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Killer ChAraCter HOSES <small>almost</small> all versions of Reader, Windows

El Reg - Wed, 24/06/2015 - 7:30am
Google Project Zero bod drops 15 remote code execution holes

Get patching: Google Project Zero hacker Mateusz Jurczyk has dropped 15 remote code execution vulnerabilities, including a single devastating hack against Adobe Reader and Windows he reckons beats all exploit defences.…

Wind River VxWorks patches some TCP sequence spoofing bugs

El Reg - Wed, 24/06/2015 - 6:56am
1995 called, wants its vulnerability back

Intel-owned embedded software outfit Wind River has been caught with an embarrassing bug in its VxWorks OS.…

Dell lobs more irons into the hyperconverged market fire

El Reg - Wed, 24/06/2015 - 6:30am
More Xeon in less space

Dell's fired its next hyperconverged gun, announcing the PowerEdge C6320 - which it says targets big data and heavy workload applications.…

Another System For Tracking The Linux Kernel's Performance

Phoronix - Wed, 24/06/2015 - 6:17am
Yet another system has been added to our continuously growing basement server farm that tracks the performance of various upstream open-source projects on a daily basis. Meet system number 58!..

Ask Slashdot: Is C++ the Right Tool For This Project?

Slashdot - Wed, 24/06/2015 - 6:13am
ranton writes: I am about to start a personal project which I believe should be done in C/C++. The main reasons I have for this are the needs to manage memory usage and disk access at a very granular level and a desire to be cross-platform. Performance is also important but I am unlikely to spend enough time optimizing to be much faster than core libraries of higher level languages. On the other hand, network access is also a critical part of the project and I am worried about the effort it takes to make cross platform code for both network and disk access. I have been working in the Java / C# world for the past decade and things like TCP/IP and SSL have just been done for me by core libraries. Do libraries like Boost or Asio do a good job of abstracting these aspects away? Or are there other options for doing granular memory and disk management with more high level languages that have better cross-platform library support? I am willing to brush up on my C/C++ skills if necessary but want to spend as much time as possible developing the unique and potentially innovative parts of my project. Thanks for any advice you can provide.

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Raising a stink in court: Innocent poo banditry warehousers win $2.2m

El Reg - Wed, 24/06/2015 - 6:06am
Employer DNA demand evidently not the dung thing

An Atlanta jury has wiped away the troubles of two warehouse workers who had been accused of devious defecation.…

Understanding the network energy efficiency challenge

El Reg - Wed, 24/06/2015 - 5:30am
Dr Kerry Hinton ticks off seven key energy-saving techs for El Reg

At the end of last week, the GreenTouch telco energy-efficiency consortium told a presumably-glittering event in New York that its five-year project to design more energy-efficient telecommunications has been a success.…

Google to take another shot at a free Wi-Fi business

El Reg - Wed, 24/06/2015 - 4:56am
Chocolate Factory takes a trip in the self-driving DeLorean

Google side-project Sidewalk Labs is buying the companies running New York's LyncNYC project that offers public Wi-Fi from payphones, in the hope of one day achieving World DominationTM.…

WikiLeaks: NSA Eavesdropped On the Last Three French Presidents

Slashdot - Wed, 24/06/2015 - 4:10am
Earthquake Retrofit writes: The NY Times is reporting that WikiLeaks has released "material which appeared to capture officials in Paris talking candidly about Greece's economy, relations with Germany — and, ironically, American espionage." The information was leaked "a day before the French Parliament is expected to definitively pass a controversial security bill legalizing broad surveillance, particularly of terrorism suspects."

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JavaScript Developers Will Appreciate The Latest Fedora 23 Proposals

Phoronix - Wed, 24/06/2015 - 4:00am
Developers have proposed a number of changes for Fedora 23 concerning JavaScript-related packages...

Triple glitch grounds ALL aircraft in New Zealand

El Reg - Wed, 24/06/2015 - 3:56am
Radar and comms failure pushes Welly to manual

A trinity of network failures led to the grounding of all aircraft in New Zealand yesterday.…

Kiwis to farewell 'global mode' browsing

El Reg - Wed, 24/06/2015 - 2:56am
TV broadcasters build crumbling wall around New Zealand

New Zealand ISPs' experiment with bundled VPN services is over: CallPlus has settled a lawsuit by agreeing to axe its Global Mode service on September 1.…

RubyGems slings patch at nasty redirect trojan holes

El Reg - Wed, 24/06/2015 - 2:34am
Could affect millions

Get patching: new vulns in the RubyGems developer distribution platform could expose millions of users to malicious redirects.…

Your Next Allstate Inspector Might Be a Drone

Slashdot - Wed, 24/06/2015 - 2:05am
New submitter cameronag writes: Following on the heels of EasyJet's plan to inspect planes with drones, insurance giant Allstate has received FAA clearance to test drones for insurance inspections. The company plans to use drones to inspect roofing, weather damage, and collapsed structures, among other things, and says the technology will ultimately speed up claims processing.

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Feds count Cryptowall cost: $18 million says FBI

El Reg - Wed, 24/06/2015 - 1:56am
Bad news Oz: you may have lost even more

Cryptowall authors have wrought some US$18 million in damages on US users and businesses alone, according to the FBI.…

Linus Is Looking Forward To Merging KDBUS, But Not Convinced By Performance

Phoronix - Wed, 24/06/2015 - 12:32am
With the new Linux kernel mailing list thread about the prospects of merging KDBUS into the mainline Linux kernel, Linus Torvalds has provided his thoughts on the matter for this controversial feature backed by systemd developers for trying to provide a high-performance, kernel-based IPC solution...
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