By Soulskill from Slashdot's it's-marketing-all-the-way-down department
points out a story at ZDNet about how the naming of security vulnerabilities and exploits has evolved
into branding and awareness campaigns. Heartbleed set the trend early this year, having a distinct name and logo to represent a serious security problem. It seemed to work; the underlying bug got massive exposure, even in the mainstream media. This raises a new set of issues — should the response to the disclosure of a vulnerability be dependent on how catchy its name is? No, but it probably will be.Heartbleed charmed the public, and in a way, it was designed to do so. By comparison Shellshock, POODLE (aka clumsy "Poodlebleed"), Sandworm, the secretively named Rootpipe, Winshock, and other vulns seem like proverbial "red headed stepchildren" — despite the fact that each of these vulns are critical issues, some are worse than Heartbleed, and all of which needed fast responses. The next "big bug" after Heartbleed was Shellshock — real name CVE-2014-6271. Shellshock didn't have a company's pocketbook or marketing team behind it. So, despite the fact that many said Shellshock was worse than Heartbleed (rated high on severity but low on complexity, making it easy for attackers), creating a celebrity out of Shellshock faced an uphill climb.Read Replies (0)
By Sol Fury from TFW2005
Hot on the heels of Masterpiece Sunstorm reaching Germany, TFW2005 member Nevermore reports that Masterpiece Grimlock has arrived in Germany. Spotted in a Toys 'R Us store in Duisburg, Germany, Masterpiece Grimlock like Sunstorm before him features the US English packaging, with only a sticker giving multilingual information about the batteries.
Keep up to date with the latest sightings in your area in our Transformers Sightings
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By Mechafire from TFW2005
TFW2005 translator SydneyY has come through one again, providing us with a translation of the recent Hironori Kobayashi interview supplied in the latest issue of Figure King
. The interview mostly deals with Kobayashi's development of Transformers: Legends Arcee (The Takara release of Generations Deluxe Arcee)
Check out the full details after the break!Read Replies (0)
By Soulskill from Slashdot's working-to-end-eternal-september department
New submitter lx76
writes:The International Telecommunications Union does research on telecommunications in society worldwide, from cellphones to internet use. Since 2009, on a yearly basis, they've released their research findings in a report called the Measuring Information Society Report. This year's report is over 200 pages long, illustrated with abundant graphs and tables (PDF). It's not a light read. But one of the interesting numbers is an index showing the divide in global connectivity. From the report: "Over the past year, the world witnessed continued growth in the uptake of ICT [Information and
Communication Technology] and, by end 2014, almost 3 billion people will be using the Internet, up from 2.7 billion at end 2013..... Despite this encouraging progress, there are important digital divides that need to be addressed: 4.3 billion people are still not online, and 90 per cent of them live in the developing world."
The report continues, "As this report finds, ICT performance is better in countries with higher shares of the population living in urban areas, where access to ICT infrastructure, usage and skills is more favorable. Yet it is precisely in poor and rural areas where ICTs can make a particularly significant impact." Projects like Google's Project Loon have their work cut out for them."Read Replies (0)
By Matty from TFW2005
The Evangelion crossover version of Masterpiece Optimus Prime (MP-10) is being released in Japan and to go along with its release the TakaraTomy webpage
has updated with new art of the crossover character and a 4th installment to their ongoing story. We currently only have a Google translation of the story for right now, which you can see after the jump.
If you were one of the few to preorder this figure from Japan be sure to share in-hand pics when you receive Eva Mode Prime!Read Replies (0)
By Soulskill from Slashdot's there's-an-app-for-everything-these-days department
writes: Terry Davis, a schizophrenic programmer, has spent 10 years building an operating system to talk to God. He's done this work because God told him to. According to the TempleOS charter, it is "God's official temple. Just like Solomon's temple, this is a community focal point where offerings are made and God's oracle is consulted." [The TempleOS V2.17 welcome screen] greets the user with a riot of 16-color, scrolling, blinking text; depending on your frame of reference, it might recall DESQview, the Commodore 64, or a host of early DOS-based graphical user interfaces. In style if not in specifics, it evokes a particular era, a time when the then-new concept of "personal computing" necessarily meant programming and tinkering and breaking things.Read Replies (0)
By Josh Tolentino from Japanator
Free stuff is great
, isn't it? That's likely what you all were thinking when you signed on to our giveaway with Moenovel
for free Steam copies of If My Heart Had Wings
! Sadly, we only had five copies to give away, and we've just chosen them, thanks to the power of random selection.
Congratulations to our lucky handful, whose names and user accounts were selected out of the pool of correct answers to the contest question:
You lucky handful, you! You'll be contacted soon via email with your Steam keys!
For the rest of you, if you're still interested in the game, it's available right now
And remember: When in doubt, the answer is probably "Keifuu Academy". That's good life advice right there.Read Replies (0)