By Unknown Lamer from Slashdot's before-the-heat-death-of-the-universe department
Landing his first accepted submission, qpgmr writes "AES, generally thought to be the gold standard for encryption, is showing weaknesses. From Computerworld: 'Researchers from Microsoft and the Dutch Katholieke Universiteit Leuven have discovered a way to break the widely used Advanced Encryption Standard, the encryption algorithm used to secure most all online transactions and wireless communications.'"
The full paper has lots of details
. Note that it would still take a few billion years with current computers to actually break anything, but there may be further vunerabilities
yet to be discovered.Read Replies (0)
By Unknown Lamer from Slashdot's digital-science-is-fun department
An anonymous reader writes "I love the idea of getting an ebook reader primarily for reading research journal papers. However I've heard bad things about the handling of pdf's on the major ones. I don't particularly care for color, but having an e-ink display and the ability to handle pdf/ps docs without conversion would be a major pluse I'd even be open to a hacked kindle running Linux if it were practical. Does any good solution exist?"
A few months ago I found the Asus Eee Note
(some folks even figured out how the software works
and got it to run other Qt apps), but my hopes were dashed when I learned they had killed it before it even made it to the US. It seems right now that this particular niché is not being served: or is it?Read Replies (0)
By Unknown Lamer from Slashdot's there-can-be-only-one department
A number of readers submitted rumors about a few announcements HP was to make today. Now that has actually happened and the news looks grim. For starters they are exiting the tablet and phone market
and repositioning webOS for use in appliances and vehicles. While confirming they are in talks
to acquire Autonomy
, they also announced they are considering exiting the PC hardware business
entirely in order to focus on their software business.Read Replies (0)