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Submission + - Comcast Xfinity Wi-Fi Discloses Customer Names and Addresses (

itwbennett writes: Despite assurances that only business listings and not customer names and home addresses would appear in the public search results when someone searches for an Xfinity Wi-Fi hotspot, that is exactly what's happened when the service was initiated 2 years ago — and is still happening now, writes CSO's Steve Ragan. And that isn't the only security issue with the service. Another level of exposure centers on accountability. Ken Smith, senior security architect with K Logix in Brookline, Ma., discovered that Comcast is relying on the device’s MAC address as a key component of authentication.

Submission + - Microsoft, Chip Makers Working on Hardware DRM for Windows 10 PCs ( 1

writertype writes: Last month, Microsoft began talking about PlayReady 3.0, which adds hardware DRM to secure 4K movies. Intel, AMD, Nvidia, and Qualcomm are all building it in, according to Microsoft. Years back, a number of people got upset when Hollywood talked about locking down "our content". So how important is hardware DRM in this day and age?

Submission + - Things That Microsoft Actually Does Right

writertype writes: We all know what Microsoft has done wrong: astroturfing, IE6's security vulnerabilities, and Windows Vista, among others. That's the narrative we all participate in every day. But what does Microsoft do right? How about a commitment to open research, educational outreach like the Imagine Cup, and even (*gulp*) working with open source? What else can you come up with?

Submission + - Are Lenovo's ThinkPads Getting Worse? ( 2

writertype writes: Over the weekend, Lenovo launched the ThinkPad T431s, a ~$950 notebook with chiclet keys, no trackpad buttons, an integrated battery, and Windows 8 but no touchscreen. The T431s is also thinner and lighter than the bulletproof bento boxes we all know and love. The argument ReadWrite makes is that ThinkPads are becoming slowly, but significantly, worse. Do you agree?

Submission + - HP Moving to Jumbo-Sized Ink Cartridges

writertype writes: "Hewlett-Packard said Tuesday that the company plans to completely overhaul its consumer inkjet printer cartridges this year, adding an "XL"-sized printer cartridge that will hold about the double the ink of the standard cartridges. The motivation is the 80-20 rule, analysts said: 20 percent of customers use 80 percent of the ink, and HP's losing money to the third-party refillers. We've got estimated pricing and page counts at PC Magazine."

Submission + - How Can AMD Be Fixed?

writertype writes: "As has been previously reported, AMD is planning a corporate restructuring, tied to a significant price cut on its high-end processors. The problem is a complex one, analysts say: AMD needs profits to secure financing to build new fabs, but it lacks a truly competitive architecture to command premium revenues. But there's precedent: AMD faced a similar outlook in 2001, and came up with an interesting strategy that set it up for its successful run during the Athlon 64 years. Here's how AMD can be fixed."

Submission + - Geeks Are The New Bullies

writertype writes: Kicking someone's butt on the playground is so twentieth-century. These days, humiliating someone online and via mobile phones is the new rage. And not surprisingly, the person with the most skills (and in some cases, the most motivation) is the poor dweeb that gets picked on. You know, us, or at least us back in our school days. The problem is, those geeks are taking their power to extremes and becoming bullies themselves.

Submission + - Memjet Printer Roadmap: 360 Pages/Min By 2010

writertype writes: You might recall the secret Silverbrook startup that launched a week or so ago after ten years of developing an advanced consumer inkjet printer. Now, PC Magazine has talked to executives at Memjet, a licensed Silverbrook spinoff that will sell components to OEMs to manufacture their own printers. Amazingly, they think they can design a consumer inkjet printer (current price target: about $200) which can print 360 pages per minute, a sixfold improvement over their current design. There's also talk about who the customers could be (Dell?) and how they'll deal with refills.

And for more fun reading, check out the over 1,400 patents founder Kai Silverbrook has had assigned to him.

Submission + - Slobs Found To Be More Productive Than Neatniks

writertype writes: "Are you a slob? Do you pile papers on top of folders on top of game boxes? Here's the thing that those anal neat people can't even conceive of: you're more productive than they are. That's the conclusion of "A Perfect Mess: The Hidden Benefits of Disorder," by Eric Abrahamson and David Freedman, a new book that argues neatness is overrated, costs money, wastes time and quashes creativity."
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Submission + - Phillips invent dynamic pants

Matthew Sparkes writes: "Philips has come up with a way to change the size and shape of clothes by weaving "muscle wires" into the fabric. The wires are made of shape-memory alloys that change length according to the small current passed through them. The idea is that you can try on a pair of trousers and change the length of the wires in the fabric until the trousers have the correct waist size, inside leg and width — then simply try the real trousers in exactly that size. Dynamic pants could also be useful for those Slashdotters with dynamic waist measurements..."

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