Amazon.com Security Flaw Accepts Passwords That Are Close, But Not Exact

An Amazon.com security flaw allows some customers to log in with variations of their actual password that are close to, but not exactly, their real password. The flaw lets Amazon accept as valid some passwords that have extra characters added on after the 8th character, and also makes the password case-insensitive. For example, if your […]

Amazon.com Security Flaw Accepts Passwords That Are Close, But Not Exact

Haiku on the radio.

I was very happy to appear on the NPR and WBUR radio program On Point last week, for an hourlong discussion of haiku with the host, Tom Ashbrook. Guests included Frogpond editor George Swede and economist Stephen Ziliak (the author of an essay called “Haiku Economics” in the most recent issue of Poetry) as well as myself. I’ve […]

Haiku on the radio.

Real-Life Angry Birds Adds Human Interaction to Your Addiction

           A game currently in development by Mattel will let you play Angry Birds in real life. The iPhone and iPad game has been near or at the top of the Apple App Store’s “most popular” list for months, and has been downloaded more than 50 million times. It’s been praised for its realistic physics engine, which lets […]

Real-Life Angry Birds Adds Human Interaction to Your Addiction

Reports: Verizon iPhone Likely Coming Jan. 11

U.S. iPhone users frustrated with AT&T’s frequently dropped calls, limited geographic coverage, delayed delivery of iPhone tethering, elimination of unlimited data plans, poor customer service, and alleged cooperation with warrantless wiretapping by the NSA may soon have an alternative.* Verizon yesterday sent out invitations to a Tuesday, Jan. 11 press event in New York. Many believe that this event will be the […]

Reports: Verizon iPhone Likely Coming Jan. 11

‘Windows Will Be Everywhere,’ Ballmer Promises

LAS VEGAS — Microsoft unveiled its vision of the future, where everything from phones and tablets to big-ass tables runs Windows. Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer delivered a somnolescent and nearly news-free keynote presentation on the eve of the Consumer Electronics Show here, laying out his company’s strategy for home entertainment, mobile content, PCs and tablets. […]

‘Windows Will Be Everywhere,’ Ballmer Promises

Intel Beefs Up CPUs With Graphics Power — and Content Protection

LAS VEGAS — Intel is preparing a new line of processing, graphics and wireless technologies aimed in part at bringing video to consumers — and preventing them from copying it. The content protection scheme, known as “Intel Insider,” is a feature built into its second-generation Core processors, which Intel unveiled Wednesday at the Consumer Electronics […]

Intel Beefs Up CPUs With Graphics Power — and Content Protection