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Submission + - 25% of Google Chrome Extensions Allow Data Theft (

Orome1 writes: 27 of a 100 tested Google Chrome extensions have been found vulnerable to data (passwords, history, etc.) extraction attacks though specially crafted malicious websites or by attackers on public WiFi networks. A trio of security researchers have manually analyzed 50 of the most popular Chrome extensions and added to that list 50 more chosen by random. "We looked for JavaScript injection vulnerabilities in the cores of the extensions (the background, popup, and options pages); script injection into a core allows the complete takeover of an extension," explained Adrienne Porter Felt, one of the researchers. To prove their claim, they performed PoC attacks devised to take advantage of the vulnerabilities.

Submission + - NASA to Demo Largest-Ever Solar Sail in Space (

Zothecula writes: NASA's upcoming Technology Demonstration Missions are intended to "transform its space communications, deep space navigation and in-space propulsion capabilities." Three project proposals have been selected for these missions, which should be launching in 2015 and 2016. One of those projects will involve demonstrating a mission-capable solar sail. While NASA has recently tested a solar sail measuring 100 square feet (9.29 square meters), this one will be the largest ever flown, spanning a whopping 409 square feet, or 38 square meters.

Submission + - Boeing iPhone app flies drone 3000 miles away (

garymortimer writes: "Boeing engineer George Windsor sat in a small room at a Boeing building in Seattle and picked up an iPhone. After a short series of finger movements and taps, a miniature unmanned aircraft that’s about as big as a pizza box started to hover, turn and fly. In some cases, Windsor tapped on locations on a map on the iPhone, and the UAV went to that spot; in other instances, Windsor moved the phone up, down, left and right, and the vehicle moved accordingly.

What made this flight demonstration even more fascinating is that the UAV was hovering over a baseball field on the Massachusetts Institute of Technology campus in Cambridge, Mass. – some 3,000 miles away."


Submission + - BlackBerry copies iOS 4 feature in server upgrade (

GMGruman writes: The iPhone usually takes the knocks for not being a secure as a BlackBerry and urged to catch up to BlackBerry capabilities. But it turns out that sometimes the iPhone is ahead in this game and it's BlackBerry-maker Research in Motion that is playing catch-up: RIM today announced an update to its BlackBerry Enterprise Server that adds a feature that Apple's iOS 4.0 already offers: the ability to distinguish between corporate and personal information and manage them separately. That way, if you leave your company and keep your BlackBerry, your pesonal accounts, contacts, and so forth aren't wiped out even as your corporate data is removed.

Submission + - Inside the Fake PC Recycling Market ( 1

snydeq writes: "OSNews' Howard Fosdick reports on the 'fake recycling market' — one in which companies exploit cheap shipping, inexpensive labor, and a lack of safety and environmental law to export computers and other e-waste to China and Africa where it is 'recycled' with a complete lack of environmental and safety rules. 'This trade has become a thriving business. Companies called "fake recyclers" approach well-meaning organizations — charities, churches, and community organizations — and offer to hold a Recycling Day. The charity provides publicity, legitimacy, and a parking lot for the event. On the designated day, well-meaning residents drop off their old electronics for recycling. The fake recycler picks it up in their trucks, hauls it away for shipping, and makes money by exporting it to Chinese or African "recycling" centers. Nobody's the wiser,' Fosdick writes. Of course, the international community has, in fact, devised a set of rules to control e-waste disposal under the Basel Conventions, but the U.S. — 'the international "bad boy" of computer recycling — is one of four countries that have not ratified and do not adhere to these international agreements."

Submission + - Canada's Top Court Quashes Child Porn Warrant (

m.ducharme writes: The CBC is reporting that the Supreme Court of Canada has handed down a decision quashing a search warrant used to obtain the computer of a man accused of possession of child porn."

"Urbain P. Morelli maintained his charter rights were violated when police searched his computer for child pornography after a technician who had visited his home to work on the machine expressed concerns to police."

What the Slashdot community may find notable about this decision is the distinction drawn between "accessing" and "possessing" digital images, most particularly the recognition that a user does not "possess" cached data. From the decision:

[35] When accessing Web pages, most Internet browsers will store on the computer’s own hard drive a temporary copy of all or most of the files that comprise the Web page. This is typically known as a “caching function” and the location of the temporary, automatic copies is known as the “cache”. While the configuration of the caching function varies and can be modified by the user, cached files typically include images and are generally discarded automatically after a certain number of days, or after the cache grows to a certain size. [36] On my view of possession, the automatic caching of a file to the hard drive does not, without more, constitute possession. While the cached file might be in a “place” over which the computer user has control, in order to establish possession, it is necessary to satisfy mens rea or fault requirements as well. Thus, it must be shown that the file was knowingly stored and retained through the cache.

Submission + - Commodore 64 set to return, claims OS X as option? ( 3

benwiggy writes: PC World and others are reporting that the Commodore 64 is being relaunched — with a hardware update, naturally. The product also claims to support OS X using an original installer disk, but with "with extra hardware".

The company's webpage is here:

"To conform with the times, the PC also offers up to 500GB of hard drive storage and 4GB of RAM. Also included are a DVD-RW drive, a touchpad, four USB ports, a Gigabit Ethernet port and a DVI port."


Submission + - Microsoft's top devs don't seem to like own tools (

ericatcw writes: Through tools such as Visual Basic and Visual Studio, Microsoft may have done more than any other vendor to make drag and drop-style programming mainstream. But its superstar developers seem to prefer old-school modes of hacking code. During the panel at the Professional Developers Conference earlier this month, the devs also revealed why they think writing tight, bare-metal code will come back into fashion, and why parallel programming hasn't caught up with the processors yet.

Submission + - Third contender in the HD format war? (

Fishead writes: As the fight heats up between HD DVD and Blu-ray, and as consumers seem to care less and less, a new contender has entered the fray.

Next month, New Medium Enterprises will be selling a 1080p player through Amazon, and stores such as Radio Shack and Costco for around $150.

The difference of this new HD VMD (Versatile Multilayer Disc) format and HD DVD or Blu-ray is that the discs are created with the same laser as DVD's. Unlike HD DVD and Blu-ray which use a blue laser.

From the article:
"HD VMD discs, which hold up to 30GB on a single side, are encoded with a maximum bit rate of 40 megabits per second; that's within halfway between HD DVD's 36 mpbs and Blu-ray's 48 mbps. The format uses MPEG-2 and VC1 video formats to encode at 1080p resolution for the time being, and will possibly move to the H.264 format in the future."


Smarter-than-Human Intelligence & The Singularity Summit 543

runamock writes "Brilliant technologists like Ray Kurzweil and Rodney Brooks are gathering in San Francisco for The Singularity Summit. The Singularity refers to the creation of smarter-than-human intelligence beyond which the future becomes unpredictable. The concept of the Singularity sounds more daunting in the form described by statistician I.J Good in 1965: 'Let an ultra-intelligent machine be defined as a machine that can far surpass all the intellectual activities of any man however clever. Since the design of machines is one of these intellectual activities, an ultra-intelligent machine could design even better machines; there would then unquestionably be an 'intelligence explosion,' and the intelligence of man would be left far behind. Thus the first ultra-intelligent machine is the last invention that man need ever make.'"

Submission + - Interactive Ray Tracer on Playstation 3 (

An anonymous reader writes: Interactive Ray Tracer for Cell Broadband Engine demonstrates the power of the Cell Broadband Engine for interactively ray tracing high-definition television (HDTV) images of complex scenes. It can trace high-definition frames in fractions of a second, instead of the hours it takes production studios today. Interactive Ray Tracer can run on both the Playstation 3 and QS20 Cell Broadband Engine-based platforms. This short video shows how Playstation 3's are used to produce fully interactive Ray Tracing.

Submission + - For CPC's congress, servers sacrificed (

An anonymous reader writes: After a few days, Communist Party of China's 17th congress will be held in Beijing. And now the Party is ordering *ALL* servers who run interactive service for individuals have to shutdown there service. for what reason that i really don't know. maybe they don't want to hear anything they don't want to hear.
here is the announcement from (a popular RSS and BBS provider on cellphone in ShangHai).
" [Emergency Announcement] As orders comes from high abovethe BBS/Group/Blog services of us will be stopped *NOW*, no new topic, new reply from now on. And viewing old posts is allowed. It is unknown when we will be back. We will try our best to come back in anyway. Besides, email and RSS feeds services can be used normally. Dear users, please come as frequently as possible so that you could get latest information, and please accept our deepest apologize. "

Media (Apple)

Submission + - New IPod Line confirms Apple a Monopolist? (

m.ducharme writes: "An article at Wired reports that class action lawyers claim Apple is a monopolist because the new iPods don't support WMA. Of course last time I checked, they did support mp3, so I don't know how far they think this claim is going to go, but the lawyers do offer a solution, namely to license Windows Media from Microsoft for "less than 2 cents per iPod." How generous. I wonder who's paying these particular lawyers?"
Operating Systems

Old School Linux Remembered, Parts 0.02 & 0.03 163

eldavojohn writes "Following our last history lesson of Linux 0.01, the Kernel Trap is talking about the following announcements that would lead to one of the greatest operating systems today. A great Linus quote on release 0.02 (just 19 days after 0.01): 'I can (well, almost) hear you asking yourselves "why?". Hurd will be out in a year (or two, or next month, who knows), and I've already got minix. This is a program for hackers by a hacker. I've enjoyed [sic] doing it, and somebody might enjoy looking at it and even modifying it for their own needs. It is still small enough to understand, use and modify, and I'm looking forward to any comments you might have.'"
The Almighty Buck

Submission + - Apple holds out on resellers 1

An anonymous reader writes: Anecdotal evidence from Australian consumers indicates Apple are holding back stock from their resellers, while shipping from their online store in record time. A workmate ordered a MBP 8 weeks ago from a reputable reseller who has been saying each week 'apple say they have no stock, they won't tell us when our orders will be filled', yet people ordering from the Apple online store are receiving their laptops within 1-2 business days. My workmate canceled his order on wednesday and ordered online, he just received his laptop today (friday), after phoning the reseller they still have no word on when stock will be coming through. Forum posters from around the state indicate similar issues.

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