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29-03-2009, 12:50:05

HIV Transmission Captured On Video

HIV Transmission Captured On VideoTechnology Review has promising news on the AIDS front: researchers have captured HIV T cell transmission on video. The upshot could be new avenues of treatment. "The resulting images and videos show that, once an infected cell adheres to a heal...
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29-03-2009, 08:50:01

Why Toddlers Don't Do What They're Told

Why Toddlers Don't Do What They're ToldHugh Pickens writes "New cognitive research shows that 3-year-olds neither plan for the future nor live completely in the present, but instead call up the past as they need it. 'There is a lot of work in the field of cognitive development t...
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29-03-2009, 06:50:02

Graphic Artists Condemn UK Ban On Erotic Comics

Graphic Artists Condemn UK Ban On Erotic Comicsmdwh2 writes "Graphic artists, publishers and MPs have condemned the UK's Coroners and Justice Bill, which will criminalize possession of sexual depictions that appear to show someone under 18 (the age of consent is 16 in the UK), a...
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29-03-2009, 04:50:02

Fears of a Conficker Meltdown Greatly Exaggerated

Fears of a Conficker Meltdown Greatly ExaggeratedBobB-nw writes "Many have been worrying that the Conficker worm will somehow rise up and devastate the Internet on April 1. These fears are misplaced, security experts say. April 1 is what Conficker researchers are calling a trigg...
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29-03-2009, 00:50:03

Microsoft's New Multiple-Browser Tester

Microsoft's New Multiple-Browser TesterZ80xxc! writes "Microsoft recently announced a new product called Expression Web SuperPreview, which lets developers view their web pages in any browser installed on their system, as well as in different versions of IE, all from the same in...
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28-03-2009, 22:50:02

RIP the Campus Computer Lab, 1960-2009

RIP the Campus Computer Lab, 1960-2009theodp writes "When every student has a laptop, why run computer labs? That's a question schools have been asking themselves as computer ownership rates among incoming freshmen routinely top 90%. After only four freshmen showed up at the Uni...
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28-03-2009, 20:50:03

The "Vista-Capable" Debacle Spreads To Acer

The "Vista-Capable" Debacle Spreads To AcerN!NJA writes in with a Register story on a lawsuit filed against Acer for selling Windows Vista on an underpowered notebook. Of course anybody can sue for anything; it will be interesting to see if this action goes forward in the courts...
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28-03-2009, 18:50:07

The Global Warming Heretic

The Global Warming Heretictheodp writes "In The Civil Heretic, the NYT Magazine takes a look at how world-renowned scientist Freeman Dyson wound up opposing those who care most about global warming. Since coming out of the closet on global warming, Dyson has found himself descri...
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28-03-2009, 16:50:06

Mozilla First To Patch Pwn2Own Browser Vulnerability

Mozilla First To Patch Pwn2Own Browser VulnerabilityConstantine the Less writes "Mozilla has released Firefox 3.0.8 to fix a pair of code execution holes that put users of the browser at risk of drive-by download attacks. It includes a fix for one of the flaws exploited during t...
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28-03-2009, 14:50:08

New Speed Record Set For Wind-Powered Vehicles

New Speed Record Set For Wind-Powered VehiclesHugh Pickens writes "Richard Jenkins reached 126.1mph in his Greenbird car on the dry plains of Ivanpah Lake in Nevada, setting a new world land speed record for a wind-powered vehicle. 'It's great; it's one of those things that you ...
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28-03-2009, 10:50:03

Windows 7 Touchscreen Details Emerging

Windows 7 Touchscreen Details Emergingnandemoari writes "Microsoft has revealed more about Windows 7 and its support for touch screen technology. The system sounds impressive, however, reports suggest it appears to have a high error rate. In an early version of the system, Micro...
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28-03-2009, 08:50:03

Growing Plants In Lunar Gravity

Growing Plants In Lunar Gravitysmooth wombat writes "If everything goes according to plan, an experiment designed to test whether plants can grow in the limited lunar gravity will hitch a ride with a competitor for the Google Lunar X Prize. 'The current prototype for the greenho...
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28-03-2009, 06:50:07

Red Hat — Stand Alone Or Get Bought?

Red Hat — Stand Alone Or Get Bought?head_dunce writes "It seems that this economy has inspired a lot of businesses to move to Linux, with Red Hat posting profits that beat everyone's expectations. There's a dark side to being a highly profitable company in a down economy, ...
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28-03-2009, 02:50:02

3D-Based CAPTCHAs Become a Reality

3D-Based CAPTCHAs Become a Realitymateuscb writes "A new way of creating a CAPTCHA using 3D objects has become a reality. The idea was thought up independently by blogger Taylor Hayward and by the folks at YUNiTi.com. 'Similar to Hayward's idea, this new technology relies on our...
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28-03-2009, 00:50:02

Microsoft, Amazon Oppose Cloud Computing Interoperability Plan

Microsoft, Amazon Oppose Cloud Computing Interoperability Planthefickler writes "Microsoft is opposing an industry plan, the Open Cloud Manifesto, to promote cloud computing interoperability. Officially, Microsoft says the plan is unnecessarily secretive and that cloud computing...
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27-03-2009, 22:50:03

Australian ISP Argues For BitTorrent Users

Australian ISP Argues For BitTorrent Userstaucross writes "Australian ISP iiNet is making a very bold move. They are asking the court to accept that essentially, BitTorrent cannot be used to distribute pirated content because a packet does not represent a substantial portion of ...
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27-03-2009, 20:50:03

More IT Pros Could Turn To E-Crime In Poor Economy

More IT Pros Could Turn To E-Crime In Poor Economysnydeq writes to mention that a recent survey by KPMG shows that many people feel that out-of-work IT workers will be much more tempted to turn to criminal activities due to the down economy. This, coupled with an E-crime survey ...
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27-03-2009, 18:50:03

iPhone 3G Finally Available In US Contract-Free

iPhone 3G Finally Available In US Contract-FreeEngadget is reporting that the iPhone 3G is finally available contract-free if you are willing to pay a much higher premium. Without a contract consumers are looking at $599 for an 8GB model and $699 for the 16GB. AT&T has the a...
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27-03-2009, 16:50:03

Pirate Bay To Offer VPN For $7 a Month

Pirate Bay To Offer VPN For $7 a MonthDeath Metal sends along an Ars Technica piece about The Pirate Bay's plans for a virtual private network service to help ensure its users' privacy. "The Pirate Bay is planning to launch a paid VPN service for users looking to cover their tra...
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27-03-2009, 14:50:04

The Underappreciated Risks of Severe Space Weather

The Underappreciated Risks of Severe Space Weathercircletimessquare notes a New Scientist piece calling attention to a recent study by the National Academy of Sciences, which attempts to raise awareness of the dangers of severe solar electromagnetic storms. "In 1859, amateur ast...
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27-03-2009, 10:50:03

Proposal Suggests UK Students Study Wikipedia and Twitter

Proposal Suggests UK Students Study Wikipedia and TwitterAn anonymous reader writes "Who needs crusty old rubbish like the Victorian era or World War II? Instead, an Ofsted report leaked to The Guardian details proposals to teach UK primary school children how to use Wikipedia, ...
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27-03-2009, 08:50:01

Tesla Releases First Official Photos of Model S Sedan

Tesla Releases First Official Photos of Model S SedanThelasko writes "After several pictures of the Model S were leaked onto the internet, Jalopnik has the first official pictures of the Model S. One of its most striking features is its massive touchscreen in place of the center...
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27-03-2009, 00:50:02

Huge Supernova Baffles Scientists

Huge Supernova Baffles ScientistsIddo Genuth writes "Scientists from the Weizmann Institute of Science in Israel and San Diego State University have observed an explosion of a star 50 times larger than the sun. In what they call a 'first observation of its kind' the scientists w...
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26-03-2009, 22:50:03

Old-School Keyboard Makes Comeback of Sorts

Old-School Keyboard Makes Comeback of SortsCharlotteShma writes "Some old writer once said that in order to keep going, he needed to hear the scratch of the pen on the page. Some self-proclaimed keyboard aficionados would make the same argument for computer keyboards. Is it poss...
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26-03-2009, 20:50:05

What an IBM-Sun Merger Might Mean For Java, MySQL, Developers

What an IBM-Sun Merger Might Mean For Java, MySQL, DevelopersAn IBM-Sun merger is a tantalyzing possibility; snydeq writes "Fatal Exception's Neil McAllister suggests that an IBM/Sun merger could crown Big Blue king of enterprise software development. 'Acquiring Sun would make I...
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26-03-2009, 18:50:04

10 OSes We Left Behind

10 OSes We Left BehindCWmike writes "As the tech community gears up to celebrate Unix's 40th birthday this summer, one thing is clear: People do love operating systems. They rely on them, get exasperated by them and live with their little foibles. So now that we're more than 30 ...
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26-03-2009, 16:50:02

Sun Puts Data Center Through 6.7 Earthquake

Sun Puts Data Center Through 6.7 EarthquakeAn anonymous reader sent in a video clip showing Sun experimenting with shoving a data center through a simulated 6.7 Earthquake. Everything stays running, but some power cords came out, some screws worked loose, but it's still kind of ...
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26-03-2009, 14:50:04

GMail Adds 5 Second Send Rule

GMail Adds 5 Second Send Ruletheatrecade was one of a few folks to note that Google Labs has added the five second rule to email. Once upon a time this rule only applied to delicious food stuffs dropped on the floor, but at long last you can change your mind on that email to you...
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26-03-2009, 10:50:06

Companies Waste $2.8 Billion Per Year Powering Unused PCs

Companies Waste $2.8 Billion Per Year Powering Unused PCssnydeq writes "Unused PCs — computers that are powered on but not in use — are expected to emit approximately 20 million tons of CO2 this year, roughly equivalent to the impact of 4 million cars, according to r...
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26-03-2009, 08:50:02

YouTube Music Content Takedown Continued

YouTube Music Content Takedown Continuedpregnantfridge writes "In the ongoing conflict between PRS for Music and YouTube over the takedown of all music related content in the UK, PRS for Music have created a new site, fairplayforcreators
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26-03-2009, 06:50:06

Cotton Swabs Prime Suspect In 8 Year Phantom Chase

Cotton Swabs Prime Suspect In 8 Year Phantom Chasematt4077 writes "For eight years, several hundred police officers across several European countries have been chasing a phantom woman whose DNA had been found in almost 20 crimes (including two murders) across central Europe. It ...
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26-03-2009, 04:50:01

Google Voice Fixes Security Flaw, Almost

Google Voice Fixes Security Flaw, Almostgardel writes "Google appears to have fixed a significant security hole in its two-week-old Voice calling service though some vulnerabilities remain. Until about 7pm PDT Tuesday, an unauthorized party could use a SIP device to spoof a phon...
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26-03-2009, 02:50:01

Pwn2Own 2009 Winner Charlie Miller Interviewed

Pwn2Own 2009 Winner Charlie Miller Interviewedcrazipper writes "Tom's Hardware interviewed Charlie Miller, winner of this year's Pwn2Own contest and formerly with the NSA. He discusses the effort it took before the contest to be able to take down a MacBook within seconds, sandbo...
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26-03-2009, 00:50:02

Internet Archive Gets 4.5PB Data Center Upgrade

Internet Archive Gets 4.5PB Data Center UpgradeLucas123 writes "The Internet Archive, the non-profit organization that scrapes the Web every two months in order to archive web page images, just cut the ribbon on a new 4.5 petabyte data center housed in a metal shipping container...
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25-03-2009, 22:50:02

Enterprise FOSS Adoption Beyond Linux Servers?

Enterprise FOSS Adoption Beyond Linux Servers?An anonymous reader writes "I am working with a couple of large companies that are purchasing web and collaboration software stacks from Microsoft, IBM and others. These are for thousands of end users and are (supposedly) ready for m...
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25-03-2009, 20:50:03

Khronos Launches Initiative For Standards-Based Web Content

Khronos Launches Initiative For Standards-Based Web Contentxororand writes "The initiative called 'Accelerated 3D on the web' has been formed by the Khronos consortium with the goal to define an open standard for 3D content on the web, using OpenGL and ECMAscript, as it was sugg...
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25-03-2009, 18:50:02

CIA Expert Decries E-Voting Security

CIA Expert Decries E-Voting SecurityISoldat53 sends this quote from McClatchy DC: "The CIA, which has been monitoring foreign countries' use of electronic voting systems, has reported apparent vote-rigging schemes in Venezuela, Macedonia and Ukraine and a raft of concerns about ...
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25-03-2009, 16:50:07

China Blocks YouTube, Again

China Blocks YouTube, Againcryfreedomlove brings news that YouTube has once again been blocked in China. The Google-owned video site was censored in China last year because of videos about the protests in Tibet, and that may be the impetus behind this latest restriction. Accordi...
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25-03-2009, 14:50:14

AT&T Has Begun Issuing RIAA Takedown Notices

AT&T Has Begun Issuing RIAA Takedown Noticessuraj.sun writes with this excerpt from CNet: "AT&T, one of the nation's largest Internet service providers, confirmed on Tuesday the company is working with the recording industry to combat illegal file sharing. At a digital m...
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25-03-2009, 12:50:03

German Police Raid Homes of Wikileaks.de Domain Owner

German Police Raid Homes of Wikileaks.de Domain OwnerBountyX writes "First and foremost, wikileaks.org is back up after downtime due to server load; however, the German government wants to keep the site down. According to their twitter page, police have raided the home of Wikile...
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25-03-2009, 10:50:03

Last.fm To Start Charging International Users

Last.fm To Start Charging International Userstdobson writes "The popular online radio service Last.fm has announced that users outside of the UK, USA and Germany will need to start paying 3 Euros (about $4.40 USD/£2.80 GBP) per month to continue streaming music on their se...
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25-03-2009, 06:50:02

How To Prevent Being Hacked Via Backups?

How To Prevent Being Hacked Via Backups?Popsikle writes "A few days ago one of the Web's largest hosting discussion forums was supposedly hacked via their backup servers. From the story: 'We've since learned that this very deliberate, sophisticated and calculated hack against We...
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25-03-2009, 04:50:02

.CA Registrar Trying To Preempt Conficker

.CA Registrar Trying To Preempt Confickerclover kicker writes "The CBC reports that the group managing Canada's .ca internet domain is working to foil an internet worm set to attack starting April Fool's Day. 'This is the first virus that's really focused on domain names as part...
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25-03-2009, 00:50:04

Crowdsourcing JavaScript Testing

Crowdsourcing JavaScript Testingsnitch writes "John Resig creator of the jQuery JavaScript library, has released Test Swarm, a platform for distributed continuous integration testing for client-side JavaScript. Frustrated with traditional JavaScript testing environments that don...
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24-03-2009, 22:50:07

Chimps Have a Built-In GPS

Chimps Have a Built-In GPSdestinyland writes "European researchers have discovered that chimpanzees have a built-in mental GPS, keeping 'a geometric mental map of their home range, moving from point to point in nearly straight lines.' Using GPS, two primatologists followed 15 ch...
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24-03-2009, 20:50:04

HP's Free Adobe Flash Vulnerability Scanner

HP's Free Adobe Flash Vulnerability ScannerCatalyst writes "SWFScan is a free Flash security tool (download here), released by HP Software, which decompiles all versions of Flash and scans them for over 60 security vulnerabilities. The scan detects things like XSS, SQL inside of...
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24-03-2009, 18:50:02

UI Features That Didn't Make It Into Windows 7

UI Features That Didn't Make It Into Windows 7TRNick writes "TechRadar talks to Windows 7's Senior User Experience Designer and discovers the interface ideas the Windows 7 team almost, but didn't put into Windows 7, and the stages various UI features went through to their final ...
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24-03-2009, 16:50:07

Sun's CEO On FOSS and the Cloud

Sun's CEO On FOSS and the Cloudruphus13 writes "Sun CEO Jonathan Schwartz continues to promote the use of Open Source, and says the downturn in the economy will only boost the momentum behind FOSS. From his post, 'Free and open source software is sweeping across the vast majorit...
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24-03-2009, 14:50:12

New Service Aims To Replace Consoles With Cloud Gaming

New Service Aims To Replace Consoles With Cloud GamingThinSkin writes "Imagine playing bleeding-edge games, yet never again upgrading your hardware. That's the ambitious goal of OnLive's Internet delivered gaming service. Using cloud computing, OnLive's goal is to 'make all mode...
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24-03-2009, 12:50:03

Reflected Gravitational Waves

Reflected Gravitational WavesWSOGMM sends in an arXiv blog post about reflecting gravity waves. The speculation is that reflected gravity could go some ways toward explaining the odd readings being returned by Gravity Probe B. "In the couple of weeks since he introduced the idea...
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