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Submission + - Utah considers warrantless internet subpoenas (sltrib.com)

seneces writes: The Utah State Legislature is considering a bill, HB150, granting the Attorney General's Office the ability to demand customer information from internet or cell phone companies via an administrative subpoena, with no judicial review. This is an expansion of a similar law passed last year, which granted that ability when "it is suspected that a child-sex crime has been committed", and has led to more than one non-judicial request for subscriber information per day since becoming law. Pete Ashdown, owner of a local ISP and 2006 candidate for the United States Senate, has discussed his position and the effects of this bill. This would undoubtably set an uncomfortable precedent for ISPs being compelled to release subscriber information on the mere suspicion of a crime, or even "electronic communication harassment".

Submission + - Scaling algorithm bug in Photoshop/GIMP (4p8.com) 1

Wescotte writes: There is an important error in most photography scaling algorithms. All software tested have the problem: The Gimp, Adobe Photoshop, CinePaint, Nip2, ImageMagick, GQview, Eye of Gnome, Paint and Krita. Also three different operating systems were used: Linux, Mac OS X and Windows. These exceptions have subsequently been reported: the Netpbm toolkit for graphic manipulations, the developping GEGL toolkit, 32 bit encoded images in Photoshop CS3, the latest version of Image Analyzer, the image exporters in Aperture 1.5.6, the latest version of Rendera, Adobe Lightroom 1.4.1, Pixelmator for Mac OS X, Paint Shop Pro X2 and the Preview app in Mac OS X starting from version 10.6.

Photographs that have been scaled with these software have been degradated. The degradation is often faint but probably most pictures contain at least an array where the degradation is clearly visible. I suppose this happens since the first versions of these software, maybe 20 years ago.


Submission + - GMail vulnerability leaks images sent by others (wordpress.com) 1

rumith writes: Almost a year ago (December 2008), I reported a bug to Google concerning incorrect preview generation for TIFF images in GMail. The problem is that at least for some TIFF files (one such file is linked in the blog; you can use it to test my report) GMail generates a new preview every time this file is sent, and this preview doesn't correspond to the contents of the file I sent in any way. Rather, I see previews of photos (sometimes pretty embarrassing) apparently made by other users. Downloading the attached image works okay though. Get the word to Google to have the vulnerability fixed ASAP!

Disclaimer: Yes, I am the author of the blog linked. No, I have no idea why this file causes such behavior.


Submission + - Firefox Automatically Disables Microsoft Addon (pcworld.com) 1

Sasayaki writes: After it was revealed that the .net update to Firefox pushed through Windows Update left the browser vulnerable, Windows users today discovered that their browser had automatically disabled and blocked that addon (you could 'opt-in' again if you wanted). An interesting move- will Microsoft take it laying down?

Comment Re:Speaking as a user (Score 2, Informative) 433

Applications can statically link the CRT with /MT or /MTd instead of the (default) /MD and /MDd. It's pretty common, and i've found that the actual increase to binary size is very small. It often cuts down on distribution size anyway, since that allows /OPT:REF (eliminate unreferenced code) to take effect. It'd be nice if the CRT was available on all systems by default and we didn't have to worry about it, but failing that, static linking is a *necessity* for anything that doesn't use a full installer.

Submission + - Microsoft Censoring the Search Term "Sex" 4

An anonymous reader writes: One more reason not to use the new Microsoft search engine bing — apparently Microsoft is censoring search results for bing in India and other countries. If you try to search for the term "sex," along with lots of variations, from India using Microsoft's new search engine, an error message is returned that says, "the search sex may return sexually explicit content. To get results, change your search terms." There's no preference setting or toggle on or off choice, you simply cannot search for the term "sex" in India if you are using bing. While a user still can change their country and try the non-Indian version of bing, this seems like an unnecessary step and unnecessary censorship on the part of Microsoft. Apparently Google has no problem with Indians searching for the term "sex." http://thomashawk.com/2009/06/microsoft-doesnt-think-people-in-india-should-be-allowed-to-search-for-the-term-sex.html

Submission + - RSA Broken? (liveammo.com)

liveammo writes: "This is a factoring attack against RSA with an up to 80% reduction in the search candidates required for a conventional brute force key attack, and affects any cryptosystem that uses modular arithmetic including the RSA encryption algorithm, potentially symmetric ciphers such as DES which use modular multiplication and addition rounds for diffusion, and even reduction of entropy attacks against PRNG functions such as those that are used to seed TCP/IP Initial Sequence Numbers (ISNs) and DNS servers for example. Sample Erlang proof of concept factoring code is included at the end of this post, and implements the attack against the prime number multiplication process in RSA so that security enthusiasts and armchair cryptographers alike can experiment with and validate these findings. For lack of a more descriptive term and in keeping with the field of cryptanalysis' somewhat arcane nomenclature, I am referring to this attack method as a "Reduction Sieve"."

IBM Wants Patent On Finding Areas Lacking Patents 151

theodp writes "It sounds like a goof — especially coming from a company that pledged to raise the bar on patent quality — but the USPTO last week disclosed that IBM is seeking a patent for Methodologies and Analytics Tools for Identifying White Space Opportunities in a Given Industry, which Big Blue explains allows one 'to maximize the value of its IP by investigating and identifying areas of relevant patent 'white space' in an industry, where white space is a term generally used to designate one or more technical fields in which little or no IP may exist,' and filling those voids with the creation of additional IP."

Comment Re:I want real High Quality (Score 2, Interesting) 368

But pretty much anyone with decent equipment *can* hear the difference between 24bit and 16bit, or 48khz and 96khz. That is a pretty well established fact, and not nearly as controversial as mp3 encoding quality. Audio CDs are generally encoded as 48khz, 16bit, 1411kbps PCM audio - which the majority of modern soundcards (including onboard cards) can outdo in recordings (though obviously they lack in other areas). For comparison, get one of the few albums available in DVD Audio and compare them to the CD - especially at high volumes.

The downside is that 4 minutes of 2 channel music in 24/96 is 65.5MB in FLAC (bitrate of 2275kbps). Quite a bit heavier than CD quality audio.

But i'm also one of those people that is very convinced I can hear the difference between most MP3 and lossless, so you might want to take my opinion as slightly biased ;)

OLPC To Be Distributed To US Students 338

eldavojohn writes "The One Laptop Per Child Project plans to launch OLPC America in 2008 , to distribute the low-cost laptop computers originally intended for developing nations to needy students here in the United States. Nicholas Negroponte is quoted as saying, 'We are doing something patriotic, if you will, after all we are and there are poor children in America. The second thing we're doing is building a critical mass. The numbers are going to go up, people will make more software, it will steer a larger development community.'"

Submission + - Warcraft designs quest for 10-year-old with cancer

destinyland writes: "Blizzard Entertainment is creating a new quest in World of Warcraft for a 10-year-old boy who's fighting brain cancer. The boy's father said the 7-hour visit was the first time he'd seen "contentment and peace" on his son's face — and the second time was when he read warm emails he'd received from Warcraft players online. The Make-a-Wish Foundation arranged the 7-hour meeting with the game's lead designer, who will implement the boy's quest in four weeks. (Players search for a dog modelled after the boy's own pet.) And an online fund was just established if you also want to make a contribution to the boy's medical quest."

Submission + - EverQuest II embeds Mozilla browser

An anonymous reader writes: EverQuest II's next release will include an embedding of the Mozilla browser. It's currently live on the test server and has a few issues that will hopefully be resolved before release.

http://forums.station.sony.com/eq2/posts/list.m?st art=15&topic_id=347230

Some interesting uses of the browser such as automatically searching for quest hints are being discussed on the interface board:

http://www.eq2interface.com/forums/showthread.php? t=7846

Submission + - Teacher Convicted of Exposing Students to Popups

Bulldozer2003 writes: "A Connecticut teacher has been convicted and faces up to 40 years in prison after children in the classroom saw pornographic popups on a computer. Her defense, backed up by a computer consultant, says that malware from a hair-styling site brought up the popups. Possibly caused by the school's expired firewall/antivirus license. The prosecution argued she went to offending sites herself. From the article:
"Amero says that before her class started, a teacher allowed her to e-mail her husband. She says she used the computer and went to the bathroom, returning to find the permanent teacher gone and two students viewing a Web site on hair styles.
Amero says she chased the students away and started class. But later, she says, pornographic images started popping up on the computer screen by themselves. She says she tried to click the images off, but they kept returning, and she was under strict orders not to shut the computer off.
"What is extraordinary is the prosecution admitted there was no search made for spyware — an incredible blunder akin to not checking for fingerprints at a crime scene," Alex Eckelberry, president of a Florida software company, wrote recently in the local newspaper. "When a pop-up occurs on a computer, it will get shown as a visited Web site, and no 'physical click' is necessary."

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