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Submission + - Easy Root Exploit in Linux Desktop (blogspot.com)

Dark Coder writes: Rafal (of invisiblethingslab.com) details a method of gaining root in a Linux Desktop (for Fun and Profit *wink* *wink*).

Joanna Rutkowska blogs that this even circumvents the famed NSA Secured-Edition Linux sandboxing of Xorg.

Details all in here.

Biggest ramification is that this is not a bug, but a Xorg design feature!

Politics

Submission + - Worst Recession Ever? (businessinsider.com)

Dark Coder writes: The Great Depression was extended by 5 years according to various economists due to debilitating Federal policies enacted by FDR. Five recent bills (Auto, Finance, Bank, Health-Care and Teacher Jobs) are touted as being similar to FDR's worsening policies. As a result, we're still sliding into a deeper recession. What does it take to get us out of this doldrums?
Politics

Submission + - Worse Recession Ever? (businessinsider.com)

Dark Coder writes: The Great Depression was extended by 5 years according to various economists due to debilitating Federal policies enacted by FDR. Five recent bills (Auto, Finance, Bank, Health-Care and Teacher Jobs) are touted as being similar to FDR's worsening policies. As a result, we're still sliding into a deeper recession. What does it take to get us out of this doldrums?

Submission + - SPAM: Interactive High Defintion TV HIPSO TV

An anonymous reader writes: HIPSO Multimedia (OTC BB: HPSO) is uniquely positioned to become the number
one HD format TV supplier to retail and wholesale markets in North America. Through
its wholly owned subsidiary Valtech Communications Inc. the company currently
provides triple play services in Canada. Upon the launch of its new platform
HIPSO HDTV (High definition television) will deliver real time broadcast HDTV
over broadband IP (Internet Protocol) networks. To attain its goal of market leadership,
HIPSO has secured a key partnership with Ericsson, the world’s leading IPTV
equipment and network supplier. As Ericsson’s only North American co development
partner, HIPSO and Ericsson have announced their affiliation and intention to jointly
penetrate the North American market.

Link to Original Source
Google

Submission + - Google Introduces New Android Features

adeelarshad82 writes: Google introduced the next generation of interaction with its Android operating system by introducing a set of new features. The most prominent one is the voice-driven actions. Google executives outlined 12 new "Voice Actions for Android," including phone calls, reminder e-mails, direction search, and music search. The app is called "Voice Search," requires Android 2.2, and is available in the Android Market now. Voice actions can be triggered by clicking the "microphone" icon on the screen. Saying "call John Smith at home" will trigger the contacts list and voice dialer, "find art museums in Amsterdam" would launch a Google Maps application, and "listen to Ace of Base" will search for music from the artist on Pandora, Last.fm, or another music application. Another improvement worth a mention is "Chrome to Phone," allows users to click on a new "mobile phone" icon to send links, YouTube videos, even directions, to the phone. So far, the features are exclusive to Android phones and U.S. English, although the capabilities will be moved to other languages and other operating systems (including the iPhone) in the future.

Submission + - New Titi Monkey, At Last. (sciencenews.org)

Doctor Morbius writes: Scientists have discovered a new species of Titi Monkey in the forests of Columbia after having been kept out of the region by 30 years of rebel activity

Submission + - Injecting Errors for Fun and Profit 1

ChelleChelle writes: Errors, whether transient or permanent, are unfortunately a fact of life. In order to make sure that a system can properly handle them, it is absolutely essential to test the error-detection and correction circuitry by injecting errors. This is the main topic of a recent article from acmqueue in which Steve Chessin of Oracle talks about injecting various types of errors (e-cache errors, memory errors) on the Ultrasparc-II.
Google

Submission + - Google Responds to Net Neutrality Reviews (blogspot.com) 1

I Don't Believe in Imaginary Property writes: "Google has written a defense of their joint Net Neutrality proposal with Verizon, responding to criticism like the EFF's recent review. Google presents its arguments as a list of myths and facts, but too many of them look like this one: 'MYTH: This proposal would eliminate network neutrality over wireless. FACT: It's true that Google previously has advocated for certain openness safeguards to be applied in a similar fashion to what would be applied to wireline services. However, in the spirit of compromise, [...]'. The silver lining here is that Google doesn't seem to employ any skilled liars."

Submission + - anonymous web browsing (anonymizer.com)

An anonymous reader writes: In light of the story just posed about the ISP owner that fought the FBI, I think it makes sense to ask the /. crown what is the best method/service to use to anonymize your web browsing.

Submission + - Google Warns The Pirate Bay is a Malicious Site

An anonymous reader writes: Slyck news is reporting that Google is warning users that The Pirate Bay is a malicious site. If you do a search on The Pirate Bay, it gives you the following warning:

Of the 1136 pages we tested on the site over the past 90 days, 2 page(s) resulted in malicious software being downloaded and installed without user consent. The last time Google visited this site was on 2010-08-12, and the last time suspicious content was found on this site was on 2010-08-12.
Games

Submission + - In game behavior a small subset of possibilities (blogspot.com) 1

derek_farn writes: "A group of physics grad students at Cornell have found that some players of a game with over 10^100 combinations can successfully predict the behavior of other players well enough to beat the majority of them. With such a huge number of possibilities it is surprising that people use such a small number of playing strategies.

Colonel Blotto is a game in which players assign soldiers to fields. In this implementation there are 10 fields and 100 soldiers. You must specify how many soldiers to send to each of the 10 fields. You don't know what the opposing general will do. Then, in each field, the soldiers face off: whoever has more soldiers wins the battle. Whoever wins more battles wins the war.

For example, a one strategy is "10 10 10 10 10 10 10 10 10 10" and another is "1 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11 11". The second strategy will lose in the first field, but win the other 9, and therefore win the war."

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