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Submission + - Ivan Ristic And SSL Labs: How One Man Changed The Way We Understand SSL

An anonymous reader writes: Ivan Ristic is well-known in the information security world, and his name has become almost a synonym for SSL Labs, a project he started in early 2009. Before that, he was mostly known for his work with OWASP and the development of the wildly popular open source web application firewall ModSecurity. While SSL Labs was something Ristic worked on in his spare time, over time it became his main focus. In fact, over the years, the project incorporated a great number of checks that are impossible to perform manually. It's a game changer because, to assess your TLS configuration, you don't need to be an expert. Read the story about the project's evolution on Help Net Security.

Submission + - A Tower of Molten Salt Will Deliver Solar Power After Sunset (ieee.org)

schwit1 writes: For the first time, solar thermal can compete with natural gas during nighttime peak demand

Solar power projects intended to turn solar heat into steam to generate electricity have struggled to compete amid tumbling prices for solar energy from solid-state photovoltaic (PV) panels. But the first commercial-scale implementation of an innovative solar thermal design could turn the tide. Engineered from the ground up to store some of its solar energy, the 110-megawatt plant is nearing completion in the Crescent Dunes near Tonopah, Nev. It aims to simultaneously produce the cheapest solar thermal power and to dispatch that power for up to 10 hours after the setting sun has idled photovoltaics.

Submission + - How Volkswagen Cheated Emissions Tests And Who Authorized It? (computerworld.com)

Lucas123 writes: The method by which Volkswagen diesel cars were able to thwart emissions tests and spew up to 40X the nitrogen oxide levels set by the Environmental Protection Agency was relatively simple. It was more likely no more than a single line of code used to detect when an emissions test was being performed and place the emissions system in an alternate mode — something as simple as a software "on/off" switch. Volkswagen AG CEO Martin Winterkorn, who stepping down as the result of his company's scandal, has said he had no knowledge of the emissions cheat, but software dev/test audit trails are almost certain to pinpoint who embedded the code and who authorized it. You can actually see who asked the developer to write that code," said Nikhil Kaul, a product manager at test/dev software maker SmartBear Software. "Then if you go upstream you can see who that person's boss was...and see if testing happened...and, if testing didn't happen. So you can go from the bottom up to nail everyone."

Submission + - Tiny Pebbles Built the Gas Giant Behemoths (discovery.com)

astroengine writes: Scientists have long puzzled over how gas planets like Jupiter and Saturn got to be so big. Current theories suggest the cores of these behemoths are comprised of mini-planets, some 62- to 620 miles in diameter, which collided and gradually merged together over time. But computer simulations show this process is more likely to produce hundreds of Earth-sized worlds. Instead, a new study suggests "slow pebble accretion" is a more likely process.

Submission + - ISPs Claim Title II Regulations Don't Apply to the Internet Because "Computers" (arstechnica.com)

Gryle writes: ArsTechnica is reporting on an interesting legal tactic by ISPs in the net neutrality fight. In a 95-page brief the United States Telecom Association claims Internet access qualifies as information service, not a telecommunication service, because it involves computer processing. The brief further claims "The FCC's reclassification of mobile broadband internet access as a common-carrier service is doubly unlawful" (page 56).

Submission + - Ultimate Guide for Linux Logging (loggly.com)

An anonymous reader writes: Linux logs always confused me, but this guide makes them really easy. It shows how to troubleshoot why a system shut down, who is trying to attack or log into the system, and more. It even covers basic command line tools all the way to more sophisticated analysis systems.

Submission + - The Free Software Foundation's statement on Canonical's updated licensing terms (fsf.org)

donaldrobertson writes: "On July 15th, 2015, the Free Software Foundation's Licensing and Compliance Lab, along with the Software Freedom Conservancy, announces that, after two years of negotiations, Canonical, Ltd. has published an update to the licensing terms of Ubuntu GNU/Linux.

This update now makes Canonical's policy unequivocally comply with the terms of the GNU General Public License (GPL) and other free software licenses. It does this by adding a "trump clause" that prevails in all situations possibly covered by the policy:"

Submission + - Atlas V Rocket Set to Launch GPS IIF-10 Satellite Into Orbit (geekinspector.com)

An anonymous reader writes: The Atlas V rocket is on schedule to launch this morning from Cape Canaveral to send a new generation GPS satellite into orbit. The GPS IIF-10 being launched into orbit by the Atlas V rocket will serve U.S. military options on lad, sea, and by air. The new tech provides greater accuracy, increased signals, and enhanced performance for users.

Submission + - TeslaCrypt 2.0 Targets Gamers, Makes It Impossible To Decrypt Affected Files

An anonymous reader writes: Kaspersky Lab has detected curious behavior in a new threat from the TeslaCrypt ransomware encryptor family. In version 2.0 of the Trojan notorious for infecting computer gamers, it displays an HTML page in the web browser which is an exact copy of CryptoWall 3.0, another ransomware program. After a successful infection, the malicious program demands a $500 ransom for the decryption key; if the victim delays, the ransom doubles. When TeslaCrypt infects a new victim, it generates a new unique Bitcoin address to receive the victim’s ransom payment and a secret key to withdraw it. TeslaCrypt’s C&C servers are located in the Tor network. The Trojan’s version 2.0 uses two sets of keys: one set is unique within one infected system, the other is generated repeatedly each time the malicious program is re-launched in the system. Moreover, the secret key with which user files get encrypted is not saved on the hard drive, which makes the process of decrypting the user files significantly more complicated.

Submission + - ARM Support Comes to SUSE Linux Enterprise Server (suse.com)

jrepin writes: SUSE announced partner program expansion to include support for 64-bit ARM server processors. This expansion makes available to partners a version of SUSE Linux Enterprise 12 that allows them to develop, test and deliver products to the market using 64-bit ARM chips. To simplify partner access, SUSE has also implemented support for ARM and AArch64 into its openSUSE Build Service. This allows the community to build packages against real 64-bit ARM hardware and the SUSE Linux Enterprise 12 binaries,

Submission + - Computer chess created in 487 bytes, breaks 32-year-old record (geek.com)

An anonymous reader writes: The record for smallest computer implementation of chess on any platform was held by 1K ZX Chess, which saw a release back in 1983 for the Sinclair ZX81. It uses just 672 bytes of memory, and includes most chess rules as well as a computer component to play against.

The record held by 1K ZX Chess for the past 32 years has just been beaten this week by the demoscene group Red Sector Inc. They have implemented a fully-playable version of chess called BootChess in just 487 bytes.

Submission + - Ocean Floor Mining May Lead to Mass Extinction (nytimes.com)

retroworks writes: There are clear signs already that humans are harming the oceans to a remarkable degree, according to research published in the journal Science.
Overharvesting, warming, and large-scale habitat loss are likely to accelerate as technology advances the human footprint. Ocean floor mining contracts, the paper says, could be the last straw.

Submission + - There Are Human Remains Orbiting The Earth (vice.com)

sarahnaomi writes: As New Horizons, the first spacecraft NASA’s sent to Pluto, begins its encounter with the dwarf planet today, it carries with it some special cargo: the cremated body of Clyde Tombaugh. Tombaugh, who died in 1997, discovered Pluto in 1930, so it’s fitting that NASA decided to included his remains on the first mission to the dwarf planet when it launched the probe back in 2006, with the blessing of his family.

Still, this space burial is unusual for NASA—and certainly for the rest of us—but it’s actually not all that unusual for the private space travel industry. In fact, the remains of dozens of men and women have been fired into space over the last 20 years, many of which are still orbiting us today, as I found out chatting with the man who sent them there.

Submission + - Facebook has dumped search results from Microsoft's Bing

mrflash818 writes: Facebook has dumped search results from Microsoft’s Bing after the social networking giant earlier this week launched its own tool for finding comments and other information

According to Reuters, Facebook confirmed the move Friday.


Submission + - Aging and Orphan Open Source Projects 1

osage writes: Several colleagues and I have worked on an open source project for over 20 years under a corporate aegis. Though nothing like Apache, we have a sizable user community and the software is considered one of the de facto standards for what it does. The problem is that we have never been able to attract new, younger programmers, and members of the original set have been forced to find jobs elsewhere or are close to retirement. The corporation has no interest in supporting the software. Thus, in the near future, the project will lose its web site host and be devoid of its developers and maintainers. Our initial attempts to find someone to adopt the software haven't worked. We are looking for suggestions as to what course to pursue. We can't be the only open source project in this position.

Machines take me by surprise with great frequency. - Alan Turing