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Submission + - UK Man Jailed for Trolling (bbc.co.uk)

punkedmonkey writes: ""A Berkshire man has been jailed for posting abusive messages online about a schoolgirl after she committed suicide.
Sean Duffy, 25, of Reading, was handed an 18-week sentence for posts on social networking sites about Worcester teenager Natasha MacBryde.

The charges related to Facebook and YouTube posts about Miss MacBryde, 15, who Duffy had never met.""

The Courts

Submission + - Man jailed for trolling (bbc.co.uk) 1

Xest writes: A man in the UK has been jailed for just over 4 months for trolling, and has also been given an order banning him from using social networking sites for 5 years. The trolling in question involved insulting a person who committed suicide by jumping in front a train by posting offensive remarks on a page dedicated to her memory, and creating a YouTube parody of Thomas the Tank with the deceased girls face in place of Thomas'.

Is it about time trolling to this extent saw this kind of punishment, or is this punishment simply too harsh for someone who perhaps didn't realise how seriously his actions would be taken by the authorities?

Google

Wolfram Alpha vs. Google — Results Vary 255

wjousts writes "Technology Review has an article comparing various search results from Wolfram Alpha and Google. Results vary. For example, searching 'Microsoft Apple' in Alpha returns data comparing both companies stock prices, whereas Google top results are news stories mentioning both companies. However, when searching for '10 pounds kilograms,' Alpha rather unhelpfully assumes you want to multiply 10 pounds by 1 kilogram, whereas Google directs you to sites for metric conversions. Change the query to '10 pounds in kilograms' and both give you the result you'd expect (i.e. 4.536 kg)."
Security

Submission + - Kaminsky's slides from Black Hat

harlows_monkeys writes: Dan Kaminsky has released his slides from his presentation at Black Hat. The presentation goes beyond the details of the attack (which were guessed and leaked earlier) and goes into the things you can do with it, alone and in combination with other flaws. The scope is breathtaking, and goes way beyond just sending browsers to the wrong site.
Security

Submission + - DNS flaw: it hits more than just the web (theinquirer.net)

gringer writes: Dan Kaminsky presented at the Black Hat conference in Las Vegas on Wednesday, and said that the DNS vulnerability he discovered is much more dangerous than most have appreciated. Besides hijacking web browsers, hackers might attack email services and spam filters, FTP, Rsync, BitTorrent, Telnet, SSH, as well as SSL services. Ultimately it's not a question of which systems can be attacked by exploiting the flaw, but rather which ones cannot. Then again, it could just be hype. For more information, see Kaminsky's power point presentation.
The Internet

Submission + - Outage hits Amazon S3 storage service (networkworld.com)

jbrodkin writes: "Amazon S3 went down Friday morning, causing numerous problems in Web applications that rely on the online storage service, including Twitter and Tumblr. A "massive (500) internal server error" began around 4:30 a.m. PST and was resolved within three hours, but there seem to be lingering effects. On a message board hosted by Amazon for developers, an Amazon employee told developers at 9:09 PST "we are currently seeing slightly elevated error rates for some customers and are actively working to resolve this." Developers complained about the inconvenience. "The S3 service is great but this just proves you can't rely on it," one poster said. "This is a major issue especially since it's been down for so long. Way to go Amazon." Amazon officials have not yet explained the cause of the outage."
Technology (Apple)

Submission + - All MacBooks capable of the Air's Multi-Touch (t3.com)

Stuff Magazine writes: "Contrary to what was believed earlier, the MultiTouch functionality built into the new MacBook Air is software-based, Apple told our friends at T3 Magazine. This is despite the Air sharing a processing chip with the iPhone — Which means we may soon see a software update to current MacBooks, opening up for Multi-Touch support across the whole Apple portable range."
The Internet

Submission + - Ebay to remove negative feedback for buyers (bbc.co.uk)

An anonymous reader writes: The BBC is reporting that Ebay is to remove the option for sellers to leave negative feedback for their customers. This surely significantly shifts the balance of power in the transaction towards the buyer. Have you ever wanted to leave negative feedback, but been afraid of the same being given back to you? Will this make sellers more honest?
Security

Submission + - Physicist calculates trajectory of tiger at SF zoo (arxivblog.com) 1

KentuckyFC writes: "Is it really possible for a 350 pound tiger to leap a 12.5 foot barrier from 33 feet away? A physicist at Northeastern University has done the math, a straightforward problem in ballistics, and the answer turns out to be yes (abstract on the physics arXiv). But I guess we already knew that following the death of Carlos Souza at the hands of Tatiana, a Siberian Tiger he had allegedly been taunting at San Francisco zoo at the end of last year."
Transportation

Submission + - General Motors: Driverless cars ready by 2018

Gregor Stipicic writes: " Cars that drive themselves — even parking at their destination — could be ready for sale within a decade, General Motors Corp. executives say. "This is not science fiction," Larry Burns, GM's vice president for research and development, said in a recent interview. GM plans to use an inexpensive computer chip and an antenna to link vehicles equipped with driverless technologies. The first use likely would be on highways; people would have the option to choose a driverless mode while they still would control the vehicle on local streets, Burns said. He said the company plans to test driverless car technology by 2015 and have cars on the road around 2018. "

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