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Open Source Developer Knighted 101

Posted by samzenpus
from the knights-who-say-free dept.
unixfan writes "Georg Greve, developer of Open Document Format and active FOSS developer, has received a knighthood in Germany for his work. From the article: 'Some weeks ago I received news that the embassy in Berne had unsuccessfully been trying to contact me under FSFE's old office address in Zurich. This was a bit odd and unexpected. So you can probably understand my surprise to be told by the embassy upon contacting them that on 18 December 2009 I had been awarded the Cross of Merit on ribbon (Verdienstkreuz am Bande) by the Federal Republic of Germany. As you might expect, my first reaction was one of disbelief. I was, in fact, rather shaken. You could also say shocked. Quick Wikipedia research revealed this to be part of the orders of knighthood, making this a Knight's Cross.'"
Security

Sun Pushes Emergency Java Patch 90

Posted by timothy
from the emergency-shot-of-soy-latte dept.
Trailrunner7 writes "In a sudden about-face, Sun has rushed out a Java update to fix a drive-by download vulnerability that exposed Windows users to in-the-wild malware attacks. The patch comes less than a week after Sun told a Google researcher it did not consider the issue serious enough to warrant an out-of-cycle patch and less than a day after researchers spotted live exploits on a booby-trapped Web site. The flaw, which was also discovered independently by Ruben Santamarta, occurs because the Java-Plugin Browser is running 'javaws.exe' without validating command-line parameters. Despite the absence of documentation, a researcher was about to figure out that Sun removed the code to run javaws.exe from the Java plugin. The about-face by Sun is another sign that some big vendors still struggle to understand the importance of working closely with white hat researchers to understand the implications of certain vulnerabilities. In this case, Google's Tavis Ormandy was forced to use the full-disclosure weapon to force the vendor into a proper response."

+ - white house- what technology should we work on?->

Submitted by way2trivial
way2trivial (601132) writes "Your Government needs you- they'd like to ask what technology they should be advancing.
"In February 2010, the Office of Science and Technology Policy and the National Economic Council released a "Request for Information" to collect input from the public regarding the grand challenges identified in the President's innovation strategy, other possible grand challenges, and the partners (e.g. companies, universities, non-profit organizations) that would need to collaboration to achieve these ambitious goals. The deadline for responses is Thursday, April 15th."

Give it to them boys!"

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Amiga

+ - Iraqi-Developed Babylonian Twins is on iPhone/iPad->

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "Unreleased, Iraqi-Developed Babylonian Twins Finds New Life on iPhone and iPad.
16 years ago, a team of students in Baghdad set out to create a puzzle-platformer for the Commodore’s Amiga computer. The game was never released — Iraq’s economic sanctions, combined with Commodore’s declaring of bankruptcy in 1994, ended the project before it could be completed."

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+ - Apple Blocks Cartoonist From App Store-> 1

Submitted by ink
ink (4325) writes "Here is another troubling anecdote on the iWeb front:

This week cartoonist Mark Fiore made Internet and journalism history as the first online-only journalist to win a Pulitzer Prize. Fiore took home the editorial cartooning prize for animations he created for SFGate, the website for the San Francisco Chronicle... But there’s just one problem. In December, Apple rejected his iPhone app, NewsToons, because, as Apple put it, his satire “ridicules public figures,” a violation of the iPhone Developer Program License Agreement, which bars any apps whose content in “Apple’s reasonable judgement may be found objectionable, for example, materials that may be considered obscene, pornographic, or defamatory.

Whether or not you agree with Fiore's political sentiments, I believe we can all agree that the censorship of his work should be denigrated."
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Anime

+ - Porn virus publishes web history of victims on the->

Submitted by FishRep
FishRep (1718538) writes "A new type of malware infects PCs using file-share sites and publishes the user's net history on a public website before demanding a fee for its removal. The Japanese trojan virus installs itself on computers using a popular file-share service called Winni, used by up to 200m people. It targets those downloading illegal copies of games in the Hentai genre, an explicit form of anime. Website Yomiuri claims that 5500 people have so far admitted to being infected. The virus, known as Kenzero, is being monitored by web security firm Trend Micro in Japan. Masquerading as a game installation screen, it requests the PC owner's personal details. It then takes screengrabs of the user's web history and publishes it online in their name, before sending an e-mail or pop-up screen demanding a credit card payment of 1500 yen (£10) to "settle your violation of copyright law" and remove the webpage. Read summary article Porn Virus Publishes Web History of Victims on the Net at Angulo Consulting Read the original BBC article"
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Java

+ - Sun Pushes Emergency Java Patch->

Submitted by Trailrunner7
Trailrunner7 (1100399) writes "In a sudden about-face, Sun has rushed out a Java update to fix a drive-by download vulnerability that exposed Windows users to in-the-wild malware attacks.The patch comes less than a week after Sun told a Google researcher it did not consider the issue serious enough to warrant an out-of-cycle patch and less than a day after researchers spotted live exploits on a booby-trapped Web site. The flaw, which was also discovered independently by Ruben Santamarta, occurs because the Java-Plugin Browser is running “javaws.exe” without validating command-line parameters. Despite the absence of documentation, a researcher was about to figure out that Sun removed the code to run javaws.exe from the Java plugin. The about-face by Sun is another sign that some big vendors still struggle to understand the importance of working closely with white hat researchers to understand the implications of certain vulnerabilities. In this case, Google’s Tavis Ormandy was forced to use the full-disclosure weapon to force the vendor into a proper response."
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Idle

+ - Need to fix a grade, a 3'rd grader can help 1

Submitted by Gud
Gud (78635) writes "In the Washington Post this morning there is a story about a 9 year old that was able to do anything he wanted to grades in his school in a system supplied by Blackboard.

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2010/04/14/AR2010041404159.html?hpid=newswell

This comes on the heals of an other story about high-school students installing key loggers at their high school and going back and changing grades.

The question now is when will all the applicants to Harward submit transcripts that only have A's ?"
Medicine

+ - Videos of the Argus Artificial Retina In Action->

Submitted by kkleiner
kkleiner (1468647) writes "The Argus line of artificial retinas has been able to give a primitive (low resolution) vision to patients with retinitis pigmentosa for years now. An external camera transmits images to an electrode array implanted directly on the patient’s retina. We’ve been consistently impressed by the capabilities of these implants which were developed for the US Department of Energy’s Artificial Retina Project. Now, as the third phase of development (Argus III) is gearing up, we thought it be a great time to look at some of the amazing accomplishments of this project. We’ve got some awesome videos of patients using the Argus I and Argus II as well as a truly moving clip from National Geographic."
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Privacy

+ - Young Adults Care About Privacy->

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "According to the Associated Press, a new joint UC-Berkeley/U.Penn study finds that young people, contrary to media reports, do care about privacy online:

Although they grew up in the digital age, young people know surprisingly little about their rights to online privacy, the study found. They seem more confident than older adults that the government would protect them, even though U.S. privacy laws offer few such safeguards. The lack of knowledge about the law, coupled with an online environment that encourages people to share personal information, may be one reason young people can seem careless about privacy...

"

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+ - Iceland Volcano Ash Grounds European Air Travel->

Submitted by Ch_Omega
Ch_Omega (532549) writes "From the article at CBSNews:
"An ash-spewing volcano in Iceland emptied the skies of aircraft across much of northern Europe on Thursday, grounding planes on a scale unseen since the 9/11 terror attacks. British air space shut down, silencing the trans-Atlantic hub of Heathrow and stranding tens of thousands of passengers around the world.

Aviation officials said it was not clear when it would be safe enough to fly again and said it was the first time in living memory that an ash cloud had brought one of the world's most congested airspaces to a standstill. "

BBC News, Deccan Herald and Barents Observer has more coverage."

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+ - NSA Warrantless Wiretapping Whistleblower Indicted-> 1

Submitted by elrous0
elrous0 (869638) writes "Thomas Andrews Drake, a former NSA official, was charged Thursday in the U.S. District Court of Maryland with allegedly leaking classified National Security Agency (NSA) documents to an unnamed reporter during his time with the agency. It is widely believed that Drake was one of the unnamed whistleblowers who revealed the NSA's secret (and illegal) warrantless wiretapping program to New York Times reporters in 2005 (along with Justice Department lawyer Thomas Tamm). “Our national security demands that the sort of conduct alleged here — violating the government’s trust by illegally retaining and disclosing classified information — be prosecuted and prosecuted vigorously,” said Assistant Attorney General Lanny A. Breuer in a statement."
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