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SF Net Hijacker Gives Up Passwords

SF Net Hijacker Gives Up Passwords

Terry Childs, the former IT administrator accused of kidnapping the city of San Francisco's data network, is ready to give up the administrative passwords to the system, his attorney said yesterday. Childs is accused of changing all of the city's network passwords so that only he could access the network, which contains email, payroll, law [...]

C’mon CNN…

C’mon CNN…

My mom has been struggling for months trying to figure out what to tell me regarding Britney's sister. It's vital to my development as a human being so she has to get it right. Ugh.

“Shake-up” for internet proposed

“Shake-up” for internet proposed

The net's regulators will vote on Thursday to decide if the strict rules on so-called top level domain names, such as .com or .uk, can be relaxed. If approved, it could allow companies to turn their brands into domain names while individuals could also carve out their own corner of the net. The move could also see the launch of .xxx, after [...]

MySpace Wins Another Verdict Against Alleged Spammer

MySpace Wins Another Verdict Against Alleged Spammer

MySpace can collect $6 million from a notorious Internet marketer accused by the popular online hangout of spamming its users. An arbitrator has ruled that Scott Richter and his Web marketing company, Media Breakaway LLC of Westminster, Colo., must pay MySpace $4.8 million in damages and $1.2 million in attorney's fees for barraging MySpace [...]

British hacker faces extradition hearing

British hacker faces extradition hearing

When I started having stuff stolen from my garden, I called the local police to ask what I can do about it... Their response: "If you leave stuff unsecured, with public access, then you are asking for it to be stolen." The Internet should be treated in the same way. Don't put stuff on show to the entire world unless you have a really good lock. [...]

97-year-old woman denied right to vote in 2008 elections because she has no ID, BUT she was born before birth certificates were issued

97-year-old woman denied right to vote in 2008 elections because she has no ID, BUT she was born before birth certificates were issued

SURPRISE, Ariz. -- A 97-year-old Surprise woman who has voted in the past 19 presidential elections said she finds herself a casualty in the voter ID battle. Shirley Preiss cannot register in Arizona for the November elections without proof of citizenship. "I'm a legal American," Preiss said. "I'm born here. Born and raised in [...]

Western Digital developing 20,000RPM Raptor to take on SSDs?

Western Digital developing 20,000RPM Raptor to take on SSDs?

I really don't see the need for solid state storage when hard drives are so cheap, so large, and keep getting faster. Western Digital developing 20,000RPM Raptor to take on SSDs? You read that right. Bit-tech has it from "several sources close to the hard drive industry" that Western Digital is working on a 20,000RPM followup to its new [...]

US data center catches fire, 9000 servers down

US data center catches fire, 9000 servers down

H1, one of the data center owned by The Planet in Houston, Texas has caught fire resulting in thousands of websites being offline. According to an estimate 9000 servers are affected and they are currently down. The Planet one of the largest privately held dedicated server hosting provider, has six wholly owned and managed state-of-the-art data [...]

Captain Obvious: “Men are 10 times more scared of marrying the wrong person than of never getting married at all”

Captain Obvious: “Men are 10 times more scared of marrying the wrong person than of never getting married at all”

This article could have also been titled: "Study concludes that dudes don't want to lose half their stuff" Bachelor Carl Weisman got fed up of being classified as a playboy, a loser or a commitment-phobe so he set out to find out exactly why he and a growing number of eligible men were steering clear of marriage. Weisman, 49, conducted a [...]

HOWTO: Steal $5,000 in Fuel…

HOWTO: Steal $5,000 in Fuel…

Talk about a gas guzzler... Police seized a truck and trailer equipped with a trap door that was used at least three times to siphon thousands of gallons of BP diesel fuel from underground storage tanks at a Tic Toc Food Mart in Mercer County. "You got to have a little respect for this," Hermitage police Deputy Chief Edward Holiga said [...]

Hackers Attack Epilepsy Site

Hackers Attack Epilepsy Site

A Website set up by the Epilepsy Foundation has been hit by hackers, according to an Associated Press report. An official with the foundation said computer hackers breached the foundation's site, bombarding it with hundreds of pictures and links to pages with rapidly flashing images. The images can be harmful to people with photosensitive [...]

SWF and FLV are going to become open, thanks to Adobe

SWF and FLV are going to become open, thanks to Adobe

While I don't think this is huge news (Flash "effects and transitions" are "slow and annoying"), it's still good to see more open source platforms. Flash's future lies in media delivery (youtube, gawker, etc) in which they now compete with Silverlight. Having TV's able to access hulu and iplayer would be cool but I don't think it will [...]

OLPC to scrap Linux for Windows

OLPC to scrap Linux for Windows

Huh?!? Apple offered OSX for free, but was declined for not being open source. Now they're going with Windows?!? Will OLPC = "One License Per Child" now? I don't really see the purpose of using a commercial OS, on a stripped down laptop, for third world countries, when it requires more resources and costs more. Ugh. In a somewhat shocking [...]

Private citizen issues parking tickets to Oregon cop

Private citizen issues parking tickets to Oregon cop

An Oregon man issued a series of parking citations to a uniformed police officer who parked his patrol car next to a "No Parking" sign while he went to buy food at a Chinese restaurant last month in Portland. Eric Bryant says he approached Officer Chad Stensgaard, but the cop dismissed his concerns about the illegal parking spot. "If he had [...]

Computer experts stage street protest in Oslo against Microsoft document format as standard

Computer experts stage street protest in Oslo against Microsoft document format as standard

You know what sucks? A lot of people in the US won't protest something much more important, but these guys in Norway, who obviously don't have a war or loss of freedoms to protest, are still taking to the streets to voice their dissent. In this clip she says the protesters in San Francisco will not stop protesting until we left Iraq... [...]

Microsoft just got pwned by Rupert Murdoch

Microsoft just got pwned by Rupert Murdoch

News Corp in talks to join Microsoft on Yahoo bid SAN FRANCISCO/NEW YORK (Reuters) - Microsoft Corp and News Corp are in talks about a joint bid for Yahoo Inc that would add MySpace to the Yahoo-Microsoft combination proposed by the world's largest software maker, the New York Times reported on Wednesday. The talks with News Corp, which [...]

Homeland Security blinks on Real ID: No hassles on May 11

Homeland Security blinks on Real ID: No hassles on May 11

WASHINGTON--In the long-running Real ID staring match, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security ended up being the first to blink. Homeland Security announced Wednesday that all 50 states and the District of Columbia will be technically Real ID-compliant by the May 11, 2008 deadline--even though many states actually have rejected the concept [...]

Thank God, BBC Reports: “Daily caffeine protects brain”

Thank God, BBC Reports: “Daily caffeine protects brain”

Coffee may cut the risk of dementia by blocking the damage cholesterol can inflict on the body, research suggests. The drink has already been linked to a lower risk of Alzheimer's Disease, and a study by a US team for the Journal of Neuroinflammation may explain why. A vital barrier between the brain and the main blood supply of rabbits fed [...]

Mukasey: ZOMG Piracy Funding Terror! NOES!!!1!

Mukasey: ZOMG Piracy Funding Terror! NOES!!!1!

SAN JOSE, Calif. - Attorney General Michael Mukasey warned Friday that the huge profits generated from piracy and counterfeiting are increasingly flowing into the coffers of terrorist groups. In remarks to Silicon Valley executives at the Tech Museum of Innovation, Mukasey said the economy and national security of the United States are [...]

Computer Science majors lowest in a decade

Computer Science majors lowest in a decade

All Things Considered, March 12, 2008 · The number of students enrolled in computer science programs is at its lowest in at least a decade. "Comp Sci" was one of the hottest majors during the dot-com boom of the late '90s, but the numbers dropped after the bust of 2001. Now, despite a strong market for IT professionals and a resurgence [...]

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