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Submission + - Brazilian Presidency Candidate victim of Windows (

An anonymous reader writes: The web site of the main candidate of the oposition in Brazilian elections, Jose Serra, is offline for several days. Journalists started to wonder if the problem was caused by hackers; but the explanation can be much simpler than that. The website was migrated from Linux/Apache to Windows/IIS on August 28th, and is offline since then. That's particularly ironic because Serra opposes a Government that officially supports Free/Open Source Software.

Submission + - Nasty Data-Stealing Bug Haunts Internet Explorer 8 (

Trailrunner7 writes: There's an unpatched vulnerability in Internet Explorer 8 that enables simple data-stealing attacks by Web-based attackers and could lead to an attacker hijacking a user's authenticated session on a third-[arty site. The flaw, which a researcher said may have been known since 2008, lies in the way that IE 8 handles CSS style sheets.

The vulnerability can be exploited through an attack scenario known as cross-domain theft, and researcher Chris Evans originally brought the problem to light in a blog post in December. At the time, all of the major browsers were vulnerable to the attack, but since then, Firefox, Chrome, Safari and Opera all have implemented a simple defense mechanism. The upshot of this is that if a victim has visited a given Web site, authenticated himself to the site, and then visits a site controlled by an attacker, the attacker would have the ability to hijack the user's session and extract supposedly confidential data. This attack works on the latest, fully patched release of IE8, Microsoft's flagship browser.

Submission + - BMW S1000RR Limits First Service (

groomez writes: Due to the new BMW S1000RR being so new, their developers have come up with a controversial but possibly smart solution to the first break in service. A software patch is issued on the motorcycle to limit the engine from revving over 9000 RPM before it’s first service at 600 miles.

Comment Re:Idiots not qualified to estimate own intelligen (Score 1) 928

I recall my grandfather having farting competitions with his friends one Christmas.

However, I'd certainly consider the man "smart" or even a "genius". Not too great at book smarts (well, mathematics, at least). But the man was a genius in his own right: an incredible artist (oils on Masonite, having paintings sell for millions), an Expert marksman when he shot for the Army Rifle Team (they asked him to go to the Olympics), a phenomenal outdoorsman (if it exists, he probably knew its name, scientific name, what it ate or ate it, etc.), and a poet/singer who knew thousands of lengthy songs and poems by heart (including Horatius and many of his own).

But yeah, he liked lewd jokes and fart competitions. That, alone, doesn't make someone dumb.

Comment "Not on their end and not a technical glitch" (Score 3, Insightful) 289

Well, that really doesn't leave much. I give the Iranian government credit though, this is a much more subtle way of handling things and potentially more effective than more blatant crackdowns. However, I don't think this will matter much for certain types of channels. A lot of the channels used in previous protests to communicate (such as Twitter and text messages) have extremely low bandwiths. So slowing down the internet shouldn't do much. And large scale cutting will lose the more subtle element. Of course, this sort of repeated behavior should make it clear to anyone in doubt that the current Iranian government really isn't popular with the people. If they were genuinely popular, they'd have little need to try to control communication like this. The government probably remembers that the last time there was an extremely unpopular government was the Shah's regime and that was brought down by what started as student protests.

Comment Re:If women are so smart . . . (Score -1, Flamebait) 928

A large part of American society still frowns upon the outward expression of intelligence (as many of us here may have experienced)

LOL. Or at least, that's what you tell yourself. Americans don't as a whole or as individuals frown on intelligence, what is frowned on is dweebs with no social skills--who aren't hated for being intelligent, but for being pedantic, insecure, self righteous, weird ass mother fuckers. Whereas the men who are not only intelligent but also look halfway presentable, project themselves with confidence, and are pleasant to be around, are liked and respected by their peers and they have women chatting them up left and right. Let's face it--it's not about anti-intellectualism, it's about your poor attitude, your irritating personality, your poor personal hygiene and shitty clothes, or that extra 150 lbs of fat you haul around, or a combination of the above.

Linux Business

Submission + - Oracle buy renews call to spin off (

ericatcw writes: "Some insiders say Oracle's purchase of Sun is reinvigorating the long-stymied push to spin off the open-source project into a 100% independent foundation. Freeing itself from Sun's (and soon to be Oracle's) orbit will attract more developers and more vendor support, two perenniel problems due to Sun's tight grip on the project, say supporters, who wonder which foundation model might work best: Mozilla, Apache or Linux. Others prefer to take their chances under Larry Ellison, saying Oracle's take-no-prisoners salesforce and grudge against Microsoft could benefit Version 3.0 of the Microsoft Office-competitor has garnered 50 million downloads in the last six months."
Social Networks

Submission + - Social Networking Sites Too Risky for Recruiting? (

onehitwonder writes: "While many recruiters and HR managers are taking advantage of the web and online social networks to screen candidates for positions inside their organizations, a bank in Texas has decided that using social networking websites in its recruiting process is too risky legally. Amegy Bank of Texas now prohibits internal HR staff and external recruiters from using social networking sites in its hiring process. Amegy's decision to ban the use of social networking sites in its hiring process demonstrates its respect for prospective employees' privacy. It also sends a message to the employers and recruiters using social networks to snoop into job seekers' personal lives that their actions border on discrimination and could get them in a lot of legal trouble."
The Internet

Submission + - Anti-Counterfeiting Deal to Include Global DMCA

An anonymous reader writes: New reports indicate that the next round of negotiations of the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement have been delayed as the U.S. wants the new Obama people to have a look at the treaty. The big story, however, is that sources now say that the treaty is designed to include an international DMCA, effectively making the DMCA a global law for all countries that agree to the treaty.

Submission + - The personal economics of open source

Malachias writes: How does one earn a living and support a family in an open source world. I write software and I am exceptionally good at it. It is my only marketable skill. If I cannot sell the software I write or my labor to those that market and sell software, how do I earn a living? How are the artifacts that I create different from the painter, the author, the musician, the scientist, the engineer, or the architect? All their works are protected or at a minimum paid for. Granted, software can sometimes have more broad reaching affects than these other types of works. It may be more valuable at times to the masses. I understand that free and open development may yield great advances. I understand that I may be able to achieve great things by building on the works of others. I understand that software is ubiquitous and society would benefit greatly from a large storehouse of free software. What I don't understand is the personal economics of open source. I even wonder if it is sustainable. Could someone explain the personal economics of open source?

Browser Privacy Test 133

lazyforker writes "A NYTimes blog post reports the results of security researcher Kate McKinley's tests of various browsers' (FireFox, Chrome, IE, Safari) privacy protection mechanisms. Specifically she tested their cookie handling. She also examined their handling of Flash's cookies. In summary: Safari on Mac OS X (in the 'private browsing' mode) is not so private ('quirky'). Safari on XP is not private at all. Flash behaves awfully everywhere."

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