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+ - Breakthrough silicon scanning discovers hardware backdoor in military ASIC chip-> 3

Submitted by StealthHunter
StealthHunter (597677) writes "Cambridge researchers found a hardware backdoor after discovering additional functionality in the JTAG (hardware debugging / programming) interface. While such attacks have been theorized, this is thought to be the first real-world instance. The vulnerable product is the Actel ProASIC3, and, since the backdoor is in the hardware, there is no patch other than to physically replace the chip."
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+ - Stephen Elop running out of time to turn Nokia around->

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SternisheFan
SternisheFan writes "Stephen Elop only has a few months to show he can turn Nokia around if he is to survive but the new smartphone is unlikely to woo customers back from Apple and Samsung. Investors and analysts say the chief executive has until early 2013 to prove he made the right choice by partnering with Microsoft Windows or his future at the loss-making company will be called into question. Nokia still sells almost a million phones a day but analysts are pessimistic on the outlook, predicting Lumia 920 will lose out to Apple's iPhone 5 at the top end of the smartphone market in the 2012 holiday season. "Elop has not been able to attract customers and that is what counts. You can say that he has not had enough time, but he has been there for two years. Time is up," said Magnus Rehle, senior partner in Greenwich Consulting, which advises large telecoms companies. The moment of truth for Elop's strategy shift came in early September when Nokia launched its first models using new Windows Phone 8 software."
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Comment: Forget the aircraft carrier (Score 2) 224

by rocketpants (#34414258) Attached to: British Aircraft Carrier For Sale On Auction Site

+ - iinet wins landmark piracy case ->

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "Australian ISP iiNet was today announced as the victor in its long-running defence against a lawsuit by major film and TV studios represented by the Australian Federation Against Copyright Theft (AFACT).

Justice Cowdroy announced the verdict to a packed courtroom in Sydney today."

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+ - Australia to get mandatory Internet filtering->

Submitted by porjo
porjo (964384) writes "The Australian Federal Government will introduce compulsory internet filtering to block overseas sites which contain criminal content, including child sex abuse and sexual violence. Communications Minister Stephen Conroy announced the changes today following a controversial trial to filter the internet which was conducted earlier this year."
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Comment: Re:Glad it's delayed. It's rubbish. (Score 1) 419

by rocketpants (#30095944) Attached to: GNOME 3 Delayed Until September 2010
It's fine to offer constructive criticism, and you started out well. However it's difficult to find anything that could be construed as constructive in your second paragraph:

"some *person* for want of a better word"
"So retrograde it's laughable"
"What a waste of time"
"Being force-fed..."

Comment: Re:Glad it's delayed. It's rubbish. (Score 5, Insightful) 419

by rocketpants (#30095866) Attached to: GNOME 3 Delayed Until September 2010

Being force-fed this kind of thing is pretty unpleasant

If the was Microsoft, and you didn't know better, then perhaps it's fair to say you are being "force fed" this change. However, this is OSS, and nobody is forcing you to use Gnome Shell. You have options: stick with Gnome 2.x, use XFCE, KDE or any of the other window managers available. Just stop whinging about how you don't like it.

Programming

+ - Con Colivas BFS faster at video encoding by 70%

Submitted by
An anonymous reader writes "Quoting from this: As an x264 developer, I have no position on the whole debate over BFS/CFS (nor am I a kernel hacker), but a friend of mine recently ran this set of tests with BFS vs CFS that still doesn't make any sense to me and suggests some sort of serious suboptimality in the existing scheduler.... Executive summary: On a quad core machine, Con's BFS scheduler encodes x264 video with speed gains up to 70% (compared to the existing Linux scheduler)!"
Security

+ - Alive and Well: Conficker Infecting 50k PCs Daily

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nandemoari
nandemoari writes "Conficker was expected to be launched on April 1, 2009 as a sick "April Fools" joke, however, when the dreaded day arrived and passed without the sky falling, many fell into a false "comfort zone". Now that the worm has begun to spread in secrecy, expect the number of new PC user attacks to grow. According to Guy Bunker, a computer security expert at Symantec., Conficker infiltrates as many as 50,000 new PCs every day. What makes matters worse is that the virus has no specific target area, as all of the victims are dispersed throughout the world. Among the countries hit hardest by Conficker are the United States, Brazil and India. A total of 350,000 incident reports have been filed in these 3 countries alone. The next three countries on the Conficker "hit list" are Mexico, Italy and China. These 3 countries comprise a total of 89,000 Conficker complaints to date."

Comment: Re:IPCop (Score 1) 678

by rocketpants (#27234535) Attached to: What Filters Are Right For Kids?
+1 for IPCop. It acts as a centralised firewall and proxy server, so you don't need to install on multiple machines in your home. The content filters allow you to block access using a hosts file, and you may find the various other plugins useful (eg disabling internet access for your daughters machine after 11:00pm). Using a combination of this and AdBlock Plus, I rarely see any adverts.

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