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Submission + - Cult of the Dead Cow returns with Google hacking (heise-online.co.uk)

juct writes: "Google hacking is not really new — and neither were backdoors ten years ago, when cDc released Back Orifice. But like the latter Goolag Scan rubs salt into an open wound: "Private individuals, firms, and even governments are putting more and more stuff on the web, and nobody cares what it means for security", explained cDc member Oxblood Ruffin to heise Security. The tool makes it a matter of mouse clicks to find sensitive information, hidden backdoors or vulnerable servers. Its use might be illegal in some countries though."

Submission + - Is Microsoft Office Adware? (oooninja.com)

An anonymous reader writes: Microsoft Office links to third-party commercial add-ons, includes up-spelling promos, requires cookies for certain functions, and collects technical information. While this is a normal day on the web, should the commercial office suite be judged to a different standard and possibly be considered adware?

Slashdot previously covered Microsoft trying Works as adware.


Submission + - ISO specifies testing DVD lifetime (heise-online.co.uk) 1

juct writes: "The International Standards Organization (ISO), the International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC), and the Optical Storage Technology Association (OSTA) have specified a testing procedure to determine the durability of blank DVDs. This means, that media manufacturers will soon be able to specify the probable lifetime of their DVDs. Full story on heise online"

Submission + - Energy from raindrops (discovery.com)

conlaw writes: As reported on Discovery.com today, scientist have found a way to extract energy from rain:

Energy is everywhere. In the sun, wind, and now rain.

Researchers have developed a technique that harvests energy from rain showers and converts it into electricity. The technology could work in industrial air conditioning systems, where water condenses and drops like rain.

It could also be used in combination with solar power to scavenge as much energy from the environment as possible, or to power tiny, wireless sensors designed to monitor environmental conditions.


Store Stops Selling Lolita Bed

If the people who run Woolworth's website had ever read the famous Nabokov novel, seen one of the 2 movies based on it or listened to the police in the 80's they might have known that calling a line of beds for little girls, the Lolita line, wasn't the best Idea. "Now this has been brought to our attention, the product has been removed from sale with immediate effect. We will be talking to the supplier with regard to how the branding came about." says the company. Other controversial products like the Cobain trigger lock and Ahmadinejad's big book of fictional atrocities are still on the shelves.

Submission + - Student's Expulsion Over Facebook Photo Reversed 1

__aahuqu9051 writes: Following up Friday's article about a student being expelled for writing a 'threatening' photo description on Facebook, it seems once the pressure of a lawsuit backed by FIRE (Foundation for Individual Rights in Education) came against the Board of Regents, they have backed down. Barnes claims that proper disciplinary processes were not followed for his expulsion and is also asking reimbursement for expenses associated with moving to another university and enrolling there for one semester. Yesterday, the Board of Regents reversed the expulsion of Hayden Barnes. It is unknown at this time whether or not Barnes plans to re-enroll and continue at VSU.

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