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Submission + - Datacenter robbed for the 4th time in 2 years (theregister.co.uk) 1

mariushm writes: "The CIHost datacenter was attacked by armed intruders for the fourth times in two years.

According to a letter C I Host officials sent customers, "at least two masked intruders entered the suite after cutting into the reinforced walls with a power saw, [...]

During the robbery, C I Host's night manager was repeatedly tazered and struck with a blunt instrument. After violently attacking the manager, the intruders stole equipment belonging to C I Host and its customers."

To aggravate the situation, C I Host representatives needed several days to admit the most recent breach, according to several customers who said they lost equipment, all the while reporting the problems as "router failures"."

Wireless Networking

Submission + - Unlimited gall to cost Verizon $1 million (networkworld.com)

netbuzz writes: Unlimited really means unlimited, even in advertising. So says the New York State Attorney General's Office in squeezing a $1 million settlement out of Verizon Wireless for disconnecting 13,000 of its customers who had the temerity to believe that the unlimited service they were promised came with unlimited service. Verizon's statement explaining the settlement is a gem, too.

http://www.networkworld.com/community/node/20981

Media (Apple)

Submission + - Apple Hangs Tough On iPhone Bricking

An anonymous reader writes: Two other shoes have dropped in the Apple iPhone bricking controversy. Apple iPhone spokeswoman Jennifer Bowcock has responded to InfoWeek blogger Alex Wolfe's Sunday posting, asserting that " Apple's position has not changed since we issued our statement last week." (The statement is the one is which Apple said unauthorized apps or unlocking "will likely result in the modified iPhone becoming permanently inoperable.") In addition, California lawyer Damian Fernandez has launched a Web site through which he's actively soliciting iPhone users to join a suit against Apple.
Security

Submission + - Backdoor in PGP Whole Disk Encryption (blogspot.com) 1

A non-mouse Coward writes: PGP Corp's Whole Disk Encryption suite has an intentional backdoor accessible via the command line, whereby administrators or any user who knows the passphrase for a volume key can disable the boot-up passphrase prompt altogether. Apparently this "feature" is not documented in any way beyond the enterprise customer support pages and is kept secret for only those organizations needing an automated reboot process that won't hang on the boot guard screen. Even running the typical " — help" switch to the command line yields no knowledge of its existence. What's worse, that PGP Corp built this intentional backdoor feature, or that they barely documented it, keeping it quiet from their customers who want the highest amount of security for their laptops?
Math

Know How To Use a Slide Rule? 388

high_rolla writes "How many of you have actually used a slide rule? The slide rule was a simple yet powerful and important tool for engineers and scientists before the days of calculators (let alone PCs). In fact, several people I know still prefer to use them. In the interest of preserving this icon we have created a virtual slide rule for you to play with." Wikipedia lists seven other online simulations.
Music

Submission + - Virgin's demise: illustrating the problem with DRM (bbc.co.uk)

Anonymous Brave Guy writes: The BBC have an interesting article up today about the demise of Virgin Digital, which has offered music on a monthly subscription system, and how this is leaving their customers in a jam because they signed up to a DRM-based subscription service. This is no doubt not a new concern to many here, but it's the second real-life example of such a service folding within a matter of weeks, and interesting that a well-regarded mainstream news source is now openly condemning DRM and vendor lock-in, and advising people to avoid such services.
Data Storage

Submission + - 640gb PCIe solid-state drive demonstrated

Lisandro writes: "Engadget.com reports tht Fusion-io has presented a 640gb solid-state flash hard on a PCIe card, with sustained data rates of 800Mb/sec for reading and 600Mb/sec for writing. The device will allegedly start shipping in several sizes (from 40GB up to 640GB) next quarter. Demonstration pictures, videos and interviews are available here."
Spam

Submission + - SPAM: Storm: The biggest, baddest botnet in the world?

alphadogg writes: Storm may not be the most creative or malicious piece of malware ever written, but it's on track to become the most productive; threat researchers' recent estimates put the number of PCs it has infected at more than 1 million. First showing up on researchers' radars about a year ago, Storm is defined by some as a worm, others as a Trojan Horse. Although Storm doesn't use any particularly inventive or malicious techniques, such as erasing files on a hard drive or recording keystrokes to capture passwords and personal information, it has gained notoriety through its writers' ability to update and adapt both the malware's code and the spam blasts that lure people to become infected with it — all with the purpose of building a giant botnet. [spam URL stripped]
Programming

Submission + - Top 4 up-and-coming web technologies (wordpress.com)

WageDomain writes: "It is an exciting time to be a web developer. What used to be a time-consuming process is not becoming easier and easier with tools like Visual Web Developer, intellisense, and easier and more streamlined web-oriented programming languages and libraries. Less time coding the basic stuff leaves more time to code the fun stuff, the flashy things, the bells and whistles that sets a website apart from competitors. And now more than ever there are some amazing tools and technologies that can make that job easier."
Education

Submission + - Liquid drops defying gravity

Roland Piquepaille writes: "Researchers at the University of Bristol, UK, have shown that droplets of liquid can travel uphill when placed on a vertically vibrating inclined plate. 'In fact, if the plate vibrates at the right rate, the droplets will always travel counter-intuitively up the incline.' This very interesting discovery will not change the world, but it may lead to new methods to manipulate microscopic amounts of fluids. Read more for additional references and pictures showing some of these climbing liquid droplets."
Space

Submission + - YES2 space experiment turns into a MAYBE (itwire.com)

WaltonNews writes: "The Young Engineers Satellite 2 (YES2) involves a tether that was supposed to extend out about 20 miles (33 kilometers) with a probe on its end. The tether failed to unwind fully, however, the probe is on its way for an Earth landing."
Wireless Networking

Submission + - SFLC Completes Review of Linux Wireless Code (softwarefreedom.org)

redbeard55 writes: The Software Freedom Law Center (SFLC) today announced that it has carefully reviewed the lineage of the open source Atheros wireless driver for Linux and determined which portions can be distributed under the ISC license (also known as the 2-clause BSD license).

The two general papers, as well as a detailed document explaining SFLC's review of the Linux Wireless team's ath5k driver, are available at http://www.softwarefreedom.org/resources/

Ultimately, all the copyright holders of the Linux ath5k-driver code, derived from ar5k, have been contacted and have agreed to license their changes under the ISC license, thus allowing improvements to be re-incorporated into OpenBSD. One of the three historical branches of the code reviewed by SFLC, however, included portions that are only licensed under the GPL, and SFLC has determined that it would be very difficult to re-incorporate that code into OpenBSD.

"We're pleased to help bring clarity to the Linux Wireless Developers as they work towards inclusion of their code in the Linux kernel," said Karen Sandler, SFLC Counsel.
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Graphics

Submission + - Silent and Powerful - XFX GeForce 8600 GT Fatal1ty (hothardware.com)

bigwophh writes: "Pro Gamer, Jonathan Fatal1ty Wendel has built a brand for himself with more than a few of the major computer component OEMs, with enthusiast targeted products that offer features above and beyond the standard reference design. The recently announced XFX GeForce 8600 GT Fatal1ty is a new graphics card with Fatal1ty branding and also one of the few GeForce 8600 GT cards on the market today that is not only passively cooled, but factory overclocked as well. And even though its stock GPU and memory clock speeds are already well above NVIDIA's reference specifications, this article shows the XFX GeForce 8600 GT Fatal1ty has plenty of clock speed headroom left for overclocking and best of all it's dead silent, which makes it perfectly suited to media and some HTPC applications."
Google

Submission + - Gmail backdoor vulnerability (theregister.co.uk)

castrox writes: From the article on The Register:

The technique comes courtesy of Petko D. Petkov, a researcher at GNU Citizen, who writes in a blog post that the backdoor is installed simply by luring a victim to a specially crafted website while logged in to Gmail. The naughty site uses a slight of hand known as a multipart/form-data POST, which writes a filter to Gmail that causes all email with attachments to be forwarded to collect@evil.com.
Looks like a nasty "POST injection" from a malicious site you're visiting while logged into Gmail is all it takes to alter your Gmail settings. Apparently, Google is investigating and has no further comments at this time.

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