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Comment Bad Assumption (Score 1) 869

"... If you don't like the facts presented on the sites of established news organizations...." Unfortunately this statement assumes that the established news organizations are interested in finding and presenting the objective truth, which, as we know, is not an accurate assumption at all.

Submission + - Facebook's Future: More Kooobfaces and Malware (threatpost.com)

Trailrunner7 writes: Threatspost has an interview with Facebook's first malware researcher, Nick Bilogorskiy. "Working as Facebook's resident malware researcher is a lonely job, for now. But Nick Bilogorskiy doesn't expect it to stay that way. In fact, Facebook's biggest security challenge will be building up its capabilities to identify and tamp down malware infections like the 2009 Koobface worm. Speaking at the annual Virus Bulletin Conference in Vancouver, Bilogorskiy said that the company, which has doubled in size in the last year, has made progress in fighting malware and malicious hackers, including the Koobface gang. But the challenges to the burgeoning network are enormous, as users begin to share more content and transact business using Facebook.

While Facebook is considering adding features like stronger, multi faction authentication, Bilogorskiy said that the company is wary of adding too much "friction" into the user experience.

"When we err, it's on the side of letting the user be in control," he said. "Security is a top priority, and needs to be balanced with useability and convenience. We want to make the site as easy to use as possible."


Submission + - Astronomers Find Most Earthlike Planet to Date (sciencemag.org)

sciencehabit writes: Survivalists take note. Astronomers may have found the most Earthlike alien planet to date, and it's located only short distance away, cosmically speaking. The team says that the planet's proximity to its sun, coupled with the ease with which it was detected, suggests that the galaxy could be teeming with habitable worlds.

Submission + - Ex-CIA Boss Wants Internet Kill Switch (techdirt.com)

An anonymous reader writes: Michael Hayden, the former boss of the CIA has said that it makes sense to give the federal government an internet kill switch because "cyberterrorism" is just that serious. Of course, it's not clear how shutting down a tool that was designed to stay up in the event of a catastrophic attack actually helps anyone, but there must be some reason.... Oh, did we mention that Hayden now works for the Chertoff Group — a security firm of ex-gov't honchos who now make money from keeping everyone scared?

Submission + - More Fake News is Appearing on TV (latimes.com)

An anonymous reader writes: The LA Times has a report on 'fake news' that's rather disturbing. More and more companies, including General Motors, Intel, Pfizer, General Mills and Victoria's Secret have been putting out 'video news releases' which are thinly-veiled advertisements that have gotten hundreds of runs on local TV stations with nothing to disclose their source. So a news station might run a segment on the summer's 'hottest cars' that only mentions GM vehicles and which was produced by GM, without bothering to state the fact that GM authored the video. While the FCC & FTC has occasionally made noises about someday cracking down on the practice, they haven't actually done much of anything yet and advertisers are fighting back against proposed rules about disclosing advertising connections, saying that such things would infringe upon their artistic freedom.

Submission + - 'Pre-crime' Comes to the HR Dept. (earthweb.com)

storagedude writes: Like something out of the Steven Spielberg movie Minority Report, a startup called Social Intelligence is mining social media to weed out job applicants based on their potential for violence, drug abuse or just plain bad judgment. The startup also combs sites like Facebook and Twitter to monitor current employees, presumably to monitor compliance with company social media policy, but as the criteria are company-defined, anything's possible. Just one more reason to watch what you post, folks.

Submission + - Chinese 'Apple Peel' turns iPods into iPhones (idg.com.au)

angry tapir writes: "The Apple Peel 520, a Chinese-developed product that drew the media's attention for being able to turn an iPod Touch into an iPhone-like device, is coming to America. The add-on device, which just went on sale in China, has been billed as a more affordable option for users wanting to get their hands on an iPhone, but lack the budget."

Submission + - Google Patents Browser Cloud Sync (conceivablytech.com) 1

An anonymous reader writes: Google has been granted a patent that covers the synchronization of browser specific user data via a web service. Described as a “Method and system for transferring web browser data between web browsers”, the patent describes the general approach of transferring application-specific data between applications, and especially the way how web browser data is exchanged between web browsers. This feature is currently used in Google Chrome and is also making its way in Mozilla’s Firefox 4 and Firefox Home.

Submission + - Rumors Of Tim Cook As HP's Next CEO Getting Louder (crn.com)

cgriffin21 writes: Rumors that Apple COO Tim Cook will be named to fill the vacant CEO position at Hewlett-Packard brought shares of Apple down more than 5 percent on Tuesday morning. However, Brian Marshal, an analyst from Gleacher & Co. who claims to have discussed the matter with Cook, told Barron's that Cook is staying put at Apple. Cook is the head of Apple's global sales and operations, including end-to-end supply chain management, as well as global sales, services, and support. As the head of Apple's Macintosh division, Cook also has experience working with resellers and suppliers in the channel.

Submission + - Father of Java, James Gosling unloads

javab0y writes: The folks over at basementcoders (http://basementcoders.com) did a podcast with James Gosling, The Father of Java, last week at a coffee shop in San Francisco during the JavaOne conference. In a raw and no-holds-barred interview, James let loose on Oracle, the Google Lawsuit, and his experience with IBM. You know its going to be good when he starts out saying "I eventually graduated in '83. Went to work for IBM which is, you know, is within the top 10 of my stuipidist career decisions I've made". The podcast was fully transcribed and can be found at http://www.basementcoders.com/transcripts/James_Gosling_Transcript.html.

Submission + - Film industry wants to sell $30 PPV movies (bloomberg.com) 3

MSRedfox writes: Major film companies are in talks to try and sell $30 PPV viewings of movies between box office openings and DVD sales. Their idea to offset declining DVD sales is charge outrageous prices to view the film on your home TV. One has to wonder where paying double the price of a new Blu-ray release is considered a deal for a single time viewing at home.

Submission + - Censorship in India: No MMS or SMS messaging (hindu.com)

Itesh writes: NEW DELHI: The Centre on Wednesday banned all bulk SMS and MMS across India for next 72 hours with immediate effect in view of the impending verdict on Ramjanambhoomi-Babri Masjid title suits by the Special Lucknow Bench of the Allahabad High Court, scheduled for Friday.

As for the reason why:
The Home Ministry has asked the Department of Telecom to issue such directions following apprehensions from the intelligence agencies that anti-social elements and rumour-mongers could use SMS and MMS services to create tensions and disrupt peace in the country, particularly in communally-sensitive cities and towns.

Comment Re:Ellison's an Idiot (Score 1) 326

Just a follow-up. I think this statement by Ellison also shows his commitment to his employees -- basically zero. What Ellison doesn't realize is that he did not single-handedly build Oracle. Jobs did not single-handedly build Apple, and Hurd did not single-handedly build HP. They all had a group of dedicated and committed employees that did it. So I feel sorry for Oracle employees -- sorry that your CEO can't see your contributions because his big inflated ego gets in the way.

Comment Ellison's an Idiot (Score 1) 326

So what he's saying is that HP shouldn't enforce it's standards of business conduct even when the HP CEO breaks them? Interesting. Hm. Goes to show you the kind of person Ellison is...dollars over integrity. And that's what the problem is with all of society. I'm just glad that HP's board values integrity over the almighty dollar. They have set an example for the rest of the industry. My guess is that no other company but HP has the guts to stand up for it's values and it's integrity. Obviously the Oracle board doesn't, if the "No stranger himself to sexual harassment allegations" statement is to be believed.

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