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Submission + - Intel Core i7-3960X Sandy Bridge-E Tested (

Vigile writes: "Intel is taking the wraps off of the Core i7-3960X processor, the new high-end enthusiast part based on the Sandy Bridge-E architecture. Very similar to the currently existing parts, SNB-E moves from a quad-core design up to six cores while removing the integrated graphics. Other changes include a move to a 15MB L3 shared cache, 40 lanes of PCI Express (with unofficial PCIE 3.0 support) and a new quad-channel memory controller supporting speeds of 1600 MHz and capacities of 64GB. The new Extreme Edition part definitely takes the performance crown for consumer processors based on PC Perspective's testing while introducing a new socket (LGA2011) and a new chipset (X79) but will only be offered in two somewhat expensive options immediately (i7-3930K and i7-3960X) coming in at $555 and $990 respectively."

Submission + - Mac OS X Sandbox Security Hole Uncovered (

Gunkerty Jeb writes: Researchers at Core Security Technologies have uncovered a security hole that could allow someone to circumvent the application sandbox restrictions of Mac OS X.

The report of the vulnerability, which affects Mac OS X 10.7x, 10.6x and 10.5x, follows Apple’s announcement earlier this month that all applications submitted to the Mac App store must implement sandboxing as of March 1, 2012. Sandboxing, Apple has argued, limits the resources applications can access and makes it more difficult for malware to compromise systems.

Researchers at Core however revealed Nov. 10 that they had warned Apple in September about a vulnerability in their sandboxing approach. According to Core's advisory, several of the default predefined sandbox profiles fail to “properly limit all the available mechanisms." As a result, the sandboxing restrictions can be circumvented through the use of Apple events.

Comment Re:Holy shit (Score 1) 618

I don't bother with content filters. Too many false positives, and too easy to get around. I figure the kids (12yo and 17yo) can handle seeing by accident, and if they actually go looking it's its own punishment. I do have their browsers set up to go through a squid proxy, and I periodically review the logs. I have it set up so that they have to ask me to allow them access; a cron job shuts it down again at bedtime.

That's it, really. The threat of their mom finding porno sites in the logs is pretty effective.

Yeah, they could trivially get around the proxy just by changing their settings. I'm really kind of disappointed that neither one has figured it out yet. I'd actually like them to try; they'd at least be learning something about computers.

Comment Re:Torn (Score 1) 370

You are forgeting something... the important drug market, is not Mexico, but the US.. The local market is just a tiny fraction of the money that come from the US. If you make drugs legal.... the export to the US would still be ilegal... And drug dealers would preffer to stay criminal, before expose their biggest earning to the goverment eyes...

Submission + - Avoid Messy Breakups by Locking Down Your Web Life (

SciNye writes: Seeing your just-separated ex with a new fling on Facebook? Painful. Seeing that they've run through your Gmail? Devastating. Ars Technica suggests a well-considered checklist of changes to make to your online accounts in the wake of a severed relationship.
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The Mouse Turns 40 169

Smivs writes with an excerpt from the BBC marking the anniversary of what may be the most famous tech demo outside Trinity site: "The humble computer mouse celebrates its 40th anniversary today. On 9 December 1968 hi-tech visionary Douglas Engelbart first used one to demonstrate novel ways of working with computers. The first mouse that Dr Engelbart used in the demo at the Fall Joint Computer Conference (FJCC) was made of wood and had one button. Much of the technology shown off in the demo inspired the creation of the hardware and software now widely used. ... The mouse, which was built by Bill English, helped Dr Engelbart demonstrate how text files could be clipped, copied and pasted as well as showing ways of using computer networks to collaborate on projects or co-edit documents." According to the article, "A day of celebration is planned in California to mark the 40th anniversary; with many of the researchers behind the original demo reunited to mark the event."

Electrode Implant Gives Mute Man a (Synthesized) Voice 58

Iddo Genuth writes with an excerpt from The Future of Things: "A surgical procedure performed by a team from Boston University, Massachusetts led by Professor Frank Guenther, has enabled a mute man to speak again. An electrode implanted in the patient's brain made it possible for the patient to produce vowels by thinking them, using a speech synthesizer. In the future, this breakthrough may help patients with similar injuries produce entire sentences, using signals from their brains."

White House Briefed On "Potential For Life" On Mars 610

Veeoh writes "FTA: It would appear that the US President has been briefed by Phoenix scientists about the discovery of something more 'provocative' than the discovery of water existing on the Martian surface. This news comes just as the Thermal and Evolved Gas Analyzer (TEGA) confirmed experimental evidence for the existence of water in the Mars regolith on Thursday."

If you're not careful, you're going to catch something.