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OpenOffice 3 has PDF import, native Aqua UI

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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 free, we like the out-of-the box PDF and Flash support, its better-than-Word ability to work with large documents, and the joys of using a standard file format that’s actually, you know, a standard.

But the Openpoffice.org website is a rather scary place. We managed to find this conference presentation lurking in the shadows before running away in fear of mid 90’s web design. Follow the link below for more info.

This part made  me laugh:

“Support for MS Office 2007 XML. Microsoft confusingly calls this ‘Office Open XML’. We call it Stop Naming Your Unstable Undocumented Shitty Format To Sounds Like Ours Thanks.”

Source

Guiliani thinks you should have REAL ID to get online

Below is a video clip from the FL Republican debate voicing Rudy’s position on a national ID card…

AlterNet: The End of Privacy

Honestly, I don’t know how people still believe in a right to privacy over the web. The actual arteries of the net are based on land lines that are mostly owned and maintained by {gasp} Corporations! It’s not like the wonderful feel good days when people dialed into their friendly neighborhood BBS to play LoRD. You can be traced, analyzed, and studied so the powers that be have a better idea how to control and manipulate you. Don’t like it? Two options: 1) Don’t use their internet or 2) learn to surf the web as a false identity and frequently click random crap just to flood their system with a junk profile.

Best advice? Accept the fate of having a big brother state. Don’t bother trying to fight them on this. You’ll only make them clamp down on you that much faster and that much harder. Any heres an excerpt from the article:

alternet_logo.gif“Amid the controversy brewing in the Senate over Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) reform, the Bush administration appears to have changed its strategy and is devising a bold new plan that would strip away FISA protections in favor of a system of wholesale government monitoring of every American’s Internet activities. Now the National Director of Intelligence is predicting a disastrous cyber-terrorist attack on the U.S. if this scheme isn’t instituted.

It is no secret that the Bush administration has already been spying on the e-mail, voice-over-IP, and other Internet exchanges between American citizens since as early as and possibly earlier than September 11, 2001. The National Security Agency has set up shop in the hubs of major telecom corporations, notably AT&T, installing equipment that makes copies of the contents of all Internet traffic, routing it to a government database and then using natural language parsing technology to sift through and analyze the data using undisclosed search criteria. It has done this without judicial oversight and obviously without the consent of the millions of Americans under surveillance. Given any rational interpretation of the Fourth Amendment, its mass spying operation is illegal and unconstitutional.

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500,000 private Myspace pictures leaked and available for download

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Sorry for the typical and tredy “myspace pic” above. This is an article from Wired Magazine. It might be the largest “security breach” in awhile but what on earth would anyone do with 17gb of random Myspace teenagers?

A 17-gigabyte file purporting to contain more than half a million images lifted from private MySpace profiles has shown up on BitTorrent, potentially making it the biggest privacy breach yet on the top social networking site.

The creator of the file says he compiled the photos earlier this month using the MySpace security hole that Wired News reported on last week. That hole, still unacknowledged by the News Corporation-owned site, allowed voyeurs to peek inside the photo galleries of some MySpace users who had set their profiles to “private,” despite MySpace’s assurances that such images could only be seen by people on a user’s friends’ list.

“I think the greatest motivator was simply to prove that it could be done,” file creator “DMaul” says in an e-mail interview. “I made it public that I was saving these images. However, I am certain there are mischievous individuals using these hacks for nefarious purposes.”

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New Hampshire Primary: Sham Chain of Custody

This is how the Government secures your ballots. WOW. This is a must see.

Animated PNG in Firefox 3

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Firefox 3 has support for Animated PNG:

One of many new features added to Firefox 3 is the support of a new file format, the Animated PNG! Browsers have supported animated GIFs for more than a decade, but the GIF image format has a number of limitations and is overdue for replacement. The PNG image format is now widely accepted as a superior replacement for static GIF images, but for animated GIFs there has not yet been a clear successor. The new Animated PNG format (APNG) is a simple extension to PNG, making it superior for animations too.
-Justin Dolske

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Linux Kernel 2.6.24 Released

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The latest stable version of the Linux kernel 2.6.24 has just been released. Release notes below:

http://lkml.org/lkml/2008/1/24/407 

Date Thu, 24 Jan 2008 15:17:19 -0800 (PST)
From Linus Torvalds
Subject Linux 2.6.24

The release is out there (both git trees and as tarballs/patches), and for
the next week many kernel developers will be at (or flying into/out of)
LCA in Melbourne, so let’s hope it’s a good one.

Nothing earth-shattering happened since -rc8, although the new set of ACPI
blacklist entries and some network driver updates makes the diffstat show
that there was more than the random sprinkling of one-liners all over the
tree.

But most of it really is one-liners, and mostly not very exciting ones at
that.

The appended shortlog is obviously just the changes from -rc8, if you want
the full ChangeLog (all 5.8MB of it) from 2.6.23 it’s available in the
usual places.

Linus

Link

Google to kill Domain Tasting

google-chart.gifA confidential informant says Google will stop monetizing all domains if they are less then five days old. This potential new policy change by Google could stop all Domain Tasting in its tracks. The Add Grace Period (AGP) is a time period when registrars can delete a domain at no cost, but in this time frame a registrant could register millions of these temporary domains and place Google Adsense for Domains on them. The result is the ability to produce millions of temporary websites that literally generate millions of dollars in income per week for Google. It was disclosed in court that one partner that Google had was generating as much as $3 million dollars a month from the practice and that was after Google’s revenue share. Oversee.net and other companies have been using this practice for years and it will have a direct impact on them. The gravy train of free money might be coming to a halt very fast. This policy change at Google should be announced to the channel partners soon and it will have a huge echoing impact on the Industry.

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Quickly Switch Google Accounts with the Google Account Multi-Login

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This is for the Firefox browser with Greasemonkey installed. Free Greasemonkey user script Google Account Multi-Login adds a simple drop-down menu to Google pages (including Gmail) for quick switching between your different user accounts. Just install the script, reload the page, and you can start adding your Google accounts to the drop-down. It’s simple to use and it’s a huge timesaver for anyone who actively uses different Google usernames and passwords. It’s probably not the most secure place to put your passwords, but if that doesn’t bother you, this script may come in very handy. The Google Account Multi-Login script is free, just requires Firefox with Greasemonkey.

Link

Cops Can Search You… and Your Phone’s Memory

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Here’s a frightening but real proposition: if you are caught breaking certain traffic laws, not only do police have the right to search you—they can go through all your electronic data as well—your text messages, call histories, browsing history, downloaded emails and photos. In a recent academic paper, South Texas Assistant Professor Adam Gershowitz explains that because many traffic violations are arrestable offenses, just as a cop could search your pockets for drugs, said cop can also search your pockets for a smartphone and go through all its contents. The same is true for any standard arrest, and given the amount of data in current smartphones, it’s a scary proposition (even for law-abiding citizens like us).We’ll give you the CliffsNotes version of Gershowitz’s 30-page article in which he outlines the situation.

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TREO 600 and 650 Owners: Possible Class Action Rebate

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LEGAL NOTICE

If you purchased a Treo 600 or a Treo 650 smartphone, you could be entitled to benefits under a class action settlement. A settlement of a class action lawsuit affects you if you purchased, in the United States, a new Treo 600 or Treo 650 smartphone for your own use and not for resale. The settlement will provide either: (a) a cash rebate to any United States resident who purchased a Treo 600 or Treo 650 smartphone, experienced two or more repairs or replacements (in lieu of repair) on that device, and purchases a new Palm smartphone within a defined time period; or (b) a right of repair for hardware defects, beyond the expiration of the warranty on your Treo 600 or Treo 650, even if you did not experience two or more repairs or replacements.

If you qualify, you may send in a claim form to ask for a rebate, or a repair form to seek a repair. You can also exclude yourself from the settlement, or object. The United States District Court for the Northern District of California, San Jose Division, authorized this notice. The Court will have a hearing to consider whether to approve the settlement, so that the benefits may be paid.

WHO’S AFFECTED?
Purchasers of a Treo 600 or Treo 650 smartphone. You’re a “Class Member” if you are a United States resident who purchased in the United States a new Treo 600 or Treo 650 smartphone for your own use and not for resale.

WHAT’S THIS ABOUT?
The lawsuit claimed that the Treo 600 and Treo 650 smartphones had certain defects, failed at unacceptable rates, and that Palm made misrepresentations concerning the Treo 600 and Treo 650 smartphones. Palm, Inc. denies all allegations and has asserted many defenses. Palm is entering into this settlement to avoid burdensome and costly litigation. The settlement is not an admission of wrong-doing or an indication that any law was violated.

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CIA Says Hackers Have Cut Power Grid

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Several cities outside the U.S. have sustained attacks on utility systems and extortion demands.

Criminals have been able to hack into computer systems via the Internet and cut power to several cities, a U.S. Central Intelligence Agency analyst said this week.

Speaking at a conference of security professionals on Wednesday, CIA analyst Tom Donahue disclosed the recently declassified attacks while offering few specifics on what actually went wrong.

Criminals have launched online attacks that disrupted power equipment in several regions outside of the U.S., he said, without identifying the countries affected. The goal of the attacks was extortion, he said.

“We have information, from multiple regions outside the United States, of cyber intrusions into utilities, followed by extortion demands,” he said in a statement posted to the Web on Friday by the conference’s organizers, the SANS Institute. “In at least one case, the disruption caused a power outage affecting multiple cities. We do not know who executed these attacks or why, but all involved intrusions through the Internet.”

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4chan is trying to destroy SCIENTOLOGY

For the newbs who don’t know about “anonymous”: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UxWgRY1I_SI

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AT&T Wireless: “Provide us with the email address we should not contact.”

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Myspace Custom Style Remover Greasemonkey Script

myspace.pngGreasemonkey script MySpace custom style remover does just what it says – remove the custom styles from MySpace pages, leaving every page with MySpace’s default style.

Whether you love or hate MySpace, there’s a good chance you’ve had to use it every now and then (maybe it’s how all your friends plan their social outings or you just want to keep an eye on your kid’s online activities). And if you’ve ever used MySpace, you’ve definitely been exposed to the CSS atrocities that some users employ on the site. I’m not one to discourage a little creative styling, but when you start worrying that a MySpace page might trigger a seizure, you know something has to be done.

The MySpace custom style remover script doesn’t get rid of all styling on MySpace – it just returns everything to MySpace’s less irritating (though still clunky) default style.

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Playstation 3 Gets Another PRICE CUT January 28th

bluray300x414.jpg$299.99 USD for a Playstation 3 looks like a steal. Rumors are floating around that this is becoming reality, and before the end of January 2008. Is it possible?

We contacted some of our insiders to get the latest scoop on this rumor and see if it had any fact behind it. We were skeptical, after all the PS3 just received a price-cut in November.

The Playstation 3 IS in fact getting a price-cut. A new model, will retail at $299.99 USD, the announcement will be made January 28, 2008, and the new price will take effect Friday February 29, 2008. There are two main reasons as to why the Playstation 3 is getting this price-cut.

Reason 1: The playstation 3 production costs have decreased tremendously over the past couple of months. What used to cost $800, now cost less than $400.

Reason 2: Time Warner. In exchange for Time Warner’s exclusitivity (and an end to the format war), Sony has promised to reduce the price of the Playstation 3. As many of you know the Playstation 3 is equipped with a blu-ray disk drive, and the more the Ps3 sells, the greater the chance of Blu-Ray’s success.

HOWTO: Create a Custom Windows PE Build

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I thought some people might benefit from a quick step by step guide to creating a Windows PE custom boot CD. This guide will get you as far as creating an ISO at the end, ready to be burnt with your CD burner software.

You will need a Windows XP SP2 CD, Windows PE and some hard disk space.

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HOWTO: E-file your federal taxes for FREE

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If you have an AGI of $54,000 or less you can e-file your taxes for free, and use a program such as TurboTax or H&R Block.

1. go to http://www.irs.gov
2. you must find the program you want to use and click to it from the IRS website. if you just type in Turbotax (for example) into Google, and get there that way, you will probably have to pay.
3. go through the steps
4. e-file your taxes for free
5. ???
6. profit!

In most cases, your state e-filing will cost money, unless you find a free alternative.

Checkout BackTrack 3 Teaser

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The Backtrack 3 beta is out and here is a video of it’s many features. In case you’ve been living under a rock, every package, kernel configuration, and script is optimized to be used by security penetration testers. Patches and automation have been added, applied or developed to provide a neat and ready-to-go environment.

Video Link

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Anti-spammer fined $60K for DNS lookup “hack”

no-spam.gifDavid Ritz, the veteran American spam-fighter, has been hit by $60,000 in fines plus lawyers fees after losing a civil suit that accused him of illegal hacking.

Sierra Corporate Design, a North Dakota business run by alleged former spammer Jerry Reynolds, sued Ritz for hacking and trespass offences. Ritz was accused of conducting unauthorized whois and DNS lookups. Edward Falk, another anti-spam campaigner and operator of the “Spam Tracking Page”, was named as co-defendant.

The complaint alleged that Ritz “hacked” servers owned by Sierra (which describes itself as a specialist web hosting and internet services firm), obtaining confidential internal network configuration data (using a zone transfer, host -l command) and domain name information (using whois) before publishing that data on the net. It was alleged that Falk assisted Ritz by republishing his findings. The case was originally filed in May 2005. An injunction, which allowed Sierra’s lawyers to ask Google to purge its Usenet archives of “offending material” was issued in August 2005.

In October 2006, the North Dakota court ruled that it did not have jurisdiction over Falk, a Californian resident, dismissing the suit against him. The case against Ritz proceeded.

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