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12-10-2008, 22:50:02

Court Rules That Palin Must Save Yahoo Emails

Court Rules That Palin Must Save Yahoo Emailsquarterbuck writes "An Anchorage judge has ruled that Governor Sarah Palin must save her emails, as they were apparently used for state business. Last week a Tennessee man was arrested over hacking one of her Yahoo email accounts. The...
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12-10-2008, 20:50:30

Elcomsoft Claims WPA/WPA2 Cracking Breakthrough

Elcomsoft Claims WPA/WPA2 Cracking Breakthroughsecmartin writes "Russian security firm Elcomsoft has released software that uses Nvidia GPUs to speed up the cracking of WPA and WPA2 keys by a factor of 100. Since the software allows them to network thousands of PCs, this anounce...
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12-10-2008, 18:50:04

Feds Consider H-1B Changes After Uncovering Fraud

Feds Consider H-1B Changes After Uncovering FraudCWmike writes "A Citizenship and Immigration Services spokesman said today that the agency is weighing a series of reforms to the H-1B application process, including the use of 'independent open-source data' to obtain information ...
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12-10-2008, 16:50:03

Soyuz With Richard Garriott Successfully Launched

Soyuz With Richard Garriott Successfully LaunchedToren Altair writes "Soyuz TMA-13 with ISS Expedition Crew 18 and Richard Garriott successfully launched from Baikonur Cosmodrome at 7:01 UT (3:01 EDT). The Soyuz capsule will dock to the ISS in two days. Garriott will return to E...
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12-10-2008, 14:50:03

The Rise of the (Financial) Machines

The Rise of the (Financial) MachinesBartlebyScrivener writes "A New York Times Op-Ed quoting Freeman and George Dyson wonders if Wall Street geeks and 'quants' outsmarted themselves with computer algorithms to create the current financial debacle: 'Somehow the genius quants &mda...
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12-10-2008, 12:50:05

3D Printing On Demand

3D Printing On DemandIddo Genuth writes "The Netherlands based company Shapeways is beta testing a new service allowing people to print three-dimensional models. Customers can upload designs or use a creation tool hosted at the Shapeways website, then order a printed model of th...
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12-10-2008, 08:50:02

A Robot To Destroy Breast Cancer Cells

A Robot To Destroy Breast Cancer CellsRoland Piquepaille writes "Researchers at the University of Maryland are developing a robot able to detect and destroy breast cancer cells in a single session. After a tumor is located on an MRI, the robot will perform a biopsy of the breast...
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12-10-2008, 06:50:02

A 3D Curve Sketching System For Tablets

A 3D Curve Sketching System For Tabletsdominique_cimafranc a writes "The Dynamic Graphics Project of the University of Toronto has released a pretty nifty 3D curve sketching system. Apart from the large drawing area, the ta...
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12-10-2008, 02:50:02

Open Office Plans To Party Like It's Version 3.0

Open Office Plans To Party Like It's Version 3.0penguin_dance writes "The Register reports that 'OpenOffice.org is throwing a launch party in Paris on 13 October' to celebrate eight years, and hopefully announce the release of version 3.0. Some notes: [OpenOffice.org 3.0] will s...
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12-10-2008, 00:50:02

Loebner Talks AI

Loebner Talks AIMighty Squirrel writes "This is a fascinating interivew with Hugh Loebner, the academic who has arguably done more to promote the development of artifical intelligence than anyone else. He founded the Loebner prize in 1990 to promote the development of artificial...
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11-10-2008, 22:51:47

Huge Credit Fraud Ring Sends European's Data to Pakistan

Huge Credit Fraud Ring Sends European's Data to Pakistanmarshotel excerpts from a story at the Wall Street Journal: "European law-enforcement officials uncovered a highly sophisticated credit-card fraud ring that funnels account data to Pakistan from hundreds of grocery-store ca...
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11-10-2008, 20:50:09

Esther Dyson To Train For Space Flight

Esther Dyson To Train For Space FlightDynaSoar writes "Esther Dyson, known to many as a founding and consistently guiding member of ICANN, and for working with the startups of Flickr, de.icio.us, Medscape and others, is now expanding her interests upwards. She recently announced...
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11-10-2008, 18:50:24

Hands-On With Microsoft's Touchless SDK

Hands-On With Microsoft's Touchless SDKsnydeq writes "Fatal Exception's Neil McAllister takes Microsoft's recently released Touchless SDK for a test spin, controlling his Asus Eee PC 901 with a Roma tomato. The Touchless SDK is a set of .Net components that can be used to simula...
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11-10-2008, 16:50:14

Looking for Earth-Like Exoplanets

Looking for Earth-Like ExoplanetsDiscover Magazine is running a story detailing the search for planets like Earth orbiting other stars. While we've been able to locate a few "super earths" so far, none of them really compare in size or the potential for habitability with our own...
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11-10-2008, 14:50:17

EMP Shielded Power Grids Under Development

EMP Shielded Power Grids Under DevelopmentAn anonymous reader writes with this excerpt from MarketWatch: "A one-megaton nuclear bomb detonated 250 miles over Kansas could cripple many modern electronic devices and systems in the continental US and take out the power grid for a l...
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11-10-2008, 12:50:11

British MoD Stunned By Massive Data Loss

British MoD Stunned By Massive Data LossMaster of Transhuman writes "Seems like nobody can keep their data under wraps these days. On the heels of the World Bank piece about massive penetrations of their servers, the British Ministry of Defense has lost a hard drive with the per...
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11-10-2008, 08:50:03

UK Government Says More Spying Needed

UK Government Says More Spying NeededAn anonymous reader writes "Our wonderful government here in the UK has decided we're not being surveilled enough, and agreed to spend £12 billion on a programme to monitor every Briton's phone calls, e-mails, and internet usage. Accord...
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11-10-2008, 06:50:02

Sprint's Xohm WiMax Network Debuts In Baltimore, Works Well

Sprint's Xohm WiMax Network Debuts In Baltimore, Works Wellbsk_cw writes "Sprint's newly launched Xohm service is now offering America's first WiMax network. Computerworld's Brian Nadel went to Baltimore to try it out, and he reports that Xohm delivered data smoothly to a car mo...
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11-10-2008, 02:50:09

Computer-Aided Lego Art Project

Computer-Aided Lego Art Projectrsk writes "Justin Voskuhl, a Google engineer, in a 2-fold bid to fight boredom and figure out something to cover a large barren wall in his living room, one weekend developed a Java program using an annealing algorithm to figure out the best layou...
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11-10-2008, 00:50:02

Choosing a Replacement Email System For a University?

Choosing a Replacement Email System For a University?SmarkWoW writes "The university I attend is currently looking to change the way in which is provides its students with an email service. In the past they used a legacy mail system which can no longer fit their needs. A committ...
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10-10-2008, 22:50:03

Verizon To Charge Content Providers $.03 Per SMS

Verizon To Charge Content Providers $.03 Per SMSAn anonymous reader writes "It appears that Verizon is going to start double-dipping by charging both consumers AND content providers for SMS text messages. Verizon has informed content partners that it will levy a $.03 charge for ...
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10-10-2008, 20:50:51

Windows 7 To Dial Down UAC

Windows 7 To Dial Down UACBarence writes "Engineers working on Windows 7 have admitted Vista's User Account Control was too intrusive, and are promising to tone it down in the forthcoming Windows 7. 'We've heard loud and clear that you are frustrated,' says Microsoft engineer Be...
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10-10-2008, 18:50:15

World Bank Under Cybersiege In "Unprecedented Crisis"

World Bank Under Cybersiege In "Unprecedented Crisis"JagsLive sends in a Fox News report on large-scale and possibly ongoing security breaches at the World Bank. "The World Bank Group's computer network — one of the largest repositories of sensitive data about the economie...
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10-10-2008, 16:50:09

Government Begins Securing Root Zone File

Government Begins Securing Root Zone FileDeath Metal notes a Wired piece on the US government beginning the process of securing the root zone file. This is in service of implementing DNSSEC, without which the DNS security hole found by Dan Kaminsky can't be definitively closed. ...
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10-10-2008, 14:50:31

Walmart Caves On DRM Removal

Walmart Caves On DRM Removalcmunic8r99 writes in with an email he received from walmart.com yesterday evening about the pending shutdown of their DRM services (which we discussed a while back). Walmart has reconsidered and won't be shutting off its DRM servers after all. They ar...
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10-10-2008, 12:50:11

Sony, Microsoft Begin Battle of Virtual Worlds

Sony, Microsoft Begin Battle of Virtual WorldsSlatterz writes "Sony and Microsoft are poised to do battle in virtual worlds. The console kids both announced Second Life-style virtual environments at the Tokyo Game Show today. Both games show striking similarities to Linden Lab's...
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10-10-2008, 08:50:02

Robotic Suit For Rent In Japan

Robotic Suit For Rent In JapanxTantrum writes with an AP story that begins "A robotic suit that reads brain signals and helps people with mobility problems will be available to rent in Japan for $2,200 a month starting Friday — an invention that may have far-reaching benef...
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10-10-2008, 06:50:02

Linux 2.6.27 Out

Linux 2.6.27 Outdiegocgteleline.es writes "Linux 2.6.27 has been released. It adds a new filesystem (UBIFS) for 'pure' flash-based storage, the page-cache is now lockless, much improved Direct I/O scalability and performance, delayed allocation support for ext4, multiqueue netwo...
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10-10-2008, 04:50:02

US Financial Quagmire Bringing Out the Scammers

US Financial Quagmire Bringing Out the Scammerscoondoggie contributes this snippet from NetworkWorld: "You could probably see this one coming. With all of the confusion and money involved you knew there would be cyber-vultures out there looking to cash in. Well the Federal Trade...
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10-10-2008, 02:50:02

Permanent Links For US Legislation Documents

Permanent Links For US Legislation Documentsdizzymslizzy writes "With prompting from the Sunlight Foundation's Open House Project, the US Library of Congress announced today that its online database THOMAS will now generate persistent URLs, known as legislative handles, for legi...
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10-10-2008, 00:50:04

NSA Whistleblowers Reveal Extent of Eavesdropping

NSA Whistleblowers Reveal Extent of Eavesdroppingma11achy was one of several readers to write about claims made by two former military intercept operators who worked for the NSA that "Despite pledges by President George W. Bush and American intelligence officials to the contrary...
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09-10-2008, 22:50:20

Google's GeoEye-1 Takes Its First Pictures

Google's GeoEye-1 Takes Its First PicturesKev92486 writes "I was scanning through my RSS feeds today and happened upon an article about Google's GeoEye-1 imaging satellite which launched on Sept 6. Intrigued as to what the quality of the image was like, I decided to check it out...
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09-10-2008, 20:50:17

Ars Examines Outlandish "Lost To Piracy" Claims and Figures

Ars Examines Outlandish "Lost To Piracy" Claims and FiguresNom du Keyboard writes "For years the figures of $200 billion and 750,000 jobs lost to intellectual property piracy have been bandied about, usually as a cudgel to demand ever more overbearing copyright laws with the int...
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09-10-2008, 18:50:02

XKCD Improving the Internet ... Yet Again

XKCD  Improving the Internet ... Yet Againnetbuzz writes "Comic creator Randall Monroe suggested in a recent xkcd strip that YouTube comments would be better — or, more precisely, less idiotic — if only those posting them were forced to hear their words read aloud fi...
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09-10-2008, 16:50:05

Obama & McCain Conflicting On Net Neutrality

Obama & McCain Conflicting On Net Neutralitylongacre writes "For all their incessant bickering in the first two presidential debates over conflicts of interest and government regulation, PopMech columnist Glenn Derene is puzzled that the candidates have yet to be challenged ...
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09-10-2008, 14:50:03

Yoko Ono/EMI Suit Exposes Fair Use Flaw

Yoko Ono/EMI Suit Exposes Fair Use FlawIan Lamont writes "Yoko Ono and EMI Records have backed down from their suit against the makers of a documentary film who used a 15-second fragment of a John Lennon song — but only after a Stanford Law School group got involved. Even ...
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09-10-2008, 10:50:02

Steve Wozniak Predicts Death of the IPod

Steve Wozniak Predicts Death of the IPodSlatterz writes "Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak, better known in the industry as 'Woz', believes that the iPod is on its way out and has revealed his discomfort with some aspects of the iPhone. Wozniak said that the iPod has had a long tim...
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09-10-2008, 06:50:02

Geneticist Claims Human Evolution Is Over

Geneticist Claims Human Evolution Is OverGogglesPisano writes "UK geneticist Steve Jones gave a presentation entitled Human Evolution Is Over. He asserts that human beings have stopped evolving because modern social customs have lowered the age at which human males have offsprin...
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09-10-2008, 04:50:03

Brainwave Controlled Game From Square Enix

Brainwave Controlled Game From Square Enixzombies-alive writes "Square Enix and Neurosky, maker of wearable sensory equipment, are coming out with a new 'Brainwave-Controlled' RPG. The game will be demonstrated at the Tokyo Game Show for the (Windows) PC, which features the Neur...
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09-10-2008, 02:50:04

David Axmark Resigns From Sun

David Axmark Resigns From SunAn anonymous reader writes "From Kay Arno's blog we see that David Axmark, MySQL's Co-Founder, has resigned. This comes on top of the maybe, maybe not, resignation of Monty. We saw earlier this year that Brian Aker the Director of Architecture has fo...
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09-10-2008, 00:50:02

Recovering Blurred Text Using Photoshop and JavaScript

Recovering Blurred Text Using Photoshop and JavaScriptAn anonymous reader writes "There's been a lot of talk about recovering blurred or pixelated text, but here's an actual implementation using nothing but Photoshop and a little JavaScript. Includes a Hollywood-esque video show...
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08-10-2008, 22:50:07

Landing IT Work Overseas

Landing IT Work Overseassnydeq writes "U.S. IT workers could find considerable payoff and invaluable experience by taking their IT skills overseas, InfoWorld reports, as foreign, U.S., and global firms have increased the demand for a wide range of tech talent across the globe, o...
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Slashdot
08-10-2008, 20:50:18

Nagios 3 Enterprise Network Monitoring

Nagios 3 Enterprise Network Monitoringjgoguen writes "Nagios, originally known as Netsaint, has been a long-time favourite for network and device monitoring due to its flexibility, ease of use, and efficiency. Nagios provided, and still provides today, a low-cost, versatile alte...
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08-10-2008, 18:50:04

Spammer Perjury is Worth Prosecuting

Spammer Perjury is Worth ProsecutingSlashdot regular Bennett Haselton summarizes his essay by saying "Spammers really do lie more often under oath than other parties in court (surprise). Judges and prosecutors could promote respect for the law by cracking down on it, and maybe m...
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08-10-2008, 16:50:03

Free Online Scientific Repository Hits Milestone

Free Online Scientific Repository Hits Milestoneocean_soul writes "Last week the free and open access repository for scientific (mainly physics but also math, computer sciences...) papers arXiv got past 50,0000 different papers, not counting older versions of the same article. E...
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08-10-2008, 14:50:04

TiVo Wins Appeal On Patents For Pause, Ffwd, Rwd

TiVo Wins Appeal On Patents For Pause, Ffwd, RwdLorien_the_first_on e writes "After years of wrangling, TiVo has won its day in court against Dish Network, formerly known as the EchoStar, when the Supreme Court declined to ...
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08-10-2008, 12:50:04

DMCA Exemption Time

DMCA Exemption Timejvillain writes "Contentagenda notes that the Copyright Office is taking submissions for exemptions to the DMCA. They do this every three years. There's a description of the six exemptions made last time to give you some ideas. So fire up the keyboard and let ...
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08-10-2008, 10:50:02

Where's the "IronPerl" Project?

Where's the "IronPerl" Project?pondlife writes "A friend asked me today about using some Microsoft server components from Perl. Over the years he's built up a large collection of Perl/COM code using Win32::OLE and he had planned on doing the same thing here. The big problem is t...
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08-10-2008, 06:50:02

Prevent Gmail From Emailing Under the Influence

Prevent Gmail From Emailing Under the Influencemikesd81 writes "Google has developed 'Mail Goggles,' a Gmail add-on that makes sending email from Gmail more difficult during certain times (which you can set). If you have Mail Goggles installed, it will force you to answer a seri...
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08-10-2008, 04:50:03

Google's Obfuscated TCP

Google's Obfuscated TCPagl42 writes "Obfuscated TCP attempts to provide a cheap opportunistic encryption scheme for HTTP. Though SSL has been around for years, most sites still don't use it by default. By providing a less secure, but computationally and administratively cheaper,...
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