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Android

Sony's New Android-based Dual Screen Tablets 129 129

trawg writes "Sony has officially announced a new line of 'Sony tablets.' There are two models, both offering 3G/4G and Wi-Fi running Android 3.0 — one is a typical tablet with a 9.4-inch screen and the other is an 'unprecedented dual screen' type. Digital content is a big focus: music, books and first generation PlayStation titles will all be available (subject to the usual region restrictions for content)."

Comment Re:Problem Solved Many Years Ago (Score 2, Informative) 333 333

jplag is software that does what you describe (not sure about the technology behind it, though). It compares all student submissions and detects similarities. The site seems to be down currently, but this page gives an overview of what it does.

Comment Re:Message to Virginia Fusion Center, from Anonymo (Score 5, Informative) 779 779

For those too lazy to make the conversion, here's Lumpy's message:

"Only really stupid paranoids think that there is a secret society trying to get them. People in general are too lazy to act en-masse' to disrupt things if they are comfortable. If you are creating misery and death for a group, then by all means worry.\n\nBut these people are simply clutching at straws..\n"

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Social Networks

Social Networking Spurs Activism Against Repression 303 303

The New York Times Magazine is running a story about the rise in political activism in Egypt through sites like Facebook, which allow citizens to gather and share ideas in ways they otherwise aren't allowed. A state-of-emergency law has been active in Egypt since 1981, which, among other things, "allows the government to ban political organizations and makes it illegal for more than five people to gather without a license from the government." As affordable internet access has spread throughout the country, the government is having a much harder time keeping wraps on the ideas of dissidents. Blocking access to the sites isn't a good solution for the government, because many non-dissidents use it for mundane communications. As Harvard's Ethan Zuckerman puts it, "...doing so would alert a large group of people who they can't afford to radicalize."

Comment Re:Dumb newbie question (Score 1) 271 271

You will have to update your machine right away after installation. As you can see from the file dates at the bottom of the download page, the images are not updated after the initial release: http://releases.ubuntu.com/releases/8.10/. Hence, *always* perform security updates immediately after installation.
Security

Submission + - Microsoft Warns of Excel Zero-Day Attack

greyMatter writes: "eWEEK has a story about a new, undocumented vulnerability in Microsoft's Excel spreadsheet program that is being used to launch computer attacks against specific targets, according to a warning from the software maker. The vulnerability, rated "extremely critical" by Secunia, is being exploited to load a keylogger Trojan on select targets, according to an anti-virus analyst tracking the latest attack. From the article: The attackers are using booby-trapped Excel documents, sent by e-mail to the target's mailbox. If a rigged .xls document is launched, the exploit happens silently in the background, infecting the machine with a Trojan downloader that opens a backdoor and waits for instructions from a server controlled by the attacker."

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