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Hidden Debug Mode Found In AMD Processors 154

An anonymous reader writes "A hidden (and hardware password protected, by means of required special values in processor registers) debug mode has been found in AMD processors, and documented by a reverse engineer called Czernobyl on the RCE Forums community today. It enables powerful hardware debugging features long longed for by reverse engineers, such as hardware data-aware conditional breakpoints, and direct hardware 'page guard'-style breakpoints. And the best part is, it's sitting right there in your processor already, just read the details and off you go with the debugging ninja powers!"
Operating Systems

Can Windows, OS X and Fedora All Work Together? 375

greymond writes "In my ever growing job responsibilities, I've recently been tasked with documenting our organization's IT infrastructure, primarily focusing on cost analysis of our hardware leases and software purchases. This is something that has never been done in our organization before and while it's moving along slowly, I'm already seeing some places where we could make improvements. Once completed, I see this as an opportunity to bring up the topic of migrating the majority of our office from Windows 7 to Linux and from Exchange to Gmail. However, this would result in three departments each running a different system: Windows, OS X, and most likely Fedora. Has anyone worked in or tried to set up an environment like this? What roadblocks did you run into? Is this really feasible or should I just continue to focus on the cutbacks that don't require OS changes? (The requirement for having three different systems is that the vast majority of our administration, who rely solely on an install of Microsoft Windows, Word and Excel, are savvy enough that if they came in and saw Gnome running on Fedora with Open Office they'd pick it up fast. However, our marketing department is composed entirely of Apple systems, and the latest Adobe Creative Suite doesn't seem to all work under Wine. The biggest issue is with the Sales department though, as they rely on a proprietary sales platform that is Windows only — and generally, sales personal give the biggest push back when it comes to organizational changes.)"
Input Devices

Kinect Hacked, Adafruit Bounty Won 262

scharkalvin writes "Adafruit has announced a winner to their bounty for an open source driver for the MS Kinect. From the article: 'We have verified that it works and have a screenshot from another member in the hacking community (thanks qdot!) who was also able to use the code. Congrats to Hector! He's running all this on a Linux laptop (his code works with OpenGL) and doesn't even have an Xbox!'" We talked about Adafruit's bounty yesterday.

Submission + - Leap Seconds May Be Eliminated (

itwbennett writes: The International Telecommunications Union is seeking input through October on a potentially revised definition of Coordinated Universal Time that does not include leap seconds, an idea that has been under consideration for the past decade. Since their introduction in 1971, leap seconds have proved problematic for at least a few software programs. The leap second added on to the end of 2008, for instance, caused Oracle cluster software to reboot unexpectedly in some cases. Some computer professionals argue, however, that abolishing the leap second at this point will just cause another set of difficulties. The revision 'would cause more trouble than it naively claims to circumvent,' wrote programmer Rob Seaman, on the Leap Seconds mailing list.
Open Source

Submission + - Caanoo Released - Open Source Homebrew Console

An anonymous reader writes: Gamepark have released their update to the GP2X Wiz, which is a Linux based homebrew handheld console. The Caanoo is a CPU ARM9 533MHz + 3D GPU powered console with 128megs of ram (full specs) which should be good for Playstation and Nintendo 64 Emulation on the handheld. The File Archive for the Caanoo is open and taking homebrew submissions and already the likes of Quake and more are being ported to the console. Sites like DCEmu carry the latest news on the console for those interested.

Submission + - Google Tests 'Instant Search' (

pickens writes: Computerworld reports that Google has been testing an instant search feature using ajax so that search results start popping up as the user types, changing dynamically as the user continues typing. According to industry observers the test is being run on a limited basis and that there's no telling whether the experiment will become a new feature offered to all Google users. Yankee Group analyst Zeus Kerravala notes that an instant search feature would put a lot of strain on Google's system. "I think it would initially [add a lot of system stress] so they might face some short-term pain to get to the longer-term gain," Kerravala says. "Google has built out a tremendously robust infrastructure. And my guess is that with their resources, though, if [the new feature] became a big hit, other search engines would have a hard time keeping up."
GNU is Not Unix

Submission + - Why GNU Grep Is Fast As Comapre To BSD Version

An anonymous reader writes: There is some flamage currently going on regarding BSD grep vs GNU grep performance. Mike Haertel, the original author of GNU grep added some interesting information regarding its performance — "#1 trick: GNU grep is fast because it AVOIDS LOOKING AT EVERY INPUT BYTE. #2 trick: GNU grep is fast because it EXECUTES VERY FEW INSTRUCTIONS FOR EACH BYTE that it *does* look at. Moreover, GNU grep AVOIDS BREAKING THE INPUT INTO LINES. Looking for newlines would slow grep down by a factor of several times, because to find the newlines it would have to look at every byte!

Steam Not Coming To Linux 520

dkd903 writes "A rumor has been going around for about four months that Valve was working on a Linux version of Steam and this had a lot of people in the Linux community very excited. But, Valve has now officially killed the rumor. And it is not what people wants to hear – there is no Linux version of Steam in development. Doug Lombardi, the Marketing VP of Valve Corporation, in an interview, has put an end to all the rumors by saying that they are not working on Steam for Linux right now."

Submission + - Distributed secure networking closer yet 1

paxcoder writes: FreedomBox, a convenient personal server may be a step closer to reality than skeptics imagine. While Diaspora is arguably vaporware at this point, another distributed social network project, GNU social has recently hit alpha (preview) and as announced by Tim Berners-Lee(!), is now organizing a theme design contest.

In the same time, Debian is considering a special distro that would run on 'plug computers' for which some of the goals, along with the wiki and the mailing list have been set at Debconf 10, as early as 3 days after the now-famous Moglen's talk (first link). At present stage, developers are still proposing hardware and software which will make FreedomBox a reality, and particular attention is now being given to yet another GNU project, GNUnet, a versatile secure peer-oriented networking framwork.

Submission + - Ubuntu Vibes: Play Hundreds of Free Games in Ubunt (

dartttt writes: All these games are classic games, the one we used to play in 80's and 90's. Some people may find them too obsolete but they are meant for old school fun. These games are free to download and play. Watch the video for a quick tutorial and you will be ready for some nostalgia.The games run under dosbox. But you don't have to use command line. A simple GUI will make it easy.

Submission + - Linux Distribution Popularity Trends Plotted (

DeviceGuru writes: In order to get a sense of the popularity of various Linux distributions over the past several years, LinuxTrends entered their names into Google’s search insights tool and grabbed images of the resulting graphs. The graphs display some fascinating trends and bode well for the future of Linux, particularly its ability to adapt to changing requirements and opportunities. What’s especially noteworthy is that Android is the first Linux spin to take on a life of its own within consumer devices. It’s certainly not the first use of Linux as an OS for devices; what’s unique, however, is that it’s the first branded Linux-based OS to be widely marketed to consumers.

Submission + - Open-Source 2D, 3D For ATI Radeon HD 5000 Series (

An anonymous reader writes: AMD has now rolled out open-source 2D and 3D drivers for their ATI Radeon HD 5000 series graphics processors. As described at Phoronix in length, it's taken nearly a year to complete but there is now public code released that enables 2D, 3D, and video hardware-acceleration for this latest generation of ATI GPUs. For now this code is intended for developers and enthusiasts but with time it will make its way into stable Linux distribution updates. AMD's open-source developers are also beginning to work on ATI Radeon HD 6000 series support, which is hardware not to be released until late in the year.

Submission + - Does Linux need to be everywhere? (

judeancodersfront writes: With the success of Linux on servers and mobile devices, does Linux really need to be pushed on the desktop? Android is the fastest selling mobile OS of all time, the enterprise is embracing RHEL, so perhaps Linux fans should appreciate where Linux has excelled and let MS and Apple handle the desktop until compatibility issues are less of a problem.

Submission + - IBM: Linux is on Parity with AIX Unix (

darthcamaro writes: After a dozen years of pushing AIX as its premier mission critical operating system — a top IBM exec is now saying that there is little difference in features between AIX-Unix and Linux.

"Linux is on parity with AIX," Jean Staten Healy, IBM's director of worldwide Linux strategy told "Linux enables choice. I think that's one of the basic tenants of the faith."

Feed New Scientist: Moon is younger and more Earth-like than thought (

The Moon is 30 million years younger than thought and is not composed mostly of the remnants of a long-gone world
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