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Security

Submission + - PunkSPIDER Project Releases Hundreds of Thousands of Website Vulnerabilities (hyperiongray.com)

punk2176 writes: "As part of ShmooCon 2013, the open source development organization Hyperion Gray is releasing the PunkSPIDER project search engine. PunkSPIDER is a free, searchable repository of vulnerabilities across over 4 million domains and aims to expand the results to include a larger portion of the Internet. The project's goal is to provide an easy way for the general public to know if the sites that they use are secure or if they should look for alternate solutions.

The project has been released early. As part of the project, Hyperion Gray is releasing its vulnerability scanning engine that works on a Hadoop distributed computing cluster as open source free software and asking for donations to expand the project."

Programming

Submission + - Ask slashdot: spreadsheet with decent programming language?

slartibartfastatp writes: "Spreadsheets are very flexible tools for data analysis and transformations, the obvious options being MS Excel and LibreOffice. However, I found increasingly infuriating to deal with the VBA--dialect functions or (even worse) its translated versions. Is there any spreadsheet that allows usage of a decent programming language in its formulae? I found PySpread intriguing, but still very beta (judging from its latest release version 0.2.3). Perl or even javascript would be better options than =AVERAGE(). The slashdot community knows any viable alternatives ?"
Microsoft

Submission + - BYOD nightmare: iOS devices hobble Exchange servers when they synch (networkworld.com)

coondoggie writes: "Microsoft and Apple recommend that businesses deny certain iPhones, iPads and iPods access to Calendar items until the companies can clear up a problem that slows Exchange servers to a crawl when the devices try to synch. The problem reveals itself to end users as an error message when they try to update items with Exchange Server 2010 that says "Cannot Get Mail" and "The connection to the server failed," according to a Microsoft support notification. The only option presented to users is to choose "OK," Microsoft says."
Science

Submission + - Scientist removed from EPA panel due to industry opposition (pbs.org)

Beeftopia writes: The relationship between regulator and regulated is once again called into question as industry pressure leads to a scientist's removal from an EPA regulatory panel. From the article:

"In 2007, when Deborah Rice was appointed chair of an Environmental Protection Agency panel assessing the safety levels of flame retardants, she arrived as a respected Maine toxicologist with no ties to industry. Yet the EPA removed Rice from the panel after an intense push by the American Chemistry Council (ACC), an industry lobbying group that accused her of bias. Her supposed conflict of interest? She had publicly raised questions about the safety of a flame retardant under EPA review."


IOS

Submission + - What Features Belong in a "Smartwatch" Like Apple's Rumored iWatch? (slashdot.org)

Nerval's Lobster writes: "If the rumors are true, and Apple is indeed hard at work on a newfangled timepiece (dubbed the "iWatch"), what unique features could such a device offer a public already overloaded with all sorts of handheld devices? Answer that question, and you’re perhaps one step closer to figuring out why Apple—again, if the rumors are true—decided to devote millions of dollars and the precious hours of some very smart people in the effort. This article suggests voice control (via Siri), biometrics, mobile payments, and other possible features, but there must be loads of others that someone could think up."
Google

Submission + - Google Labs Offers Table-Based Search Results (oreilly.com) 1

blackbearnh writes: "Google just released Google Squared into the Google Labs playground. Google Squared lets you get results back in row and column format, and then add more columns to the result set. There's a brief tour of the features over on O'Reilly Radar, where the judgement is that there's lots of rough edges, but a huge amount of potential, especially for quick and dirty table generation for reports."

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