Daily Archives: October 3, 2011

Angry ‘Call of Duty’ dad attacks teen who ‘shot’ him

msnbc.msn.com | Oct 2, 2011

By Suzanne Choney

A 46-year-old father of three has admitted to court officials that he attacked a teen boy who killed off his “Call of Duty: Black Ops” character.

Mark Bradford, of Plymouth, England, became unhinged after his character was murdered, but also because he said the 13-year-old who took the shot called him a name. The two were playing the game over the Internet, and using microphones to talk.

Bradford knew where the boy lived, stormed over to his house and grabbed the boy’s throat with both hands, according to the youngster’s mother, who came to his rescue, says a report in The Mirror. The boy had some scratches, but was unharmed physically.

“It wasn’t malice. I just grabbed him. I’ve seen him since and apologized. The injuries weren’t that bad but I do regret it,” Bradford told the court Thursday.

Bradford’s attorney, Tracey Baker, said her client “just lost it,” but that the attack wasn’t planned, said the Plymouth Herald.

What is planned is an Oct. 24 sentencing hearing for Bradford, who was released on bail.

Said the boy’s mother to The Mirror: “It’s pathetic that a grown man would attack a defenseless child like this. If you can’t handle losing to a child then you shouldn’t be playing games.”

British Prime Minister: We’ll stay in EU, not for the people to decide

David Cameron: ‘I don’t want to leave the EU’

More than 100,000 people sign petition demanding referendum

Vote in favour would not be binding on Government – but would put huge pressure on PM to let country decide

“Numerous opinion polls have shown that the majority of people want out.”

PM will NOT support a referendum on UK membership even if MPs vote in favour of one

Daily Mail | Oct 2,  2011

By Martin Robinson

David Cameron and William Hague have today said they have no wish to hold a referendum on Europe as MPs are set to discuss whether there should be one.

In a move that will dismay the right of the Tory party set to gather in Manchester their leadership says withdrawal from the EU ‘would be bad for Britain’.

It was revealed today MPs are set to vote on a referendum before Christmas after a petition with more than 100,000 signatures was submitted calling for the public to be given the chance to decide whether Britain should stay in the EU.

It will be the first time Parliament has held a major vote on seeking the public’s view since the 1975 referendum confirming the decision to join – but if MPs vote in favour of a referendum the result would not be binding on the Government.

Mr Cameron said he would not back a public vote on UK membership, saying most people do not want it.

‘It’s not our view that there should be an in/out referendum. I don’t want Britain to leave the EU. I think it’s the wrong answer for Britain,’ he said.

‘What most people want in this country is not actually to leave the EU, but to reform the EU and make sure that the balance of powers between a country like Britain and Europe is better.’

The break-up of the single currency would be ‘very bad’ for the UK, even though it is not a member of the euro and will not join under his leadership, said the Prime Minister.

‘If bad things happen in the eurozone, that affects us,’ he said. ‘We can’t insure ourselves from the fact that the German and French economies – the two biggest economies in Europe – have stalled. That’s a real problem for us.

‘I will always defend the British national interest. I think our interest is to be in the EU, because we need that single market. We are a trading nation, it is vital for our economic future.

‘But I have always made clear my view that we have given too many powers to Europe and there are some powers I would like back from Europe and there may be future opportunities to bring that about.

‘I’m not a pessimist on Europe, but I do think we can do better.’

Foreign Secretary William Hague also said this morning that a referendum on EU membership would not be ‘sensible’ at a time of economic crisis.

Asked about how the Government would approach any Commons debate on a referendum, Mr Hague told Sky News’s Murnaghan programme: ‘Of course we will look at any motion, but we won’t be in favour of holding now an in/out referendum on Europe.

‘At a time of economic difficulty to actually say to people, instead of getting everything growing in our economy, we are going to spend our time on an in/out referendum which will create uncertainty for businesses in Britain – that wouldn’t be a very sensible course of action.’

Mr Hague denied that the Conservatives were split on the issue of Europe: ‘I have meetings with many Conservative backbenchers and I think we are very closely aligned – the party leadership, the Government and the great mass of the Conservative Party – on this.’

The Commons Backbench Business Committee is expected to set a date before Christmas for a one-day debate in the House of Commons on a referendum on EU membership. The vote will not be binding on the Government, but if MPs back a referendum, it will put massive pressure on Mr Cameron to put the issue to the country.

The committee’s Labour chairman Natascha Engel told the Mail on Sunday: ‘Given the crisis in the eurozone, this issue has become more relevant than ever. There is a clear majority of backbench MPs who want to debate this and we have to respond to that.

‘The EU today is completely different from the one the British people voted to join in 1975. It is time to examine the position again.

‘For years it has suited successive governments to avoid debating whether Britain should leave the EU. The whole purpose of my committee is to make sure the big issues of the day are aired in Parliament. People in pubs and shops all over Britain are discussing our membership of the EU and it is time MPs openly debated it too.’

UK Independence Party leader Nigel Farage branded Mr Cameron a ‘confidence trickster’ on Europe.

‘Finally the Prime Minister has shown his true colours regarding the EU after many months of eurosceptic posturing. He does not want an in/out referendum and he does not want Britain to leave the EU. These comments have let down hundreds of thousands of Tory voters who gave him their support as they thought he would be tough on this issue,’ he said.

‘He also says that he believes that most people do not want to actually leave the EU, but to reform it. How can he possibly know that without asking the great British public? Numerous opinion polls have shown that the majority of people want out.’

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Popular HTC Android Smartphones Susceptible to “Massive Security Vulnerability”

Android Police uncovers some of HTC’s dirty laundry

dailytech.com | Oct 2, 2011

BY Brandon Hill

It’s no secret that Android smartphones are starting to take over the market, as they are available from a number of different manufacturers, come in a number of different form factors, and can be had at multiple price points (ranging from high-value to high-dollar). When its comes to the most popular Android smartphones around, companies like Samsung, Motorola, and HTC often spring to mind.

Today, however, those using some of the latest HTC smartphones may be in for a rude awakening thanks to a massive security breach discovered by the folks at Android Police. According to Artem Russakovskii, devices like the EVO 3D, EVO 4G, and Thunderbolt (among others) can fully reveal private user information if any app requests android.permission.INTERNET.

Any app that calls out for the INTERNET permission has access to the following, reports Russakovskii:

  •  the list of user accounts, including email addresses and sync status for each
  •  last known network and GPS locations and a limited previous history of locations
  •  phone numbers from the phone log
  •  SMS data, including phone numbers and encoded text (not sure yet if it’s possible to decode it, but very likely)
  •  system logs (both kernel/dmesg and app/logcat), which includes everything your running apps do and is likely to include email addresses, phone numbers, and other private info

All of the information is stored thanks to new logging tools that HTC has introduced on its newer smartphones.

Russakovskii goes on to add, “I’d like to reiterate that the only reason the data is leaking left and right is because HTC set their snooping environment up this way. It’s like leaving your keys under the mat and expecting nobody who finds them to unlock the door.”

Android Police provides a full “proof of concept” app which you can download, along with a video of it in action which you can view below.