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Michaels Stores Investigating Possible Data Breach

Slashdot - Sat, 2014-01-25 20:44
tsu doh nimh writes "Michaels Stores Inc., which runs more than 1,250 crafts stores across the United States, said Saturday that it is investigating a possible data breach involving customer cardholder information. According to Brian Krebs, the journalist who broke the story [and, previously] news of the Target and Neiman Marcus breaches, the U.S. Secret Service has confirmed it is investigating. Krebs cited multiple sources in the banking industry saying they were tracking a pattern of fraud on cards that were all recently used at Michaels Stores Inc. In response to that story, Michaels issued a statement saying it 'recently learned of possible fraudulent activity on some U.S. payment cards that had been used at Michaels, suggesting that the Company may have experienced a data security attack.' In 2011, Michaels disclosed that attackers had physically tampered with point-of-sale terminals in multiple stores, but so far there are no indications what might be the cause of the latest breach. Both Target and Neiman Marcus have said the culprit was malicious software designed to steal payment card data, and at least in Target's case that's been shown to be malware made to infect retail cash registers."

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libusbx 1.0.18

Freshmeat - Sat, 2014-01-25 20:27
libusbx is a library which provides generic access to USB devices. As a library, it is meant to facilitate the development of applications which communicate with USB hardware. Its main features are portability (a single cross-platform API for Linux, OS X, Windows, and *BSD), user-mode (no special privileges required), and USB version-agnosticism (all versions of the protocol supported, including USB 3.0).

Release Notes: This release marks the merging of libusbx back into the libusb project, and will be the final release of libusbx. You are therefore invited to migrate to libusb as soon as possible. Other changes include fixing of some memory leaks, improvement of Android and ucLinux support, and multiple Windows and OS X fixes and improvements.

Tags: USB, Library

Licenses: LGPL v2.1+

Categories: open source

libx1f4l2 1.20140118

Freshmeat - Sat, 2014-01-25 19:36
libx1f4l2 is a data structures library. Featured are self balancing BSTs and self balancing BST backed lists. The BST (binary search tree) selection includes AVL, red/black, AA, and RBST trees in simple, parent pointer, and threaded flavors. The BST backed lists are all-purpose lists, allowing for sequential and random access. The complexity for most operations is log(N), including reading, inserting, and deleting, random or sequential. Other library features include pointer sets and tries. A collection of demo, test, and data structure comparison programs is included.

Release Notes: This release adds a new trie-based associative array. The new breed uses one or more bytes for branch selection. Several recursive trie insertion algorithms are replaced by non-recursive versions.

Tags: C, Libraries, POSIX, Software Development

Licenses: GPLv3

Categories: open source

Tunisia premier lacks consensus on new caretaker cabinet

Reuters: Technology - Sat, 2014-01-25 19:32
TUNIS (Reuters) - Tunisia's new Prime Minister Mehdi Jomaa on Sunday was forced to delay naming a caretaker government to lead until elections after failing to reach a consensus over the key post of interior minister.
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pride r196

Freshmeat - Sat, 2014-01-25 19:05
Pride combines bash scripts, zenity, ant, ImageMagick, and the Android SDK tools to create a fast and simple POSIX alternative to Eclipse for Android development. It can be used from the desktop or command line or from any editor that makes exec calls, such as Emacs or Vim.

Release Notes: This release adds Pride::StripImages, which can be used before Pride::Release to remove all unused images in the project's res directories.

Tags: Android, IDE, bash, Zenity, POSIX, Ant, imagemagick

Licenses: GPL

Categories: open source

Syrian civil war foes meet for first time, focus on aid

Reuters: Technology - Sat, 2014-01-25 18:50
GENEVA (Reuters) - Syria's civil war foes held their first face-to-face meetings on Saturday, launching talks aimed at ending nearly three years of conflict which has killed 130,000 people and destabilized the wider Middle East.






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Three dead, including gunman, in Maryland mall shooting

Reuters: Technology - Sat, 2014-01-25 18:42
COLUMBIA, Maryland (Reuters) - A gunman opened fire with a shotgun in a skate shop at a crowded shopping mall near Baltimore on Saturday, killing two store employees and wounding another person before apparently killing himself, police said.






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Ukraine opposition seek more after offer of top government posts

Reuters: Technology - Sat, 2014-01-25 18:35
KIEV (Reuters) - Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovich offered the opposition several top government posts on Saturday, hoping to coax his opponents into ending protests that threaten to bring the country to a standstill.






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ChipSiP Smart Glass Specs Better Than Google Glass?

Slashdot - Sat, 2014-01-25 18:35
First time accepted submitter SugarManner writes "Google Glass is in for a fight even before they hit the market. The Taiwanese company Chipsip has just released plans for a competing product that beats Google Glass on all specifications. (Seen on the Swedish Elektronik Tidningen — warning: written in Swedish) Nine sensors on the Taiwanese product 'Smart Glass' can detect speed, altitude, temperature, light and position. It has built-in GPS, Bluetooth 4.0 and a microphone. The processor is based on Rock Chips Cortex A9 system RK3168 running at 1.5 GHz. While Google Glass supports 802.11g communication, Chipsip Smart Glass supports 802.11n. The camera and screen resolution also top Google Glass by a notch, and with stereo sound on the Smart Glass compared to Google's mono sound, it seems that the Taiwanese company has hit all the right spots to make Google goggle. Or not. Google Glass is still in Beta, so specs on the final product may change."

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Egypt diplomats kidnapped in Libya over militia chief's arrest

Reuters: Technology - Sat, 2014-01-25 18:28
TRIPOLI (Reuters) - Five Egyptian diplomats kidnapped in Tripoli in retaliation for Egypt's arrest of a Libyan militia chief pleaded on Saturday for their government to free him to secure their release.






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Raspberry Pi: Extending the life of the SD card

Linux Today - Sat, 2014-01-25 18:00

ZDNet: Is this an issue when using the Pi as a server?

Categories: linux, news, open source

Snort 2.9.6.0

Freshmeat - Sat, 2014-01-25 17:25
Snort is a network intrusion detection and prevention system. It is the most widely deployed technology of its kind in the world. It performs detection using a variety of methods including rules-based detection, anomaly detection, and heuristic analysis of network traffic. Its rules language is open source and available to the public as well.

Release Notes: This release adds many new features and fixes, including file capture and storage, file type identification, and updates to SMTP, POP, and IMAP.

Release Tags: Minor, new features, Bugfixes

Tags: Networking, Monitoring

Licenses: GPL

Categories: open source

Kentucky: Programming Language = Foreign Language

Slashdot - Sat, 2014-01-25 17:22
jackb_guppy writes with word that "Legislation that would let students use computer programming courses to satisfy foreign-language requirements in public schools moved forward in the Kentucky Senate on Thursday." From the article: "Kentucky students must earn 22 credits to graduate high school, but 15 of those credits represent requirements for math, science, social studies and English — and college prerequisites call on students to have two credits of foreign language, [state senator David] Givens said. Meanwhile, Givens pointed to national statistics showing that less than 2.4 percent of college students graduate with a degree in computer science despite a high demand in the market and jobs that start with $60,000 salaries."

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New England Burns Jet Fuel To Keep Lights On

Slashdot - Sat, 2014-01-25 16:21
First time accepted submitter inqrorken writes "During the recent cold snap, New England utilities turned to an unconventional fuel: jet fuel. Due to high demand for heating, natural gas supplies dropped and prices skyrocketed to $140/mmBtu and prompting the Mid-Atlantic RTO to call on demand response in the region. With 50% of installed generation capacity natural-gas fired, one utility took the step of running its jet fuel-based turbines for a record 15 hours."

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Twenty-nine dead in clashes on anniversary of Egypt uprising

Reuters: Technology - Sat, 2014-01-25 15:50
CAIRO (Reuters) - Twenty-nine people were killed during anti-government marches on Saturday while thousands rallied in support of the army-led authorities, underlining Egypt's volatile political fissures three years after the fall of autocrat President Hosni Mubarak.






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pride r195

Freshmeat - Sat, 2014-01-25 15:42
Pride combines bash scripts, zenity, ant, ImageMagick, and the Android SDK tools to create a fast and simple POSIX alternative to Eclipse for Android development. It can be used from the desktop or command line or from any editor that makes exec calls, such as Emacs or Vim.

Release Notes: The remaining style elements generated by android-holo-colors.com have been added to the res directories. The backported library-projects for number pickers and switches which use some of these elements will be in ~/.pride/hold until they are integrated into injections.

Tags: Android, IDE, bash, Zenity, POSIX, Ant, imagemagick

Licenses: GPL

Categories: open source

IMDBPHP 2.2.3

Freshmeat - Sat, 2014-01-25 15:32
ImdbPHP provides an API to the movie information stored at the IMDb.com site. As this and the name suggests, it is primarily targeted at PHP programmers who want to extend their programs or their site with this movie information. The classes must be used in accordance with IMDb's copyright and conditions of use.

Release Notes: Again, the IMDB site changes broke many things, which should mostly be fixed now. Moreover, Episode search was broken due to incomplete redirect handling in the search class, and some more minor changes and improvements are included with this release.

Release Tags: fixes

Tags: Internet, Web, Dynamic Content, Indexing/Search, CGI Tools/Libraries, Software Development, Libraries, php classes

Licenses: GPL

Categories: open source

Gentoo: 201401-28 Tomboy: Privilege escalation

LinuxSecurity.com - Sat, 2014-01-25 15:30
LinuxSecurity.com: A vulnerability in Tomboy could result in privilege escalation.
Categories: linux, news, security

Car bombs and mortar attacks kill at least 17 in Iraq

Reuters: Technology - Sat, 2014-01-25 15:25
BAGHDAD (Reuters) - At least 17 people were killed in violence across Iraq on Saturday, including by car bombs and a mortar attack on a Shi'ite Muslim village, police and medical sources said.
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RNC Calls For Halt To Unconstitutional Surveillance

Slashdot - Sat, 2014-01-25 15:18
Bob9113 writes "According to an article on Ars Technica, the Republican National Committee (RNC) has passed a resolution that "encourages Republican lawmakers to immediately take action to halt current unconstitutional surveillance programs and provide a full public accounting of the NSA's data collection programs." The resolution, according to Time, was approved by an overwhelming majority voice vote at the Republican National Committee's Winter Meeting General Session, going on this week in Washington, DC."

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