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Networking

+ - Mobile Hacks to Increase With SDR Adoption->

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->

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->

zacharye 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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Comment: Duh (Score 1) 185 185

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 492 492

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: How do Satellite Repeaters Work? (Score 1) 330 330

I am very curious to find out how this is done. We have a repeater attached to our apartment and find it quite annoying and sometimes a little scary. A satellite dish is attached to one corner of the outside wall of our apartment. There are two "thin cables" that run to a repeater. Then another set of much thicker cables run from the repeater around our apartment wall just barely above each of our back bedrooms window (you can see the stupid things standing up and looking out the window) to a 5-10 foot pole antenna.

What truly scares me is the fact that most of the insulation has fallen off of both the receiving and especially the transmitting cables. I don't know if it's related but we can't get a good wireless signal 5 feet from most WAPs we have purchased over the years.

Should I be concerned that they have such powerful cables transmitting literally 3 feet from where I sleep?
KDE

Journal: Rant de KDE

Let me start off by saying KDE sucks. You don't like my last sentence, then bugger off.

Let me start this off by saying that I went into the whole idea of installing and using KDE with a very open mind. Although there is plenty good to say about KDE, there is also plenty bad.

In practice, failures in system development, like unemployment in Russia, happens a lot despite official propaganda to the contrary. -- Paul Licker

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