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+ - Viruses & Malware Via Social Networking Sites

Submitted by
Marc Beharry
Marc Beharry writes "It appears that hackers and other online bad guys are using social networking and social bookmarking sites to draw in victims.

It was only a matter of time before they realized the potential to distribute their malware via these new tools.

The can actually circumvent the protections that Google (GOOG) and other sites provide us by banning and publicizing sites that hide, spyware, viruses, spoofs, trojans and other malicious software.

Being a very big fan of social networking sites myself, the though never even occured to me until I obtained a virus by "stumbling" a recommended site from a fellow techie via Stumbleupon.com.

Social networking sites need to implement security measures ASAP so they do not harm their communities. I believe these companies will not do anything until the word really starts to get out and visitors start to decline.

So be weary do not trust unknown members of your respective social communities..."
The Internet

+ - How To Run Cisco IOS On Your PC

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An anonymous reader writes "Started in August of 2005 by Christophe Fillot, Dynamips is a Linux and Windows based application that is used to emulate the hardware of the Cisco 7200 and 3600 series routing platforms. Unlike traditional router simulators" Dynamips allows you to boot real Cisco IOS software images and build complex network topologies to test the functionality of IOS on your desktop PC. As of November 2006 Dynamips currently supports Ethernet, Serial, ATM, and POS interfaces for the 7200 series routers and Ethernet, Serial, and Etherswitch modules for the 3600 series routers. Best of all Dynamips is open-source and free to download!

To run Dynamips first you must install libpcap or winpcap depending on your platform. Windows users will need to install winpcap 4.0 or later which is currently in beta.

Next download the appropriate Linux or Windows executables for Dynamips. To do this I would recommended to download the Dynagen installer package, a front end written by Greg Anuzelli which uses an INI-like configuration file to provision the Dynamips emulator.

Next you'll need a Cisco IOS software image for a 7206, 3620, 3640, or 3660 router depending on which platform you will be emulating.
The rest of the article is here.
http://www.internetworkexpert.com/resources/iosonp c.htm"
Hardware Hacking

New Motherboards Disallowing IDE Booting? 183

Posted by Cliff
from the brain-dead-moves dept.
wattsup asks: "It seems that bootable IDE ports are disappearing on newer motherboards. I recently purchased an MSI G965M-FI motherboard for a system upgrade. Overall the board is pretty good with lots of features, but it had one unexpected 'feature' that I didn't know about when I bought it. The PATA100 IDE port won't allow you to install an operating system from an attached CD-ROM. Does anybody know if this is an issue that can be fixed by upgrading the BIOS, or is this hard-wired into the IDE controller?"

Skeleton Of Sun's Atmosphere Reveals Its True Nature->

From feed by sdfeed
The Sun's outer atmosphere or corona is incredibly complex, as shown in observations from space. It is also extremely hot, with a temperature of over a million degrees by comparison with that of the Sun's surface of only 6000 degrees. Scientists have now made a major breakthrough in understanding this complexity by studying the 'skeleton' of the magnetic field.
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Vonage Says There Is No Workaround To Verizon's VoIP Patents->

From feed by techdirtfeed
After a jury sided with Verizon in its patent-infringment case against it, Vonage told customers and investors not to worry, because it was developing a workaround that would allow it to continue operating without infringing upon any of the patents in question. However, the company has now confirmed that there is no such workaround, and it's not certain that one would be feasible, given the breadth of the Verizon patents. It's filing for a permanent stay of the injunction against it, apparently with the hope that the appeals process will work out in its favor. If that move isn't successful, it's going to be awfully hard for the company to stay in business. Seeing the stay denied would be a dream scenario for Verizon, since the patents in question are so broad that it's conceivable it could be impossible to run a landline-replacement VoIP service in the US without infringing upon them -- meaning it could shut down the entire US VoIP industry and the stiff competition it provides the company's traditional phone services. Verizon's not the only company rubbing its hands gleefully, either. The whole VoIP space is so patented up that it's under threat not just from entrenched rivals who would like to see its growth stymied, but by companies that have done little to bring their innovations to market and are looking to make a quick buck.
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XBox (Games)

+ - Xbox destroys disks

Submitted by morie
morie (227571) writes "The dutch consumer program "Kassa" got Microsoft to acknowledge that even normal use of an Xbox 360 will result in damage to your games, DVDs or CDs (English story here). Up until now, Microsoft had always responded to the complaints by blaming scratches on wrong use of the equipment. The problem turned out to be a design problem in the drive.

"Kassa" did recieve over a thousend complaints adressed to Microsoft. In the show (streaming video, dutch, start min 17), they admitted there was a problem and said they would arrange for replacements, but they did not want to take full responsibility."
Operating Systems

+ - Tux 500 project aims for Linux-team at Indy 500

Submitted by
Hans Kwint
Hans Kwint writes "Marketing Linux has always been a tricky proposition. As a community, we have relied on corporations who have a stake in the Linux operating system to market Linux to the world at large. Today, we have an opportunity to change that, and make Linux marketing as much a community effort as Linux development. That effort begins with the Tux 500 project.

Our goal is simple: we want to collect community donations to enter a Linux sponsored car in the 2007 Indianapolis 500. If less than 1% of the Linux community donates $1, this will happen... Already about $5,000 was collected, and only 5 weeks are left.

Read on

For everybody who doesn't think this is a good idea: You don't have to donate, but please don't get in the way of people wanting to help, and read the FAQ before complaining)"
Science

Brain Tumor Vaccine Shows Promising Results 62

Posted by ScuttleMonkey
from the getting-a-head-of-cancer dept.
ScienceDaily is reporting that a new vaccine used in the treatment of a cancer found primarliy in the brain is showing promising results after an initial trial at the University of California. "Of the 12 patients being treated, eight can currently be evaluated for overall survival, while four are still receiving treatment. Seven out of the eight patients have exceeded the historical median benchmark of 6.5 months survival from time of recurrence. The investigators will continue to follow the patients for overall survival. Based on these results, a larger, multi-center phase 2 study is planned for late 2007."
Mozilla

+ - Firefox usage close to 25% in Europe.

Submitted by
donstenk72
donstenk72 writes "Firefox cannot be stopped: close to 25% of the Europeans use the open source browser, according to the Xiti monitor.

http://www.xitimonitor.com/en-us/browsers-baromete r/firefox-march-2007/index-1-2-3-77.html.

In Slovenia usage tops 40% whilst France, Germany and Finland show a percentage that is much higher than the world average.

Not really a surprise, many Europeans are open to alternatives, particularly when they work well!"
Book Reviews

Java Generics and Collections

Posted by samzenpus
from the read-all-about-it dept.
andrew cooke writes "Java 6 was recently released, but many programmers are still exploring the features introduced in Java 5 — probably the most significant changes in the language's twelve year history. Amongst those changes (enumerations, auto-boxing, foreach, varargs) generics was the most far-reaching, introducing generic programming in a simpler, safer way than C++ templates and, unlike generics in C#, maintaining backwards (and forwards) compatibility with existing Java code." Read on for the rest of Andrew's review.
Mozilla

+ - Firefox keeps winning terrain in Europe

Submitted by
PARENA
PARENA writes "French researcher Xiti claims that Mozilla Firefox keeps winning terrain in Europe. Almost 25% of internet users in Europe uses Firefox. Slovenia (44.5%), Finland (41.3%), Croatia (36.5%) and Germany (36.2%) lead the way, followed by a group of mostly Eastern European countries. Remarkably, The Netherlands is only at 13.3%, right before Andorra. The rest of the world (except Oceania) is behind Europe, with 11.9% to 15.1%."
Hardware Hacking

+ - Teardown of Prius Reveals Toyota Design Philosophy

Submitted by
MarsGov
MarsGov writes "A group of automotive engineers recently tore down a Toyota Prius to dissect the design techniques and choices that went into the vehicle. The results are becoming available at AutomotiveDesignLine and at TechOnline's Under The Hood — search for "Prius" at both of these links — and will be also published as a paper supplement to the May 14th issue of EE Times. There's even a video."
Book Reviews

Java Generics and Collections 278

Posted by samzenpus
from the read-all-about-it dept.
andrew cooke writes "Java 6 was recently released, but many programmers are still exploring the features introduced in Java 5 — probably the most significant changes in the language's twelve year history. Amongst those changes (enumerations, auto-boxing, foreach, varargs) generics was the most far-reaching, introducing generic programming in a simpler, safer way than C++ templates and, unlike generics in C#, maintaining backwards (and forwards) compatibility with existing Java code." Read on for the rest of Andrew's review.

He keeps differentiating, flying off on a tangent.

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