tsu doh nimh writes “The Justice Department on Monday announced the arrest of a Dutch man wanted for coordinating the theft of roughly 44,000 credit card numbers. The government hasn’t released many details about the accused, except for his name and hacker handle, ‘Fortezza.’ But data from a variety of sources indicates that Fortezza was a lead administrator of Kurupt.su, a large, recently-shuttered forum dedicated to carding and Internet fraud. Krebsonsecurity.com provides some background on Fortezza, who ‘claimed to be “quitting the scene,” but spoke often about finishing a project with which he seemed obsessed: to hack and plunder all of the other carding forums.’” Read more of this story at Slashdot.
Archive for June 13th, 2012
Barely two full days have elapsed since Tim and the gang announced the gawkily-named MacBook Pro with Retina Display , and already the screwdriver-wielding mavens at iFixit have torn one apart. What did they find? The Samsung-made SSD and Hynix RAM are non-upgradeable, forcing you to decide how much of both you’ll need now and in the future. Meanwhile, the battery is glued to the housing and that gorgeous display is fused into the assembly, so it’ll be expensive to replace should the worst happen. Speaking of its power reserves, this laptop is packing 95 Wh of juice — capable of seven hours of life and shocking the engineer silly when he tried to disassemble it. If you’d like to see the intermediate stages of this gadget-autopsy, head on via our source link. iFixit tears the MacBook Pro with Retina Display to pieces, gets a few shocks on the way originally appeared on Engadget on Wed, 13 Jun 2012 08:58:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds . Permalink | iFixit | Email this | Comments
Who needs food to be cooked by people? With the Let’s Pizza vending machine, you can have pizza made from scratch in only 2 and a half minutes. While it might not be that great compared to restaurant pizzas, it would be amazing to run into this thing when you’re drunk and all the pizza places are already closed. Link
FunnyJunk’s bewildered lawyer: “I’m completely unfamiliar really with this style of responding to a legal threat”
The Internet’s head exploded yesterday at the news that FunnyJunk had sent a $20,000 legal demand letter to The Oatmeal , asserting that the Oatmeal’s complaint about FunnyJunk’s users reposting Oatmeal content was, itself, an offense warranting a $20,000 settlement. This act of monumental chutzpah (“You want ME to pay YOU $20,000 for hosting MY unlicensed comics on your shitty website for the past three years?”) was matched by Oatmeal creator Matthew Inman’s response: to promise to raise $20,000 for cancer charities, but before it was turned over to them, to photograph himself standing astride the pile of money and forward this photo, along with a cartoon depicting Funnyjunk’s lawyer’s mother trying to seduce a bear, to FunnyJunk and its counsel. The fundraiser was a smashing success, blowing past the $100,000 mark in a day. Now, MSNBC has caught up with FunnyJunk’s counsel, Charles Carreon, a storied attorney who made his reputation litigating the sex.com case. They find Carreon in a state of sheer bewilderment as he confronts the enormous storm of bad will, negative publicity, and public disapprobation he and his client find themselves amidst. As he says, “I’m completely unfamiliar really with this style of responding to a legal threat.” I’d be tempted to feel some sympathy for Carreon, save for the fact that the interview closes with this: “He also explains that he believes Inman’s fundraiser to be a violation of the terms of service of IndieGoGo, the website being used to collect donations, and has sent a request to disable the fundraising campaign.” It’s hard to feel sympathy for someone who wants to take over $100,000 away from cancer charities because of a supposed violation of someone else’s fine-print. “I really did not expect that he would marshal an army of people who would besiege my website and send me a string of obscene emails,” he says. “I’m completely unfamiliar really with this style of responding to a legal threat — I’ve never really seen it before,” Carreon explains. “I don’t like seeing anyone referring to my mother as a sexual deviant,” he added, referencing the drawing Inman posted… “I don’t think that what I did was unreasonable,” Carreon says while discussing the initial demands sent to Inman. He tells me that while this situation is unique, he is typically open to negotiation. He ended the conversation with a promise to keep me updated on how things are resolved and on whether he takes any legal action against the folks who have been harassing him since Inman’s “BearLove Good Cancer Bad” fundraising campaign started. “It’s an education in the power of mob psychology and the Internet,” Carreon told me. It’s a testimony to the power of smart people to fool themselves that Carreon can clearly see the ugliness of “mob psychology,” but not the ugliness of legal intimidation. Also, I’m rather amused by MSNBC’s treatment of the cartoon of the mother and the bear (above). Cartoonist turns lawsuit threat into $100K charity fundraiser
Lithium-air batteries have the potential to be the next big leap in battery tech because they get rid of a lot of the weight and complexity involved with standard batteries. That’s because, instead of having all the battery components stored inside the battery itself, lithium-air batteries use oxygen in the atmosphere to bring some electrons to the party. There has been some progress in terms of getting air into the battery and having the oxygen react once it gets there, but the technology still faces a significant challenge: reactive oxygen tends to also react with the battery’s components. The result of these reactions is that existing lithium-air batteries can typically only handle a handful of charge/discharge cycles before they start to decay. But researchers have now found an electrolyte material that doesn’t react with oxygen, allowing stable performance over multiple charging cycles. And the theoretical capacity of the battery was staggering, possibly more than ten times that of the lithium-ion tech on the market. The problem has been, as the researchers put it, that lithium-air batteries have an end-point of lithium peroxide (Li 2 O 2 ), which forms through an intermediate oxygen radical. That radical is very reactive and will generally decompose the electrolyte that shuttles charged ions around between the battery’s two electrodes. If it’s not possible to avoid the reactive oxygen, the authors reasoned, the best thing to do is to change the electrolyte to something that doesn’t react with oxygen. Read more | Comments