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+ - Ask Slashdot: When and how did Europe leapfrog the US for internet access?

Submitted by rsanford
rsanford (711146) writes "In the early and middle 90's I recall spending countless hours on IRC "Trout-slapping" people in #hottub and engaging in channel wars. The people from Europe were always complaining about how slow their internet was and there was no choice. This was odd to me, who at the time had 3 local ISPs to choose from, all offering the fastest modem connections at the time, while living in rural America 60 miles away from the nearest city with 1,000 or more people. Was that the reality back then? If so, what changed, and when?"

+ - D-Link Routers Vulnerable To DNS Hijacking 1

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "At least one and likely more D-Link routers as well as those of other manufacturers using the same firmware are vulnerable to remote changing of DNS settings and, effectively, traffic hijacking, a Bulgarian security researcher has discovered. Todor Donev, a member of the Ethical Hacker research team, says that the vulnerability is found in the ZynOS firmware of the device, D-Link's DSL-2740R ADSL modem/wireless router. The firmware in question is implemented in many networking equipment manufactured by D-Link, TP-Link Technologies and ZTE, he noted for Computerworld."

Comment: Re:Slave Labour is certainly profitable (Score 1) 493

by jones_supa (#48923705) Attached to: Apple Posts $18B Quarterly Profit, the Highest By Any Company, Ever

Also, please tell me the name of your MADE IN THE USA cellphone and computer.

So if no one else is producing cellphone or computer in USA, then Apple cannot be expected to? They made the biggest profit, they might as well be the trendsetter of moving manufacturing back to America.

Comment: Re:God, what drivel ... (Score 3, Informative) 194

by jones_supa (#48921909) Attached to: Latest Windows 10 Preview Build Brings Slew of Enhancements

You can disable her.

But why get an OS of which you have to disable half of the features? I don't want Modern UI, I don't want to send information to Microsoft to help to improve my computing experience, I don't want a Windows Live Account, I don't want SkyDrive, I don't want Cortana.

Me no want anything! Waaah!

Comment: Good job! (Score 4, Funny) 493

by jones_supa (#48921865) Attached to: Apple Posts $18B Quarterly Profit, the Highest By Any Company, Ever
Those are amazing numbers. It shows that by making bug-free products, offering long term support, providing great value, acting fully ethically, and listening to your customers, can make you a fair amount of money. Their secret sauce? Bringing the real engineers to the spotlight.

+ - Serious Network Function Vulnerability Found In Glibc 1

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "A very serious security problem has been found and patched in the GNU C Library (Glibc). A heap-based buffer overflow was found in __nss_hostname_digits_dots() function, which is used by the gethostbyname() and gethostbyname2() function calls. A remote attacker able to make an application call to either of these functions could use this flaw to execute arbitrary code with the permissions of the user running the program. The vulnerability is easy to trigger as gethostbyname() can be called remotely for applications that do any kind of DNS resolving within the code. Qualys, who discovered the vulnerability (nicknamed "Ghost") during a code audit, wrote a mailing list entry with more details, including in-depth analysis and exploit vectors."

+ - Why Screen Lockers On X11 Cannot Be Secure->

Submitted by jones_supa
jones_supa (887896) writes "One thing we all remember from Windows NT, is the security feature requiring the user to press CTRL-ALT-DEL to unlock the workstation (this can still be enabled with a policy setting). The motivation was to make it impossible for other programs to mimic a lock screen, as they couldn't react to the special key combination. Martin Gräßlin from KDE team takes a look at the lock screen security on X11. On a protocol level, X11 doesn't know anything of screen lockers. Also the X server doesn't know that the screen is locked as it doesn't understand the concept. This means the screen locker can only use the core functionality available to emulate screen locking. That in turn also means that any other client can do the same and prevent the screen locker from working (for example opening a context menu on any window prevents the screen locker from activating). That's quite a bummer: any process connected to the X server can block the screen locker, and even more it could fake your screen locker."
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