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+ - Antivirus vendor Avast suffers embarrassing forum hack

Submitted by oyenamit
oyenamit (2474702) writes "In what might turn out to be an egg on the face scenario, antivirus company Avast announced that their community forums have been hacked and have been taken down. Avast CEO Vince Steckler has blogged that the attack affected less than 400,000 of Avast's 200 million forum users and that it is not yet known how the attacker breached the forum. Vince goes on to warn that "even though the passwords were hashed, it could be possible for a sophisticated thief to derive many of the passwords".

While the attack affected only the community forum and the payment, license related data was not compromised, it serves as a good wake-up call for everyone that very little out there is truly secure."

Comment: Re:Learning is great (Score 1) 230

by oyenamit (#43785811) Attached to: Australia Makes Asian Language Learning a Priority

. . . plus by learning the language . . . you also learn the culture. And be able to understand it better. That makes real business sense.

While this might be true for other countries, it is not necessarily so for India.
English is recognized as the secondary official language of the country (with Hindi being the official one). Even lowly clerks in government offices speak English (albeit with an accent). The huge amount of information & literature available in English and the high percentage of English-speaking population in India make learning Hindi optional.

Moreover, even though Hindi is the dominant language, it is only one of many. If you are doing business with a company based in Bangalore, chances are very high that the mother tongue of your business partner is Kannada (which has almost nothing in common with Hindi).

Save yourself some precious time - learn the culture, skip the language.

+ - How to build a better developer community->

Submitted by dp619
dp619 (893918) writes "Ubuntu community manager Jono Bacon (of GitHub fame) and the OuterCurve Foundation have shared a blog postwith suggestions including how to choose an open source license, why governance processes should be simple, how to establish codes of conduct, why a community helps software evolve, and how to structure a project to provide an easy on ramp to participate. The overarching theme of the post is that the dynamic aspects of software development are lost if a project doesn’t fully embrace open source; communities don’t just automatically form around a license. A added benefit is that companies that consume open source can contribute back to the commons and gain from collaborative development."
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+ - Ask Slashdot: Literature for memory management?

Submitted by keepsimple
keepsimple (1295793) writes "I am working on a new database system that needs its own memory management sub-system. I started with simple fixed-block memory management and working on an improvement. While I went back to my old books and googled the web, I felt that there must be some newly published methods and results in recent years in the area of memory management. Can you guys recommend some books or papers that cover the state-of-art in memory management?"

+ - Adobe demands 7000 years a day from humankind->

Submitted by oyenamit
oyenamit (2474702) writes "When was the last time you actually read and understood the EULA before installing a software? Never? You are not in a club of one. Unless you are a legal eagle, it would be almost impossible to fully understand what you are agreeing to.

Consider this: The Adobe Flash installer has a EULA that is 3500 words long. Adobe claims that the software is downloaded eight million times a day. If each person takes 10 minutes to read (and understand!) the entire text, they would consume over 1,522 years in just one day. If we put that into man-hours: an 8hr day, 240 working days in a year, that becomes 6944 years in a day. Turn that into a 50-year working life and that's 138 lifetimes a day!

This article at The Register deconstructs the text that we all blindly agree to by clicking the "I have read and understood the..." checkbox."

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+ - NASA's $2.5bn Curiosity rover: An Apple PowerBook on wheels->

Submitted by oyenamit
oyenamit (2474702) writes "On Sunday, Aug 5, the Mars Science Laboratory, a.k.a. Curiosity landed on Mars to investigate whether the red planet was ever habitable to microbial life. The $2.5 billion, car-sized rover landed on our neighboring world after an eight-month journey from Earth, and is designed to operate for at least two years.

For its nuclear-powered life-hunting tank, NASA chose a 200MHz PowerPC 750 CPU specifically hardened to withstand radiation and space flight. TheRegister provides a breakdown of the technical specifications of the rover (pic included)."

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+ - Airtel: An Indian ISP Penalized For Blocking a Torrent Site

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "India's Department of Telecom has instructed ISPs to block popular torrent trackers like the Pirate Bay and IsoHunt. Recently, consumer forum penalises Airtel for blocking torrent sites and deficiency in providing Internet access when it blocked torrent sites earlier this year, following a Madras High Court Order received by Copyright Labs. The opponents are directed to pay Rs. 20,000/- to the complainant for committing deficiency in service and thereby causing mental agony to the complainant. Further the opponents are directed to pay Rs.2,000/- towards litigation charges to the complainant. A copy of the Court’s order is available here."

+ - Google Chrome set to become world's No. 1 browser for May

Submitted by oyenamit
oyenamit (2474702) writes "In what could turn out to be a major tipping point, PCWorld reports that Google Chrome is about to grab the top browser spot for a full month for the first time from Microsoft's Internet Explorer. Based on the statistics provided by StatCounter, Chrome's 32.5% share has just about managed to elbow past Internet Explorer's 32.1% till 28th May.

However, there might be more than what meets the eye. StatCounter's numbers are way off when compared with those provided by rival metrics company Net Applications. For example, Net Applications cites data that shows Chrome far behind IE, with April's numbers putting Chrome at 18.9% and IE at 54.1%, or almost three times larger.

In related stories earlier this month, Chrome was already reported to be on its way to becoming the most used browser in the world and Microsoft rebutting these claims by arguing about invisible tabs in Chrome."

+ - Pirate Bay Ready For IP Address Whac-A-Mole

Submitted by jones_supa
jones_supa (887896) writes "Last week The Pirate Bay added a new IP address which allows users to circumvent the many court-ordered blockades against the site. While this proved to be quite effective, the Hollywood backed anti-piracy group BREIN has already been to court to demand a block against this new address. But that won't deter The Pirate Bay, who say they are fully prepared for an extended game of whac-a-mole using the hundreds of IP addresses they have available. Courts all around the world have ordered Internet providers to block subscriber access to the torrent site, and the end is still not in sight."

+ - French election internet voting system compromized by client side code injection->

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "More than 700.000 french foreign nationals are right now using internet voting for this year parliament election. An on-line paper (, in french) has been recently posted which explain how to change the elector choice before the vote is cast by hand-crafted code injection in the "secure" client java code, after the voter's computer has been compromised. The change may stay undetected by the voter if the attacker decide so. A video ( show some scary screenshots."
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