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Submission + - GWU warns students about WikiLeaks use (computerworld.com) 1

dcblogs writes: Students in a George Washington University graduate program are being told that using WikiLeaks diplomatic cables may hurt their chances for a security clearance and job in government. A university memo advises students to avoid using the leaked cables as sources in their bibliographies and citations and as a workaround it suggest "using the filter" of media reports, meaning that it is ok to cite an AP account of a WikiLeaks cable, just not the cable itself. The memo said: “Students who hold or are seeking security clearances potentially risk losing that those privileges (or jobs). Those of you familiar with form SF-86 will recognize a question about unauthorized access to computer systems, and using Wikileaks may fall under that provision. Additionally, questions may arise during background interviews or polygraphs.”

Comment Re:Business vs Open Source (Score 1) 408

never has been? i suppose the iMac was a disaster for them then?

not now? perhaps they should stop making iMacs, powermacs, macbooks, macbook pros, and macbook airs.

their growth markets are consumer electronics but this doesn't make them a consumer electronics company anymore than microsoft making the zune and xbox discounts their enormous software and services lineup.


Cheap Software Tools Give New Life To Stop-Motion Animation 111

An anonymous reader writes "The NY Times reports that a wide variety of new stop motion animation tools are making it simpler to create stop-motion movies. The new tools are helping animators run more than three times faster than they did just a few years ago. Some even say that stop motion is cheaper than computer generated animation. Tools like Dragon Stop Motion, Stop Motion Pro and iKitMovie are just a few of the tools that are reinvigorating the space."

Two Unpatched Flaws Show Up In Apple iOS 171

Trailrunner7 writes "The technique that the Jailbreakme.com Web site is using to bypass the iPhone's security mechanisms and enable users to run unapproved apps on their phones involves exploiting two separate vulnerabilities. One of the vulnerabilities is a memory-corruption flaw that affects the way that Apple's mobile devices, including the iPad and iPod Touch, display PDFs. The second weakness is a problem in the Apple iOS kernel that gives an attacker higher privileges once his code is on a targeted device, enabling him to break out of the iOS sandbox. The combination of the two vulnerabilities — both of which are unpatched at the moment — gives an attacker the ability to run remote code on the device and evade the security protections on the iPhone, iPad or iPod Touch. The technique became public earlier this week when the Jailbreakme.com site began hosting a set of specially crafted PDF files designed to help users jailbreak their Apple devices and load apps other than the ones approved by Apple and offered in its official App Store."

Google TV Announced With Intel, Sony, and Logitech 224

MojoKid writes "Google's own I/O conference in California is wrapping up today, but not before the company goes out with a serious bang. Google just announced something that has been rumored for a while now: Google TV. Basically, Google is taking the Apple TV concept, but going way overboard by introducing apps, screen customization, and channel searching. Following Google's own announcement, Intel stepped in to provide some backbone to the story. Google is obviously using the big players to move Google TV forward, with Intel, DISH Network, Best Buy, and Adobe firmly on board. Google TV itself is based on Android, runs the Google Chrome browser, and will allow users to access all of their usual TV channels as well as a world of Internet and cloud-based information and applications, including Adobe Flash-based content."

Watergate "Deep Throat" Mark Felt Dead At 95 126

Hugh Pickens writes "W. Mark Felt Sr., 95, associate director of the FBI during the Watergate scandal, better known as 'Deep Throat,' the most famous anonymous source in American history, died at his home in Santa Rosa, California. Felt secretly guided Washington Post reporters Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein to pursue the story of the 1972 break-in of the Democratic National Committee's headquarters at the Watergate office buildings, and later of the Nixon administration's campaign of spying and sabotage against its perceived political enemies. 'It's impossible to exaggerate how high the stakes were in Watergate,' wrote Felt in his 2006 book A G-Man's Life. 'We faced no simple burglary, but an assault on government institutions, an attack on the FBI's integrity, and unrelenting pressure to unravel one of the greatest political scandals in our nation's history.' No one knows exactly what prompted Felt to leak the information from the Watergate probe to the press. He was passed over for the post of FBI director after Hoover's death in 1972, a crushing career disappointment. 'People will debate for a long time whether I did the right thing by helping Woodward. The bottom line is that we did get the whole truth out, and isn't that what the FBI is supposed to do?'"
The Military

Submission + - Stealth Tanks (Outside of Command and Conquer) (telegraph.co.uk)

LegoDoug writes: "The British Ministry of Defence is testing prototype technology utilizing reflective materials, cameras, and projectors that can make tanks and troops disappear. Similar efforts to create a light-bending "invisibility cloak" are underway using artificial composite materials to make light waves flow around an object."
Media (Apple)

Submission + - The iPhone is July's biggest-selling smart phone

twofish writes: "AppleInsider is reporting figures from market analyst iSuppli (no relation to Apple despite the name) that show the iPhone captured 1.8 per cent of US handset sales in July, outselling all other models of smartphone during its launch month. The article also notes that "one quarter of consumers who bought iPhones switched to AT&T service in order to do so". This is good news for Apple since when someone switches to AT&T then Apple's cut is $11 a month (versus $3/month for non-switchers)."

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