Forgot your password?
typodupeerror

+ - Hacker Awarded $25,000 for Identifying Security Exploits in Oculus Developer Cen->

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "A whitehat hacker scored some serious cash for identifying security vulnerabilities in Oculus VR’s developer portal. The exploits, which could have been used to plant malicious code in the Oculus SDK, among other mischievous things, have been patched and the hacker rewarded through Facebook’s ‘Bug Bounty’ program.

With Facebook’s acquisition of Oculus VR becoming official in July, the VR company is now covered under the social network’s Bug Bounty program which also covers other companies acquired by Facebook: Instagram, Parse, Onavo, and Moves.

A whitehat hacker, who goes by Jon (aka Bitquark), decided to take a look under the hood of the Oculus Developer Center, the official portal which hosts developer downloads and forums for discussion. What he found was several dangerous vulnerabilities that Facebook deemed worthy of a $25,000 reward."

Link to Original Source

+ - Changing the rules of a 15 year old game: Quake Live update causes controversy->

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "As iD Software aims for a larger, more mainstream audience for its free-to-play shooter Quake Live on Steam, big changes are afoot. A new update has been pushed out this week in run up to the release on Valve's download service which adds some new, more beginner friendly features to the game, which is based largely on the classic 1999 Quake III: Arena. These include new weapon load outs and timer icons indicating when the all important item spawns are about to occur — and they've been met with hostility from longtime players who prefer the 'purist' rules of old and the duel format. As the writer points out however, these rules sets are not going away, and if the update helps attract more elite players to the gamer, it could breathe new life into what is technically a decades old game."
Link to Original Source

+ - E-Books on a $20 cell phone->

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "Moon+ Pro Reader, FBReader, Kindle, you name it--many popular Android e-book apps can run on a smartphone available for $20 and shipping.

The trick is to respect the device’s limits and keep down the number of apps you install. This fun isn't for eager multitaskers.

On the bright side, the $20 phone can do Acapela TTS, includes a 4GB memory card and works with cards of up to 32GB--easily enough for scads of pre-loaded books. Plus, the WiFi is great. And the screen of 3.2 inches isn’t that much smaller than the 3.5 inchers on the older iPads.

What could cell phone e-reading mean in the many "book deserts" of the U.S.? And how about the U.K. where miserly pols are closing libraries even though the Guardian says "a third of UK children do not own a single book and three-quarters claim never to read outside school"?

The smartphone post on the LibraryCity site tells how librarians and others could start "cell phone book clubs" to promote the discovery and absorption of books as well as smarter use of technology."

Link to Original Source

+ - You Have Your Windows In My Linux

Submitted by snydeq
snydeq (1272828) writes "Ultimately, the schism over systemd could lead to a separation of desktop and server distros, or Linux server admins moving to FreeBSD, writes Deep End's Paul Venezia. 'Although there are those who think the systemd debate has been decided in favor of systemd, the exceedingly loud protests on message boards, forums, and the posts I wrote over the past two weeks would indicate otherwise. I've seen many declarations of victory for systemd, now that Red Hat has forced it into the enterprise with the release of RHEL 7. I don't think it's that easy. ... Go ahead, kids, spackle over all of that unsightly runlevel stuff. Paint over init and cron, pam and login. Put all of that into PID1 along with dbus. Make it all pretty and whisper sweet nothings about how it's all taken care of and you won't have to read a manual or learn any silly command-line stuff. Tune your distribution for desktop workloads. Go reinvent Windows.'"

+ - Atari founder on the Flappy Bird sequel: "I wish him luck"->

Submitted by Velcroman1
Velcroman1 (1667895) writes "The man who founded Atari – and who, in many respects, is regarded as the father of the video game industry – has a simple rule when it comes to game-making. Indeed, he calls it “Nolan’s Number 1 rule.” Games, he told Digital Trends, should be easy to play and impossible to master. “A lot of the success stories right now – like Flappy Birds – I feel they have more of the characteristics of winning the lottery than a plan,” Bushnell said. “Anything that takes any kind of instruction or time really doesn’t work. You have to engage the player immediately. You can have some subtle objectives you acquire over time, but the real answer is you want the game to increase in complexity and difficulty as you master the skills.” Bushnell says he’ll be surprised if Swing Copters is as big a hit as Flappy Bird, because of the degree to which chance tends to be involved in determining which games rise or fall. “But I wish him luck.”"
Link to Original Source
Graphics

Ask Slashdot: the State of Free Video Editing Tools? 115

Posted by timothy
from the what-are-you-happy-with? dept.
New submitter Shadow99_1 writes I used to do a lot of video editing (a few years ago, at an earlier job) and at that time I used Adobe Premiere. Now a few years later I'm looking to start doing some video editing for my own personal use, but I have a limited budget that pretty well excludes even thinking about buying a copy of Adobe Premiere. So I ask slashdot: What is the state of free (as in beer or as in open source) video editing tools? In my case... I support a windows environment at work and so it's primarily what I use at home. I am also using a camcorder that uses flash cards to record onto, so for me I need a platform that supports reading flash cards. So that is my focus but feel free to discuss video editing on all platforms. I've been looking forward to the Kickstarted upgrade to OpenShot; based on the project's latest update, early versions of an installer should start appearing soon. Video editing is a big endeavor, though, and ambitious announcements and slipped schedules both seem to be the norm: an open-source version of Lightworks was announced back in 2010. Some lighter open-source options include Pitivi (raising funds to get to version 1.0) and Kdenlive, also in active development (most recent release was in mid-May). Pitiviti's site links to a sobering illustration about many of the shorter- and longer-lived projects in this area.
Transportation

Uber Now Blocked All Over Germany 199

Posted by timothy
from the nicht-so-ueber-alles dept.
An anonymous reader writes Following the blocking of Uber in Berlin, DE, the district court of Frankfurt/Main has issued a restraining order for Uber services all over Germany (German original). The district court is alleging "uncompetitive behavior" (Unlauteres Wettbewerbsverhalten) on Uber's part, and has proclaimed that not following the restraining order will result in a fine of €250.000 or imprisonment. This ruling is related to the German "Personenbeförderungsgesetz" and is outlining that no legal entity (person, enterprise) is allowed to transfer passengers without having passed the relevant tests and having the appropriate insurance coverage.

+ - El Niño is Back

Submitted by i kan reed
i kan reed (749298) writes "After having very small cycles since 1998(when hurricanes wracked the east coast, and flooding the west), experts predict a 75% chance of a weak to moderate el niño by the end of the year. Some climate models (though not others) predict a continuing resurgence of the Pacific-based phenomenon for the next several years.

The differences in the models will also help shape which act as the best predictors of future climate behavior."

+ - NATO Set to Equate 'Cyberattacks' with Global Warfare->

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "At the upcoming NATO meeting, according to the New York Times, the 28 member States are expected to ratify "a far-reaching change in the organization’s mission of collective defense: For the first time, a cyberattack on any of the 28 NATO nations could be declared an attack on all of them, much like a ground invasion or an airborne bombing.”

A former NATO ambassador describes NATO's technological capability as "pretty basic" and suggests any counter-cyberattacks would likely be lodged by member states (meaning the US and maybe Britain). He opines, "It's a measure of how far we've come on this issue that there's now a consensus that a cyberattack could be as devastating as any other kind of attack, maybe even more so."

Helpfully, the agreement avoids defining what sort of 'cyberattack' would warrant an armed response. The Times describes the agreement as "deliberately unclear.""

Link to Original Source

+ - Did Microsoft Just Reveal the New Windows 9 Logo?-> 1

Submitted by Nerval's Lobster
Nerval's Lobster (2598977) writes "Microsoft just accidentally—or 'accidentally'—leaked a logo for Windows 9. Microsoft China posted the image to Chinese micro-blogging site Weibo, along with a note: 'Microsoft’s latest OS Windows 9 is coming soon, do you think the start menu at the left bottom will make a come back?' The post was quickly yanked, but not before setting the Internet abuzz. (If it is an official logo, it gets zero points for originality.) Windows 9 will reportedly rebalance the Windows user interface in favor of keyboard and mouse input, rather than the touch-friendly system pushed by Windows 8’s Start screen. What’s certain is that Microsoft wants to put Windows 8 in the rear-view mirror as quickly as possible. Greeted by lukewarm reviews upon its release in 2012, Windows 8 failed to overtake Windows 7 or even the ancient Windows XP in terms of market-share; third-party developers seemingly had little enthusiasm for building apps for the platform, and many consumers expressed confusion over the dual interface, which paired the traditional desktop with the aforementioned Start screen."
Link to Original Source
Social Networks

Interview: Ask Christopher "moot" Poole About 4chan and Social Media 166

Posted by samzenpus
from the go-ahead-and-ask dept.
Having started 4chan when he was 15, Christopher Poole, better known as "moot", is indirectly responsible for almost every meme you've ever seen. The group "Anonymous" originated on 4chan and has since engaged in a number of well-publicized publicity stunts and distributed denial-of-service attacks. Thanks to users gaming the system, moot was famously voted the world's most influential person of 2008 in an open internet poll conducted by Time magazine. He is an advocate of online anonymity and speaks on the importance of privacy online to foster creativity and open discussion. moot has agreed to answer your questions about 4chan, social media, and privacy. As usual, ask as many as you'd like, but please, one per post.

+ - Google Serves Old Browsers Old Search Page

Submitted by Rambo Tribble
Rambo Tribble (1273454) writes "In an apparent move to push those using older browsers to update, Google is reported to be serving outdated search pages to said browsers. The older pages lack features available on the newer versions, and this policy compounds with the limits announced in 2011 on Gmail support for older web clients. As a Google engineer put it, "We're continually making improvements to Search, so we can only provide limited support for some outdated browsers." The BBC offers a fairly comprehensive analysis, here."
Education

Code.org Discloses Top Donors 51

Posted by timothy
from the friends-but-also-buddies dept.
theodp (442580) writes "Under the leadership of Code.org, explained the ACM, it joined CSTA, NCWIT, NSF, Microsoft and Google in an effort "to reshape the U.S. education system," including passing a federal law making Computer Science a "core subject" in schools. If you're curious about whose money helped fuel the effort, Code.org's Donors page now lists those who gave $25,000+ to $3,000,000+ to the K-12 CS cause (the nonprofit plans to raise $20-30 million for 2015-16 operations). Microsoft is at the top of the list as a Platinum Supporter ($3,000,000+), while Bill Gates is Gold ($1,000,000+), and Steve Ballmer is Silver ($500,000+). Interestingly, six of Code.org's ten biggest donors are also Founders of Mark Zuckerberg's FWD.us tech immigration reform PAC."

Comment: Re:The guidelines used to be paywalled (Score 2) 103

by Rosyna (#47807041) Attached to: Apple Reveals the Most Common Reasons That It Rejects Apps

So if you can't id a user by any characteristics of the phone either (like device id or phone#), how can you create an external unique key to id the user in case he reinstalls? i.e. you effectively can't build an app that references your external server to provide data to that app?

(obviously not an Apple dev here...)

Correct. You're not supposed to. If a user uninstalls an app, ALL data relevant to the app must be deleted, including any UUID. UUIDs are keyed to a specific app install. There should be no way to uniquely identify a user across installs.

Censorship

In Maryland, a Soviet-Style Punishment For a Novelist 369

Posted by timothy
from the thought-crime-in-maryland dept.
An anonymous reader writes A 23-year-old teacher at a Cambridge, Md. middle school has been placed on leave and—in the words of a local news report — "taken in for an emergency medical evaluation" for publishing, under a pseudonym, a novel about a school shooting. The novelist, Patrick McLaw, an eighth-grade language-arts teacher at the Mace's Lane Middle School, was placed on leave by the Dorchester County Board of Education, and is being investigated by the Dorchester County Sheriff's Office, according to news reports from Maryland's Eastern Shore. The novel, by the way, is set 900 years in the future."

Whenever a system becomes completely defined, some damn fool discovers something which either abolishes the system or expands it beyond recognition.

Working...