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+ - How to make C/C++ compilers generate terrible code-> 1

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "Compilers are designed to make pessimistic assumptions about the code if the code is ambiguous. These pessimistic assumptions significantly limit the compilers' optimizations. Programmers can help compilers by avoiding code patterns that are known to confuse them. This article presents three examples of compiler-unfriendly code and explains them in great depth. I found this post enlightening and novel since I haven't seen a post on this topic. Its a good read if you want to understand what a compiler does to your code."
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Security

+ - Attacked By Anonymous, HBGary Pulls Out of RSA->

Submitted by itwbennett
itwbennett (1594911) writes "HBGary Federal cancelled a talk the company's CEO Aaron Barr was planning to give at the BSides San Francisco conference on his investigation of WikiLeaks. 'I was receiving death threats,' Barr said in an interview Tuesday. 'There was lots of talk that was being made of in the Anonymous IRC channels of harassing us at our booth and sending people to heckle [HBGary speakers at the conference].' The company has also decided to pull its booth from the RSA Conference floor after it was vandalized on Sunday, said Jim Butterworth, HBGary's vice president of services. 'We... came back the next morning and it was very apparent that the group responsible for the activities in the news had decided to make another statement,' he said."
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Comment: Re:China the new global superpower, and US decline (Score 1) 613

by daseinw (#34775866) Attached to: First Pictures of Chinese Stealth Fighter

The U.S. is in decline because a lot of people think the problem is overspending on the military. It's not.

No less a person than Donald Rumsfield (Secretary of Defense under both Gerald Ford and George W. Bush) would seem to disagree with you:

"According to some estimates we cannot track $2.3 trillion in transactions," Rumsfeld admitted.

$2.3 trillion -- that's $8,000 for every man, woman and child in America. To understand how the Pentagon can lose track of trillions, consider the case of one military accountant who tried to find out what happened to a mere $300 million.

"We know it's gone. But we don't know what they spent it on," said Jim Minnery, Defense Finance and Accounting Service.

Here's the source: http://www.cbsnews.com/stories/2002/01/29/eveningnews/main325985.shtml

+ - LinkedIn passwords possibly compromised via Gawker->

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "This from LinkedIn:

Dear xxx,

We recently sent you a message stating that your LinkedIn password had been disabled for security reasons. (Note: If you have more than one email registered with us, you will receive more than one password reset message. You only need to act on one of them.)

This was in response to a security breach on a different site, Gawker.com, where a number of usernames and passwords were exposed. We want to make sure those leaked emails and passwords were not being used to attack any LinkedIn members.

There is no indication that your LinkedIn account has been affected, but since it shares an email with the compromised Gawker accounts, we decided to ensure its safety by asking you to reset its password.

If you haven't done that already, now is a good time to follow these steps:

      1. Go to the LinkedIn website.
      2. Click on "Sign In".
      3. Click on "Forgot Password?" and follow the directions on the website.

Please keep in mind that the best defense against these types of attacks is to have unique passwords for each site you use. You can always search our support site and our blog for more security tips.

We apologize for the inconvenience, but we feel this action is in your best interest. Thanks for your immediate attention to our request.

Sincerely,

LinkedIn Privacy Team"

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+ - AT&T says no to linux-> 1

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "AT&T are routinely and without any indication in their published terms and conditions refusing to allow non-windows users to set up their DSL modems. No to linux, no to MacOS, iOS, Android. Computer says no."
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Security

+ - Retinal Scans: A New Airport Time and Money Waster->

Submitted by bizwriter
bizwriter (1064470) writes "A company announced a pilot program at Barajas Airport in Madrid to install retinal scanners to identify passengers. Passengers would presumably get their eyes scanned instead of showing documents, because the blood vessel patterns in retinas are unique to people, and so should allow for unique identification. However, it seems not only invasive, but a potentially disastrous idea that could cost a lot of money and fail to do what it was intended to. Who gets the original retinal scans for comparison? And then, when retinal transplants are possible, how do you track anyone accurately?"
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Medicine

+ - Researchers Find 70-Year-Olds Are Getting Smarter 1

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Pickens
Pickens writes "AlphaGalileo reports that researchers from the University of Gothenburg, Sweden have found in a forty year study of 2,000 seniors that today's 70-year-olds do far better in intelligence tests than their predecessors making it more difficult to detect dementia in its early stages. "Using the test results, we've tried to identify people who are at risk of developing dementia," says Dr. Simona Sacuiu. "While this worked well for the group of 70-year-olds born in 1901-02, the same tests didn't offer any clues about who will develop dementia in the later generation of 70-year-olds born in 1930." The study started in 1971 with an examination of 70-year-olds who were then regularly followed over a period of 30 years. The 70-year-olds born in 1930 and examined in 2000 performed better in the intelligence tests than their predecessors born in 1901-02 and examined in 1971. "The improvement can partly be explained by better pre- and neonatal care, better nutrition, higher quality of education, better treatment of high blood pressure and other vascular diseases, and not least the higher intellectual requirements of today's society, where access to advanced technology, television and the Internet has become part of everyday life," says Sacuiu."

+ - Scientists achieve teleportation-> 1

Submitted by Terrence Aym
Terrence Aym (1820010) writes "Chinese scientists at Hefei National Laboratory for Physical Sciences at Microscale have managed to entangle two objects ten miles from each other. They teleported the information to the Department of Modern Physics, University of Science and Technology of China, also located in Hefei. Captain Kirk would be pleased."
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+ - Gravity Theory Mod May Rule Out Dark Matter 2

Submitted by pupitetris
pupitetris (1259782) writes "Newton may prove himself right again when he stated that we should better find the forces that explain the movement of the stars, rather than claiming the existence of misterious and undetectable substances: S. Mendoza and X. Hernandez, two mexican astrophysicists, postulate a modification to the equation of the theory of gravity that explain the current observations of large-scale phenomena that couldn't be previously explained using gravity alone, while still retaining consistency with medium and small scale observations. This renders the Dark Matter theory unnecessary, and provides a cleaner and more ellegant solution to outer-space observations that have startled scientists for decades."
Bug

+ - Stuxnet Infects 30000 Industrial Computers in Iran->

Submitted by eldavojohn
eldavojohn (898314) writes "The BBC and AFP are releasing more juicy details about the now infamous Stuxnet worm that Iranian officials have confirmed infected 30,000 industrial computers inside Iran following those exact fears. The targeted systems that the worm is designed to infect are Siemens SCADA systems. Talking heads are speculating that the worm is too complex for an individual or group causing blame to be placed on Israel or even the United States — although the US official claims they do not know the origin of the virus. Iran claims it did not infect or place any risk to the new nuclear reactor in Bushehr which experts are suspecting was the ultimate target of the worm."
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+ - PS3 Jailbreaks Galore Released 1

Submitted by YokimaSun
YokimaSun (930294) writes "Following up on yesterdays story about the PS3 being hacked by one of its own Official Controllers, theres now a guide in English that details how to Mod a Sixaxxis Controller, but thanks to the very latest releases, if you dont like soldering you can now use an Ipod, a Pandora Console or even a Dingoo Console. Finally Jaicrab has released a USB Firmware Loader which will come in handy once the first Custom Firmware for the PS3 is released. Maybe then we will get region free Blueray, PS1 and PS2 Games."
Cellphones

+ - Facebook is building an Android-based smartphone-> 1

Submitted by destinyland
destinyland (578448) writes "Reports are surfacing of a Facebook-backed smartphone running Google's Android system, built by INQ (who also manufactures a phone for Skype). GigaOm's Om Malik says he's been aware of the project "for quite some time," and Bloomberg News reported that Facebook Inc. will release two AT&T smartphones in 2011, first in Europe and then in America. (Adding that 25% of Facebook users access the social networking site with their wireless devices.) "Like some people would love to have a Hello Kitty phone or a Batman phone, there are undoubtedly buyers waiting with bated breath for a phone that says Facebook on it..." notes one technology blog. "The buying public seems to be entranced with the idea of the phrase 'Facebook phone' so rumors persist.""
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