If you're one of the approximately 1.8 million registered users at Canonical's UbuntuForums.org portal, then consider your login details compromised. You should have received an email from "The Canonical Sysadmins" this morning alerting you to the security breach that allowed a remote attacker to make off with your username, email address, and an encrypted copy of your password after breaking into the forum's database.
It's Friday! Fridays are great. Someone should make a song about Fridays.
Anyway. Time for another Forum Feature. It's a short one this week since I'm on a mini-vacation in sweaty Baltimore, but here are a few threads from our official forums that could use your kind attention:
If you thought Blizzard was boneheaded for expecting its forum members to agree to use their real names when posting in threads, wait until you hear this. The Sun Chronicle is taking this bad idea -- the same one that Blizzard quickly reversed course on when common sense, and a public backlash, prevailed -- a step further. Readers who want to leave a comment on a story not only have to use but their real names, but fork over a buck to verify their identity and share their thoughts. What. The. Frak.
"To encourage intelligent and meaningful conversation, all posters will be required to register their name, address, phone number, email and a legitimate credit card number as proof of who you are," reads a message in the comments section of thesunchronicle.com. "Your credit card will be charged a one-time fee of 99 cents to activate the account. We will not retain payment information after the one-time transaction."
It doesn't stop there.
"The poster's name as it appears on the credit card will automatically be attached to the poster's comments, as will the city/town and state of the community in which they live."
The idea here is to cut back on trolling without having to outright ban comments, Nevertheless, something tells us this one isn't going to sit well with privacy advocates.
What do you think about The Sun Chronicle's policy?
Sometimes the best answer to your question can be found in a forum, so why doesn't Google integrate forum results into its search by default? As of Wednesday, it does.
In a blog post, Google said the new addition to its search results applies to sites that tend to have a large number of posts on a specific topic. For queries that qualify, you'll see indented discussions Google deems relevant somewhere on the search page. Type in 'How to overclock,' for example, and Google spits out three forum posts on the subject halfway down the page and sorted by date. You can then click to expand more results from whichever forum Google linked to (in this case, TomsHardware).
"We hope this features gives you a deeper view into the relevant content available on sites throughout the web -- even when that content spans multiple pages or discussions," Google wrote.