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Submission + - DRM could soon be in 3D printers ( 1

another random user writes: Downloading a car – or a pair of sneakers – will be entirely possible, although Ford and Nike won’t be particularly happy if people use their designs to do so.

A new patent, issued this week by the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office and titled ‘Manufacturing control system’, describes a system whereby 3D printer-like machines (the patent actually covers additive, subtractive, extrusion, melting, solidification, and other types of manufacturing) will have to obtain authorization before they are allowed to print items requested by the user.

In a nutshell, a digital fingerprint of “restricted items” will be held externally and printers will be required to compare the plans of the item they’re being asked to print against those in a database. If there’s a match, printing will be disallowed or restricted.


Submission + - Developers Force Insecure Devices to Market (

wiredmikey writes: A recent survey which included responses from 800 engineers and developers that work on embedded devices, has found that 24 percent of respondents knew of security problems in their company’s products that had not been disclosed to the public before the devices were shipped, but just what that means in terms of attitudes towards security may be more complex than it seems.

According to the survey, just 41 percent said their company has “allocated sufficient time and money to secure” its device products against hacks and attacks. Despite this, 64 percent felt that when engineers call attention to potential security problems, “those problems are addressed before the device is released.”

Just 39 percent of responders agreed they could “find embedded security know-how when they required it.”

But should developers be security experts? One expert doesn't think that's necessary: “Your goal shouldn’t be to turn every developer into a security expert,” he said. “It should be to make sure that they’re aware of security risks, and that it’s kind of in the back of their minds.”


Submission + - Apple II+ retrocomputing with an FPGA (

An anonymous reader writes: Stephen Edwards, a professor at Columbia University, has reverse-engineered and reconstructed the Apple II on an Altera DE2 FPGA development board. It wasn't easy — he had to read a lot of literature and get his head around the tricks that Wozniak used to get the Apple II and its NTSC television to play nicely together, but the end result very closely emulates the original hardware. Edwards has also released the source code if you want to poke around, and a compiled version of the FPGA ROM if you want to make your own Apple II.
The Military

Submission + - Ground-based GPS mimic is inch perfect (

holy_calamity writes: "For several years the US Air Force has used WiFi-router-sized boxes on a New Mexico missile range to create a GPS-like service to track munitions to the nearest inch. Now the Australian company behind the technology is rolling it out for civilians. One gold mine is already using the tech and specifications are being released so that GPS receiver manufacturers can adopt the technology. Locata hopes that construction sites, factories and city governments will all want to install their own high accuracy "location hotspots"."

Submission + - House Panel Approves Bill Forcing ISPs Log Users ( 2

skids writes: Under the guise of fighting child pornography, the House Judiciary Committee approved legislation on Thursday that would require Internet service providers (ISPs) to collect and retain records about Internet users’ activity. The 19 to 10 vote represents a victory for conservative Republicans, who made data retention their first major technology initiative after last fall's elections. A last-minute rewrite of the bill expands the information that commercial Internet providers are required to store to include customers' names, addresses, phone numbers, credit card numbers, bank account numbers, and temporarily-assigned IP addresses. Per dissenting Rep. John Conyers (D-MI): 'The bill is mislabeled ... This is not protecting children from Internet pornography. It's creating a database for everybody in this country for a lot of other purposes.'

Submission + - The End of the Gas Guzzler

Hugh Pickens writes writes: "Michael Grunwald reports that President Obama will announce today a near-doubling of fuel efficiency standards for cars and light trucks, and the Big Three automakers — GM, Ford and Chrysler — will support it in a final deal that will require vehicle fleets to average 54.5 miles per gallon by 2025, which will reduce fuel consumption by 40% and carbon emissions by 50%. Although environmentalists had pushed for 60 mpg and the White House had floated a compromise of 56.2, 54.5 is pretty close, considering that last year’s standards were only 28.3. "I might point out that the same auto industry that ran attack ads about how 56.2 would destroy their businesses and force everyone to drive electric cars has embraced 54.5 as an achievable target," writes Grunwald. "It almost makes you wonder if the automakers may have exaggerated the costs of compliance, the way they always do. ""

Submission + - Raspberry Pi $25 PC goes into alpha production

An anonymous reader writes: Game developer David Braben caused geeks to get excited back in May when he announced plans to develop and release a $25 PC. It is called the Raspberry Pi and takes the form of a USB stick that can be plugged into the HDMI port of a display ready to act as a fully-functional PC. Two months on and the spec of the PCB layout has been finalized and an alpha release has been sent to manufacture. Any doubts this PC wasn’t going to happen should now disappear as this alpha board is expected to be almost the same as the final production unit. Although we don’t know a release date as of yet, the Raspeberry Pi Foundation is promising images of the alpha boards in a couple of weeks.

Submission + - High-Speed Trading Highly Vulnerable to Attack (

Trailrunner7 writes: The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission voted on Tuesday to impose new rules to help oversee what experts warn is a burgeoning and little understood shadow market of ultra high-speed, computer based trading. But one security expert warns that new reporting rules are only part of the problem. High frequency trading systems are also dangerously insecure, with few protections against manipulation by outside actors or rogue insiders.

Independent security consultant James Arlen says that banks and financial services organizations are ignoring the threat of attacks on the systems they use to conduct high frequency trading — sometimes referred to as "algorithmic trading." The absence of both security and oversight of security for the trading systems could pose a systemic risk to the U.S.- and global financial system, Arlen warns.

"You're talking about security products that have operational latencies that are measured in milliseconds," Arlen told Threatpost on Wednesday. "That's about 100,000 times too slow to be a player in real time environments like these."

Data Storage

Submission + - SSDs Aren't More Reliable Than HDDs (

An anonymous reader writes: Tom's Hardware has the first look at SSD failure rates. The chart on the last page confirms what everyone's suspected from all those SSD recalls and firmware updates — SSDs aren't more reliable than hard drives. And that's from a sample of 155,000 X25-Ms!

Some of the conclusions are kind of interesting. Even though they looked at SSDs in data centers, there was no infant mortality. And SMART data didn't really help predict errors. Another good reason to keep everything backed up I guess.


Submission + - Google Buys IBM Patents (

pbahra writes: "Google Inc. said Friday that it has purchased technology patents from International Business Machines Corp. as the Web-search giant stocks up on intellectual property to defend itself against lawsuits. "Like many tech companies, at times we'll acquire patents that are relevant to our business," a Google spokesman said in a statement.
The purchase was reported earlier by the blog SEO by the Sea, which said Google in mid-July recorded the acquisition of more than 1,000 patents with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. The patents involve the "fabrication and architecture of memory and microprocessing chips," computer architecture including servers and routers and online search engines, among other things. SEO stands for search engine optimization, or the practice of structuring websites and content so they rank well on search engines like Google. The Google spokesman declined to comment on the purchase price. It wasn't immediately clear which of the patents might be useful to Google to shield against lawsuits. Google faces patent lawsuits for many of its services, including its Android mobile-device operating system, which has become a bigger target as its world-wide popularity has risen. It is unclear whether any current lawsuits pose a threat to future revenue generated by Google's new technologies."

Submission + - Chinese firm launches cloud-based mobile OS (

An anonymous reader writes: China-based company Alibaba looks to take on the might of Apple and Google with a cloud-based operating system. According to the company, its Aliyun OS will be based on the Linux kernel, and will also be compatible with Android apps. Launched alongside the K-Touch Cloud-Smart Phone W700, Alibaba is hoping that a 0% slice of developer profits will encourage adoption, and says it hopes manufacturers will take the platform to global markets.
Data Storage

Submission + - Which Doc Managment System for 80,000 files?

JonathanMBH writes: I work for a small company with around 70 employees spread across 3 geographically dispersed offices (London, New York, Singapore).
In the 10 years we've been around, we've amassed around 80,000 files which are currently stored in a giant directory structure (partially replicated using DFS, partially based in each office). These files relate to clients, investments, client investments, and various other general business info. At the moment, essentially everyone needs access to all of these as teams cross both clients and investments (sensitive stuff is stored elsewhere).
Clearly using a directory structure is sub-optimal – it’s slow to access across the globe via VPN using CIFS, the files aren’t tagged with any metadata, and version control is a mess with people saving multiple copies of the same document and auditing access will be an increasing problem.
I would therefore like to bring in a document management system, and have been looking at MS Sharepoint, Alfresco and OpenKM amongst others, but the content management components of these seem to be focused on running an website, rather than just providing document services.
We already have an intranet built on PHP/MySQL/Apache, which has been working very well – and so I'd like to be able to integrate any new document management backend with that – so anything that supports WebDAV (over HTTPS please), SOAP or direct PHP access would be good. Similarly most of our users spend their lives in Excel, Word & Powerpoint – so integration with MS Office is key (being able to open/save from the application). Finally we'd prefer something open source, as we're not afraid of community versions, don't really have the budget for the enterprise systems and would like to be able to modify the code a bit if required.
If needs be we can build something in C# and PHP to do the job, but I'm sure someone has solved this problem better than we could?

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