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Submission + - Chinese Certificate Authority CNNIC Is Dropped from Google Products

eldavojohn writes: A couple weeks ago, Google contacted the CNNIC (China's CA) to alert them of a problem regarding the delegated power of issuing fraudulent certificates for domains (in fact this came to light after fraudulent certificates were issued for Google's domains). Following this, Google decided to remove the CNNIC Root and EV CA as trusted CAs in its Chrome browser and all Google products. Today, the CNNIC responded to Google: "1. The decision that Google has made is unacceptable and unintelligible to CNNIC, and meanwhile CNNIC sincerely urge that Google would take users’ rights and interests into full consideration. 2. For the users that CNNIC has already issued the certificates to, we guarantee that your lawful rights and interests will not be affected." Mozilla is waiting to formulate a plan.

Submission + - University builds cloud infrastructure using Raspberry Pis and Lego (

Derek du Preez writes: Computer scientists at the University of Glasgow claim to have built a working model of a ‘multi-million pound cloud’ infrastructure with a budget of £4,000, using just Lego bricks and a handful of Raspberry Pi computer boards.

Researchers have linked together 56 cut-price Raspberry Pi computer boards in racks made from Lego, which mimic the function and modular design of commercial cloud computing infrastructure.

The aim is to allow computer science researchers and students to develop a practical understanding of cloud infrastructure, which Glasgow University claims is difficult when working with commercial providers.

It said that cloud computing service providers ‘maintain a great deal of secrecy over how their systems work beyond the software available to end-users’.

Submission + - New Hot-Pink Slug Found in Australia (

BEVIN writes: Scientists already knew that a bright-pink slug lived on Mount Kaputar (map), thinking it was a variety of the red triangle slug, a species common along the east coast of Australia. But new research shows that the colorful critter is actually its own species, said Australia’s National Parks and Wildlife Service ranger Michael Murphy.

Long computations which yield zero are probably all for naught.