RapidSSL CA Digital ID hacked

Sean Kalinich | | Dec 31, 2008 11:00 AM CST

There is bad news for people that use online banking and shopping (which is most of us). Security experts have discovered that there is a fairly easy way to mimic the digital ID for CA authority sites.

A multinational team was able to mimic the Digital ID for RapidSSL. RapidSSL still used the MD5 method of encrypting its Digital Certificates. MD5 is an older encryption standard and has a more than a few known weaknesses. This enabled them to generate fake certificates signed with the false ID.

The exploit play off of a weakness in just about all internet browsers.

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Is nVidia choosing the wrong tech for 3D Glasses?

nVidia is still having a rough time, Not with GPUs and MCH chips. No this time it seems they are going in the wrong direction with their newest 3D Glasses.

If you have ever tried a pair of these (not just from nVidia) they are not exactly the easiest thing on the eyes. They usually consist of a pair of glasses that are little more than small displays that alternate the image between your town eyes creating a 3D Effect. The last pair I used gave me a headache that lasted a couple of days.

According to Charlie Demerjian; nVidia is using a similar technology to the migraine inducing ones I remember. The Green team are choosing this technology at a time when everyone else is moving away from active glasses for that very reason.

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Dell Carbon Neutral claims exaggerated

Sean Kalinich | | Dec 31, 2008 9:13 AM CST

If you are a regular watcher of the TV Show Dirty Jobs with Mike Rowe you know that not everyone agrees with the new "Green" movement. Many companies and Celebrities wave the green flag and talk about protecting the environment. But are they really doing anything about it? Or is it all just talk.

Amongst the Green talking companies we have Apple, they even went so far as to claim their latest line of MacBooks was the "Greenest Ever". Problem is they are not that green at all. They still contain Chips with High Lead in them and still put off carbon monoxide like everyone else. Green Peace pointed this out to us and Apple eventually pulled the ads.

The latest company to be caught lying about being green is Dell. Dell has made claims that it was a Neutral Carbon foot print. However, the Wall Street Journal points out that they are making that claim while omitting a great deal of information. Dell is only including the carbon emissions produced by its boilers and company-owned cars, its buildings' electricity use, and its employees' business air travel. But not any of the oil used to make its parts or the fuels used to ship them etc.

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RIAA loses appeal over mistrial

Sean Kalinich | | Dec 30, 2008 10:03 AM CST

The band of thugs that is the RIAA has had a major disappointment handed to them as their one and only Victory in court has been labeled a mistrial.

In the continuing saga of RIAA Vs the Single Mom, the original presiding judge now realizes that he was in error by informing the jury that simply the act of making content available constituted copyright infringement.

RIAA, in a mad dash to protect its one win, submitted an appeal to prevent the mistrial. However the judge wisely denied it without even making a comment.

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Is Apple preparing a quad core Mac Book?

Sean Kalinich | | Dec 30, 2008 9:05 AM CST

For today's fruity news we have a story from APC asking the age old question. Is Apple preparing a Quad-Core Macbook Pro?

Since the move from the hot and power hungry G4s and G5s to Intel Apple has been able to release efficient (power and heat wise) multi-core and multi-CPU systems like they do in the PC world.

Apple has also been very good about following Intel's road map. Intel just launched an affordable (in relative terms) mobile quad labeled the Q9000 which runs its four cores at 2GHz each and backs them with 6MB of L2 Cache.

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MSI release world's first Hybrid Storage netbook

Steve Dougherty | Laptops | Dec 30, 2008 12:43 AM CST

MSI has officially released what is being claimed as the world's first hybrid storage netbook today; the U115 Hybrid. The way it works is there is both an SSD and a larger capacity HDD inside; the SSD (choice of 8 or 16GB) holds the operating system (Windows XP Home) and the 120 or 160GB hard disk can be used for regular content (music, documents, movies etc.). The netbook will power down the standard hard disk when not in use so as to prolong battery life.

MSI release world's first Hybrid Storage netbook

Other features of the U115 include a 10" LCD with a resolution of up to 1024x600, 3 or 6 cell battery, WiFi and Ethernet connectivity, 4-in-1 card reader, optional Bluetooth and 1.3 or 2.0MP webcam, whilst keeping to a weight of no more than 1Kg with dimensions of 260x180x31.5mm

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Intel add five new mobile Core 2s to lineup

Steve Dougherty | | Dec 29, 2008 8:10 PM CST

Intel has just extended its mobile processor lineup with five new 45nm models, four dual-cores and one quad-core. The Q9000 quad-core chip runs at a speed of 2.0GHz on a 1066MHz FSB, has 6MB of L2 cache and a TDP rating of 45w. Pricing comes in at $348 for this chip.

Intel add five new mobile Core 2s to lineup

As for the Duos, these include the P8700 and P9600 CPUs running at 2.53 and 2.66GHz respectively. They both run on a 1066MHz FSB and carry 6MB of L2 cache, running a TDP of 25w. Pricing for these two come in at $241 and $316.

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Windows 7 Beta 1 leaked to the Internet

Sean Kalinich | Software & Apps | Dec 29, 2008 9:20 AM CST

Windows 7 Beta 1 was leaked to the torrent net this weekend, with the usual suspects hosting the files.

Windows 7 has caused quite a stir and has received more positive press than just about any other OS in MS history at this stage. Personally I find it very funny as 7 is nothing more than a Vista Kernel with a new GUI and a few basic improvements. Which makes me wonder where all of the anti-DRM fanatics are? This crowd lambasted Vista for its DRM and HDCP inclusions which are still present (and even more locked down) in 7 yet they are silent or praising 7.

To me it sounds like some hypocrisy is going on.

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Physicists Prefer Macs

Sean Kalinich | | Dec 29, 2008 8:47 AM CST

Particle Physicist Brian Cox seems to think that Macs are the end all beat all for Physicists. In a long and gushing article on Apple's website he goes on to explain why he has chosen this and why he feels others in the Particle Physics world use the Fruity Toy too.

Cox declaims "because they're essentially UNIX" Physicists that have been using UNIX in the past love the ability to use a terminal shell and type in UNIX commands. He also declares that Macs can still natively compile FORTRAN and other legacy code without the same issues that Windows has.

What I find the most interesting is that he is willing to pay significantly more for his "UNIX" based Mac than he would getting a standard PC and running Linux. I wonder if Mr. Cox is aware that Linux is also UNIX based or that there are a large number of compilers for FORTRAN for Windows. If Physics like to keep things the same (as Mr. Cox suggests) that list should have them Windows happy as they are just upgraded versions of the compilers they have been using for 20 years.

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