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Opera 5.x security vulnerability

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There is a security hole in the Opera 5.x web browser, in which a web site script with bad intentions might be able to access cookie data from other sites. The vulnerability is discussed on Security Focus. Until Opera Software gets out a patch for this, a recipe for making yourself secure is also there. Affected versions are all 5.x versions for Win32 and Linux.

No mention of this vulnerability could be found on the Opera web site.
 
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EPOC in the new Nokia 7650

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Psion PDAIt might not have registered with you, but the new mobile phone from Nokia, the 7650, has EPOC for operating system. Since marketing droids needs to take home paychecks too, the system is also known under the name Symbian OS.

The new dual band phone has 4 MB RAM (Nokia calls this "dynamic memory"), a backlit 176x208 pixel color display, a built in camera, a joystick (!) and all sorts of connectivity. Check out the full specs at Nokia's web site. Also, see Nokia's flash demo of the phone for pictures from a bewildering number of angles.

And yes, according to rumors, you can talk into it too.
 
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Neeed a new e-mail client? Evolution is (nearly) ready

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NewsNewsForge reports that release candidate 2 of the mail client Evolution is out.
 
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Attack: Duron 1200 Takes On the Pentium 4

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Hardware
Article from: Tom's Hardware Guide

"Our comprehensive benchmark analysis has shown that, in some disciplines, the new AMD Duron 1200 is even marginally faster than an Intel Pentium 4/1500. The Duron's strengths come clearly to the fore in 3D games still based on DirectX 7. Under DirectX 8, the Duron 1200 is still somewhat faster than the direct competition from Intel, the Celeron 1200, but, the low-cost CPU still can't outstrip Intel's Pentium 4. Encoding MP3s is another story, however - the Duron 1200 tops the Pentium 4/1400."

Read the full test at Tom's Hardware Guide.
 
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A new Douglas Adams novel next year

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NewsNext may will see yet another Douglas Adams novel, the sixth in the "Hitchhiker's Guide To The Galaxy" series. The novel, recovered from Adams' Mac, will be named "A Salmon of Doubt". All this according to a BBC News article.
 
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Advanced filesystem implementor's guide

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GNU/LinuxDaniel Robbins of Gentoo Linux has written a very good article in 6 parts on Linux filesystem implementation. If you are relatively new to Linux but not to computers, and wonder what all those different Linux filesystems are all about, read the article series over at the IBM open source projects web site. It's very interesting reading indeed.

The article series cover journaling, ReiserFS, tmpfs, devfs, ext3, XFS and GFS and how to set them up under Linux 2.4.
 
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No go: The 5mx and the Apacer 96Mb CF

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Psion PDA
By Tor Willy Austerslått

While the 16Mb internal memory on the Psion 5mx holds silly amounts of data, you occasionally need to transport bigger files from point A to B, and that's why I went out and bought a 96Mb Compact Flash memory card from Taiwanese memory maker Apacer.
 
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Stealthing around the net

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Thomas C. Greene of The Register explains in layman terms how you do "Do-it-yourself Internet anonymity". If total paranoia isn't your cup of tea, you can still follow most of the tips in the article to maintain a low-key presence on the net.
 
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E-mail since 1971

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NewsThis year, it's 30 years since Richard Tomlinson sent the first e-mail message on ARPANET, using the now famous '@' as an indicator that the message was supposed to end up on another machine. In 1971, Tomlinson was working (and still is) for Bolt, Beranek and Newman, a contractor hired to work on ARPANET for the US government. He was, as the case often is, supposed to have been doing something else when "inventing" e-mail.

In 2001, Tomlinson got himself a Webby award for his early work on e-mail. Morse, Marconi, Bell and Tomlinson?
 
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Itanium flunking Compaq server tests

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HardwareIntel's Itanium processor is failing to pass Compaq Computer's stress tests, according to a Compaq representative, thus holding up the release of Compaq's Itanium servers.

A Compaq representative said that the company has experienced "sightings" with Itanium, Intel's 64-bit processor for servers, in Compaq's internal testing of its ProLiant DL590/64. The representative would not go so far as to call the issue a flaw, but said the problem appeared to be caused by the processor. The problem crops up with servers running both the 733MHz and 800MHz version of the chip.

Read the full story over at Cnet.

 
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