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Intel

+ - Intel Gigabit NIC Packet of Death->

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "All it takes is a quick Google search to see that the Intel 82574L ethernet controller has had at least a few problems. Including, but not necessarily limited to, EEPROM issues, ASPM bugs, MSI-X quirks, etc. We spent several months dealing with each and every one of these. We thought we were done.

Using Ostinato I was able to craft various versions of this packet — an HTTP POST, ICMP echo-request, etc. Pretty much whatever I wanted. With a modified HTTP server configured to generate the data at byte value (based on headers, host, etc) you could easily configure an HTTP 200 response to contain the packet of death — and kill client machines behind firewalls!"

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Google

+ - Google Enemies Must Be Scrutinized->

Submitted by sfcrazy
sfcrazy (1542989) writes "Now we have the Nortel patents being sold out of the bankruptcy estate. And who are the buyers? Apple, EMC, Ericsson, Microsoft, Research In Motion, and Sony. And their common enemy? Google.

This deal has got to attract more scrutiny than this. The question is, will anyone stand up with Google to question it? FOSS community and consumers, time to speak up."

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Science

+ - Scientists Play World's Oldest Commercial Record->

Submitted by sciencehabit
sciencehabit (1205606) writes "The scratchy, 12-second audio clip of a woman reciting the first verse of Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star doesn't sound like much. But the faint, 123-year-old recording—etched into a warped metal cylinder and brought back to life after decades of silence by a three-dimensional (3D) optical scanning technique—appears to belong to the first record intended for sale to the public. Made for a talking doll briefly sold by phonograph inventor Thomas Edison, the early record is the oldest known American recording of a woman's voice and may be the oldest known record produced at Edison's laboratory in West Orange, New Jersey.
(Sound file in story)"

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Linux

+ - Ask Slashdot: Easiest Linux Distro 3

Submitted by anymooseposter
anymooseposter (2347700) writes "My mom is taking a computer class at the local Community College. she asks:

"Hi So,.............what do you know about Linux. I need to download a Linux OS and try it out for class. The assignment is to use an OS different from what you normally use. Well, since I use Windows and OS X, the assignment suggests Linux. But, my question is, what is the easiest version based on Linux for me to put on CD and try? I saw several on the web. Any thoughts off the top of your head."

Her only computers are a new iMac, and a recent HP laptop. What Linux Disto would be easiest to set up without having to resort to dual booting and/or driver issues?"
IOS

+ - Jailbreakme.com 3.0 Activated->

Submitted by Beardydog
Beardydog (716221) writes "Jailbreakme.com has been officially updated, providing the first public method for jailbreaking the iPad 2, and the easiest method for jailbreaking most other iOS devices. The jailbreak works with iOS 4.3.3, and it is recommended that users update before a new release from Apple closes the vulnerability exploited by the jailbreak."
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United States

+ - TSA Warns of Implanted Body Bombs->

Submitted by cosm
cosm (1072588) writes "Apparently after the string of bad publicity the TSA is really reaching to justify their existence (when were they not?) FTA:

The government has warned airlines that terrorists are considering surgically implanting explosives into people in an attempt to circumvent screening procedures, according to U.S. officials. There is no indication of an immediate plot, but the new information could lead to additional screening procedures at the nation’s airports. Existing scanners would not necessarily detect bombs implanted under a person’s skin, experts said.

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+ - Patent Troll Goes After Notebook Cooling->

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "If you are manufacturing notebooks and you are using hardware that needs to be cooled down occasionally, you may be in the crosshairs of IPventure, which claims patent rights to an approach that is common in all notebooks today. For now, the company appears to be establishing its case by suing Fujitsu and Lenovo over the use of its invention in the Lifebook and Thinkpad series of products."
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Comment: VoIP Security Matters Now More Than Ever (Score 1) 1

by mercutioviz (#36629716) Attached to: Why VoIP Security Matters To You
With governments wanting back doors and master decryption keys for voice traffic there is ever more reason to be vigilant. How many of us really believe that Microsoft *won't* be happy to let any government spy on Skype users? I doubt the patent they've applied for is "just for defense" in the patent wars... -MC
Security

+ - Barracuda Networks Connects FLASH To SIP for FREE->

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anthm
anthm writes "Barracuda Networks Inc. Has donated the new mod_rtmp for FreeSWITCH http://www.freeswitch.org/ an open source telephony platform. Using the module, you can connect a web page to your server and make phone calls that can gateway to and from SIP or other protocols or just call a conference or other voice app on the FreeSWITCH server. The module is licensed under the MPL and is freely available as part of the FreeSWITCH source tree."
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Comment: Re:Who will all just plug their ears (Score 1) 361

by mercutioviz (#35582364) Attached to: Sludge In Flask Gives Clues To Origin of Life
Free will is indeed at the core of the issue. If we're uncreated - simply a wonderful cosmic accident in a small corner of the universe - then we are just fancy robots. If we were created with some sort of predetermined outcome then we are just fancy robots. However, if we were created AND we have free will then the issue is a lot more interesting. Life would definitely have more meaning if we were more than the product of mere chance.

The question I recommend we all consider is why. If we're just the fancy robots, why do we react with such revulsion to things like the Holocaust or the recent tsunami in Japan? Why do we hate to see other people suffer and die? In short, why do we have a conscience? Does it serve an evolutionary purpose, and if so, from what is it and from what did it evolve?

I'm open to reasonable answers to these questions from all sides of the debate...

Air pollution is really making us pay through the nose.

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