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Halo Reach Leaked To Filesharing Sites 160

Stoobalou writes "What appears to be the full version of Bungie's Halo Reach game has turned up on a number of file sharing sites. The hotly-anticipated multi-player shooter had been hosted on a private area of the Microsoft Live site in order for journalists to preview the release, but Microsoft has admitted that a security breach has meant that pirates have been able to bypass personal download codes given to writers. Disk images of the game are now appearing on a number of public torrent and P2P sites as well as on popular NZB aggregators and Usenet binaries newsgroups." The game isn't due to be released until September 14th. Microsoft is said to be "aggressively pursuing" whoever grabbed the files without their permission.

Comment Re:VHF/UHF are mainly line of sight (Score 2, Informative) 376

And keep in mind 911 doesn't work on Iridium so have some numbers programmed in. The cell phone revolution seems to have rendered actually remembering someone's phone number a lost art.

This is untrue. 911 does work on Iridium and is handled by an outsourced company called Intrado. Additionally, you do not need an active account or SIM for 911 to work. Which makes an Iridium Sat phone a great emergency back-country tool.


Tower Switch-Off Embarrasses Electrosensitives 292

Sockatume writes "Residents in Craigavon, South Africa complained of '[h]eadaches, nausea, tinnitus, dry burning itchy skins, gastric imbalances and totally disrupted sleep patterns' after an iBurst communications tower was put up in a local park. Symptoms subsided when the residents left the area, often to stay with family and thus evade their suffering. At a public meeting with the afflicted locals, the tower's owners pledged to switch off the mast immediately to assess whether it was responsible for their ailments. One problem: the mast had already been switched off for six weeks. Lawyers representing the locals say their case against iBurst will continue on other grounds."

Submission + - Top ways to fix your online reputation

coondoggie writes: "If you don't like what you find or see about yourself on the Web there's a growing community of companies that can expunge or at least water -down the bad stuff and save your reputation — for a price of course. The need for such services is exemplified in a story I wrote recently about the woman in Pennsylvania who is suing Millersville University claiming that her teaching career was derailed by college administrators who unfairly disciplined her over a MySpace photo that shows her wearing a pirate hat and drinking from a plastic cup. The Photo was captioned: Drunken Pirate. Now she could have used one of these services. Without a doubt everyone from prospective employers to your next date are looking you up online, so what can you do? Here's a list of companies that may be able to help out: 1"

Submission + - The Pirate Bay hacked, passwords stolen

thefickler writes: Registered members of The Pirate Bay, Internet site that claims to be "the world's largest BitTorrent tracker," will certainly wake up to a surprise this morning to read that their usernames and passwords were stolen by a group of hackers, according to

Ironically, the security hole that allowed the hackers to obtain access was not through the tracker itself, but through The Pirate Bay's official blog.

"Some people (and yes, we know who) found a security hole on our web site (in fact, actually in this blog)," said BKP on The Pirate Bay blog. "They have got a copy of the user database. That is, your username and passwords."

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