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08-10-2008, 00:50:03

Air Force To Re-Open Pursuit of Cyber Command

Air Force To Re-Open Pursuit of Cyber CommandGovTechGuy writes "Top Air Force leadership has decided to pursue forming a Cyber Command to defend Defense Department networks and to launch cyberattacks against foes, after putting the project on hold in August."Read more of this st...
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07-10-2008, 22:50:31

Buffalo Tech Gets New Trial On Wi-Fi Patent

Buffalo Tech Gets New Trial On Wi-Fi PatentMrLint writes "It's been a long, nearly two years of silence since CSIRO won a patent battle against Buffalo Tech, causing an injunction preventing the Austin company from selling wireless routers. On September 19, 2008, a Federal Circu...
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07-10-2008, 20:50:03

TiVo PC Could Be a Game-Changer

TiVo PC Could Be a Game-ChangerAn anonymous reader writes sends in an article by Andrew Keen (author of "The Cult of the Amateur") about TiVo's new TiVo PC, which he believes could seal the fate of advertising on online videos. Just as TiVo let viewers zap commercials on broadca...
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07-10-2008, 18:50:02

Two Europeans Indicted In US For 2003 DDOS Attacks

Two Europeans Indicted In US For 2003 DDOS Attacksnarramissic writes "In a continuation of the first successful U.S. investigation ever into DDOS attacks, Axel Gembe, 25, of Germany and Lee Graham Walker, 24, of England were indicted Thursday by a grand jury in Los Angeles, Cali...
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07-10-2008, 16:50:11

In Response To Restraining Order, Real Networks Pulls RealDVD

In Response To Restraining Order, Real Networks Pulls RealDVDeldavojohn writes "RealNetwork's product that allows one to copy a DVD containing a movie has been pulled. You may recall us discussing RealDVD and its legal implications." According to the linked BBC report, "RealNetw...
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07-10-2008, 12:50:03

Linux-Based E-Voting In Brazil

Linux-Based E-Voting In BrazilJohn Sokol writes "I just heard from a good friend and Linux kernel hacker in Brazil that they have just finished their municipal election with 128 million people using Linux to vote. They voted nationwide for something like 5,000 city mayors. Votin...
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Slashdot
07-10-2008, 10:50:02

Mono 2.0 and .NET On Linux

Mono 2.0 and .NET On LinuxSeveral readers noted the release of Mono 2.0, which is compatible with Microsoft's .NET Framework 2.0. According to Miguel de Icaza, "...users can move over server applications built for .NET and client applications built with Windows Forms." InternetN...
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07-10-2008, 06:50:01

Ford To Introduce Restrictive Car Keys For Parents

Ford To Introduce Restrictive Car Keys For Parentsthesandbender writes "Ford is set to release a management system that will restrict certain aspects of a car's performance based on which key is in the ignition. The speed is limited to 80, you can't turn off traction control, an...
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07-10-2008, 04:50:02

Microsoft Programming Contest Hacked and Defaced

Microsoft Programming Contest Hacked and Defaceddavidmwilliams writes "Microsoft followed their major annual Tech-Ed event in Australia with a week-long programming contest called 'DevSta,' to find 'star developers.' While the quantity and quality of submissions suggest a poor t...
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07-10-2008, 02:50:04

Small Asteroid On Collision Course With Earth

Small Asteroid On Collision Course With Earthmusatov writes "There's talk on The Minor Planet Mailing List about a small asteroid approaching Earth with a 99.8% probability of colliding. The entrance to the Earth's atmosphere will take place October 7 at 0246 UTC (2:35 after thi...
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07-10-2008, 00:50:05

Malaysian Blogger On Trial For Sedition

Malaysian Blogger On Trial For Seditionneonsignal writes "Raja Petra Kamarudin, a Malaysian blogger, is in court under the Internal Security Act, under which he can be detained indefinitely. He is well known for his commentary on the Malaysian government, and was arrested after ...
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06-10-2008, 22:50:02

Scientists Claim Breakthrough on Holographic TV

Scientists Claim Breakthrough on Holographic TVSpuriousLogic writes to tell us that University of Arizona researchers claim to have broken a barrier in holographic technology by creating an updatable, three dimensional display with memory. While the existing model is only able t...
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06-10-2008, 20:50:02

OpenGL ES 2.0 Programming Guide

OpenGL ES 2.0 Programming GuideMartin Ecker writes "Mobile phones and other embedded devices are getting more and more powerful each year. The availability of dedicated hardware for 3D rendering is becoming increasingly ubiquitous, and the latest mobile phones come with 3D hardw...
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06-10-2008, 18:50:21

Sanyo Invents 12X High-Speed Blu-ray Laser

Sanyo Invents 12X High-Speed Blu-ray LaserLucas123 writes "Today Sanyo said it has created a new blue laser diode with the ability to transfer data up to 12 times as fast as previous technologies. The laser, which emits a 450 milliwatt beam — about double that of previous ...
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06-10-2008, 16:50:04

Microsoft Adding jQuery to Visual Studio

Microsoft Adding jQuery to Visual StudioTim Anderson writes "Microsoft's Scott Guthrie, Corporate VP of the .NET developer division, announced that the open source jQuery Javascript library will be integrated into Visual Studio, the main Windows development tool. Further, Micros...
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06-10-2008, 14:50:01

Senate Votes To Empower Parents As Censors

Senate Votes To Empower Parents As Censorsunlametheweak recommends an Ars Technica report that the US Senate has unanimously passed a bill requiring the FCC to explore what "advanced blocking technologies" are available to parents to help filter out "indecent or objectionable pr...
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06-10-2008, 10:50:02

Plug-In Hybrids Aren't Coming, They're Here

Plug-In Hybrids Aren't Coming, They're HereWired is running a story about the small but vocal, and growing, number of people who aren't waiting for automakers to deliver plug-in hybrids. They're shelling out big money to have already thrifty cars converted into full-on plug-in h...
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06-10-2008, 06:50:02

No Naked Black Holes

No Naked Black HolesScience News reports on a paper to be published in Physical Review Letters in which an international team of researchers describes their computer simulation of the most violent collision imaginable: two black holes colliding head-on at nearly light-speed. Eve...
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06-10-2008, 04:50:04

Linux Turns 17 Today

Linux Turns 17 TodayMeshach writes "Over at the Linux Journal, Doc Searles is noting that today marks 17 years since Linus posted to Usenet, starting Linux (post). As a Linux user at work and at home I say, thanks Linus!" The anniversary is also featured on the top page of the E...
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06-10-2008, 02:50:02

Jobs Rumor Debacle Besmirches Citizen Journalism

Jobs Rumor Debacle Besmirches Citizen JournalismOn Friday someone posted a false rumor that Steve Jobs had suffered a heart attack on CNN's unverified citizen journalism site, iReport. Apple's stock price went vertical, losing 9% before Apple stepped in and denied the rumor; the...
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06-10-2008, 00:50:02

Mimicking Electric Eel Cells

Mimicking Electric Eel CellsAn anonymous reader writes "A team of US researchers has asked the following question in the new field of systems biology: 'Do we understand how a cell produces electricity well enough to design one, and to optimize that design?' They believe it shoul...
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05-10-2008, 22:50:03

Encrypted Images Vulnerable To New Attack

Encrypted Images Vulnerable To New Attackrifles only writes "A German techie has found a remarkably simple way to discern some of the content of encrypted volumes containing images. The encrypted images don't reveal themselves totally, but in many cases do let an attacker see th...
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05-10-2008, 20:50:02

Dispelling Myths About Geomagnetic Reversal

Dispelling Myths About Geomagnetic ReversalUniverseToday has an interesting look at geomagnetic reversal, the process in which the Earth's magnetic poles trade places. The article cites known trends and recent studies to debunk doomsday myths and unsubstantiated claims about the...
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Slashdot
05-10-2008, 18:50:09

Optical Code Recognition Still Struggling With Handwriting

Optical Code Recognition Still Struggling With HandwritingIan Lamont recently asked Google if they planned to extend their transcription of books and other printed media to include public records, many of which were handwritten before word processors became ubiquitous. Google wo...
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05-10-2008, 16:50:04

Getting Paid To Abandon an Open Source Project?

Getting Paid To Abandon an Open Source Project?darkeye writes "I'm facing a difficult dilemma and looking for opinions. I've been contributing heavily to an open source project, making considerable changes to code organization and quality, but the work is unfinished at the momen...
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Slashdot
05-10-2008, 14:50:09

Venture Capitalism To the Rescue

Venture Capitalism To the Rescuetheodp writes "Al Gore, Bill Joy, and a Norwegian cutie — a TH!NK open electric car — grace the cover of the latest NYT Magazine, which asks: Can the venture capitalists at Kleiner Perkins reduce our dependence on oil, help stop global...
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05-10-2008, 12:50:04

Report Says China Will Demand Source Code

Report Says China Will Demand Source CodeAn anonymous reader alerts us to a two-week-old story that hasn't gotten much traction in the press to date. A Japanese newspaper and the AP report that China plans to demand source code from hardware manufacturers, and ban the sale of pr...
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05-10-2008, 08:50:02

Steve Fossett's Unfinished Project

Steve Fossett's Unfinished ProjectMazzThePianoman writes "Steve Fossett left behind a secret vessel project called the Deep Space Challenger. Fossett was funding the development of a winged submersible being designed by Hawkes Ocean Technologies, in California. The intent was fo...
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05-10-2008, 06:50:02

"Iron Man" Release Brings Down Paramount's Servers

"Iron Man" Release Brings Down Paramount's Serverssecmartin writes "Shortly after the release of Iron Man on Blu-ray on October 1, people started complaining of defective discs; the problem turned out to be that all the Blu-ray players downloading additional content brought down...
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05-10-2008, 04:50:02

Computer Detection Effective In Spotting Cancer

Computer Detection Effective In Spotting CancerAnti-Globalism notes a large study out of the UK indicating that computer-aided detection can be as effective at spotting breast cancer as two experts reading the x-rays. Mammograms in Britain are routinely checked by two radiologis...
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05-10-2008, 02:50:02

"Netbooks" Move Up In Notebook Rankings

"Netbooks" Move Up In Notebook RankingsIan Lamont writes "For the first time, a list of popular notebook reviews shows three 'netbooks' in the top 10. The netbooks use Intel's Atom processor. Notebookreview.com's editor says there has never been more than one netbook in its mont...
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05-10-2008, 00:50:04

Microsoft Bids To Take Over Open Document Format

Microsoft Bids To Take Over Open Document Formatwhat about sends in a Groklaw alert warning that, by PJ's reading, Microsoft may be trying to take over ODF via a stacked SC 34 committee. The article lists the attendees at an SC 34 meeting in July and gives their affiliations, wh...
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Slashdot
04-10-2008, 22:50:09

Will ParanoidLinux Protect the Truly Paranoid?

Will ParanoidLinux Protect the Truly Paranoid?ruphus13 writes "There are still places on the world where having anonymity might mean the difference between life and death. Covering one's tracks is considered to be of such paramount importance that we are now witnessing the rise ...
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04-10-2008, 20:50:02

$700 Billion Bailout Signed Into Law

$700 Billion Bailout Signed Into LawMany readers reminded us of what no-one can have failed to hear: that the Congress passed and the President signed a $700B bailout bill in an attempt to avert the meltdown of the US economy. The bill allocates $700 billion to the Treasury Depa...
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04-10-2008, 18:50:07

Microsoft Treating "Windows-Only" As Open Source

Microsoft Treating "Windows-Only" As Open Sourcemjasay writes "The Register is reporting that Microsoft is hosting Windows-only projects on its 'open source project hosting site,' CodePlex. Miguel de Icaza caught and criticized Microsoft for doing this with its Microsoft Extensi...
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04-10-2008, 16:50:04

Motorola To Hire 300 Android Developers

Motorola To Hire 300 Android Developersruphus13 writes "Google's Android is starting to see more industry support. Motorola recently announced plans, despite hardships within the company, to hire 300 Android developers. Quoting: 'A quick search of Motorola's job openings suggest...
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04-10-2008, 14:50:05

MediaDefender's Parent Company Joins P2P Market

MediaDefender's Parent Company Joins P2P MarketAn anonymous reader writes with news that ArtistDirect, the company who acquired MediaDefender, has launched another company called PiCast for the purpose of P2P video distribution. The reader says: "This is a strange twist for a co...
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Slashdot
04-10-2008, 12:50:08

Easy, Reliable Distributed Storage and Backup?

Easy, Reliable Distributed Storage and Backup?RichiH writes "Most of you are the free IT staff of friends and family, just as I am. One of my largest headaches is backing up their data. What I am looking for allows for off-site storage on multiple server machines running Linux, ...
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Slashdot
04-10-2008, 08:50:03

6.7 Meter Telescope To Capture 30 Terabytes Per Night

6.7 Meter Telescope To Capture 30 Terabytes Per NightLumenary7204 writes "The Register has a story about the Large Synoptic Survey Telescope, a project to build a 6.7 meter effective-diameter ground-based telescope that will be used to map some of the faintest objects in the nig...
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04-10-2008, 06:50:02

Norwegian Standards Body Members Resign Over OOXML

Norwegian Standards Body Members Resign Over OOXMLtsa writes "Ars Technica reports that 13 of the 23 members from the technical committee of the Norwegian standards body, the organization that manages technical standards for the country, have resigned because of the way the OOXM...
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04-10-2008, 04:50:02

e1000e Bug Squashed — Linux Kernel Patch Released

e1000e Bug Squashed — Linux Kernel Patch Releasedruphus13 writes "As mentioned earlier, there was a kernel bug in the alpha/beta version of the Linux kernel (up to 2.6.27 rc7), which was corrupting (and rendering useless) the EEPROM/NVM of adapters. Thankfully, a patch is ...
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04-10-2008, 02:50:02

Oregon Judge Says RIAA Made 'Honest Mistake,' Allows Subpoena

Oregon Judge Says RIAA Made 'Honest Mistake,' Allows SubpoenaNewYorkCountryLawye r writes "In Arista v. Does 1-17, the RIAA's case targeting students at the University of Oregon, the Oregon Attorney General's motion to quas...
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04-10-2008, 00:50:02

iPhone Antitrust and Computer Fraud Claims Upheld

iPhone Antitrust and Computer Fraud Claims UpheldLawWatcher writes "On October 1, 2008, a federal judge in California upheld a class action claiming that Apple and AT&T Mobility's five-year exclusive voice and data service provider agreement for the iPhone violates the anti-...
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Slashdot
03-10-2008, 22:50:04

Gran Turismo 5 Prologue Spawns Real-Life Car

Gran Turismo 5 Prologue Spawns Real-Life CarCar Analogy Please writes to tell us that a new car unveiled at the Paris Auto Show was modeled after the Gran Turismo 5 Prologue car. GTbyCITROËN is the first car that has been designed in tandem with a video game to then spill out on...
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03-10-2008, 20:51:20

How To Kill an Open Source Project With New Funding

How To Kill an Open Source Project With New Fundingmir42 writes "The OpenSource multimedia authorware project Sophie, formerly hosted by USC Los Angeles, may just have been killed by new funding. The original funding organization Mellon Foundation approved a grant to redevelop t...
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03-10-2008, 18:50:07

Sound Bites of the 1908 Presidential Candidates

Sound Bites of the 1908 Presidential Candidatesroncosmos writes "Science News has up a feature on the first use of sound recording in a presidential campaign. In 1908, for the first time, presidential candidates recorded their voices on wax cylinders. Their voices could be broug...
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Slashdot
03-10-2008, 16:50:19

How Do I Talk To 4th Graders About IT?

How Do I Talk To 4th Graders About IT?Tsunayoshi writes "My son volunteered me to give a presentation on what I do for a living for career day at his elementary school. I need to come up with a roughly 20-minute presentation to be given to 4-5 different classrooms. I am a system...
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03-10-2008, 14:50:07

Judge Suppresses Report On Voting Systems

Judge Suppresses Report On Voting SystemsIrvu writes "A New Jersey Superior Court Judge has prohibited the release of an analysis conducted on the Sequoia AVC Advantage voting system. This report arose out of a lawsuit challenging on constitutional grounds the use of these syste...
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03-10-2008, 06:50:02

South Korea's Free Computer Game Business Model Hits the US

South Korea's Free Computer Game Business Model Hits the USAnti-Globalism writes with this excerpt from AFP via Yahoo! News: "Seoul-based 'free-to-play' computer game titan Nexon on Wednesday blasted into the US videogame arena with a 'Combat Arms' online first-person shooter ti...
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03-10-2008, 04:50:02

Can Static Electricity Generate Votes?

Can Static Electricity Generate Votes?artgeeq writes "A recent local election in Washington, DC, resulted in 1500 extra votes for a candidate. The board of elections is now claiming that static electricity caused the malfunction. Is this even remotely possible? If so, couldn't a...
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