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Submission + - Microsoft Redesigns CHKDSK for Windows 8, Improves NTFS Health Model (hothardware.com)

MojoKid writes: "Microsoft can't do anything to magically make hard drives stop failing when parts go bad, but Redmond is rolling out a new NTFS health model for Windows 8 with a redesigned CHKDSK tool for disk corruption detection and fixing. In past versions of the CHKDSK and NTFS health model, the file system volume was either deemed healthy or not healthy. In Windows 8, Microsoft is changing things up. Rather than hours of downtime, Windows 8 splits the process into phases that include "Detect Corruption," "Online Self-Healing," "Online Verification," "Online Identification & Logging," and "Precise & Rapid Correction.""
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Submission + - iPhone to come unlocked in France

zerojoker writes: It has been speculated already , http://apple.slashdot.org/article.pl?sid=07/10/06/2057247 , now the german newsticker heise.de reports http://translate.google.com/translate?u=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.heise.de%2Fnewsticker%2Fmeldung%2F97537&langpair=de%7Cen&hl=de&safe=off&ie=UTF-8&oe=UTF-8&prev=%2Flanguage_tools [Google Translation] that due to French consumer-laws the iPhone is going to be released in France without SIM-Lock. Apparently an agreement with Orange, one of France's largerst mobile telcos has been reached. What will this mean for the hacker-community? Going to France to buy an iPhone?

Submission + - Urchin's not dead yet (itworld.com)

jfruhlinger writes: "After Google acquired Urchin two and a half years ago, the hosted version of the product (now known as Google Analytics) has advanced by leaps and bounds, while the software package has languished, much to the dismay of customers. But a new version of the Urchin software is finally about to hit beta, nearly three years after the last one was released."

Submission + - Google's Street View could be unlawful in Europe (out-law.com)

arallsopp writes: European data protection laws restrict the commercial use of photographs where individuals are identifiable. The law sets extra requirements for so-called sensitive personal data: it demands explicit consent, not just notification. If Google's multi-lens camera cars come to Europe and inadvertently find themselves taking pictures of persons leaving a church or sexual health clinic, they may just need to pull over and start picking up signatures.

Vint Cerf on Net Security, Hacking, and Acting 45

ancientribe writes "Father of the Internet Vint Cerf talks candidly in an article on Dark Reading about his being a Googler, and the biggest problems with Internet security and what he sees as the most promising solutions. He says that he's only done a little casual hacking, and that the term 'hacker' no longer comes with the honor it once did. Cerf also reveals in this personal look at the Internet icon that his real dream was to be an actor."

Submission + - WordPress download site cracked

JavaRob writes: From the WordPress development blog: "If you downloaded WordPress 2.1.1 within the past 3-4 days, your files may include a security exploit that was added by a cracker, and you should upgrade all of your files to 2.1.2 immediately."

Fortunately, they got a tipoff, but it's not clear how long the altered download (the cracker altered a couple of files to add in remote execution capabilities) would have stayed up otherwise.

Note: the cracker did not sneak in code by posing as an OSS developer (the common FUD scare scenario...); they just managed to crack one of the site's servers, and altered the download directly.

Apparently, WordPress has taken steps to ensure it doesn't happen again. Personally, I'm wondering about ways browsers and/or operating systems might be improved to automate checksum validation for downloaded executables.

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