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Why "Designed For Security" Is a Dubious Designation

Slashdot - Wed, 15/04/2015 - 9:30pm
itwbennett writes The list of products designed to be security enhanced that turned out to be anything but seems to get longer by the day. In just the latest instance, reported by Wired last week, the crowd-funded privacy-enhancing home router Anonabox had to be recalled after an independent researcher discovered serious security flaws in the product. But security experts caution that the real problem may be bigger than vulnerabilities hidden in application code: "Designed for security products don't just have to be good. They have to be beyond reproach," explains John Dickson, a Principal at the Denim Group. "All it takes is one guy with a grudge to undo you."

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What's Meg Whitman fussing over: The fate of HP ... or the font on a DISRUPTIVE new logo?

El Reg - Wed, 15/04/2015 - 9:18pm
Thrills! Spills! Rectangles! Thinking outside the box – no

Pic  Meg Whitman, who will take the reins as CEO of Hewlett Packard Enterprise later this year, has unveiled the branding system for the soon-to-be-created company, and it's just as bland and lifeless as anyone could have anticipated.…

The Crazy-Tiny Next Generation of Computers

Slashdot - Wed, 15/04/2015 - 8:46pm
An anonymous reader writes University of Michigan professors are about to release the design files for a one-cubic-millimeter computer, or mote. They have finally reached a goal set in 1997, when UC Berkeley professor Kristopher Pister coined the term "smart dust" and envisioned computers blanketing the Earth. Such motes are likely to play a key role in the much-ballyhooed Internet of Things. From the article: "When Prabal Dutta accidentally drops a computer, nothing breaks. There’s no crash. The only sound you might hear is a prolonged groan. That’s because these computers are just one cubic millimeter in size, and once they hit the floor, they’re gone. 'We just lose them,' Dutta says. 'It’s worse than jewelry.' To drive the point home, Dutta, an assistant professor of electrical engineering at the University of Michigan, emails me a photo of 50 of these computers. They barely fill a thimble halfway to its brim."

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Oracle grunts, grimaces, pushes out 98-flaw security patch batch

El Reg - Wed, 15/04/2015 - 8:23pm
Java, Fusion Middleware, Database and MySQL and more affected

Oracle has patched nearly 100 security flaws in Java, Fusion Middleware, Database, MySQL and other products.…

How Brain Pacemakers Treat Parkinson's Disease

Slashdot - Wed, 15/04/2015 - 8:03pm
the_newsbeagle writes Pharmaceutical research for neuropsychiatric disorders hasn't produced many breakthroughs lately, which may explain why there's so much excitement around "electroceutical" research. That buzzy new field encompasses deep brain stimulation (DBS), in which an implanted stimulator sends little jolts through the neural tissue. DBS has become an accepted therapy for Parkinson's and other motor disorders, even though researchers haven't really understood how it works. Now, new research may have found the mechanism of action in Parkinson's patients: The stimulation reduces an exaggerated synchronization of neuron activity in the motor cortex.

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NASA probe sent to faraway planet finds DWARF world instead: Pics

El Reg - Wed, 15/04/2015 - 7:26pm
Three billion miles to Pluto – and forgot to hit autofocus

NASA's New Horizons spacecraft has taken the first true color photograph of Pluto and its largest moon Charon – all while speeding toward the dwarf planet at four kilometres a second (8,950 miles per hour).…

Chinese Ninebot Buys US Rival Segway

Slashdot - Wed, 15/04/2015 - 7:20pm
An anonymous reader writes Xiaomi-backed startup Ninebot, a Chinese maker of electric-powered personal transportation products, has acquired U.S. rival Segway – the two-wheeler upright scooter which has become a running joke, synonymous with various comedic appearances (such as in U.S. sitcom Arrested Development and the 2009 comedy Paul Blart: Mall Cop), and the death of its owner at the hands of an unfortunate Segway-induced cliff fall. However Gao Lufeng, chief executive, still recognizes the potential of the Segway and has bought the U.S. company for an undisclosed amount. Lufeng confirmed that Ninebot had also secured $80mn in funding from Xiaomi and venture capital firm Sequoia Capital.

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Nvidia's GTX 900 cards lock out open-source Linux devs yet again

El Reg - Wed, 15/04/2015 - 7:10pm
Digitally signed firmware makes hardware acceleration with free software a no-go

The Linux community's on-again, off-again relationship with Nvidia appears to have soured once more, amid reports that the GPU maker is back to its old tricks – and worse – when it comes to open source hardware drivers.…

2550100 ... An Illuminati codeword or name of new alliance demanding faster Ethernet faster?

El Reg - Wed, 15/04/2015 - 6:43pm
What do we want? 25GbitE. When do we want it? NOW

An alliance called 2550100 has been announced by QLogic and others to deliver faster Ethernet faster – starting with 25GbitE to deliver better-than-10gig speed without jumping all the way to 40gig.…

The Massive Linux Benchmarking Setup Is Chugging Along

Phoronix - Wed, 15/04/2015 - 6:38pm
It's going on one month now that our massive new server/benchmarking Linux and open-source benchmarking farm has been operational. So far things are going great and continuing to churn out a lot of performance data for the very latest Git code of the Linux kernel, Mesa, LLVM/Clang, and other projects on a daily basis...

Magician Turned Professor Talks About the Math Behind Shuffling Cards

Slashdot - Wed, 15/04/2015 - 6:36pm
An anonymous reader writes with this story about magician and professor of mathematics and statistics at Stanford University Persi Diaconis. "Now a professor of mathematics and statistics at Stanford University, Diaconis has employed his intuition about cards, which he calls 'the poetry of magic,' in a wide range of settings. Once, for example, he helped decode messages passed between inmates at a California state prison by using small random 'shuffles' to gradually improve a decryption key. He has also analyzed Bose-Einstein condensation — in which a collection of ultra-cold atoms coalesces into a single 'superatom' — by envisioning the atoms as rows of cards moving around. This makes them 'friendly,' said Diaconis, whose speech still carries the inflections of his native New York City. 'We all have our own basic images that we translate things into, and for me cards were where I started.' In 1992, Diaconis famously proved — along with the mathematician Dave Bayer of Columbia University — that it takes about seven ordinary riffle shuffles to randomize a deck. Over the years, Diaconis and his students and colleagues have successfully analyzed the effectiveness of almost every type of shuffle people use in ordinary life."

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Sticks and stones may break my DRONES – but I'm worth $10bn, laughs China's 'copter giant

El Reg - Wed, 15/04/2015 - 6:27pm
DJI set to be most valuable biz in RC aerial gizmos

Chinese drone company DJI could become the world's most valuable unmanned aerial vehicle biz, following a round of fundraising said to place the manufacturer's worth at a cool $10bn (£6.7bn), according to reports.…

The NVIDIA GTX 750 Will Finally Run Easy With Acceleration On Linux 4.1

Phoronix - Wed, 15/04/2015 - 6:14pm
While the GeForce GTX 900 series are in garbage shape with the open-source driver, Nouveau on Linux 4.1 does bring some improvements for the original Maxwell GeForce GTX 750 series along with the GK20A Tegra K1 graphics processors...

Startups face logjam as the trickle towards the exit turns into flood

El Reg - Wed, 15/04/2015 - 5:58pm
It's acquisition or IPO – but do it quickly, as the alternatives aren't pretty

Comment  The mass of storage start-ups is threatening to overwhelm the exit routes into the great, wide post-start-up world, dooming many to lingering deaths or outright failure.…

MIT Celebrates 10 Years of SCIgen Bogus CompSci Paper Generator With New Tool

Slashdot - Wed, 15/04/2015 - 5:52pm
alphadogg writes Three MIT grads this week are celebrating the 10th anniversary of their clever SCIgen program, which randomly generates computer science papers realistic enough to get accepted by sketchy technical conferences and publishers, with a brand new tool designed to poke even more fun at such outfits. Just a bit late for April Fool's Day, the new SCIpher program from the MIT Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Lab alums enables users to hide messages inside randomly-generated calls for papers from phony conferences whose names are so ridiculous that they sound legit. An MIT spokesman says the new tool is really just a way for geeky friends to mess with each other, whereas SCIgen pointed out major flaws in the worlds of scientific journals and conferences.

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Zend and Microsoft smoke out the real cloud devs' tools

El Reg - Wed, 15/04/2015 - 5:28pm
Better insights with fewer disruptions, promises head honcho

Goodness, doesn’t everyone want to show they're a "cloud developer’ company these days? If it’s not migration tools to the cloud for the data centre, then it’s native cloud tools that exist in the cloud, for the cloud and of the cloud.…

NVIDIA's New GPUs Are Very Open-Source Unfriendly

Slashdot - Wed, 15/04/2015 - 5:09pm
An anonymous reader writes: The Nouveau driver developers working on open-source support for the GeForce 900 Maxwell graphics cards have found this new generation to be "very open-source unfriendly" and restricting. NVIDIA began requiring signed firmware images, which they have yet to provide to Nouveau developers, contrary to their earlier statements. The open-source developers have also found their firmware signing to go beyond just simple security precautions. For now the open-source NVIDIA driver can only enable displays with the GTX 900 series without any hardware acceleration.

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Nuclear fusion simulator among boffinry tools picked for monster Summit supercomputer

El Reg - Wed, 15/04/2015 - 5:00pm
As Uncle Sam builds another nuke test number-cruncher

In November, the US government announced it will build Summit, a $325m supercomputer capable of performing 300 quadrillion calculations per second if you redline it.…

KDBUS Is Taking A Lot Of Heat, Might Be Delayed From Mainline Linux Kernel

Phoronix - Wed, 15/04/2015 - 4:49pm
Earlier this week I wrote about how it looked like KDBUS would be included in the Linux 4.1 kernel given the pull request sent to Linus Torvalds by Greg Kroah-Hartman. However, since that pull request, KDBUS is taking a lot of heat and there's calls for it to be postponed from mainlining...

Veyron Danger & Brain Motherboards Now In Coreboot

Phoronix - Wed, 15/04/2015 - 4:32pm
As a quick update to the initial Veyron motherboards being added to Coreboot, Google has now added more Veyron boards to mainline Coreboot...
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