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Apple TV Hacked To Run Full-Screen iPad Apps

December 31st, 2011 12:06 admin View Comments
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Same Platform Made Stuxnet, Duqu; Others Lurk

December 31st, 2011 12:02 admin View Comments

Microsoft

wiredmikey writes “New research from Kaspersky Labs has revealed that the platform dubbed ’tilded’ (~d), which was used to develop Stuxnet and Duqu, has been around for years. The researchers say that same platform has been used to create similar Trojans which have yet to be discovered. Alexander Gostev and Igor Sumenkov have put together some interesting research, the key point being that the person(s) behind what the world knows as Stuxnet and Duqu have actually been using the same development platform for several years.” An anonymous reader adds a link to this “surprisingly entertaining presentation” (video) by a Microsoft engineer, in which “he tells the story of how he and others analysed the exploits used by Stuxnet. Also surprising are the simplicity of the exploits which were still present in Win7.” See also the report at Secureist from which the SecurityWeek story draws.

Source: Same Platform Made Stuxnet, Duqu; Others Lurk

GRAIL-A Enters Lunar Orbit

December 31st, 2011 12:56 admin View Comments
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How the Year Looked On Slashdot

December 31st, 2011 12:59 admin View Comments

Cellphones

Happy New Year! It’s that time (as of now!) for the UK, and since the Slashdot backend operates in Greenwich Mean Time, that seems as good a reason as any to welcome 2012 now instead of local midnight for any of the various U.S. time zones. Everyone has a different take on how to rank the events of the last year; read on below for a few notes on some of the goings on of the past 31,536,000 seconds (give or take). The list is pretty arbitrary, drawn from the thousand-ish stories that hit the Slashdot page in that time; please say in the comments what news hit you the hardest this year.

Source: How the Year Looked On Slashdot

How the Year Looked On Slashdot

December 31st, 2011 12:59 admin View Comments

Linux

Happy New Year! It’s that time (as of now!) for the UK, and since the Slashdot backend operates in Greenwich Mean Time, that seems as good a reason as any to welcome 2012 instead of local midnight for any of the various U.S. time zones. Everyone has a different take on how to rank the events of the last year; read on below for a few notes on some of the goings on of the past 31,536,000 seconds (give or take). The list is pretty arbitrary, drawn from the thousand-ish stories that hit the Slashdot page in that time; please say in the comments what news hit you the hardest this year.

Source: How the Year Looked On Slashdot

Edison Would Have Loved New Light Bulb Law, Says His Great-Grandson

December 31st, 2011 12:41 admin View Comments

United States

New submitter futuristic writes with a link to Thomas Edison’s great-grandson’s take on Thomas Edison and the alleged demise of the incandescent light bulb. From the article: “My great grandfather’s 100-watt incandescent will be replaced with new energy-efficient versions, including CFLs, LEDs, and — yes — new and improved incandescent bulbs. … And my great-grandfather wouldn’t have it any other way.”

Source: Edison Would Have Loved New Light Bulb Law, Says His Great-Grandson

Ford System Will Warn, Correct Lane-Drifting Drivers

December 31st, 2011 12:34 admin View Comments

AI

PolygamousRanchKid writes “Ford says its new Fusion, which will debut at the North American International Auto Show in a couple weeks, will be the first mainstream midsize sedan in North America to offer a lane departure system. Lane departure systems are aimed at warning drivers, especially drowsy ones, if their vehicles wander out of their lane. A digital camera mounted on the windshield ahead of the rear-view mirror keeps a watch. The system not only causes the steering wheel to vibrate if it senses an unintentional lane departure, it will also steer the car back into the right lane. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration estimates that 100,000 police-reported crashes occur every year as a result of drowsy drivers, leading to 1,500 deaths, 71,000 injuries and $12.5 billion in monetary losses.” I’d just like to know how hard the AI will fight if it misinterprets a driver’s intentional lane change.

Source: Ford System Will Warn, Correct Lane-Drifting Drivers

Did New Year’s Eve Well-Wishers Crash Twitter? [UPDATED]

December 31st, 2011 12:21 admin View Comments

There were reports of widespread outages of Twitter’s main Web site Saturday, with speculation centering on the problems stemming from a flood of New Year’s greetings.

We asked Twitter for comment and will update as soon as we hear back. “Our engineers have identified the issue and Twitter is now almost fully recovered,” Twitter spokesperson Carolyn Penner said in an email at 4:30 p.m. ET Saturday.

By 2:50 p.m. ET, MSNBC was reporting that the site was “slowly coming back online” and there seemed to be few problems with accessing the site and posting messages by 4:15 p.m. ET. The only official indication from Twitter that something was amiss came Saturday morning, when the company posted “Users may currently be experiencing some site issues; our engineers are working on resolving this issue” on its status microblog.

If the site goes down again — particularly as you hope to send out your New Year’s tweets as the calendar turns in your part of the world — try using an app or the mobile site. Some users reported success posting messages using clients like HootSuite, TweetCaster and Twitter’s own TweetDeck during the earlier outage.

Source: Did New Year’s Eve Well-Wishers Crash Twitter? [UPDATED]

Did New Year’s Eve Well-Wishers Crash Twitter? [UPDATED]

December 31st, 2011 12:21 admin View Comments

There were reports of widespread outages of Twitter’s main Web site Saturday, with speculation centering on the problems stemming from a flood of New Year’s greetings.

We asked Twitter for comment and will update as soon as we hear back. “Our engineers have identified the issue and Twitter is now almost fully recovered,” Twitter spokesperson Carolyn Penner said in an email at 4:30 p.m. ET Saturday.

By 2:50 p.m. ET, MSNBC was reporting that the site was “slowly coming back online” and there seemed to be few problems with accessing the site and posting messages by 4:15 p.m. ET. The only official indication from Twitter that something was amiss came Saturday morning, when the company posted “Users may currently be experiencing some site issues; our engineers are working on resolving this issue” on its status microblog.

If the site goes down again — particularly as you hope to send out your New Year’s tweets as the calendar turns in your part of the world — try using an app or the mobile site. Some users reported success posting messages using clients like HootSuite, TweetCaster and Twitter’s own TweetDeck during the earlier outage.

Source: Did New Year’s Eve Well-Wishers Crash Twitter? [UPDATED]

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Best Software For Putting Lectures Online?

December 31st, 2011 12:31 admin View Comments

Data Storage

An anonymous reader writes “I’m trying to help a school put their classes online in the way most minimally invasive to the teachers. A few environmental considerations: They don’t always have live internet in the classroom, or I’d just run to Skype. I’m hoping to make it as much one-touch start/stop as possible to start recording, stop recording, and upload to a server. I’d like to believe others here have already done something similar, so if a package or process worked for you, that would be great to hear. Not sure what if it’s all PowerPoint lectures, or if they actually use a whiteboard, and if so what the best camera would be to use (on a school budget!).”

Source: Best Software For Putting Lectures Online?

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