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Submission + - Seagate replaces RMA'd 1TB drives with 250GB ones ( 2

galaad2 writes: After announcing the purchase of Samsung's HDD division in April 2011 (and completing the acquisition in December 2011), Seagate is now "managing" the Samsung warranty process by sending 250GB drives as replacement for 1TB Samsung RMA'd hard drives. The Samsung section on the Seagate support forum has some examples, such as

or this


Submission + - Sony changes PSN ToS, adds ILLEGAL terms (

galaad2 writes: Sony has revised its Playstation Network terms of service, forcing users to accept changes that ban subscribers from bringing class action lawsuits if they wish to continue using the PlayStation 3 online gaming network.

However, such a ban is ILLEGAL in the USA because on April 27, 2011, the U.S. Supreme Court held in AT&T Mobility, LLC. v. Concepcion that federal law preempts a California rule that banned class action waivers in arbitration agreements.

In AT&T Mobility v. Concepcion, the Supreme Court determined that the Discover Bank rule is preempted by the Federal Arbitration Act (“FAA”) because it “stands as an obstacle to the accomplishment and execution of the full purposes and objectives of Congress.” Justice Scalia, wrote the majority opinion, joined by Chief Justice Roberts and Justices Alito, Kennedy, and Thomas (who filed a concurring opinion).

The Ninth Circuit had found AT&T’s class-action waiver “unconscionable”.


Submission + - London 2012 Olympics' database held on Excel (

galaad2 writes: The Register: Entire London 2012 Olympics' cultural events database held on Excel! We're all doomed! -

A job vacancy currently advertised on the London Organising Committee of the Olympic Games (LOCOG) website is offering a competitive salary to someone who can maintain and report on data held in Microsoft's spreadsheet software.


Submission + - Scientology founder exposed as a fake ( 1

Anonymouse writes: London, UK — Scientology founder L Ron Hubbard made up his qualifications along with his religion, as shown by secret documents released to the Times —

Department of Health files, some closed until 2019, have been released early to The Times by the National Archives after a successful request under the Freedom of Information Act.

TGDaily ( ) summarizes the Times article very well: "Hubbard bought a sham college and then awarded himself a PhD from it, according to files released by the National Archives after a request by the paper under the Freedom of Information Act."

In a signed statement amongst the documents, one of Hubbard's collaborators wrote: "The position is L Ron Hubbard [and others] acquired premises somewhere in Los Angeles which they had registered as a university called Sequoia and immediately awarded each other doctorates."

Hardware Hacking

Submission + - APPLE KEYBOARDS infected with keylogger firmware ( 2

Anonymouse writes: APPLE KEYBOARDS are vulnerable to a hack that puts keyloggers and malware directly into the keyboard's firmware. This could be a serious problem, and now that the presentation and code is out there, the bad guys will surely be exploiting it.

The vulnerability was discovered by K. Chen, and he gave a talk on it at Blackhat this year ( ). The concept is simple, a modern Apple keyboard has about 8K of flash memory, and 256 bytes of working ram. For the intelligent, this is more than enough space to have a field day. It is completely remotely exploitable, and almost impossible to remove, especially if you don't know it is there.



Submission + - Riot police raid facebook user's birthday barbecue ( 1

Anonymouse writes: "The police spend their time trawling our private information on Facebook looking for criminals, Welcome to 1984:

Riot police stormed a man's 30th birthday barbecue for 15 guests because it was advertised as an "all-night" party on Facebook.

Four police cars, a riot van, and a force helicopter were dispatched to a privately-owned field in a small village near Sowton, Devon in the UK on Saturday, ordering the party shut down or everyone would be arrested.
The birthday barbecue was busted up before they even had a chance to plug the music in, reports the BBC ( )

It was about 4pm when eight officers with camouflage pants and body armor jumped out of their vehicles and ordered everyone out about an hour into the party. [...] The police had full-on camouflage trousers on and body-armour, it was ridiculous. There were also several plain-clothes officers as well [...] they kept on insisting it has been advertised it as an all-night rave on the internet. The times on it were put as "overnight" in case people wanted to sleep-over, but after being explained this they were still banging on saying it was advertised on the internet. They wouldn't accept it wasn't a rave. It was in a completely isolated field."

It's funny.  Laugh.

Submission + - Best Ambush Marketing at the Beijing Olympics (

galaad2 writes: Adidas pays around $80 million to be a sponsor of the Olympics and Li Ning gets to carry in the torch, practically burning much of that $80 million and advertising his company for free.

Li Ning isn't just China's most famous gymnast. He's also created the most popular Chinese shoe company, Li-Ning. This year, they're outfitting tons of Olympians, like Argentina's basketball squad, Tanzania's track & field athletes and even China's ping pong players. But they're not an official Olympic sponsor, which means a diminished role for the company in terms of domestic and international advertising during the Games.

So you can imagine how executives at Adidas must have felt when Li Ning stole the biggest moment in the entire Opening Ceremonies. A billion people in China saw him running across the rafters at the Bird's Nest and thought not just of the gymnast but also of his shoes.

This entire country was tuned into the Opening Ceremonies, and worldwide, millions more saw Li Ning light the torch and learned that he owns a shoe company. Even the best Clydesdale ad at the Super Bowl doesn't reach 100 million people.



Submission + - Sears at it again: burglar's reference (

Anonymouse Coooward writes: "CA has another scoop on Sears:

Sears' site allows any burglar to case a home from the comfort of their armchair and provide them with everything they'd need to bluff their way through picking it up for a "recall".

quotes from TFA:

Once you register, you can look up major purchases for ANY address. All you need to do is enter a name, address and phone number and if the person attached to that info has made a major purchase at sears you get that info!! They have no real controls in place — you have to enter an onscreen code and they say that keeps your info safe, but that does not stop someone from entering other people's contact info to see their product purchases.

I checked this out, and sure enough, in about 2 minutes I was looking at every purchase my parents had made since 1989. What's worse, I had used no more info than is publicly listed in the phone book: their name, address, and telephone number. Once you have an account at and have logged in, select the first option (Home Profile) from the "Home" pull-down menu on the main page. In the upper right corner of the page, you should see a "Sears Purchase History", with a button labeled "Find my Products". The only information they asked for when I followed that button was a name, phone number, and address.

If you had major dealings with Sears, that information is now available to the public, from a television bought in 1978 to a stove which was purchased elsewhere but had been repaired by a Sears technician."


Submission + - Dracula's Castle for sale in Romania: price $77m

galaad2 writes: Want to own the real castle that was the source of all the vampire stories? Want to have your very own vampire castle? Here's your chance!

The Transylvanian castle of Vlad the Impaler, the inspiration for Bram Stoker's Count Dracula, is on sale for £40 million [] (around 77 million dollars).

Bran Castle [], near the historic city of Brasov, in central Romania, is one of the country's most popular tourist destinations because of its association with 15th-century Prince Vlad Tepes III, also known as the Impaler for his favoured method of executing opponents.

The local town council has preemption rights, they have 30 days to review the offer, and then the property will be put on the market.

Extra info: wikipedia article about Bran Castle

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