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Monday Afternoon (1 Comments) (link)
 Monday, 13-April-2015  14:40:58 (GMT +10) - by Agg

There's a new super small computer. Claimed to be the smallest autonomous computer in the world, the M^3 is smaller than a grain of rice. Despite its miniature size the computer is said to be capable of taking pictures, reading temperatures, recording pressure, radio communication, and more. The flexibility afforded by its compactness means that the device will be popular in medical, industrial and IoT applications.

Anonabox have recalled their routers due to some embarrasingly fundamental security flaws, thanks mpot. While the miniature routers do direct all of a userís Internet traffic over Tor as promised, the company has confirmed to WIRED that its first batch lacked basic password protection, with no way to keep out unwanted users in Wi-Fi range. And worse yet, the faulty Anonaboxes have another bug that would allow those Wi-Fi intruders to completely hijack the device, snooping on or recording all of a userís traffic.

Russia has declared celebrity memes illegal. According to Roskomnadzor, itís now illegal to use a celebrity in a meme that has no association to the pictured celebrity. The controversial policy was introduced after a Moscow court ruled Russian singer, Valeri Syutkin, had his privacy violated by a particular meme.

It's nice to see people are still making old hardware do new things - like 1024 colours on a CGA 8088 PC! Because there are so many technological world-firsts in the demo, and because weíre bending the hardware in ways that people have never thought to do so, itís only fair that we try to explain exactly how this was achieved. One of my roles was ďorganizerĒ for the demo, so Iíll break it down scene by scene, covering the basics of each trick.

Also on the retro side of things, here's an Apple ][ running on an Arduino Uno. Iíve always been fascinated by the early days of the computer revolution. Today we take tremendously powerful machines for granted but it was not always that way. As a personal project I decided to implement an early eighties era microcomputer on the Arduino Uno to demonstrate just how powerful even the most basic of our microcontrollers are today.

This story is a few months old now so I'm not sure if it's still a concern, but with all the talks about VPN use in Australia lately, Dean spotted this flaw with VPNs. VPN users are facing a massive security flaw as websites can easily see their home IP-addresses through WebRTC. The vulnerability is limited to supporting browsers such as Firefox and Chrome, and appears to affect Windows users only. Luckily the security hole is relatively easy to fix.

This from Matt: Just noticed Win10 will make secure boot non-optional. Meaning possibly dubious future for support of alternative OS's on Windows machines. Here's a FSF page with a petition (now quite old) to encourage manufacturers to support alt OS's with Secure Boot. ... Microsoft has announced that if computer makers wish to distribute machines with the Windows 8 compatibility logo, they will have to implement a measure called "Secure Boot." However, it is currently up for grabs whether this technology will live up to its name, or will instead earn the name Restricted Boot.



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