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IOS

Submission + - Is The Jailbreak Community Contaminated By Leeches? (networkworld.com)

colinneagle writes: Stefan Esser, better know as i0n1c, is famous for his jailbreak of iOS 4.3.x. But he has also shown a YouTube of his iPad running iOS 5.1 jailbroken as well. Esser has refused to release the hack he devised that allowed him to jailbreak his device. This has angered many in the jailbreak community who think Esser is un-rightfully "holding out."

Rumors were rampant that Esser was not giving up his jailbreak secret because he did want to be part of the pirating of software that many who jailbreak iDevices are guilty of by using cracked applications. But that is not the reason for Esser keeping his jailbreak to himself, according to an interview he did with the Italian language site Ispazio.net (Google translation link included).

Esser says the real reason he has not released his jailbreak is because the jailbreak community is contaminated by "leeches"; Ungrateful users who harass Esser and other jailbreak hackers for not jailbreaking devices fast enough. Some of these users have adopted the attitude, according to Esser (and I have seen this myself in the comments on jailbreak sites), that these developers would be nothing without the people using the jailbreaks. That the jailbreak community has made the jailbreak hackers rich and famous beyond imagination. Therefore, the jailbreakers owe it to the masses to work night and day on jailbreaking the next version of iOS and getting it out as soon as possible.

Power

Submission + - Is the SATA power connector design flawed? 8

An anonymous reader writes: My computer caught fire today. I saw flames and smoke coming out. When I opened it I saw that the SATA power connector on the back of my samsung DVD drive was cooked. I looked around on the internet and found that I was not alone. A lot of other people have already reported their computer catching fire and almost all of them caught fire exactly the same way, the SATA power connector was burnt. In some cases it was an HDD and in others it was a DVD or blue ray drive but invariable the fire started at the SATA power connector.

Now I am wondering if the there is a fundamental flaw in the power connector design causing the fire? I am not sure where to complain or send feedback so that it gets aggregated and someone in the industry can take action and possibly work on changing the connector design. So I am writing on slashdot.
Security

Submission + - Ask Slashdot : Is RS232 communication secure ? 1

An anonymous reader writes: I want to connect 2 computers so that they can exchange data securely.

Computer A wouldn't be connected to anything except to computer B and should be safe at all cost from remote attacks.
Computer B would be connected obviously to computer A and to the internet.

The communication between A and B would consist of encrypted data sent by a custom software written by me.
A knows how to decrypt the data, but B doesn't.

If I connect A and B with a RS232 cable, can a remote attacker take control of A if he has control of B ?
I understand that if B is compromised, the attacker can monitor the communications, corrupt them etc ... but can he take control of A ?
A colleague of mine tells me it's impossible, but I'd rather be sure.

My original idea was to create a kind of telegraph to make the 2 computers communicate throught Morse code.

Thank you for your input.
Please note that English is not my mother tongue, please forgive me for any error that I might have left out.
Education

Submission + - Can the Internet save education? (foxnews.com)

Velcroman1 writes: The Internet can save everything, even education. At least that's what tech companies would have parents and government officials believe. Too bad it's not true. Just this past week Harvard and MIT announced a joint $60 million project called edX to offer free courses online. (You won't get academic credit, but students can earn completion certificates and a grade.) The poster child for much of the online education movement is the Kahn Academy, which has roughly 3,200 educational videos available for free. But one has to wonder whether any of these online cheerleaders has ever watched a complete "class" on the site, because if they had they would immediately see the multitude of problems with this approach.
Government

Submission + - SOPA: Stop Grandstanding, Start Crafting An Altern (informationweek.com) 1

gManZboy writes: "InformationWeek editor-in-Chief Rob Preston says it's time for breathless SOPA grandstanding to end. "An argument making the rounds among the digerati is that SOPA and PIPA are 20th century answers to a 21st century challenge, that the movie, music, and media industry lobbyists and their Congressional puppets just don't understand the dynamics of the Internet," he writes.

If Congress is so clueless about Internet dynamics, it's up to SOPA opponents to create a workable alternative for stopping online content piracy, Preston says.

"To its credit Google, whose YouTube is a dumping ground for pirated material, is behind an alternative bill--The Online Protection & Enforcement of Digital Trade, or OPEN, Act--and is seeking industry comment and collaboration. That collaboration must include movie, music, and media companies," he writes.

"Google and friends, the ball's now in your court. Where do you propose we go from here? ""

Submission + - Building A Sub-$200 Computer

adeelarshad82 writes: When you're building computers, almost anything is possible at any price thanks to some great research, careful thinking and much needed sacrafice. Infact a recent attempt was made to see if a decent PC could put together for less than $200. Turns out that between some great deals, an AMD processor and Linux OS it can actually be done.
Space

Submission + - Report Warns Space Junk Reaching Tipping Point (reuters.com)

intellitech writes: From the article: The amount of debris orbiting the Earth has reached a tipping point for collisions, which would in turn generate more debris which threatens astronauts and satellites, according to a U.S. study released on Thursday. "The current space environment is growing increasingly hazardous to spacecraft and astronauts," Donald Kessler, the former head of NASA's Orbital Debris Program Office who chaired the study team, said in a statement. In addition to more than 30 findings, the panel made two dozen recommendations for NASA to mitigate and improve the orbital debris environment, including collaborating with the State Department to develop the legal and regulatory framework for removing junk from space. The study, "Limiting Future Collision Risk to Spacecraft: An Assessment of NASA's Meteoroid and Orbital Debris Programs," was sponsored by NASA.

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