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+ - Ubuntu forums hacked

Submitted by Sene
Sene (1794986) writes "Seems that Ubuntu forums have been hacked, according to the notification from Canonical:

"Hello,

You are receiving this message because you have an account registered with this address on ubuntuforums.org.

The Ubuntu forums software was compromised by an external attacker. As a result, the attacker has gained access to read your username, email address and an encrypted copy of your password from the forum database.

If you have used this password and email address to authenticate at any other website, you are urged to reset the password on those accounts immediately as the attacker may be able to use the compromised personal information to access these other accounts. It is important to have a distinct password for different accounts.

The ubuntuforums.org website is currently offline and we are working to restore this service. Please take the time to change your ubuntuforums.org account password when service is restored.

We apologize for any inconvenience to the Ubuntu community, thank you for your understanding.

The Canonical Sysadmins."

Sent as forums@ubuntu.com with return path of: daemon@pesanta.canonical.com"

+ - Ask Slashdot: What if you had names and dates to leak, but no documents? 2

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "At some point between September 2001 and June 2013, I worked for a certain organization. It's an organization that is high profile enough that at least some Slashdotters have heard of it, but it's not the usual sort of organization that you would expect to be involved in supplying software for high-volume database systems to the NSA.

But that's what we did. At the time, I didn't know what it was for. Now I know.

I know names and dates of the people involved, and have a fairly good memory of some of the technical specifications. I have no documents to back it up.

If you found out that some of your code was being used for evil, but you didn't have any documents to leak, what would you do?"

+ - NSA Says It Can't Search Its Own Emails->

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "Responding to a Freedom of Information Act request by Justin Elliot, blogger and journalist at ProPublica.com, the NSA regretfully informed him:

"There's no central method to search an email at this time with the way our records are set up, unfortunately," NSA Freedom of Information Act officer Cindy Blacker told me last week. The system is “a little antiquated and archaic," she added.

Maybe a little extra could be included in the next NSA budget for an Outlook license?"
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+ - Supercomputer Becomes Massive Router for Global Radio Telescope->

Submitted by Nerval's Lobster
Nerval's Lobster (2598977) writes "Astrophysicists at MIT and the Pawsey supercomputing center in Western Australia have discovered a whole new role for supercomputers working on big-data science projects: They’ve figured out how to turn a supercomputer into a router. (Make that a really, really big router.) The supercomputer in this case is a Cray Cascade system with a top performance of 0.3 petaflops—to be expanded to 1.2 petaflops in 2014—running on a combination of Intel Ivy Bridge, Haswell and MIC processors. The machine, which is still being installed at the Pawsey Centre in Kensington, Western Australia and isn’t scheduled to become operational until later this summer, had to go to work early after researchers switched on the world’s most sensitive radio telescope June 9. The Murchison Widefield Array is a 2,000-antenna radio telescope located at the Murchison Radio-astronomy Observatory (MRO) in Western Australia, built with the backing of universities in the U.S., Australia, India and New Zealand. Though it is the most powerful radio telescope in the world right now, it is only one-third of the Square Kilometer Array—a spread of low-frequency antennas that will be spread across a kilometer of territory in Australia and Southern Africa. It will be 50 times as sensitive as any other radio telescope and 10,000 times as quick to survey a patch of sky. By comparison, the Murchison Widefield Array is a tiny little thing stuck out as far in the middle of nowhere as Australian authorities could find to keep it as far away from terrestrial interference as possible. Tiny or not, the MWA can look farther into the past of the universe than any other human instrument to date. What it has found so far is data—lots and lots of data. More than 400 megabytes of data per second come from the array to the Murchison observatory, before being streamed across 500 miles of Australia’s National Broadband Network to the Pawsey Centre, which gets rid of most of it as quickly as possible."
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+ - US Gained A Decade of Flynn Effect IQ Points After Adding Iodine to Salt->

Submitted by cold fjord
cold fjord (826450) writes "I wish it was always this easy. From Business Insider: "Iodized salt is so ubiquitous that we barely notice it. Few people know why it even exists. Iodine deficiency remains the world's leading cause of preventable mental retardation. According to a new study, its introduction in America in 1924 had an effect so profound that it raised the country's IQ. A new NBER working paper from James Feyrer, Dimitra Politi, and David N. Weil finds that the population in iodine-deficient areas saw IQs rise by a full standard deviation, which is 15 points, after iodized salt was introduced.... The mental impacts were unknown, the program was started to fight goiter, so these effects were an extremely fortunate unintended side effect." — The Nation Bureau of Economic Research paper (Restricted / Paywall )"
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Security

+ - LinkedIn Password Hashes Leaked Online

Submitted by jones_supa
jones_supa (887896) writes "A user in a Russian forum (which?) is claiming to have hacked LinkedIn to the tune of almost 6.5 million account details. The user uploaded 6,458,020 SHA-1 hashed passwords, but no usernames. Several people have said on Twitter that they found their real LinkedIn passwords as hashes on the list. The Verge spoke with Mikko Hyppönen, Chief Research Officer at F-Secure, who thinks this is a real collection. He told us he is 'guessing it's some sort of exploit on their web interface, but there's no way to know.' We will have to wait for LinkedIn to report back to be sure what exactly has happened."

+ - The Biggest Loser contest at work->

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OutputLogic
OutputLogic writes "Everybody knows about obesity epidemic in the US and many other countries. There is a lot of media interest to this problem, including popular TV show "The Biggest Loser". However, it came to me as a shock when my employer, a mid-size high-tech publicly traded corporation, announced "The Biggest Loser" contest at work. Well, we have a fair amount of overweight employees. But still, the whole idea of having such a contest at a workplace is demeaning, to say the least. I wonder if such thing is becoming a commonplace and what /. readers think about it."
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Space

+ - NASA finds 'Alien' Matter From Beyond Our Solar Sy->

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "For the very first time, a NASA spacecraft has detected matter from outside our solar system — material that came from elsewhere in the galaxy, researchers announced today (Jan. 31).
This so-called interstellar material was spotted by NASA's Interstellar Boundary Explorer (IBEX), a spacecraft that is studying the edge of the solar system from its orbit about 200,000 miles (322,000 kilometers) above Earth.

"This alien interstellar material is really the stuff that stars and planets and people are made of — it's really important to be measuring it," David McComas, IBEX principal investigator and assistant vice president of the Space Science and Engineering Division at Southwest Research Institute in San Antonio, said in a news briefing today from NASA Headquarters in Washington, D.C."

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Hardware

+ - Clever Site Lets you Compare Phone Sizes Visually->

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "Choosing between the hundreds of phone models can be difficult. Fortunately there is a new site that lets you compare them visually. The appropriately named Phone-Size.com has a database of all the latest phones, and many older models too.

The site is still pretty bare-bones. You have the phones in the middle, a simple, unstyled dropdown to select your phone, and a few formatting options along the top bar. That is it. The big new feature the author is currently working on is a side view, so you can see how thick they look next to one another."

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KDE

+ - Spark, First Linux Tablet Running KDE Plasma Activ->

Submitted by dartttt
dartttt (1883852) writes "Aaron J. Seigo, from KDE Plasma Active development team has revealed a tablet which could be the first device to come with Plasma Active pre-installed. Named 'Spark', the tablet features an open Linux stack on unlocked hardware and comes with open content and services market.

Plasma Active is a joint project by the KDE community, basysKom and open-slx. The goals for this open source project are to deliver a fast embedded UX platform with minimal memory requirements, provide customizable and modular to support different form factors and design an interface that adapts as users change Activities.

Plasma Active is intended for all types of tablets, smartphones and touch computing devices such as settop boxes, smart TVs, home automation or in-vehicle infotainment."

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