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Government

US Couple Arrested For Transmitting Nuclear Secrets In Sting Operation 372

Posted by timothy
from the when-alabama-gets-the-bomb dept.
DesScorp writes "Recalling the famous Rosenberg nuclear spy case of the '50s, the US Justice Department has arrested a couple working at a 'leading nuclear research facility' for giving nuclear secrets to Venezuela. Pedro and Marjorie Mascheroni 'have been indicted on charges of communicating classified nuclear weapons data to a person they believed to be a Venezuelan government official and conspiring to participate in the development of an atomic weapon for Venezuela,' the department said in a statement. If convicted, the couple would receive life in prison."
NASA

Remote Operated Aircraft Targets Hurricanes 56

Posted by timothy
from the auction-off-the-live-view-rights dept.
burnin1965 writes "Usually news articles about remote operated UAVs involve blowing people up. NASA's application takes a different path and uses the utility of the aircraft for scientific research that will benefit humanity. I haven't read much about NASA's Global Hawk lately, but they have been busy providing up-close access to the recent string of hurricanes."
Worms

Stuxnet Worm Infected Industrial Control Systems 167

Posted by Soulskill
from the going-for-the-gusto dept.
Sooner Boomer writes "ComputerWorld has an article about the Stuxnet worm, which was apparently designed to steal industrial secrets and disrupt operations at industrial plants, according to Siemens. 'Stuxnet has infected systems in the UK, North America and Korea, however the largest number of infections, by far, have been in Iran. Once installed on a PC, Stuxnet uses Siemens' default passwords to seek out and try to gain access to systems that run the WinCC and PCS 7 programs — so-called PLC (programmable logic controller) programs that are used to manage large-scale industrial systems on factory floors and in military installations and chemical and power plants.' If the worm were to be used to disrupt systems at any of those locations, the results could be devastating."
Communications

Why Twitter Should Stay Out of the App Business 76

Posted by Soulskill
from the hard-to-write-an-app-in-140-characters dept.
waderoush writes "Twitter has come out with some impressive new tools this month — the Twitter app for iPhone/iPad on September 1, and the overhauled Twitter website, or #NewTwitter, this week. But Twitter is late to its own party, Xconomy argues today. #NewTwitter still lacks basics like photo uploading and URL shortening, and apps built by third-party developers like TweetDeck and Flipboard continue to provide more compelling ways to explore the information in a Twitter stream. While Twitter may finally be 'getting focused' on ways to achieve mass market growth, as former Twitter platform manager Alex Payne wrote this week, the company will have a hard time competing with its own developer community — and might do better instead to acknowledge, and focus on, the service's growing role as a general Internet utility."
Crime

+ - Leave the virus, Take the cannoli-> 1

Submitted by graychase
graychase (1592277) writes "The United States Secret Service (and Verizon) say organized crime is responsible for most corporate and government data breaches. Organized crime syndicates were implicated in 85 percent of all such "cyber attacks" last year, according to the 2010 Verizon Data Breach Investigations report released Wednesday.

Writing for eSecurityPlanet.com, Sean Michael Kerner says, "The report, which investigated more than 900 serious data breaches that compromised more than 900 million online records, also found that the vast majority (96 percent) of the breaches could have been avoided had companies and organizations implemented basic security technology and policies. This latest data confirms what security experts have been saying for years: Cyber criminals are highly organized and capable of extracting personal information from customers and companies using socially engineered malware and sophisticated phishing scams to quickly turn stolen data into cash and goods — all from a browser."

Also, the report says the vast majority of breaches could have been avoided with basic precautions. In other words, "You snooze, you lose--and we told you so.""

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Idle

+ - Supermarket Backs Squirrel Meat Sales Amid Protest

Submitted by
Hugh Pickens
Hugh Pickens writes "BBC reports that the owner of a supermarket in Crouch End, North London defends selling squirrel meat as a sustainable way of feeding people, says it has a "lovely" taste, and predicts that more people will eat squirrel in the future. "I think it's lovely. It's a bit like rabbit. I think there will be a lot of fuss about this now, but in a few years it will become accepted practice that we eat squirrels. People don't bat an eyelid now about eating rabbit," says Andrew Thornton owner of a Budgens supermarket adding that squirrel meat is more sustainable than beef and that the squirrels will be culled anyway. "It takes about 15 tonnes of grain to produce one tonne of beef, which is not sustainable." But not everyone is happy with the sale of squirrel meat and the animal welfare group Viva accuses Budgens of profiting from a wildlife massacre. "If this store is attempting to stand out from the crowd by selling squirrel, the only message they are giving out is that they are happy to have the blood of a beautiful wild animal on their hands for the sake of a few quid," says Viva founder and director, Juliet Gellatley."

Comment: Re:I used to use wine... (Score 3, Insightful) 427

by foxtyke (#32934236) Attached to: Wine 1.2 Released

That's great for you and all, but almost every PC game that has ever been released is a testament to why Wine is still necessary (even if not necessary for some).

My words only express my experience, nothing more and nothing less.

I encourage those whom play Windows games to use Wine, to get Crossover Games and tell the game publishers, if you have a problem, call it in to support, go to their forums, make a little bit of noise showing your support for the game and your platform of choice, just don't be insane about it.

By all means use the tools available and work to make them better, give your feedback and help support those who work to support your gaming. Don't think that just because you've switched that you can't continue to enjoy your computer as you've done in the past.

And while it may not be perfect, if you're adamant about it and help others on official forums, you show that the market can be viable and that the risk for exploring it can be negligible especially given our normal distribution methods for software over the Internet.

Comment: Re:I used to use wine... (Score 5, Insightful) 427

by foxtyke (#32933486) Attached to: Wine 1.2 Released

Gosh, you're SO L33T!

Why do you think the rest of us care?

I know its bad to feed the trolls but here's a thought...

My experience has shown me that I don't need Windows apps as much as I though I needed them, I found better alternatives and while Wine is great at some point you just have to sit back and wonder, "Is it worth it?"

I went through updates which broke previously working applications, I went through configuration edit after edit for each application to get things working and at one point just decided to look for a better way. Don't get me wrong Wine is great for beginning Linux but it really shows the flaws in many Windows programs and with closed source, you can stumble onto one at random even if you're coding to established API for compatibility.

So why my comment? I commented because I felt it showed that Wine helps break the reliance on Windows applications, it's great for transition but not for long haul requirements and I'm not commenting for the sake of commenting, a review of my account can attest to that. You however seem to enjoy placing your finger up your rear trying to tickle the back of your throat hoping something worthwhile will eventually come out of your mouth.

Too bad it is a miss today for you but thankfully, I'm at least not an anonymous coward like you.

Comment: I used to use wine... (Score 5, Interesting) 427

by foxtyke (#32932624) Attached to: Wine 1.2 Released

Long ago when I first switched to Linux I made the decision that I would not run a dual boot environment and would instead use Wine to run my apps I NEEDED from Windows on my Linux machine.

Fast forward six months from that switch, I removed the NEEDED applications because I found better ones (hello GnuCash) and haven't used a Windows application or required Wine since then, that was almost 3 or 4 years ago now when I fully switched my desktop to Linux.

Comment: Uninstalled... (Score 1) 301

by foxtyke (#32794222) Attached to: Opera 10.60 Released, With Faster JS, WebM Video Support

For whatever reason, Opera 10.60.6386 64-bit on Ubuntu 10.04LTS would not connect to any place on the Internet for me, I had to downgrade back to 10.11 to get Opera working again, I filed a bug report but I don't know how helpful that will be, I don't use proxies, I don't have any special setup.

Software

Opera 10.60 Released, With Faster JS, WebM Video Support 301

Posted by timothy
from the just-gotta-be-different-don'tcha dept.
teh31337one writes "Four short months after Opera 10.50, the latest version of Opera's lightweight web browser has been released. It not only claims to be the fastest browser, but also the first final browser with WebM video support. It's available for Windows, Mac and Linux." Update: 07/04 21:53 GMT by T : Headline updated to reflect that this is Opera 10.60, rather than 10.6. Thanks to the readers who spotted this goof.
Open Source

Finding Open Source Projects Looking For Help? 151

Posted by timothy
from the matchmaker-matchmaker-gnu-make-me-a-match dept.
aus writes "I've been doing web development for about 10 years now. It's been very good to me, but I want to do more than write HTML, PHP, JavaScript and CSS. Since the job market isn't all that great right now in the US, it would seem that volunteering some time on an open source project would give me the satisfaction I'm looking for. The problem is finding a project that wants/needs help that I would also be interested in. I've tried browsing around on Sourceforge and Freshmeat ... is there a site somewhere that I'm not aware of that has classifieds where open source project maintainers post 'job' listings?"
The Media

Local Newspapers Use F/OSS For a Day 460

Posted by Soulskill
from the free-as-in-a-dying-industry dept.
An anonymous reader writes "The Journal Register Company owns 18 small newspapers, and in honor of the July 4th holiday and Ben Franklin, the company's newsrooms produced their daily papers using only free software. The reporters were quick to note that 'the proprietary software is designed to be efficient, reliable and relatively fast for the task of producing a daily newspaper. The free substitutes, not so much.' I applaud the company for undertaking such a feat, but I hope their readership's impression of free software won't be negatively affected by the newspaper's one-day foray into F/OSS."

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