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+ - Mobile Hacks to Increase With SDR Adoption->

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Orome1
Orome1 writes "Mobile communications operating over radio systems such as GSM, WiMax and DECT are likely to become more heavily targeted as Software Defined Radio (SDR) technology becomes more sophisticated, cheaper and more widely available. Those attempting to compromise wireless communications systems in the past have used expensive equipment coupled with advanced signal analysis skills. In contrast, SDR devices typically use a standard PC to capture and manipulate radio spectrum potentially allowing an attacker to capture and demodulate advanced radio systems which were previously inaccessible to the hacking community. Common barriers to mobile attacks such as frequency hopping and advanced modulation techniques can be quickly overcome using this off-the-shelf hardware and software."
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Businesses

+ - An open alternative to Kickstarter->

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angry tapir
angry tapir writes "Crowd-funding website Crowdtilt officially launched last week, expanding upon the collective fundraising model pioneered by Kickstarter to enable raising money for any project — even a beer blitz. Like Kickstarter, Crowdtilt allows users to create a fundraising campaign with a tipping point. If the effort falls short of the set amount, would-be donors are not charged. However, unlike Kickstarter, the platform allows users to "group fund anything." Users can initiate campaigns without first getting the approval of service administrators, which they must do on Kickstarter."
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IOS

+ - Apple may launch 'iPad mini' in early 2012 to fend->

Submitted by zacharye
zacharye (2330148) writes "Apple may be working on a new entry-level tablet scheduled to launch early next year. “Our research is pointing to the unveiling of a lower priced iPad in the first few months of 2012 that is aimed at expanding the company’s market potential by tapping into a more price sensitive consumer segment,” the analyst wrote. “Essentially, this ‘iPad mini’ will also fend off the recently announced Amazon (AMZN, $235.48, NR) Kindle Fire that addresses the low-end tablet market with a $199 price tag but could lead to bigger tablet ambitions from the online retailer in the future.”..."
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+ - Fullscreen applications or window managers? 1

Submitted by larppaxyz
larppaxyz (1333319) writes "Going back in time, when 14" displays and 1024x768 resolution were big deal we really didn't have choice but to run our applications fullscreen/maximized. You just could not fit enough text and UI elements to small window. Displays and resolutions got better and we still are running our browsers, text editors and utilities maximized. Our mobile phones and tablets have UI's that are minimalistic with big and clear buttons and common tasks are replaced with gestures. Is this trend coming to desktop computer UI's also? Do you like old school window managers more than full screen applications? Does it feel easier to just switch current application instead on moving around windows? Is it just issue with our current window managers we are using (or not using)? What does this all mean to UI desing in future?"

Comment: Duh (Score 1) 185

by MazTaim (#33214444) Attached to: Touchscreens Open To Smudge Attacks

I actually thought this was common knowledge for many years now. One of the biggest flawed security screens is the connect-the-dots unlock screen for Android. To really highlight that, just clean up the screen and attempt to unlock. Look at screen from the side. You should see smudges AND streaks. Those streaks can help you easily make out the direction to move in.

Operating Systems

CentOS Project Administrator Goes AWOL 492

Posted by CmdrTaco
from the going-out-for-smokes dept.
An anonymous reader writes "Lance Davis, the main project administrator for CentOS, a popular free 'rebuild' of Red Hat's Enterprise Linux, appears to have gone AWOL. In an open letter from his fellow CentOS developers, they describe the precarious situation the project has been put in. There have been attempts to contact him for some time now, as he's the sole administrator for the centos.org domain, the IRC channels, and apparently, CentOS funds. One can only hope that Lance gets in contact with them and gets things sorted out."

Comment: Most folks? (Score 1) 263

by leshert (#26301081) Attached to: The Secret Origins of Microsoft Office's Clippy

Most folks think that Microsoft Office's Clippy, Microsoft Bob, and Windows XP's Search Assistant dog were perverse jokes. [need citation]

I've never heard this opinion before, to be honest. They obviously share a pedigree (no pun intended), but no company puts that much research, development, and sales investment into something they don't expect to give returns.

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