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Sun Pushes Emergency Java Patch 90

Trailrunner7 writes "In a sudden about-face, Sun has rushed out a Java update to fix a drive-by download vulnerability that exposed Windows users to in-the-wild malware attacks. The patch comes less than a week after Sun told a Google researcher it did not consider the issue serious enough to warrant an out-of-cycle patch and less than a day after researchers spotted live exploits on a booby-trapped Web site. The flaw, which was also discovered independently by Ruben Santamarta, occurs because the Java-Plugin Browser is running 'javaws.exe' without validating command-line parameters. Despite the absence of documentation, a researcher was about to figure out that Sun removed the code to run javaws.exe from the Java plugin. The about-face by Sun is another sign that some big vendors still struggle to understand the importance of working closely with white hat researchers to understand the implications of certain vulnerabilities. In this case, Google's Tavis Ormandy was forced to use the full-disclosure weapon to force the vendor into a proper response."

Comment Re:Forrest Mims (Score 1) 301

I'm not an EE, and started my foray into electronics 2 years ago... TAOE is WAY too deep for 90% of beginners simply because of the overwhelming mathematics in the text...the first 4 chapters however will get you started however before you get too intrenched into all of the mathematical-fu...at the same time I got the Mimms book...which was way too basic and left a lot to be desired in the explanation of WHY a circuit is built in a specific manner...

Really really really wish I could find some middle-ground...there are tons of excerpts on hundreds of websites for specific electronic applications, but even 'beginner kits' such as those from Adafruit and the like do not give detailed WHY's...but only how to solder the thing and perhaps make it do something nifty...


Child Receives Trachea Grown From Own Stem Cells 103

kkleiner writes "Doctors at the Great Ormond Street Hospital (GOSH) along with colleagues at the University College London, the Royal Free Hospital, and Careggi University Hospital in Florence have successfully transplanted a trachea into a 10 year old boy using his own stem cells. A donor trachea was taken, stripped of its cells into a collagen-like scaffold, and then infused with the boy's stem cells. The trachea was surgically placed into the boy and allowed to develop in place. Because his own cells were used, there was little to no risk of rejection. This was the first time a child had received such a stem cell augmented transplant and the first time that a complete trachea had been used."

After 2 Years of Development, LTSP 5.2 Is Out 79

The Linux Terminal Server Project has for years been simplifying the task of time-sharing a Linux system by means of X terminals (including repurposed low-end PCs). Now, stgraber writes "After almost two years or work and 994 commits later made by only 14 contributors, the LTSP team is proud to announce that the Linux Terminal Server Project released LTSP 5.2 on Wednesday the 17th of February. As the LTSP team wanted this release to be some kind of a reference point in LTSP's history, LDM (LTSP Display Manager) 2.1 and LTSPfs 0.6 were released on the same day. Packages for LTSP 5.2, LDM 2.1 and LTSPfs 0.6 are already in Ubuntu Lucid and a backport for Karmic is available. For other distributions, packages should be available very soon. And the upstream code is, as always, available on Launchpad."

Submission + - Sourceforge Bans the "Evils" from Free Software 7

neo00 writes: "Syrians, Sudanese, N. Koreans, Cubans and Iranians will now be prohbitied from downloading or contributing to FOSS projects hosted by Sourceforge.net. According to sf.net terms of use, persons residing one of the countries on which the US government imposes sanctions, will be banned from accessing the site contents. An act that violates the Freedoms of Free Software and the "No Discrimination Against Persons or Groups" from the OSS definition.
US sanctions on these countries were initiated or hardened during the administration of Bush who called them the "Axis of Evil"."

iPhone 3.1 Update Disables Tethering 684

jole writes "The newest iPhone 3.1 update intentionally removed tethering functionality from all phones operating in networks that are not Apple partners. This is not limited to hacked or jailbroken phones, but also includes expensive 'officially supported' factory-unlocked phones. To make the problem worse, Apple has made it impossible to downgrade back to a working 3.0 version for iPhone 3GS phones."

Submission + - SPAM: Academic Trouble

An anonymous reader writes: I had a problem on my academics specifically in research paper when I stumble upon this site that really help me get through my college life. I just want to say thanks a lot and just paying it forward to those who are in need of the same kind of help.

Submission + - SPAM: How Much Is Your Online Identity Worth? 1

itwbennett writes: "Answer a few questions about your personal Internet use, and a new tool from Symantec will calculate your net worth on the black market. You'll get three results: how much your online assets are worth, how much your online identity would sell for on the black market, and your risk of becoming a victim of identity theft. The tool is intended to raise consumer awareness about cybercrime, said Marian Merritt, Internet security advocate for Symantec. It's unlikely the average consumer would read an Internet Security Threat Report, she added, but a simply illustrated example might get the same point across. 'It's shocking how little value criminals place on your credit card,' she said."
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Submission + - Pedophile Social Networking Site Goes Online

An anonymous reader writes: Billing itself as the "first-ever child-love social network" ToyBOX purports to allow pedophiles to seek each other out to share "that wonderful affection for the littler ones" by way of blogs, forums and chat groups. With all the recent discussion over the Illinois prohibition of Sex Offenders from participating in social networking sites, is this the beginnings of a constitutional challenge in the making? Or is it a sign of something more sinister?

How will it be possible to know whether these pedophiles are simply talking about the latest child actor or plotting to commit the next Jaycee Lee Dugard attack? Are there some groups who simply should not be allowed access to social networking? Not even the pedophiles themselves think the site will last--a sign of danger on the horizon?

Submission + - Google to offer micropayments to news sites (computerworld.com)

CWmike writes: "Google is promoting a payments system to the newspaper industry that would let Web surfers pay a small amount for individual news stories, an idea that could help publishers struggling with the impact of the Internet. The plans were revealed in a document Google submitted to the Newspaper Association of America (NAA), which had solicited ideas for how to monetize content online, something some publishers have had difficulty with. "The idea is to allow viable payments of a penny to several dollars by aggregating purchases across merchants," Google said in the document. Google said it had no specific products to announce yet."

Submission + - SPAM: Top 10 cool satellite projects

coondoggie writes: "Whether they are monitoring the movement of Great White sharks swimming off the coast of Massachusetts or looking for asteroids streaking towards Earth, satellites are, by their very definition, cool. Here we take a look at some of the most recent technology advances and deployments in recent months. [spam URL stripped]"
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