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Submission + - Pirate Bay earns 20,000 Euros a day ( 2

An anonymous reader writes: controverisal pro-piracy website the piratebay likes to portray itself as an innocent hobby site that provides a free index without censorship, but recent facts show that the site is earning up to 20,000 Euros per day from its advertising. Taking in money on this scale puts a different slant on the motives behind the Swedish filesharing site, and could open up the runners of the site to prosecution for profiting from copyright infringement.

Submission + - New Tool Automates Webmail Account Hijacks (

An anonymous reader writes: A pair of software tools demonstrated at the Black Hat security conference today automate the interception of cookie files transmitted over a wireless network that allow attackers to hijack accounts for Gmail, Hotmail, Facebook and a number of other Web 2.0 services,'s Security Fix reports. From the story: "the attack works even if victims subsequently change their passwords, or actively sign out of their accounts. However, attackers would be unable to change the victim's password, as all of the above-named services force the user to reenter the current password before changing it to a new one."
Hardware Hacking

Submission + - PS3 v 360 End of All arguments

Mansoor writes: "DPAD as has put up some long stuff to close once and for all the PS# vs XBox360 (XBox360 vs PS3) discussion. Both the 360 and PS3's CPUs are heavily stripped down compared to what most of us are probably using on our desktop computers to view this article. Both consoles are labeled as 3.2GHZ, but they don't offer performance comparable to that of a typical Athlon 64 3200+ or better than even an Athlon XP 2800+ CPU. The CPUs inside the Xbox 360 and PS3 are "In-Order Execution" CPUs with narrow execution cores, whereas what we use on our computers are classified as "Out-of-Order Execution" CPUs with wider execution cores"
It's funny.  Laugh.

Submission + - Russia Bans Borat

Paralizer writes: The mockumentary Borat, which earned an estimated $26.45 million dollars on its opening weekend, has been denied by the Russia's Federal Culture and Cinematography Agency from showing in Russian theaters. FTA: "The movie, "Borat: Cultural Learnings of America for Make Benefit Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan," about a misogynistic, wife-beating Kazakh journalist with a penchant for mustaches, thus becomes one of the first non-pornographic films to be banned since the breakup of the Soviet Union."

Submission + - Windows Chief Suggests Vista Won't Need Antivirus

LadyDarth writes: "During a telephone conference with reporters yesterday, outgoing Microsoft co-president Jim Allchin, while touting the new security features of Windows Vista, which was released to manufacturing yesterday, told a reporter that the system's new lockdown features are so capable and thorough that he was comfortable with his own seven-year-old son using Vista without antivirus software installed."

Submission + - VoIP Hardware

An anonymous reader writes: Dear Slashdot,
It seems in this uber-age world that voip is becomming a prevalent and developing technology. Having paid attention to scene for the past few years, our favorite US network components providers (D-Link, Linksys, Uniden) are jumping to the bit to create voip hardware targeted to the masses, which is welcome competition to mystery-name OEM products. However, despite vendor interest, almost every single piece of neat new VoIP hardware seems to be married to some provider, be it Skype, Packet8, Vonage, Broadvoice or otherwise; with the former swallowing most of the goodies. What kind of glitz and glamour devices can I use at home with my asterisk server? Is there anything new and awesome that hasn't been swallowed whole by the telephony 'man? Will the future of VoIP be owned by mothership companies? AT&VoIP?

Wii and PS3 Camp-Out Guide 120

An anonymous reader writes "A Wordpress blogger wrote up a guide to camping out on launch day. From the article: 'This is a download of my experience of over twenty-plus years of gaming and having been a part of six console launch days. No, I've never had to stand on line without knowing that my system was reserved. But I've spoken to enough people and accumulated enough knowledge to share. And with that said, here's my list of guidelines to insure that your camp-out in front of Best Buy, Target, Circuit City or Toys R Us is safe and not in vain.' Good luck to all the readers waiting outside for a PS3 or Wii next week." A lot of it is common-sense, but he has some good advice on pre-planning.

Submission + - Iraq invasion sim from 1999 warned of problems

skelator2821 writes: Scary that they didnt take this report into consideration.. A secret US wargame called Desert Crossing produced during the Clinton era showed that an invasion and post-war presence in Iraq would require around 400,000 troops — about three times the number of troops stationed there now. Even with those resources, according to simulation output, the mission could result in chaos. s.ap/index.html Link to the George Washington University's National Security online document archives: B207/index.htm
The Almighty Buck

Submission + - Is the GoDaddy "domain ransom" legal?

Josh Rehman writes: "To put it in the simplest terms, is holding expired domain names hostage, forcing domain transferees to pay a steep premium for the privilege of picking up an expired domain. Here's how it works: when you register a domain name with GoDaddy and let it expire, GoDaddy doesn't actually let it expire. First they put a "REGISTRAR-LOCK" on the record and point the domain to a page that lists it "on auction" for $5. This lasts for 30 days. Then they set the record to "clientDeleteProhibit" (a status I didn't even know existed) and list it "on auction" for $18.99 for another 43 days. This means that, unless you pay the GoDaddy ransom, you must wait for 72 days to affect a domain transfer. That is, unless you pay the equivalent of 2.5 years registration fees (assuming $7 year).

When I called GoDaddy to ask about this, a sales representative stated that this policy was as a "courtesy" to the domain holder: just in case they let the domain expire they would be able to renew it again. I expressed doubt since GoDaddy makes this domain available to all comers — as long as they pony up the cash. I also stated that I had an agreement with the domain holder to do the transfer (which is true), so there is no courtesy here. His response was, "I could really care less."

Having never heard of such a policy before, I went ahead and submitted a complaint to ICANN using this Registrar Problem Report form. I just did that so I have yet to hear back from them. In the meantime, I'm "asking slashdot"!

On the scale of evil things to do, this isn't very high. I mean, genocide in Darfur is really evil; not signing the Kyoto protocol is evil. This is just one company exploiting their privileged position as a TLD registrar to extract a few extra dollars from their customers, using a inconvenience (a very long wait time) as leverage. They are also being evil in misrepresenting this as some sort of courtesy. The evil is minor but every evil is worth fighting! But what do you think? Is GoDaddy's policy ethical? Is it legal? Other than submitting a complaint to ICANN is there anything else I can do to make GoDaddy change it's evil ways?"

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