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Submission + - not on my metal ( 1

kermidge writes: From the blog of Red Hat's Matthew Garrett, machines with Windows 8 logo certification will require secure boot. Unless OEMs provide a cop out, this will prevent installing Linux, or even a retail copy of Windows. I came across this in an article at ITWorld by Brian Proffitt.;

Submission + - How Microsoft can lock Linux off W8 PCs ( 3

Julie188 writes: "Windows 8 PCs will use the next-generation booting specification known as Unified Extensible Firmware Interface (UEFI). And actually Windows 8 logo devices will be required to use the secure boot portion of the new spec. Secure UEFI is intended to thwart rootkit infections by using PKI authentication before allowing executables or drivers to be loaded onto the device. Problem is, unless the device manufacturer gives a key to the device owner, it can also be used to keep the PC's owner from wiping out the current OS and installing another option, such as Linux."

Submission + - AT&T responds to U.S. gov lawsuit blocking mer (

zacharye writes: AT&T has issued a formal response to the U.S. government’s lawsuit seeking to blocking the carrier’s $39 billion acquisition of T-Mobile USA. “We are surprised and disappointed by today’s action, particularly since we have met repeatedly with the Department of Justice and there was no indication from the DOJ that this action was being contemplated,” said AT&T Senior Executive Vice President and General Counsel Wayne Watts in a statement delivered to BGR via email...

Submission + - Justice Department blocks AT&T-T-Mobile merger ( 1

AngryDeuce writes: The Justice Department is blocking AT&T's $39 billion deal to buy T-Mobile USA, saying the acquisition of the No. 4 wireless carrier in the country by No. 2 AT&T would reduce competition and raise prices.

The deal has faced tough opposition from consumer groups and No. 3 carrier Sprint since it was announced in March.


Submission + - Could AMD Be Building ARM Processors? (

An anonymous reader writes: There is an interesting note from AMD that hints to a closer relationship with ARM. The company will be hosting a developer conference in June, ARM will be holding one of the major keynotes and it appears that AMD is making sure that we aren't ignoring the implications of this appearance. So, could AMD be building ARM processors, or is AMD just rubbing Intel's nose in it? ARM-based AMD processors for smartphones combined with AMD GPUs could be an enticing opportunity for AMD.
Open Source

Submission + - Dropbox Attempts to kill Open Source Project (

Meskarune writes: Dropbox is trying to kill the Dropship project, A useful program that allows users to import files into their accounts using hashes and bypassing the need to make files public. Dropbox sent out fake DMCA requests to all parties involved, and is banning and censoring the program.

Submission + - Verizon May Modify Your Router Admin Login 2

theMany writes: From an e-mail on April 24, 2011
Dear Valued Verizon Customer,
Good news! Below please find the description of changes to the Verizon Online Terms of Service (TOS) effective 4/19/11.
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3. Home Router Password Changes. Section 10.4 was updated to clarify that Verizon may in limited instances modify administrative passwords for home routers in order to safeguard Internet security and our network, the security and privacy of subscriber information, to comply with the law, and/or to provide, upgrade and maintain service. The administrative password for your home router is used to access the “administrative” controls for the router and to make changes to your router’s internal settings. We will use reasonable means to notify Subscribers whose home router administrative passwords are changed, which may include email notice to your Primary Email Address and/or an announcement on the My Verizon portal.
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1. Does this policy bother others like it bothers me?
2. How may a user be held responsible for their TOS obligations when Verizon can essentially prevent them from administering access to the broadband from their side of the interface? For example, Verizon could prevent user control of the wireless access point to include management of passwords, encryption/type, SSID broadcast, MAC access table, etc.
3. What are the legal implications?
4. What are the privacy implications?
5. Ref the AcionTek routers used by Verizon: Is there a way to prevent modification of the admin password at the user site that requires Verizon to actually interact with a human there — first? (internal settings, board-level jumper, etc.)

Submission + - Nokia overtaken by HTC; Moodies downrates. (

An anonymous reader writes: HTC's market valuation has overtaken Nokia's for a time according to the Wall Street Journal which made HTC the third highest valued mobile company after Apple and Samsung. The article goes on to state that this shows the power of Android which may even end up dominating Nokia's current feature phone market. This news comes on the back of Nokia's downrating by Moodies together with a warning of more to come which will make the vast R&D spend Nokia needs for WP7 even more difficult to finance.

As we remember from the Nokia Microsoft deal, Nokia is allowed to customize WP7 in ways that HTC is not. HTC's position with Microsoft is clearly humiliating so a number of analysts have been asking if Microsoft's other partners are going to review their WP7 involvement.

Desktops (Apple)

Submission + - Apple Releases Developer Preview of Mac OS X Lion (

Orome1 writes: Apple today released a developer preview of Mac OS X Lion, available to Mac Developer Program members through the Mac App Store today, and the final version of Lion will ship to customers this summer. Mac OS X Lion which features Mission Control, an new view of everything running on your Mac; Launchpad, a new home for all your Mac apps; full screen apps that use the entire Mac display; and new Multi-Touch gestures. Lion also includes the Mac App Store, a place to discover, install and automatically update Mac apps.

Submission + - NVIDIA GeForce GTX 550 Ti to launch on March 15 (

tincat7788 writes: The upcoming NVIDIA GeForce GTX 550 Ti, based on the new GF116 chipset is set to launch on March 15. Although the GF116 is a mainstream chipset, NVIDIA has chosen to name its new card the GTX 550 Ti, and not the GTS 550. Performance is expected to be up to 35% faster than the current AMD Radeon HD 5770, which also means the new card will tread into the GeForce GTX 460 family's territory. More juicy details inside.

Submission + - Umeox Unveils Solar-powered Android Phone (

Zothecula writes: You may not have heard of Chinese mobile phone maker Umeox Mobile, but odds are you’ve come across one of their handsets at one time or another without realizing it, as its phones are generally re-branded and sold by operators around the world. The company's latest offering announced this week at Mobile World Congress 2011 is due to hit stores later this year. Named after the Greek god of the sun, the Umeox Apollo sports a built-in solar panel on the back for keeping the phone running when you can’t get to an outlet – provided you can get to some sunlight, of course.

Submission + - AMD Talks GPU Gaming Physics (

arcticstoat writes: Hardware-accelerated gaming physics has been around as a concept for many years now, but it still hasn't really taken off. "I think one of the things I'm a little unhappy about is that, despite the tremendous amount of interest that we got out of Ageia, and all the hard work at Nvidia, physics is still not mainstream," says AMD's Manju Hegde, former co-founder of PhysX creator Ageia, as well as CUDA VP at Nvidia. According to Hegde, a large part of the problem with PhysX is its business model. "I think one of the issues is the model that we used, where we fixed an API and didn't allow games developers to adjust it, because we didn't want them to break the hardware acceleration," says Hegde. "It was definitely a model that's more hardware-centric for the vendor, rather than developer-centric for the content developer, and Havok by the way has a similar issue." According to Hegde, Bullet Physics offers a much more viable alternative for games developers, which could finally make GPU-accelerated physics mainstream. "Bullet is different," says Hegde, "they want you to do stuff yourself, they want you to use the API and do everything underneath it – they give you a set of functionalities, but that functionality is effectively more or less the same to everybody, and any differentiation comes from really how you use it in your game story."

Submission + - Diplomatic crisis with Argentna scales up (

hjf writes: In an unprecedented series of events, Argentine customs have confiscated US military equipment. The cargo was supposed to be part of cooperation agreements between Argentina and the US. The US had clearance for weapons and ammunition (all specified here), but Argentine customs officers found a little more than that. First reports said the boxed contained drugs (Morfin and others). US reaction to the incident was strange, with several high ranking officers demanding immediate return of the material — pretty odd for a few doses of Morfin. Later, Argentine officers stated that, besides the medication, there was "communications interception equipment" and several other "high-tech" equipment, which wasn't declared. Argentina-US relations have been deteriorating in the last few years, to the point that Obama won't visit Argentina on his south-american tour. Argentina is a member of G-20 Major Economies, currently holds Charimanship for G-77, and has been a member of the UN Security Council for several times since 1948. You can follow the Argentine Chancellor on twitter, @hectortimerman, and the President of Argentina, @CFKArgentina.

Submission + - Anonymous Releases Version of Stuxnet (

KhabaLox writes: As reported here Sunday, Anonymous obtained a version of the Stuxnet worm from an infiltration into US security firm HBGary's network. They have now released the code on the internet. From the article:

"There is the real potential that others will build on what is being released," Michael Gregg, chief operating officer of cybersecurity firm Superior Solutions, told Gregg was quick to clarify that the group hasn't released the Stuxnet worm itself, but rather a decrypted version of it HBGary had been studying — which could act almost like a building block for cybercrooks." The Stuxnet binaries can be found at The Pirate Bay.

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