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Beta For Thunderbird 5.0 Released
Posted by News Fetcher on June 03 '11 at 06:15 AM
By Soulskill from Slashdot's new-and-improved,-now-with-larger-numbers department:
scdeimos writes "Mozilla has announced the release of Thunderbird 5.0b1, the first in their new rapid release cycles. According to the Thunderbird Beta FAQ, Thunderbird 4 was skipped, as the program's version is now tied to the underlying Gecko engine."

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Apple Camera Patent Lets External Transmitters Disable Features
Posted by News Fetcher on June 03 '11 at 06:15 AM
By Soulskill from Slashdot's say-cheese-only-in-specially-approved-picture-zones department:
sticks_us writes with news of an Apple patent application, recently published by the USPTO, for an on-board camera system that would include circuitry for processing external infrared signals. The data received from these signals could then be used to present information to the user of the device, or even to modify the device's operation.
"For example, an infrared emitter could be located in areas where picture or video capture is prohibited, and the emitter could generate infrared signals with encoded data that includes commands to disable the recording functions of devices. An electronic device could then receive the infrared signals, decode the data and temporarily disable the device's recording function based on the command. ... In some embodiments, a device may apply a watermark to detected images as an alternative to completely disabling a recording function."

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EFF Publishes Study On Browser Fingerprinting
Posted by News Fetcher on June 03 '11 at 05:15 AM
By Soulskill from Slashdot's do-we-need-proxybrowsers department:
Rubinstien writes "The Electronic Frontier Foundation investigated the degree to which modern web browsers are susceptible to 'device fingerprinting' via version and configuration information transmitted to websites. They implemented one possible algorithm, and collected data from a large sample of browsers visiting their Panopticlick test site, which we've discussed in the past. According to the PDF describing the study, browsers that supported Flash or Java on average supplied at least 18.8 bits of identifying information, and 94.2% of those browsers were uniquely identifiable in their sample. My own browser was uniquely identifiable from both the list of plugins and available fonts, among 1,557,962 browsers tested so far."

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Judge Finds Cisco, US Authorities Deceived Canadian Courts
Posted by News Fetcher on June 03 '11 at 04:45 AM
By timothy from Slashdot's cisco-kids department:
djmurdoch writes "The Vancouver Sun reports that 'The giant computer company Cisco and US prosecutors deceived Canadian authorities and courts in a massive abuse of process to have a former executive thrown in jail, says a B.C. Supreme Court judge.' Peter Adelkeye was arrested last year as he was testifying in a special hearing in Vancouver. It turns out he was there because US authorities would not grant him permission to enter the US to testify in a civil case between him and Cisco. The Canadian judge said that almost nothing in the US Attorney's letter was true, and has overturned his extradition order. Slashdot discussed this case in April."

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OnLive To Launch In UK This Autumn
Posted by News Fetcher on June 03 '11 at 02:15 AM
By timothy from Slashdot's why-sail-across-the-atlantic department:
arcticstoat writes "Cloud-based gaming platform OnLive has announced plans to launch in the UK this Autumn, with Onlive.co.uk opening for OnLive player tag registration on 7 June. OnLive runs games on remote servers and streams them back to subscribers, but until now it's only been available in some areas of the US."

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Linux 3.0 Will Have Full Xen Support
Posted by News Fetcher on June 02 '11 at 11:30 PM
By timothy from Slashdot's complex-mellow-calm department:
GPLHost-Thomas writes "The very last components that were needed to run Xen as a dom0 have finally reached kernel.org. The Xen block backend was one major feature missing from 2.6.39 dom0 support, and it's not included. Posts on the Xen blog, at Oracle and at Citrix celebrate this achievement."

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Largest DNA-Based Computational Circuit Created
Posted by News Fetcher on June 02 '11 at 08:45 PM
By timothy from Slashdot's artificial-one-that-is department:
angry tapir writes "Researchers from the California Institute of Technology have built [abstract] what they claim is the world's largest computational circuit based on DNA (deoxyribonucleic acid), using a technology that they said could easily scale to even greater complexity."

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Motorola CEO Blames Open Android Store For Phone Performance Ills
Posted by News Fetcher on June 02 '11 at 05:45 PM
By timothy from Slashdot's I-blame-samsung department:
angry tapir writes "Motorola's CEO blamed the open Android app store for performance issues on some phones. Of all the Motorola Android devices that are returned, 70 percent come back because applications affect performance, Sanjay Jha, CEO of Motorola Mobility, said during a webcast presentation at the Bank of America Merrill Lynch Global Technology conference."

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Sony Compromised, Again
Posted by News Fetcher on June 02 '11 at 04:00 PM
By timothy from Slashdot's kicking-while-kicked department:
Konsalik writes "The hacker group LulzSec on Thursday posted information it took from Sony Entertainment and Sony BMG on its site, called the LulzBoat. Lulz Security said it broke into servers that run SonyPictures.com. The information includes about a million usernames and passwords of customers in the US, the Netherlands and Belgium and is available for download and posted on the group's site."

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Too Much Data? Then 'Good Enough' Is Good Enough
Posted by News Fetcher on June 02 '11 at 03:15 PM
By timothy from Slashdot's ready-when-it-ships department:
ChelleChelle writes "While classic systems could offer crisp answers due to the relatively small amount of data they contained, today's systems hold humongous amounts of data content — thus, the data quality and meaning is often fuzzy. In this article, Microsoft's Pat Helland examines the ways in which today's answers differ from what we used to expect, before moving on to state the criteria for a new theory and taxonomy of data."

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Simulations Show Quantum Error Not As Bad As Believed
Posted by News Fetcher on June 02 '11 at 02:30 PM
By timothy from Slashdot's not-the-airline-with-delicious-food department:
aarondubrow writes "Because quantum systems become unstable quickly, their error threshold is an important factor. How many bits can 'break' before the system stops working? An international team of researchers used the supercomputers at the Texas Advanced Computing Center to simulate the error threshold of a topological quantum system and found a much higher threshold than had previously been reported."

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Ask Slashdot: Verifying Security of a Hosted Site?
Posted by News Fetcher on June 02 '11 at 02:00 PM
By timothy from Slashdot's just-wait-for-the-spam department:
edi_guy writes "I'm getting ready to launch a small commercial website that will contain customer information in a MySQL database that will be run by a web-hosting service. While I have good experience with SQL databases from a programming point of view, I'm not an expert on securing them. Given all of the publicity around break-ins and data theft on a seemingly daily basis, it seems prudent to review this now rather than later. What are suggestions on resources that would help verify that both myself and my hosting service are following best practices on securing a database backed website?"

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Google Incrementally Dropping Support For Older Browsers
Posted by News Fetcher on June 02 '11 at 01:15 PM
By timothy from Slashdot's hey-3.5-isn't-that-old department:
AmiMoJo writes "Google announced on its blog that it is dropping support for Firefox 3.5, Internet Explorer 7 and Safari 3 from the 1st of August. In these older browsers you may have trouble using certain features in Gmail, Google Calendar, Google Talk, Google Docs and Google Sites, and eventually these apps may stop working entirely."

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World IPv6 Day On June 8
Posted by News Fetcher on June 02 '11 at 01:00 PM
By timothy from Slashdot's be-sure-to-straighten-your-cables department:
dkd903 writes "On June 8, 2011, around 300 websites will test the IPv6 readiness of the internet. The participating websites includes Google, Facebook, Yahoo and Bing. In preparation for the day, Google is notifying users to test if they are ready."

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Lack of Technology Puts Star Wars Series On Hold
Posted by News Fetcher on June 02 '11 at 12:30 PM
By timothy from Slashdot's lost-long-ago-and-far-away department:
adeelarshad82 writes "It was back in 2007 when we first heard about George Lucas making a live-action tv series focusing on characters from Star Wars. Almost four years later, it seems the idea of ever seeing this live-action show is still living in a galaxy far, far away. In a recent interview, George Lucas mentioned that the technology to produce the show in a cost-effective way doesn't exist yet, and that the cost of producing an episode is about ten times of what it should be."

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Skype Protocol Has Been Reverse Engineered
Posted by News Fetcher on June 02 '11 at 11:45 AM
By timothy from Slashdot's limited-victory department:
An anonymous reader writes "One researcher has decided he wants to make Skype open source by reverse engineering the protocol the service uses. In fact, he claims to have already achieved that feat on a new skype-open-source blog. The source code has been posted for versions 1.x/3.x/4.x of Skype as well as details of the rc4 layer arithmetic encoding the service uses. While his intention may be to recreate Skype as an open source platform, it is doubtful he will get very far without facing an army of Microsoft lawyers. Skype is not an open platform, and Microsoft will want to keep it that way."

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Inside the DOJ's Domain Name Graveyard
Posted by News Fetcher on June 02 '11 at 11:15 AM
By timothy from Slashdot's government-cheese-dot-com department:
hugheseyau writes "Between November 2010 and May 2011, the US Department of Justice (DoJ), under many banners including the US Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) and the Federal Bureau of Investigations (FBI), seized over 140 domain names from sites allegedly engaged in the 'illegal sale and distribution of counterfeit goods and copyrighted works' or other illegal activities. But what exactly happens when domains are seized in such a manner? This article provides insight into the takedown process as well as providing a unique look into the DoJ's domain name graveyard."

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Researcher Claims Magnets Can Affect Blood Viscosity
Posted by News Fetcher on June 02 '11 at 11:00 AM
By timothy from Slashdot's degaussing-or-leeching-or-both? department:
BuzzSkyline writes "A few minutes in a high magnetic field (1.3 Tesla) is enough to thin blood by 30%, potentially leading to a new drug-free therapy to prevent heart attacks. The powerful field causes blood cells to line up in chains that flow much more easily than randomly-scattered individual cells, according to research scheduled to appear this month in the journal Physical Review E." I can't help thinking of Penn & Teller's look at magnets-as-medicine, though at least the idea here described sounds testable and doesn't rely on the power of suggestion.

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Lodsys Sues 7 iPhone Devs Over Patent Infringement Claims
Posted by News Fetcher on June 02 '11 at 10:45 AM
By timothy from Slashdot's all-very-horatio-alger-villain department:
Dachannien writes "Patently-O and Ars Technica report that Lodsys has filed suit [here's the complaint] in the Eastern District of Texas against seven iPhone developers, asserting that the defendants are infringing two patents. Apple had previously indicated their belief that all iPhone developers are protected by a licensing agreement that Apple had made with the patents' former assignee, Intellectual Ventures. But Lodsys insists that the defendants are nonetheless liable for infringement. Still an open question is whether Apple will go beyond the mailing of strongly worded letters in defending third-party iPhone devs."

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AMD Opens Israeli R&D Center, Hints At ARM Link
Posted by News Fetcher on June 02 '11 at 10:15 AM
By timothy from Slashdot's beautiful-sunny-tel-aviv department:
siliconbits writes "We've learnt that AMD will open a new research and development center in Israel in the Tel-Aviv area, one which will be built around Graphic Remedy, the small startup they purchased in September 2010 and which specialises in development tools for heterogeneous computing and 3D graphics. Although the chip company hasn't published any press releases yet, the news is a clear indication that AMD sees its future (and its survival) in a more fragmented market where x86 is no longer the dominating platform."

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