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Submission + - Google to Pay $500 For Bugs Found in Chromium (threatpost.com)

Trailrunner7 writes: Google is starting a new program that will pay security researchers a $500 bounty for every security bug they find in Chromium, the open-source codebase behind the Google Chrome browser, as well as for bugs found in Chrome itself. The company said Thursday that the plan is both meant as a reward for researchers who have been contributing bugs to the project already, and as a way to encourage other researchers to find security flaws in Chromium. Google said it will pay a base bounty of $500 for most bugs contributed, but may raise the payment to $1337 for bugs that are "particularly severe or particularly clever." The program is modeled after one started some time ago by Mozilla, which also pays $500 bounties. Other organizations have been buying vulnerabilities privately for several years now, most notably the Zero Day Initiative from Tipping Point, and VeriSign's iDefense Labs unit. Those companies pay far more than $500 for vulnerabilities, and researchers say that private organizations, such as government agencies, routinely pay tens of thousands of dollars for critical remotely exploitable bugs in popular software.

Submission + - New touchscreen technology like writing on paper (pcauthority.com.au)

An anonymous reader writes: A company claims it has the technology to make writing on touchscreens more like writing with pencil and paper, when the harder you press the thicker the line you produce. The technology uses a material called Quantum Tunnelling Composite (QTC), the resistance of which is extremely sensitive to pressure, unlike today's touchscreen phones, which might be fine for basic finger-pointing, but they are poor at gauging the pressure of the touch. The hope is that this will be useful in Asia for handwriting recognition, because Asian scripts use a lot of variation in line thickness. Interestingly, screens with a standard 2D touch matrix can get the extra measure of control using a narrow strip of QTC down the side. Something for future iterations of the iPad, perhaps?

Comment Re:It's That Elusive Slashdot Demographic (Score -1) 395

Who said I am prejudiced against High-Level languages? Parent did that, I merely exposed my young "Curriculum". It *is* true that I have not worked with high-level languages a lot. I did some typeless things here and there, pointer-free, but it didn't feel right at the time.
Anyway, I greatly appreciate your advice, of course! But it's tough to learn anything in my country -- Portugal -- where everything is politics and everything is really, really, dirty politics...
Also, I'm interested, what do you consider that are the most predominating High-Level languages? It seems to me that once one learns a low-level and medium-level (such as C and C++) language, and knows all the basic programming paradigms and techniques, it is possible to code in all other languages. At least when I look at Python, C#, Java, D, Perl, VB... I understand it just fine, without having "studied" them.

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