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Comment LEDs (Score 4, Informative) 278

I converted most of my bulbs in my house to Philips LED lamps from Home Depot. I had a few teething problems, with some of the bulbs initially. Some of their earlier floodlights were around a single bright LED, and it was annoying to have in an angled fixture. I took it back to the store, and found newer ones that were built around a multiple LEDs and had a diffuser. Some bulbs are still incandescents, mostly because I haven't been able to find a satisfactory replacement. These are small chandelier lights (that would need at least 40 watt equivalent output) and the three-way bulbs on the night stand (Cree just released them). Products are available, but both require shipping from the States. I'll wait a little longer before making the complete switch.
Television

Submission + - TiVo announces DVR-SuperAdvance

mark0 writes: TiVo has announced the TiVo DVR-SuperAdvance. The PC World review says, 'Familiar TiVo interface; DVR can record not-yet-broadcast programming; potentially useful as a wagering aid,' though, '[it is] expensive; access to programming is limited; footage is displayed in standard definition only.'
Security

Submission + - Massive threat to instant messaging unveiled

SecurityConcious writes: Security researchers reported on the bugtraq security mailing list that they have found a way to exploit instant messaging applications by encoding shellcodes into smileys. "This would make massive attacks against instant messaging applications impossible to catch by anti-virus, IDS or similar signature based technologies. Moreover, it is possible to conduct attacks with plausible deniability." they said. They are urging chat network operators to disable smileys to mitigate the threat. Is this the end of friendly IM ?

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