February 26, 2013

Researcher unearths two new Java zero-day bugs
"We had yet another look into Oracle's Java SE 7 software that was released by the company on Feb. 19," said Adam Gowdiak, in an email reply to questions today. "As a result, we have discovered two new security issues, which when combined together, can be successfully used to gain a complete Java security sandbox bypass in the environment of Java SE 7 Update 15 (1.7.0_15-b03)."

Intel demos perceptual computing software toolkit
With a special depth-perception camera clipped to the top of his laptop lid and connected over USB to the computer, Solomon was able to show how the SDK software rendered his facial expressions and hand gestures on the computer screen, accompanied by an overlay of lines and dots to show the precise position of his eyes and fingers.

The Future of Internet Lies in HTML5!
With no support for Flash on future versions of Android and iOS, it seems that most web administrators will have to change their websites over to HTML5 to cater to the exploding consumption of mobile media consumption. Once HTML5 gets ratified by the W3C, Adobe hopes it will provide the best cross-platform experience.

The Mandate for Social Collaboration in Business
58 percent of organizations now allow open social collaboration across the enterprise, while on the other hand 39 percent explicitly deny people the opportunity to interact using this technology. ... The largest number of new hires in organizations over the next five years will come from a younger generation of workers called Millennials, who are used to engaging in collaboration and are unresponsive to electronic mail. Organizations will need to look at a spectrum of methods to fully engage their attention and realize their potential.

Mozilla previews Firefox OS with four phone makers and 18 operators onboard
Considerable operator support underlines the desire for an HTML5-based alternative to iOS and Android, but the depth of commitment is unclear, according to CCS Insight. Success hinges on apps, attractive devices and operator subsidies, it said. The real acid test for Firefox OS and its long-term prospects is the quality of the software itself and the user and developer experiences that it fosters, according to Ovum. However, it will be difficult to say whether it meets those needs sufficiently until we have seen retail devices.

HTML5 versus Flash – What’s the Story?
The big problem for Flash is the backlash it received from Apple with many of the world’s largest company’s products such as the iPad and iPhone no longer offering built-in Flash support (although there are add-ons that will allow it to work). Another big player in YouTube also serves up only limited Flash support with the video browser preferring HTML5 for new features such as video playback.

Sudoku using MS Solver Foundation
The following is an example of how Microsoft Solver Foundation can be used to solve a constraint satisfaction problem(CSP) like generating a typical Sudoku problem. In this article the author does not attempt to explain everything there is to know about constraint satisfaction problems, but he goes over the concepts, in the hope that even if you have never heard of CSP, you will still get the idea.

CIOs may be usurped by CDOs and CTOs: Gartner
"It could be," Laney said. "Most CIOs are so much consumed with technology that they have forgotten their title has 'information' in it. They are very much fixated on the technology side of things." Laney isn't the only analyst that has expressed doubt about the future of CIOs. IBRS analyst Sue Johnston considered the role of the CIO to be bloated with too many responsibilities.

Ex-Yahoos Confess: Marissa Mayer Is Right To Ban Working From Home
Here is why: "A lot of people hid. There were all these employees [working remotely] and nobody knew they were still at Yahoo."; These people aren't just Yahoo customer support reps. They're in all divisions, from marketing to engineering; Mayer saw another side-benefit to making this move. She knows that some remote workers won't want to start coming into the office and so they will quit. That helps Yahoo, which needs to cut costs. It's a layoff that's not a layoff. Bigger picture:

RSA 2013:Weatherford outlines 'cyber 9-1-1' plan
"Currently, there is a lot of confusion when it comes to who organizations should call should they suffer a breach, or find themselves under significant attack pressure," he said. "We want to make DHS the cyber-91-1. Currently, people don't know why they should call, and we want to change that," Weatherford said. Toward that aim, Weatherford's goals include expanding government and private industry attack-data sharing. "The president has given us a mandate to up the ante on data sharing. When I was in the private sector, that was a big challenge. If the government had threat information, I wanted to know about it," he said.

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"The noblest pleasure is the joy of understanding" -- Leonardo Da Vinci