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Comment same in many US states (Score 1) 150

In many US states including IL it is illegal to record conversations without consent of both parties. AFAICT this includes both phone and in-person.

A while back I had the idea that it would be fun to do undercover exposes on scam companies, by getting employed and gathering hidden camera/audio footage. Unfortunately I think there would be legal problems here.
Data Storage

Submission + - WD Launches Fastest HD Yet, the VelociRaptor 600GB ( 1

bigwophh writes: With Solid State Drives receiving the lion's share of press as of late, it's safe to assume that R&D in spinning hard drives has declined. After all, hard drive capacities have seemingly hit a plateau at 2TB, performance can't come close to even an average SSD, and it's hard to imagine hard drive prices falling any lower in terms of cost per GB. However, Western Digital, despite releasing their own line of SSDs recently, continues to push the performance envelope with traditional hard drives. The company has just launched the new WD VelociRaptor 600GB. Like the first-gen VelociRaptor, the new 600GB variant employs a 2.5" form factor, with a 10K RPM spindle speed. This new VelociRaptor, however, has higher areal density platters, more cache, a SATA 6Gb/s interface, and a dual-core controller; all features designed to crank performance up a notch or two.

Submission + - Quiptxt massive privacy fail (

stevegee58 writes: My Google alert on privacy issues returned this tidbit today on reddit:

"QuipText is a service that lets iPhone users send picture messages to others over the internet. The service works by saving the image as a webpage on their server with its own unique URL and then texting the person in question the url. The only problem? They're only using 5 alphanumeric, noncase-sensitive characters for the URL, meaning it can be brute forced in a few seconds."

So all those naughties the users uploaded via this service were pawed through, lulled over and used for harassment of Facebook users.

Comment only unpatched Broadcom NetXtreme w/ circumstances (Score 3, Informative) 49

The summery left that out.

4. How can I find out if my machine is vulnerable?

Any computer using Broadcom NetXtreme chips with ASF activated and configured is vulnerable. Users of such computers should apply the official patches (see 6). Other vendor cards and other cards models are not impacted by this vulnerability. Machines using Broadcom NetXtreme chips when ASF has never been configured (Requires to launch the Broadcom ASF configuration tool) are not vulnerable but patching is highly recommended.

5. How can I protect my computers from such an attack?

If your computer is vulnerable to this attack you can either (in order of preference):

  • 1. apply the vendor patch (see 6) ;
  • 2. deactivate ASF. This should be done using the Broadcom ASF Configuration tool and not by turning off ASF in the BIOS of the machine;
  • 3. configure all your network packet-filters to filter UDP ports used by ASF (623 and 664).

Please note that some operating systems actually deactivate ASF at boot time. Some operating systems or hypervisors might also take advantage of hardware technologies such as Intel Vt-d and AMD I/OMMUs that would limit the impact of the attack.

Submission + - Large Scale PS3 firmware failure.

An anonymous reader writes: From


      1. We're aware that many of you are having problems connecting to PSN, and yes, we're looking into it. Stay tuned for updates.

Feb. 28th 2010 a unknown number of pre 'slim' generation PS3s suffered a 8001050F error and reset their clocks to 12/31/1999. Even PS3 that were not on the network recently suffered this error.
Games with Downloaded Content or using the trophy system were unable to play.

Disabling the internet in the PS3 menu then changing the date manually before loading any games that used DLC or Trophies seemed to avoid this problem.

Submission + - MS Windows 7 Law Enforcement guide on ( 1

HongPong writes: "In a continuation of the excitement around Microsoft's confidential Law Enforcement guide hitting, now several more Law Enforcement Sensitive PDFs about Windows 7 have been posted, including a lot of detailed information about examining BitLocker drive encryption and potentially cracking it: "We can also see the Recovery Key ID number" and a series of hex addresses, it says (win7-bit-spy.pdf p 67). With all the guides Cryptome has posted for PayPal, MySpace, AOL, SKype, Yahoo! & others, one can certainly get a clearer picture of implementations of government demands, but also these training manuals created by the companies clearly illuminate their own intent. Also, who else has had this information? Isn't it deceptive marketing to peddle products with such backdoors or intended weaknesses?"

Submission + - Ubuntu 10.04 adds iPhone and IPOD touch Support ( 2

zaphod777 writes: Among other things in the recent 10.04 Alpha3 release Ubuntu has added support for iPhones and IPOD touch. I know this has been a pain point for many users. Personaly I use an Android phone with Songbird. But I know this will make a lot of people happy.

Hopefully now they will fulfill their promise for a nicer non brown theme but I am not holding my breath. They have made that promise many times before and it doesn't take long to tweak the appearance to the way I like it anyway.

The Media

Linux Action Show Returns 61

BJ writes "The Linux Action Show, the Linux-podcast to end all Linux-podcasts, is returning with their 11th season after over 7 months off the air. Kicking it all off with a live streaming event this Saturday at 5pm. Topics are set to include: Maemo/Moblin merging into Meego, Open Source Nividia drivers with 3D, KDE 4.4 and much, much more."

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