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Comment Re:Firefox most configurable browser on the plant (Score 1) 172

It's exactly this naive assumption of you that only one session is involved in your authentication that makes this bug so dangerous. Thousands of students all over the world log in using federated authentication that involves AT LEAST three independant sessions at independant url's of which at least one is never cleared on logout. They are told only closing their browser clears their login, WHICH SHOULD BE THE CASE if browser respected SESSION lifetime cookies to only live while the browser is open. It's a BUG, it's dangerous, it should be fixed and I don't give a rat's arse about lost shopping carts!

Comment Re:Firefox most configurable browser on the plant (Score 1) 172

People unaware of this BUG are vulnerable to account hijacking when they leave the place after cosing the browser in the assumption they did the right thing to close their sessions. And yes, english is not my native tongue so I made a little mistake, I'll steer away from that in the future, thanks for noticing.

Comment Re:Firefox most insecure browser on the planet (Score 1) 172

It is insecure in the sense that people sharing a computer running Firefox and logging in on secure websites that use SESSION lifetime cookies are NOT protected against restoring their session after they closed the browser and leave (the public place). THAT is insecure BY DESIGN!! SESSION lifetime cookies should NEVER be restorable after the browser has been closed by the user nor crashed.

Submission + - KDE's Aaron Seigo wants his minions to play nice (

mrvanes writes: There has been some turmoil about a nasty regression in KDE 4.7.0 in this bugreport until Aaron Seigo decided that enough is enough and closed the bug for not living up to his expectations of good conduct. This wouldn't be too bad if this bug wasn't the best description of the problem, had the most votes and if he would have pointed to the 'other' bug this was supposed to duplicate. He didn't. He invalidated the bug, refuses to disclose the original bug and his fellows leaders do the same for him. Is this what Open Source is headed towards when One rules them all?

Submission + - Increased Performance In Linux With zRam (Virtual (

An anonymous reader writes: While trying to optimize the elementary OS performance, Sergey Davidoff stumbled upon a project called compcache that creates a RAM based block device which acts as a swap disk, but is compressed and stored in memory instead of swap disk (which is slow), allowing very fast I/O and increasing the amount of memory available before the system starts swapping to disk. compcache was later re-written under the name zRam and is now integrated into the Linux kernel.

Sergey wrote a script that automatically adapts to the amount of memory in the system and automatically scale across several CPUs or CPU cores so this is now very easy to use. This script should help older systems stay responsive while using applications that need a lot of RAM.


Submission + - Microbe Turns Pee into Rocket Fuel (

astroengine writes: "The anammox — for anaerobic ammonium oxidation — bacterium is a curious microbe. Remarkable for not needing oxygen to survive, it also has the ability to turn ammonia into hydrazine — a rocket fuel. Sadly, NASA won't have much of a use for it, the amount of hydrazine produced is minuscule. Regardless, as ammonia is found in urine, expect dozens of rocket-powered pee jokes."

Aging Reversed In Mice 554

Hugh Pickens writes "The Guardian reports that scientists claim to be a step closer to reversing the aging process after experimental treatment developed by researchers at Harvard Medical School turned weak and feeble old mice into healthy animals by regenerating their aged bodies. 'What we saw in these animals was not a slowing down or stabilization of the aging process. We saw a dramatic reversal – and that was unexpected,' says Ronald DePinho, who led the study. The Harvard group focused on a process called telomere shortening where each time a cell divides, the telomeres are snipped shorter, until eventually they stop working and the cell dies or goes into a suspended state called 'senescence.' Researchers bred genetically manipulated mice that lacked an enzyme called telomerase that stops telomeres getting shorter causing the mice to age prematurely and suffer ailments, including a poor sense of smell, smaller brain size, infertility and damaged intestines and spleens. When the mice were given injections to reactivate the enzyme, it repaired the damaged tissues and reversed the signs of aging raising hope among scientists that it may be possible to achieve a similar feat in humans – or at least to slow down the aging process."

Is That "Sexting" Pic Illegal? A Scientific Test 711

Frequent Slashdot contributor Bennett Haselton writes " Amid the latest 'sexting' controversy, here is a proposal for a scientifically objective method to determine whether a picture constitutes child pornography. This is a harder problem than it seems, but not for the reasons you'd think. And it raises questions about how the same scientific principles could be applied to other matters of law." Hit the link below to read the sextiest story on Slashdot today.

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