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Submission + - OpenMoko's FreeRunner rises from the ashes

ChristW writes: Remember OpenMoko's first free and open source phones, the GTA-01 and GTA-02 (also called FreeRunner)? There is a new project called Phoenux. The German company Golden Delicous is building a new main board (called GTA-04) for the GTA01/02 case.

The new hardware features:
- DM3730 (800 MHz)
- GTM601W UMTS (HSPA)
(and lots more)
Sony

Sony Breach Gets Worse: 24.6 Million Compromised Accounts At SOE 242

An anonymous reader writes with an update to yesterday morning's news that Sony Online Entertainment's game service was taken offline to investigate a potential data breach related to the PSN intrusion. SOE has now said that they too suffered a major theft of user data. "... personal information from approximately 24.6 million SOE accounts may have been stolen, as well as certain information from an outdated database from 2007. The information from the outdated database that may have been stolen includes approximately 12,700 non-US credit or debit card numbers and expiration dates (but not credit card security codes), and about 10,700 direct debit records of certain customers in Austria, Germany, Netherlands and Spain."

Submission + - Lockpicks by Open LockSport (kickstarter.com)

ChristW writes: If you've always wanted to own a good set of lockpicks, but haven't been able to get any, here's your chance! There's a project on Kickstarter to fund a project by Schuyler Towne to make sets of lockpicks. As I'm writing this, the project has been funded up to 1100%, but I'd love to see what a Slashdotting can do to a Kickstarter project...

Comment Re:Of course it's hype, just SHARPer :-) (Score 1) 511

That may be true, but I've returned a new iMac to the store multiple times because I saw perceptible clicker in the screen. Maybe it's just me, but I seem to be perceive flicker more than other people. Luckily for me, one of the techs at the Apple Store also saw the flicker...

Now, when the screen brightness turns lower, and there's not much other light around, it's barely perceptible. It used to physically make me sick to see that screen in low brightness...

Christ van Willegen

Microsoft

Submission + - France Tells Its Citizens To Abandon IE (pcw.co.uk)

Freistoss writes: "Microsoft still has not released a patch for a major zero-day flaw in IE6 that was used by Chinese hackers to attack Google. After sample code was posted on a website, calls began for Microsoft to release an out-of-cycle patch. Now, France has joined Germany in recommending its citizens abandon Microsoft's much-maligned browser altogether, rather than waiting for a patch. Microsoft still insists IE8 is the "most secure browser on the market" and that they believe IE6 is the only browser susceptible to the flaw. However, security researchers warned that could soon change, and recommended considering alternative browsers as well."

Submission + - OpenMoko inc announces Wikipedia WikiReader (thewikireader.com)

ChristW writes: OpenMoko inc, of FreeRunner fame, proudly presents its new product: The WikiReader. It's a small form factor device that needs no internet connection to show Wikipedia articles. The articles are stored on an internal, removable uSD card. Needs 2 AAA batteries to run. The company claims that it can run up to a year on one set of batteries.
Security

Submission + - Using Conficker's tricks to root out infections (seclists.org)

iago-vL writes: "The folks at Nmap have done it again: despite having their domain blacklisted by Conficker, they released Nmap 4.85BETA8, which promises better detection of the Conficker worm. How? By talking to it on its own peer to peer network! By sending encrypted messages to a suspect host, Conficker.C and higher will reveal itself. This curious case of using Conficker's own tricks to find it is similar to the last trick that Slashdot reported. More info from the author can be found here, and you can download Nmap here (or, if you're a Conficker refugee, try this link instead)."
Operating Systems

Submission + - Executor (68k Mac clean room emulator) OpenSourced (github.com)

Stephane Rieppi writes: I just got the information that on October 5th, 2008, Clifford T. Matthews, author of the clean room Executor 68k Mac (OS 6 — OS 7) emulator, open-sourced both Executor and Syn68k (often described as the fastest JIT Motorola 68040LC emulator) under a MIT-like license. It looks like it was received with general indifference, which is kind of sad: this fine piece of programming is a real gem from the mid-nineties. Its principle is similar to WINE: a good portion of the Mac OS toolbox was rewritten from scratch and runs as native code. Executor was able to run a lot of old school Mac applications, such as HyperCard, without infringing on Apple's IP. Now that it is Open Sourced, it would really benefit from a bit of community love. It's probably as close as we will get on seeing the internals of Classic Mac OS.

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