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Submission + - Absolute Computrace rootkit revisited - Situation is now much much worse (

An anonymous reader writes: 5 years after the Computrace Bios Rootkit that infected more than 60% of laptops was covered on Slashdot, new research indicates that the rootkit is now pre-installed and pre-enabled on even more laptops, hidden from bios menu, phones home 1 minute after first windows login and is hard coded to be ignored by major anti-virus software.

What was marketed as an "anti-theft feature" has now become a default backdoor, all major brand laptops are affected, nothing it safe anymore.

Submission + - NASA physicist, artist unveil an enterprising warp-speed craft design

mrspoonsi writes: Thanks to a NASA physicist, the notion of warp speed might just travel out of sci-fi and into the real world.
NASA's Harold White has been working since 2010 to develop a warp drive that will allow spacecraft to travel at speeds faster than light — 186,000 miles per second. White, who heads NASA's Advanced Propulsion Team, spoke about his conceptual starship at a conference last fall. But interest in his project reached a new level this week when he unveiled images of what the craft might look like. Created by artist Mark Rademaker, who based them on White's designs, the images show a technologically detailed spacecraft that wouldn't look out of place in a "Star Trek" movie. Rademaker says creating them took more than 1,600 hours. In his speech, White described space warps as faraway galaxies that can bend light around them. "There's no speed limit on the expansion and contraction of space, You can actually find a way to get around what I like to call the 11th commandment: Thou shall not exceed the speed of light."

Submission + - How to complete the equivalent of a Computer Science BS for free online

An anonymous reader writes: I am a middle school math teacher and I also run a programming club. I recent completed my M.Ed in math education and was inspired to try to do the new GT online MS in Computer Science in a couple of years. I have some background in programming: 2 intro to comp sci course, Java, C++, Python, they main scripting languages and a bunch of math background. I also read through this great article on getting these pre-requisites completed through coursera but unfortunately you need to wait for courses to enroll. I would like to just learn these on my own time, no credit necessary. Suggestions?

Submission + - Windows XP To Still Get Security Updates -- In China (

jfruh writes: Microsoft has been trying to wean users off of Windows XP for years, and on April 8 the company will drop support and stop security updates for the twelve-and-a-half-year-old OS. But Chinese users will still be able to get support, thanks to partnerships with several Chinese security vendors. Windows XP is still the OS of choice for a majority of Chinese Internet users, not least because it's been widely pirated over the years.

Submission + - Red Sleeve Linux 6 (EL6 for ARM) Released (

An anonymous reader writes: After a lengthy test phase (it initially surfaced in 2012), Red Sleeve EL6 has just been released along with updates that bring it up to date with similar EL6 distributions (although none of the other EL6 distrubutions are for ARM). With the rising popularity of ARM based hardware in recent months this could be welcome news for those who prefer RPM based distributions but dislike the short deprecation cycle of Fedora. Maintainers also provide a list of packages they had to modify from upstream versions, with all patches conveniently provided. According to a recent message on the mailing list, an EL7 build is also in the pipeline.

Submission + - Bitcoin Transactions Carrying Wikileaks Files, Code, Pictures

An anonymous reader writes: Secret messages have been hidden in Bitcoin transactions since the first one 2009. By using hexadecimal messages hackers have found a way to send files. Since the blockchain is shared by every computer in the transaction, it is possible to retrieve these messages. On his blog, Ken Shirriff shares messages he's found, from pictures and Python code to a 2.6 Mbs Wikileaks manual.

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