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+ - Bitcoin Exchange BitFloor Shut after Attacker Steals 24,000 BTC->

Submitted by hypnosec
hypnosec (2231454) writes "An attacker managed to access an unencrypted backup of wallet keys and steal 24,000 BTC equaling more than a quarter of a million USD following which Bitcoin exchange Bitfloor has been shutdown while the investigation of theft is going on. The attack was carried out sometime last night because of which Roman Shtylman – founder of Bitfloor suspended operations of the exchange. While we are writing this, the exchange rate of 1BTC is $10.40 US, taking the total value of the heist to $250,800 US. You can check the current rates through Preev. In a forum post, Shtylman has urged Bitcoin users that BitFloor needs their help."
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Comment: Re:Free market for the win (Score 4, Informative) 644

by neo00 (#38269140) Attached to: Will Firefox Lose Google Funding?

"There still isn't a fully functional equivalent of AdBlock Plus even"
Yes there is...

From the same page you referred to:

We are currently working on providing the same experience for Google Chrome as what you are used to from Firefox. Please keep in mind that we are not there yet and much work still needs to be done. There are also known Google Chrome bugs and limitations that need to be resolved.

+ - John McCarthy, creator of LISP closes his last par->

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Centurix writes "The creator of Lisp and arguably the father of modern artificial intelligence, John McCarthy, died today. He studied mathematics with the famous John Nash at Princeton and, notably, held the first “computer-chess” match between scientists in the US and the USSR. He transmitted the moves by telegraph."
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Comment: Re:Easy to remedy (Score 5, Insightful) 147

by neo00 (#35619886) Attached to: MS Removes HTTPS From Hotmail For Troubled Nations
Now explain to my grandmother, who just got her first email last week, how and why she needs to do that.

On the other hand, the oppressive governments over there will LOVE that. It's probably even better than insecure FB or Twitter since everything ultimately goes to the people's emails.
As someone from one the mentioned countries, I'd like to ask Microsoft, do you realize now you might be very well putting many people at a greater risk of being arrested or killed. People are being KILLED for expressing some of their opinions in some of these places these days.


Comment: Re:But there's no status bar (Score 1) 181

by neo00 (#35324828) Attached to: Firefox 4 Beta 12 Released; Fixes Over 650 Bugs
OK, correcting myself in one point. My claim that the url popup was transparent turned out to so because of KDE Oxigen them I'm using with FF. Reverting to the default FF4b12 theme, the URL popup does hide the contents behind it.
However, the other scenario I raised about fake links is still very plausible IMHO.

Comment: Re:But there's no status bar (Score 1) 181

by neo00 (#35324726) Attached to: Firefox 4 Beta 12 Released; Fixes Over 650 Bugs
A malicious page can have a fake link - text that looks like a link, shows the URL on the bottom of the page using JS when mouse is over the fake link. FF won't hide that with its own popup since it's not a real link.
I can also give more complex scenarios based on the fact that FF shows the URL transparently. (Think about floating

with transparent or no background color). In other words it doesn't hide the page contents in the back.

Comment: But there's no status bar (Score 3, Interesting) 181

by neo00 (#35319696) Attached to: Firefox 4 Beta 12 Released; Fixes Over 650 Bugs

the URL is displayed in the status bar, instead of the location bar."

The URL is actually displayed at the bottom of the page in a "pseudo-status-bar" overlaying the page contents. And guess what happens if the background of the page at that area is dark or matching the URL font color.!
Do I see phishing attacks coming soon?


+ - IBM's Watson surges to Jeopardy lead, retains tie->

Submitted by jbrodkin
jbrodkin (1054964) writes "IBM's Watson surged to a giant lead in the early minutes of the Jeopardy man-vs.-machine challenge, taking a $4,200 advantage into the first commercial break by dominating "Beatles People" and several other categories. But the massive supercomputer relinquished "his" lead and ended Day 1 of the three-day challenge in a tie at $5,000 with Jeopardy champion Brad Rutter. Ken Jennings finished the first day in third place at $2,000.

The first historic moment came when Watson buzzed in and said "What is shoe?" in response to a clue asking for a four-letter word describing both the iron fitting on a horse's hoof and a card-dealing box in a casino. That was Watson's first correct answer, with the computer started a major roll, taking $5,200 into the first commercial break, compared to $1,000 for Brad and $200 for Ken. But there were a few strange answers along the way. Alex Trebek called Watson "very bright, very fast, but he has some weird little moments once in a while.""

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Linux 2.6.37 Released 135

Posted by samzenpus
from the new-and-improved dept.
diegocg writes "Version 2.6.37 of the Linux kernel has been released. This version includes SMP scalability improvements for Ext4 and XFS, the removal of the Big Kernel Lock, support for per-cgroup IO throttling, a networking block device based on top of the Ceph clustered filesystem, several Btrfs improvements, more efficient static probes, perf support to probe modules, LZO compression in the hibernation image, PPP over IPv4 support, several networking microoptimizations and many other small changes, improvements and new drivers for devices like the Brocade BNA 10GB ethernet, Topcliff PCH gigabit, Atheros CARL9170, Atheros AR6003 and RealTek RTL8712U. The fanotify API has also been enabled. See the full changelog for more details."

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