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+ - Overeager Compilers Can Open Security Holes In Your Code->

Submitted by jfruh
jfruh (300774) writes "Creators of compilers are in an arms race to improve performance. But according to a presentantation at this week's annual USENIX conference, those performance boosts can undermine your code's security. For instance, a compiler might find a subroutine that checks a huge bound of memory beyond what's allocated to the program, decide it's an error, and eliminate it from the compiled machine code — even though it's a necessary defense against buffer overflow attacks."
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Comment: Operator Mode (Score 1) 378

I wonder what actually is accessible via operator mode. Changing text and the fees is one thing, but can it actually give the 'operator' any money by either changing the account where fees are deposited and/or by directly 'withdrawing' the money on the spot (without a bank account).

+ - Solar Roadways Project Blows Past $1M Crowdfunding Goal->

Submitted by Lucas123
Lucas123 (935744) writes "It appears an Idaho-based company that created prototype panels for constructing roads that (among other features) gather solar power, will be going into production after it exceeded it's crowdfunding goal of $1M. With two days left to go, Solar Roadways' Indiegogo project has already exceeded $1.6 million. The hexagonal-shaped solar panels consist of four layers, including photovoltaic cells, LED lights, an electronic support structure (circuit board) and a base layer made of recyclable materials. The panels plug together to form circuits that can then use LED lights to create any number of traffic patterns, as well as issue lighted warnings for drivers. The panels also have the ability to melt snow and ice. Along with the crowdfunding money, Solar Roadways received federal grant money for development."
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+ - Bipedal Robot Does 46km/h->

Submitted by schwit1
schwit1 (797399) writes "Scientists from the Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST) have built a fast-running biped robot that can reach a top speed of 46 km/hour (28.6mph) on a treadmill.

Inspired by the velociraptor –the predatory dinosaur which lived 75 million years ago, and was made infamous by Jurassic Park – the scientists decided to build a sprinting robot with two legs and a mechanism that works as a tail.

While Raptor is not as fast as Boston Dynamics' Cheetah, the world's reigning fastest legged robot, which has a top speed of 47 km/hr, the new Korean robot can beat Olympic sprinter Usain Bolt, the fastest human ever whose top speed is estimated to be 43.92 km/hr."

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Comment: Re:Proposal for Australia (Score 1) 271

by Destined Soul (#31247102) Attached to: Newspaper "Hacks Into" Aussie Gov't Website By Guessing URL

Now /. needs a "Informative yet Funny" mod, if not at least for the above comment.

Next thing they'll be banning IE, Firefox, et al, for making one-click hacking software. Retarded* politicians.

(* I have a Down's syndrome brother, so I liberally apply the word retarded for those who act worse than my brother.)

Comment: Re:As long as the URL is secret, it is an attack (Score 1) 271

by Destined Soul (#31246848) Attached to: Newspaper "Hacks Into" Aussie Gov't Website By Guessing URL

I know I RTFA, but I haven't had my coffee yet. I had thought they guessed URLs within the site to see if there was something new but they just clicked on a link.

On that I change my tune a bit as I think of regular pings as normal knocks on the door. Answer and expect to get a visit from a salesman. Just because I only gave out my domain name to my 10 close friends doesn't mean that I don't expect others. However, I start for my phone/baseball bat when someone tries to get in after they've been denied regular access.

Comment: Re:As long as the URL is secret, it is an attack (Score 1) 271

by Destined Soul (#31246580) Attached to: Newspaper "Hacks Into" Aussie Gov't Website By Guessing URL

I was thinking along these lines. I remember coming across the following in my linux apache logs and definitely thought of it an attack probe: "GET /c/winnt/system32/cmd.exe?/c+dir HTTP/1.0" Surely this can also be done via just an URL but that doesn't make it right.

Just because you leave your door open doesn't make someone going through it not trespassing, lock or not. Checking all of the windows and doors to see if there's a way in also doesn't really help with the "I wasn't trespassing" argument, either.

I do admit it should have been locked down, though. At least IP filter access to the site if you're still in testing.

Comment: Re:Only 6 days a week? (Score 1) 633

by Destined Soul (#30873144) Attached to: Rockstar Employees Badly Overworked, Say Wives

Okay, you got me curious.. are you working 7 days a week at 12+ hours each day? Or is it a lot fewer hours just over the entire week?

If so, do you have a happily married wife and kid(s)? I know a few people that would be fine with working solid 10+ hour days a week all week but they have no life nor significant others.

I'm not trying to argue that it's wrong but I am curious how you would do it. I've done 55+ hour work weeks for months in a row and it was starting to take its toll on my family.

Comment: Re:He did what? (Score 1) 249

by Destined Soul (#30451390) Attached to: Dad Delivers Baby Using Wiki
Or, if not the midwife, why not 911? That was the first thing that came to my mind once I read that it was on a friggin blackberry. I'm not sure which bothers me more: the fact that he didn't CALL a medical professional OR that he (and a lot of others here) seemingly think there is nothing wrong with googling for medical directions for something this critical? I can just see the next incident now: "oh, no, I fell into a ravine and broke both legs. Good thing I have my cell phone, I can google how to make up some splints to get out of here." Maybe then again there are websites that are fully sanctioned sites that give proper, legally approved medical advice (ie: the types that aren't likely to get sued into oblivion if something went wrong)? That or the blackberry has WiFi / data but no voice plan?

Comment: Re:Doesn't look practical (Score 1) 135

by Destined Soul (#30130906) Attached to: Cooling Bags Could Cut Server Cooling Costs By 93%
Actually, it looks fine after some initial glances. They put up a video on youtube here where the interior is liquid filled for direct contact with all of the components, then a secondary liquid system (it seems) outside uses the plating case as a heat exchanger and takes it away to the central lines out of the cooling system.

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