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Alien: Isolation Trailer

Recent Blue's News Posts - Thu, 04/17/2014 - 9:55am
GameSpot offers a new narrated trailer showing off the "Lo-fi Sci-fi" Alien: Isolation, Creative Assembly's upcoming game installment in the Alien/Aliens series. Word simply is: "The Alien:...

Starbound Update Pace Explained

Recent Blue's News Posts - Thu, 04/17/2014 - 9:55am
A new progress report on the Starbound website explains the reasons updates to the space sandbox game have slowed lately, reassuring supporters that this "certainly has nothing to do with us taking...

Steam Guard Scam Warning

Recent Blue's News Posts - Thu, 04/17/2014 - 9:55am
Malwarebytes sends along a warning for Steam users they say they will soon publish on the Malwarebytes blog about a way scammers can bypass Steam Guard security in trying to gain unauthorized access...

75 More Steam Greenlights

Recent Blue's News Posts - Thu, 04/17/2014 - 9:55am
A Steam Community announcement reveals that Valve has approved an additional 75 titles for future sale on Steam though their ever-more-inclusive Greenlight process. This page has a detailed list of...

Gatherings & Competitions

Recent Blue's News Posts - Thu, 04/17/2014 - 9:55am
GamesAid tenner raises £6,371 at MCV Awards.

Morning Previews

Recent Blue's News Posts - Thu, 04/17/2014 - 9:55am
Fight The Dragon on Strategy Informer. 0RBITALIS on The Indie Mine.

Morning Consolidation

Recent Blue's News Posts - Thu, 04/17/2014 - 9:55am
Still going strong- Sony sells more than 7 million PlayStation 4s. PS4 update coming soon, adds ShareFactory video editing suite, removes HDCP. Amazing Spider-Man 2 delayed indefinitely on Xbox One....

Morning Mobilization

Recent Blue's News Posts - Thu, 04/17/2014 - 9:55am
Sony offered to help make Vita version of Titanfall.

Morning Metaverse

Recent Blue's News Posts - Thu, 04/17/2014 - 9:55am
Google Fiber finally rolling out Internet service to businesses.

Morning Tech Bits

Recent Blue's News Posts - Thu, 04/17/2014 - 9:55am
Why the Windows 8.1 Update probably means no more Service Packs for Windows.

Morning Safety Dance

Recent Blue's News Posts - Thu, 04/17/2014 - 9:55am
Confirmed: Nasty Heartbleed bug exposes OpenVPN private keys, too.

Morning Legal Briefs

Recent Blue's News Posts - Thu, 04/17/2014 - 9:55am
Teen nabbed in Heartbleed attack against Canadian tax site. Thanks Ant. Despite Lavabit contempt order, e-mail privacy stalled in Congress. AT&T hates plan to help small carriers, threatens boycott...

Game Reviews

Recent Blue's News Posts - Thu, 04/17/2014 - 9:55am
Hotline Miami on Moebius: Empire Rising on IncGamers. The Wolf Among Us: A Crooked Mile on Gamer Horizon and Gaming Nexus. War of the Vikings on Yaiba: Ninja Gaiden Z...

Hardware Reviews

Recent Blue's News Posts - Thu, 04/17/2014 - 9:55am
AOC Q2770PQU 27″ PLS Monitor on eTeknix. ASUS GeForce GTX 760 Striker Platinum on Guru3D. Bloody B540 Mechanical Keyboard and TL8A Laser Gaming Mouse on Hardware Heaven. CM Storm Havoc Gaming...

Ubuntu Linux 14.04 LTS Trusty Tahr Released

Recent /. Posts - Thu, 04/17/2014 - 9:42am
An anonymous reader writes with this announcement: "Ubuntu Linux version 14.04 LTS (code named "Trusty Tahr") has been released and available for download. This updated version includes the Linux kernel v3.13.0-24.46, Python 3.4, Xen 4.4, Libreoffice 4.2.3, MySQL 5.6/MariaDB 5.5, Apache 2.4, PHP 5.5, improvements to AppArmor allow more fine-grained control over application, and more. The latest release of Ubuntu Server is heavily focused on supporting cloud and scale-out computing platforms such as OpenStack, Docker, and more. As part of the wider Ubuntu 14.04 release efforts the Ubuntu Touch team is proud to make the latest and greatest touch experience available to our enthusiast users and developers. You can install Ubuntu on Nexus 4 Phone (mako), Nexus 7 (2013) Tablet (flo), and Nexus 10 Tablet (manta) by following these instructions. On a hardware front, ARM multiplatform support has been added, enabling you to build a single ARM kernel image that can boot across multiple hardware platforms. Additionally, the ARM64 and Power architectures are now fully supported. See detailed release notes for more information. A quick upgrade to a newer version of Ubuntu is possible over the network."

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Snowden Queries Putin On Live TV Regarding Russian Internet Surveillance

Recent /. Posts - Thu, 04/17/2014 - 9:01am
Rambo Tribble (1273454) writes "Edward Snowden appeared on a Russian television call-in show to ask Russian President Vladimir Putin about policies of mass surveillance. The exchange has a canned quality which will likely lead to questions regarding the integrity of Snowden's actions, in the query of his host in asylum."

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Tor Blacklisting Exit Nodes Vulnerable To Heartbleed

Recent /. Posts - Thu, 04/17/2014 - 8:21am
msm1267 (2804139) writes "The Tor Project has published a list of 380 exit relays vulnerable to the Heartbleed OpenSSL vulnerability that it will reject. This comes on the heels of news that researcher Collin Mulliner of Northeastern University in Boston found more than 1,000 nodes vulnerable to Heartbleed where he was able to retrieve plaintext user traffic. Mulliner said he used a random list of 5,000 Tor nodes from the website for his research; of the 1,045 vulnerable nodes he discovered, he recovered plaintext traffic that included Tor plaintext announcements, but a significant number of nodes leaked user traffic in the clear."

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The Dismal State of SATCOM Security

Recent /. Posts - Thu, 04/17/2014 - 7:40am
An anonymous reader writes "Satellite Communications (SATCOM) play a vital role in the global telecommunications system, but the security of the devices used leaves much to be desired. The list of security weaknesses IOActive found while analyzing and reverse-engineering firmware used on the most widely deployed Inmarsat and Iridium SATCOM terminals does not include only design flaws but also features in the devices themselves that could be of use to attackers. The uncovered vulnerabilities include multiple backdoors, hardcoded credentials, undocumented and/or insecure protocols, and weak encryption algorithms. These vulnerabilities allow remote, unauthenticated attackers to compromise the affected products. In certain cases no user interaction is required to exploit the vulnerability; just sending a simple SMS or specially crafted message from one ship to another ship would be successful for some of the SATCOM systems."

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Apache OpenOffice Reaches 100 Million Downloads. Now What?

Recent /. Posts - Thu, 04/17/2014 - 6:54am
We're thankfully long past the days when an emailed Word document was useless without a copy of Microsoft Word, and that's in large part thanks to the success of the OpenOffice family of word processors. "Family," because the OpenOffice name has been attached to several branches of a codebase that's gone through some serious evolution over the years, starting from its roots in closed-source StarOffice, acquired and open-sourced by Sun to become The same software has led (via some hamfisted moves by Oracle after its acquisition of Sun) to the also-excellent LibreOffice.'s direct descendant is Apache OpenOffice, and an anonymous reader writes with this excellent news from that project: "The Apache Software Foundation (ASF), the all-volunteer developers, stewards, and incubators of more than 170 Open Source projects and initiatives, announced today that Apache OpenOffice has been downloaded 100 million times. Over 100 million downloads, over 750 extensions, over 2,800 templates. But what does the community at Apache need to do to get the next 100 million?" If you want to play along, you can get the latest version of OpenOffice from SourceForge (Slashdot's corporate cousin). I wonder how many government offices -- the U.S. Federal government has long been Microsoft's biggest customer -- couldn't get along just fine with an open source word processor, even considering all the proprietary-format documents they're stuck with for now.

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