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DDOS Attacks Using NTP

Schneier on Security - Mon, 2014-01-20 07:18
This is new: The NTP method first began to appear late last year. To bring down a server such as one running "League of Legends," the attackers trick NTP servers into thinking they've been queried by the "League of Legends" server. The NTP servers, thinking they're responding to a legitimate query, message the "League of Legends" server, overloading it with...
Categories: security

Google set to face Intellectual Ventures in landmark patent trial

Reuters: Technology - Mon, 2014-01-20 07:13
SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Intellectual Ventures is set to square off this week against Google Inc's Motorola Mobility unit in the first trial that the multibillion-dollar patent-buying firm has undertaken since it was founded.
Categories: news

4K-ing hell! Will your shiny new Ultra HD TV actually display HD telly?

The Register - Mon, 2014-01-20 07:02
Even if it can find content to display, there's no guarantee it'll decode correctly

Feature With just about every TV maker showing off 4K sets at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) earlier this month, and companies like Netflix promising to have content available in the format, it’s tempting to think that if you’re buying a new TV, 4K may be worth a look. Or, at least, worth hanging on for until it’s more sensibly priced.…

Categories: news

China central bank offers emergency funds to banks amid latest cash squeeze

Reuters: Technology - Mon, 2014-01-20 07:00
BEIJING/SHANGHAI (Reuters) - China's central bank has provided emergency funding support to commercial banks and will add more cash on Tuesday, as authorities respond to a spike in cash rates ahead of a major holiday, the bank announced on Monday.

Categories: news

Frosted 1.1.2

Freshmeat - Mon, 2014-01-20 06:50
Frosted is a passive Python syntax checker. It is a fork of pyflakes which aims at more open contribution from the outside public, a smaller more maintainable code base, and a better Python checker for all.

Release Notes: This release fixes a crash when parsing from a path with Unicode characters in Python2, switches from integer error codes to informational and grouped error codes, and integrates several new improvements from the community.

Tags: Python, Refactoring, checking

Licenses: MIT

Categories: open source

isort 3.1.2

Freshmeat - Mon, 2014-01-20 06:47
isort automatically sorts and sections Python imports. It can turn even the most messy import structure into nice clean sections without duplicates. It provides a command line utility, Python library, and Kate plugin for convenient use.

Release Notes: This release fixes a crash when parsing from a path with Unicode characters in Python2.

Tags: Python, clean, refactor

Licenses: MIT

Categories: open source

Arcavias Core 2014.01.1

Freshmeat - Mon, 2014-01-20 06:46
Arcavias is an e-commerce framework for Web shops, consisting of an e-commerce library, an administration interface, and different frontends. It's a modular stack which offers flexibility and speed. Unlike other Web shops, it's not a monolithic application. Instead, you have a choice between several user frontends, and you can adapt them to your needs or write one of your own.

Release Notes: This is a minor release of the Arcavias Core and the Arcavias Demo Shop. Products added to categories in the Administration Interface are now automatically included in the index. Furthermore, this release cleans up the translation files (removing fuzzy tags) so that all translations are now shown in the front end. The text export in the Administration Interface is much faster by optimized sorts. This release improves the filtering of invalid UTF-8 characters entered in the front end or Administration Interface.

Tags: e-commerce, shop, framework, High Performance

Licenses: LGPLv3

Categories: open source

Consumers shove EMEA PC market down giant hole of DOOM

The Register - Mon, 2014-01-20 06:42
Not even Santa season halts double digit slide, but biz spending offers hope

Businesses that flushed calendar year-end budgets came to the aid of the PC market in late 2013 – but not in the sort of numbers that could have rescued the sector from its consumer-induced coma.…

Categories: news

Linux 3.13 Released

Slashdot - Mon, 2014-01-20 06:36
diegocg writes "Linux kernel 3.13 has been released. This release includes nftables (the successor of iptables); a revamp of the block layer designed for high-performance SSDs; a framework to cap power consumption in Intel RAPL devices; improved squashfs performance; AMD Radeon power management enabled by default and automatic AMD Radeon GPU switching; improved NUMA and hugepage performance; TCP Fast Open enabled by default; support for NFC payments; support for the High-Availability Seamless Redundancy protocol; new drivers; and many other small improvements. Here's the full list of changes."

Read more of this story at Slashdot.

Categories: news

DEMUX Framework 0.8.0

Freshmeat - Mon, 2014-01-20 06:31
DEMUX Framework enables Java developers to build modular, cross-platform applications which can run on desktop, Web, and mobile and embedded devices. It is based on OSGI and supports creating JavaFX desktop applications, mobiles apps (Android, iOS, Windows), and Web applications.

Release Notes: This version bring new and improved archetypes for creating and working with Android projects. Some highlights of this version include: a more user-friendly Android project layout, an additional Maven archetype for building bundles for the Android platform, improvements to Android application bundle loading, and integration with the Maven Android plugin.

Tags: Development Tools, Application Frameworks, Java, Android, javafx, Osgi

Licenses: Apache 2.0

Categories: open source

GTKMan 0.7.2

Freshmeat - Mon, 2014-01-20 06:26
GTKMan is a simple manual page viewer. Manual pages are viewed by specifying their name and optionally the section they are in, just as with the original man command. The manual pages are displayed in simple text form using the default system monospace font.

Release Notes: This release adds compatibility with Debian and Debian-based distributions. It also includes a few minor UI fixes and updated translations.

Tags: Utilities

Licenses: GPLv3

Categories: open source

Xdgmenumaker 0.5

Freshmeat - Mon, 2014-01-20 06:25
Xdgmenumaker is a command line tool that generates application menus using xdg information by scanning *.desktop files in all $XDG_DATA_DIRS/applications directories. All applications are sorted according to the main categories as specified by freedesktop.org. Generated menu entries are localised according to the current user locale settings. It currently supports generation of menus for Fluxbox, IceWM, and WindowMaker. Icons from the current GTK+ icon theme can be included in the menus, when they are supported by the output format.

Release Notes: This release adds support for creating menus for pekwm. It also adds support for reading and using the XDG Path attribute.

Tags: Desktop, menus, Fluxbox, WindowMaker, IceWM

Licenses: GPLv3

Categories: open source

cdrtools 3.01a22

Freshmeat - Mon, 2014-01-20 06:25
cdrtools (formerly cdrecord) creates home-burned CDs/DVDs with a CDR/CDRW/DVD/BluRay recorder. It works as a burn engine for several applications. It supports CD/DVD/BD recorders from many different vendors; all SCSI-3/mmc- and ATAPI/mmc-compliant drives should also work. Supported features include IDE/ATAPI, parallel port, and SCSI drives; audio CDs, data CDs, and mixed CDs; full multi-session support; CD-RWs, DVD-R/-RW, DVD+R/+RW, BD-R/BD-RE; and TAO, DAO, RAW, and human-readable error messages. cdrtools includes remote SCSI support and can access local or remote CD/DVD/BD writers.

Release Notes: mkisofs includes a new option, -legacy, that allows it to reenable the short options -H/-L/-P; these have been disabled in 2006 for compatibility with scripts that have not been updated during the past 10 years. libsiconv now only tries to open a file when the argument includes a slash in its name. libschily::printf() now includes support for %n$ argument reordering for the first 30 arguments.

Tags: Software Distribution, Archiving, multimedia, Sound/Audio, CD Audio, CD Writing, CD Ripping, Boot

Licenses: CDDL

Categories: open source

Novius OS 2.4

Freshmeat - Mon, 2014-01-20 06:23
Novius OS is a CMS that takes up the challenge of managing Web content in today’s multi-channel environment. Its goal is to provide users with one single tool for their digital communication: Web sites, social networks, mobile applications, email, and custom business applications. It is based on the FuelPHP framework. It uses an HTML5 interface, the jQuery UI framework, and the Wijmo and TinyMCE plugins.

Release Notes: This release adds one migration, three improvements, and many bugfixes.

Release Tags: Stable, chiba2

Tags: CMS, Web

Licenses: GNU AGPL v3

Categories: open source

EE BrightBox routers can be hacked 'by simple copy/paste operation'

The Register - Mon, 2014-01-20 06:19
WPA keys, ISP creds, MD5 hashes - all in plain view

BrightBox routers supplied by UK telco EE as standard kit to its broadband and fibre customers are riddled with security shortcomings that make the devices hackable, a UK security researcher warns.…

Categories: news

Brocade flogs adapter biz to QLogic: Are they cutting losses or pleasing investors?

The Register - Mon, 2014-01-20 06:01
$40m/yr isn't a bad revenue stream from one division

Late last week data networking gear firm Brocade announced it was selling its Ethernet and Fibre Channel adapter business to QLogic for an undisclosed sum.…

Categories: news

Take that, BT: Vodafone and BSkyB mull over broadband tie-up - report

The Register - Mon, 2014-01-20 05:29
Unlikely to build a multi-billion pound fibre network, though

BSkyB and Vodafone have reportedly discussed the possibility of teaming up on a high-speed broadband service.…

Categories: news

Eight EXCELLENT languages for the fondleslab-friendly Intranet of Thingies

The Register - Mon, 2014-01-20 05:01
Shifting software paradigms and so forth

Stob What are you up, Verity? Ensconced in one of your comfortable, miles-from-any-critical-path projects?

Categories: news

Ancient carving of 'first human-built holy place' = Primitive Vulture Central

The Register - Mon, 2014-01-20 04:31
Sensational Turkish slab bears hewn El Reg logo

An ancient stone carving in modern-day Turkey is sensationally challenging the theory that the origins of Vulture Central lie in France.…

Categories: news

Aspose.Words for .NET 13.12.0

Freshmeat - Mon, 2014-01-20 04:29
Aspose.Words is a word processing component that makes it possible for .NET applications to read, write, and modify Word documents without using Microsoft Word. Other useful features include document creation, content and formatting manipulation, mail merge abilities, reporting features, and support for DOCX, DOC, WordprocessingML, HTML, XHTML, TXT, and PDF formats (requires Aspose.Pdf). It supports both 32-bit and 64-bit operating systems.

Release Notes: This release adds Curved WordArt support (the WordArt shapes fit to frames defined by Bezier curves) and advanced DrawingML effects such as glow, outer shadow, and reflection. When "track changes" is enabled, any insertions, deletions, or changes in the document are identified and displayed to the user. Along with these three standard changes, there is a special type of change tracking which identifies when a portion of content is moved from one place to another in the document. This move is seen as one unique operation in which the content is moved from one position to another.

Release Tags: Rendering Curved WordArt, advanced DrawingML effects, graphical objects in OOXML, Track Revisions improvements, DrawingML Glow effect, DrawingML Outer Shadow, DrawingML Reflection effect, better RTF to Pdf conversion, improved HTML to PDF conversion

Tags: PDF, word, Ms Office

Licenses: Evaluation License, Developer Enterprise License, Developer OEM License, Site Enterprise License, Site OEM License

Categories: open source