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Comment What? (Score 1, Interesting) 52

Hackers are excellent at following directions. They are just also excellent at seeing where the directions are flawed and exploiting them. What.. you think steve the hacker is finding holes in your software by guessing? No. He uses the program like it is suppose to be used and then tracks down the issues he is looking to exploit. You can't break a rule if you don't totally understand it.
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Submission + - US faces US$100 billion fine for web gaming ban

Stony Stevenson writes: A Brussels think-tank has accused the US government of reneging on commitments made to the World Trade Organisation (WTO) over internet gaming. The forum believes that the US could be liable for up to US$100 billion in trade concessions to European industries after placing illegal discriminatory trade restrictions on European gaming operators. The disputed concessions arise from Antigua's victory earlier this year when the WTO ruled that the US violated its treaty obligations by excluding online Antiguan gaming operators, while allowing domestic operators to offer various forms of online gaming.

As a result, all 151 WTO members are considering seeking compensation for the withdrawal equal to the size of the entire US land-based and online gaming market, estimated at nearly US$100 billion.

Submission + - Calling out sick? Most workers lie, wink wink (networkworld.com)

coondoggie writes: "Two-thirds of U.S. workers who call in sick at the last minute do so for reasons other than physical illness, but rather for reasons more personal and what some would call unreasonable or selfish. Some of the nation's largest employers estimate that unscheduled absenteeism costs their businesses more than $760,000 per year in direct payroll costs, and even more when lower productivity, lost revenue and the effects of poor morale are considered. Specifically, the 17th annual CCH Unscheduled Absence Survey found that personal illness accounts for 34% of unscheduled absences, but 66% of absences are due to other reasons, including family issues (22%), personal needs (11%), and stress/burnout (13%), and Layer 8's personal favorite, entitlement mentality (13%). http://www.networkworld.com/community/node/20504"
It's funny.  Laugh.

Submission + - Mark your calendar: Pretend to be a Time Traveler (koalawallop.com)

Iron Condor writes: Dresden Codac comes up with this clever idea for a "Pretend to be a Time Traveler Day" (Dec-08) on the Koala Wallop forum.

"Remember, the only real rule is staying in character and try to fit in. Never directly admit you're a time traveler, and make really, really bad attempts at keeping a low profile."
Some of the suggestions include such gems as "Show extreme ignorance in operating regular technology. Pay phones should be a complete mystery (try placing the receiver in odd places). Chuckle knowingly at cell phones." or "Stand in front of a statue (any statue, really), fall to your knees, and yell "NOOOOOOOOO" ".

I figured the /. crowd would be exactly the kind of folks who'd get into that kind of thing (I know that I do).

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