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Submission + - Dridex botnet distributor now serves Avira

Iamthecheese writes: The Dridex botnet, based on spam-served Trojan, was taken down in October. Unfortunately it was a little too robust for that. The malware is still active. However. In a blogpost Avira reports its payload now consists of signed, clean copies of Avira Antivirus. Theories include white hats, but why couldn't it be the US government?

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Submission + - When genome research and fortune mix, everyone loses (medium.com)

Cuillere writes: A team of researchers from the same lab stumbled on a protein capable of slicing through DNA with unthinkable precision. But a new set of problems, unrelated to science, arose when these researchers split up seeking venture capital and new business opportunities— without first splitting their patent.

Submission + - Rust programming language commits to 6-week release cycle (opensource.com)

An anonymous reader writes: With the release of Rust 1.0 on May 15, one might ask, "What's next?" Many words have been written about the technical aspects of how the Rust language achieves its goals of memory safety without garbage collection, but less has been discussed about the project itself and how it is structured.

The web has very strong backwards compatibility guarantees, yet grows and changes all the time. To work within these constraints, evergreen web browsers have new releases every six weeks with new features and bug fixes, yet remain compatible with the existing web. Many websites themselves follow continuous integration or similar engineering principles, designed to make change easier. While a web application may be deployed dozens of times per day, desktop software updates much more rarely, often once or twice a year at most.

As such, Rust is following a similar path: 1.0 was released on May 15, the 1.1 beta was released at the same time, and the master development branch was advanced to 1.2. Six weeks later, on June 26, Rust 1.1 will come out of beta and become a stable release, 1.2 will be promoted to 1.2-beta, and the master will become the eventual 1.3.

Submission + - C Code On GitHub Has the Most 'Ugly Hacks' (itworld.com)

itwbennett writes: An analysis of GitHub data shows that C developers are creating the most ugly hacks — or are at least the most willing to admit to it. To answer the question of which programming language produces the most ugly hacks, ITworld's Phil Johnson first used the search feature on GitHub, looking for code files that contained the string 'ugly hack'. In that case, C comes up first by a wide margin, with over 181,000 code files containing that string. The rest of the top ten languages were PHP (79k files), JavaScript (38k), C++ (22k), Python (19k), Text (11k), Makefile (11k), HTML, (10k), Java (7k), and Perl (4k). Even when controlling for the number of repositories, C wins the ugly-hack-athon by a landslide, Johnson found.

Submission + - You Can Now Google Your Lost Android Phone

An anonymous reader writes: Despite all its efforts in various markets, Google is still primarily a search company. So the fact that you can now use the search engine on your desktop computer to find your lost phone is really just business as usual. If you’ve lost your Android phone, there is still an important requirement: You need to know where your computer is. The company also emphasizes you need the latest version of its main Android app for this to work. Once you’ve updated, just type in “find my phone” and let Google do what Google does best.

Submission + - Retro Overclocking: A Finnish overclocker pushes Celeron 300A to 721,17Mhz (muropaketti.com) 1

An anonymous reader writes: Celeron 300A was one of the most flexible processors of its time. Since then manufacturers have come a long way, but there was more to push when it comes to this beast from the from the late 90s. A Finnish overclocker, a founder of Muropaketti-forum, Sampsa Kurri broke what others have tried breaking multiple world records at the same time.

Mr. Kurri was able to reach astonishing 721,17Mhz using dry ice. The processor ran on ABit BE6-2 motherboard with 128mb of Mushkin High Performance Rev 3.0 memory. Windows XP was used as the operating system.

Even though, by today's standards, Celeron 300A might be obsolete, this overclock process and praparation was followed and read by thousands (as of 10th of March, the thread was read over 57000 times) proving the that there are still those of us who want to see how far we can be push the boundaries of technology.

Proof of results can be found from here: http://valid.canardpc.com/slx4...

Google translated article: https://translate.google.com/t...

( a request to Sampsa Kurri to translate the original article has been submitted)

Submission + - Video storge for time capsule

dwywit writes: I've been asked to film this year's ANZAC services in my town. This is a big one, as it's the centenary of the Gallipoli campaign, and dear to our hearts here in Oz. The organisers have asked me to provide a camera-to-projector setup for remote viewing (they're expecting big crowds this year), and a recording of the parade and various services throughout the morning. Copies will go to the local and state library as a record of the day, but they would also like a copy to go into a time capsule. I have two issues to solve: 1. a storage medium capable of lasting 50 or 100 years and still be readable, and 2. a wrapper/codec that will be available and usable when the capsule is opened. I have the feeling that a conversion to film might be the only way to satisfy both requirements — it's easy enough to build a projector, or even re-scan the images for viewing. Has anyone got a viable alternative? Cloud storage isn't an option — this is going underground in a stainless steel container.

Submission + - Conservancy Announces Funding for GPL Compliance Lawsuit (sfconservancy.org)

Jeremy Allison - Sam writes: From the article:

Software Freedom Conservancy announces today Christoph Hellwig's lawsuit against VMware in the district court of Hamburg in Hamburg, Germany. This is the regretful but necessary next step in both Hellwig and Conservancy's ongoing effort to convince VMware to comply properly with the terms of the GPLv2, the license of Linux and many other Open Source and Free Software included in VMware's ESXi products.

Submission + - Microsoft buys Israeli digital pen and touchscreen manufacturer (thestack.com)

An anonymous reader writes: According to Calcalist [http://www.calcalist.co.il/internet/articles/0,7340,L-3652273,00.html — HEBREW LANGUAGE] Microsoft will pay up to $200 million to buy the Israeli company that created the stylus devices for its Surface Pro 3. N-trig, based in the Sharon region, already has a substantial R&D department, and will form a larger one after the acquisition. Microsoft also purchased text-recognition company Equivio in January, and seems to envision a new lease of life for interpreted pen input, after the patchy performance of the Palm Pilot and similar efforts lost ground to Apple's culture of touch nearly ten years ago. Speaking last year of Apple, N-trig's Vice-President of R&D Eyal Leibovitz noted "Remember, this is the company that declared pen dead".

Submission + - You Can Now Clone Samsung's Gear VR and Test Your Virtual Reality Apps (roadtovr.com)

An anonymous reader writes: While Samsung's Gear VR headset launched in early December in the U.S., folks abroad didn't have any official means of buying the headset to test their in-development applications. Only recently has Gear VR begun making its way to countries around the world (http://bit.ly/1F2XSuK), and it's doing so slowly. For developers who don't want to wait (or DIYers who don't want to buy), some smart folks have figured out how to emulate the headset using a development board with an IMU that's been flashed with the same firmware found on the Oculus Rift DK1 headset. Plugging the board into the Note 4 (the smartphone that powers Gear VR), results in the phone recognizing the IMU as the Gear VR headset, allowing developers to test their applications and even launch the 'Oculus Home' environment, allowing access to official applications and content.

Submission + - A "comet storm" is in our future, and it isn't pretty

StartsWithABang writes: Out beyond the orbit of Neptune, hundreds of thousands of large, icy bodies stably orbit our Sun, held very tenuously by our Solar System's gravity at such great distances. For the most part, these objects leave us alone, but every once in a while, a star passes close enough to our Solar System to perturb them, sending a great number into the inner Solar System and causing a (potentially life-threatening) comet storm. There's a candidate for a huge one a few hundred thousand years from now, and a certain one coming in about 1.4 million years. Comet defense, anyone?

Submission + - Ask Slashdot: Bluetooth to USB bridge

technology_dude writes: I work at a K-12 school and Smartboard interactive white boards are a pretty prominent part of our classroom technology. Smart Technologies, the maker of the boards we own, have a bluetooth module they sell for their older boards. It consists of a plug-in module for the controller on the back of the board and a bluetooth dongle about two inches long for the PC. Their bluetooth module reportedly doesn't play well with other bluetooth devices. Our problem is that we are wanting to move to tablets where the teacher would walk around the room using the Smartboard, mostly with Windows based devices, and the two inch dongle sticking out of a tablet just doesn't seem appropriate (breaking, damaging the tablet USB port, etc).

I am looking for a device that would take a USB connection on one side and finish out the connection with Bluetooth. Something like the USB bridge adapter here (http://www.hantzundpartner.com/hannovermesse_2013/). I have yet been able to receive any replies from a couple of different email addresses on the website. IOGear makes a USB sharing station but I don't know if it will work in this situation. The Smartboard is basically a large touchpad.

I'm hoping someone here on Slashdot can point me to a solution.

Submission + - Ask Slashdot: What can I really do with a Smart Watch? 1

kwelch007 writes: I commonly work in a clean-room (CR.) As such, I commonly need access to my smart-phone for various reasons while inside the CR...but, I commonly keep it in my front pocket INSIDE my clean-suit. Therefore, to get my phone out of my pocket, I have to leave the room, get my phone out of my pocket, and because I have a one track mind, commonly leave it sitting on a table or something in the CR, so I then have to either have someone bring it to me, or suit back up and go get it myself...a real pain. I have been looking in to getting a "Smart Watch" (I'm preferential to Android, but I know Apple has similar smart-watches.) I would use a smart-watch as a convenient, easy to transport and access method to access basic communications (email alerts, text, weather maps, etc.) The problem I'm finding while researching these devices is, I'm not finding many apps. Sure, they can look like a nice digital watch, but I can spend $10 for that...not the several hundred or whatever to buy a smart-watch. What are some apps I can get? (don't care about platform, don't care if they're free) I just want to know what's the best out there, and what it can do? I couldn't care less about it being a watch...we have these things called clocks all over the place. I need various sorts of data access. I don't care if it has to pair with my smart-phone using Bluetooth or whatever, and it won't have to be a 100% solution...it would be more of a convenience that is worth the several hundred dollars to me. My phone will never be more than 5 feet away, it's just inconvenient to physically access it. Further, I am also a developer...what is the best platform to develop for these wearable devices on, and why? Maybe I could make my own apps? Is it worth waiting for the next generation of smart-watches?

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