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Open Source

Submission + - Open Source WAF ModSecurity Adds IIS, Ngix Support (securityweek.com)

wiredmikey writes: ModSecurity, the highly popular open source Web Application Firewall, largely found on Apache deployments, has finally come to IIS thanks to a collaboration between Microsoft and Trustwave. In addition, Trustwave also announced that Nginx would also be supported by the ModSecurity project.

ModSecurity is a standard webserver defense, leveraging pre-defined rules that prevent scores of Web-based attacks, which can be both automated and manual. Over the years, ModSecurity has been maintained by a large community of developers, rule writers, and engineers from Trustwave. Yet, for the longest time it was only available for Apache.

Granted, Apache is widely used online, and is the world’s largest webserver platform. But plenty of IIS and Nginx deployments exist online, and many have been targeted by attacks that would have been stopped by even the most basic of ModSecurity rules. Now, server admins have the option to layer their defenses and enjoy the benefits of a Web Application Firewall for free.

Network

Submission + - New M2M standards body to drive Internet of Things (techworld.com)

sweetpea86 writes: A consortium of ICT standards development bodies has set up a new global organisation to ensure the efficient deployment of machine-to-machine (M2M) communications systems. The specifications developed by the new organisation, called oneM2M, will provide a common service layer that can be embedded within various hardware and software, and connect the myriad of devices in the field. Andrew Brown, director for enterprise research at Strategy Analytics, said the lack of standards in M2M has been repeatedly flagged as a key barrier to the development of the M2M market, but warns that establishing a common service layer will not be easy...
Android

Submission + - Samsung: Apple wouldn't have sold a single iPhone without stealing our tech (bgr.com) 1

zacharye writes: Another day, another Apple (AAPL) vs. Samsung (005930) trial. The two consumer electronics companies are preparing to do battle in San Jose, California next week, and now-public court documents shed light on the positions each firm is taking. On Tuesday, Apple told Samsung exactly what it thinks its technology patents are worth (spoiler: barely anything at all), and subsequent filings from Samsung reveal that the South Korea-based company has a few choice words for Apple as well...
Transportation

Submission + - Solar Impulse Completes First Ever Solar-Powered Intercontinental Journey (gizmag.com)

Zothecula writes: This Tuesday, the Solar Impulse HB-SIA experimental solar-powered aircraft completed the first ever solar-powered intercontinental roundtrip journey between Europe and Africa. The roughly 6,000 km (3,728 mile) trip commenced on May 24 and consisted of a total of eight legs averaging 800 km (497 miles) before reaching its conclusion with a landing back where it all began in Payerne, Switzerland at 8:30 pm on July 24, local time.
Your Rights Online

Submission + - 'Digital Economy Act illegal under European Court of Justice decision' (computerworlduk.com)

Qedward writes: Open source guru Glyn Moody's submission to UK communications regulator Ofcom about the Digital Economy Act, with the consultation closing at 5pm on July 26 if you need to make a submission...

Extract:

"The Digital Economy Bill was rushed through without proper scrutiny that would have caught its more egregious blunders, which left us with a botched piece of legislation certain to cause huge and unnecessary harm to thousands of citizens, organisations and companies each year. The only rational option is to repeal it and do it properly."

"If you share your wifi as good neighbours often do, does that mean you are automatically held responsible for everything people do with your connection? What about if you use WEP encryption — which is known to be trivial to break?" ...

Cloud

Submission + - Cisco pushes new firmware update that records, uploads your browsing history (cisco.com) 1

Kalewa writes: According to users on Cisco's support forum (http://homecommunity.cisco.com/t5/Wireless-Routers/EA4500-weird-login-screen-can-t-login/td-p/535846), their routers are being automatically upgraded to a new firmware that disallows local administration, requiring instead that they sign up for a "cloud" account. The terms of use for this account specify that "When you use the Service, we may keep track of certain information related to your use of the Service, including but not limited to...Internet history" (http://www.cisco.com/web/siteassets/legal/connect_cloud_supp.html). It goes on to say that they "may share aggregated and anonymous user experience information with service providers, contractors or other third parties." People are, understandably, looking for a way to downgrade.

Submission + - Is being in the same BitTorrent "swarm" equal to "interacting"? (blogspot.com) 1

NewYorkCountryLawyer writes: "In the new wave of bittorrent downloading cases, the plaintiffs' lawyers like to lump a number of "John Does" together in the same case in order to avoid filing fees ($350 a pop). Their excuse for 'joinder' is the allegation that the defendants 'interacted' with each other by reason of the fact that their torrents may have eminated from the same "swarm". In Malibu Media v. Does 1-5, when John Doe #4 indicated his intention to move for severance, the Court asked the lawyers to address the "swarm" issue in their papers. So when John Doe #4 filed his or her motion to quash, sever, and dismiss, he filed a detailed memorandum of law (PDF) analyzing the "swarm" theory in detail. What do you think?"
Moon

Submission + - Space Tourist Trips to the Moon May Fly on Recycled Spaceships (space.com)

thomst writes: Rob Coppinger of Space.com reports that UK-based private company Excalibur Almaz plans to offer commercial lunar-orbital tourist missions based on recycled Soviet-era Soyuz vehicle and Salyut space stations, using Hall Effect thrusters to power the ensemble from Earth orbit to the Moon and back. The company estimates ticket prices at $150 million per seat (with a 50% profit margin), and expects to sell about 30 of them. Excalibur Almaz has other big plans, too, including ISS crew transport, LaGrange Point scientific missions, and Lunar surface payload deliveries. It expects to launch its first tourist trip to the Moon in 2014.
Power

Submission + - Solyndra for sale: Company's high-tech plant, gear to be sold (foxnews.com)

Velcroman1 writes: For sale: manufacturing and office facility with 411,618 square feet, state of the art electrical, air, and power distribution systems — and a troubled past. As part of its bankruptcy proceedings, Solyndra is reportedly very close to landing a buyer for its mammoth, high-tech production plant in Fremont, Calif. The listing agent recently gave Fox News a tour of what the new owners will get for their multi-million dollar investment. Now the once-bustling offices, conference rooms, and cubicles are eerily quiet as the facility is "decommissioned," according to Greg Matter with Jones Lang LaSalle realty. One wonders about the conversations held, and emails written, in the corner office formerly occupied by CEO Brian Harrison.
Chrome

Submission + - Windows RT Browser Restrictions Draw Antitrust Attention (cnet.com)

An anonymous reader writes: Last week we heard complaints from Mozilla that Windows RT would restrict users' choice in web browsers, unfairly favoring Internet Explorer over alternative like Firefox and Chrome. Unfortunately for Microsoft, the situation is now on the Senate Judiciary Committee's radar, and they will look into claims that Microsoft is engaging in anti-competitive behavior. That said, it could be a difficult case to make, since the Windows RT is destined for ARM-based tablets, and Apple currently dominates that market. 'When it comes to proving abuse of monopoly power, an important question is determining the market in which a monopolist has power — the relevant market, in antitrust legal terms. In the DOJ case, U.S. District Judge Thomas Penfield Jackson's findings of fact concluded Microsoft had a monopoly in the market for "Intel-compatible PC operating systems." Windows on ARM doesn't run on x86 chips, so by Jackson's standards, Windows RT hasn't been judged to be part of Microsoft's monopoly.' Microsoft addressed some of these issues in a blog post in February.
Government

Submission + - Why Voting Machines Still Suck (infoworld.com) 2

snydeq writes: "Deep End's Paul Venezia decries the government's lack of attention to e-voting technology, despite ongoing flaws and clear indications that the government makes 'extremely good use of technology when it suits them — such as spying on their own citizenry or developing missiles that can travel hundreds of miles and hit a shoebox. ... Lapses persist everywhere, from systems that can be compromised by someone with an eighth-grade education and $26 to voting machines that helpfully hack themselves.' Venezia writes. 'Years continue to go by without any sort of controls, regulations, or reliable testing of electronic voting systems that are used by millions of Americans to cast their ballots. State governments have a much firmer grasp on how to interface with car computer systems to fail an inspection if ODB-II error codes are logged than they do with electronic voting.'"
Apple

Submission + - Mac OS is "Really vulnerable" (computing.co.uk)

sl4shd0rk writes: "Our first investigations show Apple doesn't pay enough attention to security." says Kaspersky CTO Nikolai Grebennikov who's firm was recently hired by Apple to analyze the Mac OS platform for security. "Mac OS is really vulnerable," he claimed citing problems with Apple's stance on Java updates and the recent Flashback trojan infecting over 600,000 Apple computers. Grebennikov also expects to see iPads and iPhones becoming infected by malware in the next year.
Robotics

Submission + - Italian Quadruped Robot Taken Outside the lab

An anonymous reader writes: The Italian Hydraulic Quadruped HyQ has been taken outside the lab and proves its capabilities to step over obstacles. A new top-speed of 2m/s has been achieved.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AnwetZpRtFE

The latest developments include using an on-board inertial measurement unit (IMU) and active compliance for balancing and reactive stepping over obstacles.

They achieved a top speed of 2m/s (7.2km/h), with a fast 'walking trot', which means there is no flight phase — at least 2 feet are on the ground at a given time.
The Almighty Buck

Submission + - 1.Make Movie. 2.Release it for Free 3... 4.Profit $1 Million Dollars (techdirt.com) 1

Fluffeh writes: "In an interesting case that seems to make Big Media talk sound like gibberish, movie makers James Colquhoun and Laurentine ten Bosch made a documentary called Hunrgy for Change and released it online totally free — for ten days — then it seems they started to count their money, over a million dollars of it. Everyone who viewed HUNGRY FOR CHANGE was given access to three special offers: the DVD for $34.95, the new recipe book for $49.95, or the DVD and the recipe book for $74.95. Each order came with free bonuses and free shipping. In the first 14 days, over 20,800 orders were placed totaling over $1 million in sales. Although most purchasers had already seen the film for free, many wanted to buy a copy for themselves or purchase it as a gift for family or friends."
Robotics

Submission + - Bird-like robot perches on a human hand (suasnews.com) 1

garymortimer writes: "By the virtue of their size and speed, birds are uniquely capable of efficient flight while flapping their wings and while gliding. Researchers at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign have duplicated the control functions that allow birds to successfully perform a soft landing—in this case, perching on a human hand."

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