April 09, 2008


Microsoft issues five critical patches

Microsoft on Tuesday issued five "critical" security patches designed to address vulnerabilities in Windows, Microsoft Office, and Internet Explorer.

by (Dawn Kawamoto) at April 09, 2008 01:11 AM

Malware writers now number one software makers

For the first time, the amount of malicious software being released has outstripped that of legitimate software, according to new research.

by (Liam Tung) at April 09, 2008 01:11 AM

Linux Today

You Couldn't Do This with Proprietary Software

451 CAOS Theory: "In short, Ringside's Social Application Server is designed to add social networking capabilities to existing applications and content..."

April 09, 2008 01:10 AM


War on tera: Intel picks C for parallel computing

Intel has been showing off a programming model which it claims will help C and C++ developers take advantage of a parallel computing without the need for any code changes.

by (Jo Best) at April 09, 2008 01:09 AM

States speechless on digital education funding

After the Federal government was forced over the weekend to fend off claims that its digital education revolution is already coming unstuck, the offices of a number of the country's state education ministers have maintained a steady silence ahead of an intergovernmental meeting to discuss the next round of funding.

by (Marcus Browne) at April 09, 2008 01:06 AM

Schneier suspicious of Microsoft's security vision

Speaking at the RSA conference in San Francisco this week, a senior Microsoft executive sang the praises of the software giant's emerging vision for 'trust' based security, prompting one industry figurehead to label the strategy as "anti-competitive".

by (Elinor Mills) at April 09, 2008 01:06 AM

ATO kicks off round two on AU$1bn outsourcing deal

The Australian Tax Office is today briefing would-be suppliers on what it expects from those hoping to bag the end-user computing component of its AU$1 billion infrastructure outsourcing deals.

by (Liam Tung) at April 09, 2008 12:49 AM


Google Mail Servers Enable Backscatter Spam

Mike Morris writes "Google email servers are responsible for a large volume of backscatter spam. No recipient validation is being performed for the domains and — possibly for other Google domains as well, but these two have been confirmed. (You can test this by sending an email to a bogus address in either of the domains; you'll quickly get a Google-generated bounce message.) Consequently spammers are able to launch dictionary attacks against these domains using forged envelope sender addresses. The owners of these forged addresses are then inundated with the bounce messages generated by the Google mail servers. The proper behavior would be for the mail servers to reject email traffic to non-existent users during the initial SMTP transaction. Attempts at contacting them via and have gone unanswered for quite some time. Only automated responses are received which say Google isn't doing anything wrong."

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by kdawson at April 09, 2008 12:45 AM


Phishers seek friends on fake Facebook

Social networking Web sites are fast becoming a key target for online fraud, according to the latest Symantec Internet Security Threat Report.

by (Darren Osborne) at April 09, 2008 12:36 AM

Linux Today

Ode to the Common Man

tecosystems: "Overheard at an airport within the last seven calendar days..."

April 09, 2008 12:10 AM

Nine Improvements Needed in KDE

Datamation: "After a week of regularly using KDE 4.0.2 and 4.03 releases on my laptops, these are the improvements that would enhance KDE the most..."

April 09, 2008 12:10 AM

April 08, 2008


EMC snaps up Iomega for US$213 million

Software and storage company EMC announced on Tuesday it will purchase Iomega for US$213 million, or US$3.85 per share, giving EMC a foot into the consumer storage market.

by (Liam Tung) at April 08, 2008 11:42 PM

Open source sets sights on healing the sick

An open source specialist has launched an international project between national health agencies and government-funded organisations to develop interoperable platforms for electronic healthcare products and services.

by (Adrian Bridgwater) at April 08, 2008 11:40 PM

IBM unveils Phantom virtual security

Virtual computing environments still need real security, and IBM says it has the answer: Phantom.

by (Elinor Mills) at April 08, 2008 11:38 PM

3 gives VoIP, IM a push

The chief exec of the UK arm of mobile operator 3 said the company is set to heavily promote IP telephony and instant messaging on its network.

by (David Meyer) at April 08, 2008 11:24 PM

Linux Today

Will Google Android Eclipse Ubuntu Mobile?

The VAR Guy: "But he's also starting to wonder if Google Android--rather than Ubuntu--will be the open source platform of choice for mobile Internet devices (MIDs)..."

April 08, 2008 11:10 PM


Scammers Exploit DTV Coupon Program

An anonymous reader writes "Analog TV users must purchase a DTV converter box before broadcasts go digital in 2009, and the US Government is offering $40 coupons to support the transition. The coupon program requires retailers to become certified by the NTIA (the Government body running the program) before processing orders for the boxes. Apparently the certification program is a bit lax, as the frenzy to purchase DTV boxes using these coupons seems to have drawn unscrupulous fraud artists into the mix. Memsen, via its web site and its hardware partner Maxmedia, partnered apparently to pull a bait-and-switch game on unsuspecting consumers and the US Government." Read on for details of the scam claimed by this anonymous reader.

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by kdawson at April 08, 2008 11:01 PM


US Homeland Security wants a cyber-nuclear bomb

The US wants to help defend against cyber attacks by embarking on a project that would build the equivalent of an online nuclear bomb.

by (Elinor Mills) at April 08, 2008 10:39 PM


$90 Asus Sound Card Whips Creative's Best

EconolineCrush writes "Sound card giant Creative caught plenty of flak for its recent driver debacle, and has long been criticized for bullying competitors and stifling innovation. But few have been willing to compete with Creative head-on, allowing the company to milk its X-Fi audio processor for more than two and a half years. Now the SoundBlaster has a new challenger in the form of Asus' $90 Xonar DX, which delivers much better sound quality than the X-Fi, PCI Express connectivity, and support for real-time Dolby Digital Live encoding. The Xonar can even emulate the latest EAX positional audio effects, providing the most complete competition to the X-Fi available on the market."

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by kdawson at April 08, 2008 10:19 PM

Linux Today

Debunking the Analysts

Socialized Software: "However, when it comes to IT buying decisions I have never been much of a fan of the big analyst firms..."

April 08, 2008 10:10 PM


VIA Announces Open Source Driver Initiative

Aron Schatz writes "VIA has announced that they will start a new site ( — doesn't exist yet) specifically for the development of open source drivers. From their press release: 'Over the following months, VIA will work with the community to enable 2D, 3D and video playback acceleration to ensure the best possible Open Source experience on VIA Processor Platforms. 'To further improve cooperation with the community, VIA will also adhere to a regular quarterly release schedule that is aligned with kernel changes and release of major Linux distributions. In addition, beta releases will be issued on the site as needed, and a bug report and tracking feature will also be integrated.' Nvidia should be next."

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by kdawson at April 08, 2008 09:37 PM

Linux Today

Why Linux Desktop Fragmentation is a Good Thing

Newsvine: "Apart from the fact that this is just impossible, I'd like to argue that this fragmentation is actually beneficial. Benefits that go beyond 'more choice...'"

April 08, 2008 09:10 PM

Why Are Hardware Manufacturers Keeping Specs to Themselves?

sp's Free Software Blog: "This is one question I have been interested in ever since I started using GNU/Linux..."

April 08, 2008 09:10 PM


AT&T, 2Wire Ignoring Active Security Exploit

An anonymous reader writes "2Wire manufactures DSL modems and routers for AT&T and other major carriers. Their devices suffer from a DNS redirection vulnerability that can be used as part of a variety of attacks, including phishing, identity theft, and denial of service. This exploit was publicly reported more than eight months ago and applies to nearly all 2Wire firmware revisions. The exploit itself is trivial to implement, requiring the attacker only to embed a specially crafted URL into a Web site or email. User interaction is not required, as the URL may be embedded as an image that loads automatically with the requested content. The 2Wire exploit bypasses any password set on the modem/router and is being actively exploited in the wild. AT&T has been deploying 2Wire DSL modems and router/gateways for years, so there exists a large vulnerable installed base. So far, AT&T/2Wire haven't done anything about this exploit."

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by kdawson at April 08, 2008 08:51 PM

Linux Today

The Pros and Cons of Linux, Windows, and OSX

Pack Rat Studios: "From time to time I am asked which operating system is the best in my opinion. This is a tough question to answer as there is no definitive answer..."

April 08, 2008 08:10 PM

Is This the Start of Red Hat 2.0?

Computerworld UK: "I must confess to a certain disappointment with Red Hat. On the one hand, it is clearly the leader of the open source world--both historically and in terms of its size..."

April 08, 2008 08:10 PM

Succession Matters for Linux (And Everyone Else)

A.P. Lawrence: "At Linux in the long run I expressed the opinion that Linux in general could suffer when Linus Torvalds steps aside or dies. That opinion is generally unpopular with the Linux community, but I think it's defensible..."

April 08, 2008 08:10 PM


Apple Error Leaves iPhone Developers In the Lurch

canadacow writes "iPhone developers enrolled and active in the iPhone OS 2.0 beta program got a nasty surprise today when Apple inadvertently 'expired' the recently released version. While for a beta program this typically would not be an issue, Apple has yet to release a new deployment of the iPhone OS. So developers like myself who use their iPhone for both actual phone and iPod use are bricked. Of note, this particular expired build is just 11 days old."

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by kdawson at April 08, 2008 08:08 PM

Purdue Students Win Rube Goldberg Contest

Dekortage writes "How long does it take to make a burger? Students from Purdue University's Society of Professional Engineers won the 2008 Rube Goldberg contest with a device that requires 156 steps to assemble a burger. According to the team captain, 'We put 4,000 to 5,000 man-hours into this machine since September, and all the hard work has been well worth it.' That's a long time to wait for dinner." Here's a video of the winning entry in operation.

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by kdawson at April 08, 2008 07:27 PM

Linux Today

The GPL's Poor Translation Into French

The Open Road: "The cheekiness/gall of Free/Iliad is almost shocking..."

April 08, 2008 07:10 PM


Xiotech Unveils Disruptive Storage Technology

Lxy writes "After Xiotech purchased Seagate's Advanced Storage Architecture division, rumors circulated around what they were planning to do with their next-generation SAN. Today at Storage Network World, Xiotech answered the question. The result is quite impressive, a SAN that can practically heal itself, as well as prevent common failures. There's already hype in the media, with much more to come. The official announcement is on Xiotech's site."

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by kdawson at April 08, 2008 06:42 PM


Interview: Jeremy Katz on Fedora Live CDs (Red Hat Magazine)

Jonathan Roberts talks with Jeremy Katz about improvements to Fedora Live CDs. "Are there any other improvements to the Live CDs for Fedora 9, or do you have any that you'd like to get implemented for later Fedora releases? For Fedora 9, a lot of the effort has been in making livecd-creator have an API that is exported and can be used by other tools that want to build images. So, e.g., for LTSP image creation, they're now using the livecd-creator imgcreate module as the backend for building the LTSP client images."

by ris at April 08, 2008 06:15 PM

Linux Today

SSC to Release Portal Code Under GPL

Computerworld NZ: "...[T]he State Services Commission has agreed to release the code for the new New Zealand government portal under the open source GPL licence..."

April 08, 2008 06:10 PM

Volantis Plants Open Seeds for Mobile App Growth

Hoosier Penguin: "In the quest to get as much content to the mobile end user as is humanly possible, much of the content delivery to IP-enabled devices and cell phones is being handled by the large telecommunications providers themselves..."

April 08, 2008 06:10 PM


AMD To Shed 10% of Its Workforce

stress_life writes "Recent rumors about AMD firing 5% of its workforce proved to be understated. AMD just announced that the company is going to deliver pink slips to 1600-1700 workers, or around 10% of its employees. AMD needs revenue of $2 billion per quarter, but Q1'08 is expected to come in around $1.5 billion. These firings have to be complete by Q3'08, the quarter by which Hector Ruiz promised to be profitable." We most recently discussed AMD's struggles in February.

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by kdawson at April 08, 2008 05:53 PM

Kernel Trap

Separating Suspend and Hibernation

"The following three patches are intended to start the redesign of the suspend and hibernation framework for devices," began Rafael Wysocki. He noted that the first patch introduces new callbacks for suspend and hibernation, while the other two patches implement the new suspend and hibernation callbacks for the platform and PCI bus types. In describing the first patch in the series, he noted that previous callbacks were being phased out, explaining:

"The main purpose of doing this is to separate suspend (aka S2RAM and standby) callbacks from hibernation callbacks in such a way that the new callbacks won't take arguments and the semantics of each of them will be clearly specified. This has been requested for multiple times by many people, including Linus himself, and the reason is that within the current scheme if ->resume() is called, for example, it's difficult to say why it's been called (ie. is it a resume from RAM or from hibernation or a suspend/hibernation failure etc.?).

"The second purpose is to make the suspend/hibernation callbacks more flexible so that device drivers can handle more than they can within the current scheme. For example, some drivers may need to prevent new children of the device from being registered before their ->suspend() callbacks are executed or they may want to carry out some operations requiring the availability of some other devices, not directly bound via the parent-child relationship, in order to prepare for the execution of ->suspend(), etc."

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by Jeremy at April 08, 2008 05:39 PM


Google StreetView Is In Your Driveway

hermit_crab writes "Janet and George McKee are the neighbors of the Borings, who we discussed yesterday as the couple suing Google over StreetView. The McKees own a house that is featured in a much more intrusive set of Google StreetView images. 'The Google car continued past the steps leading to the McKees's front door and came to a stop outside the house's three-car garage (and next to the family's trampoline and portable basketball rim). Taking photos all the time, the Google vehicle was squarely on private property, a fact that presumably should have been apparent when the gravel path became paved.' Unlike the Borings, the McKees have not announced intentions to sue Google, nor have they requested to have the images removed."

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by Zonk at April 08, 2008 05:12 PM

Linux Today

Ubuntu Breathes New Life into School's Abandoned Hardware

Computerworld Australia: "When the KDE-centric Ubuntu derivation, Kubuntu, was installed on the old gear--a mixture of Acer Veriton 3600s and 2.1Ghz V5100s--the school found it performed just as efficiently as on the newer hardware..."

April 08, 2008 05:10 PM

Juniper's Linux IPS Hits 10Gb/sec "Juniper's new platform comes at a time when the market for high-end intrusion prevention/detection systems is becoming a hotly contested one

April 08, 2008 05:10 PM


Linux Foundation's Annual Collaboration Summit Kicks Off

The Linux Foundation (LF) has kicked off its annual Collaboration Summit. The brightest minds in the Linux server, desktop and mobile communities, among others, are gathering at the UT Super Computing Center in Austin, Texas to determine how to advance the operating system in the year ahead.

by ris at April 08, 2008 04:54 PM


HP Unveils Small Commercial Linux Laptop

Ryan writes "HP had unveiled their version of a miniaturized laptop for school kids. The tiny device boasts speeds up to 1.6 gigahertz. They haven't yet decided on a name, but 'netbooks' is one possibility. They will be used for surfing the Internet and doing other basic tasks like word processing. The company plans to have 50 million units available in the marketplace by 2011. Optical drives have been left out to prevent kids from playing 'unauthorized games.' Weighing less than 3 pounds with a tiny 8.9 inch screen, the machines start below $500 for a Linux-based model. Prices are expected to be higher for Windows Vista models."

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by Zonk at April 08, 2008 04:32 PM

Linux Today

Open Source Key to Al Jazeera's Web 2.0 Success

Computerworld Australia: "The news organisation is turning out to be a big fan open source software..."

April 08, 2008 04:10 PM

IDC Bullish on Linux in the Enterprise "The white paper notes that Linux is growing beyond its initial usage roots in the enterprise, where it provided basic infrastructure components such as Web, print, and DNS servers, networking, and security services..."

April 08, 2008 04:10 PM


Important Court Decisions Chip Away At ISP Liability Shield

An anonymous reader writes " is reporting on a pair of court cases that could prove very important to ISPs in coming years. They both subtly chip away at the legal shield service providers have enjoyed against liability for hosted content. Further court cases could result in a 'chilling effect' on social networks and hosting services, as small businesses steer clear of potentially contentious content. '[The judge's ruling] differed from previous opinions in one important area. He refused to dismiss Jane Doe's argument that FriendFinder's republication of her profile invaded her 'intellectual property rights' under New Hampshire law. She claimed to be concerned about violations to her 'right of publicity,' which says an individual generally has the right to control how his name, image, and likeness is used commercially--and the court ruled that Doe's argument fell into the category of intellectual property law.'"

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by Zonk at April 08, 2008 03:56 PM

Alligator Blood May Be Source of New Antibiotics

esocid writes "Biochemists from McNeese State University have described how proteins in gator blood may provide a source of powerful new antibiotics to help fight infections associated with diabetic ulcers and severe burns. This new class of drug could also crack so-called 'superbugs' that are resistant to conventional medication. Previous studies have showed alligators have an unusually strong immune system; unlike humans, alligator immune systems can defend against microorganisms such as fungi, viruses, and bacteria without having prior exposure to them. Scientists believe that this is an evolutionary adaptation to promote quick wound healing, as alligators are often injured during fierce territorial battles."

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by Zonk at April 08, 2008 03:16 PM

Linux Today

Open Source Decade: 10 Years After the Free Software Summit

Ars Technica: "That pivotal event represents the point at which software freedom extended its reach beyond the enthusiast community and began its ascent into the mainstream..."

April 08, 2008 03:10 PM

A Linux Driver Project Status Report

LWN: "The main problem is a lack of projects. It turns out that there really isn't much hardware that Linux doesn't already support..."

April 08, 2008 03:10 PM

OOXML Vote Sparks Protest; EC Investigation Confirmed

Roundup: And all the while, Microsoft still wonders what the fuss is about. Articles within.

April 08, 2008 03:10 PM

eWEEK Linux & Open Source

Customized Linux PC for MySpacers

Everex and gOS unveil the first PC, using any operating system, designed expressly to use with a social network....
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April 08, 2008 02:34 PM


California Lawmaker Proposes Music Download Tax

modemac writes "Sacramento, California Assemblyman Charles Calderon wants to expand a 75-year-old sales tax on 'tangible personal property' to include music downloads from iTunes and other music-download sites. The tax would specifically apply to music downloads, but the estimate used in this article for revenue generated by 'Net downloading also "includes pornography downloads." The measure, AB 1956, will be considered on Monday, April 14th."

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by Zonk at April 08, 2008 02:31 PM


HP launches Linux-loaded Eee PC rival (Register Hardware)

The Register's Hardware site covers a mini-notebook from HP, available with SuSE Linux pre-installed. "HP claimed the 2133 has a "92 per cent full-size" keyboard, which defines the sub-notebook's dimensions: 256 x 165 x 33mm. That's the front thickness - HP didn't say how much bigger the 2133 gets at the back. The unit weighs 1.27kg, rather more than the Eee but fractionally less than the MacBook Air."

by ris at April 08, 2008 02:10 PM

Linux Today

Linux Partisans Gather at Linux Foundation's Annual Meeting

Linux-Watch: "How do you herd cats? Well, as the famous EDS commercial shows, it isn't easy..."

April 08, 2008 02:10 PM

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Red Hat Asks Federal Court To Limit Patents On Software

Today, Red Hat took a public stand challenging the standards for patenting software.

April 08, 2008 02:00 PM


Sony Thinks Blu-ray Will Sell Like DVDs by Year End

An anonymous reader writes "Sony CEO Ryoji Chubachi knows something we don't. At a press conference, he announced Sony's plan to increase Blu-ray market share to 50% of all movie discs by the end of the year. 'DVD and BD currently account for about 80% and 20%, respectively, of global demand for movie discs, Chubachi indicated. The new BD devices to be offered by Sony include models integrating an HD LCD TV with BD recording functionality, Chubachi pointed out. Sony has relied mainly on the PlayStation 3 (PS3) to promote BD, and sales of the game console will increase along with the offering by top Hollywood studios of new BD movies, Chubachi noted. However, Sony will extend its BD promotion from the current focus on the PS3 and BD players/recorders to IT devices, Chubachi pointed out.'"

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by Zonk at April 08, 2008 01:54 PM


Low-cost MP3 player gains fancy Linux port (LinuxDevices)

LinuxDevices takes a look at the SanDisk Sansa e200. "The "Podzilla" open source application suite was ported to a relatively inexpensive line of flash-based mp3 players. Originally developed by the iPod Linux project, the software now runs on SanDisk's $100-$150 Sansa e200 devices, reports Sebastian Duell, chief SansaLinux project developer."

by ris at April 08, 2008 01:37 PM


Google Previews App Engine

An anonymous reader writes "Google is giving a handful of web programmers the opportunity to create and run their own Web applications on their servers. Today's launch of a preview release of Google App Engine signals a new era of collaboration with third-party software developers. 'The goal is to make it easy to get started with a new Web app, and then make it easy to scale when that app reaches the point where it's receiving significant traffic and has millions of users," said Google product manager, Paul McDonald in a blog post."

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by Zonk at April 08, 2008 01:12 PM

Linux Today

HP Launches Linux-Loaded Eee PC Rival

Register Hardware: "HP has launched its attempt to grab a little or a lot of the Asus Eee PC's success, two months after the sub-notebook slipped out onto the web..."

April 08, 2008 01:10 PM


Security updates for Tuesday

Debian has updated lighttpd (denial of service).

Slackware has updated bzip2 (denial of service), m4 (execution of arbitrary code).

by ris at April 08, 2008 01:04 PM


Rumors of a 'Whisper Campaign' Forming Against Fair Use

An anonymous reader writes "Ars Technica reports that a group of companies and organizations it calls 'big content' is currently engaged in a worldwide 'whisper campaign' against Fair Use. 'The counter-reformation in question takes the form of a "whispering campaign" in which ministries in different countries are told that plans to expand fair use rights might well run afoul of the Berne Convention's "three-step test." The Convention, which goes back to the late 1800s, was one of the earliest international copyright treaties and is now administered by the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO).'"

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by Zonk at April 08, 2008 12:36 PM


Ampro Reveals Ubuntu-Based Embedded Linux

Ampro Computers Inc. has announced new Linux support for its line of board-level embedded computers. Derived from Ubuntu packages, Ampro Embedded Linux is a free, open-source, reduced-footprint operating system enhanced with device-oriented features such as its default touch-enabled Hildon graphical user interface, plus other selected technologies from the Ubuntu Mobile & Embedded (UME) project.

by ris at April 08, 2008 12:30 PM

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