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+ - Hacker Awarded $25,000 for Identifying Security Exploits in Oculus Developer Cen->

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "A whitehat hacker scored some serious cash for identifying security vulnerabilities in Oculus VR’s developer portal. The exploits, which could have been used to plant malicious code in the Oculus SDK, among other mischievous things, have been patched and the hacker rewarded through Facebook’s ‘Bug Bounty’ program.

With Facebook’s acquisition of Oculus VR becoming official in July, the VR company is now covered under the social network’s Bug Bounty program which also covers other companies acquired by Facebook: Instagram, Parse, Onavo, and Moves.

A whitehat hacker, who goes by Jon (aka Bitquark), decided to take a look under the hood of the Oculus Developer Center, the official portal which hosts developer downloads and forums for discussion. What he found was several dangerous vulnerabilities that Facebook deemed worthy of a $25,000 reward."

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+ - Changing the rules of a 15 year old game: Quake Live update causes controversy->

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "As iD Software aims for a larger, more mainstream audience for its free-to-play shooter Quake Live on Steam, big changes are afoot. A new update has been pushed out this week in run up to the release on Valve's download service which adds some new, more beginner friendly features to the game, which is based largely on the classic 1999 Quake III: Arena. These include new weapon load outs and timer icons indicating when the all important item spawns are about to occur — and they've been met with hostility from longtime players who prefer the 'purist' rules of old and the duel format. As the writer points out however, these rules sets are not going away, and if the update helps attract more elite players to the gamer, it could breathe new life into what is technically a decades old game."
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+ - Home Depot's credit cards may have been hacked ->

Submitted by criticalmass24
criticalmass24 (759213) writes "A massive batch of credit and debit card information that went on sale on a criminal Internet site Tuesday may be from Home Depot stores and could be linked to hackers previously responsible for breaches at Target and P.F. Chang’s, security experts say.

The credit card information was first offered up for sale Tuesday on an underground site that trafficks in stolen financial information, security author Brian Krebs reported on his blog,"

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+ - You Have Your Windows In My Linux 1

Submitted by snydeq
snydeq (1272828) writes "Ultimately, the schism over systemd could lead to a separation of desktop and server distros, or Linux server admins moving to FreeBSD, writes Deep End's Paul Venezia. 'Although there are those who think the systemd debate has been decided in favor of systemd, the exceedingly loud protests on message boards, forums, and the posts I wrote over the past two weeks would indicate otherwise. I've seen many declarations of victory for systemd, now that Red Hat has forced it into the enterprise with the release of RHEL 7. I don't think it's that easy. ... Go ahead, kids, spackle over all of that unsightly runlevel stuff. Paint over init and cron, pam and login. Put all of that into PID1 along with dbus. Make it all pretty and whisper sweet nothings about how it's all taken care of and you won't have to read a manual or learn any silly command-line stuff. Tune your distribution for desktop workloads. Go reinvent Windows.'"

+ - Atari founder on the Flappy Bird sequel: "I wish him luck"->

Submitted by Velcroman1
Velcroman1 (1667895) writes "The man who founded Atari – and who, in many respects, is regarded as the father of the video game industry – has a simple rule when it comes to game-making. Indeed, he calls it “Nolan’s Number 1 rule.” Games, he told Digital Trends, should be easy to play and impossible to master. “A lot of the success stories right now – like Flappy Birds – I feel they have more of the characteristics of winning the lottery than a plan,” Bushnell said. “Anything that takes any kind of instruction or time really doesn’t work. You have to engage the player immediately. You can have some subtle objectives you acquire over time, but the real answer is you want the game to increase in complexity and difficulty as you master the skills.” Bushnell says he’ll be surprised if Swing Copters is as big a hit as Flappy Bird, because of the degree to which chance tends to be involved in determining which games rise or fall. “But I wish him luck.”"
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+ - Did Microsoft Just Reveal the New Windows 9 Logo?-> 2

Submitted by Nerval's Lobster
Nerval's Lobster (2598977) writes "Microsoft just accidentally—or 'accidentally'—leaked a logo for Windows 9. Microsoft China posted the image to Chinese micro-blogging site Weibo, along with a note: 'Microsoft’s latest OS Windows 9 is coming soon, do you think the start menu at the left bottom will make a come back?' The post was quickly yanked, but not before setting the Internet abuzz. (If it is an official logo, it gets zero points for originality.) Windows 9 will reportedly rebalance the Windows user interface in favor of keyboard and mouse input, rather than the touch-friendly system pushed by Windows 8’s Start screen. What’s certain is that Microsoft wants to put Windows 8 in the rear-view mirror as quickly as possible. Greeted by lukewarm reviews upon its release in 2012, Windows 8 failed to overtake Windows 7 or even the ancient Windows XP in terms of market-share; third-party developers seemingly had little enthusiasm for building apps for the platform, and many consumers expressed confusion over the dual interface, which paired the traditional desktop with the aforementioned Start screen."
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Comment: Re: Manipulated by apple (Score 1) 119

by UnknownSoldier (#47807645) Attached to: Apple Reveals the Most Common Reasons That It Rejects Apps

> It's software, mores specifically OS software...

That's not the entire picture:

  * Hardware
  * Software
  * User Experience

These days these 3 things are indeed similar.

> Everyone copies everyone from now until forever...

As Steve Jobs used to say paraphrasing Pablo Picasso:

Good artists copy; great artists steal.

+ - Google Serves Old Browsers Old Search Page

Submitted by Rambo Tribble
Rambo Tribble (1273454) writes "In an apparent move to push those using older browsers to update, Google is reported to be serving outdated search pages to said browsers. The older pages lack features available on the newer versions, and this policy compounds with the limits announced in 2011 on Gmail support for older web clients. As a Google engineer put it, "We're continually making improvements to Search, so we can only provide limited support for some outdated browsers." The BBC offers a fairly comprehensive analysis, here."

+ - Hacker dubbed "Rawshark" causes political mayhem in New Zealand->

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "New Zealand is facing its weirdest election ever with a hacker calling himself "Rawshark" progressively dumping emails hacked from a controversial blogger. This weekend, revelations forced the resignation of one Government minister and nobody knows what will drop next.

Emails revealed that the blogger, called "Whale Oil", was in contact with both a government minister in charge of New Zealand's white collar crime investigations unit and with a PR man acting for a founder of a failed finance company then under investigation."

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+ - Feynman Lectures Released Online, Free 2

Submitted by Anna Merikin
Anna Merikin (529843) writes "In 1964, Richard Feynman delivered a series of seven hour-long lectures at Cornell University which were recorded by the BBC, and in 2009 (with a little help from Bill Gates), were released to the public. The three-volume set may be the most popular collection of physics books ever written, and now the complete online edition has been made available in HTML 5 through a collaboration between Caltech (where Feyman first delivered these talks, in the early 1960s) and The Feynman Lectures Website. The online edition is "high quality up-to-date copy of Feynman's legendary lectures," and, thanks to the implementation of scalable vector graphics, "has been designed for ease of reading on devices of any size or shape; text, figures and equations can all be zoomed without degradation."

Volume I deals mainly with mechanics, radiation and heat; Volume II with electromagnetism and matter; and Volume III with quantum mechanics."

+ - Is the New 8 Core intel Processor Really the Ultimate CPU for Video Editing?->

Submitted by Iddo Genuth
Iddo Genuth (903542) writes "Earlier this weekend Intel announced 3 new “Extreme” processors based on the Haswell-E i7 architecture including a new 8-core i7-5960X CPU. But how does this new processing king preform as part of super high end video editing machine alongside the new X99 chipset and DDR4 memory and do more cores more important than a higher clock rate?

Photographer Dave Dugdale and JJ Guerrero from ASUS decided to check these questions out and recorded and extensive video looking at some of the interesting questions that has to do with building a very high end system for editing 4K videos with the latest hardware around (as long as you have deep pockets...)."

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