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Comment: Do you listen to yourself? (Score 0, Flamebait) 635

by mattgreen (#21571985) Attached to: Microsoft Withdraws Vista's Kill Switch

I suppose they realized that it would be just a matter of time before someone outside of Microsoft discovers a way to use the kill switch. And then every Internet-connected computer running Vista will die instantly. Hmm... Doesn't sound like such a bad idea after all...
Why is it OK for thousands of people to have their computers be rendered inoperable just because they run an operating system that you don't like? Oh, right, because Vista is the worst operating system in all of history and everyone that uses it somehow deserves their computer to be unusable.

I'd be careful with all the elitism you're spewing, you might choke on it.
Security

Firefox Susceptible To QuickTime Security Flaw 231

Posted by kdawson
from the exploit-available-in-the-wild dept.
Hugh Pickens writes "Apple's QuickTime media player software contains a previously undocumented security weakness in the way QuickTime handles the RTSP media-streaming protocol. The vulnerability is present in QuickTime versions 4.0 through 7.3 (the latest version) on both Windows and Mac systems. Symantec has tested the publicly available exploit code and found that it failed to work properly against Internet Explorer 6/7 or Safari 3 Beta but the exploit works against Firefox if users have chosen QuickTime as the default player for multimedia formats. Firefox users are more susceptible to this attack because Firefox farms off the request directly to the QuickTime Player as a separate process outside of its control, while IE loads the QuickTime Player as an internal plugin and when the overflow occurs, standard buffer-overflow protection is triggered, shutting down the affected processes before any damage can occur."
Science

Radiation Not As Hazardous As Once Believed 570

Posted by kdawson
from the since-my-fallout-with-you dept.
HeavensBlade23 sends in an article from the German site Spiegel Online about mounting evidence that nuclear radiation may not be as deadly as has been widely believed. The article cites studies by German, US, and Japanese researchers concluding, for example, that fewer than 800 deaths are attributable to the after-effects of radiation in over 86,500 survivors of the Hiroshima bombing. Other surprisingly low death rates are reported in studies of Chernobyl and of a secret Siberian town called Mayak, devoted to producing plutonium, that was abandoned after a nuclear accident in 1957.
OS X

Apple 10.4.11 Update Can Brick Macs With Boot Camp 425

Posted by kdawson
from the doesn't-take-a-genius dept.
g-san writes "Some Mac users are having problems with the latest 10.4.11 update, yours truly included. The problem seems to be caused by the presence of a Boot Camp partition and renders the Mac unable to reboot after the update fails. Note the Geniuses at the Apple stores are recommending a full disk wipe; but data can be recovered via Firewire." MacNN has a note up that if you fall victim to this "known issue" and need to reformat the disk, you can't reinstall Boot Camp because it is no longer available to OS X 10.4 Tiger users.
Toys

Why Microsoft's Zune is Still Failing 593

Posted by Zonk
from the fall-over-dead dept.
DECS writes "Last winter, RDM detailed why Microsoft's iPod Killer would fail miserably. This year, the site argues, Microsoft will fail again, but for a new set of reasons. It is not obvious that the company has figured this out itself. 'Microsoft doesn't seem to learn from its mistakes in consumer electronics very well. When it does however, it frequently gets the timing wrong. This year, Microsoft appears set to compete against the Apple of 2006. It now offers two flash models, last year's leftover 30 GB unit, and new 80 GB version. The problem is that Apple moved the goalpost dramatically. Apple's new 3G Nano is ultra thin and small, but delivers the same video resolution as Microsoft's boxy flash Zunes at the same price. It also plays games.'"
Communications

In The US, Email Is Only For Old People 383

Posted by Zonk
from the late-twenties-and-older-than-dirt dept.
lxw56 writes "Two years after Slashdot discussed the theory that Korean young people were rejecting email, an article at the Slate site written by Chad Lorenz comes to the same conclusion about the United States. 'Those of us older than 25 can't imagine a life without e-mail. For the Facebook generation, it's hard to imagine a life of only e-mail, much less a life before it. I can still remember the proud moment in 1996 when I sent my first e-mail from the college computer lab. It felt like sending a postcard from the future. I was getting a glimpse of how the Internet would change everything--nothing could be faster and easier than e-mail.'"
Security

+ - Stolen Code on Source Forge 1

Submitted by
ItsPaPPy
ItsPaPPy writes "I am coder/staff on a site that was broken into, cyber-wars.com, a while back. Our source code was stolen and has now appeared on sourceforge.net We have contacted the person and our legal team has contacted SF. They have said there is nothing they can do, without having a police report their hands our tied. So I put it to the community, 1. how can this person try to put this code out their as his own, 2. how can a great community like SF, who was created for coders to make a name for themselves and their products, allow for this to go on any longer?

All the hard work we have put into the site, no anyone can just download our file and make a site just like ours. Everything is packaged including our images that we paid good money to have designed.

So I ask the community what is some one to do against a big ignorant site like SF?"
Google

+ - Gmail backdoor vulnerability->

Submitted by castrox
castrox (630511) writes "From the article on The Register:

The technique comes courtesy of Petko D. Petkov, a researcher at GNU Citizen, who writes in a blog post that the backdoor is installed simply by luring a victim to a specially crafted website while logged in to Gmail. The naughty site uses a slight of hand known as a multipart/form-data POST, which writes a filter to Gmail that causes all email with attachments to be forwarded to collect@evil.com.
Looks like a nasty "POST injection" from a malicious site you're visiting while logged into Gmail is all it takes to alter your Gmail settings. Apparently, Google is investigating and has no further comments at this time."

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Google

Google Unveils Flash Ads 225

Posted by Zonk
from the hip-hip-hooray dept.
Gailin writes "Google has announced and given some examples of their new Flash based ads. They seem to vary from average size to full screen-width Flash advertisements, with some interactive abilities. 'Gadget ads can incorporate real-time data feeds, images, video and much more in a single creative unit and can be developed using Flash, HTML or a combination of both. Designed to act more like content than a typical ad, they run on the Google(TM) content network, competing alongside text, image and video ads for placement. They support both cost-per-click and cost-per-impression pricing models, and offer a variety of contextual, site, geographic and demographic targeting options to ensure the ads reach relevant users with precision and scale.'"
Mozilla

Firefox Hits 400 Million Downloads 175

Posted by Zonk
from the grats-little-browser dept.
Owen Dansley writes "Firefox hit another milestone this past Friday, when it passed the 400 million download mark. From its launch in 2004 it took one year to reach 100 million downloads, hitting 200 million downloads just one year later. According to figures released by US consultancy firm Janco and the IT Productivity Center, Firefox currently has 17.4 percent of the browser market — up 5.6 percentage points in the last year. Also within the last year, Microsoft's Internet Explorer browser dropped 9.6 percentage points to a market share of 63.9 percent."
Space

Crew Ends 100 Day Mars Simulation in Arctic 147

Posted by ScuttleMonkey
from the wtb-beer-burger-and-companionship dept.
Paul server guy writes "According to Wired Science the seven person F-XI LDM crew that has been stationed at the Mars Society's FMARS station has completed their unprecedented 100 day simulation. (Actually 101 days, because for 37 they lived on 'Mars time' adding 39 minutes to each day) According to the mission's remote science principal investigator Chris McKay, of NASA Ames. 'Their pioneering simulation of crew operations on Mars time is by far the best work on this topic ever done. It sets the standard for future Mars mission simulations.'"
Space

Strange Asteroids Baffle Scientists 125

Posted by ScuttleMonkey
from the science-rocks dept.
Raver32 writes to mention that two nearby asteroids may be evidence of a new class of asteroid or long eroded mini-world. Mineral evidence gathered using photometric data shows these asteroids to contain basalt not normally found in asteroid belt objects. "The lack of basalt and another mineral, olivine, in asteroid belt objects has long puzzled scientists. These two minerals would have formed the crust and mantle, respectively, of belt objects the size of Vesta or larger; theory predicts that more than half of all asteroids should be composed of one or the other of these substances"
The Almighty Buck

Linux Credit Card Re-Launches 178

Posted by kdawson
from the we're-in-the-money dept.
An anonymous reader writes "The all-new Linux Fund Visa Card launched on July 24th. The Linux Fund began in 1999, and lasted until Bank of America bought MBNA and canceled the program earlier this year. Before that time the fund had distributed $100,000 a year on average. US Bank has inked a new deal to resurrect the program with new features. Currently, the project is open to ideas for supporting well-loved and community-supported software that is underfunded. The current list of supported projects includes Debian, Wikipedia, FreeGeek, Freenode, and Blender."
Communications

Skype Blames Microsoft Patch Tuesday for Outage 286

Posted by ScuttleMonkey
from the ddos-ing-yourself dept.
brajesh writes to tell us that Skype has blamed its outage over the last week on Microsoft's Patch Tuesday. Apparently the huge numbers of computers rebooting (and the resulting flood of login requests) revealed a problem with the network allocation algorithm resulting in a couple days of downtime. Skype further stressed that there was no malicious activity and user security was never in any danger.
Music

+ - EMI, McCartney ink with 7digital, Last.fm for MP3s->

Submitted by johnsson_tate
johnsson_tate (666) writes "7digital has become the world's first online music store to offer EMI's catalogue as DRM-free MP3s — instead of iPod-ready AAC files — and has inked an exclusive partnership with Last.fm to utilize the music-suggestion service as a sales portal. Their new site offers 320kbps MP3 files from the likes of Paul McCartney and Iron Maiden, along with every other release from EMI, with albums for just £5 (about $9).

The Last.fm partnership means widgets embedded on sites like Facebook and MySpace, will act as "micro portals" for people to buy music from the new site. It's claimed the new 7digital service is blending iTunes, iTunes Plus and eMusic, all with unprotected MP3's that work on any player and that don't contain any personal identification information."

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