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  • Understanding the Flame Malware

    05/31/2012 4:36:58 AM PDT · by ShadowAce · 6 replies
    eSecurity Planet ^ | 29 May 2012 | Sean Michael Kerner
    While most Americans enjoyed a long holiday weekend, researchers in the security community were working around the clock to unravel the mysteries of one of the most intimidating pieces of malware code ever found.Known by the names Flame, Flamer, and sKyWIper, the malware is significantly more complex then either Stuxnet or Duqu -- and it appears to be targeting the same part of the world, namely the Middle East.Preliminary reports from various security researchers indicate that Flame likely is a cyberwarfare weapon designed by a nation-state to conduct highly targeted espionage. Using a modular architecture, the malware is capable of...
  • Need Help Finding Download For Acer Aspire Screensaver [Vanity]

    05/30/2012 10:21:40 PM PDT · by Lmo56 · 9 replies
    5/31/2012 | self
    Trying to find download for Acer Aspire Animated Screensaver - accidentally deleted mine. This is the one with the New Age Jellyfish Ballet music - very soothing ... Website I used to get it from no longer hosts the file ... Appreciate any help !!!
  • "Flame" computer virus strikes Middle East; Israel speculation continues

    05/30/2012 10:03:45 AM PDT · by Signalman · 10 replies
    CBS News ^ | 5/29/2012 | AP
    AP) LONDON - A massive, data-slurping cyberweapon is circulating in the Middle East, and computers in Iran appear to have been particularly affected, according to a Russian Internet security firm. Moscow-based Kaspersky Lab ZAO said the "Flame" virus was unprecedented both in terms of its size and complexity, possessing the ability to turn infected computers into all-purpose spying machines that can even suck information out of nearby cell phones. "This is on a completely different level," Kaspersky researcher Roel Schouwenberg said in a telephone interview Tuesday. "It can be used to spy on everything that a user is doing." The...
  • REVEALED: Hundreds of words to avoid using online if you don't want the government spying on you

    05/30/2012 9:15:43 AM PDT · by mamelukesabre · 18 replies
    drudge ^ | 04:32 EST, 26 May 2012 | Daniel Miller
    Revealing: A list of keywords used by government analysts to scour the internet for evidence of threats to the U.S. has been released under the Freedom of Information Act The Department of Homeland Security has been forced to release a list of keywords and phrases it uses to monitor social networking sites and online media for signs of terrorist or other threats against the U.S. The intriguing the list includes obvious choices such as 'attack', 'Al Qaeda', 'terrorism' and 'dirty bomb' alongside dozens of seemingly innocent words like 'pork', 'cloud', 'team' and 'Mexico'. Released under a freedom of information request,...
  • Fedora 17 Final is declared GOLD!

    05/29/2012 9:14:13 AM PDT · by re_nortex · 12 replies
    Fedora Project ^ | Thu May 24 19:17:15 UTC 2012 | Robyn Bergeron
    At the Fedora 17 Final Go/No-Go meeting today, the F17 Final Release (RC4) was declared GOLD and ready for GA on May 29, 2012. Thanks to everyone who came today, and to everyone who helped get the Beefy Miracle ready for public devouring. :)
  • Announcing Fedora 17. Relish it.

    05/29/2012 9:10:23 AM PDT · by ShadowAce · 8 replies
    Linux Today ^ | 29 May 2012 | Red Hat
    "At the heat of a thousand hot dog cookers, the seventeenth release of Fedora shall be forged by contributors the world over, and it will be known as: Beefy Miracle. The mustard shall indicate progress. For six months, participants in the Fedora Project shall freely contribute to the release of the distribution, in the spirit of the Four Foundations -- Freedom, Friends, Features,  and First -- and moreover, they shall relish in Fun, as a community without Fun would be like a day without sunshine. Upon release, a free and open source operating system shall be available to  all, catering...
  • Good News Everyone...

    05/28/2012 8:35:40 PM PDT · by Dallas59 · 25 replies
    Youtube ^ | 5/26/2012 | Youtube
    They've invented a toaster that actually looks like it's from the 21st century...
  • Security backdoor found in China-made US military chip

    05/28/2012 7:52:40 PM PDT · by Pelham · 50 replies
    Information Age ^ | May 28, 2012 | staff
    Cambridge University researchers find that a microprocessor used by the US military but made in China contains secret remote access capability A microchip used by the US military and manufactured in China contains a secret "backdoor" that means it can be shut off or reprogrammed without the user knowing, according to researchers at Cambridge University's Computing Laboratory. The unnamed chip, which the researchers claim is widely used in military and industrial applications, is "wide open to intellectual property theft, fraud and reverse engineering of the design to allow the introduction of a backdoor or Trojan", they said. The discovery was...
  • Landmark calculation clears the way to answering how matter is formed

    05/28/2012 12:11:23 PM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 21 replies ^ | May 25, 2012 | Cindy Weiss
    May 25, 2012 By Cindy Weiss EnlargeThomas C. Blum, Associate Professor, Physics. Credit: Daniel Buttrey/UConn ( -- An international collaboration of scientists, including Thomas Blum, associate professor of physics, is reporting in landmark detail the decay process of a subatomic particle called a kaon – information that may help answer fundamental questions about how the universe began. Ads by GoogleSix Sigma — Black Belt - Get Trained & Six Sigma Certified. Flexible, Top Program 100% online. - research, reported online in the March 30, 2012 Physical Review Letters, used breakthrough techniques on some of the world’s fastest supercomputers to...
  • Is Facebook going to buy Opera, make its own browser?

    05/28/2012 10:50:16 AM PDT · by EveningStar · 35 replies
    Los Angeles Times ^ | May 25, 2012 | Salvador Rodriguez
    The Facebook spending spree may be continuing as a new report says the social networking giant might be looking to buy Norwegian company Opera Software.
  • Big Blue supers crunch kaon decay

    05/28/2012 8:00:37 AM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 28 replies
    The Register ^ | 28th May 2012 00:14 GMT | Richard Chirgwin
    Looking at the fundamental properties of matter can take some serious computing grunt. Take the calculation needed to help understand kaon decay – a subatomic particle interaction that helps explain why the universe is made of matter rather than anti-matter: it soaked up 54 million processor hours on Argonne National Laboratory’s BlueGene/P supercomputer near Chicago, along with time on Columbia University’s QCDOC machine, Fermi National Lab’s USQCD (the US Center for Quantum Chromo-Dynamic) Ds cluster, and the UK’s Iridis cluster at the University of Southampton and the DIRAC facility. The reason so much iron was needed: the kaon decay spans...
  • Meth Labs and Dead Dogs: How the Founder of McAfee Antivirus Went on the Run in Belize

    05/25/2012 3:05:43 PM PDT · by Daffynition · 36 replies
    Gizmodo ^ | April 26, 2012 | Mat Honan
    ...For those of you who follow the news in Central America, you will know that I am in hiding in an undisclosed location in Belize. Hiding out is no fun. I've always wondered why people on the run turn themselves in in many cases. I now know the answer - boredom. I am in a one room house in an uninteresting location. I have not been outdoors for 5 days. I have no cable or satellite TV and I have three DVDs - "The Human Stain", "Tierra" and "Naked". I have no books. I do have an Ipad but no...
  • Free Republic still blocked in Massachusetts Public Schools

    05/25/2012 6:23:55 AM PDT · by pabianice · 31 replies
    Massachusetts Public Schools | 5/25/12
    A friend who is a long-suffering teacher at a Massachusetts public school called to let me know that the state's schools remain proudly moronic and bigoted. She notes that when one tries to open Free Republic on any school computer, they get a message warning them that the site is blocked for being unsuitable for viewing. However, Daily Kos, Democratic Underground, Huffington Post, Obama for Re-election, and other "balanced" sites can be opened at the click of a few keys. My friend mentors a club at her school. She says the kids are bright and inquisitive but filled with total...
  • Sorry, Facebook Investors: It's Mostly Your Fault

    05/25/2012 5:38:22 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 12 replies
    Motley Fool ^ | 05/25/2012 | By Morgan House
    Stop me if you've heard this one. Thousands of largely novice investors line up for what's been billed as "the opportunity of a lifetime" to buy a "can't-miss" investment destined for easy gains. Pundits take position and say it's worth buying at "any price." People whisper in anticipation over how much they'll make. Fifty percent? Double their money? More? In the end, the floor drops out and they're left with hefty losses -- totally predictable losses. Furious investors want answers. What went wrong, they ask? The answer is usually complicated, but has a common denominator: You overpaid. Fell for the...
  • Google is cleared of Java patent infringement in Android

    05/24/2012 9:54:29 PM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 6 replies
    The Inquirer ^ | Thu May 24 2012, 10:31 | Lawrence Latif
    ENTERPRISE VENDOR Oracle has lost its alleged Java patent infringement case against Google after the jury returned a unanimous verdict that Oracle had failed to prove patent infringement in Android by Google. Oracle's lawsuit against Google started falling apart just weeks after it was filed, with lengthy and often comical pre-trial proceedings leaving little of Oracle's case standing. Nevertheless Oracle continued to throw money at the case, however now the jury has returned a verdict that clears Google of infringing Java patents in its Android operating system.Judge William Alsup has yet to rule on whether the Java language APIs are...
  • Signs The World Is Coming To An End: “Trayvoning” Trend Sweeping Facebook

    05/24/2012 10:33:55 AM PDT · by procrustes · 16 replies
  • Apple filing claims that the DOJ's ebook lawsuit 'sides with monopoly, rather than competition'

    05/24/2012 9:50:34 AM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 5 replies ^ | May 23, 2012 05:47 pm | Nathan Ingraham
    Just as it did in public statements, Apple's taking a strong stance in its defense against alleged price-fixing actions in concert with major ebook publishers. In US District Court filing yesterday, Apple claimed that "the Government's Complaint against Apple is fundamentally flawed as a matter of fact and law," going on to say that "Apple has not 'conspired' with anyone, was not aware of any alleged 'conspiracy' by others, and never 'fixed prices.'" Apple even acusses the government of "[siding] with monopoly, rather than competition."All in all, it's quite the strenuous defense. Unsurprisingly, Apple claims its entry into the eBook...
  • Craigslist Crew Attempts Casino Heist ( Vegas Hit Planned...needed help )

    05/24/2012 9:34:35 AM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 14 replies
    Hardocp ^ | Wednesday May 23, 2012 | Steve
    When you are trying pull off a casino heist, advertising on Craigslist probably isn't the best way to round up a crew. A man who said a Craigslist ad led him to take part in an attempt to steal high-stakes chips from a Vegas Strip casino amid a cloud of pepper spray is facing an evidence hearing in June. Comments
  • PC version of Diablo III sets record

    05/24/2012 8:58:50 AM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 11 replies
    Fudzilla ^ | Thursday, 24 May 2012 08:19 | David Stellmack
    Moves 3.5 million copies in first 24 hours Whoever said that PC gaming is dead has to be crazy, as the PC version of Diablo III has set a new sales record. The game moved an amazing 3.5 million copies in the first 24 hours of release, which makes it now the fastest selling game in PC history and the biggest PC game launch in history. The game also got an added bump of another 1.2 million World of Warcraft Annual Pass users who received the game as part of a Blizzard promotion. Blizzard has now confirmed that sales...
  • Motorola may get(X-Box ) 360 banned in U.S. ---Patent Wars

    05/24/2012 8:51:41 AM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 6 replies
    Fudzilla ^ | Thursday, 24 May 2012 08:23 | David Stellmack
    Microsoft may have to post bond equal to 7% of unsold inventory The patent battle between Microsoft and Motorola has hit another interesting bump in the road, with administrative Judge David Shaw saying that sales of the Xbox 360 should be banned in the U.S. “Sale of machines should be prevented with a cease-and-desist order and Microsoft should post a bond equal to 7% of the declared value of unsold Xbox 360 inventory that is already in the country,” said Shaw. Microsoft countered that 7% was far too high and suggested 2.5%. Motorola told the Judge that Microsoft should have...