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Submission + - Half of Android Devices Didn't Get Security Patches in 2016

Trailrunner7 writes: Google has made several changes to the Android security ecosystem recently, including providing monthly updates and working with manufacturers to get those patches in the hands of users more quickly. But despite those efforts, about 50 percent of Android devices didn’t install a single security update in 2016.

One of the issues with Android security over the years has been the way that patches are delivered to users. Google distributes updates directly to the Nexus and Pixel devices it sells, but carriers and other manufacturers are responsible for getting updates to their own customers. Some handset makers, including LG and Samsung, follow Google’s lead and send monthly updates to some of their devices on the day they’re released. But many others either deliver them much later or not at all.

In its annual report on Android security, Google said that while the monthly update schedule has helped, it hasn’t fixed the problem entirely.

Submission + - Google to Remove Chrome "Close Other Tabs" & "Close Tabs to the Right" Optio (

An anonymous reader writes: Chrome engineers are planning to remove two menu options from Chrome that allow users to quickly close a large number of tabs with just a few clicks. The options, named "Close other tabs" and "Close tabs to the right" reside in the menu that appears when a user right-clicks on a Chrome tab.

Google said it's removing the options to declutter Chrome's UI and slim down the menu. Usage stats show the menu options are rarely used. Plans to remove the two options were set in motion years before, but only recently Google moved on the issue. A complex keyboard/mouse shortcut [GIF] routine has been provided to replace the functionality of the two menu options.

Submission + - Critical Cisco Flaw Found Buried in Vault 7 Documents

Trailrunner7 writes: Hundreds of models of Cisco switches are vulnerable to a remote-code execution bug in the company’s IOS software that can be exploited with a simple Telnet command. The vulnerability was uncovered by company researchers in the CIA hacking tool dump known as Vault 7.

The bug is a critical one and an attacker who is able to exploit it would be able to get complete control of a target device. The flaw lies in the Cluster Management Protocol (CMP) that’s used in IOS, and Cisco said it’s caused by the incorrect processing of CMP-specific Telnet options, as well as accepting and processing these commands from any Telnet connection.

“An attacker could exploit this vulnerability by sending malformed CMP-specific Telnet options while establishing a Telnet session with an affected Cisco device configured to accept Telnet connections. An exploit could allow an attacker to execute arbitrary code and obtain full control of the device or cause a reload of the affected device,” the Cisco advisory says.

Submission + - US town rejects solar farm from fear it will suck up all the energy from the sun (

Socguy writes: Woodland, North Carolina has rejected a rezoning application, effectively blocking a solar farm, after a town hall meeting where residents expressed fear that solar farms suck up all the energy from the sun and block photosynthesis. Other residents were afraid that solar farms cause cancer, while still others felt that solar farms drive away jobs and young people.

Submission + - Ask Slashdot: Overcoming Low-cost Competition In Web Design

Patchw0rk F0g writes: As a web developer and designer, I've been waging a small-scale war on two fronts: disingenuous design companies with low rates, and students with no infrastructure (or experience), and therefore low fees.

We've all seen them: the web design companies that offer web pages for $99.00 or less, only to provide the client with a static web page that does nothing to further their web presence needs. The client then needs to pony up further funds for a website that reflects the reality of their online needs. We've also seen the student ads on various forums, offering ridiculously low costs for web pages that fail to live up to expectations, much less the minimum requirements that are necessary in today's Google-expected RWD (responsive web design) world.

I've been developing web pages for over ten years now, and have both the requisite experience and client base to make a reasonable salary. I can't, however, develop a suitable web page for a client for a mere pittance. What suggestions would Slashdot readers have, either in the marketing forum or on the production side, to combat these substandard practitioners that beset web designers?

Submission + - Is Bitcoin the Key to Digital Copyright? (

SonicSpike writes: Bitcoin’s technology could help solve one of the gnarliest problems of 21st Century copyright. If you buy a book at Barnes and Noble, you are free to give it away to a friend after you’ve read it, or sell it to a used book store. But you can’t if you buy that same book for your Kindle or iPad. To lend, sell, or give away a digital copy of a digital book or song is copyright infringement.

The Bitcoin network allows one to transfer tokens called bitcoins, and to date these tokens have been used to represent money. But there’s no reason they could not represent a particular instance of a song or a book or a movie.

Particular music files could be associated with a particular user’s public Bitcoin addresses and encrypted in such a way that the user’s corresponding private key is needed to play the songs. Selling, lending, or giving away a song or a book would be as simple as sending it to someone else’s public address. At that point, only recipient’s private keys can unlock the file. And this would all be cryptographically provable, without requiring trust.

An astute reader will have noticed that this would essentially be a kind of universal digital rights management (DRM) scheme, and that’s certainly the case. But unlike traditional DRM, the system would not rely on central corporate authority, but on a decentralized network that is quickly emerging as a new standard Internet protocol. Alternatively, no DRM can be employed and the blockchain can simply serve as registry to legitimate transfers.

Submission + - HTML5 vs. Native apps: Developers offended by Zuckerberg knock on HTML5 make app (

BButlerNWW writes: "A team of mobile app developers offended by Facebook czar Mark Zuckerberg dissing HTML5 have created a Facebook app that they say works better than native versions because of the HTML5 coding.

Zuckerberg famously knocked HTML5 in an interview this fall when he said relying too much on it instead of developing native mobile apps was "the biggest mistake we made as a company."

"When Mark Zuckerberg said HTML5 wasn't ready, we took a little offense to the comment," wrote developers at Sencha, a mobile app company that focuses on HMTL5 development.

Sencha Monday released Fastbook, a mobile app that performs almost the exact same functions as native Facebook apps for smartphones, but is built on an HMTL5 framework. The HTML5 version has faster load times, more responsive formatting and increased ability to toggle between different views without needing to reload information compared to the iOS and Android native Facebook apps, the developers claim. "We set out to show that you can build the challenging parts of the native Facbeook app in HTML5 and we built a framework that makes that possible," says Jamie Avins, an engineering manager at Sencha. "We believe HTML5 is the technology and it's ready right now.""


Submission + - Sony will update only some of its 2012 smartphones to Jelly Bean (

Lalakis writes: Sony announced that it will, during 2013, upgrade some of its 2012 phones to android 4.1 "Jelly Bean". Big news is that sony will never upgrade Xperia U, Xperia miro, Xperia tipo, and Xperia sola beyond Android 4.0 even though they are just some months old! In other news, the touted killer feature "floating touch" introduced in xperia Sola, is officially dead along with Sola itself. How do you feel?

Comment Re:Bus if you can, but... (Score 1) 566

I desperately want to bike, but my nuts simply say no. I genuinely cannot understand how men can sit on these seats for such long periods of time! I've tried some "testicle-safe" seats, but they seem to be just as uncomfortable.

Maybe it's your clothing. A different style of undergarment and/or biking shorts might get your dangly bits out of the way by storing them higher than the bottoms of your thighs.

I would suggest lowering the tip of the saddle to point a little downward. This can make a huge difference.
Also, getting the right saddle for you and your way of riding is equally important. Consult with someone knowledgeable and I'm sure you will find the solution that works for you.

Comment Re:Manned flight (Score 1) 289

if it requires a ballistic chute to not kill anyone if there's a computer or engine failure because this seriously limits the chances of it ever being a certified aircraft by any aviation authority in the world.

Most modern airplanes are flown with Fly by Wire systems that are also computer based. Aviation authorities seem to be happy with them, so, I guess, with the proper redundancy and backup provided, this technology will be welcomed too.


Submission + - Adobe Launches Flash 10.2 with 'Stage Video' (

iamrmani writes: Adobe (Nasdaq: ADBE) launched its Flash Player 10.2 for Windows, Mac, and Linux and features Stage Video, a full hardware accelerated video pipeline for beautiful video across platforms and browsers.

With Stage Video,Flash Player can play even higher quality video while using dramatically less processing power

Comment Re:This is slashdot? (Score 1) 2254

Please tell me one valid reason for having the web browser fullscreen on an 1900px width monitor, that doesn't involve some kind of brain damage.
  And while you are at it, please explain why this "new" design needs at least 1040 (!) pixels of width in order to not show a horizontal scrolling bar. Please...

Comment Re:Security Questions Security Risk (Score 5, Insightful) 257

I can't believe that no one blames the online services for requiring and using security questions as a security measure(!). This is such an insecure practice that I'm just baffled from the so much widespread use of it!
  Theoretically, security questions could be used as an ADDED security measure and be marginally effective at that, but in most times you can't know exactly how your answer will be used, so the sane response would be something like kashiqewnchkdhsflakjshflvkdsvhpexiojnasdjlna.

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