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+ - Yahoo! Mail Continues to Suffer XSS Hijacks Months After Initial Discovery.

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "You may vaguely recall using Yahoo! and their mail service in the mid nineties, before everyone moved on to bigger and better things, but it would appear that a hardcore group of technophobes and BT and Sky customers are still stuck with this partially fossilised company's email solution, and it's one that is proving breathtakingly insecure. It appears that users have been receiving emails containing links to scripts on compromised domains which have made use of an XSS vulnerability in yahoo's website to misappropriate session cookies and take control of users' accounts, the attackers have then sent out similar links to all available contacts, the lovely thing about this exploit is that most users will be completely oblivious unless their contacts start to question the stream of spam coming from them, or they happen to dig into their account settings panel and discover suspicious logins from brazil or russia through yahoo's mobile portal.
Yahoo have been alerted to the issue numerous times over the course of several months and appear completely incapable of fixing it, as can be seen from this handful of recent articles.
While this is highly unlikely to directly affect slashdot users, you may have friends, relatives or neighbours who could need a little encouragement and assistance to migrate to a safer email provider."
Unix

+ - DMR Dead at 70->

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "Dennis MacAlistair Ritchie, a true legend among the original computer programmers, died sometime earlier this week at his home. Ritchie was the R in the original K+R programming manuals. He left us with the legacy of the C language and the Unix operating system. It would be beyond imagination to think any other individual could transcend technology the way DMR did, and shared with us all. Godbless."
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Supercomputing

Windows Cluster Hits a Petaflop, But Linux Retains Top-5 Spot 229

Posted by timothy
from the heating-up-the-whole-outdoors dept.
Twice a year, Top500.org publishes a list of supercomputing benchmarks from sites around the world; the new results are in. Reader jbrodkin writes "Microsoft says a Windows-based supercomputer has broken the petaflop speed barrier, but the achievement is not being recognized by the group that tracks the world's fastest supercomputers, because the same machine was able to achieve higher speeds using Linux. The Tokyo-based Tsubame 2.0 computer, which uses both Windows and Linux, was ranked fourth in the world in the latest Top 500 supercomputers list. While the computer broke a petaflop with both operating systems, it achieved a faster score with Linux, denying Microsoft its first official petaflop ranking." Also in Top-500 news, reader symbolset writes with word that "the Chinese Tianhe-1A system at the National Supercomputer Center in Tianjin takes the top spot with 2.57 petaflops. Although the US has long held a dominant position in the list things now seem to be shifting, with two of the top spots held by China, one by Japan, and one by the US. In the Operating System Family category Linux continues to consolidate its supercomputing near-monopoly with 91.8% of the systems — up from 91%. High Performance Computing has come a long way quickly. When the list started as a top-10 list in June of 1993 the least powerful system on the list was a Cray Y-MP C916/16526 with 16 cores driving 13.7 RMAX GFLOP/s. This is roughly the performance of a single midrange laptop today."
First Person Shooters (Games)

+ - Tremulous moves to Xbox, loses sight of open roots 1

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "Following in the footsteps of popular open source shooter Nexuiz, Tim Angus, better known by the open source gaming community as "Timbo", has announced that a deal has been reached between Microsoft game studios and Darklegion Development to bring the Tremulous concept to Microsoft's Xbox 360 and Xbox live service. As part of the deal, Microsoft has acquired all rights to the Tremulous brand, including the tremulous.net domain.
Unfortunately, while attempts were made by the community to negotiate the co-existence of xbox and open source projects under the same name, MGS flatly refused to allow this and, just hours after the original announcement, the disgruntled ex-dev team made the decision to fork Tremulous. The resulting project, "Librelous", a portmanteau of Libre and Tremulous, promises to breath new life into the game with brand new music, sounds and high res graphics, in addition to the much anticipated flashlight."
Music

Grateful Dead Percussionist Makes Music From Supernovas 57

Posted by kdawson
from the music-of-the-exploding-spheres dept.
At the "Cosmology At the Beach" conference earlier this month, Grammy-award winning percussionist Mickey Hart performed a composition inspired by the eruptions of supernovae. "Keith Jackson, a Berkeley Lab computer scientist who is also a musician, lent his talents to the project, starting with gathering data from astrophysicists like those at the Berkeley Lab’s Nearby Supernova Factory, which collects data from telescopes in space and on earth to quickly detect and analyze short-lived supernovas. 'If you think about it, it's all electromagnetic data — but with a very high frequency,' Jackson said of the raw data. "What we did is turn it into sound by slowing down the frequency and "stretching" it into an audio form. Both light and sound are all wave forms — just at different frequencies. Our goal was to turn the electromagnetic data into audio data while still preserving the science.'"

Comment: Re:As a British taxpayer... (Score 1) 179

by BiggyP (#29863903) Attached to: BBC Planning To Launch Global iPlayer VoD Service

A lot doesn't equate to nearly enough, and i don't think i've ever seen it happen for radio content. PVR mode in get_iplayer is a great idea, but it still needs me to anticipate the first episode for anything that isn't in catch-up mode. Then there's the issue of older programming, which BBC worldwide have got their grubby hands on and are holding to ransom on paid-for cable/satellite channels, can't we at least have more repeats?

Comment: Re:As a British taxpayer... (Score 1) 179

by BiggyP (#29861611) Attached to: BBC Planning To Launch Global iPlayer VoD Service

Not only that, Channel 4 make a large quantity of their content available on 4od(nasty flash site but still vaguely usable in linux) for 30 days, or indefinitely for stuff in their backcatalogue, such as the comic strip presents and every episode of peep show, whereas the BBC keeps recently aired content online for 7 whole days and expects you to buy the DVD if you would like to watch anything older... If i miss the first episode of a programme and realise this just after the second episode has aired i then have to go and torrent it before watching ep2 on iplayer. Now i keep an eye out for things and just rip everything remotely interesting with get_iplayer, resulting in nice mp4s that i can watch later, as in whenever i like, and without suffering the appalling performance of fullscreen flash.

Another great move by the BBC is to offer drm-free downloads of iplayer content, but guess what, you ordinarily(get_iplayer can retrieve these, thankfully) need to own an iPhone for them to extend this functionality to you, great, huh?

Linux

+ - Taking Free Software to The Streets

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "It's that time of year again, the nights are drawing in, the leaves are beginning to turn, and literally hundreds of teams of dedicated F/OSS enthusiasts, from around the world, are preparing to hit the streets in celebration of Software Freedom Day 2009. In an effort to increase awareness of free and open source software among the general public, SFD teams will be standing around town centres and shopping malls, holding talks at schools and universities, giving demonstrations and handing out Linux and FOSS collections for Windows on CD.
With money being tight and paranoia about malware and viruses at an all time high, the time is right to help consumers switch on to the myriad of quality open source applications available. If you would like to check for an SFD team in your area and consider attending, be it to help out or simply learn more about free software for yourself, there's an interactive map to help you find your way."
The Internet

+ - 4 + 1 ways to celebrate Software Freedom Day->

Submitted by Xenofon Papadopoulos
Xenofon Papadopoulos (749748) writes "With the Software Freedom Day fast approaching, the Free Software Foundation and communities across the world are planning their activities and are preparing to celebrate and promote Free Software in their region. Joining your local community and partaking to its activities is strongly suggested; however, here are some ideas for individual promotion of Free Software."
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Upgrades

+ - Ubuntu is Quickest and Easiest Upgrade.->

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twitter
twitter writes "It should come as no surprise to long time Debian users that Ubuntu is the quickest and easiest modern OS to upgrade. Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols took a stab at upgrading Windows, OSX and Ubuntu. OSX and Ubuntu tied for ease but Ubuntu was faster. He ran into the same problems with Windows as others have.

With Windows XP, I found, as I expected, that there is no easy way to upgrade. ...I had to reinstall every, last application, fonts and drivers. ... The only version of Windows that can be upgraded without jumping through hoops is Vista. Even Vista, however, can only be upgraded easily from the same version to another or to Windows 7 Ultimate. [Mossberg had to reinstall all of his programs with Vista, so the few who suffered through that may not really have it easier.]

In stark contrast, Ubuntu was easy to upgrade. There's simply no comparison. Mac OS X Snow Leopard is also an easy upgrade. Just like Ubuntu Linux, all you really need to do is put in the DVD, make a few mouse clicks, and go have lunch while it runs. Once installed, both Snow Leopard and Ubuntu ran perfectly. That's more than I can about Windows 7. [typical Windows networking problems follow]

Unix just works and the more freedom you have the easier it is. With more vendor free software support on the way, the difference will grow."
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Biotech

Fluorescent Protein Research Lands Scientists Nobel Prize 79

Posted by timothy
from the also-will-change-dinner-forever dept.
Iddo Genuth writes "The Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences has announced three recipients of the Nobel Prize in Chemistry award for 2008: jointly given to Osamu Shimomura, Martin Chalfie and Roger Y. Tsien 'for the discovery and development of the green fluorescent protein, GFP' — a remarkable brightly glowing green fluorescent protein first observed in the beautiful jellyfish, Aequorea victoria, in 1962."

Comment: Re:Monopolies and anti-competitive behavior. (Score 1) 768

by BiggyP (#22833136) Attached to: Mozilla CEO Objects To Safari Auto Install

If Safari was forced, you might be able to compare Apple and Microsoft. It's not, unless you fail to read the dialog, so charges of leveraging a monopoly position are bullshit.

Ah, my mistake, it is, of course, common knowledge that _all_ users read dialogues thoroughly before proceeding during an update... You are joking, right? Please tell me you're joking, otherwise it sounds like naivety or favouritism.

Unfortunately an awful lot of iPod users are frequently outwitted by various bathroom objects...

With Windows IE is present from the word go, it's something we're aware is there, it doesn't get installed by stealth some time later on, we can choose to use something else and in theory that choice should be honoured(in practice this may not be the case). Apple's updater is very different, a user installs iTunes, they get quicktime by the backdoor too but we'll ignore that, uses iTunes happily for months without noticing anything unexpected, always installing updates and patches when asked, along comes an update dialogue with a checkbox, user blindly accepts and down comes safari. Chances are that they've bought into the cult of apple anyway by this stage and there's a strong possibility that the new icon on their desktop will be met with some excitement.
Microsoft

India Votes Against OOXML 171

Posted by kdawson
from the one-down dept.
harsha_c sends in a local Indian perspective on the vote against Microsoft's OOXML ahead of the March 29 deadline. Of 19 companies participating, only 5 voted in favor of OOXML. "It was the ultimate battle for control over global IT standard for documents — between Microsoft-promoted OOXML and Sun and IBM-backed Open Document Format. It was played out between Indian IT giants, namely Infosys, Wipro, TCS supported by Nasscom on one side and the global IT biggies like IBM, Sun Microsystems, Red Hat backed by te IITs, IIMs and IISc on the other, on their respective positions on Microsoft's OOXML standard. Microsoft understandably expressed its disspointment. 'While we are disappointed with the decision of the BIS committee, we are encouraged by the support from NASSCOM.'
Microsoft

Customer Loses Xbox 360 Artwork During Repair 330

Posted by ScuttleMonkey
from the customer-disservice dept.
An anonymous reader writes "The Consumerist is reporting that one unlucky individual had to send his Xbox 360 in for repairs. The catch is he had spent a great deal of time getting signatures and artwork on the outside of the console from notable members of the gaming industry. He specifically asked and even sent a letter along with his console requesting that the outside of the case be returned intact. When he got it back it was once again, plain white. Assuming that this is a genuine claim, regardless of the circumstances surrounding the missing/cleaned case Microsoft should at least apologize to the guy."

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