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Symantec Support Gone Rogue? 268

DigitalDame2 writes "PCMag Security Analyst Neil Rubenking has always praised Symantec's tech support. Lately, though, a number of readers have reported problems with chat support, so he investigated. Rubenking was trying to install Norton 360 version 3.0 on a malware-infested system when the computer crashed with a blue screen error. He connected with Symantec tech support and was told that they could fix the problem, but for a fee of $100! (Here is the transcript and screen-captures of the chat.) Even more, Symantec support suggested that he use a malware-removal tool that wasn't even made by Symantec."

Comment Re:Chewing The Cud (Score 4, Informative) 65

The trailer already has Dr. Manhattan pretty close to nude (which seems to be a big deal for you) and the Comedian smoking a cigar (in Vietnam no less).

Zack Snyder (director of 300) used the comic as his storyboard and even brought Dave Gibbons in to assist with artwork. While we all know there isn't a chance in hell of this happening, Mr. Snyder has said that his ultimate goal is to make a film that Alan Moore will watch and thing represents the comic.

Is there a chance this movie will fail, and horribly so? Of course. I'm not going to be that jackass who doesn't give it a chance though. Watchmen is one of my all time favorite works of fiction (not just comic), and I will be very disappointed if it sucks, but if it doesn't then it will introduce that many more people to the ideas and world of Watchmen, something which I think is a good thing.

Submission + - Digg gives into Protest

tedivm writes: "From the Digg Blog: "But now, after seeing hundreds of stories and reading thousands of comments, you 've made it clear. You'd rather see Digg go down fighting than bow down to a bigger company. We hear you, and effective immediately we won't delete stories or comments containing the code and will deal with whatever the consequences might be.""

Submission + - Ethical, Open Source DRM?

morlock_man writes: "Why hasn't the open source community embraced the possibilities inherent in DRM technology as a means to show corporate interests how it's really supposed to be done? DRM has the potential to create new business models for independent publishers and artists, new ways to distribute physical media, and the means to share profits with the average consumer who chooses to share their purchased media. However, the Open Source community has remained firmly against the DRM concept, even though they have the ability to create much more ethical and cross-platform versions. Why haven't the Free Software or Open Source communities yet banded together to create their own DRM models for independent publishers? What's wrong with Media Shareware?"

Apple's iTunes DRM Dilemma 282

An anonymous reader writes "Understanding how Apple's FairPlay DRM works helps to answer a lot of questions: why it hasn't been replaced with an open, interoperable DRM that anyone can use, why Apple isn't broadly licensing FairPlay, and why the company hasn't jumped to add DRM-free content from indie artists to iTunes."
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Submission + - CGI Webserver ported to 8052 Microcontroller

Marvin TPA writes: Adam Dunkels' astonishing open-source uIP v0.9 TCP/IP stack has recently been ported to run on the tiny 8-bit 8052 microcontroller. Murray R. Van Luyn's implementation runs the full CGI Webserver application on an SOIC microcontroller chip no larger than a postage stamp! Using just over 1200 bytes of RAM the port delivers SLIP protocol connectivity, and when combined with a Realtek RTL8019AS network interface card it connects directly to the web via Ethernet.

Submission + - Trojan that Harnesses Webmail

An anonymous reader writes: A new trojan pretending to be a video postcard is able to inject messages directly into your outgoing email as you send it if you use webmail from Tiscali, Earthlink, Comcast, Bellsouth, Gmail, Rambler, FastMail, Care2,, Hotmail, Yahoo, Lycos, AOL, or In addition, it is able to inject text into postings posted to bulletin boards like vBulletin and phpBB and also IM messages.

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