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Submission + - White House must answer petition to "Build Death Star" (

EdIII writes: The White House petition to secure funding for building the Death Star has garnered 25,499 petitions, meaning the White House must officially respond.

I can't wait for the response... but my question to Slashdot readers is what modifications would you add to the proposed Death Star?

Obviously, as one journalist put it, "guardrails around any of the facility's seemingly endless number of bridges, spans, shafts and pits"


Submission + - Japan police offers first-ever reward for wanted hacker (

alphadogg writes: Japanese police are looking for an individual who can code in C#, uses a "Syberian Post Office" to make anonymous posts online, and knows how to surf the web without leaving any digital tracks — and they're willing to pay. It is the first time that Japan's National Police Agency has offered a monetary reward for a wanted hacker, or put so much technical detail into one of its wanted postings. The NPA will pay up to $36,000, the maximum allowed under its reward system. The case is an embarrassing one for the police, in which earlier this year 4 individuals were wrongly arrested after their PCs were hacked and used to post messages on public bulletin boards. The messages included warnings of plans for mass killings at an elementary school posted to a city website.

Submission + - Microsoft Investigating IE Mouse Tracking Flaw, Says Users Not Affected Yet

An anonymous reader writes: News broke on Wednesday of a new Internet Explorer vulnerability that allows an attacker to track your mouse cursor anywhere on the screen, even if the browser isn’t being actively used. On Thursday, Microsoft confirmed it is looking into the issue and denied reports that the flaw is already being exploited. “We are currently investigating this issue, but to date there are no reports of active exploits or customers that have been adversely affected,” a Microsoft spokesperson told TNW. “We will provide additional information as it becomes available and will take the appropriate action to protect our customers.”

Comment Re:My Ad hominem. (Score 2, Insightful) 82

"To put it short, I've no need for any other operating systems like Ubuntu or Mac OS, and some software I need is available only under Windows. " Just because he runs Win7 does not mean his opinions are meaningless. He runs one of the largest computer security companies in the world... I think his opinion outweighs yours.

Submission + - Microsoft is sticking with do not track decision (

Dupple writes: Microsoft Corp. (MSFT) is sticking with a decision to make it harder to track users’ online behavior, earning plaudits from privacy groups while drawing fire from the advertisers its money-losing Web unit needs most.
After months of criticism that the new tools cut off valuable customer-targeting information, the software maker has no plans to change the automatic setting in its newest Internet Explorer browser that tells websites not to track user behavior, General Counsel Brad Smith said in an interview.
“We crossed the Rubicon and are completely comfortable being on the other side of the river,” he said. “We have no intention of going back and have no intention of engaging in discussion on that possibility.” Smith will provide an update on the company’s position today in a blog posting.

Association of National Advertisers President and CEO Bob Liodice said his group opposes the decision to turn on the signal by default, even after Microsoft made some changes that make the setting clearer to users.

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