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Submission + - New Exploit in Firefox-Major Extensions Vulnerable

An anonymous reader writes: Christopher Soghoian, the fake boarding pass guy is at it yet again. He has announced a new vulnerability in the extension update mechanism in the Firefox Web Browser. A number of high profile commercial extensions are vulnerable including Google Toolbar, Yahoo Toolbar, Del.icio.us Extension, Facebook Toolbar, AOL Toolbar, Netcraft Anti-Phishing Toolbar, PhishTank SiteChecker. A malicious hacker can trick a user's computer into installing malicious software that can spy on the user, or hijack e-banking sessions. Until vendors release updates, users should remove or disable all at risk Firefox extensions. More information on the vulnerability is available here, while a demo video of one of the attacks can be seen here: (12MB Quicktime).

Journal Journal: Microsoft Surface

The launch of Microsoft Surface marks the beginning of a new technology category and a user-interface revolution. Surface, Microsoft 's first surface computer, provides effortless interaction with digital content through natural hand gestures, touch and physical objects. Surface computing breaks down traditional barriers between people and technology. Something similar to this was presented a

Submission + - LiveJournal, and the "Warriors for Innocence&#

An anonymous reader writes: A group/person calling themselves "Warriors for Innocence" went poking around Livejournal users' interests lists, ostensibly looking for keywords that would point to unsavory content unsuitable for children, and specifically looking for potential pedophiles.

Based on the keywords and account names submitted, LJ over-reached and yanked dozens of accounts regardless of context,including child abuse survivor communities,fan-fiction blogs written in the p.o.v. of villians, and a community for discussing "Lolita" by Nabokov. Users who inquired to date have gotten predictably boilerplate & lawyerly responses about TOS violations.

Summary, and pointers to users more directly affected, here:

Comment Another Linux-liking switcher here (Score 1) 1499

Very well said. The motherboard in my dual Athlon Debian unstable box recently croaked, and we decided that it would be a great time to switch to a Power Mac. In addition to the reasons you mentioned (Unix under the hood, many free *nix apps available, the system Just Working), OS X appealed to me because its application-centric taskbarless interface is nearly ideal for my preferred working style and I'd heard many a good thing about Apple's interface design and the keyboard support found throughout the OS and applications conforming to Apple's HIG. Thus far, I'm very pleased. Getting used to a new GUI of course involves a learning curve that I'm still climbing, but I've only had this thing for a week and I feel quite comfortable with it already. As a whole, working with OS X and HIG-conformant applications just feels smooth and elegant. I enjoyed using XFce4 and Enlightenment on my old box, but applications and the desktop environment generally did not mesh together in the same way that many of them do on OS X.

Besides, I compose music and would like to eventually set up a home studio of sorts. The particular audio software I'm interested in is only available for OS X. GarageBand is a great basic package that came free with the computer. For more sophisticated work, I would want something like Digital Performer, which gets excellent reviews and, in my experience (a digital music lab in college) is reasonably easy to use for a powerful application.

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