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Security

Submission + - Cybercriminals Diversify Cash Out Strategies (securityweek.com)

wiredmikey writes: Apparently the federal government and private sector companies aren’t the only ones struggling for quality talent these days. Security firm Fortinet reports that it is seeing a spike in diversified and targeted recruitment campaigns for "money mules," the individuals at the edge of cybercrime organizations responsible for electronically receiving and passing on the stolen cash.
Firefox

Submission + - CEO Credits Chrome to Larry, Sergey's Sneakiness 2

theodp writes: If one was asked to cite a modern-day example of The Trojan Horse, the Firefox-Mozilla situation might come to mind. And that was before last week's Chrome Event, in which Google CEO Eric Schmidt gave Larry Page and Sergey Brin kudos for Chrome's existence, explaining that the pair 'sneakily' hired engineers to work on Firefox before secretly cranking out Chrome for Google: 'From my very first day at Google,' recalled Schmidt, 'they [Larry & Sergey] made clear that we should be in the browser business and the OS business. Not being interested in either, I said no. But they rather sneakily hired a number of brilliant computer scientists to work on the amazingly successful Firefox browser, which Google helped fund through an advertising agreement — and that core team went on to create Chrome' (video @5:50). Be interesting to know what the IRS, which has been scrutinizing the tax status of the funds Mozilla received from Google for years, will make of this revelation.

Submission + - Wikileaks took advice from media outlets (google.com) 1

formfeed writes: According to the AP (through Google News), Wikileaks isn't just sitting on the recent material so they can release it bit by bit to the press, as many people implied. On the contrary, it's quite the other way around: "only after considering advice from five news organizations with which it chose to share all of the material" are they releasing it themselves. These Newspapers "have been advising WikiLeaks on which documents to release publicly and what redactions to make to those documents"

AP questions whether Wikileaks will follow these redactions, but nevertheless seems quite impressed by this "extraordinary collaboration between some of the world's most respected media outlets and the WikiLeaks organization"

Censorship

Submission + - PayPal stops WikiLeaks payments (thepaypalblog.com)

mpawlo writes: It seems like Wikileaks is finally starting to learn that corporations do not provide free speech or services as such. This week Wikileaks has not been able to use Amazon's cloud service, then its domain name hosting got into trouble, then some of its other hosting disappeared and now Paypal "permanently restricts" Wikileaks account. This due to EULA violations, namely "payment service cannot be used for any activities that encourage, promote, facilitate or instruct others to engage in illegal activity". The Web and the Internet is fantastic to facilitate free speech, but in practice there is no real safeguards for it, when the sh*t hits the fan for real. You may be a supporter or a non-supporter to Wikileaks, but that is in my opinion the real story here.

Submission + - Ted Dabney, reveals more about Atari Early Days (retrogamingroundup.com)

An anonymous reader writes: Nolan Bushnell partner and Atari Co-Founder, Ted Dabney reveals more about the early days of the console and arcade industry. It is interesting to note that much of the story of the creation of Atari and the first commercial arcade game, Computer Space, as told over the years by Nolan Bushnell, is untrue. Ted does his best to set the record straight in this lengthy 2-hour interview.
Education

Submission + - Has Tech Overload Created Computer-Apathetic Kids? (extremetech.com)

WesternActor writes: Over at ExtremeTech, Managing Editor Matthew Murray posts a lengthy rumination about kids and computers, and wonders whether the explosion of computers has made kids less interested in technology overall. He reminisces about growing up playing games like Rocky's Boots and creating RAM disks and writing book reports in BASIC, and suggests that it may cause problems down the line that today's kids don't have to understand more about how computers work in order to use them. Do you agree with that, or have you noticed it about the kids in your life? If so, what are you doing to combat the problem--or is it already too late?
Software

Submission + - Software Pirates of the Caribbean

Yonatanz writes: It seems that the government of Trinidad and Tobago's website sells pirated copies of software from big companies like Adobe and Microsoft, as well as small companies like that of the blogger who found out about it.
The host name of the website (foreign.gov.tt) belongs to the government's Ministry of Foreign Affairs so the evidence points that way.
So what is going on? Is software piracy now being sanctioned by governments?

Comment Re:Another reason not to fly via Heathrow (Score -1, Troll) 821

By the way, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_notable_aircraft_hijackings [wikipedia.org] is why we don't profile for one race / religion.

Why not ?

With the exception of one Cuban (I'm guessing not Muslim), one Filipino (50:50), and one who gave himself up in Israel (not Muslim unless also batshit crazy), EVERY other notable hijack in the 2000's HAS been by people of the Islamic faith who demanded safe passage to a Muslim country.

That's 13 on 16 mate, over 81% ... (14 on 16, over 87% if you add the Filipino). How much more convincing an argument do you need ?

Every other religion condemns the acts of it's militant elements and would probably never do anything similar. Islam is at it's core a religion founded on militant behaviour, and it's adherents are called upon to respect Fatwahs. With that mentality, isn't it better to be safe than sorry ... any Muslim could *potentially* be a suicide bomber, even though the vast majority of them aren't.

Imagine Russian Roulette with every chamber loaded, except most of them are loaded with blanks. Would you pull the trigger ?

Submission + - SPAM: The problems of the "shareholder value" ideology

yuhong writes: Ghoshal wrote this paper about the fundamental flaws of shareholder value and agency theory just before he died. One of the fundamental flaws is that it assumes that managers are self-interested economic actors ("Economic Man" or "Homo Economicus") and the market is perfectly efficient (the "Efficient-Market Hypothesis"). The first one is particularly harmful, because through the process of double hermeneutic, it can lead people to behave more like that way. No wonder that "corporate CEOs — and sundry other people at the top of various food chains — are likely to be the least ethical people you're going to meet." (now of course the better big corporations like Google and Costco have more ethical CEOs, many of which do not believe in shareholder value or agency theory). Slashdot's own comments itself has many real-world examples of the harms of shareholder value, agency theory, and the quarterly earnings game. Other sources has critical of it too.
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Networking

Submission + - SPAM: Growing "power gap" could force smartphone tradeof

alphadogg writes: "Mobile users face a fast-growing gap between their smartphones' increasing power needs and battery capacity. That gap could force users to make tradeoffs in how, and for what, they use their phones, even as vendors at all levels work even harder to reduce power demand in mobile devices, according to Chris Shreck, a research analyst with IMS Research.

Schreck estimates that a 1500 mAh battery, the industry's current "high water mark," yields for many smartphone users a battery life of about 6 hours. That's highly dependent on what applications and on-device technologies, including Wi-Fi, users are running. The latest and greatest tech advances, including faster CPUs, higher data throughput, and improved displays all crank up the demand for power. That combination of user behavior and technology is boosting power demand faster than battery capacity can keep up. Shreck estimates power requirements can grow 15% a year."

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The Almighty Buck

Submission + - Informal Developer/Sys Admin Salary Survey...

An anonymous reader writes: While there have been past attempts at ascertaining how much developers earn here, as you'll see the in previous link, the topic usually runs off course and the original question is almost never answered. Now salary doesn't tell the whole story of course. Hours worked, industry, years of experience, and location also are very important pieces. When someone is giving job advice (salary, working conditions, etc), it's helpful to know all these things in order to provide a proper context (someone just saying they have a "great" job probably tells you less than you might think). So I'll start. I'm a developer (non-manager), with 10 years of experience, mostly J2EE, entertainment industry, earn $110K/year, in Los Angeles, CA. I have a 20 minute commute and live in an apartment (all I can afford without a 1.5+ hour commute). I work around 50-60 hours/week typically,and have to work a bit on several weekends throughout the year. Now let's hear from you guys!
Software

Submission + - Opera unethical whitelisting of Google (fanboy.co.nz)

mdew writes: "Opera whitelist's google from *any* usercss being applied, including ad hiding. Any attempted modification of google through usercss opera will simply ignore which essentially whitelists Google. Every page should be open to usercss regardless, Google pages shouldn't be treated any differently."
Operating Systems

Submission + - Are main stream Linux distros still relevant? (pcplus.co.uk) 2

0s1s writes: This is usually discussed in off-topic comments on /. Do end users care about how legally distributable their distro is? PCPlus's open source columnist is aggrieved that the main stream distro are getting out of touch with their users. From the article: "Limiting the effects of patent-encumbered code in order to make the project legally distributable has no tangible benefit to us. The hard work these distros are doing to clarify the legal position of their product isn't even enough, because the Free Software Foundation doesn't recognize them as free (as in freedom, not cost). So why bother?"
Privacy

Submission + - Digsby quietly installs malware (lifehacker.com)

An anonymous reader writes: Instant messenging company Digsby has quietly included malware in an update to their client software that utilizes users' computing power and bandwidth while "idle" for a quick buck. When questioned, developers at Digsby claim that they have done no wrong and that users should not complain because the client software is "free".
Portables (Apple)

Submission + - iPhone OS 3.0 Cripples iPhone 3G

An anonymous reader writes: Like many iPhone users, I noticed some severe problems with my iPhone 3G after getting the iPhone OS 3.0 update. My battery life was terrible, and the phone, which used to "wake up" an instant after I'd press its button, now takes as many as six seconds before the screen even lights up and I can unlock it. (Potentially this is even a safety concern: imagine being in a crisis and needing to dial 911, and having to count to "one Mississippi, two Mississippi, ..., six Mississippi" before you can even begin to unlock your phone and use it.)

Battery life, as I mentioned, is terrible. I charged my phone last night, went to sleep, and woke up to low battery alerts. Before the OS update my phone could go for several days, sometimes the better part of a week, without needing a charge.

When I called Apple to complain, a representative told me that my battery experience was "actually pretty good!", and that typical battery life after the update is now five to six hours of standby time. If you go to http://www.apple.com/iphone/specs-3g.html, their site currently advertises three-hundred hours of standby time. Again, that's three-HUNDRED hours of standby time (or 24 hours or playing music, or 7 hours of watching video), and their rep told me that "standard" post-update standby time is five to six hours. Apple's own rep acknowledged, in so many words, that the new OS update has reduced the battery life of the iPhone 3G by NINETY-EIGHT PERCENT.

I pleaded with the rep to tell me how I could revert to OS 2.0 — anything to get my old, usable phone back. The one that worked for more than a handful of hours at a time. That woke up when I pressed the wake button. She said it was impossible.

All I can hope, now, is that increasing awareness of this problem — there are forums online where scores of other users are reporting similar experiences, but I don't see anything about it in any media outlets, online or otherwise — will force an acknowledgment from Apple. And, more importantly, a solution.

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