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Submission + - Who wants to upgrade to win10? So far less than 10% despite Microsoft push.

jimbob6 writes: Windows 10 is a free upgrade for windows 7 users but people seem mostly disinterested in upgrading their aging operating system for a Google style, spyware bloated imitation, despite the fact that it appears to be faster and more modern.
One would think MS would be more interested in bring Windows style power and usability to the mobile market as opposed to bringing mobile style "Server side security" to the desktop. If things keep at this rate Win 10 will be slated to take the spot just above the 15 year old Windows XP about this time next year.

Submission + - Microsoft Rumored to Integrate Android Apps

phmadore writes: Windows Phone has been struggling for market share, largely due to a serious lack of developers willing to invest their time in what one might consider a niche market. Statistically speaking, Android has more than 1.1M apps to Windows Phone's pitiful 200,000+. Well, according to unnamed sources informing the Verge , Microsoft may soon integrate/allow Android applications into both Windows and Windows Phone. The irony is so thick here you can cut it with a million dollar bill.

Submission + - Palantir, the War on Terror's Secret Weapon (businessweek.com)

hessian writes: "None of Fikri’s individual actions would raise suspicions. Lots of people rent trucks or have relations in Syria, and no doubt there are harmless eccentrics out there fascinated by amusement park infrastructure. Taken together, though, they suggested that Fikri was up to something. And yet, until about four years ago, his pre-attack prep work would have gone unnoticed. A CIA analyst might have flagged the plane ticket purchase; an FBI agent might have seen the bank transfers. But there was nothing to connect the two. Lucky for counterterror agents, not to mention tourists in Orlando, the government now has software made by Palantir Technologies, a Silicon Valley company that’s become the darling of the intelligence and law enforcement communities.

The day Fikri drives to Orlando, he gets a speeding ticket, which triggers an alert in the CIA’s Palantir system. An analyst types Fikri’s name into a search box and up pops a wealth of information pulled from every database at the government’s disposal. There’s fingerprint and DNA evidence for Fikri gathered by a CIA operative in Cairo; video of him going to an ATM in Miami; shots of his rental truck’s license plate at a tollbooth; phone records; and a map pinpointing his movements across the globe. All this information is then displayed on a clearly designed graphical interface that looks like something Tom Cruise would use in a Mission: Impossible movie."


Submission + - SSL Still Mostly Misunderstood (darkreading.com)

An anonymous reader writes: People still don't understand SSL. This isn't much of a surprise... no one expects that grandma and grandpa know how to what SSL is and what it does. What is surprising and downright scary is that most IT professionals don't understand SSL, and many consider it to be the be-all, end-all of security in their organization. With all the tools out their to manipulate SSL connections and the browser vendors unable to settle on a single method of showing if a site is secured by SSL or not, is it any wonder that no one gets it? Security researchers Tyler Reguly, Mike Zusman, Jay Graver and Robert 'RSnake' Hansen recently discussed some of these issues at SecTOR security conference in Toronto.
Hardware Hacking

Submission + - BD+ Virtual Machine Cracked

johanwanderer writes: ExtremeTech and ArtTechnica is reporting that SlySoft, a developer of DVD cloning software, claims to have completely cracked the BD+ DRM protocol guarding Blu-ray discs. The ExtremeTech article can be found here: http://www.extremetech.com/article2/0,1558,2277472,00.asp?kc=ETRSS02129TX1K0000532 And its content is as follow: SlySoft, a developer of DVD cloning software, claims to have completely cracked the BD+ DRM protocol guarding Blu-ray discs. BD+ is a small virtual machine environment included on Blu-ray discs; HD DVDs lacked the feature. Last year, SlySoft said it had hacked the BD+ environment to allow encoded movies to be ripped to a hard drive and viewed using a specific version of its CloneDVD software. Now, SlySoft is claiming that version of its AnyDVD HD program has completely broken the BD+ copy protection, allowing transcoding of the video into an unprotected form. About a year ago, SlySoft cracked HD DVD. "Admittedly, we are not really so fast with this because actually we had intended to publish this release already in December as promised," Peer van Heuen, head of High-Definition technologies at SlySoft , said in a statement. "However, it was decided for strategic reasons to wait a bit for the outcome of the "format war" between HD DVD and Blu-ray. "On top of that, we first wanted to see our assumptions confirmed about the in the meantime released BD+ titles regarding the BD+ Virtual Machine," van Heuen added. "We are rather proud to have brought back to earth the highly-praised and previously 'unbreakable' BD+. However, we must also admit that the Blu-ray titles released up to now have not fully exploited the possibilities of BD+. Future releases will undoubtedly have a modified and more polished BD+ protection, but we are well prepared for this and await the coming developments rather relaxed." Theoretically, the BD+ code can be replaced if a player manufacturer discovers that the player has been hacked. However, it wasn't clear at press time whether the AnyDVD HD release would either prevent the modified BD+ code from being overwritten, or whether an updated release would be be necessary, as van Heuen seemed to imply.

Submission + - SPAM: A new strategy to fight HIV and AIDS

Roland Piquepaille writes: "An international team of researchers has developed a novel strategy against HIV. They added two genes to immune cells which 'transformed them into potent weapons that destroy cells infected with HIV, the virus that causes AIDS.' This idea of 'genetically engineering immune cells to redirect their infection-fighting ability toward killing HIV-infected cells could lead to an entirely new approach for combating AIDS.' This research looks promising, but it's only working in labs right now. But read more and please note that this is a very different story from the one you mentioned on March 1, Researchers Discover Gene That Blocks HIV."

Submission + - Scientists to launch paper planes from space (msn.com)

Lucas123 writes: "Japanese scientists plan on launching paper airplanes from the International Space Station to see if they can make the reentry into Earth's atmosphere and eventually land. The theory is that paper planes are so much lighter than space shuttles that they may escape the worst of the friction and heat from reentry. Today, researchers at the University of Tokyo tested small, origami planes made of special paper and they survived 482 degrees Fahrenheit and wind greater than the speed of sound. The method of space flight could be used for unmanned missions. It will take several months for the craft to reach Earth, and there is no way to predict their landing spot if they make it. Shinji Suzuki, a professor of aerospace engineering, said, "We are thinking of writing messages on the planes saying 'if found, please contact us' in a couple of languages.""
Internet Explorer

Microsoft Confirms IE8 Has 3 Render Modes 525

Dak RIT writes "In a blog post this week, Microsoft's IE Platform Architect, Chris Wilson, confirmed that IE8 will use three distinct modes to render web pages. The first two modes will render pages the same as IE7, depending on whether or not a DOCTYPE is provided ('Quirks Mode' and 'Standards Mode'). However, in order to take advantage of the improved standards compliance in IE8, Web developers will have to opt-in by adding an additional meta tag to their web pages. This improved standards mode is the same that was recently reported to pass the Acid 2 test, as was discussed here."

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