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Submission + - Anonmous vs Arcelor-Mittal & Selfware.pl (pastebin.com)

An anonymous reader writes: Anonymous has defaced and has compromised the webserver and database of steel giant Arcelor Mittal. That is news worth mentioning but what is also worth mentioning is that the perl script they used is also in use in several other websites (hospitals — government — companies) meaning that all of them are at risk at the moment.
NASA

Submission + - Nasa launches open source portal (nasa.gov)

sproketboy writes: NASA has launched code.nasa.gov which will become a portal for NASA's open source software development activities. In its current form, it hosts a directory of the organization's open source software projects and provides documentation about NASA's open source software processes.

Submission + - ZiiLABS Unveils 100-core ZMS-40 Media Processor (hothardware.com)

MojoKid writes: "ZiiLABS, a media processor and platforms company that's also a wholly-owned subsidiary of Creative Technology, has just unveiled a 100-core ZMS-40 StemCell Media processor optimized for Android. The ZMS-40 combines 96 of ZiiLABS' StemCell media processing cores with four 1.5GHz ARM Cortex-A9 CPUs to deliver multi-tasking application and media processing performance. The ZMS-40 can deliver media capabilities to handheld devices such as tablets, including ultra-high-resolution H.264 HP decoding of up to 3840x1080 for true 1080p 3D stereo, 2560x1600 (WQXGA) display resolution support, higher-quality video encoding and immersive OpenGL ES graphics and future support for High Efficiency Video Coding (HEVC)."
Space

Submission + - US 'space warplane' spying on Chinese spacelab (theregister.co.uk)

PolygamousRanchKid writes: The US Air Force's second mysterious mini-space shuttle, the X-37B, could be spying on China's space laboratory and the first piece of its space station, Tiangong-1. Amateur space trackers told the British Interplanetary Society publication Spaceflight that the black-funded spaceplane seemed to be orbiting the Earth in tandem with Tiangong_1, or the Heavenly Palace, leading the magazine to speculate that its unknown mission is to spy on it.

First off, the Chinese spacelab wasn't launched until September 2011, some time after the second X-37B hit Earth's orbit. Secondly, you'd have to wonder why it's worth spying on the Tiangong-1. The lab is unmanned for the moment, so all there'd be to study is the technology of the craft and what experiments it's doing. Still, the US is hugely suspicious of China's space endeavours, so it's more than possible that they'd want to get a look at Tiangong-1 just in case it's doing anything unexpected.

Android

Submission + - Samsung overtakes Apple as world's biggest-selling (bbc.co.uk) 1

beaverdownunder writes: Samsung Electronics expects to report a substantial jump in profits for the final three months of 2011, thanks to record smartphone sales.

The South Korean firm said it expects operating profits for the period to be 5.2tn won ($4.5bn; £2.9bn), 73% higher than 2010.

In the second half of last year, Samsung overtook Apple as the world's biggest-selling smartphone maker.

Games

Submission + - Zombie Mind Control Game Proposed As ADHD Treatmen (techweekeurope.co.uk) 1

judgecorp writes: "MindGames has created a zombie-themed mind control game which is intended to help people improve their concentration. In the game, a zombie is trying to eat your brains with a spoon. Your only defence is to bend those spoons using only the power of your mind — and a $99.99 (£65) brainwave-reading headset."

Submission + - Pen Testing Certs - OSCP Tops All Others (mycpes.com)

oo7disco writes: There are few areas of IT that are more involved and techincal than penetration testing. Offensive Security's Certified Professional is based on their Penetration Testing Training with BackTrack course and is setting the bar for penetration testing certifications (vice the C|EH). MyCPEs.com highlighted the OSCP in their Certification Spotlight and interviewed Mati Aharoni, renowned BackTrack expert and Founder of Offensive Security.

Excerpt:

I recently conducted a short, written interview with Mati Aharoni, Founder and Lead Trainer at Offensive Security, about Offensive Security’s model for certification. Mati wrote, “What we are testing is two-fold. First, the technical skills that you have obtained in the course of training. Second, we are testing your ability to think out of the box in a real world situation. Some of the systems the students encounter in the course of the exam are not covered directly in the course of training, however by using the skills that are covered in the training, they should be able to solve the problems. While some may consider this to be unfair, we believe this is extremely important to ensure that all certified personnel have proven they do far more than simply memorize and regurgitate information.

Submission + - Damien Katz Abandons Apache CouchDB, Continues wit (infoq.com)

An anonymous reader writes: We interviewed Damien Katz who is leaving Apache CouchDB behind, moving further with Couchbase Server, and porting large portions of the code from Erlang to C/C++. We also picked up reactions from the community.

Submission + - What to do with hack attempts?

An anonymous reader writes: I manage a server for a high profile open-source project, and the server has been under attack for hundreds of times. Latelly it has been targeted by brute-force ssh attacks (using IPs from China & Russia).
What can I do? Is there a way to report these attacks?
China

Submission + - SPAM: The Chinese Economy is Now the Second Largest in t

An anonymous reader writes: In 2011 the Chinese economy overtook Japan as the second larget economy in the world. This is based off of total GDP. So the U.S. is stil number one as far as total GDP, but China is growing much faster and will surpass the United States within a generation.
Link to Original Source
Hardware

Submission + - What Does x86 Need to Compete With RISC? (hp.com)

Esther Schindler writes: "The big hint from Andy Patrizio: The problem isn't with the chip. It's everything that surrounds it.

Our previous story on Intel's RISC aspirations raised the question of whether x86 was ready to finally move into that upper echelon dominated by RISC-based systems.

The feeling, shared by OEMs and reader feedback alike, is that the chip is not the issue; it's everything around it. A server is more than a CPU, after all, and the infrastructure around it is where the real make-or-break can be found.

With the popular reaction to the story, this begged us to ask: What Does x86 Need to Compete With RISC?">What does x86, particularly Intel's Xeon 7000 line, need to compete in the world of mission-critical computing that RISC still owns?

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Submission + - Coding (and computer games) can kill you

KeithConover writes: "I am a doctor, so I am always concerned about my health, and try to do things that are healthy, such as diet and exercise. I also like to program, and have on occasion spent long hours chasing down a bug deep in my code.
I was just doing research on the topic of deep venous thrombosis (DVT; blood clots in the leg's deep, large veins) and pulmonary embolism (PE; blood clots that break off and then migrate to the lung, something that is hard to diagnose and can easily kill you) as related to long automobile drives, The question was really "how long of an automobile drive is dangerous?" But then I found something even scarier.
I ran across a good-quality article that points out that just sitting at a computer for a long time puts you at significant risk for a DVT and/or PE.
"Both the maximum time seated at work in a 24-hour period and the maximum time seated without getting up were associated with an increased risk of VTE." [venous thromboembolism]
And: "In our study, we identified that prolonged work- and computer-related seated immobility was associated with a 2.8-fold increased risk of VTE. When work- and computer-related seated immobility was expressed as a continuous variable, both the average and maximum number of hours seated during a 24-hour period were associated with VTE. For each hour longer spent seated in a day, the risk of VTE increased by about 10%. There was a non-significant 20% increased risk of VTE for each hour longer spent seated at a time without getting up."
Next time I'm coding (or playing a computer game) I'm going to set a timer. Not a computer-based timer, but a loud long-ring kitchen timer that I will place across the room!"

Submission + - Internet Acess is Not a Human Right - Possibly a C (nytimes.com)

lacaprup writes: Vinton G. Cerf contributes an Op-Ed to the New York Times today that makes the assertion that internet access is not, in fact, a human right, and may not even be a civil right (although he does concede that the argument for it as a civil right is far more compelling than the human right case). Cerf posits the correct idea that — in all cases — the internet is simply a means to obtain something much greater: speech, economic productivity, creative collaboration, etc.

Submission + - World-first hybrid shark found off Australia (yahoo.com) 2

Attila Dimedici writes: This story talks about the discovery of the first known hybrid between two shark species. The article itself is an interesting hybrid of junk science views of both Global Warming and evolution. It implies that the sharks are planning ahead by "evolving" through interbreeding with another species of shark in order to deal with the changes brought on by global warming. More importantly, it completely ignores the question of whether they will be more capable of being equiped with lasers than either of the parent species

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