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Comment Re:Extortion != Anonymous (Score 0) 168

Anonymous did not ignore anything. I just read through the emails. Anon. CLEARLY wanted money. The demand was $50K immediate payment to something called Liberty Reserve.

FBI/Sym was attempting to get the payment broken into monthly payments and made into pretty much anything BUT Liberty reserve.
There was some discussion about whether FBI/Sym can trust Anon to not publish after they received the money. The response that Anon had was that 'You have to trust us. If we were bad guys we would have already published.'.

At no point in those emails are there any motivations discussed EXCEPT a payment for not disclosing the files.

You can argue the email is a fabrication.
You can argue that it isn't really Anon behind this.
You can argue the files released so far are outdated and a joke.
You can even argue that this is all a clever ruse on Symantecs part to get people to drop PCanywhere 2007 for the latest release.

But to argue that the entity Anon in that email is doing anything other then extortion is absolute bullshit.

Comment Is this experiment about gravity or electricity? (Score 1) 159

High school was 20 some years ago and I didn't pass physics anyways.

To me it LOOKS like gravity. But I am having a lot of trouble imagining that a knitting needle has enough mass to orbit water droplets. The description talks about another needle off camera which sounds like he is trying to keep a charge on the needle.

So my best guess is that the water droplets are negatively charged, the needles positively charged.
The only thing missing is the orbit. I wasn't aware you could get an orbit out of something like this.

Can someone here expand on this?

Comment I support this. (Score 1) 146

I just got off the line with helpdesk.
The doofushead on the other end of the line posted my clear username/login info for me, even though I never asked for it.

People are just so clueless with security, it is pretty disgusting.

Japan forcing Sony to prove they have secured there network - I like this. I like this a lot.

Comment The Cringley article is crap. I want to know MORE (Score 3, Interesting) 232

Yesterday when I read that Egypt had pulled the plug on the internet the first thing that went through my mind was, 'the people will find a way.'. The second thing was, 'I can't wait to see how they do it. This is going to be fascinating.'. Since then I have been contemplating ad-hoc wireless networks and dialing into 56k modems thousands of miles away.
I have been chewing at the bit (haha! I made a pun!) for any information as to how this little project is proceeding.

The best Cringley's article can muster is a French company offering 56k access for free and the words, 'Wireless mesh network'. That is all fine and dandy.
I am happy and impressed that the French company is offering there resources to the Egyptian people. Big round of appluase for those guys. But the geek in me is not impressed. Dialing out of country to a 56k connection is just so bloody obvious. I want to know the bloody details of the wireless mesh. I want to know about the sap that has hacked his satelite dish to give internet access to his town.

I want more. It has to be out there.


A Hyper-Velocity Impact In the Asteroid Belt? 114

astroengine writes "Astronomers have spotted something rather odd in the asteroid belt. It looks like a comet, but it's got a circular orbit, similar to an asteroid. Whether it's an asteroid or a comet, it has a long, comet-like tail, suggesting something is being vented into space. Some experts think it could be a very rare comet/asteroid hybrid being heated by the sun, but there's an even more exciting possibility: It could be the first ever observation of two asteroids colliding in the asteroid belt."

Police Called Over 11-Year-Old's Science Project 687

garg0yle writes "Police in San Diego were called to investigate an 11-year-old's science project, consisting of 'a motion detector made out of an empty Gatorade bottle and some electronics,' after the vice-principal came to the conclusion that it was a bomb. Charges aren't being laid against the youth, but it's being recommended that he and his family 'get counseling.' Apparently, the student violated school policies — I'm assuming these are policies against having any kind of independent thought?"

Air Canada Ordered To Provide Nut-Free Zone 643

JamJam writes "Air Canada has been told to create a special 'buffer zone' on flights for people who are allergic to nuts. The Canadian Transportation Agency has ruled that passengers who have nut allergies should be considered disabled and accommodated by the airline. Air Canada has a month to come up with an appropriate section of seats where passengers with nut allergies would be seated. The ruling involved a complaint from Sophia Huyer, who has a severe nut allergy and travels frequently. Ms. Huyer once spent 40 minutes in the washroom during a flight while snacks were being served."

Living In Tokyo's Capsule Hotels 269

afabbro writes "Capsule Hotel Shinjuku 510 once offered a night’s refuge to salarymen who had missed the last train home. Now with Japan enduring its worst recession since World War II, it is becoming an affordable option for people with nowhere else to go. The Hotel 510’s capsules are only 6 1/2 feet long by 5 feet wide. Guests must keep possessions, like shirts and shaving cream, in lockers outside of the capsules. Atsushi Nakanishi, jobless since Christmas says, 'It’s just a place to crawl into and sleep. You get used to it.'”

Microsoft Steals Code From Microblogging Startup 315

Readers davidlougheed and TSHTF both let us know that microblogging service Plurk reported today that Microsoft China not only copied look and feel from its interface, but also copied raw code from Plurk's service, when it released its own microblogging service called MSN Juku (or Mclub). In instances of the code released on the Plurk blog, the layout, code structure, and variable names were very similar or in some cases 100% identical. The story has been covered in multiple media sources. The software theft is hypocritical, given Microsoft's past threats against Chinese software piracy."

Comment Terrible write up, nothing was sold... (Score 2, Interesting) 35


These people live in a community with a homeowners association. They had some crap in there yard which included a tetherball stand and a movable basketball stand (the kind for driveways). There was some angst in the community that these items didn't belong (anyone that has ever dealt with a homeowners assoc. will understand).

Someone posted an add in Craigslist saying these two items where free for the taking. The add said not to knock on the door, just drive up with the pickup truck, load and leave.

In the Craigslist add the address given was the cops address. It said something to the effect 'next door to this address'.

Nothing in the article attempts to make the claim that the cop placed the add.

However, the victims are Luddites that have never heard of 'Craigslist'. They are black, therefore it is automatically racism.

It is quite possible no charges against the cop where placed because there was no evidence that the cop had anything to do with anything (except living next door to these people).

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