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Submission + - NIST closed due to funding lapsed? (nist.gov) 1

sonofusion82 writes: Not sure if this is a hacker prank or real, but all the NIST website just shows the following notice when I was trying to find some info about their PRNG:

"Due to a lapse in government funding, the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) is closed and most NIST and affiliated web sites are unavailable until further notice. We sincerely regret the inconvenience."

Submission + - FreeBSD 9.2, FreeBSD 10.0 Alpha 4 Released (phoronix.com)

An anonymous reader writes: The FreeBSD Release Engineering Team has announced the release of FreeBSD 9.2. FreeBSD 9.2-RELEASE has ZFS TRIM SSD support, ZFS LZ4 compression support, DTrace hooks and VirtIO drivers as part of the default kernel configuration, unmapped I/O support, and numerous other minor features. FreeBSD also announced FreeBSD 10.0 Alpha 4 on the same day, which is the next major feature release of the open-source BSD operating system.
Google

Submission + - Google talks about the dangers of user content (blogspot.com)

An anonymous reader writes: I stumbled on an interesting, in-depth article on the Google security blog about the dangers faced by modern web applications when hosting any user supplied data. The surprising conclusion is that it's apparently almost impossible to host images or text files safely unless you use a completely separate domain. Is it really that bad? Why after 15 years we still can't get it right?
Microsoft

Submission + - MS Researchers Disclose Bugs in Facebook, Picasa (threatpost.com) 1

Trailrunner7 writes: Microsoft's Vulnerability Research team is keeping itself busy finding bugs in other vendors' products, with the two latest being a vulnerability in Google's Picasa photo editing and sharing application and a bug in Facebook that could lead to the compromise of a victim's account.

The establishment of the Microsoft Vulnerability Research team represents an interesting milepost on the company's nearly decade-long journey from security pariah to major player in the security community. In years past, it would have been unthinkable for Microsoft to have a group of researchers working specifically on finding and reporting bugs in other companies' products, but the company has hired a number of talented researchers in recent years and has spent more time working with third parties on security initiatives.

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Submission + - She has a blog:Olive Riley, 107 year old Australia (egodevelopment.com)

AScomp writes: "Olive Riley, a remarkable 107-year-old great-great-grandmother living in an aged care hostel at Woy Woy, 50 miles (80km) north of Sydney, has won instant fame as the oldest of the worlds 68.9 million Internet bloggers. She is 12 years older than Spains Señora Maria Amélia, the previous titleholder. This might be the new star of the internet, Jean-François Berthet, who lives in Paris, wrote in his blog 365 Days. Her name is Olive, she is Australian and she has a blog where with the help of Mike, she tells us of her adventures. With 2 posts, her blog is only 4 days old and already hitting the headlines. Whats so special about this blog? Nothing. Except that Olive Riley was born two centuries ago, on October, 20th, 1899. By the time of Queen Victoria Olive is 107. She swims. She drinks Shandy (beer and lemonade). She has to wear a bell at night so her great grand children know when she wakes up and keep her from falling, but she puts a sock in the bell not to wake anyone. And Olive has a date with an Olive tree in 2010. Isnt life wonderful? Thank you Olive. Olive, who has amazingly clear memories of her colorful life, posts her blog with the help of her friend Mike Rubbo, who made an hour-long documentary film All about Olive that the ABC-TV showed throughout Australia in February 2006. Olives first post, called The Life of Riley attracted a flood of congratulatory messages from all over the world. The first comments were: Beautiful to see you with 107 years on internet. Its a pleasure and I hope many people on your blog. kisses from Sicily ( Italia ). Maria Grazia. Wow, you are an amazing lady! I am excited to be coming in on the beginning of your journal. Looking forward to so many wonderful stories I know you have to tell. My husband and I talk of visiting Australia one day. We think it is an amazing place. Kelly Corley. Hello, Beautiful Lady, I was just passing by to say hello! Greetings from Belgium. Charlesi. I agree with Kelly, you are truly an amazing lady. I will also be looking forward to your stories on your blog. Keep up the good work Olive. Markiss. Wow, this is by far the best blog ever. Keep it up. Truly Amazing. Konstant. Whaoh! Amazing! Youre the grand mother of all the bloggers in the world! Welcome! I put your blog in my favorites and I hope youll give us some news frequentlyGreetings from France. Antoinweb. A few hours after Olive launched her blog, fellow blogger Alfredo Ascanio Lugar, in Caracas, Venezuela, liked it so much that he translated it into Spanish: martes, febrero 20, 2007 El Blog de Olive Riley El enlace de arriba es el Blog de la Señora Olive Riley de 107 años con su residencia en Australia. Olive was born in Broken Hill in 1899, when Sydney was the capital of the British colony of New South Wales, ruled from London by an aged Queen Victoria. Australia did not exist as a nation until January 1, 1901, when the separate colonies united to form a Federation. Physically frail but mentally alert, Olive says she was twice married, raised her three children on her own, survived two world wars and the Great Depression of the 1930s, and has worked as a barmaid and accountant. First news of Olives blog was published by OhmyNewsInternational, a citizen reporters newszine published in Seoul, South Korea. The story, headed 107-year-old is worlds oldest blogger, is on the Internet. A grove of olive trees has been planted near the railway station at Broken Hill. Their first crop is expected to be ready in 2010. Judging by Olive Rileys amazing zest for life, it seems likely that she will return to her birthplace to pick some of those first fruit. LONG LIVE OLIVE RILEY!"
Linux Business

Submission + - First Review Of Ubuntu 7.10 Gutsy Gibbon

kaos07 writes: In anticipation of [URL="http://www.ubuntu.com"]Ubuntu[/URL] 7.10's release on Thursday, Wired has a [URL="http://www.wired.com/software/softwarereviews/news/2007/10/ubuntu_gutsy"]review[/URL] review which walks through the installation and some basic features such as music and video playback, as well as the new 3D desktop. Once again, it appears that the Ubuntu team and community have succeeded in creating a simple yet feature-rich OS which is accessible to all computer users and is a direct competitor to Mac OS X and Windows Vista.

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