Saturday, September 17, 2011

Technical News - 17 September 2011


  • Pledge Asks Chinese Hackers To Reject Cybertheft
    September 17, 2011
    angry tapir writes "Two prominent Chinese hackers have released a convention calling for the rejection of cybertheft and are asking their peers to support it, as China is increasingly seen as the source of international hacking attacks. The two hackers, Gong Wei and Wan Tao, released their 'Hackers' Self-Discipline Convention' to the Chinese media and posted its contents on the Internet. The hackers declined to offer further comment, but the document presents itself as a moral code that outlines appropriate hacking activities. The document states that hackers will not obtain money through stealing from the public. Hacking groups will also not spread knowledge or tools that are meant to take income. 'The public's privacy, especially that of children and minors, will be protected,' the document says. Any activity to buy or sell people's private information is considered inappropriate."
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  • EU officials seek to dispel fears of credit crunch
    September 17, 2011
    WROCLAW, Poland (Reuters) - EU officials sought to dispel fears about a bank lending freeze on Saturday, despite a stark warning from senior aides that a "systemic" crisis in sovereign debt now threatened a new credit crunch.

  • The Economic Benefit of Cloud Computing
    September 17, 2011
    (The following is the Executive Summary of a recent NJVC Executive Whitepaper. The full version will be available at NJVC.com )
  • EU ministers see need for stronger bank sector
    September 17, 2011
    WROCLAW, Poland (Reuters) - EU finance ministers agreed on Saturday that European banks must be strengthened in the follow-up to July stress tests as a report said a "systemic" crisis in sovereign debt now threatened a new credit crunch.

  • Gaddafi loyalists resist and say NATO kills 354 Libyans
    September 17, 2011
    BANI WALID/SIRTE, Libya (Reuters) - Libyan interim government forces licked their wounds on Saturday after a failed assault on the town of Bani Walid, and a spokesman for Muammar Gaddafi accused NATO of killing 354 people in overnight air strikes on the city of Sirte.

  • The PC era is just beginning
    September 17, 2011
    The debate over whether there is a "post-PC" era underway overlooks the actual definition of the term. Taken literally, the "personal computer" era is just beginning.
  • Week in science: zombie caterpillar edition
    September 17, 2011

    How a brain-manipulating virus turns caterpillars into zombies : A simple virus is able to cause its host to change its behavior in order to further spread the virus. Researchers have found the genes responsible.
    How often did humans and Neanderthals have carnal relations? Not very: A model of human migration suggests that the intercourse that gave us Neanderthal DNA was either a rare event, or rarely productive.
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  • Three Android Forks that Exist Today (ContributorNetwork)
    September 17, 2011
    ContributorNetwork - So you've heard about how South Korea is going to make its own, possibly Android-based open-source smartphone OS, and how China's Baidu search engine is planning an Android fork. It's true; the inevitable forking of Android is starting in earnest, as company after company (and possibly the occasional government) takes Google's open-source programming code and runs with it. And since the vast majority of Android's code is licensed under permissive, BSD-style licenses instead of the "copyleft" GPL, they don't even have to give anything back.
  • GameStop-Branded Tablet Hitting Stores in 2012 (ContributorNetwork)
    September 17, 2011
    ContributorNetwork - You may have heard that GameStop retail stores are now taking iPod and iPad trade-ins, and selling used Apple devices. But did you know that GameStop is also making its own tablet?
  • Facebook to Let Users Update Twitter Accounts From Its Site
    September 17, 2011
    People with accounts on both Facebook and Twitter have been able to update them both simultaneously for a long time -- but from Twitter to Facebook, and not the other way around. That’s about to change.

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  • Sony brings 3D streaming to your HDTV with SMP-N200 set-top box
    September 17, 2011
    Sony piles on to the ever-expanding world on streaming video players with its new SMP-N200 box, which the company announced would arrive in the U.S. next month. Unlike Apple TV, the Sony device...
  • Court Reinstates $675k File Sharing Verdict
    September 17, 2011
    FunPika writes with this excerpt from Wired: "A federal appeals court on Friday reinstated a whopping $675,000 file sharing verdict that a jury levied against a Boston college student for making 30 tracks of music available on a peer-to-peer network. The decision by the 1st U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals reverses a federal judge who slashed the award as 'unconstitutionally excessive.' U.S. District Judge Nancy Gertner of Boston reduced the verdict to $67,500, or $2,250 for each of the 30 tracks defendant Joel Tenenbaum unlawfully downloaded and shared on Kazaa, a popular file sharing peer-to-peer service. The Recording Industry Association of America and Tenenbaum both appealed in what has been the nation's second RIAA file sharing case to ever reach a jury. The Obama administration argued in support of the original award, and said the judge went too far when addressing the constitutionality of the Copyright Act's damages provisions. The act allows damages of up to $150,000 a track."
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  • For Ness, restaurant discovery is just an appetizer (Appolicious)
    September 17, 2011
    Appolicious - While there are a lot of restaurant discovery apps available for iOS devices, few if any are as beautifully crafted and ambitious as Ness.
  • Value of Intel-Google Partnership on Smartphones Remains to Be Seen
    September 17, 2011
    Intel this week promised a smartphone based on its Atom processor will hit the market in the first quarter of 2012, while Google announced plans to make future Android releases work on Intel's mobile chips.

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  • An Easy Recipe For Quantum Dots
    September 17, 2011
    An anonymous reader writes "Semiconductor nanocrystals, better known as quantum dots, might find their way into solar cells, cancer tests, and all sorts of other products. Making them is surprisingly easy, if you have the right equipment, but it's not cheap. A team of reporters from Chemical and Engineering News visited Johns Hopkins and learned how to make the pricey particles (YouTube video). They have produced a slick video that explains the whole process."
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  • Celebrate Software Freedom Today
    September 17, 2011
    An anonymous reader writes "It's that time of the year again: when we all unite regardless of the (free) licenses we cherish and go out into the streets to let people know how Free Software has changed our lives. With over 425 events in 80+ countries, communities as diverse as Joomla!, FreeBSD and The OpenDisc, to name just a few, will be celebrating all over the world. Don't wait; grab your best arguments and join the wild masses of freedom lovers to the software freedom parties. Where will you be partying today?"
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  • UBS chairman says committed to investment bank: report
    September 17, 2011
    ZURICH (Reuters) - UBS is still committed to its investment bank, under fire after one of its London traders was charged over a $2 billion loss, the bank's Chairman Kaspar Villiger told a Swiss newspaper.

  • Top-rated reviews of the week (photos)
    September 17, 2011
    Here are a few of CNET Reviews' favorite items from the past week, including the Dell Inspiron 14z, Samsung Epic 4G Touch, and the Nikon Coolpix P300.
  • Tablet rivalry looms with Win 8 (Apple Talk Weekly)
    September 17, 2011
    This week we got to see a lot more of Windows 8, the OS that will go head to head with both Apple's iOS and Mac OS X when it debuts next year.
  • HAL 9000 -- not just in space anymore
    September 17, 2011
    'Virtual assistants,' with some of the qualities of HAL 9000 in 2001: A Space Odyssey, are emerging in startup technologies everywhere, writes columnist Mike Elgan.
  • IT Could Have Caught $2 Billion Rogue Trader
    September 17, 2011
    superapecommando writes "With the benefit of hindsight, IT experts are claiming that technical countermeasures at Swiss bank UBS could have stopped rogue trader Kweku Adoboli running up a $2 billion loss." If American Express and Visa can mine transaction data and put a stop order on credit cards when you unexpectedly buy gas out of state, it seems like there could be patterns to watch for when the amounts are in the billions, too.
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  • GAMEfest 2011 in Birmingham
    September 17, 2011
    Gamers gather in Birmingham to play unreleased titles
  • Windows 8, iOS, and the Future
    September 17, 2011
    Spoiler alert: Apple and Microsoft have very different worldviews

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  • And they said it would never work...
    September 17, 2011
    What Tom Selleck knew about the future that experts didn't
  • Safe CSS Defaults
    September 17, 2011
    Nice article on Safe css defaults


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  • Google Plus Api Implemntation in PHP
    September 17, 2011
    G+ just released api for getting user profile information and user’s public feeds from google plus. In this article we will implement google plus api authentication using oAuth 2.0 and fetching user’s public feeds. Although google has given good client libraries ( http://developers.google.com/+/downloads), I am trying to wrap the google api by my way.


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