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Security

Submission + - List of Switch Maker's Hard Coded Backdoors Leaked (threatpost.com)

Trailrunner7 writes: An internal document listing the backdoor accounts for switches manufactured by networking equipment vendor Allied Telesis was circulating online Friday, a day after an internal support page providing instructions on accessing hard coded back door accounts in the company's products was found to be publicly accessible.

The Excel spreadsheet, "Password_List" was apparently downloaded from Allied's support Web site and posted to a public, file sharing Web site on Thursday. It contains instructions for accessing around 20 models of network switching equipment manufactured by Allied Telesis, including default administrative user name and password information and special key combinations and passwords that can be used to enable back doors in the switches.

Security

Submission + - Telesis uses hashed MAC address for passwords

doperative writes: Allied Telesis accidentally put information about the backdoors present in all of its products into the support area on its web site. The Japanese manufacturer of network equipment describes how locked out users can, depending on the device, gain access with a standard login.

In other cases, the MAC address can be used to generate the password for the backdoor. The manufacturer even offered the requisite password lists and generators as downloads. The instructions can be found through Google, though they are now only in Google's cache; the information has since been removed from the web site. link
Mars

Submission + - Win A Piece of Mars (newscientist.com)

An anonymous reader writes: What would you say if you landed on Mars? Everyone is familiar with the words relayed by Neil Armstrong when he stepped off Apollo 11's lunar module and onto the moon itself: "One small step for man, one giant leap for mankind." [New Scientist is] looking for something even more memorable or funnier that you think the first man or woman to set foot on Mars should say. The first prize is a rock from Mars.

Submission + - What to do when anti-virus vendor won't let go (star-telegram.com)

An anonymous reader writes: A major anti-virus vendor renews a customer using an expired credit card to renew service for 2 customers. Both customers tried to call and cancel but couldn't get through. A newspaper watchdog tries to help but doesn't get very far.
Games

Submission + - Why people watch instead of play Starcraft (jeffhuang.com)

generalepsilon writes: Researchers from the University of Washington have found a key reason why Starcraft is a popular spectator sport, especially in Korea. In a paper published last week, they theorize that Starcraft incorporates 'information asymmetry', where the players and spectators each have different pieces of information, which transforms into entertainment. Sometimes spectators know something the players don't: they watch in suspense as players walk their armies into traps or a dropship sneaks behind the mineral line. Other times, players know something the spectators yearn to find out, such as 'cheese' (spectacular build orders that attempt to outplay an opponent early in the game). Rather than giving as much information as possible to spectators, it may be more crucial for game designers to decide which information to give to spectators, and when to reveal this information.
Security

Submission + - Man's Twitter followers recover stolen laptop (msn.com)

fysdt writes: "Twitter may make you stupid, as some journalists have recently claimed. But dang, if it isn't good at recovering stolen property.

A Canadian Web consultant got a message last night from tracking software that his stolen MacBook Pro was being used at a bar in New York City. He then got his Twitter followers to go to the bar, confront the user and get back the computer.

Sean Power (@seanpower) was in New York City last week on business when his laptop bag was stolen. In it were his MacBook, his cellphone, his Ontario health card and two copies of his birth certificate."

Google

Submission + - Google launching music service without labels (reuters.com)

fysdt writes: "Google Inc is set to launch an online music locker service to allow users to store and access their songs wherever they are, similar to one launched by Amazon.com Inc in March.

And like the Amazon Cloud Drive player, Google music service is being introduced on Tuesday without any prior licensing deals with major music labels, following months of fruitless negotiations."

Submission + - Fake Text messages equals 10 years in jail (chinadaily.com.cn)

nostereotype writes: "It seems like 68 laws that are punishable by death is not enough for China because now, I have to think twice before hitting that ‘send’ button on my cellphone and you should, too. Effective since February of this year a new regulation was approved, if the suspect sends 5,000 or more fraudulent text messages, makes 500 or more fraudulent phone calls, or uses excessive tactics, they will be charged with fraud and be held criminally accountable. Under the Criminal Law — if a person is convicted of common fraud, he may be jailed for up to three years. If the amount of money involved is between 30,000 and 100,000 yuan, sentences can range from three to 10 years. Which is quite alarming considering that there are more number of cellphones in China than people in the U. S. This such an amazing fact."
Privacy

Submission + - Mandatory Emergency SMS Cellphone Chips in 2012 (foxbusiness.com)

An anonymous reader writes: Fox Business reports on the upcoming national Commercial Mobile Alert System (CMAS) that would 'alert the public via messages on their mobile devices when disaster was near. ... Interestingly, the new chip, "which will legally be required to be in all new phones made as of 2012, doesn't just receive messages, it also makes an ear-splitting emergency noise, which you can't mute.' The report goes on: 'even if you have a cell phone with a Kansas area code and you’re in Texas, you’ll receive disaster alerts for Texas.'
Android

Submission + - Dark Side of Android (motorola.com)

An anonymous reader writes: The dark side of android is that carriers/manufacturers can abandon phones/users/customers without having to release the source or host/assist customer upgrade efforts. This issue is very prominently typified by the Motorola I1 debacle.

In late spring of 2010 Motorola released an Android 1.5 IDEN push-to-talk phone, and the masses obviously wanted and expected an Android update as apps for the 1.5 were already dwindiing. Then in Feb 2011 it was announced that the i1 would remain version 1.5 forever. This PR nightmare is evident on the official Motorola support forums with a thread that topped out at 682 posts before being locked by the admins. The thread had morphed into a place to vent frustrations with Motorola/Boost and to discuss options for custom firmware for the abandoned phone.

IT

Submission + - Homemade Sound Proofing 1

An anonymous reader writes: I've just moved into a new apartment which is oddly attached to a neighboring tenant by a door in the middle if my living room wall. Normally that wouldn't be too bad, since the door is locked from both sides by key, but my new neighbor seems to have his tv pressed against the door allowing me to hear every detail of Survivor last night amongst his conversations to his roommates. What is the best way to soundproof a room? I'm hoping for something a little better than egg cartons on the ceiling or covering my new place's walls in drab sheeting.

Submission + - Flextime vs. 9/80 Work Schedule

An anonymous reader writes: My company offers Flextime and I am trying to decide what schedule I would like best. I am currently working 7:00-3:30 and it is so nice getting off before 5, however the extra 1.5 hours doesn't seem like much and goes by so fast.
I have recently been contemplating moving to the 9/80 work schedule where I would work 8 nine-hour days and 1 eight-hour day every two weeks. Therefore, giving me every other Monday off (or a three day weekend every other week). Getting an extra 1.5 hours every day actually adds up to more personal time than a day off every two weeks, but I'm thinking having a whole day off to run errands, work around the house, etc. would be worth it. Does anyone have any suggestions? I would like to hear from anyone who has been on this schedule before. Thanks!!!

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