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+ - WordPress.com hit by major DDoS attack->

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "WordPress.com, home to millions of blogs — including major sites such as TechCrunch, has been hit by an "extremely large" distributed denial-of-service (DDoS) attack.

According to Automattic, the parent company of WordPress.com, some users may experience performance and connectivity problems as a result.

A statement from Automattic, which was sent to its VIP customers, said that "the size of the attack is multiple Gigabits per second and tens of millions of packets per second" and admitted that it was proving "difficult" to mitigate the attack because of its "extreme size"."

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Software

+ - A Second is a Long Time in Finance->

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pbahra
pbahra writes "One complaint made of the modern stock market is that it is concerned too much on the short term. A second is a long time in cash-equities trading. Four or five years ago, trading firms started to talk of trading speeds in terms of milliseconds. But in recent weeks trading geeks have started to talk about picoseconds in what is a truly mind-boggling concept: a picosecond is one trillionth of a second. Put another way, a picosecond is to one second what one second is to 31,700 years."
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Android

+ - Android Trojan Was Built for Future Monetization->

Submitted by Trailrunner7
Trailrunner7 (1100399) writes "A detailed analysis of the DroidDream Trojan that was found in dozens of apps in the Android Market this week shows that the malware has a modular construction that likely was designed to give attackers the ability to monetize infected devices through installations of adware or spyware.
What's most interesting in the DroidDream construction is that the Trojan is designed to act mainly as a downloader module, a shell to pull down other malicious modules in the future. This is the kind of malicious behavior that has been common in desktop and server malware for years now, but hasn't been seen widely on mobile devices as of yet. Most mobile malware up till now has been designed to carry out one or two specific tasks, say sending SMS messages to premium numbers or stealing online banking credentials."

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Government

+ - Estonia to receive 1000 electric cars->

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "Small nation of Estonia is to become one of the countries with most electric cars per capita as the state exchanges 10 million AAU-s(carbon emmission credits) to Mitsubishi Corp for 507 iMiev make cars, 250 quick charging stations and state incentives for 500 first electic car buyers"
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Hardware

+ - Business Tablet Comparison: Xoom vs. iPad->

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snydeq
snydeq writes "InfoWorld's Galen Gruman provides an in-depth comparison of the Xoom vs. the iPad for business contexts. Performance, security, applications, app management — 'the Xoom is a credible competitor to the iPad, even exceeding it in some areas. But it has odd omissions and flaws that Android smartphones do not, making me wonder if the tablet and smartphone teams at Google and Motorola Mobility ever compare notes. It definitely feels as if the Xoom were rushed to market to get in stores before Apple's new iPad announcement,' Gruman writes."
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Data Storage

+ - How To Preserve Videos Pirated in the 1930s?->

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cultiv8
cultiv8 writes "From an interview on NPR:

The Institute of the American Musical in Los Angeles is home to footage collected by one of the earliest pirates —Ray Knight of Jacksonville, Fla. Between 1931 and 1973, Knight would make trips up to Broadway and sneak a 16 mm camera into theaters. He eventually collected footage of over 175 musicals. Knight's family gifted the films — which, in many cases, are the only visual record of many of the earliest musicals — to the Institute of the American Musical when Knight died. But, there's a problem. The institute is a one-person operation that has been housed in a Los Angeles duplex for the past 30 years. The tiny nonprofit is having a hard time finding a way to preserve the Knight films — and the rest of its archives.

How would you recommend they preserve the Knight films?"

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+ - Ask Slashdot: Facebook Archiving

Submitted by Stenchwarrior
Stenchwarrior (1335051) writes "I was in the car with my wife and 15 year old daughter this morning talking about the future of Facebook and how it's likely that they will not be around forever (or at least not at the same capacity as now) and my daughter asked "Well, what's going to happen to all of my pictures?"...it never occurred to her to that Facebook might not be around someday and all of those thousands of photos that she's uploaded might someday be gone. So this is what I ask the good people at Slashdot: What's a good way to preserve all of those memories? Many devices nowadays have direct access to the Internet and even to Facebook and once the images are uploaded they are eventually deleted to make room for more. How do we make sure we can access or backup those files in case Zuckerberg decides to sell out to Google or Microsoft and they do away with everyone's profiles?"
Science

+ - Earth May Be On Path To Mass Extinction->

Submitted by RedEaredSlider
RedEaredSlider (1855926) writes "A group of scientists has asked if we might be on our way to a sixth mass extinction. There have been five others, most famously the K-T that wiped out the dinosaurs and Permian which wiped out 90 percent of all species (and paved the way itself for those dinosaurs). This one may be man-made, however."
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+ - Air traffic control system is 'not safe', say UK c->

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Jack Spine
Jack Spine writes "Technology being rolled out at one of the major transpost for UK air traffic is 'not fit for purpose' according to air traffic controllers.

The electronic flight data (EFD) system being phased in at Glasgow Prestwick airport is not fast enough to keep up with real-time inputs, and did not handle a breakdown in communication with the UK's national air traffic system in February adequately. Good luck if you're travelling to the UK anytime soon."

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China's Nine-Day Traffic Jam Tops 62 Miles 198 Screenshot-sm

Posted by samzenpus
from the living-on-the-road dept.
A traffic jam on the Beijing-Tibet expressway has now entered its ninth day and has grown to over 62 miles in length. This mother-of-all delays has even spawned its own micro-economy of local merchants selling water and food at inflated prices to stranded drivers. Can you imagine how infuriating it must be to see someone leave their blinker on for 9 days?
First Person Shooters (Games)

Code Review of Doom For the iPhone 161

Posted by Soulskill
from the old-dogs-new-tricks dept.
Developer Fabien Sanglard has written a code review for id Software's iPhone port of Doom. It's an interesting look into how the original 1993 game (which he also reviewed to understand its rendering process) was adapted to a modern platform. "Just like Wolfenstein 3D, Doom was rendering a screenframe pixel per pixel. The only way to do this on iPhone with an acceptable framerate would be to use CoreSurface/CoreSurface.h framework. But it is unfortunately restricted and using it would prevent distribution on the AppStore. The only solution is to use OpenGL, but this comes with a few challenges: Doom was faking 3D with a 2D map. OpenGL needs real 3D vertices. More than 3D vertices, OpenGL needs data to be sent as triangles (among other things because they are easy to rasterize). But Doom sectors were made of arbitrary forms. Doom 1993's perspective was also faked, it was actually closer to an orthogonal projection than a perspective projection. Doom was using VGA palette indexing to perform special effect (red for damage, silver for invulnerable...)."
Mozilla

Firefox's Effect On Other Browsers 475

Posted by Soulskill
from the driving-the-market dept.
An anonymous reader points out an interview with Mozilla's "evangelist," Christopher Blizzard, regarding the future of Firefox and how it affects other browsers. It's an Austrian site, so forgive the comma abuse. From derStandard: "It's sort of interesting though, part of our strategy is to make sure, that we continue making change and the indirect effect of this is that Microsoft continues to have to do releases, because if we get so far ahead that we're able to drive the platform they are not able to keep up and keep their users. I mean, we have this joke which says 'Internet Explorer 7 is the best release we ever did,' because they would not have done it, if we would have not built Firefox. And the same is true for Apple, they are doing a lot to keep up with us. Safari 3.1 is a good example, as far as we see it, the only reason they did this release was that Firefox 3 would come out and have Javascript speed which would be twice as fast as theirs, cause that's how it was before. So by pushing other people to make releases we can go on our mission to make sure the web stays healthy."

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