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Thursday Morning (24 Comments) (link)
 Thursday, 28-October-2010  03:38:56 (GMT +10) - by Agg

I had one of those dodgy "your computer needs maintenance" scammers ring me up yesterday, so it seems they're still trying it on. I told the lady in no uncertain terms what I thought of her little scheme and she said "you too!" and hung up. Anyway, it reminded me I need to get back onto the Do Not Call Register, although I doubt overseas scammers pay much attention to it. It seems to cover faxes also now, though.

NASA are preparing for Discovery's final launch on Monday. During space shuttle Discovery's final spaceflight, the STS-133 crew members will take important spare parts to the International Space Station along with the Express Logistics Carrier-4. Discovery has been moved to Launch Pad 39A at NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida. STS-133 is slated to launch Nov. 1.

A few people sent word of this iPhone security glitch. A commenter at MacRumors posted late Friday that he or she had found a bug in iOS 4.1 that would allow anyone to bypass the password protection on Apple’s smartphone simply by accessing the “emergency call” option and then typing a seemingly-random series of keys. Though the commenter’s phone was jailbroken, others on the forum with unaltered phones confirmed the bug, as does Websense security researcher Patrik Runald in his twitter feed.

Telstra have had a privacy issue of their own, accidentally sending out people's personal info. TELSTRA has apologised for a botched mail-out that saw the personal details of more than 220,000 Australians sent to the wrong addresses. The letters, which were posted in the past week to explain fixed-line price changes, contained the name, phone number and telephone plans of other customers. More than 23,500 of the letters were for customers with silent phone lines.

Engadget report on a PlayStation Phone running Android, thanks mpot. The device snapped up top (and in our gallery below) is sporting a 1GHz Qualcomm MSM8655 (a chip similar to the one found in the G2, but 200MHz faster), 512MB of RAM, 1GB of ROM, and the screen is in the range of 3.7 to 4.1 inches. Looking almost identical to the mockup we hit you with this summer, the handset does indeed have a long touchpad in the center which is apparently multitouch, and you can see in the photos that it's still bearing those familiar PlayStation shoulder buttons.

Razer have a new MMO keyboard, thanks dasuperham. GamePron have some more info. Promising an “unprecedented slew of MMO functions and features”, the keyboard includes dedicated thumb modifier keys and some pretty impressive macro functionalities. Mmm, unprecedented slew.

File-sharing site LimeWire has been Shut Down, thanks FOTW and Thalfura. In an order Tuesday, U.S. District Judge Kimba Wood in Manhattan entered a permanent injunction, ordering the service to disable the searching, downloading, uploading or file trading of its software and to block the sharing of unauthorized music files. The lawsuit was brought in 2006 on behalf of the major record labels by the Recording Industry Association of America.

SilentPCReview are working on mid-tower home servers. Our Silent Home Server Build Guide continues with configurations using a mid-tower case and an ATX motherboard for even higher storage capacity with the same ultra-low noise objective. A system with nine hard drives was set up and tested... and a gaming variant of the same with an overclocked Radeon HD 5870 video card. Just how quiet can these systems be? Much quieter than you might think.

Sounds like there's a game coming out based on the Back to the Future trilogy, and Anthrox spotted how you can get episode 1 for free. Telltale are offering completely free pre-orders of the very first episode. That's right, you'll get to pre-order the first episode in full price for a grand total of zero dollars. All you need to do is head over to Telltale's promotional website and follow the instructions to either create a Telltale account, or log-in with an existing profile.

Today's timewaster is from Dylan - it's the sequel to Electric Box, cunningly named Electric Box 2.



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