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Submission + - When vuln disclosures are outlawed (

doperative writes: 'Legal goons from Magix AG sent a nasty gram to a researcher who goes by "Acidgen" after he reported the stack buffer overflow in the company's Music Maker 16. According to the report, Acidgen alerted Magix representatives to the bug in several emails that also included proof-of-concept code that forced the Windows calculator to open, indicating the flaw could be exploited to execute malicious code on a victim's computer.

"They misunderstood that I was getting money for doing this ... and illegally breaking into networks" link

Comment: of course the vulnerability isn't in the application but in the underlying Operating System ...

Comment Enclosures... (Score 1) 308

My usual procedure when replacing a hard drive for reasons other than failure (at which point... well, hammertime) is to remove the hdd and slap it into an enclosure. All the data is still there, and it lets me establish an (admittedly funky) method of timestamping my data within the vicinity of a few months.

Submission + - A case for the necessity of Science Fiction ( 1

unc0nn3ct3d writes: This Article makes an interesting point about the necessity of sci-fi or more specfically speculative fiction as a tool to aid in the long term survival of the human species. "We live in a world that is incredibly frightening for a growing portion of the population because of the exponential rate of change we are experiencing. Our world is changing so fast now that we often don't have time to contemplate the full ramification that come with the increasingly rapid adoption of new technologies and social changes. Most often this is simply because these changes are being introduced almost one after another after another without any time to breath. Speculative fiction however, if widely adopted makes it almost instinctive that we think about these situations and possible outcomes before they even arise. "

Submission + - AT&T Losing iPhone Exclusivity Next Week (

MojoKid writes: "An inside source over at HotHardware reports that AT&T will lose their iPhone exclusivity on 1/27, conincident with Apple's upcoming press event next week, though it's not yet clear what other carriers will be stepping in to pick up the iPhone. For anyone who has followed the saga, you may notice that you haven't seen AT&T fighting to extend their original exclusive agreement as of late. In fact, they have spent most of their time fighting Verizon's negative ad campaigns. This may not be all that surprising. Inside of AT&T, words is that the iPhone is causing more trouble than ever before. On some level, having the iPhone is hurting AT&T's image. Do you remember hearing about AT&T's "horrible network" before the iPhone? The iPhone itself doesn't really handle the switch from 3G to EDGE very gracefully, so calls that are in-progress tend to fail whenever 3G connections aren't optimal and the phone attempts to step down to EDGE. It seems that AT&T may finally be tired of taking the heat."

Comment If I'm going down... (Score 1) 414

Personally, I find this sort of thing to be a perfect example of the 'I'll drag you to hell with me' syndrome. The music industry as we know it sees its demise, and it wants to get as much money as it can out of everyone as it slips down the series of tubes and, if this added cost makes the instruments of their demise that much harder to procure, well, so much the better.

That said, I can't help but wonder how much this fee would be. I mean, really, how often does one have to buy a music player? I have an iPod photo from 5 years ago that still runs like a champ, to say nothing of the -minidisc- (remember those things?) player/writer I've had for probably 10 years now and with the only problem being finding new, blank ones when I accidentally leave one in the pocket of a pair of pants destined for the washer machine. It'd have to be somewhat substantial, given that people don't need a new one as often as they do/did CD-Rs, assuming the industry wants to make the same amount they were before, let alone what it'd have to be if they wanted to make more. (Yes, yes, I know. Don't be silly, of course they want to make more.)
Real Time Strategy (Games)

Achron — an RTS With Time Travel 141

An anonymous reader writes "As much as I'm looking forward to StarCraft 2, there's a new RTS gaming tech that has me even more enthused. The Escapist Magazine has posted interviews and footage of the upcoming 'meta-time strategy game' Achron, which was announced at GDC earlier this year. It's a multiplayer RTS where you can send things through time. The official site has some gameplay footage as well, and it looks like their tech is useful outside of gaming."
Social Networks

One In Five Employers Scan Applicants' Web Lives 566

Ned Nederlander writes "CareerBuilder's new survey finds: 'Of those hiring managers who have screened job candidates via social networking profiles, one-third (34 percent) reported they found content that caused them to dismiss the candidate from consideration.' Some red flags: content about applicant using drugs or drinking, inappropriate photos and bad-mouthing former bosses."

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