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Submission + - 'Homeless Hacker' Lawyer: DDoS Isn't An Attack, It (talkingpointsmemo.com)

animusCollards writes: A lawyer for a homeless man accused of launching a distributed denial of service (DDoS) attack on the city of Santa Cruz because of an anti-camping law told TPM on Wednesday that such campaigns are the modern day equivalent of occupying the Woolworth’s lunch counter as happened during the civil rights movement.
Spam

Opting Out Increases Spam? 481

J. L. Tympanum writes "I used to ignore spam but recently I have been using the opt-out feature. Now I get more spam than ever, especially of the Nigerian scam (and related) types. The latter has gone from almost none to several a day. Was I a fool for opting out? Is my email address being harvested when I opt out? Has anybody had similar experience?"
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Submission + - Google Maps Spots Cheating Husband (thesun.co.uk)

animusCollards writes: A FURIOUS wife has called in divorce lawyers after spotting her husband's car parked outside another woman's house — on Google. Street View has triggered a stream of complaints from people caught on camera since its launch [in the UK] on March 20.
Editorial

Submission + - Apple: Life after Steve Jobs (slate.com)

animusCollards writes: Slate ponders a post-Steve Jobs Apple, including possible successors, and the future is... boring.

'..it's certainly true that Jobs' style is central to the company's brand and the fierce connection it forges with its customers. His product announcements prompt hundreds of millions of dollars worth of free press coverage and whip up greater and more loyal fans, generating ever-greater interest in the company. ... At some point, all that will end. Jobs will eventually leave the company. There are no obvious plans for succession; in addition to Schiller, observers finger Tim Cook, Apple's COO, and Scott Forstall, who helped develop Mac OS X and the iPhone's software, as contenders for the job. But Tuesday's keynote illustrated how difficult it will be for any of those guys to replace Jobs.'


Comment Stevens Rules (Score 1) 517

Stevens' Advanced Programming in the UNIX(R) Environment is gospel. Horstmans's Mastering Object-Oriented Design in C++ is an excellent study of OO concepts. The fact that it illustrates its concepts in C++ is irrelevant, although it does make me wonder if it's been updated to Java or something else in wider use these days.
The Internet

Submission + - Internet Setup in Japan

animusCollards writes: I'm going to Japan next week to see my in-laws. Amidst our home visit, low key sight-seeing, and an overnight at a ryokan, I've been tasked with getting the folks online. I'm planning a wireless network with a broadband connection and probably a Mac for ease of use. A no-brainer, right? Well, I don't speak Japanese. My wife is fluent, but only spoken language — use Kanji or lose it. I know we'll work this out, but it would be great if the /. crowd can get us around any obvious pitfalls.

So what would you do if you were setting up a simple home network in Tokyo?

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