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Ask Slashdot: How Do You Protect Data On Android?
Posted by News Fetcher on July 28 '11 at 02:30 PM
By timothy from Slashdot's big-ax-and-many-many-guns department:
Gibbs-Duhem writes "It makes me very nervous that my Android phone has access to my email/AIM/G-talk/Facebook, protected only by a presumably fairly easily hacked geometric password protection scheme. Even more because simply attaching the phone to a USB port allows complete access to the internal memory and SD card regardless of whether a password is entered. I have no idea how much of that information ranging from cached emails to passwords stored in plaintext is accessible when mounting the device as a USB drive, and that worries me."

For the rest of Gibbs-Duhem's question about issues in Android security, read on below.

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Senators Want Secret Warrantless Wiretap Renewal
Posted by News Fetcher on July 28 '11 at 02:00 PM
By timothy from Slashdot's hey-who-can-blame-'em? department:
An anonymous reader writes "A group of Senators are meeting in secret today, while most people are focused on the 'debt ceiling' issue, in order to try to rush through a renewal of the FISA Amendments Act, which expressly allowed warrantless wiretapping in the U.S. The law isn't set to expire until next year, but some feel that the debt ceiling crisis is a good distraction to pass the extension without having to debate the issue in public. The meeting is being held in secret, but it's not classified, so people can demand to know how their Senator voted."

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Debian Wheezy To Have Multi-Architecture Support
Posted by News Fetcher on July 28 '11 at 01:00 PM
By timothy from Slashdot's install-whereever department:
dkd903 writes "Debian has announced that they are <a>introducing support for multiarch in Debian Wheezy</a>. Multiarch support means that a Debian system will be able to install and run applications built for a different target system."

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3D Nausea Solved By Eye-Tracking
Posted by News Fetcher on July 28 '11 at 12:15 PM
By timothy from Slashdot's vomiting-cures-it-sometimes department:
An anonymous reader writes "If you are like me, then the slightest disparity in those 3D movies causes nausea — and I know it does with thousands of others too. LG claims to have solved the problem with a new technology that uses eye-tracking, similar to those red-eye detectors in digital cameras, adjusting the 3D display so that you don't get sick. Due to be available in LG's glasses-free 3D computer monitor it also displays normal 2D stuff, so even if you don't use the 3D much it might be worth a try. I plan on buying one of the 20-inch monitors this fall when it becomes available in the U.S. (It's only in Korea now.) If it works as advertised great; if not, at least I can still use it as a regular monitor."

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Girls Go Geek Again
Posted by News Fetcher on July 28 '11 at 12:00 PM
By timothy from Slashdot's what's-the-goal-you-have-in-mind department:
nessus42 writes "Computer science has always been a male-dominated field, right? Wrong. In 1987, 42% of the software developers in America were women. And 34% of the systems analysts in America were women. Women had started to flock to computer science in the mid-1960s, during the early days of computing, when men were already dominating other technical professions but had yet to dominate the world of computing. For about two decades, the percentages of women who earned Computer Science degrees rose steadily, peaking at 37% in 1984.... And then the women left. In droves. ...it looks like women are now returning to computer science."

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Another Cell Phone-Cancer Study Emerges
Posted by News Fetcher on July 28 '11 at 11:30 AM
By timothy from Slashdot's let's-just-stick-with-this-one department:
oxide7 writes "Since the advent of cellular phones, researchers have pondered whether a connection exists between cell phone usage and brain cancer. New evidence always seems to emerge to support or refute such a link. On Wednesday, another study was added to the list. A European study involving nearly 1,000 participants found no link between cell phone use and brain tumors in children and adolescents. This marks the 3rd study this month and the 4th major one this year, all with different conclusions"

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35 Million SK Telecom Accounts Stolen By Chinese Hackers
Posted by News Fetcher on July 28 '11 at 10:45 AM
By timothy from Slashdot's where's-that-great-firewall-when-needed? department:
eldavojohn writes "South Korea's SK Telecom has revealed that earlier this week hackers stole 35 million account details from two sites. A portal called Nate Portal that provided e-mail services and a social networking site called CyWorld were the two targets by hackers who, SK Telecom claims, used IP addresses originating from China. From the article, 'The stolen data included user IDs, passwords, social security numbers, names, mobile phone numbers and email addresses. Nate said the social security numbers and passwords are encrypted so that they are not available for illegal use.'"

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Oracle Announces Java SE 7
Posted by News Fetcher on July 28 '11 at 10:15 AM
By timothy from Slashdot's java-from-oracle-still-seems-strange department:
vivin writes "Oracle has announced the release of Java SE 7. This is the first release of Java under the stewardship of Oracle."

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War Texting Lets Hackers Unlock Car Doors Via SMS
Posted by News Fetcher on July 28 '11 at 10:00 AM
By timothy from Slashdot's could-come-in-handy-when-locks-fail department:
alphadogg writes "Software that lets drivers unlock car doors and even start their vehicles using a mobile phone could let car thieves do the very same things, according to computer security researchers at iSec Partners. Don Bailey and fellow iSec researcher Mathew Solnik say they've figured out the protocols that some of these software makers use to remote control the cars, and they've produced a video showing how they can unlock a car and turn the engine on via a laptop. According to Bailey, it took them about two hours to figure out how to intercept wireless messages between the car and the network and then recreate them from his laptop. Bailey will discuss the research at next week's Black Hat conference in Las Vegas, but he isn't going to name the products they've hacked — they've looked at two so far — or provide full technical details of their work until the software makers can patch them."

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Why Your Dad's 30-Year-Old Stereo Sounds Better Than Yours
Posted by News Fetcher on July 28 '11 at 09:15 AM
By samzenpus from Slashdot's and-the-candy-tasted-better-too department:
asto21 writes "Cnet's Steve Guttenberg sheds light on this interesting development that over the years, actual sound quality became a secondary selling point since most people started buying their equipment either online or from big box retailers. People started caring more about the number of connections and wireless interfaces and wattage of systems. As a result, there was less money in R&D budgets to spend on advancements in sound."

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Sniffer Hijacks SSL Traffic From Unpatched IPhones
Posted by News Fetcher on July 28 '11 at 08:00 AM
By samzenpus from Slashdot's patch-your-phone department:
CWmike writes "Almost anyone can snoop the secure data traffic of unpatched iPhones and iPads using a recently-revised nine-year-old tool, a researcher said as he urged owners to apply Apple's latest iOS fix. If iOS devices aren't patched, attackers can easily intercept and decrypt secure traffic — the kind guarded by SSL, which is used by banks, e-tailers and other sites — at a public Wi-Fi hotspot, said Chet Wisniewski, a security researcher with Sophos. 'This is a nine-year-old bug that Moxie Marlinspike disclosed in 2002,' Wisniewski told Computerworld on Wednesday. On Monday, Marlinspike released an easier-to-use revision of his long-available 'sslsniff' traffic sniffing tool. 'My mother could actually use this,' he said."

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GE Bets On Holographic Optical Storage
Posted by News Fetcher on July 28 '11 at 07:15 AM
By samzenpus from Slashdot's putting-all-your-bits-in-one-basket department:
Lucas123 writes "Years after announcing they had developed holographic optical disc technology that could store 500GB of data, GE this week said they're preparing to license the technology to manufacturing partners. At the same time, InPhase, which failed to actually get its holographic disc product out the door for years, says GE's product is nothing more than a 'science project,' and it's own optical disc is almost ready to go to market — again. But, as one analyst quipped, the old joke about optical disc is that that 'there's more written about optical disc than stored on it.'"

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McCain Decries "Hobbits," Accused of Ringbearing
Posted by News Fetcher on July 28 '11 at 07:00 AM
By samzenpus from Slashdot's 7-rings-for-the-legislative-branch department:
Oxford_Comma_Lover writes "Senator McCain decried Tea Party 'Hobbits' on Wednesday for their failure to support the GOP's debt deal, at times reading from a WSJ editorial that began the analogy. The Tea Party fired back, with a prominent member noting on CNN that McCain had been corrupted by the ring of power. The full text of his floor remarks should be in the Congressional Record later today."

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What Happens After the Super-Hero Movie Bubble?
Posted by News Fetcher on July 28 '11 at 06:30 AM
By CmdrTaco from Slashdot's reboot-retool-recycle department:
mattnyc99 writes "In the wake of a not-that-exciting Comic-Con come some (perhaps premature) reports on the so-called "Death of Superheroes" — what one financial group calls "the top of the (comic book) character remonetization cycle." In response, Esquire.com's Paul Schrodt has an interesting look down Hollywood geek road. From the article: "What happens after The Avengers, or Christopher Nolan's third and final Batman movie — after we've seen all there is to see of the best comic-book blockbusters ever made?""

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British ISP Ordered To Block Links to Pirate Site
Posted by News Fetcher on July 28 '11 at 05:45 AM
By CmdrTaco from Slashdot's political-censorship-next department:
An anonymous reader writes "A UK High Court judge has ruled that BT must block access to a website which provides links to pirated movies. Justice Arnold ruled that BT must use its blocking technology CleanFeed — which is currently used to prevent access to websites featuring child sexual abuse — to block Newzbin 2. 'Currently CleanFeed is dealing with a small, rural road in Scotland,' ISPA council member James Blessing told BBC Radio 4's PM programme. 'Trying to put Newzbin and other sites into the same blocking technology would be a bit like shutting down the M1. It is not designed to do that.' Digital rights organisation the Open Rights Group said the result could set a "dangerous" precedent. "Website blocking is pointless and dangerous. These judgements won't work to stop infringement or boost creative industries. And there are serious risks of legitimate content being blocked and service slowdown. If the goal is boosting creators' ability to make money from their work then we need to abandon these technologically naive measures, focus on genuine market reforms, and satisfy unmet consumer demand," said ORG campaigner Peter Bradwell."

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Google Announces Google CDN
Posted by News Fetcher on July 28 '11 at 05:00 AM
By CmdrTaco from Slashdot's well-isn't-that-interesting department:
leetrout writes "Google has introduced their Page Speed Service which 'is the latest tool in Google's arsenal to help speed up the web. When you sign up and point your site's DNS entry to Google, they'll enable the tool which will fetch your content from your servers, rewrite your webpages, and serve them up from Google's own servers around the world.'"

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Solar Energy Is the Fastest Growing Industry In the US
Posted by News Fetcher on July 28 '11 at 04:15 AM
By Soulskill from Slashdot's exploiting-the-sun's-hard-labor department:
Hugh Pickens writes "According to Rhone Resch, the last three years have seen the U.S. solar industry go from a start-up to a major industry that is creating well-paying jobs and growing the economy in all 50 states, employing 93,000 Americans in 2010, a number that is expected to grow between 25,000 to 50,000 this year (PDF). In the first quarter of 2011, the solar industry installed 252 megawatts of new solar electric capacity, a 66 percent growth from the same time frame in 2010. Solar energy is creating more jobs per megawatt than any other energy source (PDF) with the capability, according to one study, of generating over 4 million jobs by 2030 with aggressive energy efficiency measures. There are now almost 3,000 megawatts of solar electric energy installed in the U.S., enough to power 600,000 homes. In the manufacturing sector, solar panel production jumped 31 percent. 'The U.S. market is expected to more than double yet again in 2011, installing enough solar for more than 400,000 homes,' writes Resch. 'Last year, the industry set the ambitious yet achievable goal of installing 10 gigawatts annually by 2015 (PDF) – enough to power 2 million more homes each and every year.'"

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Ubisoft Brings Back Always-Connected DRM For Driver: San Francisco
Posted by News Fetcher on July 28 '11 at 02:45 AM
By Soulskill from Slashdot's back-by-popular-demand department:
Last year Ubisoft introduced DRM for their PC games that required a constant internet connection, going so far as to terminate single-player games if the connection was interrupted. After facing outrage, boycotts, and DDoS attacks, Ubisoft seemed to have softened their stance, issuing a patch for two games that allowed offline play. Unfortunately, it seems the change wasn't permanent; Ubisoft's upcoming racing game Driver: San Francisco marks the return of the contentious DRM.

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South Korean Scientists Create Glowing Dog
Posted by News Fetcher on July 28 '11 at 01:30 AM
By samzenpus from Slashdot's how-much-is-that-glowing-dog-in-the-window department:
cultiv8 writes "A research team from Seoul National University (SNU) said the genetically modified female beagle has been found to glow fluorescent green under ultraviolet light if given a doxycycline antibiotic. The researchers, who completed a two-year test, said the ability to glow can be turned on or off by adding a drug to the dog's food. 'The creation of Tegon opens new horizons since the gene injected to make the dog glow can be substituted with genes that trigger fatal human diseases,' the news agency quoted lead researcher Lee Byeong-chun as saying. He said the dog was created using the somatic cell nuclear transfer technology that the university team used to make the world's first cloned dog, Snuppy, in 2005."

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Study: 5% of Mobile Gamers Willing To Spend $50+
Posted by News Fetcher on July 28 '11 at 12:30 AM
By Soulskill from Slashdot's fool-and-his-money department:
derGoldstein tips a story at AllThingsD about a study into mobile gamers' spending habits:
"[The study] provides a fairly compelling argument as to why a developer should continue to give away his or her games for free ... After evaluating the spending habits of 3.5 million consumers across both iOS and Android, Flurry found that among those who pay for in-app transactions, greater than five percent will spend more than $50, which rivals the amount paid at retail for top console and PC games."

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