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Submission + - Romania Jails Ex-Minister Over Microsoft Licenses

rastos1 writes: Romania’s high court of cessation and justice on Thursday jailed the former telecommunications minister, Gabriel Sandu, for two years for money laundering, abuse of office and bribery involving the lease of Microsoft IT licenses for schools. Prosecutors said there was manifest corruption in the contract worth 105 million US dollars, which was to supply Microsoft Office licenses to schools and other public institutions between 2004 and 2009.

The anticorruption prosecutors said the four men got millions of euros in bribes from representatives of a company that was distributing Microsoft licenses. This firm was controlled by Claudiu Florica. He had got a 65 percent discount for the licenses from Microsoft, but the state paid full the full price. The price difference was used to pay various public sector officials.

Submission + - Programmer automates his job (

rastos1 writes: There was a programmer who left for another company, the type of guy that "if something — anything — requires more than 90 seconds of his time, he writes a script to automate that."

After the guy left for a new job, his former coworkers were looking through his work and discovered that the guy had automated all sorts of crazy things, including parts of his job, his relationships, and making coffee.

Submission + - Google ending gmail. (

rastos1 writes: Something rather interesting is happening at the domain right now. Google has started notifying users of its experimental ‘Inbox By Gmail’ service that this has replaced their Gmail account
The pop-up appears when Inbox users login and states “Thanks for trying Inbox! To make it easier we’ve updated Gmail to redirect you here”.

Submission + - Here's a Real-Time Map of All the Objects in Earth's Orbit (

rastos1 writes: It started as a passion project in April for 18-year-old James Yoder, an alum of FIRST Robotics, the high school robotics competition. He wanted to learn more about 3D graphics programming and WebGL, a JavaScript API. It’s, a real-time, 3D-visualized map of all objects looping around Earth, from satellites to orbital trash. In total, tracks 150,000 objects. Type in a satellite name to scope out its altitude, figure out its age, group satellites by type, and so on.

Submission + - Google Chrome May Have Stealthily Downloaded An Audio Listener To Your Computer (

rastos1 writes: In an article published on the website Privacy Online News, Rick Falkvinge, founder of the first Pirate Party, makes the claim that Google is stealthily downloading audio listeners onto every computer that runs Chrome. The software is able to transmit audio data back to Google, meaning that Google can eavesdrop on conversations in your bedroom when your computer is running Chrome. According to Falkvinge, Google is doing this without user consent.

Submission + - 95 per cent of American airport checkpoints ineffective (

rastos1 writes: Undercover US agents were able to smuggle mock explosives and weapons through 95 per cent of American airport checkpoints, a damning report has shown, according to ABC News.

Airport screeners, who are employees of the Transportation Security Administration (TSA), did not detect banned weapons in 67 of 70 tests at dozens of airports.

Submission + - Does NSA have a "Dick Pic Program" ? (

rastos1 writes: Did you ever had a problem explaining pervasiveness off government surveillance to other people? Edward Snowden agrees:

It's real challenge to figure out how do we communicate things that required sort of years and years of technical understanding and compress that into seconds of speech. I'm so sympathetic to the problem.

Fortunately John Oliver helps him out and interviews E. Snowden. Also about the Dick Picture Program in the Last Week Tonight

Submission + - Mesmerizing Quake demake runs on a decades-old oscilloscope (

rastos1 writes: Before Wiis and PlayStations, before you boasted about how many bits your console had, and before Ralph Baer's Odyssey first hit Sears shelves, a bored physicist at the Brookhaven National Laboratory cobbled together a little digital diversion called Tennis for Two. Those early days of gaming were spent lobbing a lurid green ball back and forth across a tiny oscilloscope screen, so it's only appropriate that you can now tear through Quake's corridors on a similarly screwy screen.

If there ever was submission that deserves the tag 'hardhack' this is it.

Submission + - Another hint for Kryptos

rastos1 writes: Four years ago Jim Sanborn, the sculptor who created the wavy metal pane called Kryptos that sits in front of the CIA in Langley revealed a clue for breaking the last remaining part of the encrypted message on Kryptos. The clue was: BERLIN.

But the puzzle resisted all all decryption efforts and is still unsolved.

To honor the 25th anniversary of the Wall’s demise and the artist’s 69th birthday this year, Sanborn has decided to reveal a new clue to help solve his iconic and enigmatic artwork. It’s only the second hint he’s released since the sculpture was unveiled in 1990 and may finally help unlock the fourth and final section of the encrypted sculpture, which frustrated sleuths have been struggling to crack for more than two decades. The next word in the sequence is: “clock”.

Submission + - Intel processors fails at math. Again.

rastos1 writes: In a recent blog, software developer Bruce Dawson pointed out some issues with the way the FSIN instruction is described in the “Intel® 64 and IA-32 Architectures Software Developer’s Manual.”, noting that the result of FSIN can be very inaccurate in some cases, if compared to the exact mathematical value of the sine function.

Bruce Dawson says: I was shocked when I discovered this. Both the fsin instruction and Intel’s documentation are hugely inaccurate, and the inaccurate documentation has led to poor decisions being made. ... Intel has known for years that these instructions are not as accurate as promised. They are now making updates to their documentation. Updating the instruction is not a realistic option.

Intel processors had a problem with math in past

Submission + - UK legalises music, film and e-book back-ups (

rastos1 writes: A law has come into effect that permits UK citizens to make copies of CDs, MP3s, DVDs, Blu-rays and e-books. Consumers are allowed to keep the duplicates on local storage or in the cloud.
While it is legal to make back-ups for personal use, it remains an offence to share the data with friends or family. Users are not allowed to make recordings of streamed music or video from Spotify and Netflix, even if they subscribe to the services.
Thirteen years after iTunes launched, it is now legal to use it to rip CDs in the UK.

Submission + - 5 years old bug in Linux kernel fixed ( 1

rastos1 writes: Ars Technica takes a look at serious bug in the Linux kernel that was introduced in 2009. "The memory-corruption vulnerability, which was introduced in version 2.6.31-rc3, released no later than 2009, allows unprivileged users to crash or execute malicious code on vulnerable systems, according to the notes accompanying proof-of-concept code available here. The flaw resides in the n_tty_write function controlling the Linux pseudo tty device." This flaw has been identified as CVE-2014-0196.

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