Heraklit writes: Wanna run some really fast code? Hemera's blog shows how Gentoo Linux is installed and running on a Tesla Model S. From the article, "The car would make an amazing media center."... aand of course... "Yes, that's right, Gentoo, running on a Tesla. All those USE flags, CFLAGS, and optimizations are going to add speed to my car. My 5 second 0-60 will be faster than your 5 second 0-60!"
An anonymous reader writes: As per this blost post — http://www.labofapenetrationte... It is possible to retrieve user passwords in cleartext on Windows 8.1 and Server 2012. All what is needed to force Wdigest security provider to use Logon credentials and after a user Logon/Unlock, tools like Mimikatz could be used for getting passwords in cleartext.
msm1267 writes: Multitudes of software packages that make use of the ICU Project C/C++ and Java libraries may need to update after a pair of memory-based vulnerabilities were discovered and subsequently patched.
Version 55.1 of the ICU Project ICU4C library, released yesterday, addresses separate heap-based buffer overflow and integer overflow bugs in versions 52 through 54. Older versions of the library could also be affected, said researcher Pedro Ribeiro of Agile Information Security, who discovered the vulnerabilities while fuzzing LibreOffice, one of the numerous open source and enterprise software packages that are built using the library.
robdkappa writes: It may be 2013, but the African island of Madagascar is facing a public health threat straight out of the Middle Ages: At least 20 people in the country’s northwest died last week from the bubonic plague, and 2012 saw some 256 plague cases and 60 deaths—more than in any other country in the world.
One major problem seems to be the rat-infested prisons like the notorious facility in Antanimora, which holds 3,000 inmates. The International Committee of the Red Cross in October warned that the facility’s overcrowding and poor sanitary conditions present a serious plague threat—not just to prisoners, but to those outside its walls, too, since inmates’ relatives can catch the disease when they visit the facility, and detainees are often released without having been treated.
To stem infections, authorities have been disinfecting the prison and trying to trap rats. But from the looks of this October ICRC video, officials face an uphill struggle. Prisoners are shown jammed together in cramped quarters teeming with insects and rodents.
from the who-called-in-de-fleet dept.
The Guardian's Games blog explores the tendency of modern video games to suffer from poor voice acting, a flaw made all the more glaring by increasingly precise and impressive graphics. Quoting:
"Due to the interactive nature of games, actors can't be given a standard film script from which they're able to gauge the throughline of their character and a feel for the dramatic development of the narrative. Instead, lines of dialogue need to be isolated into chunks so they can be accessed and triggered within the game in line with the actions of each individual player. Consequently, the performer will usually be presented with a spreadsheet jammed with hundreds of single lines of dialogue, with little sense of context or interaction. ... But according to David Sobolov, one of the most experienced videogame voice actors in the world (just check out his website), the significant time pressures mean that close, in-depth direction is not always possible. 'Often, there's a need to record a great number of lines, so to keep the session moving, once we've established the tone of the character we're performing, the director will silently direct us using the spreadsheet on the screen by simply moving the cursor down the page to indicate if he/she liked what we did. Or they'll make up a code, like typing an 'x' to ask us to give them another take.' It sounds, in effect, like a sort of acting battery farm, a grinding, dehumanizing production line of disembodied phrases, delivered for hours on end. Hardly conducive to Oscar-winning performances."