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Comment pragmatic approach (Score 1) 646

We've got the computer in the living room. The occasional porn add or google spam did pop up. We didn't mind since it was obviously accidental on the kids'part but it bothered the kids so they approached me for a solution. Firefox, addblock and foxfiltre help a lot. Registering with google and youtube (dummy account!) and setting the preferences to safe did the rest. They can surf the net without supervision, they know I do random checks of the browser's history and everyone's happy.

Submission + - Google to Warn of DNSChanger Infections (krebsonsecurity.com)

tsu doh nimh writes: Google plans today to begin warning Internet users if their computers show telltale signs of being infected with the DNSChanger Trojan. The company estimates that more than 500,000 systems remain infected with the malware, despite a looming deadline that threatens to quarantine the sick computers from the rest of the Internet. The company said the warning will appear only when a user with an infected system visits a Google search results property (google.com, google.co.uk, etc.), and will include the message, “Your computer appears to be infected.” Google security engineer Damian Menscher said the company expects to notify approximately a half-million users in the first week of the notices.

Submission + - More nuclear meltdowns very likely (scienceblog.com)

mdsolar writes: ""Catastrophic nuclear accidents such as the core meltdowns in Chernobyl and Fukushima are more likely to happen than previously assumed. Based on the operating hours of all civil nuclear reactors and the number of nuclear meltdowns that have occurred, scientists at the Max Planck Institute for Chemistry in Mainz have calculated that such events may occur once every 10 to 20 years (based on the current number of reactors) — some 200 times more often than estimated in the past.

The researchers also determined that, in the event of such a major accident, half of the radioactive caesium-137 would be spread over an area of more than 1,000 kilometres away from the nuclear reactor. Their results show that Western Europe is likely to be contaminated about once in 50 years by more than 40 kilobecquerel of caesium-137 per square meter. According to the International Atomic Energy Agency, an area is defined as being contaminated with radiation from this amount onwards. In view of their findings, the researchers call for an in-depth analysis and reassessment of the risks associated with nuclear power plants.""

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Submission + - Oil Company Neste Tries to Shut Down Parody Site (greenpeace.org)

emakinen writes: "Environmental NGO Greenpeace has been campaiging against Finnish oil company Neste Oil. Recently, they published a parody site www.nestespoil.com about Neste biofuel impact on rain forests. Neste is now trying to shut the parody site down using a trademark complaint to WIPO. Furthermore, the Swedish ISP for Greenpeace, Loopia, has today shut down the original site, according to a newspaper Helsingin Sanomat (in Finnish). In a game of cat and mouse, Greenpeace has already opened a mirror site."

Submission + - Apple's design boss says the best is yet to come (bgr.com)

zacharye writes: During an interview published on Wednesday, Apple’s design boss Jonathan Ive said that his most impressive work at Apple has yet to come. While Apple’s late co-founder and former chief executive Steve Jobs still takes center stage when the company’s current product line is discussed, Jobs’s knack for surrounding himself with an amazing team was one of the key factors that led to Apple’s success. Among the top executives who had a hand in making Apple what it is today — the most valuable company in the world — is Jonathan Ive, senior vice president of Industrial Design at the Cupertino, California-based company. While Ive is one of the executives behind all of Apple’s biggest hits, including the iPhone, iPad and iPod touch, the British designer who will receive knighthood on Wednesday in London says his best work is still buried deep in Apple’s labs...
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Submission + - FCC boss wants to meter the internet (msn.com)

An anonymous reader writes: FCC Commissioner Julius Genachowski has publicly backed usage-based pricing for wired Internet access at the cable industry's annual NCTA Show. He makes the claim that it would drive network efficiency. Currently most Internet service providers charge a flat fee and price their packages based on the speed of the service, while Cellphone providers are reaping record profits by charging based on usage, similar to the way utilities charge for electricity. By switching to this model the Cable companies can increase their profitibility while at the same time blocking consumers from cutting the cord and getting their TV services online. A petition has been created calling for his resignation

Comment So.. Iphone/pad/pod users are idiots? (Score 1) 332

'Can you imagine the support hurricane it would cause if Windows users suddenly needed to download, install, and use 3-4 different apps to sync and manage their media on their iPhone?' That's another way of saying that your customers are so ignorant that this is a task that's beyond them? Either that's a very thinly veiled insult or it's true and says a lot about a large group of users.

Comment Re:Hardly a surprise... (Score 1) 619

Dutch police make mistakes, just like everywhere else. And when a police officer makes a mistake that can have dire consequences. However in this case our police forces wanted to do something, they requested a search warrant. Actually doing something about a minor theft is rare enough that that in itself is almost worth a headline. However for some strange reasons they were not granted a search warrant which is bizarre.

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