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+ - Rep. Anthony Weiner Framed via Yfrog Security Flaw-> 1

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bughunter
" rel="nofollow">bughunter writes "According to evidence collected by blogger Joseph Cannon, Representative Anthony Weiner (D-NY) was the victim of a framing attempt using the Yfrog photo hosting service. Tipped off by EXIF data inconsistencies, Cannon began investigating possible explanations, and discovered that using an email trick, images can be inserted into a Yfrog user’s collection without their knowledge. Cannon also examines other evidence, direct and circumstantial, that points to the “discoverer” of the alleged lewd Tweet by Weiner as the one who planted the fraudulent photo. Says Cannon, “The framer did not hack into Weiner's account. There was no need for hacking. The framer used a much simpler, more ingenious scheme, involving a design flaw in the architecture of the application.”"
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Education

Google Summer of Code Announces Mentor Projects 44

Posted by timothy
from the everyone-gets-a-free-mentors-album-too dept.
mithro writes "As everyone should already know, Google is running the Summer of Code again this year. For those who don't know, GSoC is where Google funds student's to participate in Open Source projects and has been running for 5 years, bringing together over 2600 students and 2500 mentors from nearly 100 countries worldwide. Google has just announced the projects which will be mentor organizations this year. It includes a great list of Open Source projects from a wide range of different genres, include content management systems, compilers, many programming languages and even a bunch of games!"
Power

+ - Earth Day: 10 First Steps To Lighter Living

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kitzilla
kitzilla writes "Earth Day is Sunday — are you doing anything earthy? Here's a list [via Lifehacker] of ten easy things you can do to lighten your environmental "footstep." Nothing particularly complicated here, but a good review: from unplugging chargers and equipment in standby mode to buying locally grown food. Check of one or two of these, and grab some good Earth Day karma."
Input Devices

+ - How to allow multiple physical console users

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_Sharp'r_
_Sharp'r_ writes "I'm trying to design the least expensive way to make OpenOffice, email, and a web browser available to students in a new charter elementary school. In my past experience working with charitable computer donations, I can usually get three to four working computers out of five donated "broken" computer systems, usually with plenty of monitors, keyboards and mice left over. I'd like to use one computer for multiple students by attaching multiple monitors, usb keyboards and mice.

The infrastructure is FreeBSD, with only a few MS Windows systems for certain staff. We're planning to use either FreeBSD or Linux with remotely stored home directories for the donated student desktops. These are multi-user operating systems in terms of physical resources required and operation, but only one physical console per machine. What drivers/OS versions support multiple local input devices and monitors that can be attached to a specific login session? Will this require virtualization? Is there a config I haven't found that you can use to assign these devices to specific ttys? Have you done this before?"
Microsoft

Microsoft Threatened With Fines By EU Again 184

Posted by Zonk
from the always-in-the-doghouse dept.
ukhackster writes "The EC is threatening Microsoft with yet more fines. This time, it's over the interoperability protocols that Microsoft has been ordered to open up to its rivals. The EC has examined 1,500 pages of information about the protocols, and concluded that they 'lack significant innovation'. This is pretty damning for both Microsoft and the patent system, as it has been awarded 36 patents covering this technology and has another 37 pending. Could this encourage someone like the EFF to start pushing to get these patents overturned? The EU has a FAQ about this issue, containing additional details on the subject.
Spam

+ - Intelligent Learning Spam Filters

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Thistledowne
Thistledowne writes "I find myself wondering if perhaps in the near future companies might spring up, [perhaps they already have and I've not heard of them], that would offer subscribers the ultimate most cutting edge intelligent learning filter for spam e-mail; A human. As people become more and more frustrated with the constant barrage of spam e-mails, security and privacy might be commodities of diminishing value. Imagine if you will a day where you check your mail and every single email was legitimate. I expect a system could be arranged that would limit loss of privacy and security, but it would still be a position of trust. Has anyone run across something like this previously?"
Music

Music Execs Say Apple's DRM Hurting Industry 405

Posted by Zonk
from the reference-the-pot-and-the-kettle's-similar-color-here dept.
EMB Numbers writes "C-Net says last year saw a 131 percent jump in digital sales, but overall the industry still saw about a 4 percent decline in revenue. Some executives at this week's Digital Music Forum East conference lashed out at Jobs, blaming Apple and its CEO for their troubles. The impression at the conference was that Jobs' call three weeks ago for DRM-free music was anything but sincere. As the article puts it, 'Apple has maintained a stranglehold on the digital music industry by locking up iTunes music with DRM ... and "it's causing everybody else who is participating in the marketplace — the other service providers, the labels, the users — a lot of pain. If they could simply open it up, everybody would love them.""
Space

+ - Shrunk Budget for NASA Causes Delay in Manned Moon

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mikesd81
mikesd81 writes "Playfuls has an article stating that the $545 million reduction from NASA's budget for 2006 could delay the agency's plans to send a man back to the moon in 2014, NASA's boss Michael Griffin told the Congress on Thursday. The possible delay could be four to six months delay (pushing the 2014-planned flight to early 2015) and into a "brain drain" of specialists. Congress' refusal to accept the initial budget for the project could postpone the first launch of the new manned spacecraft until December 2014 at the "very best". President Bush's $2.9 trillion fiscal 2008 space and science budget includes more than $6 billion for NASA. Included is $1.2 billion for the National Aeronautics and Space Administration to develop the new rocket for Orion. If the Congress accepts the funding, NASA would also receive $1.6 billion to conduct astronomy research, upgrade the Hubble telescope and build new space telescopes."

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