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Submission + - Corning Unveils Gorilla Glass 5, Can Survive Drops 'Up To 80% of the Time' (theverge.com)

An anonymous reader writes: Corning has unveiled their new Corning Gorilla Glass 5, which should make its way to high-end smartphones and other electronic devices later this year and into 2017. Gorilla Glass 5 is designed to improve drop performance from devices that are dropped onto rough surfaces from waist heigh to shoulder height. Corning says it can survive up to 80 percent of the time when dropped from 1.6 meters. For comparison, Gorilla Glass 4, which was released in the fall of 2014, was marketed as being twice as tough as the previous version and twice as likely to survive drops onto uneven surfaces from about a meter high. Some things to note include the fact that in Corning's tests, the 80 percent survival rate was with pieces of glass that were 0.6mm thick — Corning now makes glass as thin as 0.4mm. Depending on how thin manufacturers want the glass in their devices, the durability results may vary. Also, most of demos consisted of dropping the glass face down, rather than on its side or corner. Corning's vice president and general manger John Bayne said if the glass is dropped in such a way, it's going to depend on the overall design of the phone, not just the glass. Gorilla Glass 5 is currently in production, though the company says we'll hear more about it "in the next few months." There's no word as to whether or not the glass will be ready in time for the wave of devices expected this fall.

Submission + - Milo Yiannopoulos Permanently Suspended from Twitter

Raenex writes: Breitbart writer and conservative provocateur, Milo Yiannopoulos, was permanently suspended from Twitter amid a dust-up with Ghostbusters (2016) actress Leslie Jones. Trolls had been harassing Jones with racist tweets after the movie's opening, prompting agitated responses from Jones. Milo entered the fray with, "If at first you don't succeed (because your work is terrible), play the victim" and "EVERYONE GETS HATE MAIL FFS". After some back and forth, Milo was eventually blocked by Jones and banned by Twitter after CEO Jack Dorsey became involved.

While outlets such as TechCrunch signaled their approval, Milo summed up his banning with the following: "Twitter is intent on protecting free speech, as long as you are a Hollywood actress who bravely tweets about white people, or a New York globalist advocating for violence against Donald Trump. They’ve made it clear that being gay and conservative doesn’t get me past the velvet rope into their free speech club, which is looking more and more like the same liberal echo chamber the mainstream media turned into decades ago."

Submission + - ASN.1 Flaw Threatens Mobile Networks

Trailrunner7 writes: Researchers have identified a serious flaw that could allow an attacker to compromise a number of different devices and networks, including telecommunications networks and mobile phones, as well as a number of other embedded devices.

The vulnerability is in a specific compiler that’s used for software in several programming languages in a number of industries, including aviation, telecom, defense, and networking. The compiler, sold by Objective Systems, is for the ASN.1 standard, and one of the code libraries in the compiler contains a heap overflow vulnerability that could allow a high-level attacker to execute arbitrary code remotely on vulnerable systems. Discovered by researcher Lucas Molas, the vulnerability could affect products from a wide range of vendors who use the compiler. Right now, only products from Qualcomm are known to be affected.

Iván Arce, who leads the research team at Programa STIC of Fundación Sadosky in Argentina, of which Molas is a member, said that any exploitation of the vulnerability would need to be specific to a given target.

“In practice, aka the real world, an exploit would be highly dependent and custom-built for the actual target. Target here should be understood as an specific device brand, model and vulnerable software version. I use ‘software’ a generic term that includes embedded software, firmware, baseband, etc.,” Arce said by email.

Comment Re: Engine control firmware is tightly controlled. (Score 1) 153

Bosch didn't write that code. Volkswagen did. The original article's author is poorly informed about how the CAN-bus in VW/Audi/Seat/etc works. A simple monitor on the CAN-controller could easily compare steering angle sensor against wheels
speed and other factors, and then tell the Bosch engine controller to enter test mode.

Conspiracy, my ass. While it's plausible that people at Bosch knew this was happening, they didn't have an active hand in it. All it took was VW understanding their own "controller of controllers" architecture.

Comment Re: So which sensors? (Score 1) 153

If the OP or Charles Day had any clue whatsoever about Volkswagen products, they'd know that all these sensors are available on all cars from pretty much all platforms from 2000 forward, that they all communicate on the CAN-bus, and that they all need input from those sensors for a variety of reasons having nothing to do with engine performance, period. (Steering angle - ABS or steerable headlights; wheel speed sensor - circumferential flat detection, ABS, etc)

Comment Re: Name one original thing that Elon Musk has don (Score 1) 266

"not even an improvement over an old invention."

Right. Because the Macintosh was exactly like the Xerox Star, right down to the three-button Mouse and Smalltalk commands. Which Jobs licensed for a very agreeable amount - and he then directed the improvements that led to the popular GUI-driven personal computer.

The iMac - a minimalist, low-cost, laptop-derived machine with a CRT that was extremely easy to set up and which was design-forward - good-looking enough to put it in the center of your living area and not hide under a desk. Yeah, that was totally already done.

I wonder sometimes if Slashdot has gotten any better, then I come over and read stuff like this in the 'discussion' and realize it's just the same old, same old.

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