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Handhelds

+ - iPhone Contains Secret Keylogger->

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An anonymous reader writes "Not quite a keylogger, but still disturbing. It's been discovered that a file on the iPhone automatically stores new words that are typed on the phone for its auto correction feature. So far, so good, but unfortunately it also appears to store passwords in plain text within the file. With all the methods of accessing the iPhone filesystem, this is bad news for people who lose their iPhones or sell them without a full wipe."
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Security

+ - Vonage, Gobe7 have major security holes->

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tburton
tburton writes "VoIP Security firm Sipera has claimed Vonage, Globe7 and Grandstream users are vulnerable to identity theft, eavesdropping and other exploits from hackers. The Texas-based security lab said among other threats, unwitting VoIP users face eavesdropping, spam, spoofing and denial-of-service (DoS) attacks. Vonage is the largest pure play VoIP operator in the U.S. with more than 2.5 million customers. Globe7 is London based, and claims to be the top global VoIP operator. Grandstream operates mostly in the North American market."
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Announcements

+ - '55 Science Paper Retracted to Thwart Creationists

Submitted by i_like_spam
i_like_spam (874080) writes "The New York Times has an interesting story about a paper published in 1955 by Homer Jacobson, a chemistry professor at Brooklyn College. The paper, entitled "Information, Reproduction and the Origin of Life", speculated on the chemical qualities of earth in the Hadean time, billions of years ago when the planet was beginning to cool down to the point where, as Dr. Jacobson put it, "one could imagine a few hardy compounds could survive." Nobody paid much attention to the paper at the time, but today it is winning Dr. Jacobson acclaim that he does not want — from creationists who cite it as proof that life could not have emerged on earth without divine intervention. So after 52 years, he has retracted it."
Networking

+ - Private/Reserved Addresses being assigned on net!

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Liastnir
Liastnir writes "Someone is actually using 10.*.*.* network addresses on the internet. Using a computer directly connected to the internet, try running tracert on 10.21.8.43 and you will reach a host. Several other addresses in that area are also being assigned. I have to emphasize (because I've made the mistake on our campus network) to be off a LAN when you try it."
Windows

+ - Dell pulls support for x64 Vista?-> 5

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leighklotz
leighklotz writes "This message is getting forwarded about with some concern by those who have to validate software on multiple platforms...it looks like Windows is beginning to see the fragmentation that Linux is so often accused of.

A user named "Morpheus Phreak" wrote on neowin:

I do a fresh install of Windows Vista Ultimate x64 Edition. The install finishes and my system reboots with in-box drivers for almost all of my hardware. The first thing I do is go to the Dell Support site and download drivers, or do I? It seems that Dell has decided to stop supporting all 64-bit editions of Windows, thus nothing to download.

I make a post on their forums asking if anyone knows if it's temporary and I receive this response from a Dell employee:

"It cost us in time and money to validate drivers. We built PCs with specific operating systems in mind. That is all we will support."


I mention to the Dell employee that he must be mistaken as that would violate their Vista Logo contract with Microsoft. At this point the Dell employee replied tersely with the following:

"Be assured, our legal team is on top of this decision."


At this point I'm stumped and a bit angry. After all the OEM Logo requirements state, "OEMs using x64 implementations must have signed drivers available to end users if shipping a 32-bit version of Windows Vista on the system."

By removing their x64 driver support they have now violated their contract with Microsoft. Any x64-based systems they sell now with the logo are illegal. One can only help but wonder, why would Dell put themselves in this position?

I'll kindly step down from my Soapbox now, but I ask one question to all of you.

Where do we go from here?
"

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The Internet

+ - San Francisco free Wi-Fi plan falls through->

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r (13067) writes "Earthlink backs out of contract negotiations to blanket San Francisco with free Wi-Fi, citing money problems. From the SF Chronicle article: The contract, which was three years in the making, had run into snags with the Board of Supervisors, but ultimately it was undone when Atlanta-based EarthLink announced Tuesday that it no longer believed providing citywide Wi-Fi was economically viable for the company. ... EarthLink spokesman Jerry Grasso said that EarthLink was willing to work with San Francisco but had decided that it "was not willing to work in the business model where EarthLink fronts all the money to build, own and operate the network.""
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Software

+ - Algorithm Rates Trustworthiness of Wikipedia Pages

Submitted by paleshadows
paleshadows (1127459) writes "Researchers at UCSC developed a tool that measures the trustworthiness of each wikipedia page. Roughly speaking, the algorithm analyzes the entire 7-year user-editing-history and utilzes the longevity of the content to learn which contributors are the most reliable: If your contribution lasts, you gain "reputation", whereas if it's edited out, your reputation falls. The trustworthiness of a newly inserted text is a function of the reputation of all its authors, a heuristic that turned out to be successful in identifying poor content. The interested reader can take a look at this demo (random page with white/orange background marking trusted/untrusted text, respectively; note "random page" link at the left for more demo pages), this presentation (pdf), and this paper (pdf)."
Robotics

+ - Artificial brains for robots?

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Roland Piquepaille
Roland Piquepaille writes "An international team of European researchers has implanted an artificial cerebellum — the portion of the brain that controls motor functions — inside a robotic system. This EU-funded project is dubbed SENSOPAC, an acronym for 'SENSOrimotor structuring of perception and action for emerging cognition.' One of the goals of this project is to design robots able to interact with humans in a natural way. This project, which should be completed at the end of 2009, also wants to produce robots which would act as home-helpers for disabled people, such as persons affected by neurological disorders, such as Parkinson's disease. Read more for additional details and a picture showing how a SENSOPAC robotic system with an artificial brain will learn."
Star Wars Prequels

+ - Lightsaber to be sent into space->

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Fierythrasher
Fierythrasher writes "As part of the celebration of Star Wars' 30th Anniversary NASA has decided to send a lightsaber into space. As part of a shuttle Discovery mission on October 32rd, an original Luke Skywalker lightsaber from the original Star Wars trilogy (you know, the good movies) will be handed over to NASA in California, and it will be greeted in Houston by fans in Stormtrooper costumes and R2-D2.

So who's with me on planning a mission into space to retrieve this high-end collectible? I mean, they've done the hard work of retrieving it from the gaseous depths of Bespin, how hard can traversing the void of space be in comparison?"

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AMD

+ - AMD claims the Barcelona = 170% faster than Xeon!->

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crazyeyes
crazyeyes writes "Less than two weeks before Barcelona is launched, we had the opportunity to talk to the guy who's supposed to make it a big financial success — John Freude, AMD's Worldwide Business Development Manager for Server/Workstation Products.

John sure had some interesting numbers to tell us, as well as some updates on Phenom and even Budapest. Check out these updates from AMD. There will be more to come. Here's a quote from the editorial :-

"Because they are under NDA, he cannot reveal the actual results, but he gave us some interesting indications of how the Barcelona will eventually fare against an equivalent Intel processor.

— 20-30% better performance overall
— 170% better performance in some benchmarks

More importantly, he says, the Quad-Core Opteron (Barcelona) will offer 45-85% better performance than current dual-core Opteron processors at the same power consumption and thermal dissipation. Intel quad-core processors, on the other hand, only offer 30-35% better performance (11% in floating point) than their dual-core processors with a 23-25% increase in power consumption and thermal dissipation."
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PC Games (Games)

+ - Atari goes under AGAIN !->

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VidGAMR
VidGAMR writes "Looks like the wrath of Atari strikes again, first in 1985, then in 2001 and now it looks like Atari is hitting the mat again, for good this time around. Real shame, Atari made great stuff in the 70's, 80's and even in the 90's Now its about to throw in the towel."
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Privacy

+ - White House visitor logs being kept secret->

Submitted by smooth wombat
smooth wombat (796938) writes "Claiming it is essential that the President and Vice President be able to receive candid advice, the President and Vice President have directed the Secret Service to maintain the confidentiality of visitor entry and exit logs, declaring them to be presidential records and exempt from the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA).

The administration is seeking dismissal of two lawsuits by a private group, Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington, demanding Secret Service visitor logs."

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