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+ - U.S. Central Command Twitter, YouTube, Facebook Accounts Hacked by ISIS->

Submitted by PseudoCoder
PseudoCoder (1642383) writes "From The Blaze:

The avatar and background image for @CENTCOM was overtaken with the words “CyberCaliphate” and “I love you ISIS,” and the account put out a number of threatening tweets to U.S. military members... U.S. Central Command’s YouTube account was overtaken with the same pro-Islamic State avatar and several videos.

From The Weekly Standard:

The hacker is claiming to be ISIS — and claimg to have personal information of U.S. military personnel."
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+ - Watch Out For Fake Windows Domains->

Submitted by netcacker
netcacker (707412) writes "A post on CircleID is referring to findings by some security experts about several windows related domain names being registered using the letter 'v' twice back to back for 'w'. The focus seems to be on Windows update downloads. Group involved is reported to be affiliated with the infamous VxGame Trojan. Registered names include a new site called vvindowsupdate(dot)com — that's a double 'v' that can look very confusingly similar to 'w' with certain fonts."
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+ - Sony's Vaio RM1N quad-core PC Vs Macbook Pro

Submitted by Al Stinton
Al Stinton (666) writes "If you need to do some hardcore video editing, then look no further than the Sony Vaio RM1N quad-core PC. has a photo story of this graphics monster that is one of the first consumer desktop PCs to use an Intel Core 2 Quad CPU clocked at 2.4GHz. "In other words, it's fast — very fast. It offers 2GB of RAM, an Nvidia GeForce 8600 GTS graphics card and 1TB of hard disk space... Obviously this thing's designed for high-definition video editing. We let our own video monkeys have a go on it and they virtually drooled over the thing. Not once did they mention the Apple Mac Pro, which is pretty remarkable." So what would you go for?"

+ - Northrup Grumman Buys Scaled Composites

Submitted by Sam Allen
Sam Allen (987496) writes "It appears that Scaled Composites' new SpaceShipTwo design is so well regarded by Northrop Grumman that it decided to buy 100 percent of the company. Does this mean that Northrop Grumman will put more capital behind the venture to make public space flight happen sooner, or is it merely performing a CYA maneuveur? Burt Rutan has a vision and I doubt that he would sell out unless it would make that vision happen quicker."

+ - Google Streetview Camera Car Fleet Ready To Go->

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "A camera-toting tipster saw what appeared to be a giant armada of Chevy Cobalt cars in the Google parking lot, getting ready to take pictures of the entire world (or thereabouts) with special 360 cameras. The tipster says he followed a Google camera van as it cruised back to its Mountain View, California lair yesterday after that van finished a session of picture taking for Google's Streetview navigation site, and exactly what did he see there?"
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+ - A new Worm for Your Apple (Rape.osx)->

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SkiifGeek writes "Controversy is slowly building over the development of a new worm that targets OS X systems, dubbed 'Rape.osx'. Using a currently undisclosed vulnerability in mDNSResponder, the worm gives access to root as it spreads across the local network. As with a number of recent Apple-related security discoveries, the author, InfoSec Sellout, is delaying reporting of the vulnerability to Apple until after completing full testing of the worm.

While the worm has yet to leave a testing environment (with 1,500 OS X systems), it is bound to join the likes of Inqtana and Leap as known OS X malware."

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+ - PHP versus Microsoft - A Comparison->

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AlHark writes "I do ask that you read this article with an open mind, and consider that it is quite possible that PHP is no better or worse than I have become weary of the whole PHP is superior to debate. I believe after reading you may find that has a lot to offer you as a developer, maybe more so than PHP.

We as business persons evaluate technology based on its merits, not on what software vendors claim. We look at the nuts and bolts of the technology and what it can and can't do. This article should not be construed as PHP bashing, it is far from that. What it does is debunk several PHP myths and shows that can do what PHP does and then some. If PHP could do what we needed, we would of course use it.

However does what we need and therefore we use it. I have been polling website owners as to why they prefer PHP or hosting. Most of the answers that I have been getting are: PHP hosting is cheaper, PHP programming tools are free, PHP is more secure, and PHP is faster. Read the full comparison at Allen Harkleroad blog."

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Linux Business

+ - Torvalds Says GPLv3 Backers Full Of "Hot Air&#->

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AlexGr writes "Last week Paul McDougall wrote in InformationWeek that Linux creator Linus Torvalds called advocates of the Free Software Foundation's GPLv3 license "hypocrites." A few readers complained he had not provided a complete picture of Torvald's feelings. They were right. Linus also thinks FSF leaders are "controlling," "condescending," and full of "hot air." And he's got more choice words for GPLv3 itself. 2007/07/the_linus_files.html"
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+ - Gott: Get to Mars Before 2053 Or Else->

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "The NY Times has a piece in which J. Richard Gott III claims we most likely have only 46 years remaining to get off the planet, and that other possible civilizations in the galaxy missed the window. From the article: "The sobering facts," Dr. Gott says, "are that in a 13.7 billion-year-old universe, we've only been around 200,000 years, and we're only on one tiny planet. The Copernican answer to Enrico Fermi's famous question — Where are the extraterrestrials? — is that a significant fraction must be sitting on their home planets." tml?_r=1&8dpc&oref=slogin"

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Operating Systems

+ - Operating Systems History

Submitted by cris
cris (666) writes "This 1984 Computer Chronicles show review some of the main operating systems at the time. From the pioneer CP/M, presented by Gary_Kildall, aimed at the then debuted microcomputers to various Unix flavors, including Microsoft own Unix version Xenix, and, of course, MS DOS and the proprietary Apple II system. A must view."

+ - Slashdot irresponsible ?

Submitted by Pipelino
Pipelino (666) writes "Guys, when /. sets as the quote of the day: "malpractice, n.: The reason surgeons wear masks", it's not funny, nor bright english humour, it is just plain stupid and irresponsible. Let's not go into a debate: nobody cares where it came from, just take it back. Please."
Wireless (Apple)

+ - AT&T iPhone Family Plan Rip Off 1

Submitted by aralin
aralin (107264) writes "All AT&T Family Plans list price for first two lines, with additional line for $9.99. Except for iPhone family plans(click Family), where obviously family starts with one person. I do understand the additional data charge of $20 for each phone. But the $9.99 charge for a second phone is quite unprecedented. You can hear Cali Lewis from GeekBrief rave about it and threaten to return her iPhones, until she just accepted the rip off the next day, like many of us. Yes, there is a fine print somewhere, but the way the family plan is presented is at the very least deceptive and sleazy. Par for the course with AT&T."

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