The Mozilla Corporation plans to rush out a minor update to Firefox, numbered 126.96.36.199, in order to address a non-critical denial-of-service vulnerability in the most recent version of the open source Web browser.
Remember when you had to actually talk to a person to buy a movie ticket? Boy, was that annoying. Then they started letting you buy tickets from kiosks with your credit cards, and later you could buy them on the Internet. It’s getting more and more convenient, but you still need a PC or a kiosk, and that, frankly, isn’t going to fly. Luckily, Mobile Box Office has heard our frustrated cries and sent us an answer: movie tickets via cell phone. You merely point your Web-enabled phone to mbo.com and purchase your tickets, and then you’ll get a barcode delivered to you that will act as your ticket. You just open up your phone, have the popcorn pusher scan it, and you’re in your seats. Currently the service just works for Emagine Entertainment theatre, of which there are two in Missouri, but you have to assume MBO has bigger plans for the future. Now all it needs to do is make a droid that sells overpriced Sour Patch Kids and our movie-going experience will be perfect. — Adam Frucci
, via Übergizmo
Simple attacks could let malicious hackers take over more than one-third of the net’s sites, reveals research.
The finding was uncovered by researchers who analysed how the net’s addressing system works.
They also found that if the simple attacks were combined with so-called denial-of-service attacks, 85% of the net becomes vulnerable to take-over.
The researchers recommended big changes to the net’s addressing system to tackle the vulnerability at its heart.
SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) – A Silicon Valley start-up hopes to introduce a lot of bounce, rattle and roll into the video game industry with a new microchip that makes virtual worlds behave as realistically as they look.
SEATTLE (Reuters) – Microsoft Corp. has ramped up shipments of its Xbox 360 console to widen its head start on video game rival Sony Corp.’s (6758.T) PlayStation 3, the software giant’s chief financial officer said on Thursday.
According to anonymous film industry insiders Apple has been asking studios to include iPod video content on Blu-ray discs.
Though movies on Blu-ray discs are expected to start shipping next month and a large screen iPod is still probably months away, Apple wants to make sure that when their next-generation iPod is released it will have a sufficient library of playable content already available for customers to watch.
And Apple could be in a strong position to make their wish a reality. Already in the Blu-ray camp are Sony, who Apple have been working with closely of late with regard to its HD cameras; and Disney, who have been close partners of Steve Jobs’ Pixar.
No details are available of the resolution of the video content Apple wants included but it is likely they will at first match that of the current high-end iPods. With 50GBs of space available on Blu-ray discs there should be no problem at all including full-length movies for iPods.
With video rental chain Blockbuster expected to stock Blu-ray discs from the summer Apple could dominate the portable video market that hitherto has seen companies such as Microsoft and Archos struggle to achieve significant success.
An article in today’s Wall Street Journal (registration req’d) outlines the rules major wireless carriers are implementing to manage mobile content.
Verizon not only regulates how much bare skin it considers inoffensive in video, it bans "any derogatory references to Verizon Wireless itself." Honestly. Does Verizon not have confidence in its own business? Is it so concerned that someone bad-talking the company would have a detrimental effect on the business? I’m more concerned with the insecurity of not being able to take criticism than with the criticism itself.
If the article is correct, I’ve already violated the guidelines several times with my text and video messages. Whoopsiedoodle. Good thing those are for personal use only.
Cingular bans violent and sexual content and words like "condom" and "lesbian."
Sprint has yet to develop/publish its content guidelines for commercial providers. In the past, I’ve read that Sprint has said "hey we just provide a platform, we don’t want to get involved in content," while Verizon creates its own content as well as meddles in third-party content.
Will Sprint become known as the carrier to use if you want to read content that might include scary words? Or if you want to watch MTV videos on your cell phone? Or will it decide that becoming the porn fan’s carrier of choice is not a direction it wants to grow?
I suppose I shouldn’t condemn. I pay for a service and if I don’t like its rules I can always change services (for a contract-breaking fee, sigh). I also can’t imagine a circumstance in which I would pay for video on my phone, so perhaps I’m missing something when I recoil at the guidelines.
(And just how much bare skin is allowed for Verizon content providers? Do they express it in absolute pixels, or in a percentage of the body, or a percentage of the screen?)
But I feel strongly that the carriers would do better to create a carrier-approved "kids" service, and maybe a "limited" content service for adults who don’t want to spend time or effort filtering their own media. And then continue to provide a platform for a wide-open "might be explicit" service, and let us buy the content we want.