10/8/2006

Yahoo Erotica Editor Fired for Excessive Programming

Filed under: — Aviran Mordo

Fred Munk yesterday lost his job for excessive perl programming. Munk was hired for categorization and review of links to pornographic websites for Yahoo’s Erotica department. He allegedly spent more time programming perl-scripts than looking for porn.

“He was fired for gross laziness” reports Diane Vice, Yahoo’s Director of Consumer Porn. “I mean, it’s okay to use company resources for fun stuff for fifteen minutes after lunch, to stimulate digestion by whipping up some nifty regular expression or obfuscating the break-condition in a for-loop, but this Munk-guy has a serious productivity problem. I told him get some professional help, but Fred didn’t listen and continued to churn out code during work hours — compulsively, obsessively, just sick!”

Source: bbspot.com

Toyota to provide virtual drunk driving experience

Filed under: — Aviran Mordo

Toyota Motor Corp will offer a virtual experience of driving a car under the influence of alcohol for visitors at its safety training center.

The new course involves the wearing of specially designed goggles that impair a driver’s sense of distance and peripheral vision, resulting in steering and other vehicle-operation judgments that mimic those often made under the influence of alcohol.

Web sites offer U.S. students new way to cheat

Filed under: — Aviran Mordo

Even the most efficient student would have agonized over the assignment — a 30-page term paper on the social value of literary criticism.

But Richard finished it in one evening, cutting and pasting paragraphs off the Internet for an online company that sells papers to desperate U.S. college students.

The student who ordered the 30-page paper complained that the work wasn’t original. “I almost got fired for plagiarism, which I thought was pretty funny,” Richard said. “Any student who goes onto any of these Web sites is buying a plagiarized paper.”

Source: Reuters

Comcast getting into movie downloads

Filed under: — Aviran Mordo

Comcast has been itching to get into on-demand video downloads and further details on its planned service are emerging. The service will reportedly launch by the end of October and will allow users to watch movies either on their PCs or on the family room TV via a set-top box. Pricing and system requirements (for PCs) are not yet known.

Source: arstechnica

U.S. Commerce Department Hacked Again

Filed under: — Aviran Mordo

The Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS), a branch of the Commerce Department, has sustained several successful attacks. Chinese hackers were able to gain access to its computers and install rootkits and other malware

Source: Slashdot

Study: 64% of Online Gamers are Women

Filed under: — Aviran Mordo

You wouldn’t realize it while playing with most of the jerks that play Halo 2, but 64% of the nation’s 117 million online gamers are actually women, according to Nielsen Entertainment’s third annual Active Gamer Benchmark Study, released this morning.

The study’s announcement release doesn’t break down what games they’re playing, though we expect sites like pogo.com, which feature a multitude of Flash-based, more simplistic games, are rather high on the list. Even more surprising is how many older gamers are playing. While the teenage market dominates in numbers, the study says more than 15 million gamers, about 8%, are actually at least 45 years old.

Source: 1UP

Google Code Search peers into programs’ flaws

Filed under: — Aviran Mordo

Security professionals warned developers on Thursday that they need to be aware that their open-source repositories can now be easily mined, allowing attackers to target programs that are likely to be flawed. While Google could previously be used to look for specific strings, now the search engine riffles through code that much better.

“It is going deeper into places where code is publicly available, and it’s clearly picking up stuff really well,” said Chris Wysopal, chief technology officer of security startup Veracode. “This makes it easier and faster for attackers to find vulnerabilities - not for people that want to attack a (specific) Web site, but for people that want to attack any Web site.”

Source: The Register

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