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New Xen bug uses security feature to destroy security

TheRegister Site Updates - Tue, 09/01/2015 - 17:27
Dis-ARM-ing flaw can cook your console

Xen has revealed details of bug CVE-2015-6654, which it warned about a couple of weeks back.…

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Citi Report: Slowing Global Warming Could Save Tens of Trillions of Dollars

slashdot.org Site Updates - Tue, 09/01/2015 - 17:02
Layzej writes with news carried by The Guardian about a report published by the Global Perspectives & Solutions division of Citibank (America's third-largest bank) examining the costs and benefits of a low-carbon future. The report examined two hypothetical futures: one "business as usual," and the other (the "Action" scenario) which includes an aggressive move to reduce energy use and carbon emission. From the article: "One of the most interesting findings in the report is that the investment costs for the two scenarios are almost identical. In fact, because of savings due to reduced fuel costs and increased energy efficiency, the Action scenario is actually a bit cheaper than the Inaction scenario. Coupled with the fact the total spend is similar under both action and inaction, yet the potential liabilities of inaction are enormous, it is hard to argue against a path of action." But there will be winners and losers, says the report: "The biggest loser stands to be the coal industry, where we estimate cumulative spend under our Action scenario could be $11.6 trillion less than in our Inaction scenario over the next quarter century, with renewables, wind and nuclear (as well as energy efficiency) the main beneficiaries."

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Windows 10 Grabs 5.21% Market Share, Passing Windows Vista and Windows 8

slashdot.org Site Updates - Tue, 09/01/2015 - 16:23
An anonymous reader writes: The effects of a free upgrade to Windows 10 are starting to trickle in. Available for just over a month, Windows 10 has now captured more than 5 percent market share, according to the latest figures from Net Applications. In just four weeks, Windows 10 has already been installed on over 75 million PCs. Microsoft is aiming to have 1 billion devices running Windows 10 "in two to three years," though that includes not just PCs, but smartphones, consoles, and other devices as well.

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Smartphone Malware Planted In Popular Apps Pre-sale

slashdot.org Site Updates - Tue, 09/01/2015 - 15:46
An anonymous reader writes with news from The Stack that makes it a little harder to scoff at malware on phones as being largely the fruit of dodgy sideloaded software, game cracks, et cetera. They report that even phones marketed as brand new, from well-known brands like Lenovo and Xiaomi, have been tampered with and "infected prior to sale with intelligent malware disguised in popular apps such as Facebook." (To U.S. buyers, those makers may be slightly obscure as cellphone vendors; the scheme this article addresses involves handsets sold by vendors in Europe and Asia, involving more than 20 different handset types.)

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Ecuador and Sweden in 'constructive talks' – just don't mention Assange™ by name

TheRegister Site Updates - Tue, 09/01/2015 - 15:45
Beetlejuice, Voldemort and now Julian

How to solve a problem like Julian Assange was the veiled topic of debate on Monday when officials from Ecuador and Sweden met for the first time.…

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Ask Slashdot: Should I Publish My Collection of Email Spamming IP Addresses?

slashdot.org Site Updates - Tue, 09/01/2015 - 15:25
An anonymous reader writes: I have, for a while now, been collecting IP addresses from which email spam has been sent to, or attempted to be relayed through, my email server. I was wondering if I should publish them, so that others can adopt whatever steps are necessary to protect their email servers from that vermin. However, I am facing ethical issues here. What if the addresses are simply spoofed, and therefore branding them as spamming addresses might cause harm to innocent parties? What if, after having been co-opted by spammers, they are now used legitimately? I wonder if there's a market for all the thousands of webmail addresses that send Slashdot nothing but spam.

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Mashed together malware threatens Japanese online banking users

TheRegister Site Updates - Tue, 09/01/2015 - 15:05
Making good use of the things that they find ...

Customers of Japanese banks are on the front line of attacks based on a new and sophisticated banking trojan, mashed together from leaked bits of malware code.…

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FBI: Burning Man Testing Ground For Free Speech, Drugs<nobr> <wbr></nobr>... and New Spy Gear

slashdot.org Site Updates - Tue, 09/01/2015 - 15:05
v3rgEz writes: The 29th annual Burning Man festival kicks off this week in Nevada's Black Rock Desert. Among those paying close attention to the festivities will be the FBI's Special Events Management unit, who have kept files on "burners" since at least 2010. One of the more interesting things in those, files, however, is a lengthy, heavily redacted paragraph detailing that the FBI's Special Events Management Unit gave Las Vegas Police Department some specialized equipment for monitoring the week-long event, as long as LVPD provided follow up reports.

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Giant sea scorpion which prowled ancient oceans revealed

TheRegister Site Updates - Tue, 09/01/2015 - 14:31
Fossilised remains of 'bizarre' predatory beast uncovered in Iowa

Scientists have unearthed the remains of a "bizarre" monster sea scorpion which 460 million years ago prowled the oceans covering what is now North America.…

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Gaming Computers Offer Huge, Untapped Energy Savings Potential

slashdot.org Site Updates - Tue, 09/01/2015 - 14:24
Required Snark writes: According to Phys.org, a study by Evan Mills at Berkeley Lab shows that "gamers can achieve energy savings of more than 75 percent by changing some settings and swapping out some components, while also improving reliability and performance" because "your average gaming computer is like three refrigerators." Gaming computers represent only 2.5 percent of the global installed personal computer (PC) base but account for 20 percent of the energy use. Mills estimated that gaming computers consumed 75 TWh of electricity globally in 2012, or $10 billion, and projects that will double by 2020 given current sales rates and without efficiency improvements. Potential estimated savings of $18 billion per year globally by 2020, or 120 terawatt hours (TWh) are possible. Mills started the site GreeningtheBeast.org. You can read the full paper as a PDF.

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Europe yawns at EU robo-commish Ansip's digital plans

TheRegister Site Updates - Tue, 09/01/2015 - 14:06
Only 8 per cent want to watch Estonian footie in Brussels. Proles!

Eurocrats' proposals to change how Europe's independent TV and film makers do business aren't needed – according to the EU's own research, released on one of the quietest Fridays of the year.…

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Carbon Dating Shows Koran May Predate Muhammad

slashdot.org Site Updates - Tue, 09/01/2015 - 13:42
HughPickens.com writes: Brian Booker writes at Digital Journal that carbon dating suggests the Koran, or at least portions of it, may actually be older than the prophet Muhammad himself, a finding that if confirmed could rewrite early Islamic history and shed doubt on the "heavenly" origins of the holy text. Scholars believe that a copy of the Koran held by the Birmingham Library was actually written sometime between 568 AD and 645, while the Prophet Mohammad was believed to have been born in 570 AD and to have died in 632 AD. It should be noted, however, that the dating was only conducted on the parchment, rather than the ink, so it is possible that the Koran was simply written on old paper. Some scholars believe, however, that Muhammad did not receive the Koran from heaven, as he claimed during his lifetime, but instead collected texts and scripts that fit his political agenda. "This gives more ground to what have been peripheral views of the Koran's genesis, like that Muhammad and his early followers used a text that was already in existence and shaped it to fit their own political and theological agenda, rather than Muhammad receiving a revelation from heaven," says Keith Small, from the University of Oxford's Bodleian Library. "'It destabilises, to put it mildly, the idea that we can know anything with certainty about how the Koran emerged," says Historian Tom Holland. "and that in turn has implications for the history of Muhammad and the Companions." Update: 09/01 17:32 GMT by S : There was a typo in the dates used by the original linked article — in the press release from the University of Birmingham, the date range given for the parchment is between 568 AD and 645 AD, which overlaps more closely with Muhammad's lifetime. The dates and link have been fixed now in the summary. Historians say this new information highlights the uncertainty surrounding the emergence of such religious texts, rather than being a major upheaval.

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Falcon 9 fireworks display grounds SpaceX

TheRegister Site Updates - Tue, 09/01/2015 - 13:33
No launches on the roster for another couple of months

The SpaceX launch schedule has been knocked back by a couple of months as a result of the loss of its Falcon 9 CRS-7 mission rocket on 28 June, it has revealed.…

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Snap out of the snapshot habit, says mutant upstart Reduxio

TheRegister Site Updates - Tue, 09/01/2015 - 13:05
Hybrid storage bods make play into crowded market

Surprise! Freshly uncloaked hybrid flash/disk array startup Reduxio says backup snapshots are a problem and its BackDating technology solves that problem. Admit it; you are surprised, aren't you?…

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LILO Bootloader Development To End

slashdot.org Site Updates - Tue, 09/01/2015 - 12:54
An anonymous reader writes: For any longtime Linux users, you probably remember the LILO bootloader from Linux distributions of many years ago. This bootloader has been in development since the 90's but development is finally ending. A homepage message reads, "I plan to finish development of LILO at 12/2015 because of some limitations (e.g. with BTFS, GPT, RAID). If someone want to develop this nice software further, please let me know ..."

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CSC beefs up public sector biz with $390m merger deal

TheRegister Site Updates - Tue, 09/01/2015 - 12:53
Okays SRA soiree – whatever will be will be

Soon-to-be split CSC is merging its government services biz with US public sector IT outfit SRA for $390m (£254m).…

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Ashley Madison: ‘Our site is full of women, and members are growing’

TheRegister Site Updates - Tue, 09/01/2015 - 12:35
You haters are wrong – megabreach ’twas but a flesh wound

Embattled adultery website Ashley Madison has launched a rearguard action, claiming new sign-ups and more female members in the aftermath of July’s megahack.…

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Back to school: Six of the smartest cheap 'n' cheerful laptops

TheRegister Site Updates - Tue, 09/01/2015 - 12:21
The usual suspects for studious souls

Product Roundup The summer’s been and gone already, and it’s the time of year when our brightest and best leave home to enter the hallowed halls of academia. Any young student will need a decent laptop to help them out with essays and other work, but the chances are that most students will also be on a pretty tight budget.…

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Cartoon For Sep 01, 2015

Userfriendly Site Updates - Tue, 09/01/2015 - 12:15
Cartoon for Today, Sep 01, 2015
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US Weighs Sanctioning Russia As Well As China In Cyber Attacks

slashdot.org Site Updates - Tue, 09/01/2015 - 12:14
New submitter lvbees7 writes with news that U.S. officials have warned that the government may impose sanctions against Russia and China following cyber attacks to commercial targets. According to the Reuters story: The officials, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said no final decision had been made on imposing sanctions, which could strain relations with Russia further and, if they came soon, cast a pall over a state visit by Chinese President Xi Jinping in September. The Washington Post first reported the Obama administration was considering sanctioning Chinese targets, possibly within the next few weeks, and said that individuals and firms from other nations could also be targeted. It did not mention Russia.

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