, it works on prepaid as well as on subscription-based mobile plans.

In doing so, Gemalto is offering Facebook to millions of mobile phone users regardless of their handset type. Facebook for SIM doesn’t require a data connection because it taps into a handset’s SMS connectivity to allow the user to interact with the service; users can sign up for Facebook, log in directly, and even check out friend requests, status updates, wall posts, and messages, all via the dedicated SIM application.


Submission + - Android Tablets Were Born Too Soon

adeelarshad82 writes: When you look at the Apple iPad's sales figures, it's not hard to see why every technology company on the planet is jumping on the tablet bandwagon, alot of which are Android tablets. Unfortunatley though, some of these Android tablets were born way too early. They are haunted with a series of problems including flimsy hardware, low-quality resistive touch screens, serious display resolution issues, and old Android versions with limited or non-existent access to apps. Even the Samsung Galaxy Tab came well before it's time. Even though it's fast, well-designed, and comes with a decent Android implementation, it's functionalities are limited to those of an Android smartphone. So here's to hoping that Honeycomb's functionalities make up for the lost ground.

Submission + - RoboEarth - a web for robots (

mikejuk writes: A world wide web for robots? It sounds like a crazy idea but it could mean that once a task is learned any robot can find out how to do it just by asking RoboEarth. You use the web to find out stuff, including where you are and how to do something so why not robots.
Shades of SkyNet? Surely not.....


Submission + - Water-Powered Jetpack Finally Goes On Sale (

NeverVotedBush writes: The JetLev jetpack consists of a lightweight fiberglass backpack connected to a hose that sucks up water. By separating the engine and its fuel from the backpack, Li was able to drastically reduce the backpack's weight and therefore the amount of thrust needed to get airborne. The device's thrust-to-weight ratio is three times better than that of a fighter jet, according to New Scientist. The jetpack produces 430 pounds of thrust, letting its pilot fly forward at 22 mph and reach heights up to 30 feet. $99,500.00

Submission + - Reviving the Old Slashdot Theme?

An anonymous reader writes: As someone who generally appreciates positive, progressive change, I am seldom at odds with fresh and novel designs. With that said, the recent layout changes here on Slashdot have considerably diminished my viewing experience. I've got 20/20 vision, but the light gray, seamless comment text in the RSS feed is a real strain to read. The new fixed sidebar is also working to my detriment because I am using a lower-resolution monitor, and the lack of an abbreviated rating for second-and-third tier comments is a hindrance. Now, I'm a realistic person and I realize that this new design is most likely here to stay, but I have reached the point of desperation where I am willing to pursue an end-user solution. I do not have any backups of the old CSS files and neither does or Google, but I am sure that they must still exist somewhere. Has anyone else out there already developed a userscript or any other workaround that enables continued use of the recently replaced theme?

Submission + - Man Gouges Eyes After 1 Hour Reading Slashdot v3 (

An anonymous reader writes: After merely one hour of reading articles and comments from the new SLASHDOT v3 interface a man from Unkerville, MD has gouged out his eyes. He is quoted as saying "I would have liked to have kept them, but the pain was unbearable. Additionally, by removing my eyes I have prevented myself from any further viewing of the site which I'm certain would have resulted in either insanity or a shooting spree." Thank god for rusty spoons.

Submission + - Amazon Unable to get License for Linux Development 3

ritcereal writes: I recently asked Amazon's Kindle Feedback why they did not support Linux while supporting every other major Operating System. Here's the answer I got:
"At this time, the Linux OS is not supported for Kindle applications or Kindle content. The reason it is unavailable is because we haven't gotten the rights from Linux to do so, we have to work with them in order to get the program up and running, and so far they haven't allowed us to do so. We are always working hard to expand our reading options, and appreciate your feedback."
Apparently Amazon is incapable of obtaining the rights from Linux to make an application? I'm calling bullshit on this, what do you think?

Submission + - World of Starcraft Mod Gets C&D from Blizzard (

eldavojohn writes: If you've been following the team who created World of Starcraft (an amazing mod of Starcraft to be more like World of Warcraft), their youtube video of what they've done so far has already resulted in a cease and desist from Activision/Blizzard. Evidently when you are given tools to make custom mods to games you should be careful about making something too good. The author of the mod is hopeful that it's just a trademark problem with the name of his mod but few details are out.

Submission + - The LHC Grid can't model the Grid (

gbrumfiel writes: Nature News has just published a story that tracks data from the Large Hadron Collider across the machine's computing Grid. As I mention in an accompanying blog post, one odd fact is about the Grid is that the people running it don't have very good models of it. They've tried, but the whole system (roughly 200,000 processing cores in 34 countries) is just too complex. Fortunately, the Grid seems to work pretty well regardless.

Submission + - Simple and Smart Mouse : Microsoft Touch Mouse ( 1

laoban84 writes: The Touch Mouse's multi-touch technology puts you in control with graceful slips and slides across the surface of the mouse, rather than clunky points and clicks. Touch Mouse transforms the way you work with Windows, so you can flick to quickly scroll and pan, navigate, and manipulate content.

Submission + - PC Virus Turns 25 ( 1

Batblue writes: Happy anniversary Basit and Amjad! Twenty-five years ago this month, the Alvi brothers of Lahore, Pakistan, gave the world the Brain Virus, the first bit of malware capable of infecting a DOS-based PC. Back in those relatively innocent times, the brothers actually embedded their real names and business address in the code and later told Time magazine they had written the virus to protect their medical software from piracy.

Who knows what they were really thinking, but by all accounts the Brain Virus was relatively harmless. Twenty-five years later, most malware is anything but benign and cyber criminals pull off exploits the Alvi brothers never envisioned.

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