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Submission + - Microsoft programming contest hacked, defaced ( 1

davidmwilliams writes: "Microsoft followed their annual major Tech-Ed event in Australia with a week-long programming contest called "DevSta," to find "star developers." While the quantity and quality of submissions suggest a poor turnout it certainly caught the attention of at least two hackers who left their mark. Here is the low down on the contest, what happened, by who, and screen shots for posterity in case it's been fixed by the time you read this."
The Internet

Submission + - Barclaycard's website malfunctions for second week (

Jim writes: "Barclaycard's website malfunctioned for most of last week, its second outage in a fortnight, leaving its customers unable to login and access their accounts. Angry Barclaycard customers have contacted Computerworld UK, some saying they cannot carry out basic tasks on the site and others unable to see their financial information at all. It is understood that the migration of 1.7 million Goldfish customers onto Barclaycard's services, after the bank purchased the credit card business in February, is part of the problem. Barclaycard is said to be experiencing significantly higher volumes of customers each day trying to access their accounts online."
The Media

Submission + - Malaysian blogger on trial for sedition

neonsignal writes: Raja Petra Kamarudin, a Malaysian blogger, is in court under the Internal Security Act, under which he can be detained indefinitely. He is well known for his commentary on the Malaysian government, and was arrested after a piece on the murder of a Mongolian woman, who was allegedly killed by two policeman and an associate of the deputy prime minister. RPK founded and writes for a site called Malaysia Today , which receives over 1 million hits every day.

Submission + - Emergency Recall on iPhone Mini AC Adaptors

scream at the sky writes: URGENT ~ APPLE AC ADAPTER RECALL

Important Safety Notice

Apple has determined that under certain conditions the new ultracompact Apple USB power adapter's metal prongs can break off and remain in a power outlet, creating a risk of electric shock. They have received reports of detached blades involving a very small percentage of the adapters sold, but no injuries have been reported.

The ultracompact USB power adapters were supplied with every iPhone 3G sold in Canada, and may also have been purchased separately as an accessory:

Customer safety is always Apple's top priority, and therefore they have voluntarily decided to exchange every ultracompact power adapter for a new, redesigned adapter, free of charge.

Users with ultracompact power adapters should immediately stop using them until they exchange them for a new, redesigned ultracompact adapter. Complete details on the exchange program are available on the web at:

In the meantime, customers should charge their iPhone 3G by connecting it to their computer with the USB cable that came with their iPhone or by using a standard-sized Apple USB Power Adapter (with fold up prongs) or with a third party adapter designed to work with the iPhone, such as a car charger.

Customers who have purchased this ultracompact adapter as a standalone accessory, may also exchange it for a new one.

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"The eleventh commandment was `Thou Shalt Compute' or `Thou Shalt Not Compute' -- I forget which." -- Epigrams in Programming, ACM SIGPLAN Sept. 1982