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VValdo (10446) writes "John Markoff's NYTimes story covers an amazing discovery by cryptographers who analyzed 7.1 million 1024-bit RSA public keys on the Internet and discovered about 27000 of them were insecure due to a bug in the generation of random primes. Their paper is here. My question: I've got a ton of RSA keys. Is there an easy way to test them?" Link to Original Source top
VValdo (10446) writes "After over a month of relentless hacking, genius scotty2 has finally smashed the G2's notorious emmc-read-only-on-boot mechanism, which had been incorrectly characterized in the press as a "rootkit". The hack involves several steps-- first achieving "temp root" through a fork bomb exploit, then running a specially crafted kernel module that power-resets the read-only emmc to bring it up in read-write mode. Finally, the bootloader is re-flashed, which permanently removes the read-only on subsequent boots. The whole process is said to be automated by tomorrow." Link to Original Source top
SSD vs. HDD Benchmarks for the Relational Database
VValdo (10446) writes "When it comes to SSD performance, it seems most people focus on how fast Windows 7 boots up or how quickly Photoshop loads. That's all well and good, but how do SSDs compare with traditional hard drives in a server application like Postgresql? Here's someone who did actual benchmarks, and the results were fairly dramatic." Link to Original Source top
VValdo (10446) writes "As you may recall, the citizens of the US shelled out about $85 billion to bail out AIG and its creditors (Goldman Sachs in particular) last year. But as 80% owners of AIG, we still don't know what happened exactly. That may change. In an NYTimes Op-Ed, former prosecutors (including former NY governor Eliot Spitzer) are calling for the US Treasury to force to AIG release its treasure-trove of emails to the public before allowing AIG to "break free" of our control. As the prosecutors put it, "By putting the evidence online, the government could establish a new form of "open source" investigation. Once the documents are available for everyone to inspect, a thousand journalistic flowers can bloom, as reporters, victims and angry citizens have a chance to piece together the story." Good idea?" Link to Original Source top
VValdo (10446) writes "After much excited waiting, the very first review of a production Android platform smart phone, the T-Mobile G1, is online. And it is by and large positive. The only negative seems to be an attenuated battery life-- which hopefully can be addressed w/updates." top
VValdo (10446) writes "Just a heads up... Following a month or so of their Early Access Program, NeoOffice, the free Office suite for OS X has just released their 2.2.1 version. New features include support for the native Mac OS X spellchecker, support for the native Mac OS X address book, support for high resolution printing (more than the 300 dpi limit of previous versions), opening, editing, and saving of most Microsoft Office 2007 Word, Excel, and PowerPoint documents, and the latest features from OpenOffice.org 2.2.1, which is the code base for NeoOffice. X11 not required, but for those of you who actually WANT to use X11, check out the new RetroOffice." top
VValdo (10446) writes "A very interesting issue was raised by Medialoper. Apparently, Microsoft's new media player, Zune, will allow sharing music with other players using DRM which causes the song to self-destruct after three plays or three days, whichever comes first. But what about music specifically licensed to encourage sharing but expressly prohibiting DRM? Sharing such music with Zune's DRM-encumberment would be creating unauthorized copies — something the RIAA likes to call "stealing" or "piracy". You might argue Microsoft isn't pirating anything here — just its customers. But as I recall, that was an excuse used by Napster 1.0, and it didn't work too well for them." top
VValdo writes "At long last, NeoOffice 2.0 (a Mac port of OpenOffice.org 2.0.3) has released the first binary beta build (and 1st patch) to the general public — "Aqua" beta 3. (Screenshot 1, 2) Long-awaited improvements include UI Aquafication, native file dialogs, improved graphics, better performance, faster loading... oh yes, and native PowerPC and Intel support for Mac OS X 10.3+. Questions, comments, or bug reports? Check the Wiki and Forum. The two main developers, Ed and Pat, will have a booth at OOoCon. And for the last time — No, no, no! NeoOffice is *not* written in Java!!!"