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Linux fridge rats on your drinking habits

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A BLOKE has invented a Linux fridge that will tell you who has been drinking your beer and post it to a web page.

Nokia Declares War Against Microsoft

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Nokia's introduction of its new ESeries smartphones was more than just another product announcement. It was an open declaration of war against Microsoft. With both of them squarely targeting the North American enterprise, this could be an absolutely fascinating battle.

Solar Eclipse Oct. 3 for Europe, Asia, Africa

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If you plan to be anywhere in Europe, Africa or parts of western and southern Asia on Monday, Oct. 3, you will be treated to a solar eclipse.

Scientists discover moon orbiting 10th planet

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The astronomers who claim to have discovered the 10th planet in the solar system have made another intriguing announcement: it has a moon.

Tech titans ready to brawl

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For years, Microsoft has been able to use its money and size to muscle aside its competitors. Now it's facing a competitor it can't push around so easily -- Google.

In other Google news: Wireless overlord

Computing Awards - Projects of the Year

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We profile the shortlists for the Projects of the Year in the prestigious Computing Awards for Excellence 2005, to be hosted on 16 November in London.

Intelligence in the Internet age

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Is technology making us smarter? Or are we lazily reliant on computers, and, well, dumber than we used to be?

Next up for cell phones: porn

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The cell phone, which already plays music, sends and receives e-mail and takes pictures, is adding a steamier offering: pornography.

Toyota Computer Makes You Watch the Road

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Japanese automaker Toyota has developed a safety technology that it says will keep the driver's eyes on the road.

Scientists baffled by changes in Saturn's rings

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New observations by the international Cassini spacecraft reveal that Saturn's trademark shimmering rings, which have dazzled astronomers since Galileo's time, have dramatically changed over the past 25 years.

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Security Leftovers

  • Security updates for Thursday
  • OpenSSL patches two high-severity flaws
    OpenSSL has released versions 1.0.2h and 1.0.1t of its open source cryptographic library, fixing multiple security vulnerabilities that can lead to traffic being decrypted, denial-of-service attacks, and arbitrary code execution. One of the high-severity vulnerabilities is actually a hybrid of two low-risk bugs and can cause OpenSSL to crash.
  • Linux Foundation Advances Security Efforts via Badging Program
    The Linux Foundation Core Infrastructure Initiative's badging program matures, as the first projects to achieve security badges are announced.
  • Linux Foundation tackles open source security with new badge program
  • WordPress Plugin ‘Ninja Forms’ Security Vulnerability
    FOSS Force has just learned from Wordfence, a security company that focuses on the open source WordPress content management platform, that a popular plugin used by over 500,000 sites, Ninja Forms, contains serious security vulnerabilities.
  • Preparing Your Network for the IoT Revolution
    While there is no denying that IP-based connectivity continues to become more and more pervasive, this is not a fundamentally new thing. What is new is the target audience is changing and connectivity is becoming much more personal. It’s no longer limited to high end technology consumers (watches and drones) but rather, it is showing up in nearly everything from children’s toys to kitchen appliances (yes again) and media devices. The purchasers of these new technology-enabled products are far from security experts, or even security aware. Their primary purchasing requirements are ease of use.
  • regarding embargoes
    Yesterday I jumped the gun committing some patches to LibreSSL. We receive advance copies of the advisory and patches so that when the new OpenSSL ships, we’re ready to ship as well. Between the time we receive advance notice and the public release, we’re supposed to keep this information confidential. This is the embargo. During the embargo time we get patches lined up and a source tree for each cvs branch in a precommit state. Then we wait with our fingers on the trigger. What happened yesterday was I woke up to a couple OpenBSD developers talking about the EBCDIC CVE. Oh, it’s public already? Check the OpenSSL git repo and sure enough, there are a bunch of commits for embargoed issues. Pull the trigger! Pull the trigger! Launch the missiles! Alas, we didn’t look closely enough at the exact issues fixed and had missed the fact that only low severity issues had been made public. The high severity issues were still secret. We were too hasty.
  • Medical Equipment Crashes During Heart Procedure Because of Antivirus Scan [Ed: Windows]
    A critical medical equipment crashed during a heart procedure due to a timely scan triggered by the antivirus software installed on the PC to which the said device was sending data for logging and monitoring.
  • Hotel sector faces cybercrime surge as data breaches start to bite
    Since 2014, things have become a lot more serious with a cross section of mostly US hotels suffering major breaches during Point-of-Sale (POS) terminals. Panda Security lists a string of attacks on big brands including on Trump Hotels, Hilton Worldwide, Hyatt, Starwood, Rosen Hotels & Resorts as well two separate attacks on hotel management outfit White Lodging and another on non-US hotel Mandarin Oriental.

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