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Submission + - iPhone Hacked in Under 60 Seconds Using Malicious Charger (ibtimes.co.uk)

DavidGilbert99 writes: Apple's iOs has been known as a bastion of security for many years, but three researchers have now shown iPhones and iPads can be hacked in just under 60 seconds using nothing more than a charger. OK so it's not just a charger but the Mactans charger does delete an official app (say Facebook) replacing it with an official-looking one which is actually malware which could access your contacts, messages, emails, phone calls and even capture your passwords. Apple says it will fix the flaw, but not until the release of iOS 7, the date of which hasn't been confirmed yet. So watch out for chargers left lying around.....

Submission + - VLC For iOS Returns On July 19, Rewritten And Fully Open-Sourced

An anonymous reader writes: VideoLAN revealed some very exciting news today: VLC for iOS will be back in Apple's App Store by tomorrow (July 19). The company tells TNW the app will be available for free worldwide, requires iOS 5.1 or later, as well supports the iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.

As you can expect, VLC for iOS version 2.0 will be open-source. This time, however, its code will be available online (also by tomorrow), bi-licensed under both the Mozilla Public License Version 2 as well as the GNU General Public License Version 2 or later.

Comment Re:badg3r5 (Score 4, Insightful) 193

Oh wait... I thought you were joking!

The SHA1 of "badg3r5" really is "78a7ecf065324604540ad3c41c3bb8fe1d084c50".

http://www.sha1-lookup.com/index.php?q=78a7ecf065324604540ad3c41c3bb8fe1d084c50

HP used "badgers" in leet-speak for an NSA backdoor? Smells like they wanted people to know, to me. Maybe they didn't like what they were supposed to be doing, and stuck their tongue firmly in cheek at the implementation stage? "Screw the NSA - we'll give them a back door if they want it so much - and we'll make it so that researchers find it easily, so our business isn't damaged in the long term ("If we wanted you data so much, we'd have done a better job of hiding it - blame your government")

Comment Re:Secure Boot solves a nonissue (Score 1) 135

Unfortunately, I held out on actually registering, and have a rubbish UID as a result. I still see logical, rational and funny discourse, and I've got quite a loose leash when I post silly things to cause trouble - things could be a lot worse for me here, with the things I post sometimes!

I got the username I would have chosen though, I was webmistressrachel at Excite dot com while it was still going!

Submission + - Can the Slashdot effect save Ed Snowden? 1

NewtonsLaw writes: I read that Iceland has refused asylum and citizenship to whistleblower Ed Snowden.

In response to this, I wrote a very polite, email to the office of the Icelandic Prime Minister Sigmundur Davíð Gunnlaugsson (details on this webpage) expressing my disappointment at the decision and my sympathy for a once-proud nation that seems to have lost its nerve when faced with the might of the USA.

If anyone else wants to do the same then perhaps it's not too late to alert the Icelandic government to the fact that they could win millions of new friends from all over the world if they were to show their courage and bravery by helping Snowden, as they have with others in the past.

Of course any such communication needs to be polite, concise and focused on showing Iceland that the internet community supports Ed Snowden and those who are prepared to help him.

Maybe the Slashdot community can help. Why not spend a few quick minutes firing off an email so we can find out for sure.

Comment Re:Yeah, (Score 1) 5

Fair points, and well argued, indeed.

Ritalin being speed - your post, followed by Wikipedia, just trumped all the people I ever met who were on Ritalin and told me it was chemically equivalent to amphetamine. I stand corrected.

Scientific basis - again, you are correct to ask, and again, only personal experience of both illegal speed users and their families, and people and their families of those taking Ritalin.

Thank you. Accepting that one has been misinformed or that one's statement does not constitute proof of something is the very basis of scientific discipline and rigour, and I can see now how I tripped up and pushed my opinion and those particular experiences a little too hard! Thanks.

Karma Bonus forfeited for obvious reasons, this post deserves nothing.

Comment Re:Yeah, (Score 1) 5

You missed the mark a few times.

Amphetamine is in the same Class ("A") as Cocaine because it's highly addictive.itself, therefore using it get off heroin is a mistake.

Second, I didn't take Ritalin as a kid - I'd rather be the person I am now, having been through what I did and grown strong and proud as a result. Ritalin (speed) literally numbs your emotions - which is why it's used as a "solution" for situations like the one above. Except, it's not. Solving systemic problems like bullying in schools and actually encouraging traits like intelligence a solution. Numbing that kid's pain in the short term, isn't. Thanks for listening, though.

Comment Yeah, (Score 1) 5

because we all know the benefits of being addicted to amphetamines, don't we? Oh, we don't? I take it this means that no-one but me knows why "hyper-active" children are prescribed this stimulant.

Put it this way, the other kids took great pleasure in making me bleed (discreetly, quietly - a pencil in the hand, perhaps?) and laughing as I kick off and demand justice, only to be thrown out of class (again).

Comment Re:New features? (Score 1) 147

It may be simple, but it works, and I can take my SQL (pardon the pun) anywhere from there.

Don't underestimate simple, reliable data formats and methods. Look where all this commercially-driven proprietary crap, and the attitudes that have come with it which now prevail in other industries, I.e. software patents, waste, the environment is taking us...

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