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Submission + - Xi3 Making Valve's Fabled Steam Box? That's News to Valve, It Turns Out (

MojoKid writes: "Earlier, we came across a hot item about Valve and their rumored Steam Box gaming console. Word came out that modular PC maker Xi3 was Valve’s hardware partner on the project and was showing off the result, a beautifully designed computer called the Piston. However, when we eagerly scooted over to Valve’s booth here at CES 2013 in Las Vegas, they told us that the story simply was not true. According to Valve, there are several--potential--hardware partners, and in fact that’s pretty much all Valve’s booth is for at CES; press wasn’t allowed in. Xi3, however, was also adamant that its Piston PC is the real deal, leaving us to conclude that Xi3 was misinformed about Valve’s commitment to its hardware."

Comment Re:Fishing for vulnerabilities (Score 1) 103

As author of GeSHi I can confirm this is basically how things played out. I sent Secunia a very irate e-mail asking them basically WTF they were smoking, and as far as I can tell they didn't publish a vulnerability for it.

They've tried on other projects I've been on, such as Mahara. They went trolling through the changelogs of old releases for the word 'security', and hit a git commit that fixed security being too tight on something - and sent an automated email saying they wanted more information about the vulnerability so they could put it in their database! They got another irate e-mail about that one.

Secunia, in my experience, are scum looking to justify their existence rather than actually help.


Submission + - Inagural New Zealand Open Source Awards held (

Nigel McNie writes: "The first ever New Zealand Open Source Awards have just been held in Wellington. These awards recognise achievement across many types of open source use, from government and business through to the project contributors and the communities built on open source technologies. Award winners include Zoomin/ProjectX for their use of OSS in business, VetLearn for OSS use in education and Chris Cormack for his role as a contributor to the Koha Integrated Library System."

Comment Re:Just like first life.... (Score 2, Insightful) 334

Man. What complete crap.

You're not wrong, in the sense that there are plenty of people who suffer from that "Just World" problem. But using it as a method to attack anyone who judges another at fault for failing to apply even the most basic thought to a a significant action does not require that you subscribe to the Just World hypothesis.

People who subscribe to that will blame another for what essentially constitute random accidents - a car hits yours when you had right of way - why didn't you do a defensive driving course? people are idiots you know!

However it's not the same thing to find fault with someone who, due to their own failure to apply common sense to a significant action, suffers loss (not the same as requiring common sense for an everyday action, attention is not always available).

It is also not the same to find fault with someone in the abstract, vs a particular person. Ie, to say that in general, those scammed by 911 mails should have known better, that the entire thing is both too dodgy and too good to be true, is not the same as berating your grandmother because it happened to her.

People are always more willing to deliver an objective assessment in the abstract, when it actually happens to your lovely old grandmother who spent years in Nigeria in her youth helping their education system the cause-and-effect of judgement suspension is easier to follow and natural sympathy for a member of your tribe comes into play.

The tragedy is that people with a strong belief that you are correct result in a less resilient population. Believers who end up in politics attempt to create a legal environment based on the idea that people cannot be trusted to think, a self-perpetuating cycle once it gets bad enough - if you don't normally have to think while going about your day to day activities, it becomes harder and harder to blame you for not thinking when anything unusual happens, so more and more things have to be regulated to the point where it is impossible to come to harm no matter how stupid the action.

Not only is such an environment unsustainable (at least given our current technology level), it is severely counter-productive. Safety is easiest to apply to a narrow range of possibilities, and thus laws are made which subsequently restrict peoples ability to act in an intelligent, but uncommon manner, resulting in heavy efficiency losses overall.

So jidar, why are you mis-representing the views of people in order to make yourself feel superior, and why are you screwing up my society?

Comment Re:What timing. (Score 1) 440

Looks like an early christmas this year. I've fixed the reasons why it wouldn't work in a subdirectory now, so it will be able to operate within a subdirectory of a virtual host from the next release.

I expect that will be in the next couple of days.

Andrew McMillan.

If Not America, Then Where? 2349

Wellington Grey asks: "Often during our heated political discussions on slashdot, several people will mention their desire to leave the country. As an American living in England, which sees much the same problems as the US, I often wonder where these Americans would go. So, I pose two questions for the restless: 1) Where would you live, if not in America and 2) What's stopping you from going?"

PowerPoint 0-Day Points to Corporate Espionage 111

Rakesgate writes "A second Trojan used in the latest zero-day attack against Microsoft Office contains characteristics that pinpoint corporate espionage as the main motive, according to virus hunters tracking the threat. This eWeek story walks through the attack, which uses a tainted 18-slide PowerPoint file, a Trojan dropper, 2 Trojans and a server in China that is used to communicate with compromised machines." From the article: "'Once this type of attack is out, it's very unusual for it to be limited to just one company. I think it's safe to assume that it's ongoing, especially since there is no patch for this vulnerability,' Huger added. Microsoft plans to issue a patch on August 8 for users of Microsoft PowerPoint 2000, Microsoft PowerPoint 2002 and Microsoft PowerPoint 2003. In the meantime, anti-virus experts are urging Microsoft Office users to be on the lookout for suspicious attachments, even those that appear to come from colleagues internally."

Data Theft and Corporate Irresponsibility? 352

cjsnell asks: "Today, I received a letter from a student loan provider notifying me that my name and social security number had been stolen along with a contractor's computer. This makes -four- agencies that have lost my personal information, in the last year. Today's letter was the most disappointing yet: the company, Texas Guaranteed, did not offer any credit report monitoring like the previous three had. Their advice? Send a letter to the credit bureaus. Gee, thanks. Clearly, mass identity theft is completely out of hand and there doesn't seem to be any government regulation for handling these situations, nor does there seem to be any punitive action against businesses that lose customers' data. Do we, as consumers, have any recourse against these businesses?"

Flickr to Grant Commercial API Key to Competitors 58

eobanb writes "The Yahoo-owned photo sharing site Flickr has come under fire recently for the perceived 'lock-in' that their API creates. Flickr's terms of service state clearly that all photos uploaded to Flickr by users are owned by their respective users, yet Flickr's API only allows uploading, not exporting. Surprisingly, Flickr developer Stewart Butterfield posted in the thread on Flickr: "I actually had a change of heart and was convinced by Eric's position that we definitely should approve requests from direct competitors as long as they do the same. That means (a) that they need to have a full and complete API and (b) be willing to give us access." This means that users will soon be able to freely move data between different photo-sharing sites, like Zooomr (which has already implemented the Flickr API), Google PicasaWeb, 23hq, or Tabblo."

Intel's 3D Transistors One Step Closer to Reality 69

An anonymous reader writes "Reducing power consumption is the name of the game in today's semiconductors and Intel today described its tri-gate transistor technology as one of the key technologies that could free the company from the trap of thinner gate insulators and increasing current leakage. Tri-gate (three gates instead of only one) could reduce the power consumption of transistors by 35% right now and drops off-voltage - one of the main sources of current leakage - by 50%. These results are the good news. The bad news is that tri-gate won't be available until 2009."

Definition of Planet to be Announced in September 200

MasaMuneCyrus writes "After over seven years of debating, the International Astronomical Union announced that it expects to announce the official definition of a planet in September. After many-a-deadlock, they handed the task of deciding exactly what a planet is to a new committee, which includes historians and educators. 'They wanted a different perspective from that of planetary scientists,' said Edward Bowell, an astronomer at Lowell Observatory who is also vice president of the IAU's Division III-Planetary Systems Sciences group. If all goes according to plan, the wording will be proposed in their 12-day General Assembly meeting in Prague."

Previewing the Performance of the Intel Conroe 114

pirate rtt writes "bit-tech has spent some time with an Intel Conroe system and has published a preview of its performance as compared to the current Intel flagship chip - the Presler 965. From the article: 'Core 2 Duo is clearly a very capable processor. We found that it was faster than the current 965 processor in most situations on the desktop, and far more proficient at gaming - an area where Intel has traditionally been weak. The added memory bandwidth that will come from having faster RAM enabled on the Core 2 Extreme chips will be an extra bonus for those looking to Conroe as a gaming platform.'"

X.Org Releases First Modular Source Roll-Up 176

NewsForge is reporting that X.Org has released their first modular roll-up release. From the article: "All X11R7.0 derivative ("modularized") releases divide the source code into logically distinct modules, separately developed, built, and maintained by the community of X.Org developers. This concentrates and accelerates development time, supporting continuous modification, testing, and publication of each module.The new modular format offers focused development, and rapid and independent updates and distribution of tested modular components as they are ready, freed from the biennial maintenance release timetable."

NASA Hopes Discovery's Move Is Not The Last 81

An anonymous reader wrote to mention the movement of the space shuttle Discovery. The upcoming mission, if it launches, is crucial to the future of American manned space flight. From the Washington Post article: "A successful flight will allow NASA to resume construction of the half-built International Space Station and possibly extend the life of the beloved Hubble Space Telescope, which has allowed humans to peer into far galaxies. But with the shuttle fleet due to retire in 2010, any serious problems during July's mission likely would bring a premature end to the shuttle program and disrupt NASA's plans to keep its skilled work force intact while a replacement spacecraft is being developed."

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