Barence writes "Anti-spam outfit, Spamhaus, has called on the UK government to fine those who are running internet infrastructure that could be exploited by criminals.
Those who leave open Domain Name Server (DNS) resolvers vulnerable to attack should be fined, if they have previously received a warning, said chief information officer of Spamhaus, Richard Cox. When Spamhaus was hit by a massive distributed denial of service (DDoS) attack – the biggest ever recorded at more than 300Gbits/sec – open DNS resolvers were used to amplify the hit, which was aimed at one of the organisation’s upstream partners.
"Once they know it can be used for attacks and fraud, that should be an offence," Cox said. "You should be subject to something like a parking ticket... where the fine is greater than the cost of fixing it.""Link to Original Source
Barence writes "Canonical founder Mark Shuttleworth claims Apple will follow Ubuntu's lead and converge the iPhone and MacBook product lines. Speaking to PC Pro to mark the launch of Ubuntu 13.10, Shuttleworth said that the failed Ubuntu Edge smartphone — an attempt to bridge mobile and desktop computing devices — had set an example that others will follow.
"We’ve seen a very interested ripple go through the industry, and an uptick in interest in convergence," Shuttleworth added. "People are saying yes, mobile processors are catching up with the desktop. When Apple announced the iPhone 5s, it called the processor 'desktop-class', and I don’t think that was an accident – it was sending what we think is a very clear signal that it will converge the iPhone and the MacBook Air.""Link to Original Source
Barence writes "The wild man of antivirus software, John McAfee, has been forced to deny reports of his own death.
Internet reports circulating last night claimed the hard-living security software entrepreneur had died after one too many drink and drugs sessions. However, McAfee has taken to his Twitter account in the past few hours to assure everyone that he's still alive, and hasn't mislaid his sense of humour. "I felt great when I went to bed last night. I had such great plans," tweeted McAfee, alongside a link to a report — now hastily withdrawn — that claimed he had died from an overdose.
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Barence writes "Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer will retire within a year, the company has announced. The 57-year-old will step aside as soon as a successor can be found, which will be within the next 12 months.
"There is never a perfect time for this type of transition, but now is the right time," Ballmer said in a statement. "We have embarked on a new strategy with a new organisation and we have an amazing senior leadership team. My original thoughts on timing would have had my retirement happen in the middle of our company’s transformation to a devices and services company. We need a CEO who will be here longer term for this new direction.""Link to Original Source
Barence writes "In the world of online fraud, a fake fan on Instagram can be worth five times more than a stolen credit card number. In a sign of the growing value of social network "likes", the Zeus virus has been modified to create bogus Instagram "likes" that can be used to generate buzz for a company or individual, according to cyber experts at RSA, the security division of EMC.
These fake "likes" are sold in batches of 1,000 on hacker forums, where cybercriminals also flog credit card numbers and other information stolen from PCs. According to RSA, 1,000 Instagram "followers" can be bought for $15 and 1,000 Instagram "likes" go for $30, whereas 1,000 credit card numbers cost as little as $6."Link to Original Source
Barence writes "Mozilla is proposing that the Firefox browser collects data on users' interests to pass on to websites. The proposal is designed to allow websites to personalise content to visitors' tastes, without sites having to suck up a user's browsing history, as they do currently.
"Let’s say Firefox recognises within the browser client, without any browsing history leaving my computer, that I’m interested in gadgets, comedy films, hockey and cooking," says Justin Scott, a product manager from Mozilla Labs. "Those websites could then prioritise articles on the latest gadgets and make hockey scores more visible. And, as a user, I would have complete control over which of my interests are shared, and with which websites.""Link to Original Source
Barence writes "Dropbox has kicked off its first developer conference with the stated goal of replacing the hard disk. "We are replacing the hard drive," said Dropbox CEO Drew Houston. "I don’t mean that you’re going to unscrew your MacBook and find a Dropbox inside, but the spiritual successor to the hard drive is what we’re launching."
The new Dropbox Platform includes tools for developers that will allow them to use Dropbox to sync app data between devices. The company's new APIs will also make it easier for app developers to include plugins that save to Dropbox, or choose files stored in the service for use within apps."Link to Original Source
Barence writes "Retail versions of Intel Haswell processors are hotter and more power-hungry than pre-production chips, and can’t be overclocked to the same speeds, PC manufacturers have told PC Pro. One company said that it had overclocked pre-production chips from 3.5GHz to 4.7GHz or 4.8GHz with ease, but that "40 or 50" retail chips had been impossible to overclock beyond 4.2GHz because of the high voltages and unsafe temperatures involved.
Another firm’s spokesperson said that employees who build PCs "have to frequently change chips" in order to find the best parts, and that "even at stock speeds, [retail chips] are running hotter than Ivy Bridge or Haswell samples". The firm said that retail chips are "around 15C" hotter than pre-production samples."Link to Original Source
Barence writes "PC Pro has an interview with Dan Russell, the man who's tasked with teaching the world how to use Google. Russell personally interviews around 200 people every year to find out how they search, what they do well and where their failings are. He recalls the tale of an LA bus driver he’d been tasked with interviewing. She’d been going through a 100-page document, line by line, without the faintest knowledge of Ctrl+F to find the term she was looking for in the document. "When I got home I told my wife 'can you believe I met somebody who doesn't know Ctrl+F?' And my wife," he says indignantly, "my wife asked 'what's Ctrl+F?'".
This was something of a lightbulb moment for Russell. He conducted a survey to find out exactly how widespread this "problem" was and discovered 90% of people had never heard of Ctrl+F. A Google colleague found this so utterly shocking, he conducted his own survey in secret and came back with a figure of 91%."Link to Original Source
Barence writes "Broadcaster Sky is seemingly urging people to uninstall its Android apps after they were hacked by the Syrian Electronic Army. The hack first became apparent when Syrian Electronic Army images replaced the application's screengrabs in the Google Play Store. The apps have since been removed from the store. Subsequent tweets from the broadcaster instructed users to uninstall the Sky Go, Sky+, SKY WiFi and Sky News apps, although it's possible the Twitter account may also have been compromised."Link to Original Source
Barence writes "Microsoft has launched a new advertising offensive against the iPad, suggesting Apple's tablet is good for little more than playing Chopsticks on a virtual piano. In an echo of Apple's "I'm a PC, I'm a Mac" campaign, the new Microsoft ad places an Asus Vivo Tab Smart tablet running Windows 8 alongside an iPad.
It proceeds to highlight the perceived advantages of the Windows 8 tablet over the iPad, including live tile updates, multitasking, and — somewhat cheekily given its entirely within Microsoft's gift — the Windows tablet's ability to run PowerPoint. The ad is voiced by an imitation of Apple's Siri, and concludes with the synthesised voice suggesting: "shall we just play Chopsticks?""Link to Original Source
Barence writes "A team of British programmers has released an electronica album designed to raise money for The National Museum of Computing at Bletchley Park. The album, Music By Programmers, includes eight tracks written by a team of volunteer coders. "It's very much in the style of 'classic' electronica of the 1970s and early 1980s, which would have been created using famous synthesizers such as the Minimoog, Yamaha CS-80 and Oberheim SEM," said the album's creator, Jason Gorman.
The album — which will be downloadable from iTunes and Amazon — aims to raise £5,000 to create a programming club for young people."Link to Original Source
Barence writes "Ubuntu has shelved the idea of moving to rolling releases, and will continue to release a new version every six months. Earlier this year, Ubuntu developers discussed the idea of moving to rolling releases, with new features added to the OS as and when they were ready. However, In an interview with PC Pro, Canonical CEO Jane Silber said the developers had taken a "cold, hard look at our long-standing practices" and decided to stay with twice-yearly releases. It has, however, cut support on non-LTS releases from 18 to nine months."Link to Original Source
Barence writes "PC Pro has a first look at a new Raspberry Pi enclosure that revives memories of the 1980s micro computers. The Fuze enclosure is a chunky metal frame, with clackety, angled keyboard, in which sits a Raspberry Pi and a 640-connector solderless breadboard, "offering an easy way for beginners to play with switches, LEDs, potentiometers and so forth without having to worry about tripping over wires and dropping the whole thing on the floor."
Perhaps most interestingly, Binary Distribution also plans to offer a Maximite version of the Fuze, which boots directly into a BASIC environment, for an even more authentically 1980s experience."Link to Original Source
Barence writes "Is Ubuntu the world's most successful failure, asks PC Pro, in an in-depth analysis of the Linux distro's prospects on smartphones, tablets and televisions. Despite delivering the world's best-known Linux distro and arguably a better desktop OS than Windows 8, Ubuntu remains resolutely niche and is now under threat from the increasingly popular Linux Mint on the desktop. Meanwhile, its forays into televisions, smartphones and tablets have so far failed to ignite. More than a year after we first saw Ubuntu TV, it's yet to appear on a single television set.
So what does the future hold for Ubuntu? Is the poster child of Linux distros overstretching itself? Or is it primed to become the next Android, an open-source alternative to the closed worlds of Apple and Microsoft?"Link to Original Source