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Submission + - Has Apple lost its cool? eBay shoppers seem to suggest the opposite (terapeak.com)

An anonymous reader writes: There's been a lot of buzz recently about Apple having lost its "coolness factor," but a new report from market research company Terapeak—one based on hard data—says that on eBay, in four major categories (tablets, phones, desktops, and laptops) Apple goods are doing as much business as all other manufacturers combined right now. That's shocking if true. Have the assertions of Steve Jobs' importance been greatly overstated or is the Apple crash yet to come?

Submission + - Will your video game collection appreciate over time? (terapeak.com)

An anonymous reader writes: Pundits tell us that the world of console video gaming is in dire straits, but recent collections of console video games have sold on eBay for tens of thousands of dollars. There are still a lot of video game disks and cartridges out there, but is it worth your effort to try to complete your collection and sell it on eBay? If you're a potential buyer for a massive collection of video games, are they likely to appreciate over time, or is this a really bad investment? Market research company Terapeak runs some numbers and suggests that it depends on your goals, the size and quality of your collection, and the console you're focused on.

Submission + - Why no email option to share Slashdot Articles? 3

lxrocks writes: The first thing I do every morning, is fire up the Slashdot app on my Iphone. There is always an article I would like to share with my colleagues or friends — yet the only options I have are social media — WHERE THE HELL IS THE MAIL option. How difficult would it be to put that in. I stopped using Facebook about 2 years ago when I got really creeped out by just how much attention they paid me. Facebook is evil and I only wish for them to fail and go bust. I don't use any Social Media — so I can't share Slashdot articles from the iphone app. That really SUCKS!

So come on Slashdot put the 'share via email' option in.
The Internet

Submission + - The Term 'World Wide Web' is 20 Years Old Today (motherboard.tv)

MMBK writes: Before November 12, 1990, there was no WWW. But as fate would have it, on this date twenty years ago, Tim Berners-Lee and Robert Cailliau published a document called WorldWideWeb: Proposal for a HyperText Project coining the term and basic operations of the Web as we know it today.
Science

The Proton Just Got Smaller 289

inflame writes "A new paper published in Nature has said that the proton may be smaller than we previously thought. The article states 'The difference is so infinitesimal that it might defy belief that anyone, even physicists, would care. But the new measurements could mean that there is a gap in existing theories of quantum mechanics. "It's a very serious discrepancy," says Ingo Sick, a physicist at the University of Basel in Switzerland, who has tried to reconcile the finding with four decades of previous measurements. "There is really something seriously wrong someplace."' Would this indicate new physics if proven?"

Submission + - How to stop phishing attempts

maggot4 writes: I work on the website of an international humanitarian organization where we post vacancies. We have recently had an increased number of false ads sent to us. They copy real vacancies from UN organizations but then ask people to respond to fake emails with domain names that are very close to the real corporate domains. The perpetrators get job applicants to send their details, do an online interview, and then tell them they have been hired. The applicant is then asked to send money to assist with international travel arrangements that will be reimbursed. The latest fake ad actually tells applicants that; "WARNING TO APPLICANTS; UN-OCHA DOES NOT CHARGE ANY JOB APPLICATION, INTERVIEW OR EMPLOYMENT PROCESSING FEE." They are targeting people in a very vulnerable situation and this pisses me off. How can we go after these criminals? Here is the email they used. hr@ocha-site.org

Submission + - SPAM: Intel Unveils New Classmate PC Laptop Specificatio

An anonymous reader writes: Intel Unveils New Classmate PC Laptop Specifications & Features

Intel has introduced the latest design of its low-cost, education-focused Classmate PC this week, with the emphasis on developing an ecosystem around the needs of younger children in primary education. Intel's new Classmate PC hardware features an updated version of the Atom processor series, an Atom N450 at 1.66GHz, with optional GPS, Bluetooth, 3G and WiMax connectivity.

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Media

Submission + - Modern photo taking etiquette - Any thoughts? 1

qwerty8ytrewq writes: Image capture devices are everywhere these days and with the erosion of privacy controls in Facebook, etc. I think 'private' and 'public' as we understand it is changing, public is starting to mean 'in front of a camera'. I would like to know if anyone has any practical, pragmatic,workable suggestions for ways to manage this is a private setting. (eg. at the next work Christmas party that I organise.) I have considered a 'photos only here zone' policy, a photo booth, check your phone at the door... Ideas?

Submission + - 18 Reasons Buyers are Returning iPads (vovici.com)

JeffreyHenning writes: An analysis of 40 users who returned their iPads and 10 who are thinking of doing so, with a list of their reasons and the impact on Apple. The top three primary reasons: to upgrade from a WiFi iPad to a 3G iPad, because the iPad is a poor value or because of incompatibilities experienced.

Submission + - New Facebook security blip reveals users email

zenwiz writes: All "... wants to be friends on Facebook" requests I received in the last 12 hours, reveals the senders email in the "Confirm Friend" button link.

So basically anyone who sends you a friend request, is now revealing their email.
Whilst this may not be so bad since they want to be in touch with you,
if you clicking on the "Confirm Friend" link, and you are not logged in to facebook
you are redirected to a log in page, where the email of the sender (who wants to be your friend)
appears pre-filled in the email field.

Now all you need to guess is their password!
Apple

Submission + - Fake IPads Already Been Sold By Chinese Factories (chinavasion.com)

An anonymous reader writes: A Reuters reporter recently discovered fake 'IPads' on sale in Shenzhen's Luohu commercial city, they're also being offered on Chinese B2B sites with more than 14,000 listings for iPads on Alibaba alone. And while some iPads listed have 10 inch screens and Intel Atom processors others are harder to spot

Submission + - Transitioning to the new GRUB2 boot loader

An anonymous reader writes: The tools used to boot Linux are changing. Specifically, the Grand Unified Bootloader (GRUB) is now officially in maintenance mode only, and GRUB's developers have abandoned the original GRUB in favor of an entirely rewritten package, known as GRUB 2. Discover GRUB 2's new capabilities and how to use it.
Privacy

Submission + - NSA exec charged with 10 felonies for alleged leak (washingtonpost.com)

metrometro writes: The Washington Post reports that "A former senior executive with the National Security Agency has been indicted on 10 felony charges related to the alleged leaking of classified information to a newspaper reporter in 2006 and 2007, the Justice Department announced Thursday morning. Thomas A. Drake, 52, headed an office in the NSA's signals intelligence and engineering directorates at Fort Meade between 2001 and 2005, U.S. officials said." Alleged leaks were to an award winning intel reporter, then at Baltimore Sun. Based on her stories, her source mostly trashed NSA leadership for lack of direction.

Of note: the government says the alleged NSA mole uses Hushmail, which is all the endorsement I need for a security system.

The Internet

Submission + - What happened to Second Life? (pcauthority.com.au) 1

An anonymous reader writes: When Second Life first arrived it was an eye-opening experience — a massively multiplayer online world that contains everything from lottery games to libraries, penthouses to pubs, skyscrapers to surrogacy clinics. Back then, lots of people were falling over themselves to "be a part of it". Rock stars were queuing up to play virtual gigs, Microsoft and IBM were setting up elaborate pixellated offices to host staff training seminars, Reuters even despatched a correspondent to report back on the latest in-world developments. At its peak, the Second Life economy had more money swilling about than several third-world countries. It had even produced its own millionaire, who made a very real fortune from buying and selling property that existed only on Second Life servers. Three years on, and the hype has been extinguished. Second Life seems no closer to finding a respectable reason for being than it did in 2006. This article describes life inside the virtual world since Second Life decided to clean up its act and separate adult content into a walled "adult continent" called Zindra. It seems that Zindra is thriving, but outside the adult area, many parts of Second Life seem like a ghost town. Instead of being a melting pot of creativity, business and academia, Second Life seems so increasingly obsessed with aping the real world that it's in danger of becoming an interactive version of those creepy model villages you only find in holiday resorts.

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