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+ - SPAM: Facebook Security Hole Found on iPhone, Android Devices

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afmediagroup writes "inShare

A security flaw in Facebook’s mobile apps can be easily tapped by thieves searching for personal information about you.

The problem is that Facebook’s app for iOS and Android devices doesn’t encrypt your login credentials, making them a sitting duck for bad apps or a poisoned USB connection.

“A rogue application, or two minutes with a USB connection, are all that’s needed to lift the temporary credentials from either device,” Bill Ray wrote in The Register."

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+ - Elgin Gas Leak: who's paying attention?->

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cedarhillbilly writes "New Scientist has been doing a bang up job of covering a major drilling 'accident' in the North Sea where a drilling rig operated by France's Total has released a pool of natural gas into the atmosphere. Because it's not on CNN's doorstep and no one's been killed so far, the Elgin leak has received scant attention in US media. Still it's huge and raises some interesting questions about drilling safety. In today's installment of the coverage, New Scientist shows the 'purple haze' (great graffix) hovering over the site of the leak. Look at the photo, then drill down (ouch) thru the links to get the rest of the story!"
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+ - Scientists create quantum computer in a diamond->

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MrSeb writes "A new experiment out of the University of Southern California (USC) might have solved one of the toughest problems in quantum computing, and it did so by building a computer inside a diamond. This new computer isn’t going to be doing your taxes any time soon, but it shows the viability of solid-state quantum computers to lessen decoherence. Put simply, decoherence is a loss of observable information, which is the last thing you want in a computer. The diamond computer developed at USC makes use of the impurities in the crystalline structure to make up its two quantum bits, or qubits. The researchers were able to prove that they had indeed built a solid-state quantum computer by supplying it with a simple data set, and applying Grover’s algorithm, which is a mathematical proof demonstrating the potential power of quantum computers. Grover’s algorithm states that a quantum computer will be able to find a specified entry in an unsorted list on the first try, every time. A human trying to do this would have to go down the list checking each entry to see if it was the right one. Going this route, you would on average check half the list before finding the right entry. USC's diamond-encrusted computer was able to find the correct choice on the first try 95% of the time, thus proving that the researchers successfully built a functional quantum computer."
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+ - SPAM: Nissan's New In-Vehicle Infotainment System to become Run By Apple

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prowedlife (2611415) writes "Nissan’s New In-Vehicle Infotainment System to become Run By Apple — When Nissan comes out their new type of cars in 2013, most be coming with mobile phone-friendly infotainment systems much like individuals being observed in a number of other brands of cars being produced now. Nissan’s version is going to be run by Apple,"
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+ - Belfast Plots 1Gbps Ultrafast Broadband Network->

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twoheadedboy writes "Belfast is going to get ultrafast broadband, as plans for a 1Gbps network get going. Belfast’s City Council has been guaranteed £6m of the UK government's £100m Urban Broadband Fund, but could receive up to £13.7m if the Government approves its plans. The city plans to get the network up and running in three years, which will make it one of the best-connected cities in the world."
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Comment: Want real security? Get an N900 or an N9 (Score 3, Informative) 291

by jdb2 (#39491293) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Most Secure Mobile OS?
The N900 and N9 are full blown Unix/Linux machines with all the bells and whistles that come with a non-neutered version of the GNU/Linux environment.

That being said, they support many Unix/Linux security mechanisms, but if you want proof, how about full disk encryption for starters?


Comment: Brick Nintendo? (Score 4, Interesting) 159

by jdb2 (#36344624) Attached to: Hackers Attack Nintendo, But Company Claims Data Safe
I wonder if this has anything to do with the FSF's "Brick Nintendo" campaign. Perhaps the hacker in question was trying to further the FSF's efforts with regard to bringing attention to the super-draconian TOS of the 3DS, but in the wrong way of course. Since this is not "Anonymous" it makes me think that the answer to the former hypothesis is "no" and this is just another immature teenager up to stupid sh*t.

Oh, BTW, have you bought and sent your bricks yet?


Comment: Duke demo under Wine (Score 1) 188

by jdb2 (#36340862) Attached to: <em>Duke Nukem Forever</em> Demo Released
I've tried to run the game under wine 1.3.21. It installs perfectly ( as does Steam ) but crashes when you click "PLAY".

This might not be entirely Wine related though as a lot of other people ( see the Gearbox forums ) have been getting crashes upon start-up that look almost exactly like the one I'm getting under wine and furthermore the demo is *extremely* buggy.

See the wine AppDB page for it :


+ - Mission to Uranus Shortlisted By ESA-> 1

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astroengine writes "We've sent missions to Jupiter and Saturn, but what of the outermost "ice giants" Uranus and Neptune? The only time these two mysterious planets have been visited was a brief Voyager 2 flyby over two decades ago. Now, an international team of 168 scientists are hoping to revisit the bizarre Uranus with an orbiter called "Uranus Pathfinder". Such a mission wouldn't only unravel the mysteries behind the odd Uranian tilt and out-of-kilter magnetic field, it may also shed light on how our solar system evolved and how planetary bodies form around other stars. "Uranus sits in quite a different position in the solar system, it's far from the sun, it doesn't appear to give off much heat, it orbits the sun on its side, it appears to have a very different magnetic field, and its ring system is unique," Chris Arridge, postdoctoral research fellow of University College London's Mullard Space Science Laboratory (MSSL) and project lead, told Discovery News. "Uranus is a gold mine to help us understand the planets.""
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+ - Extra-Galactic Planet Discovered in Milky Way->

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astroengine writes "Between six to nine billion years ago, the Milky Way collided with another galaxy. As you'd expect, this caused quite a mess; stars dust and gas being ripped from the intergalactic interloper. In fact, to this day, the dust hasn't quite settled and astronomers have spotted an odd-looking exoplanet orbiting a metal poor star 2,000 light-years from Earth. Through a careful process of elimination, the extrasolar planet (known as HIP 13044b) actually works out to be an extragalactic planet, a surviving relic of the massive collision eons ago."
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Comment: Re:Math is the foundaton for physics yet to be (Score 2, Informative) 1153

by jdb2 (#34083510) Attached to: How Much Math Do We Really Need?
Look up GPS on Wikipedia ( specifically this ) before spouting ignorant bullshit. Besides positioning, GR also has applications in celestial and orbital mechanics and hence spacecraft maneuvering. In fact, just look up GR, the subject of your diatribe, on Wikipedia, before making a fool of yourself.


Hackers are just a migratory lifeform with a tropism for computers.