10/1/2006

Nissan offers Internet access for drivers

Filed under: — Aviran Mordo

Nissan Motor Co on Friday offered a new navigation service that will allow drivers to hear Internet information while driving.

The new service, the first of its kind in the world, will be made available this autumn to subscribers to Nissan’s CARWINGS telematics service that link mobile phones to car navigations systems. The system is exclusive to the Japanese market.

Source: japantoday.com

SunJava 1.5.0_09 Released

Filed under: — Aviran Mordo

Sun released an updated version of the Java language. Java 1.5.0_09 is a maintenance release which fixes several bugs (see release notes)

Intel — Only “Open” For Business

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Intel still refuses to work with open source projects such that they can provide their users with proper support for Intel’s hardware products.

As he has done before, Theo de Raadt once again asks users to take action by contacting Intel, telling them what they think of their current policy of not releasing hardware documentation and granting open source projects the right to distribute hardware firmware with their products. Failing to do so only harms users in the way that they risk having unsupported or malfunctioning hardware in their operating system of choice.

Source: Slashdot

Government Keeps Control of Web Domain Group ICANN

Filed under: — Aviran Mordo

The U.S. Commerce Department said on Friday it would retain oversight for three more years of the company that manages Internet domain names, renewing an agreement that was scheduled to expire this weekend.

The government said it signed a new agreement with the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN), which controls addresses such as “.com” and country domain names such as “.cn” for China.

The U.S. government has previously said it plans to eventually turn over complete control of ICANN, a nonprofit group, to the private sector. The new agreement calls for a review in 2008 of ICANN’s progress toward becoming more accountable, the Commerce Department said.

Tips on Notebook Computer Use

Filed under: — Aviran Mordo

Notebook computers are now a part of modern life. They can be found in offices, schools and homes across the country. There are tens of millions of portable computers in use. The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) is aware of at least 47 incidents involving smoke or fire associated with notebook computers, from January 2001 through August 2006. To promote safe use of notebook computers, batteries and chargers, CPSC offers the following tips:

  • Do not use incompatible computer batteries and chargers. If unsure about whether a replacement battery or charger is compatible, contact the product manufacturer.
  • Computer batteries can get hot during normal use. Do not use your computer on your lap.
  • Do not use your computer on soft surfaces, such as a sofa, bed or carpet, because it can restrict airflow and cause overheating.
  • Do not permit a loose battery to come in contact with metal objects, such as coins, keys or jewelry.
  • Do not crush, puncture or put a high degree of pressure on the battery as this can cause an internal short-circuit, resulting in overheating.
  • Avoid dropping or bumping the computer. Dropping it, especially on a hard surface, can potentially cause damage to the computer and battery. If you suspect damage contact the manufacturer.
  • Do not place the computer in areas that may get very hot.
  • Do not get your computer or battery wet. Even though they will dry and appear to operate normally, the circuitry could slowly corrode and pose a safety hazard.
  • Follow battery usage, storage and charging guidelines found in the user’s guide.

Scientists develop more powerful nuclear fuel

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U.S. researchers have designed a reactor fuel that they believe can make nuclear power plants 50 percent more powerful and safer, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology said.

Researchers say their new technology should be ready for commercial use in existing reactors in about 10 years.

Source: Reuters

Interview with Meir Brand, Google Israel CEO

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Interview with Meir Brand, Google Israel CEO
Google Israel CEO, the man who got selected as the most influential man by TheMarker and other leading sites Israel , Meir Brand in a special interview for Rosh Hashana.

Hackers claim zero-day flaw in Firefox

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The open-source Firefox Web browser is critically flawed in the way it handles JavaScript, two hackers said Saturday afternoon.

An attacker could commandeer a computer running the browser simply by crafting a Web page that contains some malicious JavaScript code, Mischa Spiegelmock and Andrew Wbeelsoi said in a presentation at the ToorCon hacker conference. The flaw affects Firefox on Windows, Apple Computer’s Mac OS X and Linux, they said.

The flaw is specific to Firefox’s implementation of JavaScript, a 10-year old scripting language widely used on the Web. In particular, various programming tricks can cause a stack overflow error, Spiegelmock said. The implementation is a “complete mess,” he said. “It is impossible to patch.”

The JavaScript issue appears to be a real vulnerability, Window Snyder, Mozilla’s security chief, said after watching a video of the presentation Saturday night. “What they are describing might be a variation on an old attack,” she said. “We’re going to do some investigating.”

Source: News.com

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