By Unknown Lamer from Slashdot's symbolics-wants-your-brains department
In his first accepted submission, MaxShaw
writes "repl.it is an online REPL that supports running code in 15+ languages, from Ruby to Scheme to QBasic, in the browser. It is intended as a tool for learning new languages and experimenting with code on the go. All the code is open sourced under the MIT license and available from GitHub."
(previously used to build Doom for the browser
). All evaluation occurs client side, but saved sessions are stored on their server.Read Replies (0)
By Unknown Lamer from Slashdot's we-have-the-technology department
An anonymous reader writes with a UW news item about a really neat new transistor design. From the release: "Human [sic, probably meant Electronic] devices, from light bulbs to iPods, send information using electrons. Human bodies and all other living things, on the other hand, send signals and perform work using ions or protons. Materials scientists at the University of Washington have built a novel transistor that uses protons, creating a key piece for devices that can communicate directly with living things. Among the many potential areas for application is that of prosthetic limbs."
The paper's abstract
is available, but the full paper is unfortunately Paywalled. The Rolandi research group
has a few other neat projects in related areas.Read Replies (0)
By Unknown Lamer from Slashdot's faster-faster-faster department
writes with an article in Extreme Tech about the ever quickening pace of Firefox development. Quoting the article: "Mozilla, not content with its monumental shift from four major builds in five years down to a new stable build every six weeks, is looking at outputting a new release every five weeks, or perhaps even less. Christian Legnitto, a project manager at Mozilla (and currently the 'release manager' of Firefox), announced the intention to shift to a shorter release cycle on Mozilla's planning mailing list. In response to one developer citing the success of the six-week release cycle, and asking whether it would be feasible to speed it up even further, Legnitto said: 'Yes, I absolutely think in the future we will shorten the cycle.' There are still some pains to overcome, though, such as add-on maintenance, testing, and localization — and ultimately, as browsers become more like operating systems, do we really want something as important as Firefox receiving a new major version every 5 weeks?"
In other news, it looks like Firefox is losing users faster than ever
despite (because of?) the new rapid release cycle.Read Replies (0)
By Unknown Lamer from Slashdot's only-thoughtcriminals-use-encryption department
First time accepted submitter CaVp writes with an article in The Register about an exploit that appears to affect all browsers and can decrypt an active TLS session. From the article: "Researchers have discovered a serious weakness in virtually all websites protected by the secure sockets layer protocol that allows attackers to silently decrypt data that's passing between a webserver and an end-user browser."
A full disclosure is scheduled for Friday September 23rd at the Ekoparty conference
. Note that this only affects SSL 2.0 and TLS 1.0; unfortunately most web servers are misconfigured to still accept SSL 2.0, and TLS 1.1 and 1.2 have seen limited deployment. The practicality of the attack remains to be determined
(for one it isn't very fast, but if the intent is just to decrypt the data for later use that isn't an impediment).Read Replies (0)
By timothy from Slashdot's now-that-you've-heard-from-mitnick department
Attorney Jennifer Granick has defended many high profile hackers, including researcher Christopher Soghoian, creator of a fake boarding pass generator
(2006); Michael Lynn versus Cisco/ISS
(2005); Jerome Heckenkamp; and Luke Smith and Nelson Pavlosky in Online Policy Group v. Diebold Election Systems
(now Premier Election Solutions), a copyright misuse case related to electronic voting. Granick also won an exemption from the U.S. Copyright Office in 2006 allowing phone unlocking despite the anti-circumvention provisions of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act, which set the stage for renewal of the exemption and for the jailbreaking exemption in 2009
. At Stanford, Granick worked with Lawrence Lessig on constitutional copyright cases and taught six years worth of law students about computers, technology and civil liberties. While Civil Liberties Director at the EFF, Granick started the Coders' Rights Project
and participated in litigation against ATT and the federal government for violation of surveillance regulations. Now an attorney at ZwillGen PLLC, Granick assists individuals and companies creating new products and services. And now, she's graciously agreed to answer your questions. Please, as usual, ask as many questions as you'd like
, but only confine each question to a separate post.Read Replies (0)
By timothy from Slashdot's first-we-hypothesize-a-problem department
Gunkerty Jeb writes "In a keynote speech at the United Security Summit, Stephen Dubner, co-author of Freakonomics, drew parallels between the increasingly popular (and successful) practice of software vendors offering bug bounties and a new industry springing up in Johannesburg, South Africa, where the population has recently found itself beset with a growing rat problem. In order to help mitigate their rodent problem, officials in Johannesburg began offering a small monetary rewards for each dead rat turned in. It was wildly successful, and it didn't take long for fresh batch of entrepreneurs to pop up and exploit the situation. Of course, I'm talking about rat farming. Evidently, business minded individuals have taken to breeding rats, only to kill them and turn them in for rewards. Obviously, rat farming is somewhat unscrupulous, but security researchers are doing the same thing: breeding bugs in the lab, then leading them to the slaughter for a nice payday. And it's a good thing."Read Replies (0)