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+ - Google deploys IPv6 for internal network ->

Submitted by alphadogg
alphadogg (971356) writes "In a project that has taken longer than company engineers anticipated, Google is rolling out IPv6 across its entire internal employee network. Google network engineer Irena Nikolova discussed the company-wide implementation at the Usenix Large Installation System Administration conference, being held this week in Boston. From the experience, Google has learned that an IPv6 migration involves more than just updating the software and hardware. For early adopters, it requires a lot of work with vendors to get them to fix buggy and still-unfinished code. "We should not expect something to work just because it is declared supported," the paper accompanying the presentation concluded."
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Idle

+ - Chinese boy sells kidney for iPad2->

Submitted by aquabat
aquabat (724032) writes "According to Shanghai Daily, the fanboy from the Anhui Province desperately wanted to buy Apple's flagship tablet but didn't have enough cash. Rather than waiting to save up the money for the Apple product when it invariably gets marked down, the lad decided to sell one of his kidneys for 22,000 yuan (roughly $3,400) so he could afford one. But, surprisingly, the scenario in which the organ was harvested wasn't in the best of conditions, and the boy isn't feeling very well."
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United Kingdom

Periodic Table Etched Onto a Single Hair 59

Posted by samzenpus
from the because-they-can dept.
adeelarshad82 writes "The University of Nottingham's Nanotechnology Center decided to help Professor of chemistry, Martyn Poliakoff celebrate his special day by 'etching' a copy of a Periodic Table of Elements onto a single strand of the scientist's hair using a 'very sophisticated' electron ion beam microscope. The microscope creates a very fine etching of the periodic table only a few microns across by shooting a 'focused ion beam' of gallium ions at the hair. The technology here is nothing revolutionary, but it is inspiring to see a grown man get so giddy with the prospect of seeing science in action."
Sony

Playstation 3 Code Signing Cracked For Good 534

Posted by samzenpus
from the forever-is-a-long-time dept.
ReportedlyWorking writes "It appears that Sony's PS3 has been fatally compromised. At the Chaos Communication Congress in Berlin, a team named 'fail0verflow' revealed that they had calculated the Private Keys, which would let them or anyone else generate signed software for the PS3. Additionally, they also claim to have a method of jailbreaking the PS3 without the use of a Dongle, which is the current method. If all these statements are true, this opens the door to custom firmware, and homebrew software. Assuming that Sony doesn't take radical action and invalidate their private keys, this could mean that Jailbreaking is viable on all PS3, regardless of their firmware! From the article: 'Approximately a half hour in, the team revealed their new PS3 secrets, the moment we all were waiting for. One of the major highlights here was, dongle-less jailbreaking by overflowing the bootup NOR flash, giving complete control over the system. The other major feat, was calculating the public private keys (due to botched security), giving users the ability to sign their own SELFs. Following this, the team declared Sony's security to be EPIC FAIL!'"
Sony

+ - Sony's PS3 Jailbroken Forever-> 1

Submitted by ReportedlyWorking
ReportedlyWorking (415617) writes "It appears that Sony's PS3 has been fatally compromised. At the Chaos Communication Congress in Berlin, a team named "fail0verflow" revealed that they had calculated the Private Keys, which would let them or anyone else, generate signed software for the PS3. Additionally, they also claim to have a method of jailbreaking the PS3 without the use of a Dongle, which is the current method. If all these statements are true, this opens the door to custom firmware, homebrew software, and OtherOS! Assuming that Sony doesn't take radical action and invalidate their private keys, this could mean that Jailbreaking is viable on all PS3, regardless of their firmware!

"Approximately a half hour in, the team revealed their new PS3 secrets, the moment we all were waiting for. One of the major highlights here was, dongle-less jailbreaking by overflowing the bootup NOR flash, giving complete control over the system. The other major feat, was calculating the public private keys (due to botched security), giving users the ability to sign their own SELFs Following this, the team declared Sony's security to be EPIC FAIL!""

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Comment: Fuck That (Score 1) 1348

by mm_202 (#33932938) Attached to: Desktop Linux Is Dead
Linux as a desktop OS is not dead, far from it. It may 'dead' to be unwashed masses; but that is only because of their laziness and fear to try something new. Their loss.

I don't have a single Windows box not only at home (4 desktops, 1 laptop, 1 server), but also at work (desktop/laptop, and I work in a MS shop). I've been doing this for years and have helped a lot of other people convert over (especially if they were using Vista), they just wanted some *stable* to check their email, do some surfing and maybe write a few papers. Once people see that they dont NEED Microsoft OSes/products to do day-to-day tasks (excluding gaming), they have no problem trying some more stable, secure, and solid.

End of rant, and didnt RTFA.

MM.

+ - Things to look for in a web hosting company

Submitted by v1x
v1x (528604) writes "I have had an account with my current web hosting company for a few years, with 3 domains being hosted there (using: linux/php/MySQL). Recently, all three of these websites stopped functioning, and upon checking the site, all my directory structures were intact, whereas all of the files were gone. Upon contacting their technical support, I was given the run-around, and later informed by one of their administrators that none of the files could be restored. Needless to say that I am looking for a different web hosting company at this point, but I would like to make a more informed choice than I did with the current company. Do slashdotters have recommendations on what to look for when choosing a web hosting company? I have read a similar slashdot article on the topic, but the questions posed there were slightly different, and that article was posted at least 5 years ago. Thank you."
Games

+ - Valve's Battle Against Cheaters->

Submitted by wjousts
wjousts (1529427) writes "IEEE Spectrum has an look behind the scenes at Valve's on-going efforts to battle cheaters in online game:



"Cheating is a superserious threat," says [Steam's lead engineer, John] Cook. "Cheating is more of a serious threat than piracy."

The company combats this with its own Valve Anti-Cheat System, which a user consents to install in the Steam subscriber agreement. Cook says the software gets around antivirus programs by handling all the operations that require administrator access to the user's machine.

So how important is preventing cheating? How much privacy are you willing to sacrifice in the interests of a level playing field?

Valve also looks for changes within the player’s computer processor’s memory, which might indicate that a cheat code is running.

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