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Submission + - Huge iOS, OS X vulnerability uncovered that can render apps unusable (bgr.com)

redkemper writes: Android might be targeted by hackers and malware far more often than Apple’s iOS platform, but that doesn’t mean devices like the iPhone and iPad are immune to threats. A post on a Russian website draws attention to a fairly serious vulnerability that allows nefarious users to remotely crash apps on iOS 6, or even render them unusable. The vulnerability is seemingly due to a bug in Apple’s CoreText font rendering framework, and OS X Mountain Lion is affected as well...

Submission + - How do I determine a fair salary? (glassdoor.com) 2

lawpoop writes: After looking at a few salary sites, it seems that I'm very underpaid in my current position. I'm thinking about striking out on the job hunt, but I have a question. Can I trust information from salary.com, glassdoor, and the like? They might have an interest in me thinking I'm underpaid; I'm more likely to use their services ( which doesn't apply to glassdoor, but might be subject to similar gaming). Also, doesn't not having the exact skillset for the job posting affect the salary you ask for? A lot of what I'm seeing these days has specific tools and libraries. If I don't have that specific set, will I be able to justify the salary for a more general job description?

I couldn't submit this ask without a link. Link is not necessary; mods please remove!

Software

Submission + - Dropbox Launches Linux Client (getdropbox.com)

frenetic3 writes: "Dropbox came out of private beta today and finally made its Linux client available for download. It's kind of like rsync and svn but totally seamless and integrated into nautilus, and also lets you sync/share folders with other people (including on Windows or Mac.) Perfect if you're sick of hacking cron scripts to push files around or carrying USB drives."
United States

Submission + - NY to ban smoking in cars with children? (troyrecord.com)

An anonymous reader writes: Downstate lawmakers in New York are trying to enact this legislation, however it may not have enough support to get passed. I think New Jersey is trying to enact similar legislation.
Google

Submission + - Google declares $10M Android comp OPEN (apcmag.com)

KrispySausage writes: "The race to develop applications for Google's new Android mobile phone platform is officially on after 'cross-platform bugs' in the submission system were fixed. Google has allocated $10m to the competition which has been split into two parts. Challenge 1 will be accepting entries until March 3rd with a total prize pool of $5m. But will this be enough to sway developers away from the iPhone, which offers the potential of monetising applications? More analysis here."
United States

Submission + - SPAM: State of US science report shows disturbing trends 1

coondoggie writes: "The National Science Board this week said leading science and engineering indicators tell a mixed story regarding the achievement of the US in science, research and development, and math in international comparisons. For example, US schools continue to lag behind internationally in science and math education. On the other hand, the US is the largest, single, R&D-performing nation in the world pumping some $340 billion into future-related technologies. The US also leads the world in patent development. The board's conclusions and Science and Engineering Indicators 2008 are contained in the group's biennial report on the state of science and engineering research and education in the United States sent to the President and Congress this week. [spam URL stripped]"
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Operating Systems

Submission + - LinuxMCE 0710 beta3 released (linuxmce.com)

blppp writes: The new release runs on Kubuntu Gutsy 7.10 with KDE and most notably adds support for 1080p resolution. No signs of HD-DVD or Blu-ray support as of yet. Here's a full list of changes from linuxmce.com "Major changes: — Added support for amd64 — Added support for mixed amd64/i386 md's — Added support for 1080p resolution. It works great with masked UI2. — Upgraded xine to latest version — Latest mythtv packages and fixes for lmce mythtv stuff — Integrated VDR to LMCE and added support for few dvb-s cards — Telecom refactoring, most of the issues fixed (you can now easily create a conference, leave a conference, merge two conferences, use an assisted transfer, etc). Upgraded to asterisk 1.4.10 — Added latest nVidia drivers (169.07 Dec 20th)"
Books

Submission + - French Fine Amazon for Free Shipping

strech writes: Arstechnica reports that France is fining Amazon for offering free shipping on some orders. A French high court ruled in December that the practice violated a law preventing discounting the price of a book more than 5% off of the publisher's recommended price. Amazon has decided to pay the fine, rather than drop free shipping. The fine currently stands at 1000 € per day but is automatically reconsidered after 30 days, after which it could be raised dramatically.
Linux Business

Submission + - Lenovo Releases SLED 10 Linux T61, R61 ThinkPads (laptoping.com)

InlawBiker writes: "Another hardware vendor offers Linux on their machines. Dell's Ubuntu offering to the general public was big news, but this news is more intriguing. What's interesting about this is it's aimed at "large enterprise customers." One might surmise that corporate customers have been asking for it, and now Lenovo is delivering."
Linux Business

Submission + - Low-Cost Linux Computers Now on Sears.com (linspire.com) 1

christian.einfeldt writes: "In the wake of reports that low-end GNU Linux computers and devices sold very well on Amazon.com in 2007, now comes an announcement from Linspire that its community distro, Freespire, will come pre-installed on a desktop box offered on Sears.com for under $200.00 USD. Built by long-time Linspire partner Mirus Innovations, the box will ship with a Celeron D 420-1.6Ghz chip, one 1 gigabyte of RAM, and an 80 gigabyte hard drive. With Wal-Mart selling out its low-end Linux offering in weeks, this new offering by the risk-adverse venerable old Sears lends some objective credence to opinions by industry observers who see a trend of Linux occupying the low-end PC market. While the Mirus desktop is at the other end of the spectrum from the high-end MacBook Air, also announced this week, it is nonetheless interesting to compare the power of these two very different products, while contrasting the six to one price differential of the two products."
The Almighty Buck

Submission + - The video game industry goes political (cnet.com)

An anonymous reader writes: The video game industry is finally forming a PAC by the end of March to get some political clout.

"A story in The New York Times yesterday reports that the video game industry has finally woken up and realized that in order to stay strong going forward, it can't rely on 13-year-old pimple-faced kids to promote its agenda."

"We will be writing checks to campaigns by the end of this quarter," Mr. Gallagher said. "This is an important step in the political maturation process of the industry that we are ready to take now. This is about identifying and supporting champions for the game industry on Capitol Hill so that they support us."

Communications

Submission + - Computer 'understands' a dog's bark (dailymail.co.uk)

nullCRC writes: What would a dog say if it could talk? "Stranger", "fight", "walk", "alone", "ball" and "play", according to scientists who have developed a computer programme to translate dog barks. The special programme analysed more than 6,000 barks from 14 Hungarian sheepdogs in six different situations. In a series of tests the team of scientists, from Eötvös Loránd University in Hungary led by Csaba Molnár, discovered that a computer could recognise whether a dog was in a stranger, fight, walk, alone, ball or play scenario. The barks were tape recorded and then digitized on a computer, which used software to study their differences. The computer correctly identified the different situations 43 per cent of the time. Although it was not a high success rate it was far better than human recognition, the researchers said. The computer was most accurate in identifying the "fight" and "stranger" contexts, and was least effective at matching the "play" bark. The results appear in the journal Animal Cognition, and suggest that dogs have acoustically different barks depending on their emotional state. The researchers also performed a second test, in which the computer identified individual dogs by their bark. The software correctly identified the dogs 52 per cent of the time, again much better than the human result, suggesting there are individual differences in barks even though humans are not able to recognize them. The team also plans to compare the barks of different breeds to discover what they have in common.
Television

Submission + - Linux MCE: All Your Components Are Belong to Us (fastsilicon.com)

mrneutron2003 writes: "
While looking at new Linux technologies, we ran across an amazing OS called Linux MCE. This OS literally resembles the Borg from the popular Star Trek series. The operating system assimilates every component in a house from audio video gear, receivers, TVs, phones, cell phones, web cams, all infrared devices, lighting, alarms systems, and many others into a mesh like network of interoperability. Is this the end all be all of Home media centers? It integrates every component in a house into one cohesive system that follows users anywhere. One would think that this monolithic orgy of electronic devices would take hours and hours to setup and thousands of dollars in equipment. However, it takes a little under four hours to have a fully automated, cataloged home media mesh network that puts cost effective home mobility and productivity to a whole new standard. Bill Gates' operational house for a minuscule of the price, read on for more information.

http://www.fastsilicon.com/off-the-wall/linux-mce-all-your-components-are-belong-to-us.html"

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