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Mac art project game destroys aliens files

Posted on November 4th, 2009 at 19:41 by John Sinteur in category: Apple


A Mac game that deletes users’ files has sparked a debate about whether it’s malware or not.

The Space Invaders-style game deletes a file from the Mac home directory every time a user destroys an alien ship. The application, released as part of an art project, clearly warns this is what it does… in big red letters (link to video of game here).

Of course malware often thrives on people who ignore warnings, so security firms including Inteco, Sophos and Symantec that produce Mac OS X anti-malware products can’t really be blamed too hard for adding virus detections that brand the software as malicious and prevent it from running.


Mac enthusiast blogs, such as Cult of the Mac, have criticised the move as treating Mac fans as just as dumb as Windows users.

Quite often they are. Or rather, replace “dumb” by “technologically non-savvy” if you want…

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  1. “treating Mac fans as just as dumb as Windows users.”
    Actually that sentence makes sense. Anyone who is capable of writing such a thing is clearly dumber than.

    I love ignorant and arrogant elitism 🙂

    So far in my experience OS and dumbness don’t correlate.
    “Fanness” and dumbness however usually do.

  2. Tru dat. In his “review” of the movie Wall-E, the guy who runs the capalert.com website said he uses a Mac. The guy is truly as sharp as a bowling ball…

  3. The article calls the software a trojan and malware. The website for the game clearly notifies the user of it’s intention. The nullifies any claim of it being a trojan or malware. I guess some writers about software aren’t very smart, er, I mean, tech savvy either.

  4. Plenty of windows malware – such as browser toolbars – is installed by installers which clearly notifies the user of its intention (in the ten pages of “user agreement” shown by the installer). That does not make it any less malware.

Secret copyright treaty leaks. It’s bad. Very bad.

Posted on November 4th, 2009 at 11:14 by John Sinteur in category: Intellectual Property


The internet chapter of the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement, a secret copyright treaty whose text Obama’s administration refused to disclose due to “national security” concerns, has leaked. It’s bad. It says:

  • * That ISPs have to proactively police copyright on user-contributed material. This means that it will be impossible to run a service like Flickr or YouTube or Blogger, since hiring enough lawyers to ensure that the mountain of material uploaded every second isn’t infringing will exceed any hope of profitability.

  • * That ISPs have to cut off the Internet access of accused copyright infringers or face liability. This means that your entire family could be denied to the internet — and hence to civic participation, health information, education, communications, and their means of earning a living — if one member is accused of copyright infringement, without access to a trial or counsel.

  • * That the whole world must adopt US-style “notice-and-takedown” rules that require ISPs to remove any material that is accused — again, without evidence or trial — of infringing copyright. This has proved a disaster in the US and other countries, where it provides an easy means of censoring material, just by accusing it of infringing copyright.

  • * Mandatory prohibitions on breaking DRM, even if doing so for a lawful purpose (e.g., to make a work available to disabled people; for archival preservation; because you own the copyrighted work that is locked up with DRM)

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How To Spam Facebook Like A Pro: An Insider’s Confession

Posted on November 4th, 2009 at 10:47 by John Sinteur in category: If you're in marketing, kill yourself


In June 2007, Facebook opened up their application developer platform so that anyone could build games on top of the social network. By having access to user data, game developers could instantly make engaging, viral games. Rate who is hottest among your friends, share quizzes, race cars, grow vegetables, and so forth – all with a click of a button. Users in one click gave the game permission to access their profile data and they didn’t think twice about it.

Facebook hadn’t consider what was possible when the game developer passed on user name, profile picture, and personal details on to an advertiser – and the kind of deceptive ads that were possible.

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Marathon’s Headline Win Is Empty – Sports Biz with Darren Rovell – CNBC.com

Posted on November 4th, 2009 at 10:18 by John Sinteur in category: News


It’s a stunning headline: American Wins Men’s NYC Marathon For First Time Since ’82.

Unfortunately, it’s not as good as it sounds.

Meb Keflezighi, who won yesterday in New York, is technically American by virtue of him becoming a citizen in 1998, but the fact that he’s not American-born takes away from the magnitude of the achievement the headline implies.

How’s that for a racist asshat as a reporter?

But here’s a funny thing: None of the so-called “American born” runners donned a USA singlet on Sunday, choosing instead to wear the colors of their corporate sponsors. Only Meb wore “USA” across his chest. Really, it’s easy to see how people get confused here. Keflezighi apparently eschewed the true national pass-time of selling out, and actually achieved something rather than just reveling in vague American exceptionalism. No wonder some people aren’t sure if he’s a real American.

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American Soldier Photos

Posted on November 4th, 2009 at 10:06 by John Sinteur in category: Great Picture, Mess O'Potamia


This is how an American soldier is made.

For 27 months, Ian Fisher, his parents and friends, and the U.S. Army allowed Denver Post reporters and a photographer to watch and chronicle his recruitment, induction, training, deployment, and, finally, his return from combat. A selection of photos from Ian’s journey are posted below.

The story was written by Kevin Simpson with Michael Riley and Bruce Finley. It was reported by Riley in Colorado and at Fort Benning, Ga., Finley at Fort Carson and in Iraq, and photographer Craig F. Walker throughout.

The multimedia project, including all the photos, video and special features, can be viewed at www.denverpost.com/americansoldier.


June 24, 2007. 8:27 a.m. Day Three of basic training: The new soldiers are issued their M-16s. Ian held his awkwardly at first until receiving instructions. Then he became playful – after the drill sergeant passed – quietly making machine-gun noises as he pretended to fire.

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  1. A few impressions:

    – great photos, technically excellent reportage
    – lacking descriptions, mixed up sorting and some factual errors.
    – horrible hidden message. The guy leaves as a boy with a troublesome family and an ugly GF, passes through some ”tough love”, and come back as a grown man, with parents cheering ad a hottie as a wife. Yeah, as if it’s like that for everyone of them (or for any of them).


Posted on November 4th, 2009 at 8:18 by John Sinteur in category: Cartoon





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Newly discovered Safari bug could mean big fees for some iPhone users

Posted on November 4th, 2009 at 7:50 by John Sinteur in category: Apple


The flaw, as discovered by Estonian Apple Site AppleSpot: If the user visits a site which uses Motion-JPEG (most commonly used for security cams and live feeds) in Safari, Safari will continue to gobble up bandwidth even after Safari is closed. Safari is one of the few apps that Apple allows to process in the background, and Motion-JPEG streams appear to continue streaming, even if the stream is in another tab or in the “closed” application. Apple gives no indication that Safari will continue to stream – and considering that most applications on the platform aren’t granted such privileges, it’s unlikely that a lay user would understand the consequences.

As mentioned, this bug certainly isn’t one that springs up all that regularly; for it to affect you, you need to not only visit one of these Motion-JPEG streams in Safari, but also be on some sort of pay-per-megabyte plan. While it’s no sweat off the backs of anyone on an unlimited package (as is the case with a vast majority of US iPhone users), it could work out to MASSIVE wallet damage for anyone traveling internationally or who are signed up on carriers that only offer metered data

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Iraq Swears by Bomb Detector U.S. Sees as Useless

Posted on November 4th, 2009 at 7:34 by John Sinteur in category: ¿ʞɔnɟ ǝɥʇ ʇɐɥʍ, Pastafarian News


Despite major bombings that have rattled the nation, and fears of rising violence as American troops withdraw, Iraq’s security forces have been relying on a device to detect bombs and weapons that the United States military and technical experts say is useless.

The small hand-held wand, with a telescopic antenna on a swivel, is being used at hundreds of checkpoints in Iraq. But the device works “on the same principle as a Ouija board” — the power of suggestion — said a retired United States Air Force officer, Lt. Col. Hal Bidlack, who described the wand as nothing more than an explosives divining rod.

Still, the Iraqi government has purchased more than 1,500 of the devices, known as the ADE 651, at costs from $16,500 to $60,000 each. Nearly every police checkpoint, and many Iraqi military checkpoints, have one of the devices, which are now normally used in place of physical inspections of vehicles.


The suicide bombers who managed to get two tons of explosives into downtown Baghdad on Oct. 25, killing 155 people and destroying three ministries, had to pass at least one checkpoint where the ADE 651 is typically deployed, judging from surveillance videos released by Baghdad’s provincial governor. The American military does not use the devices.

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