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Security

Submission + - GMail POST Mortem: Can You Handle CSRF?->

Giorgio Maone writes: "This week couldn't be worse for Google and GMail: four distinct vulnerabilities disclosed in the past few days, plus a Google Docs weakness by Rios/McFeters allowing for easy Flash-based XSS, and now another GMail hijacking technique half-disclosed (!) by Petko H. Petkov (AKA pdp).

GMail POST Mortem analyzes the details published by Petko under his ambiguous "semi-disclosure" policy, and it shows how this is in facts a 0 day full disclosure, since building a working exploit from it is pretty trivial. Finally, countermeasures against the CSRF (the class of vulnerabilities which this one belongs to) are provided, both for developers and for users.

BTW, the GMail hole is still unpatched (tested 1 minute ago)."

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Feed Engadget: Ford to make HD Radio available on almost all new vehicles->

Filed under: Transportation

Just when you thought your radio carrier headaches had gone away -- bam -- Ford starts offering HD Radio on almost all of its new vehicles. That's right, according to a recent press release, the automaker has plans to equip (should you so choose) a large percentage of its 2008 Ford, Lincoln, and Mercury vehicles with the new high definition "standard." HD Radio -- if you'll recall -- is free, and broadcasts on about 1,500 stations in the US, but offers higher quality audio than standard FM, in addition to features like track ID and extra "piggybacked" channels (called HD2). On top of the inclusion of the systems in new vehicles, Ford says that its 2005, 2006 and 2007 models can be retrofitted with the receivers, thus giving your old jalopy a sheen of newness heretofore unseen.

[Via Autoblog]

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Power

Submission + - NRG Submits Application for New Nuclear Plants

An anonymous reader writes: For the first time in 30 years, a U.S. utility company has formally applied for a license to build and operate new nuclear power plants. Princeton, N.J.-based NRG Energy is seeking to add two new reactors to an existing facility in Bay City, Texas. The company is hoping to have both units online between 2014 and 2015.
Robotics

Submission + - BigDog's little brother tackles tough terrain

willatnewscientist writes: "The company that that brought us BigDog has a new robotic pooch. LittleDog is a smaller, more nimble version of the larger robot and was developed for DARPA to test competing adaptive approaches to crossing a highly irregular piece of terrain. Six different research groups — MIT, CMU, University of Pennsylvania, Stanford, USC and IHMC — have each been given one LittleDog and are developing their own walking algorithms. Once a month, DARPA tests these algorithms on its own LittleDog to see which shows the most promise. Ultimately, the program could help robots like BigDog cross rocky ground without breaking a robot leg."
Software

Submission + - Microsoft Expression Web - Is it All that?

erica_ann writes: "I am a Dreamweaver lover and die-hard fan. When I hear / see a website was made with Front Page, I cringe and shrudder. I have spent too many sleepless nights correcting the mangled code from Front Page so it would be cross-browser complaint as well as W3C and even CSS compliant — not to mention meet accessibility standards.

Now, I read that Microsoft has dropped Front Page and is now touting Microsoft Expression Web. From what I have read, it seems to be one of the few (or the only one) WYSIWYG editor that lets you drag and drop — say even an image — and creates a CSS style for it... not using HTML to place it.

I have also seen that it will not work with PHP — which is one of the reasons I love Dreamweaver so much — since it will.

Supposedly the new Microsoft Expression Web will be a rival for Dreamweaver and other top name Editors.. but can Microsoft really make a comeback from Front Page? I plan on downloading it and trying the trial out — but you have to uninstall the Office trail first which I am still crunching through to do a review on.

Have any ./ readers tried out the new Microsoft Expression Web? Is the code produced really that much better than the older Front Page? I would like to hear what others who have tried this have to say about it."
Power

Submission + - Solar Powered Car Breaks Record by 3 Days

Walking The Walk writes: Jaycar Sunswift III broke the Transcontinental World Record today, by an incredible 3 days! As previously mentioned on slashdot, the UNSW Solar Racing Team started their 4000km journey across Australia 6 days ago. Cloudy weather the first two days couldn't slow them down, and they raced into Sydney in 5.5 days, surpassing the previous record of 8.5 days with ease. Several news agencies were on hand to meet the team on their triumphant arival. Read about the team's history and previous attempts on their site, www.sunswift.com
Data Storage

Submission + - A Beginner's Guide To LVM

hausmasta writes: "This guide shows how to work with LVM (Logical Volume Management) on Linux. It also describes how to use LVM together with RAID1 in an extra chapter. As LVM is a rather abstract topic, this article comes with a Debian Etch VMware image that you can download and start, and on that Debian Etch system you can run all the commands I execute here and compare your results with mine. Through this practical approach you should get used to LVM very fast.

http://www.howtoforge.com/linux_lvm"

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