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Submission + - Rental chain tracks customers with cams, keylogger (

riegel writes: "PC Rental Chain apparently use spyware from pc rental agent to keep tabs on their rental equipment even after it is purchased.

Court papers allege that Aaron's told police that they install the software on all their rental computers.

Brian and Crystal Byrd learned that snooping software had been installed on their laptop when an Aaron's store manager came to their home and wrongly accused them of not paying for the computer.

The manager tried to repossess the laptop and showed them a picture of Mr Byrd using the computer, which had been taken by the machine's webcam.

'It feels like we were pretty much invaded, like somebody else was in our house,' said Mr Byrd.

'It's a weird feeling, I can't really describe it. I had to sit down for a minute after he showed me that picture.'

Apparently Aaron's is claiming this was done at an independent store and is not Aaron's policy."

Submission + - Flash has Arrived for the iPad (

riegel writes: has developed a technology for taking existing flash and running it with html 5 and javascript.

From their website...

Unless you've been under a rock, you'(TM)re probably familiar with the fact that Adobe Flash doesn’t run on any mobile Apple device. Moreover, it looks like Apple is never going to let Flash onto the iPhone/iPod/iPad empire.


We're putting Smokescreen out there as a preview right now. We look forward to adding support for more of Flash, fix bugs, and improve performance over time. This is just a start.

Submission + - eBay says Paypal pay invalid unless eBay initiated

riegel writes: I recently purchased a power supply off of ebay where the seller accepted Paypal. I subsequently asked him for his email address so I could pay him with PayPal directly and bypass the ebay lockin. If I use the ebay button my option to use a credit card is absent. So after fufilling my side of the contract by paying for the item with Paypal and subsequently recieving the item I found that eBay had marked my account as unpaid and did a "strike" against me for non-payment.

I called eBay to show them proof of the payment and after being shuffled from the first guy who assured me it would be taken care of I spoke with another girl who said that I was required to use ebays payal button or my transaction was invalid. This seems like an antitrust issue, has anyone else had similar experiences with the eBay/PayPal lockin.

Submission + - Why is documentation so hard to understand. ( 8

riegel writes: Recently while reading some Apache web server documentation, I came across a note I didn't understand. I often encounter statements that I don't understand. Usually I keep reading hoping what follows will make sense of what I am not clear on.

When I came across this little jewel I thought it would be a perfect ask slashdot question. As we all know slashdot readers are among the brightest of all who live in their mother's basements. Slashdot readers are also the most seasoned experts of all those that have immaculate lawns. So... What does this sentence mean and why is it so hard to understand?

If CGI processes are not running under user ids other than the web server user id, this directive will limit the number of processes that the server itself can create.

my process runs under user id bozo

my web server runs under user id www

What does that first statement tell me? Will this directive limit things or not? The word "not", in bold, appears to be irrelevant but the author intended it to be bold for some reason. What is the reason for the word applying bold to the word "not"?

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