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Submission + - Mac, BSD prone to decade old attacks 7

BSDer writes: An Israeli security researcher published a paper few hours ago, detailing attacks against Mac, OpenBSD and other BSD-style operating systems. The attacks, says Amit Klein from Trusteer enable DNS cache poisoning, IP level traffic analysis, host detection, O/S fingerprinting and in some cases even TCP blind data injection. The irony is that OpenBSD boasted their protection mechanism against those exact attacks when a similar attack against the BIND DNS server was disclosed by the same researcher mid 2007. It seems now that OpenBSD may need to revisit their code and their statements. According to the researcher, another affected party, Apple, refused to commit to any fix timelines. It would be interesting to see their reaction now that this paper is public.

Submission + - Cellphone User Shocked by $85,000 CAD Bill (www.cbc.ca)

PuNKY^BReWSTeR writes: "It is a well known fact that competition and fair prices for decent cellular plans are virtually non-existent in Canada. This one takes the cake however. According to CBC, a Calgary man received an $85,000 cell phone bill from Bell after using us as a modem.

From the article:

"The thing is, they've cut my phone off for being like $100 over. Here, I'm $85,000 over and nobody bothered to give me a call and tell me what was going on." Staniaszek said Bell told him they will adjust his bill to a different plan for people who use their phones for internet purposes. But even after the adjustment, his bill will still be more than $5,000."


Submission + - Intel Updates vPro Platform and Features (hothardware.com)

MojoKid writes: "Intel's has certified the Core 2 Duo E6550, E6750 and E6850 processors for vPro, and is releasing the new low-power Q35 Express chipset with a companion ICH9-DO Southbridge, and 82566DM Gigabit Network controller. With these new chispets and technologies, the vPro platform offers next-generation Intel Active Management Technology, enhanced Intel Virtualization Technology, and Intel Trusted Execution Technology (aka Intel TXT). vPro also offers support for next-generation management standards like WS-MAN and DASH (draft 1.0 spec) and support for v1.2 of the Trusted Platform Module. Intel has plans to provide continual updates to the vPro platform and will likely enhance vPro further after the launch of their "Montevina" platform in the first half on 2008."
The Almighty Buck

Submission + - US money getting high-tech facelift (networkworld.com)

coondoggie writes: "Spending your hard earned cash will never be the same — and perhaps never be as secure. The US Treasury's Bureau of Engraving and Printing will next month unroll new $5 bills and is working to revamp $100 bills in the coming months. The government is pushing hard to counteract some $118.1 million in counterfeit U.S. currency that was reported in 2006, an increase of almost 4% from 2005, largely due to advanced digital counterfeiting. The $100 bill is next in line for a face-lift — it hasn't had one I in $60 years. The Associated Press is reporting that a new security thread has been approved for the $100 bill. The new look is part of an effort to thwart counterfeiters who are armed with ever-more sophisticated computers, scanners and color copiers. http://www.networkworld.com/community/node/18781"

Submission + - Nokia sees future in touchscreens, CNet doesn't

An anonymous reader writes: According to Reuters, Nokia sees future for touch screens claiming that "Optical sensors and touch will be the next big things." On the opposite side of the ring CNet has put up an article outing touchscreens saying that they "drain battery power and, in general, are rather fiddly to use". All of this begs the question, are iPhone-style touchscreens mobile's future?

Submission + - First US "Twin-Format" HD DVD Disc Reviewe

An anonymous reader writes: There's a new high-def disc format in town — the triple layer HD DVD/DVD "twin-format" disc. While the format made its debut earlier this year in Japan, the first US-released twin disc hits store shelves on June 26, with the release of the anime title, 'Freedom 1.' High-Def Digest got a sneak peek, and gives the disc a tentative thumbs up.
Portables (Games)

Submission + - Warhammer 40,000: Squad Command to PSP and DS (mygamer.com)

SupraStan writes: "THQ announced today that they will be bringing Warhammer 40,000: Squad Command to the handheld Nintendo DS and PSP® (PlayStation Portable) systems, scheduled to be released in fall 2007. Taking full advantage of the unique capabilities of the Nintendo DS and PSP, Warhammer 40,000: Squad Command features a new and immersive single-player campaign, along with a robust global multiplayer component. "Bringing the Warhammer 40,000 universe to handheld systems creates exciting new game play options for fans across the globe," said Bob Aniello, senior vice president of worldwide marketing, THQ. "An all-new single-player storyline and the ability to battle head-to-head with anyone in the world make this an exciting addition to the Warhammer 40,000 library." For more read at: http://www.mygamer.com/index.php?platform=homepage &publisher=&developer=&game=&page=globalnews&mode= viewnews&id=2425"

Submission + - Evil Dead: The Musical (evildeadthemusical.com)

dmatos writes: Sam Raimi and Bruce Campbell fans, rejoice! An intrepid troupe of writers, actors, and other theatre folk have turned your favourite trilogy into a musical. Currently playing at the Diesel Playhouse in Toronto, Ontario, Evil Dead: The Musical has received rave reviews from fans and critics alike. The writers of this musical know their audience, going out of their way to fill it with the campy, gory humour from the movies, complete with iconic one-liners. Not only that, the first three rows in the theatre are designated "splatter zone" seating, with optional ponchos. Wear a white shirt, and decline the poncho for a one-of-a-kind souvenir of the show. The website has some video links if you'd like to know just how they managed to translate a crazed man chopping off his possessed hand with a chainsaw into musical theatre.
Operating Systems

Submission + - Top 10 Linux Commands for Absolute Newbies (pimpyourlinux.com)

Dan the man writes: "Are you interested in moving to Linux, but have no idea how the terminal works? Are you used to commands like "dir" in dos, but have no idea how to do them in Linux? Well, then this is the site for you. If you've just started University Computing Science, or if you've just started Linux on your job, this is a great guide to get you started with the basic commands."

Submission + - Online Sales Lose Steam (nytimes.com)

An anonymous reader writes: New York Times writers MATT RICHTEL and BOB TEDESCHI claim that online sales growth is significantly slowing down. They claim that this phenomenon owes to the high cost of shipping, the better "experience" of shopping in a physical store, and other relative strengths of physical stores. Slate.com writer Jack Shafer takes issue with the NYT analysis, arguing that none of these physical-store strengths are new, and in fact that online sales are still growing faster than the economy in general. NYT's view: http://www.nytimes.com/2007/06/17/technology/17eco m.html?ex=1339819200&en=2c7eebf2cf9202d9&ei=5124&p artner=permalink&exprod=permalink Slate.com's view: http://www.slate.com/id/2168647/nav/tap3/

Submission + - Mozilla exec claims Apple is hunting open source

Rob writes: Apple chief Steve Jobs expects to do more than lure Internet Explorer users to Apple's forthcoming version of Safari for Windows — he envisions a duopoly within the browser market at the expense of FireFox and others, according to Mozilla COO John Lilly. Lilly pointed to a pie graph representing the browser market that Jobs showed at last week's Apple developers' conference. The graph was made up with just two browsers: Safari and Internet Explorer. The graph "betrays the way that Apple, so often looks at the world," Lilly said. "But make no mistake: this wasn't a careless presentation, or an accidental omission of all the other browsers out there, or even a crummy marketing trick," he said. "Lots of words describe Steve and his Stevenotes, but 'careless' and 'accidental' do not. This is, essentially, the way they're thinking about the problem, and shows the users they want to pick up."

Submission + - Overclocking madness? (idg.com.au)

Da Massive writes: Overclockers waged a battle of ice against fire at Computex in Taipei, pushing the performance limits of Intel's CPUs to 5GHz. The hobbyists, who are becoming an increasingly common sight at IT trade shows, are perfecting the art of pushing processors to their limits. This video is both crazy and funny at the same time — http://www.pcworld.idg.com.au/index.php/fp;2;fpid; 10000;o;0;id;555745332

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