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Communications

Submission + - Apple Imposes New Limits on IPhone Sales (myway.com)

solitas writes: SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) — Apple Inc. (AAPL) no longer accepts cash for iPhone purchases and now limits sales of the cell phone to two per person in a move to stop people from reselling them.

The new policy started Thursday, said Apple spokeswoman Natalie Kerris. Before then, there was no cash restriction and the purchase limit was five per person.

"We're requiring a credit or debit card for payment to discourage unauthorized resellers."


I can see a purchase limit, but whatever happened to "this note is legal tender for all debts, public and private"?

Communications

Submission + - Verizon Rejects Text Messages From Abortion Rights

gollum123 writes: "Saying it had the right to block "controversial or unsavory" text messages, Verizon Wireless has rejected a request from Naral Pro-Choice America, the abortion rights group, to make Verizon's mobile network available for a text-message program ( http://www.nytimes.com/2007/09/27/business/27cnd-verizon.html?hp ). The other leading wireless carriers have accepted the program, which allows people to sign up for text messages from Naral by sending a message to a five-digit number known as a short code. In turning down the program, Verizon, one of the nation's two largest wireless carriers, told Naral that it "does not accept issue-oriented (abortion, war, etc.) programs — only basic, general politician-related campaigns (Mitt Romney, Hillary Clinton, etc.).""
Spam

Submission + - Hitting back at spammers with BSD and spamd (hungryhacker.com)

An anonymous reader writes: This article shows how you can use spamd available with OpenBSD and in the Free/NetBSD ports to waste a spammers processor cycles, backup his mail queue and waste his bandwidth. All on a personal machine not running a public mail server. This would include all BSD users who don't run a a public MTA. First log you will enjoy looking at! http://www.hungryhacker.com/articles/misc/spamd
The Courts

Submission + - eBay Seller Files Federal Lawsuit Against Autodesk (aecnews.com)

New10k writes: "Tim Vernor is an eBay seller (happyhourcollectables) with over 10,000 positive reviews. He specializes in comic books but sells most everything. He got thrown off eBay after Autodesk filed complaints against him for reselling Autodesk software. He has responded by filing a federal lawsuit alleging fraudulent use of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act. He has already passed the federal court's "is this guy a wacko?" test and the suit is official — Autodesk has 30 days to respond. Details at AECnews (http://aecnews.com/news/2007/09/10/2377.aspx)."
Editorial

Submission + - When Was The Exact Day Slashdot Jumped The Shark? (oreillynet.com)

An anonymous reader writes: by Noah Gift in Opinion from O'Reilly OnLamp Blog: "I remember in the early 2000's, Slashdot was THE geek website, but something has changed and it appears they have lost the magic. ...I find their stories trite, boring and dare I say, irrelevant to IT? What is your best bet to the cause of their demise?
Media

Submission + - Dan Rather uncovers flaws in touchscreen voting

goombah99 writes: Dan Rather Reports has posted a lengthy YouTube teaser of their upcoming touchscreen voting expose (to air tuesday at 8 or 11pm ET) This is sort of a "60-minutes" style investigation of touchscreen voting. It's apparently not a rehash either. Rather turns up some new evidence such as tracking down the dilapidated plant where the ES&S ivotronic touchscreens were assembled. There they were having a 30 to 40% rejection rate on the screen themselves. Apparently the issue here was a rush to market to meet the election schedule. They needed lots of machines, fast. So plant workers say the rejects got shipped too. The "rush to market" aspect demonstrates an often overlooked strength of the use of open source software with commodity hardware and a multiple vendor business model like open voting consortium. This should be much less subject to single source point failures and has a built-in adversarial oversight nature that might lend some quality control. I just hope their conclusion is not "we need perfect machines and perfectly trained operators" and instead is we need a different approach that is transparent, robust and self correcting in the face of errors.
Security

Submission + - VMWare Escape Publicized at SANSfire 2007 (foolmoon.net)

FoolMoon writes: "Anyone in the know on VMware security knows that Ed Skoudis, Tom Liston and "crew" from Intelguardians (and some close researchers) have been researching VMware escapes for the last couple years for an US government customer. At SANSfire 2006, they presented some of this research to include how malware might detect the fact it was running under virtualization and hinted that there were possible exploits. Tonight at SANSfire 2007 some of these were revealed and the world saw the first public display of this capability. My blog represents my takeaway from this presentation given. As the presentation is not expected to be made publicly available, my notes may be of interest to anyone not in attendance. Any errors and misstatements in this are my own. — Monty McDougal For the complete blog entry visit http://www.foolmoon.net/cgi-bin/blog/index.cgi?mod e=viewone&blog=1185593255"

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