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+ - Spying Company Gamma Possibly Violates LGPL in its FinFisher Trojan->

Submitted by Voulnet
Voulnet writes: According to analysis and report by CitizenLab of the Gamma FinFisher trojan spyware used against dissidents in the middle east and around the world, the FinFisher codebase uses a LGPL component of the The GNU Multiple Precision Arithmetic Library, possibly without adhering to its restrictions.

This could spur an interesting avenue of fighting surveillance software used against the populations around the world, especially with Mozilla now taking legal action against the same firm, Gamma, because it distributed a Trojan with Firefox's brand and trademark.

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Idle

+ - Blogger Sued by Restaurant for Bad Review->

Submitted by Voulnet
Voulnet writes: A recently opened Benihana branch in Kuwait sued 248am.com, a well known Kuwaiti blog, for posting a bad restaurant review about its food, asking for the blog to be shut and more than $17,500 in damages (5000 KD).
Kuwaiti bloggers everywhere have announced their support for the reviewing blogger; even though it is highly unlikely the restaurant will get anything from the court, since journalists are almost always favored in libel cases in Kuwaiti courts.
It seems Benihana hasn't heard of Cooks source magazine.

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Censorship

+ - U.S Gov't Censors Websites from the Entire World->

Submitted by Voulnet
Voulnet writes: The US is really ramping up its war on intellectual property infringement, a war which I'm sure will be just as successful, cheap and supported by the people as the wars on drugs and terrorism. The US has started seizing the domain names of various websites through ICANN — not because owners of these sites were convicted of anything, but merely because complaints have been filed against them. Anyone want to take a guess how long it will be before the US government blocks WikiLeaks?

Body scanners, sexual assault patdowns, censorship laws, seizure of property without even a notice (let alone a court order or conviction), even without doing or having done anything illegal. Welcome to the police state.

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Censorship

+ - Kuwait Ban of DSLR Cameras turns out to be a Hoax-> 3

Submitted by Voulnet
Voulnet writes: The Kuwait Times, the newspaper that started the false rumor of Kuwait banning DSLR cameras, has posted an update saying that after investigation, it turned out that they didn't verify their information, and issued a retraction: "On Saturday, November 20, 2010 the Kuwait Times published an article titled 'Multi ministry camera ban frustrates artists' in which incorrect information was provided. The newspaper regrets failing to verify the information. The article wrongly stated that a ban on DSLR cameras was implemented by the Ministries of Information, Social Affairs and Finance. This information is false. In a follow up investigation, it was proved that no such ban has been issued. We regret this error and deeply apologize for any inconvenience caused"
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+ - U.S Government Seizes Torrent Search Engine Domain->

Submitted by Voulnet
Voulnet writes: This morning, visitors to the Torrent-Finder.com site are greeted with an ominous graphic which indicates that ICE have seized the site’s domain.
“My domain has been seized without any previous complaint or notice from any court!” the exasperated owner of Torrent-Finder told TorrentFreak this morning.

“I firstly had DNS downtime. While I was contacting GoDaddy I noticed the DNS had changed. Godaddy had no idea what was going on and until now they do not understand the situation and they say it was totally from ICANN,” he explained.

Aside from the fact that domains are being seized seemingly at will, there is a very serious problem with the action against Torrent-Finder. Not only does the site not host or even link to any torrents whatsoever, it actually only returns searches through embedded iframes which display other sites that are not under the control of the Torrent-Finder owner.

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+ - Hackers circumvent Ubisoft's Assassin Creed 2 DRM->

Submitted by Voulnet
Voulnet writes: Not only did a group of hackers 'save' the sanity of many players of the long-awaited Assassin's Creed 2 by disabling the game's repugnant DRM, but they also safeguarded it against reverse-engineering from other hacking groups as well as Ubisoft. The hackers wrote, according to David Oxford's article (mind the hackers' misspellings)
"Thank you Ubisoft, this was quiete [sic] a challenge for us, but nothing stops the leading force from doing what we do. Next time focus on the game and not on the DRM. It was probably horrible for all legit users. We just make their lifes [sic] easier."

While breaking DRM is nothing new, the fact that the hacking group 'Skid Row' tried to protect it from reverse-engineering begs the interesting question; are hackers starting to feel the importance of protecting their IP product, even though it was used to destroy the protection of another IP? And just in case there are any British lawyers around, IP here means Intellectual Property, not Internet Protocol.

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+ - Standard and Interesting Books for IT? 2

Submitted by Voulnet
Voulnet writes: Hello Slashdot, I am a Computer Engineer, fresh off graduation, and I would like to educate myself on a broad range of technological fields and aspects. I am the kind of person who is easily distracted while reading from a screen, and so I would like to ask fellow slashdotters about the best books for computer related topics. I consider my level to be intermediate in some fields, and beginner in others.
Some books are de facto standards in a certain technology field, others can be classified as Hidden Gems, while others are Interesting Reads (like GUI Bloopers). Therefore, I would love to hear what is everybody's book recommendation in the following fields:

- Programming (C++, C#, Java, Python, Ruby, Pike..etc)
- Secure coding
- Networking
- Electronics (design and simulation)
- Security (attacks and countermeasures)
- Web development (especially Ruby and Perl)
- Unix systems
- Win32 development
- Databases
- Computer Architecture
- Infrastructure (Think national level)
- Computer industry business management

These are my desired topics for the next 8 months or so, and I would like to immerse myself into said topics in different methods.
So what do you think is the best book for the aforementioned categories in terms of being a (de facto standard/ Hidden Gem/ Interesting Read)?

Hopefully this submission passes through, being so useful to me, young engineers and developers. Thanks in advance!"

+ - Standard and Interesting Books for IT?

Submitted by Voulnet
Voulnet writes: Hello Slashdot, I am a Computer Engineer, fresh off graduation, and I would like to educate myself on a broad range of technological fields and aspects. I am the kind of person who is easily distracted while reading from a screen, and so I would like to ask fellow slashdotters about the best books for computer related topics. I consider my level to be intermediate in some fields, and beginner in others.
Some books are de facto standards in a certain technology field, others can be classified as Hidden Gems, while others are Interesting Reads (like GUI Bloopers). Therefore, I would love to hear what is everybody's book recommendation in the following fields:

- Programming (C++, C# and Java)
- Secure coding
- Networking
- Electronics (design and simulation)
- Security (attacks and countermeasures)
- Web development (especially Ruby and Perl)
- Unix systems
- Win32 development
- Databases
- Computer Architecture
- Infrastructure (Think national level)
- Computer industry business management

These are my desired topics for the next 8 months or so, and I would like to immerse myself into said topics in different methods.
So what do you think is the best book for aforementioned categories in terms of being a (de facto standard/ Hidden Gem/ Interesting Read)?

Hopefully this submission passes through, being so useful to me, young engineers and developers. Thanks in advance!

+ - Standard, Interesting Books for IT

Submitted by Voulnet
Voulnet writes: Hello Slashdot, I am a Computer Engineer, fresh off graduation, and I would like to educate myself on a broad range of technological fields and aspects. I am the kind of person who is easily distracted while reading from a screen, and so I would like to ask fellow slashdotters about the best books for computer related topics. I consider my level to be intermediate in some fields, and beginner in others.
Some books are de facto standards in a certain technology field, others can be classified as Hidden Gems, while others are Interesting Reads (like GUI Bloopers). Therefore, I would love to hear what is everybody's book recommendation in the following fields:

- Programming (C++, C# and Java)
- Secure coding
- Networking
- Electronics (design and simulation)
- Security (attacks and countermeasures)
- Web development (especially Ruby and Perl)
- Unix systems
- Win32 development
- Databases
- Computer Architecture
- Infrastructure (Think national level)
- Computer industry business management

These are my desired topics for the next 8 months or so, and I would like to immerse myself into said topics in different methods.
So what do you think is the best book for aforementioned categories in terms of being a (de facto standard/ Hidden Gem/ Interesting Read)?

Hopefully this submission passes through, being so useful to me and young engineers & developers. Thanks in advance!

+ - Standard, Interesting Books for IT & Engineeri

Submitted by Voulnet
Voulnet writes: Hello Slashdot, I am a Computer Engineer, fresh off graduation, and I would like to educate myself on a broad range of technological fields and aspects. I am the kind of person who is easily distracted while reading from a screen, and so I would like to ask fellow slashdotters about the best books for computer related topics. I consider my level to be intermediate in some fields, and beginner in others.
Some books are de facto standards in a certain technology field, others can be classified as Hidden Gems, while others are Interesting Reads (like GUI Bloopers). Therefore, I would love to hear what is everybody's book recommendation in the following fields:

- Programming (C++, C# and Java)
- Secure coding
- Networking
- Electronics (design and simulation)
- Security (attacks and countermeasures)
- Web development (especially Ruby and Perl)
- Unix systems
- Win32 development
- Databases
- Computer Architecure
- Infrastructure (Think national level)
- Computer industry business management

These are my desired topics for the next 8 months or so, and I would like to immerse myself into said topics in different methods.
So what do you think is the best book for aforementioned categories in terms of being a (de facto standard/ Hidden Gem/ Interesting Read)?

Thanks in advance!
Games

+ - Actual Joystick Emulation

Submitted by Voulnet
Voulnet writes: Hello everyone, I have been tasked with writing code that allows a program to emulate a real joystick programmatically. This functionality is to be added for an accessibility system for disabled users, and using joystick emulation; a disabled person is able to use custom hardware to control a joystick for gaming more easily.

Problem is, I have done quite a bit of research and asking around, and it seems there is no documented method of emulating a joystick, as opposed to how easy it is to send keyboard and mouse messages for example. Add to that Microsoft's possible lockout of DirectInput, so this task gets a bit more difficult.

So, for Windows systems (You know, gaming), is there a way to write code that would send the same messages to Windows that a joystick sends? Would it require writing virtual drivers, perhaps?

I would like to know the possibility of performing this task, and the methods to do so. If anyone asks, the preferred programming language for this task is C#.

Thank you for your time.

+ - Plans and Guidelines for a Web Application Project

Submitted by Voulnet
Voulnet writes: Hello there fellow users, I have been entrusted with the task of designing and implementing a financial system for a charity foundation where I live. The charity foundation requires its work (addition and retrieval of records, for example) to be done online, using a web app. The app connects to a database server for storage and the charity's numerous branches connect to the central database center.

So what I would like to ask for is guidelines and suggestions on what technologies to use to accomplish this task:
- A suitable, well-supported and secure programming language or framework for the web app. (ASP.net or JSP for example)
- A suitable and secure database system (MySQL for example) that supports Arabic records.
- Methods, guidelines to implement critical security measures.

Although we have worked on similar projects before, the level of security and accuracy wasn't as critical as for a project such as this; that is why I'm asking for guidelines from the experts here.
This post may not be as detailed as it should, but I'm happy to listen carefully to any suggestion or guideline.

Thank you.
Software

+ - Plans, Guidelines & Decisions for Web Applicat->

Submitted by Voulnet
Voulnet writes: Hello there fellow users, I have been entrusted with the task of designing and implementing a financial system for a charity foundation where I live.

The charity foundation requires its work (addition and retrieval of records, for example) to be done online, using a web app. The app connects to a database server for storage and the charity's numerous branches connect to the central database center.

So what I would like to ask for is guidelines and suggestions on what technologies to use to accomplish this task:
- A suitable, well-supported and secure programming language or framework for the web app. (ASP.net or JSP for example)
- A suitable and secure database system (MySQL for example) that supports Arabic records.
- Methods, guidelines to implement critical security measures.

Although we have worked on similar projects before, the level of security and accuracy wasn't as critical as for a project such as this; that is why I'm asking for guidelines from the experts here.
This post may not be as detailed as it should, but I'm happy to listen carefully to any suggestion or guideline.

Thank you.

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