GeekSpeak for 2011-10-15

Dennis Ritchie, You Will Be Sorely Missed

We mourn the passing of [Dennis Ritchie, creator of C, co-creator of Unix|http://herbsutter.com/2011/10/12/dennis-ritchie/], and one of the biggest influences on modern computing. Not for wealth, not for fame, but simply because the challenges existed. He will be remembered fondly by those who knew him as well as by those of us who unfortunately never had the honor.

Get Hacked, Don't Tell

“Officials at Creech Air Force Base in Nevada knew for two weeks about a virus infecting the drone ‘cockpits’ there. But they kept the information about the infection to themselves—keeping the unit that’s supposed to serve as the Air Force’s cybersecurity specialists in the dark. The network defenders at the 24th Air Force learned of the virus by reading about it in Danger Room.”

Sony suffers another attack on PSN

“Sony has been the victim of another attack on the PlayStation Network and Sony Online services, where intruders attempted to log in using a large number of account names and passwords.”

Facebook: Releasing Your Personal Data Reveals our Trade Secrets

“Facebook says it is not required to give you a copy of some of your personal data as it could adversely affect the company’s trade secrets and intellectual property.”

Cell Phone Searches Without Warrant

“In a case explicitly decided to set a precedent, the California Appellate court has determined police officers can rifle through your cellphone during a traffic violation stop.”

Ubuntu 11.10, the Oneiric Ocelot

“Ubuntu received a major update today. The developers behind the popular Linux distribution released version 11.10, codenamed Oneiric Ocelot.”


! Thank You

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