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Submission + - Cory Doctorow on the next iPhone's missing headphone jack (

harrymcc writes: It now seems all but certain that the next iPhones, to be announced next month, will ditch the standard headphone jack. Fast Company's Mark Sullivan talked about the switch with author and EFF adviser Cory Doctorow, who thinks it could lead to music companies leveraging DRM to exert more control over what consumers can do with their music.

Comment Not the worst problem... (Score 5, Insightful) 90

Sadly the error message wasn't the worst problem that app had. No multiple accounts. No use of the Important Message feature. I've heard tags could be accessed by swiping right but that never worked for me and seems t have been an issue for many other users as well. Not to mention the whole app felt like a rushed kludge job of half baked ideas, and very inconsistant user interface. Not to mention it was far slower than just using the web site or Apple's own mail app. I think it needs a lot more work before they bother to resubmit it to the iOS app store.


Submission + - Are We Ready for a True Data Disaster? (

snydeq writes: "Fatal Exception's Neil McAllister questions how long we can go before a truly catastrophic data disaster strikes. 'The lure of potential profits in the information economy, combined with the apparent ease with which data can be gathered and a lack of regulation, creates a climate of recklessness in which a "data spill" of the scale of the Deepwater Horizon incident seems not just likely, but inevitable.' Witness Google mistakenly emailing potentially sensitive business data to customers of its Local Business Center service, or the 1.5 million Facebook accounts and passwords recently offered up on an underground hacking forum. 'These incidents seem relatively minor, but as companies gather ever more individually identifiable data and cross-reference these databases in new and more innovative ways, the potential for a major catastrophe grows.' Worse, the recent casual indifference of Eric Schmidt and Mark Zuckerberg regarding the personal privacy is reminiscent of the robber barons of old. 'Last week, a characteristically glib Eric Schmidt told attendees of Google's annual Zeitgeist Forum in Europe that "what really matters is actual harm," not the potential for harm. 'The question is, who gets to define what is harmful and what is legitimate business practice? So far, government has declined to take on that role.'"

Submission + - Disabling Javascript doesn't mitigate PDF Zero-day (

zonky writes: It turns out that Disabling JavaScript in Acrobat Reader doesn't totally mitigate the Zero-day Adbobe bug, according to Secunia in this blog posting: While disabling JavaScript does defeat the publicly known exploits, Secunia managed to create a reliable, fully working exploit which does not use JavaScript and can therefore successfully compromise users, who may think they are safe because JavaScript support has been disabled. Oh well. Only 14 days to go until a Adobe patch.
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Submission + - SPAM: 15 real ways to secure teleworkers

coondoggie writes: "Security continues to be one of the top bugaboos to letting employees telecommute. As gas prices have stayed high and the economy continues to drive itself into the ground, telecommuting continues to be a viable and cost-effective way for companies to keep employees connected to the home office, but at what price? Lost laptops? Network hacks? Stolen data? Certainly telecommuting isn't to blame for all of these seemingly daily occurrences. It is into this environment that the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) recently updated what many consider to be the bible on maintaining teleworker data security. "In terms of remote access security, everything has changed in the last few years. Many Web sites plant malware and spyware onto computers, and most networks used for remote access contain threats but aren't secured against them," says Karen Scarfone of NIST's Computer Security Division in a release. Above all, an organization's policy should be to expect trouble and plan for it. [spam URL stripped]"
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