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## Rusty Foster Isn't Dead 162

Posted by timothy
from the pass-it-on dept.
While he was vacationing with his wife, Kuro5hin founder Rusty Foster was killed — at least in the eyes of Facebook. NBC News details how it happened: a "pal" pranked both Foster and Facebook by notifying the social site of Foster's supposed death, providing as documentation the obituary of another, much older man by the same name. Getting the Facebook version of his life back took some doing; based on this article it seems much easier to convince Facebook that you're dead than that you're alive.

## Goldbach Conjecture: Closer To Solved?170

Posted by timothy
from the eventually-knock-it-down-to-one dept.
mikejuk writes "The Goldbach conjecture is not the sort of thing that relates to practical applications, but they used to say the same thing about electricity. The Goldbach conjecture is reasonably well known: every integer can be expressed as the sum of two primes. Very easy to state, but it seems very difficult to prove. Terence Tao, a Fields medalist, has published a paper that proves that every odd number greater than 1 is the sum of at most five primes. This may not sound like much of an advance, but notice that there is no stipulation for the integer to be greater than some bound. This is a complete proof of a slightly lesser conjecture, and might point the way to getting the number of primes needed down from at most five to at most 2. Notice that no computers were involved in the proof — this is classical mathematical proof involving logical deductions rather than exhaustive search."

## + - The RMS Rider->

Submitted by larry bagina
larry bagina (561269) writes "It's no secret that rock stars have riders — provisions on their contractual appearances that require a bowl of brown-free m&ms or specify the exact brand of bottled water, cocaine purity, etc. Well, Richard Stallman has his own list of provisions. Nothing about toe jam, oddly enough.

I can't wait to see Eric Raymond's rider!"

## Comment: Re:Socialization only, if that (Score -1)659

by BankofAmerica_ATM (#37670324) Attached to: How Do You Educate a Prodigy?
Is this true? Animal instincts seem very interesting to me. Please correct me if my interests are mistaken.

## Prototyping Boards Make It Easier To Find Flaws in Specialized Hardware56

Posted by timothy
from the arduino-nuclear-plant dept.
wiredmikey writes "Author Robert Vamosi writes an interesting piece on how security researchers are using open source 'prototyping boards' and other open source tools now available via the Internet for rapid prototyping of tools used in hardware analysis. 'The days of saying it would take the resources of a nation-state to discover or exploit vulnerabilities in a particular piece of hardware in an industrial control system or a healthcare environment are rapidly fading,' he writes. Vendors who do not test their products before selling them into the field are doomed to be targets of future research and, perhaps, attacks."

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TRoLLaXoR writes "Technologist Grant Hayes hacks at Android from a unique perspective: while it's a novel approach to the mobile operating systems platform, it falls down for users because it lacks parity with the competition (iPhone, Symbian, et al). Until Google can release competitive offerings instead of "catchupgrades," Android will remain on the back-burner for both tech-needful business folks and gadget-minded geeks alike."

## + - Music while programming6

BubbaDoom (1353181) writes "In our cublicle-ville, we have programmers intermixed with accounting, customer support and marketing. As a programmer, it is our habit to put on our headphones and listen to our portable music players to drown out all of the noise from everyone else. The boss recently sent an email just to the programmers demanding that we do not use our music players at work because he thinks it distracts us from our jobs and causes us to make mistakes. Of course we've explained to him that the prattle from the other people is much much more distracting but he insists his policy is the right one. What is the /. community's experience with music at work for programmers?"

## + - Avoid Common Errors In Linux and Unix->

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Trollaxor writes "IBM published an informative, insightful document by Dan Cormany about how to avoid Linux and Unix development errors for newbies. "Have you ever wondered why you get the errors Execute permission denied or The parameter list is too long? These are just a few of the common errors UNIX and Linux novices receive that they may not know how to avoid. This article explains such errors and provides workarounds and resolutions to these and other errors that may crop up." That and more! Cormany's article is a wonder for new Linux programmers looking to burnish their skill."

## + - NetBSD.org Asking US \$60,000 For NetBSD 6.0->

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Trollaxor writes "Hot on the heels of their NetBSD 5.0 release, the NetBSD organization is gearing up for NetBSD 6.0, due in just under a year ("The sixth major release for the six month of 2010!"). To make that happen, NetBSD is asking its industry partners, users, and anyone with spare change to contribute US \$60,000. Matt Thomas, of NetBSD's core group, says the money will allow for "network performance improvements and embedded and realtime optimization," meaning NetBSD can finally move onto specialized hardware, something it has struggled with in the past. So far, they have \$40. Do Slashdot readers find \$60,000 an appropriate amount to sponsor the BSD family's middle child, or does the price outweigh the upgrade?"

## Comment: ATMs? I know a little about that! (Score -1)229

by BankofAmerica_ATM (#28650315) Attached to: Researcher Discovers ATM Hack, Gets Silenced
It seems like the agents of Project Faustus are at foot. If I were that security researcher, I would look into getting some life insurance...immediately! One cannot underestimate the threat posed by Faustus.

## Comment: Re:Bah! (Score -1)354

by BankofAmerica_ATM (#23845291) Attached to: All Your Coffee Are Belong To Us
I do, sometimes, wonder why my fellow Americans fail so completely when it comes to coffee and beer What is this "beer?"

## + - Demonology '08->

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Guilty Rim Loon writes "In the new year the Berkeley Software Distribution family of Unix-like operating systems is growing at a phenomenal rate and excitement over the possibilities for this operating system family is in the air. After unprecedented development and adoption as well as major shifts in the marketplace, it's time to take a look at what's new with this demonic family of operating systems. Don't fear, the word demon means Unix goodness at just the right price."