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Submission + - Sophisticated Spy Tool 'The Mask' Rages Undetected for 7 Years (wired.com)

thomst writes: Kim Zetter of Wired's Threat Level reports that Kaspersky Labs discovered a Spanish-language spyware application that employs "uses techniques and code that surpass any nation-state spyware previously spotted in the wild." The malware, dubbed "The Mask" by Kaspersky's researchers, targeted targeted government agencies, diplomatic offices, embassies, companies in the oil, gas and energy industries, and research organizations and activists had been loose on the Internet since at least 2007, before it was shut down last month. It infected its targets via a malicious website that contained exploits — among which were the Adobe Flash player vulnerability CVE-2012-0773 — that affected both Windows and Linux machines. Users were directed to the site via spearphishing emails.

Submission + - European research network GÉANT turns spacecraft data into music (techworld.com)

samshead writes: GÉANT, the pan-European data network serving 50 million research and education users at speeds of up to 500Gbps, has harnessed the data collected by two spacecraft over a period of 36 years to create a new piece of classical music.

Launched in 1977, both Voyager 1 and Voyager 2 are now decommissioned but still recording and sending live data to Earth. They continue to traverse different parts of the universe, billions of kilometres apart, with Voyager 1 actually leaving our solar system last year.

In order to compose the duet, 320,000 measurements were selected from each spacecraft at one hour intervals.

That data was then converted into two “very long” melodies, each comprising 320,000 notes using different sampling frequencies, from a few KHz to 44.1 kHz.

GÉANT said the result of the conversion into waveform, using such a large dataset, created a wide collection of audible sounds, lasting just a few seconds (slightly more than seven seconds at 44.1kHz) to a few hours (more than five hours using 1024Hz as a sampling frequency).

In order to turn the data into a several minute song, a certain number of data points, from a few thousand to 44,100 were each “converted” into one second of sound.

Project leader Domenico Vicinanza, a network services product manager at GÉANT and a trained musician said: “I wanted to compose a musical piece celebrating the Voyager 1 and 2 together, so used the same measurements (proton counts from the cosmic ray detector over the last 36 years) from both spacecrafts, at the exactly same point of time, but at several billions of kilometres one from the other.

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“I used different groups of instruments and different sound textures to represent the two spacecrafts, synchronising the measurements taken at the same time.”

Vicinanza continued: “Analysing the melody is exactly the same as looking at data in a spreadsheet, but using the ear. The information content is exactly the same: represented by regularities, patterns, changes, trends and peaks. In fact, data sonification makes it possible to get information about long-range regularities and correlations that are hard to spot just by inspection.”

The result is an "up-tempo string and piano orchestral piece" that can be listened to here: http://www.geant.net/Resources...

Submission + - SPAM: Easily Convert PSD to HTML with Bootstrap

Alina Jonson writes: At present, Bootstrap is one of the most highly used open source projects for the development of different kinds of websites. It is basically a toolkit comprised of HTML and CSS which was devised by the owners of Twitter and initially known as Twitter Bootstrap. The best thing about this tool is that it is completely free, so anyone can use it for making websites and web-based applications. The style sheet for Twitter bootstrap in html is compatible with all browsers -including Chrome, IE, and Firefox – making it easier for web developers to use it.
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Submission + - SPAM: Secrets Apple Doesn't Want You To Know

hussainodhwani writes: #1 The Nature of the Beast
You don’t become the most powerful electronics company in the world without doing some dirty work. You can’t have $150 billion in cash without cutting some corners. It’s hard to keep your prices reasonable without exploiting people.

#2 They Exploit Cheap Labor in China
For optimal profit margin Apple must produce the iPhones for cheap. Since Apple only uses top quality electronic parts, the difference is made up in cheap labor. The NYT reports that workers at Foxconn, the former manufacturer of the iPhone, make $22 for a twelve hour shift, and are often forced to work even longer hours. There were so many suicides in the on-site dorms where the workers live that Foxconn had to install nets on the sides of the buildings.

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Submission + - Great Firewall of UK blocks game patch because of substring matches

Sockatume writes: Remember the fun of spurious substring matches, AKA the Scunthorpe problem? The UK's advanced "intelligent" internet filters do. Supposedly the country's great new filtering regime has been blocking a patch for League of Legends because some of the filenames within it include the substring "sex". Add one to the list of embarrassing failures for the nation's new mosaic of opt-out censorship systems, which have proven themselves incapable of distinguishing between abusive sites and sites for abuse victims, or sites for pornography versus sites for sexual and gender minorities.

Submission + - Has Supercomputing Hit the Shoulder of the Sigmoid? 1

anzha writes: Horst Simon, Deputy Director of Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory has stood up at conferences of late and said the unthinkable: supercomputing is hitting a wall and will not build an exaflop HPC system by 2020. This is defined as one that passes linpack with a performance of one exaflop sustained or better. He's even placed money on it. You can read the original presentation here.

Submission + - NASA Tightens Security in Response to Insider Threat (informationweek.com) 1

CowboyRobot writes: "NASA has closed down its technical reports database and imposed tighter restrictions on remote access to its computer systems following the arrest of a Chinese contractor on suspicion of intellectual property theft. NASA administrator Charles Bolden outlined those and other security measures in March 20 testimony before a congressional subcommittee. Bolden said he had ordered a review of the access that foreign nationals from designated countries — including China, Iran and North Korea — are given to NASA facilities and a moratorium on providing new access to citizens of those countries. The agency's actions follow the March 16 arrest of Bo Jiang, a Chinese citizen, at Dulles Airport in Washington, D.C., as he prepared to leave the United States. The FBI, in its application for an arrest warrant, said it was investigating violations of the Arms Export Control Act."

Submission + - Defcad.org seized, shut down (defcad.org) 1

An anonymous reader writes: Defcad has been shut down. The Defcad/Defensedistributed crowd has been indicted on multiple counts which can be viewed at defcad.org.

Submission + - Apple loses bid to exclude evidence in Samsung patent trial (bloomberg.com) 1

__aaltlg1547 writes: Apple loses bid to exclude evidence in Samsung patent trial Apple Inc. lost its bid to exclude evidence presented by Samsung Electronics Co. at the companies' patent trial in California about a tablet computer developed more than a decade before Apple's iPad was released in 2010. Judge Koh strikes for sanity again.

Submission + - The US Patent and Trademark Office does not comment on issued patents

An anonymous reader writes: Good morning,

Thank you very much for submitting your inquiry regarding US Patent 8,239,662 and your request for clarification regarding prior art consideration during prosecution.
The US Patent and Trademark Office does not comment on issued patents and therefore cannot answer your questions.

Please let us know if we can be of assistance to you in the future.

Kind Regards,
The Patents Ombudsman Program

-----Original Message-----
From: UccMail
To: Ombudsman Program
Subject: FW: RE: US Patent 8,239,662

Ombudsman Program,

Please reply to the below email.

Please reply directly to

-----Original Message-----

To: USPTO Info
Subject: RE: US Patent 8,239,662

To whom it may concern,

Thankyou for the info regarding the bureaucracy of patents. My previous enquiry wasn't actually a protest, third party submission or request for reexamination; it was actually merely two questions. Are you able to answer those two questions, or can you please forward them to someone who can? If nobody at the USPTO is able to answer such seemingly simple questions it would be a concern.

Thankyou again for your consideration.


On , USPTOInfo@uspto.gov wrote:
> Thank you for contacting the USPTO Contact Center.
> Protests may only be filed prior to the date the application was
> published or the mailing of a notice of allowance, whichever occurs
> first. See 37 CFR 1.291. Protests may not be filed in issued
> Third party submissions with respect to issued patents are limited to
> submissions under 37 CFR 1.501 or requests for reexamination. See 37
> 1.501 and the Manual of Patent Examining Procedure (MPEP) Chapters
> 2200 (for 1.501 submission and ex parte reexamination information)
> and 2600 (for inter partes reexamination information).
> Hyperlinks:
> MPEP Chapter 2200 -
> http://www.uspto.gov/web/offices/pac/mpep/documents/2200.htm
> MPEP Chapter 2600 -
> http://www.uspto.gov/web/offices/pac/mpep/documents/2600.htm
> If you have any further questions or if you require additional
> information, please call the USPTO Contact Center at 1-800-786-9199 or
> (571) 272-1000 and reference the following Service Request number:
> .
> -----Original Message-----
> From:
> Sent:
> To: USPTO Info
> Subject: US Patent 8,239,662
> To whom it may concern,
> With regard to recently granted US patent 8,239,662, "Network based
> operating system across devices", I would like clarification as to
> whether Novell's NetWare was considered during prior art investigation
> and why such prior art didn't result in constraining the seemingly
> broad scope of such a patent.
> Thankyou for your consideration.
> Sincerely,

Submission + - New attacks on GSM mobiles demonstrated (h-online.com)

aeturnus writes: A new attack on the GSM mobile communications protocol has been demonstrated by Karsten Nohl and Luca Melette of Security Research Labs, based off their previously published attacks around vulnerabilities in the GSM A5/1 encryption protocol. This new attack, which Nohl indicates already in use by criminals, allows an attacker to simulate a GSM mobile and use it to make calls and send text messages. Nohl also discussed protective measures users should take against these attacks, and others in use by intelligence communities around the world.

Submission + - Programming Languages Not Protected By Copyright!! (spacedaily.com)

An anonymous reader writes: Let the bodies hit the floor. In a related story, software engineers world wide were reported to be flailing about in circles crying "The sky is falling! THE SKY IS FALLING!!!!"

Submission + - Swiss Govt report: piracy not costing media compan (itworld.com)

cmarkn writes: Swiss media companies have been after the government to do something about piracy. The government studied the problem and said downloading movies and music will stay legal.

Going further, TorrentFreak reports the Swiss report found that those who download media files tend to spend more on media than those who don't. Even a Dutch government report from earlier this year, critical of downloading, admitted music downloaders went to more concerts, and game downloaders purchased more games. The idea that downloading replaces media spending has been disproved, at least according to the Swiss report.


Submission + - Australia's space future? (space.info.tm)

An anonymous reader writes: Imagine an organization competing directly with the corporate world, except that it wasn't at the mercy of greedy shareholders. Employees could be paid well, prices could be reduced to slowly drive the profiteers out of business, and remaining funds can go towards expansion and R&D. Shareholders are usually considered vital for business, but really only early on until a steady revenue stream is established. The linked website is a take on this concept, with the focus of efforts by a proposed non-profit organization being to achieve what politicians are too short-sighted and capitalism just doesn't have enough money to do; make space accessible to the average person. Imagine what could dreams could become reality if the many millions in annual profit made by a decent sized corporation (such as banks) could be put into R&D? The key: mass-marketing to drive consumer sentiment, and rapid expansion by establishment of subsidiary businesses operating like any other business, except owned and supported by a non-profit parent organization. Start-up capital would be through business loans mainly, but there are also other sources.

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