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Submission + - Boyfriend tracker app pulled from Google App store on privacy concerns (ibtimes.com) 1

twitnutttt writes: The NSA may be monitoring your phone and email, and retailers may be striving to automatically recognize you in their stores, but your girlfriend may be your biggest privacy threat right now. After 50,000 downloads since launch, the Brazilian "Boyfriend Tracker" app has been pulled from Google Play. It allows suspicious girlfriends to "obtain a call history, receive any incoming or outgoing text messages, identify a partner’s location on a map using GPS, and can [sic] turn on the phone to listen in to the surrounding environment. The app also lets users know when a phone is turned off or set to Airplane Mode." The various options are controlled via text message codes. If you have to track him, you probably should dump him.
Google

Submission + - Postini Blacklisted

tlabus writes: It has come to my attention that Postini, Google SPAM filtering service, has itself been blacklisted on RBL's. I just find this very ironic. Here is my returned message.

Delivery to the following recipient failed permanently:

        an email address here

Technical details of permanent failure:
Google tried to deliver your message, but it was rejected by the recipient domain. We recommend contacting the other email provider for further information about the cause of this error. The error that the other server returned was: 554 554 5.7.1 Blocked for SPAM: 64.18.2.106 found in dnsbl-2.uceprotect.net (see http://www.uceprotect.net/en/rblcheck.php?ipr=64.18.2.106) (state 14).

Submission + - NYPD db glitch: 50 raids on same house in 8 years 1

Freshly Exhumed writes: Cheesecake in hand, the New York Police Commissioner personally apologized for the 50 or so mistaken, door-pounding visits that police have made to the home of a bewildered elderly Brooklyn couple in the past eight years as a direct result of a glitch in computer records. The snafu started in 2002, when police used the Brooklyn address as part of what Browne called "random material" to test an automated computer system that tracks crime complaints and records of other internal police information. When the test data was supposedly purged, the elderly couple's address had apparently already migrated to other databases in an active status. Despite assurances that the address has now been 'flagged' to prevent further such harrowing visits, the skeptical home owners are insisting on an official letter, dubious that such a long-standing problem could be fixed in a day: 'It seems like too simple a correction for something that has been going on for eight years'

Submission + - Scientists Use Sex-Crazed Bugs as Pesticide (inhabitat.com)

ByronScott writes: In today’s “gross news” category, some female insects just might be getting lucky. As an alternative to toxic pesticides, scientists at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem have created “super-sexed” sterilized male leafhoppers to knock bug boots with females in the wild, resulting in decreased populations. Yes, that means that the female bugs will miss out on the joys of motherhood, but the idea that the insects will be having some fun instead of being gassed to death by poisons is pretty cool.
Security

Submission + - SPAM: Chuck Norris botnet karate-chops routers hard

alphadogg writes: If you haven't changed the default password on your home router, you may be in for an unwanted visit from Chuck Norris — the Chuck Norris botnet, that is. Discovered by Czech researchers, the botnet has been spreading by taking advantage of poorly configured routers and DSL modems, according to Jan Vykopal, the head of the network security department with Masaryk University's Institute of Computer Science in Brno, Czech Republic. The malware got the Chuck Norris moniker from a programmer's Italian comment in its source code: "in nome di Chuck Norris," which means "in the name of Chuck Norris." Norris is a U.S. actor best known for his martial arts films such as "The Way of the Dragon" and "Missing in Action."

Security experts say that various types of botnets like Kneber [spam URL stripped] have infected millions of computers worldwide to date, but Chuck Norris is unusual in that it infects DSL modems and routers rather than PCs.

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Privacy

Submission + - Woman Seeks Husband For Health Insurance (singularityhub.com) 3

kkleiner writes: Terri Carlson is willing to marry you for your healthcare. This 45 year old woman suffers from a genetic condition, C4 Complement Deficiency, which causes her body to attack itself (similar to Lupus). Faced with skyrocketing health costs, and unable to get insurance (she’s currently on COBRA), Terri did the only thing she could do: she built a website and got on YouTube. Carlson’s situation challenges the courts under a statute already on the books: GINA. The Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act of 2008 keeps insurance companies from using genetic data to deny you coverage.
Microsoft

Submission + - Office 2003 Bug Locks Owners Out (techflash.com)

I Don't Believe in Imaginary Property writes: "A Microsoft Office 2003 bug is locking people out of their own files, specifically those protected with Microsoft's Rights Management Service. Microsoft has a TechNet bulletin on the issue with a fix. It looks like they screwed up and let a certificate expire. There's no information on when the replacement certificate will expire, though, or what will happen then."
Microsoft

Submission + - Internet explorer dead 4 years from now...? (ra-ajax.org)

An anonymous reader writes: If you take the data from W3Schools, put it into a graph and interpolate the trends Internet Explorer is dead 4 years from now. Too good to be true...?
Earth

Submission + - Plant a tree with Internet Explorer

justamember writes: Not only is Internet Explorer the best browser out there, but it will now apparently also plant a tree. Visitors to this site:

http://www.carbongrove.com/

can save the planet by planting a tree.

You can change the user agent string to gain access, of course, but try and barge in through the front door using a non Microsoft browser, and you will be given a polite message telling you that you can come back and save the planet when you run Windows. You also get an opportunity to download Silverlight once you've planted your tree.
Education

Submission + - SPAM: Genius IQ 7 Proven Ways To Improve Your IQ And Boo

drazhardaud writes: "Genius IQ person should already know how to improve your present Genius IQ. It s easy when you know how. It will take some effort on your part to improve your genius IQ. But you are already smart enough to know that. The thing is, do you want to know how to improve your genius IQ just so you can be a little bit smarter, or do you really want to go the whole hog and find out how to become a genius, with a genius IQ score to boot?"
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Space

Submission + - Coolest Aprils-fool in Norweigian TV-commercial (youtube.com)

Anonymous Hipopotamous writes: This commercial was aired on Norweigian TV on 1st of April. Knowing it is an Aprilsfool you easily see that the people interviewed are only acting, but think yourself in the position of someone watching TV unaware of the acting. Who would suspect such a wellproduced documentary would be just a spoof? The first actual spoof on April 1: http://youtube.com/watch?v=hgbtVR2Qrco Next day this "despoofer" was aired: http://youtube.com/watch?v=HUUJlo-itFo
The Internet

Submission + - TimeWarner sends 12 techs to house (sibylleandthomas.info)

ThomasDR writes: "We have internet with Time Warner's RoadRunner service.
They have a feature they call 'Extreme' supposed to deliver 10mbps to your home. It is advertised, and billed as such. A talk with some of their tech people revealed that the server in my area can deliver only up to 8mbps, so advertising is stretching their capability by 20%.

We have an average of 2.5mbps in practice. TimeWarner has dispatched 12 technicians to rectify the problem; While failing they have delivered the following gems:
  • Can you sign up my work sheet? My friend is waiting for me to go to lunch
  • to have high speed, you need a fixed IP
  • 3mbps is fast enough!
  • why don't you sign up for a slower service? That way you will pay for what you have right now
  • I removed the old cable, but I dont have the right drill to put the new one so I cannot finish today
  • this is a free world, there are other internet providers. If we havent managed to fix it so far, it will continue
  • I see the problem, it is the splitter! (a new splitter later) I have no idea why it doesn't work
  • Do you know a website to check the speed?
  • it's the router causing the problem! (I show the router is not plugged in) I have to call my supervisor to see if he knows
  • It doesnt rain anymore, so your internet will be fine!
  • Why do you have a router if you dont use wireless?
  • the wireless signal is slower, thats why its slow (no its not slower and I dont even use it)

The whole story is available at: sibylleandthomas.info"

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