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Submission + - Porn Detection Stick (ksl.com)

PatPending writes: Article; Paraben website. From the article:

Amber Schroeder, CEO of Paraben Corp., said, "A lot of people don't realize how dirty surfing the Internet can be for your machine." The Porn Stick is one of Paraben's hottest new products. "It's designed to actually go out and find illicit images and content on your computer and allow you to go through them and remove them," Schroeder said. It's not just parents who are buying the Porn Stick. In fact, Paraben's biggest customer is spouses, in particular women.

Comment Re:This is why... (Score 1) 664

Well now, that's amusing. You see me as stereotyping Mac users, but you're led astray by your own stereotype of all iSkeptics as insecure Mac haters. Try actually reading my post before assigning it to a pigeonhole. I think you'll find that I was criticizing the whole culture in and around Apple, Inc., not just repeating a tired blog meme about people who use Macs. In point of fact, there are things about the Mac that I admire, and I've even been known to recommend them over PCs when usability is a primary issue.

(Incidentally, I am occasionally seen in the Starbucks in a Borders. Of course, I'm sipping a coffee — Starbucks cappuccino is vile — and using either my Toshiba netbook or Motion tablet. And I don't think a lot of the other folks in my local B/SB use Macs either.)

Let me describe to you one of my many negative experiences that led to my anti-Apple prejudice. I was an early adopter of the Newton. When I first got it, I loved the thing, and would spend hours just sitting around playing with it. But as I attempted to use it day-to-day, I came to see the thing as a classical case of technological hubris. I'm not talking about the sucky handwriting recognition (which did eventually improve). I'm talking about the countless fuckups. Like no easy way to fix handwriting errors (even a good recognizer screws up sometimes) or the fact that the tool that updated the recognizer dictionary didn't understand the concept of punctuation. Like no desktop synchronization. Like a form factor that's too big to put in your pocket and too small to replace a notebook. And a bunch of other stuff I can't even remember.

But the thing was full of cleverness. (How many different Easter Eggs were there?) I dimly recall a ton of clever little features and gimmicks that in the end just didn't fit together.

Except for my lovely little Apple IIe, I seem to have a similar experience every time I deal with Apple products: lots of little clevernesses, but the whole just a bit of a mess. The Mac itself is sort of an exception, since they did a good job of creating user interface standards for it — except over the years, they've drifted away from these standards in the interest of being More Cool.

I could go on an on. The time I tried to learn the API. The time I tried to run a web server on a Mac that my department had lying around. The time I bought an iPod Shuffle for my mom (she's old and easily confused, and the thing has a minimum of buttons) and ran into weirdness after weirdness making it talk to my PC. The time I decided to use iTunes to watch Battlestar Galactica and was driven to the breaking point by its UI weirdness and flaky codec.

And while I know and respect many Mac users, you can't tell me that the Steve Worship and the waiting in line for days to buy the first version of a product (and then going ballistic when the usual price drops occur) isn't just a little creepy.

It's the mindset at the center of the Apple Universe that bugs me. So take your psychologizing and stick it you know where.


Submission + - TI-83 Plus 512-bit RSA Key Cracked

Cubeman writes: "The 512-bit RSA key protecting the operating system of TI-83 Plus and TI-84 Plus calculators has been cracked! Benjamin Moody posted the factorization yesterday, and it has been verified by Brandon Wilson. With the RSA key broken, developers can now release cryptographically signed third-party OSes which will validate on any unmodified calculator. While TI's security protections have previously been broken, all prior hacks required loading an extra program on each calculator. This broken OS key means that the last frontier of TI hacking has finally been achieved. Calculator programmers now have complete control over every area of the calculator and can write any code in any form, even entire operating systems, and distribute them freely on any 83+/84+ calculator in existence. ticalc.org has an article about this as well."

Internet Group Declares War on Scientology 891

Darkman, Walkin Dude writes "An internet group calling itself Anonymous has declared war on the Church of Scientology, in the form of an ominous posting to the YouTube site. 'In the statement, the group explained their goal as safeguarding the right to freedom of speech. "A spokesperson said that the group's goals include bringing an end to the financial exploitation of Church members and protecting the right to free speech, a right which they claim was consistently violated by the Church of Scientology in pursuit of its opponents." The press release also claimed that the Church of Scientology misused copyright and trademark law in order to remove criticism from websites including Digg and YouTube. The statement goes on to assert that the attacks from the group "will continue until the Church of Scientology reacts, at which point they will change strategy".' It should be noted that Slashdot users have had interactions with Scientology in the past as well."

Submission + - Hackers go after Scientology (apcmag.com)

maclizard writes: "apcmag.com has an article featuring a video from the hacker group Anonymous in which they state that they intend on dismantling the 'religion'.
from the article:
"Anonymous has therefore decided your organization should be destroyed, for the good of your followers, for the good of mankind and for our own enjoyment."
Hells yeah."

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