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Bill criminalizing WiFi leeching shot down, and rightly so

Bill criminalizing WiFi leeching shot down, and rightly so

If you use someone else's WiFi signal without permission, you're a thief. That's the conclusion of a bill introduced into the Maryland General Assembly last week. Sponsored by Delegate LeRoy E. Myers, Jr., the legislation would criminalize the unauthorized use of a wireless access point in the state; it has since received an "unfavorable report" [...]

Verizon Wireless wins C block in airwave auction

Verizon Wireless wins C block in airwave auction

Google never wanted to win it but LOL @ Verizon for overpaying more than they make in a year just in hopes of beating Google... WASHINGTON - Verizon Wireless, a joint venture of Verizon Communications Inc (VZ.N: Quote, Profile, Research) and Vodafone Group Plc (VOD.L: Quote, Profile, Research), won a nationwide wireless license known as the "C" [...]

Vector Magic No Longer Free

Vector Magic No Longer Free

We're kinda late on reporting this but, this for those of us who are artistically challenged need all the help we can get when it comes to design software. A vector tracing tool called Vector Magic (the result of Stanford University Artificial Intelligence Laboratory research project by James Diebel and Jacob Norda) was a valuable addition to the [...]

A Heart Device Is Found Vulnerable to Hacker Attacks

A Heart Device Is Found Vulnerable to Hacker Attacks

To the long list of objects vulnerable to attack by computer hackers, add the human heart. The threat seems largely theoretical. But a team of computer security researchers plans to report Wednesday that it had been able to gain wireless access to a combination heart defibrillator and pacemaker. They were able to reprogram it to shut down [...]

Microsoft Slapped by EU With $1.35B Fine

Microsoft Slapped by EU With $1.35B Fine

Microsoft has been fined 280.5m euros ($357m; £194m) by the European Commission for failing to comply with an anti-competition ruling. The software giant will appeal against the fine which follows a long-running dispute between it and EU regulators. Microsoft's general counsel, Brad Smith, insisted the company had met the commission's [...]

Stanford Waives Tuition for Middle-Class Students

Stanford Waives Tuition for Middle-Class Students

Morning Edition, February 21, 2008 · Stanford University says it will no longer charge tuition to undergraduates whose parents earn less than $100,000 a year. For students whose parents make less than $60,000, the university will also waive room and board costs. Source

Long-awaited ImgBurn 2.4.0.0 released!

Long-awaited ImgBurn 2.4.0.0 released!

I know a lot of you guys use ImgBurn. The new version was just released yesterday (the previous version, 2.3.2.0, was released 4/12/07). The change log is gigantic. Among it are the ability to create and burn audio CDs, HD-DVD discs, Blu-Ray discs, the usual insane list of bug fixes, language files for localization, and a ton more. The user [...]

Netflix picks Blu-ray, good luck renting an HD-DVD soon

Netflix picks Blu-ray, good luck renting an HD-DVD soon

In what can only be classified as yet another crushing blow to the embattled HD DVD camp, rent-by-mail giant Netflix has just announced its intention to only stock Blu-ray titles in the future. Netflix justified its decision by pointing out the fact that most Hollywood studios seem to be converging solely around the Sony-backed format -- a fact [...]

OpenOffice 3 has PDF import, native Aqua UI

OpenOffice 3 has PDF import, native Aqua UI

  There’s been quite a bit of buzz recently after it was announced that OpenOffice 3 was due in September. It seems, however, most people still aren’t aware of what’s in store. We love OpenOffice.org, hereby referred to as OpenOffice like normal people do. We like the fact it does pretty much everything we need for [...]

Wine 0.9.53 released

Wine 0.9.53 released

Continuing in the day of Linux software releases, is version 0.9.53 of Wine, a free implementation of Windows on Unix. What's new in this release: RunOnce and Run entries now executed on startup. Beginnings of support for emulated disk devices. Many Richedit improvements. Nicer looking color dialog. Lots of bug fixes. Source

KDE 4.0 Released

KDE 4.0 Released

With the fourth major version, the KDE Community marks the beginning of the KDE 4 era. The KDE Community is thrilled to announce the immediate availability of KDE 4.0. This significant release marks both the end of the long and intensive development cycle leading up to KDE 4.0 and the beginning of the KDE 4 era. The KDE 4 Libraries have seen [...]

Money Management Finance Website Buxfer Lets You Store Sensitive Data On Your Own Computer

Money Management Finance Website Buxfer Lets You Store Sensitive Data On Your Own Computer

With its new Google Gears functionality, Buxfer might finally be the answer for people who want the bells and whistles of an online personal finance website (hello Mint!)—charts, pretty colors, and general infoporn goodness—without having to blindly trust an unknown company with sensitive data such as bank account or credit card [...]

Beware of NetSol (NetworkSolutions.com)

Beware of NetSol (NetworkSolutions.com)

A friend tipped me off to a Domain State thread that warns you not to look up a domain name at Network Solutions. If you go to the Networks Solutions site and look up a domain name to see if it’s registered then Network Solutions, within seconds, will buy the domain name, causing you to have to go buy it from them. Let me explain, using [...]

The Five Coolest Hacks of 2007

The Five Coolest Hacks of 2007

Nothing was sacred – not cars, not truckers, not even the stock exchange. Hackers are creative folk, for sure. But some researchers are more imaginative and crafty than others. We're talking the kind of guys who aren't content with finding the next bug in Windows or a Cisco router. Instead, they go after the everyday things we take for [...]

36 years ago today, D.B. Cooper jumped from a plane and put the U.S. $200,000 in debt

36 years ago today, D.B. Cooper jumped from a plane and put the U.S. $200,000 in debt

At 2:58pm, PST, on Wednesday, November 24, 1971, the day before Thanksgiving in the United States, a man traveling under the name Dan Cooper hijacked a Boeing 727-051, Northwest Orient Airlines Flight 305, flying from Portland International Airport (PDX) in Portland, Oregon to Seattle, Washington, with the threat of a bomb (he had a briefcase [...]

Mark Cuban to ISPs: block all P2P traffic

Mark Cuban to ISPs: block all P2P traffic

In an open letter to Internet service providers published earlier this week, billionaire entrepreneur Mark Cuban calls for telecoms to put an end to peer-to-peer (P2P) file-sharing. Cuban expresses concerns that P2P "freeloaders" are clogging the tubes with commercial content. His letter doesn't focus on piracy, however, and instead primarily [...]

NASA Satellite: California Fires

NASA Satellite: California Fires

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FBI Makes Copperfield’s Hard Drive Disappear

FBI Makes Copperfield’s Hard Drive Disappear

Magician is target of mysterious raid that collects computer drive, computer chip, and $2M in cash OCTOBER 19, 2007 | A dozen FBI agents stormed a warehouse owned by famed magician and illusionist David Copperfield last night, coming away with evidence for an investigation that apparently reaches all the way to Seattle. According to a report [...]

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