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Comment This happens to me (Score 1) 619

After several months of deleting this guy's emails, I get one that is showing a confirmation of renting a car at an Enterprise location here. So I call them up and say "Mr. So and So will be picking up a car at 5:30, correct?" They confirmed, so I said "Tell him to stop using my email address for all of his shit. I'm sick of deleting everything that's meant for him." "Yes, sir!" Not an email was received afterwards

Submission + - MIT Project 'Gaydar' Raises Privacy Questions

theodp writes: "At MIT, an experiment that identifies which students are gay is raising new questions about online privacy. Using data from Facebook, two students in an MIT class on ethics and law on the electronic frontier made a striking discovery: just by looking at a person's online friends, they could predict whether the person was gay. The project, given the name 'Gaydar' by the students, is part of the fast-moving field of social network analysis, which examines what the connections between people can tell us, from predicting who might be a terrorist to the likelihood a person is happy, fat, liberal, or conservative."

Submission + - Why Developers Get Fired (

jammag writes: "Other coders get canned — but never you, right? From a developer who's now a manager (and who admits being fired himself) comes the inside story on how the Big Ax might sneak up on you. To prevent it, he recommends some strategic bragging, keeping a CYA folder to document your efforts, and making sure that your talent isn't frittered away so much that even your most mediocre colleagues look good. Cover your butt!"

Submission + - L0phtcrack (v6) rises again

FyreWyr writes: L0phtcrack--now 12 years old--used to be a security "tool of choice" for black hats, pen-testers, and security auditors alike...that is, until it was sold by L0pht to @stake, then Symantec, to be released and subsequently dropped as LC 5. As an IT security consultant, I used this tool to regularly expose vulnerabilities or recover data when there were few other options available...then let it go as tech evolved away.

Now returned to its original developers, version 6 was released this week with fresh features: support for 64-bit multiprocessors, (current) Unix and Windows operating systems, and a number of other features, including enhanced handling of NTLM password hashes (indicated here) and support for rainbow tables.

Interested parties--especially consultants--will find this shiny new version sports a hefty price tag. It raises doubts in my mind whether it can effectively compete with open source alternatives by similar names, but as I found earlier versions so useful, its re-emergence seems worth the mention.

Comment Re:Nope, sorry (Score 1) 507

While doing drugs and engaging in rampant promiscuity are things I don't really condone, inciting hatred, bigotry, ignorance, and possible violence is on a whole other level. I can't think any musicians that I listen to who provoke such horrible things.

Not attacking you, I just found this appropriate.

"See, I think drugs have done some good things for us, I really do. And if you don't believe drugs have done good things for us, do me a Favor: go home tonight and take all your albums, all your tapes, and all your CDs and burn them. Because you know what? The musicians who've made all that great music that's enhanced your lives throughout the years... Rrrrrrrrrrrrreal fucking high on drugs." --Bill Hicks

AVG Virus Scanner Removes Critical Windows File 440

secmartin writes "The popular virus scanner AVG released an update yesterday that caused their software to mark user32.dll as a virus. Since this is a rather critical file, AVG's suggestion to remove it caused problems for users around the world who are now advised to restore the file through the Windows Recovery Console. AVG just posted an update about this (FAQ item 1574) in the support section of their site. Their forums are full of complaints."

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