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Roku Finally Gets a 2D Menu System 80

DeviceGuru writes "Many of us have griped for years about Roku's retro one-dimensional user interface. Finally, in conjunction with the release of the new Roku 3 model, the Linux-based media streaming player is getting a two-dimensional facelift, making it quicker and easier to access favorite channels and find new ones. Current Roku users, who will now begin suffering from UI-envy, will be glad to learn that Roku plans to push out a firmware update next month to many earlier models, including the Roku LT, Roku HD (model 2500R), Roku 2 HD, Roku 2 XD, Roku 2 XS, and Roku Streaming Stick. A short demo of the new 2D Roku menu system is available in this YouTube video."
Electronic Frontier Foundation

DOJ Often Used Cell Tower Impersonating Devices Without Explicit Warrants 146

Via the EFF comes news that, during a case involving the use of a Stingray device, the DOJ revealed that it was standard practice to use the devices without explicitly requesting permission in warrants. "When Rigmaiden filed a motion to suppress the Stingray evidence as a warrantless search in violation of the Fourth Amendment, the government responded that this order was a search warrant that authorized the government to use the Stingray. Together with the ACLU of Northern California and the ACLU, we filed an amicus brief in support of Rigmaiden, noting that this 'order' wasn't a search warrant because it was directed towards Verizon, made no mention of an IMSI catcher or Stingray and didn't authorize the government — rather than Verizon — to do anything. Plus to the extent it captured loads of information from other people not suspected of criminal activity it was a 'general warrant,' the precise evil the Fourth Amendment was designed to prevent. ... The emails make clear that U.S. Attorneys in the Northern California were using Stingrays but not informing magistrates of what exactly they were doing. And once the judges got wind of what was actually going on, they were none too pleased:"

Comment Can you Vote in Europe? Take action NOW! (Score 5, Informative) 111

SOPA and PIPA are dead... meet their cousin, ACTA. Please contact your MEP (Members of the European Parliament) using this link and register your protest:


Rest of Europe:
http://www.europarl.europa.eu/members/public/geoSearch.do;jsessionid=EAF5D554A71EBE16A5E8A71092CD2DB9.node2 [europa.eu]

A brief analysis of the issue, but obviously presenting a one-sided view... so weigh the info as you see fit:

Comment SQL to check your database (Score 1) 100

If you're worried... then check out your SCN with this SQL:

su - oracle
. oraenv
sqlplus "/ as sysdba"
column GET_SYSTEM_CHANGE_NUMBER format 999,999,999,999,999,999,999

Millions or Billions... no problem.
If you're starting to get close to 281 Trillion (actually 281,474,976,710,656)... time to panic. Remember, that's a US Trillion... not a UK Trillion:

Comment Re:Standard practice for US corporations (Score 1) 281

Ahhh yes... Mr O'Leary is a constant amusement. It appears from Wikipedia that he got his original ideas from Southwest Airlines, and has twisted it to the absurd extremes that is now the modern Ryanair. I'm not sure what's most laughable... the Standing Seats, or the Pay Toilets

Personally I think his silliness is one of the main drivers behind this cap on Credit Card surcharges. Just for fun, http://www.ihateryanair.org/ will give you a good chuckle... and make you seriously consider accepting that tempting offer. Lucky for us RyanAir are the exception to the norm, and I usually fly BA anyway... better service, and cheaper fares. No brainer!

Comment Standard practice for US corporations (Score 1) 281

I lived in the US for 3 years, and this doesn't come as a surprise to me. Big corporations will screw you as much as possible, and the sticker price is NEVER what you end up paying. Internet is $20/month... plus line maintenance, phone regulatory fee, tax, something I just made up charge that sounds legit, the "I wonder if they will pay this" levy... it goes on forever! I laughed/cried when 911 showed up on my phone bill as a line-item charge. WTF?!?

Seriously, US consumers get the worst deal on the planet for most things... but it's sold as if you're getting an absolute bargain.

Personally I'm more than happy to be back in boring old England where things cost what they are advertised as, and I have *REAL* choice of Phone, Internet, Electricity, Natural Gas, etc.... and not just the city-endorsed (aka. "Bought and Paid for") local monopoly that is all too common in the US. The government recently outlawed excessive Credit Card fees, like when you buy a plane ticket and they charge you £15 to use a credit card when it only costs them £0.50 or something similar. At least our guys have the balls to stand up to big-business... when will your corrupt politicians follow suit?

Comment Google is the all-seeing-eye of the internet (Score 1) 62

Is it just me... or does anyone else find having this banner avert at at the top of this story funny, and a little bit creepy:


It links here if you're interested:


Submission + - Sony files lawsuit aginst Mr. George Hotz! (psx-scene.com)

Kayot writes: George Hotz or as he is known on the internet, Geohot has been served court papers. Shorty after Team fail0verflow discovered faults in the PS3's TPM's, Geohot and others figured out how to extract the long sought after holy grail encryption keys. Apparently Sony is not pleased and is very keen on defending their poorly defended system with the U.S. legal system. The basis is that Geohot released programs that allow the signing of homebrew which can be used to make PSN like games out of normal PS3 games. However Geohot has never supported any form of piracy and in fact has taken a constant stance against it. Leaving many to wonder, just what is Sony planning.

Additional documentaion
PDF: http://geohot.com/Motion%20For%20TRO.pdf
PDF: http://geohot.com/Proposed%20Order.pdf

Source Site:


Submission + - BC Government refuses to disclose IBM conontract (timescolonist.com)

lacqui writes: The government of the Canadian province of British Columbia has decided that the details of an IT contract with IBM is damaging to security. Despite being ordered by the privacy commissioner to disclose the contract in full, the government has only released excerpts, currently amounting to half of the total.

Submission + - Microsoft fights Apple trademark on 'App Store' (goodgearguide.com.au) 1

angry tapir writes: "Microsoft is asking the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office to deny Apple a trademark on the name "App Store," saying the term is generic and competitors should be able to use it. Apple applied for the trademark in 2008 for goods and services including "retail store services featuring computer software provided via the internet and other computer and electronic communication networks" and other related offerings."

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