Want to read Slashdot from your mobile device? Point it at m.slashdot.org and keep reading!


Forgot your password?
DEAL: For $25 - Add A Second Phone Number To Your Smartphone for life! Use promo code SLASHDOT25. Also, Slashdot's Facebook page has a chat bot now. Message it for stories and more. Check out the new SourceForge HTML5 Internet speed test! ×

Submission + - Intel Confirms 'Sophisticated' Attacks in January (computerworld.com)

CWmike writes: Intel was targeted by 'sophisticated' attacks last month, about the same time that Google reported its network had been breached, allegedly by Chinese hackers, Intel confirmed its annual report filed Monday with the SEC. 'We regularly face attempts by others to gain unauthorized access through the Internet to our information technology systems by, for example, masquerading as authorized users or surreptitious introduction of software,' read the 10-K filing. 'These attempts, which might be the result of industrial or other espionage, or actions by hackers seeking to harm the company, its products, or end users, are sometimes successful. One recent and sophisticated incident occurred in January 2010 around the same time as the recently publicized security incident reported by Google.' Intel spokesman Chuck Mulloy denied any connection between the attacks against Google and his own firm. 'The only connection is timing,' Mulloy told Reuters.

Comment Re:So (Score 5, Informative) 334

SuperFetch also keeps track of what times of day that applications are used, which allows it to intelligently pre-load information that is expected to be used in the near future.
Source: Wikipedia
Their work, says Horvitz, was able to predict which applications users would open by time of day and also by day of the week.
Source: InfoWeek

Comment Re:What is wrong with Forumla One? (Score 2, Informative) 73

2008 is the last year they will have the grooved tires. Next year, they'll allow full slicks again, but the aero requirements will be much more stringent (I've heard some people say that the new cars will have half as much downforce). All of this is part of Bernie's plan to make F1 cheaper for the smaller teams to participate (see Super Aguri Honda's withdrawl from the series.)

Submission + - Firefox 3 AntiMalware does NOT send urls to Google (google.com)

An anonymous reader writes: The official developers guide of the Safe Browsing API by Google (here) indicates that there is no way you can query Google for a malware URL. Instead, you need to download the blacklist and ask for updates frequently. Then, you need to authenticate the list, canonicalize the URLs, split them into small parts, md5 hash them and compare them to the list. That does not sound like sending URLs to Google. You can also verify by looking at Firefox's source code. Last I heard, Firefox was open source.
The Courts

Submission + - Electric Slide Creator Backs Off In EFF Victory (eff.org)

chameleon_skin writes: Richard Silver, purported creator of the Electric Slide, has backed down from his earlier assertion that under the DMCA videos of the dance he supposedly created cannot be shown on YouTube without his explicit permission. In the face of an EFF lawsuit, Mr. Silver agreed in the settlement to release the rights to the dance under the Creative Commons License. Put on your dance shoes and fire up your video cameras!
The Internet

Submission + - CBS buys Last.fm

prostoalex writes: "Last.fm, a social music site, has been purchased by CBS for $280 million. News.com.com.com analyzes the deal: "The service, which was founded in 2002, is popular, with more than 15 million active users worldwide. The acquisition gives CBS access to a young, tech- and music-savvy demographic, which is certainly a valuable asset. But according to Forrester Research analyst James McQuivey, the hefty price tag suggests that CBS may be after the scrobbling technology too.""

Submission + - The Stagnation of Virtual Game Development

eldavojohn writes: "In an egotistical yet concise blog entitled "Why Don't Game Developers Do What I Wan't?", IEEE takes a stab at why virtual worlds have evolved so little in the past decade or more. Aside from the obvious better resolution and colors, why aren't there huge 'Snow Crash'-esque advancements? From the blog: "Mostly, a world costs too much to make. A little over a decade ago, a game character in a AAA title could be painted by a single artist in a week or two. Now, it takes a team of artists months to model, texture, rig, animate, and script a single character. Back in the day, Non-Player Characters could be single full-screen images of a person who talks to you via box of text, and sells you groceries or swords or whatever. Now, NPCs take nearly as much effort as main characters, and overall may take more, because you need a lot of variety in the NPCs that fill your virtual world. It takes a lot of time." He follows it up nicely in the second part (with a more offensive title, "Are Developers Just Thick, Or Something?") about development with this short insightful comment: "The apparent improvement in computers has been rather less dramatic than players suppose, I think, because much of what they want is AI-complete: that is, the desires require that the central problem of true artificial intelligence be solved first. But even simpler problems can mean much more work than one might first assume, if only because there are a world of them to solve." I agree with him on the point that we are disappointed that games aren't further along in mimicking human behavior or challenging us on a psychological level ... yet we're still blown away by eye candy. This is one of the fundamental lackings in today's games."

Submission + - Is Place-Shifting Fair Use?

Nom du Keyboard writes: Major League Baseball seems to want to control where you can watch their televised games, and they've set their sights on Slingbox. While you may be allowed to watch an ad-supported, or paid cable channel, of your team in your own home, MLB (and others) don't feel that includes watching it remotely in another city through your local broadcast. Although they call this "illegal distribution" (reminds you of the RIAA lawsuits), Sling Media has taken steps to ensure that only you can watch your own content, wherever you might be. While no one has yet been bold enough to actually test this in court (losing would be a disaster), does the content industry have the right to decide not only what and when (i.e. shows that can't be recorded for later viewing) you'll watch something, but where you have to watch it as well?
The Internet

MySpace Gets False Positive In Sex Offender Search 345

gbulmash writes "In its eagerness to clear sex offenders off its site and publish their identities, MySpace identified an innocent woman as a sex offender. She shares a name and birth month with a sex offender who lives in a neighboring state and that was apparently enough to get MySpace to wrongly brand her and completely ignore her protests."

OMB Website Exposes Thousands of SSNs 107

msblack writes "The New York Times is reporting that an Office of Management and Budget website accidentally exposed at least 30,000 social security numbers publicly online. As many as 100,000 to 150,000 individuals may have been affected. The cost to taxpayers just for notifications and credit monitoring is estimated to run $4 million. 'While there was no evidence to indicate whether anyone had in fact used the information improperly, officials at the Agriculture Department and the Census Bureau removed the Social Security numbers from the Census Web site last week. Officials at the Agriculture Department said Social Security numbers were included in the public database because doing so was the common practice years ago when the database was first created, before online identity theft was as well-known a threat as it is today. '"

Submission + - Women are fleeing IT jobs

Lucas123 writes: "An alarming number of women are currently abandoning IT jobs that require workers to be on-call at all hours, according to a story in Computerworld. One study cited in the article states that by 2012, 40% of women now working in IT will leave for careers with more flexible hours. 'I think women in that regard are at a real disadvantage,' said Dot Brunette, network and storage manager at Meijer Inc., a Grand Rapids, Mich.-based retailer and a 30-year IT veteran. She noted that companies can fail to attract female workers, or see them leave key IT jobs because they fail to provide day care at work, or work-at-home options for someone who leaves to have a child.'"

Submission + - AMD reports $611 million loss

mpfife writes: Toms hardware reports that "Declining microprocessor sales as well as dropping average selling prices for its microprocessors have pushed AMD deeper into the red. The company reported a net loss of $611 million on revenues of $1.233 billion, which is more than 20% below the guidance the company expected at the end of Q4 2006. The loss includes charges related to the ATI acquisition in the amount of $113 million, but is mainly a result of the increasing competition with Intel in the microprocessor market."

Slashdot Top Deals

Real wealth can only increase. -- R. Buckminster Fuller