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Submission + - Powerful "Flame" cyber weapon found in Middle East (

An anonymous reader writes: By Jim Finkle, Reuters: "Security experts have discovered a new data-stealing virus dubbed "Flame" they say has lurked inside thousands of computers across the Middle East for as long as five years as part of a sophisticated cyber warfare campaign. It is the most complex piece of malicious software discovered to date, said Kaspersky Lab security senior researcher Roel Schouwenberg, whose company discovered the virus. The results of the Lab's work were made available on Monday. Schouwenberg said he did not know who built Flame.

Submission + - How Ford Sync could change the tech industry (

An anonymous reader writes: When you think “cutting edge technology,” chances are you don’t think of the automotive industry. Until quite recently, the center stack in most vehicles had scarcely changed in 20 years, but that's not the case any more. Ford is rethinking auto tech and could become a centralizing force in the technology industry. The company has emphasized that shipping with proper device support isn’t just about providing better service, it helps drive the use of hands-free and voice recognition technology that promotes safer driving and less-distracted drivers. Pressure like this could be one reason carriers start to clean up their act when it comes to mobile OS upgrades.

Submission + - AMD snatching defeat from jaws of victory (

MrSeb writes: "Last week, AMD’s Rick Bergman announced his departure as the head of the company’s Products Group. Bergman first joined AMD in 2006, after the ATI acquisition, and had risen to his former position in the aftermath of Hector Ruiz’s resignation in 2009. AMD has said nothing about the reasons for Bergman’s departure. In January, AMD’s Board of Directors canned Dirk Meyer over alleged disagreements on the company’s future mobile products. The move was controversial; Meyer is generally credited with putting the company back on track and successfully executing the Brazos/Llano/Bulldozer roadmap that’s helping AMD return to competitive standing vis-à-vis Intel. In February, Bob Rivet (executive VP, chief operations and strategic officer) and Marty Seyer (senior VP of corporate strategy) were both fired. Bergman was the last remnant of AMD’s old guard and the last executive drawn from within the company’s own ranks. Chekib Akrout and Nigel Dessau are more-or-less tied for the record of longest-serving AMD executive — both joined the company in 2008. The point here is not to cast aspersions on any of AMD’s current executives, but to acknowledge the end of an era and a potentially disastrous change in company focus.

AMD’s current crop of executives are drawn from mobile companies or were focused on mobile product within other companies, nearly without exception. It’s possible that this will turn out to be a tremendous long-term strength. “Possible,” however, is not a synonym for “likely.” AMD’s increasingly visible mobile focus may be timely, but the company is in no shape to go charging off in a new direction."


Submission + - Can Newegg Survive The Post-PC Future? (

jfruhlinger writes: "Upgrading your desktop PC's video card was once a rite of passage for many Slashdot readers — and could also be a gateway to building your own computer from the motherboard up. And more often than not, you bought the components from Newegg. But the tablets and ultrathin laptops that are today's hot sellers don't let you so much as swap in more RAM. What's a component retailer to do in world without user-serviceable components?"

Submission + - Linus Torvalds speaks about kernel fun, gadgets .. (

An anonymous reader writes: Linus Torvalds speaks about the fun in developing the Linux kernel, his gadgets, his interest in starting a desktop project and finally making "the next year" the year of the Linux Desktop. Not to miss also his "eerie resemblance" with Arnold Schwarzenegger.

These and more can be found in the new interview that he gave for


Submission + - Gnome creator: Linux has only 10 good desktop apps (

nk497 writes: "Gnome co-creator Miguel de Icaza has said Linux is struggling on the desktop because fragmentation makes creating apps too difficult, with incompatibilities between distributions — and even between different versions of the same one. "When you count how many great desktop apps there are on Linux, you can probably name 10," de Icaza said, according to a post on Tim Anderson's IT Writing blog. "You work really hard, you can probably name 20. We’ve managed to p*** off developers every step of the way, breaking APIs all the time.""

Submission + - Why debian/Icecat should take over Firefox (

RStonR writes: When you combine the release-policy of Chrome with Firefox, you gain not a single advantage, but the extension-system no longer works reliably, because when Firefox gets updated from a major revision to the next, all extensions have to be retested and released anew. Therefore a lot of things break even when Firefox-management refuses to admit it.

The good news is that Firefox is free software, which means that Firefox management does not own the codebase, but only the name "Firefox" (plus artwork, etc.). For example the "IceCat" browser from the debian project (which is a Linux-distribution) is a rebranded version of Firefox with some minor changes which could grow into a real fork, if the IceCat-developers want (and also put out a version for Windows).

Comment Re:Well, it looks different at least. (Score 1) 69

If there is throttling here it is not nationwide, neither is it covering all ISPs. VIVA for example currently averages around 15kbps on a 21mbps package. I heard that the main ISP (Batelco) also had some slowdowns related to upgrades and changes in their network. Yet my Menatelecom connection is working exactly as it was before the demonstrations. Someone I know reported that while he had slowdowns during net surfing his download speed when torrenting was still fast.

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