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14-11-2008, 20:50:43

India's Chandrayaan Lands Impact Probe On the Moon

India's Chandrayaan Lands Impact Probe On the Moonyaksha writes to tell us that the Indian Space probe, Chandrayaan has become only the fourth nation to land a probe on the Moon. The 35-kg Moon Impact Probe touched down in what officials are describing as a "perfect operation". ...
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14-11-2008, 18:50:18

Online Carpooling Service Fined In Canada

Online Carpooling Service Fined In CanadaTechDirt is reporting on a disappointing development out of Canada. An Ontario transportation board has fined PickupPal, a Web-based service for arranging carpools, because a local bus company complained of the competition. (TechCrunch ap...
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14-11-2008, 16:51:05

Internal Emails Released In Vista Capable Debacle

Internal Emails Released In Vista Capable DebacleAn anonymous reader writes "As previously discussed, Microsoft's attempt to shield itself from further discovery over the Windows Vista Capable debacle has failed and more internal emails have been released. Although Microsoft has...
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14-11-2008, 14:50:02

DNA Strands Modified Into Tiny Fiber-Optic Cables

DNA Strands Modified Into Tiny Fiber-Optic Cablesholy_calamity writes "New Scientist reports on the latest idea from researchers trying to make microcomputers use photons in place of electrons mdash; to make optical interconnects from strands of DNA. Mixing DNA strands with the ...
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14-11-2008, 10:50:03

Irish Gov't Seeks To Rein In Cyber Bullying

Irish Gov't Seeks To Rein In Cyber BullyingAn anonymous reader points out a story on the Irish Times that says "the Irish government is looking for ways to combat 'cyber-bullying' after data indicated that a significant percentage of young children are subjected to this kind of ...
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14-11-2008, 08:50:02

China Eases Licensing Rules for Foreign Media Sources

China Eases Licensing Rules for Foreign Media SourcesThe New York Times reports that China has "agreed to loosen restrictions on foreign news and information providers inside the country, settling a trade dispute with the United States, the European Union and Canada." Formerly, ...
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14-11-2008, 06:50:02

Mars Rover Spirit Still Alive

Mars Rover Spirit Still AliveToren Altair writes with this excerpt from a story at The Space Fellowship: "NASA's Mars Exploration Rover Spirit communicated via the Mars Odyssey orbiter today right at the time when ground controllers had told it to, prompting shouts of 'She's tal...
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14-11-2008, 02:50:01

AMD Banks On Flood of Stream Apps

AMD Banks On Flood of Stream AppsSlatterz writes "Closely integrating GPU and CPU systems was one of the motivations for AMD's $5.4bn acquisition of ATI in 2006. Now AMD is looking to expand its Stream project, which uses graphics chip processing cores to perform computing tasks...
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14-11-2008, 00:50:02

Debian Running On the T-Mobile G1

Debian Running On the T-Mobile G1chrb writes "Following hot on the heels of the G1 root exploit, Jay Freeman now has Debian ARM running on the G1. The RC30 update has fixed the root hole, but with utilities and images already available to replace the flash image with your own si...
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13-11-2008, 22:50:04

Microsoft's Office Web Will Do iPhone, Linux, Mac

Microsoft's Office Web Will Do iPhone, Linux, MacCWmike writes "Gregg Keizer reports Microsoft has clarified that its upcoming Office Web service will be available to users running Mac OS X and Linux, as well as from Apple's iPhone. The key to this cross platform-friendliness: O...
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13-11-2008, 20:50:02

The Shady Business Practices of Classmates.com

The Shady Business Practices of Classmates.comeldavojohn writes ""Some of your classmates are trying to contact you!" reads one e-mail. Attempts to remove yourself from the mailing list may only result in more mailings from the site of ill repute. Well, Ars Techica brings us new...
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13-11-2008, 18:50:13

Review: Gears of War 2

Review: Gears of War 2The original Gears of War was one of the most popular games of 2006, helping to solidify the Xbox 360's place in the console market. Since then, it's sold about 5 million copies. When word leaked out that a sequel was in the works, many wondered if Epic Gam...
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13-11-2008, 16:50:11

AMD Launches First 45nm Shanghai CPUs

AMD Launches First 45nm Shanghai CPUsarcticstoat writes "The wait for AMD's next-gen CPUs is finally over., as the company has now officially launched its first 45nm 'Shanghai' Opteron chips for servers and workstations. 'AMD's move to a 45nm process relies on immersion lithogra...
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13-11-2008, 14:50:05

Nuke Site Converted Into Green Data Center

Nuke Site Converted Into Green Data Center1sockchuck writes "If you had 100,000 servers, would you put them on top of a former nuclear fuel facility? One of the world's largest web hosts, 1&1 Internet, is building a new data center on a site in Hanau, Germany previously used...
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13-11-2008, 10:50:01

Vein Patterns Could Replace Fingerprints

Vein Patterns Could Replace FingerprintsDeath Metal writes "Companies in Europe have begun to roll out an advanced biometric system from Japan that identifies people from the unique patterns of veins inside their fingers. Finger vein authentication, introduced widely by Japanese...
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13-11-2008, 08:50:03

Plasma Plants Vaporize Trash While Creating Energy

Plasma Plants Vaporize Trash While Creating EnergyJason Sahler writes "Recently St. Lucie County in Florida announced that it has teamed up with Geoplasma to develop the United States' first plasma gasification plant. The plant will use super-hot 10,000 degree Fahrenheit plasma ...
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13-11-2008, 04:50:02

Scientists Discover Proteins Controlling Evolution

Scientists Discover Proteins Controlling EvolutionKhemisty writes "Evolutionary changes are supposed to take place gradually and randomly, under pressure from natural selection. But a team of Princeton scientists investigating a group of proteins that help cells burn energy stum...
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13-11-2008, 02:50:05

Remote Access Policies

Remote Access PoliciesSamalie writes "My company is considering implementing a formal remote access policy (and agreement for staff to sign) for users who access our network from home via VPN.Does anyone out there have any suggestions as to what this policy/agreement should cont...
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13-11-2008, 00:50:02

Boot Windows Vista In Four Seconds

Boot Windows Vista In Four Secondsarcticstoat writes "Asus' budget motherboard wing, ASRock, claims that it's found a way to load a clean boot of Windows from a full shut down in just four seconds, using its new Instant Boot technology. The technology takes advantage of the S3 a...
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12-11-2008, 22:50:28

New Search Engine Takes "Dyve" Into the Dark Web

New Search Engine Takes "Dyve" Into the Dark WebCWmike writes "DeepDyve has launched its free search engine that can be used to access databases, scholarly journals, unstructured information and other data sources in the so-called 'Deep Web' or 'Dark Web,' where traditional sear...
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12-11-2008, 20:50:12

Relentless Web Attack Hard To Kill

Relentless Web Attack Hard To Killancientribe writes "The thousands of Web sites infected by a new widespread SQL injection attack during the past few days aren't necessarily in the clear after they remove the malicious code from their sites. Researchers from Kaspersky Lab have ...
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12-11-2008, 18:50:04

Lego Loses Its Unique Right To Make Lego Blocks

Lego Loses Its Unique Right To Make Lego Blockstsa writes "The European Department of Justice has decided that the Danish company Lego does not have exclusive rights to the lego building block anymore (sorry, it's in Dutch). Lego went to court after a Canadian firm had made bloc...
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12-11-2008, 16:50:13

Richard Garriot Quits NCSoft

Richard Garriot Quits NCSoftunc0nn3ct3d writes "In a shocking update on the seemingly endless troubles plaguing NCSoft, Richard Garriot — the king of online games, creator of The Ultima Series (and consequentially Ultima Online), as well as the recently troubled Tabula Ras...
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12-11-2008, 14:50:35

As Seas Rise, Maldives Seek To Buy a New Homeland

As Seas Rise, Maldives Seek To Buy a New HomelandPeace Corps Online writes "The Maldives will begin to divert a portion of the country's billion-dollar annual tourist revenue to buy a new homeland as insurance against climate change. Rising sea levels threaten to turn the 300,00...
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Slashdot
12-11-2008, 12:50:25

(Useful) Stupid BlackBerry Tricks?

(Useful) Stupid BlackBerry Tricks?Wolfger writes "Continuing the recent (useful) stupid theme: I've recently become a BlackBerry user, and I'm in love with the obvious(?) tricks, such as installing MidpSSH to access my home box remotely. But I'd like to know what more experience...
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12-11-2008, 10:50:03

The Sounds of Failing Hard Drives

The Sounds of Failing Hard Driveszzptichka sends along a link to recordings of typical sounds from 35 different failing and dying hard drives. The host of these sounds, Datacent, is in the business of data recovery, so presumably they have heard it all.Read more of this story at...
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12-11-2008, 08:50:02

Identifying People By Odor As Effective As Fingerprinting

Identifying People By Odor As Effective As FingerprintingA study has found that everybody has a unique body odor, like their fingerprints, that could be used as an unique identifier. The study showed that a persons unique odor stayed the same even if they varied their diet with ...
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12-11-2008, 06:50:08

Gadgets For a Budding Geek?

Gadgets For a Budding Geek?fprintf writes "As much as I hate to admit it, it looks like my 13-year-old son is following in my footsteps and preferring interesting, science-based toys. In the past he has been really interested in Lava Lamps, Newton's Cradle, and anything magnetic...
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12-11-2008, 04:50:02

An Appeal In the "Harry Potter Lexicon" Case

An Appeal In the "Harry Potter Lexicon" CaseNewYorkCountryLawye r writes "RDR Books, the would-be publisher of the book version of the 'Harry Potter Lexicon' Web site, has filed an appeal from the Judge's decision in Warner...
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12-11-2008, 02:50:03

Google Can Predict the Flu

Google Can Predict the FluAn anonymous reader mentions Google Flu Trends, a newly unveiled initiative of Google.org, Google's philanthropic arm. The claim is that this Web service, which aggregates search data to track outbreaks of influenza, can spot disease trends up to 2 week...
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Slashdot
12-11-2008, 00:50:07

The Gene Is Having an Identity Crisis

The Gene Is Having an Identity Crisisgollum123 writes "New large-scale studies of DNA are causing a rethinking of the very nature of genes. A typical gene is no longer conceived of as a single chunk of DNA encoding a single protein. It turns out, for example, that several differ...
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11-11-2008, 22:50:07

Top Microsoft Execs Moonlighting For a Patent Bully

Top Microsoft Execs Moonlighting For a Patent Bullytheodp writes "TechFlash reports that Microsoft bigwigs like Craig Mundie and Bill Gates (when he still worked there) have been secretly moonlighting at Intellectual Ventures (IV), the 'patent extortion fund' run by Bill's pal N...
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11-11-2008, 20:50:04

40-Gbps DDoS Attacks Worry Even Tier-1 ISPs

40-Gbps DDoS Attacks Worry Even Tier-1 ISPssturgeon and other readers let us know that Arbor Networks has released their annual survey of tier-1 / tier-2 ISP security engineers. This year they got responses from 70 lead engineers. While DDoS attacks are reaching new heights of b...
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Slashdot
11-11-2008, 18:50:33

OpenOffice Vs. Google Apps

OpenOffice Vs. Google Appsjammag writes "Both OpenOffice and Google Apps are free, so the choice is purely down to which is better. Bruce Byfield, after looking at both, concluded, 'comparing Google Apps to OpenOffice.org is like clubbing a staked-out bunny — Google Apps i...
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11-11-2008, 16:50:15

How Regulations Hamper Chemical Hobbyists

How Regulations Hamper Chemical HobbyistsAn anonymous reader writes "Chemical & Engineering News just ran this story that relates how government regulations create a terribly restrictive atmosphere for people who do chemistry as a hobby. (A related story was previously poste...
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Slashdot
11-11-2008, 14:50:19

40 Years Ago, the US Lost a Nuclear Bomb

40 Years Ago, the US Lost a Nuclear BombHugh Pickens writes "A BBC investigation has found that in 1968 the US abandoned a nuclear weapon beneath the ice in northern Greenland after a nuclear-armed B52 crashed on the ice a few miles from Thule Air Base. The Stratofortress disint...
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11-11-2008, 12:50:04

Windows 7 Benchmarks Show Little Improvement On Vista

Windows 7 Benchmarks Show Little Improvement On Vistasnydeq writes "InfoWorld's Randall Kennedy examines Windows 7 from the kernel up, subjecting the 'pre-beta' to a battery of benchmarks to find any signs that the OS will be faster, more responsive, and less resource-intensive ...
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11-11-2008, 10:50:02

Where Have All the Pagers Gone?

Where Have All the Pagers Gone?oddRaisin writes "After recently sleeping through a page for work, I decided to change my paging device from my BlackBerry (which is quiet and has a pathetic vibrate mode) to an actual pager. After looking at the websites of Cingular, Verizon, T-Mo...
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11-11-2008, 06:50:02

EU Council Refuses To Release ACTA Documents

EU Council Refuses To Release ACTA DocumentsCaptSolo writes "The EU Council refuses to release secret Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement documents, stating that disclosure of this information could impede the proper conduct of the negotiations, would weaken the position of the ...
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11-11-2008, 04:50:02

Vital Parts of Games As DLC?

Vital Parts of Games As DLC?Epic Games president Michael Capps did an interview recently with GamesIndustry, and he had some interesting things to say about the future of downloadable content, and how it will affect the retail games market. He also discussed the trend toward soc...
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11-11-2008, 02:50:04

AVG Virus Scanner Removes Critical Windows File

AVG Virus Scanner Removes Critical Windows Filesecmartin writes "The popular virus scanner AVG released an update yesterday that caused their software to mark user32.dll as a virus. Since this is a rather critical file, AVG's suggestion to remove it caused problems for users aro...
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11-11-2008, 00:50:02

Former IBM Exec Ordered To Stop Working For Apple

Former IBM Exec Ordered To Stop Working For Appletom_guyette writes "ComputerWorld reports a federal judge has ordered former IBM executive Mark Papermaster, recently hired as Apple's vice president of hardware devices engineering, to stop working for Apple. The judge's ruling i...
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10-11-2008, 22:50:07

Philosophy and Computer Science Revisited

Philosophy and Computer Science RevisitedSoren Kierkegaard writes "While reading the two and a half year old Slashdot post on Does Philosophy have a role in Computer Science, it occurred to me that over these past few years Philosophy has a more prominent role in Computer Scienc...
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10-11-2008, 20:50:18

Halliburton Applies For Patent Trolling Patent

Halliburton Applies For Patent Trolling PatentAn anonymous reader writes "Halliburton, the company many folks know as Dick Cheney's previous employer, has apparently taken an interest in methods of patent trolling. In fact, according to Techdirt, the company has applied for a pa...
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10-11-2008, 18:50:14

VMWare Promises Multiple OSs On One Cellphone

VMWare Promises Multiple OSs On One Cellphonesuperglaze writes to tell us that VMWare has announced a large effort behind their Mobile Virtualization Platform, promising the possibility of multiple operating systems on mobile devices. "The company described MVP as a "thin layer ...
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10-11-2008, 16:50:03

NVIDIA Makes First 4GB Graphics Card

NVIDIA Makes First 4GB Graphics CardFrogger writes to tell us that NVIDIA has released what they are calling the most powerful graphics card in history. With 4GB of graphics memory and 240 CUDA-programmable parallel cores this monster sure packs a punch, although with a $3,500 p...
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10-11-2008, 14:50:06

Press Favored Obama Throughout Campaign

Press Favored Obama Throughout Campaignnarcberry writes "After complaints of one-sided reporting, the Washington Post checked their own articles and agreed. Obama was clearly favored, throughout his campaign, in terms of more favorable articles, less criticism, better page real-...
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10-11-2008, 10:50:04

Drive From Sydney Museum Could Unlock NASA Moon Data

Drive From Sydney Museum Could Unlock NASA Moon Data"An archiving error by NASA has meant 173 data tapes have sat in Perth for almost 40 years, holding information about lunar dust that could be vital in expanding science's understanding of the moon. But after almost four decade...
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10-11-2008, 08:50:04

Ioke Tries to Combine the Best of Lisp and Ruby

Ioke Tries to Combine the Best of Lisp and Rubysynodinos writes "Ola Bini, a core JRuby developer and author of the book Practical JRuby on Rails Projects, has been developing a new language for the JVM called Ioke. This strongly typed, extremely dynamic, prototype-based, object...
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10-11-2008, 04:50:01

Google Exec Hints At Future Open Platform

Google Exec Hints At Future Open Platformrsmiller510 writes "At the recent Web 2.0 Summit, Dave Girouard, who is president of Google's enterprise division, stated that his company's long-term goal is to open up the Google development stack to outside developers. If this is true,...
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