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28-08-2009, 02:50:04

Hackers (Or Pen-Testers) Hit Credit Unions With Malware On CD

Hackers (Or Pen-Testers) Hit Credit Unions With Malware On CDredsoxh8r writes "Online criminals have taken to a decidedly low-tech method for distributing the latest batch of targeted malware: mailing infected CDs to credit unions . The discs have been showing up at credit union...
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28-08-2009, 00:50:02

Bug Means High School Students' Schedule Errors May Last Days

Bug Means High School Students' Schedule Errors May Last DaysHugh Pickens writes "The Washington Post reports that thousands of high school students in Prince George's County missed a third day of classes Wednesday, and school officials said it could take more than a week to sor...
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27-08-2009, 22:50:03

How An Online-Only TV Series Stays Successful

How An Online-Only TV Series Stays SuccessfulChronoDragon writes "The Wall Street Journal points out that it is possible to make a successful web series without the backing of a studio. With the release of a music video, Do you Wanna Date My Avatar, and the start of Season of 3,...
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27-08-2009, 20:50:04

US Call-Center Jobs — That Pay $100K a Year

US Call-Center Jobs — That Pay $100K a Yearbheer writes "BusinessWeek profiles a call centre company called iQor which has grown revenues 40% year-on-year by (shock) treating employees as critical assets. It's done this not by nickel-and-diming, but by expanding its U.S. o...
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27-08-2009, 18:50:03

Augmenting Reality With Your Mobile Phone

Augmenting Reality With Your Mobile Phoneblackbearnh writes "With the release of the 3.1 iPhone OS, application developers will finally be able to develop augmented reality (AR) apps. In other words, Terminator Vision is right around the corner. O'Reilly Media recently talked to...
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27-08-2009, 16:50:09

Astrophysicists Find "Impossible" Planet

Astrophysicists Find "Impossible" PlanetSpuriousLogic writes "Scientists have discovered a planet that shouldn't exist. The finding, they say, could alter our understanding of orbital dynamics, a field considered pretty well settled since the time of astronomer Johannes Kepler 4...
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27-08-2009, 14:50:05

Nokia Launches Pay-by-Phone Service

Nokia Launches Pay-by-Phone Serviceadeelarshad82 writes "The world's top mobile phone maker Nokia said it would launch a mobile financial service next year targeting consumers, mainly in emerging markets, with a phone but no banking account. Nokia's Money service was based on th...
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27-08-2009, 10:50:02

FSF Attacks Windows 7's 'Sins' In New Campaign

FSF Attacks Windows 7's 'Sins' In New CampaignCWmike writes "The Free Software Foundation today launched a campaign against Microsoft Corp.'s upcoming Windows 7 operating system, calling it 'treacherous computing' that stealthily takes away rights from users. At the Web site Win...
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27-08-2009, 08:50:03

China Admits Use of Death-Row Organs

China Admits Use of Death-Row Organsh.ross.perot writes "Like a page from Larry Niven's Known Space series, here is a real report of criminals' organs being harvested for 'profit.' From the article: 'China is trying to move away from the use of executed prisoners as the major so...
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27-08-2009, 06:50:02

ACLU Sues For Records On Border Laptop Searches

ACLU Sues For Records On Border Laptop SearchesTechPolitik writes "The ACLU has sued the US Customs and Border Protection agency under the Freedom of Information Act, aiming to obtain records on the agency's policy of searching laptops at the border. Under the policy, the CBP ca...
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27-08-2009, 04:50:02

High-Tech Blimps Earning Their Wings

High-Tech Blimps Earning Their Wingscoondoggie writes "The US Army this week showed off its latest high-tech blimp laden with powerful radar systems capable of detecting incoming threats 340 miles away. The helium-filled blimps, or aerostats, are designed to hover over war zones...
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27-08-2009, 02:50:02

High-Tech Blimps Earning Their Wings

High-Tech Blimps Earning Their Wingscoondoggie writes "The US Army this week showed off its latest high-tech blimp laden with powerful radar systems capable of detecting incoming threats 340 miles away. The helium-filled blimps, or aerostats, are designed to hover over war zones...
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27-08-2009, 00:50:04

Steam-Powered Car Breaks Century-Old Speed Record

Steam-Powered Car Breaks Century-Old Speed Recordmcgrew writes "New Scientist reports that a steam-powered car has broken the 1906 record of 204 km/hr (127 mph) for the fastest steam-powered automobile, the Stanley Steamer. The Inspiration made a top speed of 225 kilometres per ...
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26-08-2009, 22:50:05

US Fed Gov't Says All Music Downloads Are Theft

US Fed Gov't Says All Music Downloads Are TheftBenEnglishAtHome writes "Nearly all U.S. government employees and contractors are subject to mandatory annual information security briefings. This year the official briefing flatly states that all downloaded music is stolen. The occ...
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26-08-2009, 20:50:02

Fear of Porn URL Exposure Discourages Firefox 3 Upgrade

Fear of Porn URL Exposure Discourages Firefox 3 UpgradeBarence writes "Mozilla's Security team has disclosed a very interesting piece of research which suggests people refused to upgrade to Firefox 3 because they were afraid the browser would expose their porn collection. Mozill...
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26-08-2009, 18:50:03

Proposed UK File-Sharing Laws May Be Illegal, ISPs Upset

Proposed UK File-Sharing Laws May Be Illegal, ISPs Upsetmindbrane writes "Once in a while, a sidebar will throw a lot of light on a difficult problem. The BBC has a short piece on British ISPs' anger over proposed new laws governing file sharing in the UK. The new laws would inc...
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26-08-2009, 16:50:04

Who Will Fix the Internet? No One, Apparently

Who Will Fix the Internet?  No One, Apparentlyblackbearnh writes "It seems like everyone focuses on the latest and greatest killer Internet applications, but the underlying infrastructure that all of them run on is showing its age. That's the claim made by a recent article in th...
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26-08-2009, 14:50:02

Global Warming To Be Put On Trial?

Global Warming To Be Put On Trial?Mr_Blank writes to mention that the United States' largest business lobby is pushing for a public trial to examine the evidence of global warming and have a judge make a ruling on whether human beings are warming the planet to dangerous effect. ...
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26-08-2009, 12:50:02

Red Hat Spins JBoss 2.x Off As HornetQ

Red Hat Spins JBoss 2.x Off As HornetQSeveral sources are reporting that Red Hat has spun the 2.x release of the JBoss messaging protocol off as HornetQ. The 1.x version of JBoss is still being supported in maintenance mode and will continue to be known by its original name. "Ho...
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26-08-2009, 10:50:04

Dirty Coding Tricks To Make a Deadline

Dirty Coding Tricks To Make a DeadlineGamasutra is running an article with a collection of anecdotes from game developers who had to employ some quick and dirty fixes to get their products to ship on time. Here's a brief excerpt: "Back at [company X] — I think it was near ...
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26-08-2009, 06:50:02

Microsoft Poland Photoshops Black Guy To White One

Microsoft Poland Photoshops Black Guy To White Onewanted writes "If you look at Microsoft's Poland business solutions Web site, you will probably not notice anything odd about the main picture. However, when you compare it with the original English version, you can see that some...
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26-08-2009, 04:50:02

Finalists Chosen In Apps For America 2 Contest

Finalists Chosen In Apps For America 2 ContestAndurin writes "Sunlight Labs has announced three finalists for its $25,000 Apps for America 2 competition. Forty-seven apps were submitted, each relying on Data.gov and providing a useful spin on government data. This We Know compil...
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26-08-2009, 02:50:03

Banks Urge Businesses To Lock Down Online Banking

Banks Urge Businesses To Lock Down Online Bankingtsu doh nimh writes "Organized cyber-gangs in Eastern Europe are increasingly preying on small and mid-size companies in the US, setting off a multimillion-dollar online crime wave that has begun to worry the nation's largest fina...
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26-08-2009, 00:50:04

Gaming the App Store

Gaming the App Storespace_in_your_face writes "Want to boost the popularity of your latest iPhone app? Ask Reverb Communications! 'When it comes to winning in the App Store, this PR firm has discovered a dynamite strategy: throw ethics out the window. Reverb Communications, a PR...
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Slashdot
25-08-2009, 22:50:02

Report That OS X Snow Leopard May Include Antivirus

Report That OS X Snow Leopard May Include AntivirusFile this firmly in the "rumor" category for now. the JoshMeister writes (in the third person) "Mac antivirus company Intego broke the story this morning that Apple is apparently including antivirus functionality in its upcoming...
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25-08-2009, 20:50:02

Nielsen Struggles To Track Modern Viewing Habits

Nielsen Struggles To Track Modern Viewing HabitsRobotRunAmok writes "The Nielsen Company has been the principal entity tracking TV shows' popularity, and, by extension, their potential profitability. But as our media consumption practices change, some believe that Nielsen's meth...
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25-08-2009, 18:50:02

Why Is Linux Notebook Battery Life Still Poor?

Why Is Linux Notebook Battery Life Still Poor?Ganty writes "I recently purchased a Lenovo W500 notebook, and after 'downgrading' to XP and creating a dual partition, I found that I had a battery life of nearly three hours using the long-life battery, at this point I was a happy ...
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25-08-2009, 16:50:04

IE Should Use Google's Malware List

IE Should Use Google's Malware ListFrequent contributor Bennett Haselton writes with an idea that he thinks could help keep broswing on Microsoft's browser more secure for users — and benefit Microsoft as a result. "Tests show that IE's malware filter performs well against...
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25-08-2009, 14:50:02

Appeals Court Overturns 2007 Unix Copyright Decision

Appeals Court Overturns 2007 Unix Copyright Decisionsnydeq writes "A federal appeals court has overturned a 2007 decision that Novell owns the Unix code, clearing the way for SCO to pursue a $1 billion copyright infringement case against IBM. In a 54-page decision (PDF), the 10t...
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25-08-2009, 12:50:04

Thanks For the... Eight-Track, Uncle Alex

Thanks For the... Eight-Track, Uncle AlexUncle Alex writes "My niece just turned one year old and her parents have asked that, instead of the usual gifts, we each contribute something to a time capsule to be opened on her 17th birthday. Multiple members of my family want to cont...
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25-08-2009, 10:50:04

Open Source Russian Vacuum Fluorescent Tube Clock

Open Source Russian Vacuum Fluorescent Tube Clockptorrone writes "Hacker extraordinaire Ladyada (whose open source hardware projects we have discussed before) has just published a complete how-to, with design document, on making your own open source Russian vacuum fluorescent cl...
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25-08-2009, 06:50:03

Air Force & NASA Fire Off Green Rocket

Air Force & NASA Fire Off Green Rocketcoondoggie writes "NASA and the Air Force said today they had successfully launched a 9-ft. rocket 1,300 feet into the sky, powered by aluminum powder and water ice. This combination of fuel elements, referred to as ALICE, has the potent...
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25-08-2009, 04:51:35

Wikipedia To Require Editing Approval

Wikipedia To Require Editing ApprovalThe NY Times reports on an epochal move by Wikipedia — within weeks, the formerly freewheeling encyclopedia will begin requiring editor approval for all edits to articles about living people. "The new feature, called 'flagged revisions,...
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25-08-2009, 02:50:02

Why the Google Android Phone Isn't Taking Off

Why the Google Android Phone Isn't Taking OffHugh Pickens writes "Farhad Manjoo writes in Slate that while the iPhone commands nearly 14 percent of smartphone sales and BlackBerry about 21 percent, Android has only 3 percent. And even though Android is far friendlier to develope...
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25-08-2009, 00:50:03

Anti-Spam Lawyer Loses Appeal, and His Possessions

Anti-Spam Lawyer Loses Appeal, and His PossessionsTechdirt is reporting that one particularly rabid anti-spam fighter has not only lost his case, but most of his worldly possessions as well. James Gordon tried to set himself up as an ISP to get around the conventions of the CAN ...
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24-08-2009, 22:50:03

Blizzard Answers Your Questions and More

Blizzard Answers Your Questions and MoreLast week we asked for interview questions to help supplement our face-to-face interviews at Blizzcon. Over the course of the two-day con we were able to sit down with StarCraft II's Dustin Browder, Diablo III's Leonard Boyarsky, WoW's J. ...
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24-08-2009, 20:50:02

Joomla! 1.5: A User's Guide, 2nd Edition

Joomla! 1.5: A User's Guide, 2nd EditionMichael J. Ross writes "There are countless content management systems (CMSs) available for building websites, and they offer varying levels of built-in functionality. But once a site developer has successfully installed any given CMS, a c...
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24-08-2009, 18:50:03

Blizzcon 2009 Wrap-Up

Blizzcon 2009 Wrap-UpLast year's Blizzcon was tremendously popular. So much so that their servers were unable to handle the strain of fans competing for 15,000 available tickets. This year, Blizzard was more prepared; they made an additional 5,000 tickets available and set up a ...
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24-08-2009, 16:50:04

Apple vs Google, Who Will Control the IPhone?

Apple vs Google, Who Will Control the IPhone?Pieroxy writes "Theiphoneblog carries a nice article on the reason Apple rejected the Google Voice application even though it doesn't violate any terms and services. The article goes in depth over the issue of controlling the hardware...
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24-08-2009, 14:50:06

Model Drops Lawsuit After Outing Anonymous Blogger

Model Drops Lawsuit After Outing Anonymous BloggerJumperCable writes "The NY Daily News is reporting that model Liskula Cohen, who was suing the 'Skanks of NYC' blogger for defamation, is dropping the lawsuit now that she has outed the anonymous blogger, who is a Fashion Institu...
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24-08-2009, 12:50:05

Fully Functional Bioengineered Tooth Grown In a Mouse

Fully Functional Bioengineered Tooth Grown In a MouseA couple of weeks back the Wall Street Journal reported on the first organ grown in vivo from stem cells — a tooth in the mouth of a mouse. Reader cdrpsab spotted the news on the MedGadget blog; the research had been rep...
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24-08-2009, 08:50:02

High-Speed Robot Hand Shows Dexterity and Speed

High-Speed Robot Hand Shows Dexterity and SpeedAn anonymous reader tips a blog posting that begins "A few blogs are passing around videos of the Ishikawa Komuro Lab's high-speed robot hand performing impressive acts of dexterity and skillful manipulation. However, the video bein...
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24-08-2009, 06:50:02

Linux Port For id's Tech 5 Graphics Engine Unlikely

Linux Port For id's Tech 5 Graphics Engine UnlikelyDesiVideoGamer writes "John Carmack, the lead developer for id's Tech 5 graphics engine, does not plan on making a Linux port for the new engine. From his e-mail: 'It isn't out of the question, but I don't think we will be able ...
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24-08-2009, 04:50:03

"Smart" Parking Meters Considered Dumb

"Smart" Parking Meters Considered Dumbtheodp writes "The jury's still out on whether Chicago taxpayers were taken to the cleaners by a rushed 75-year lease of the city's metered parking to a Morgan Stanley consortium. But most would probably agree that the new shared Pay Boxes t...
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24-08-2009, 00:50:03

"Gigantic Jets" Blast Electricity Into the Ionosphere

"Gigantic Jets" Blast Electricity Into the IonosphereNew Scientist has an update on the so-called "gigantic jets" first discovered in 2003 — these are lightning bolts that reach from cloud tops upward into the ionosphere, as high as 90 kilometers. (There's a video at the l...
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23-08-2009, 22:50:02

First European Provider To Break Net Neutrality

First European Provider To Break Net NeutralityRik van der Kroon writes "Major Dutch cable provider UPC has introduced a new network management system which, from noon to midnight, for certain services and providers, caps users' bandwidth at 1/3rd of their nominal bandwidth (Goo...
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23-08-2009, 20:50:01

Apple, Google, AT&T Respond To the FCC Over Google Voice

Apple, Google, AT&T Respond To the FCC Over Google VoiceWe've recently been following the FCC's inquiry into Apple's rejection of the Google Voice app. Apple, Google, and AT&T have all officially responded to the FCC's questions: Apple says they haven't actually rejected...
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23-08-2009, 18:50:03

Facebook App Exposes Abject Insecurity

Facebook App Exposes Abject Insecurityewhac writes "Back in June, the American Civil Liberties Union published an article describing Facebook's complete lack of meaningful security on your and your friends' information. The article went virtually unnoticed. Now, a developer has ...
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23-08-2009, 16:50:05

DOJ Gives Oracle Approval To Buy Sun

DOJ Gives Oracle Approval To Buy Sunk33l0r writes "The BBC is reporting that the US Justice Department has approved Oracle's takeover of Sun Microsystems. The acquisition gives Oracle control over (or a leading role in), among other things, Java, MySQL, (Open)Solaris, ZFS, OpenO...
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23-08-2009, 14:50:02

3 of 4 Charges Against Terry Childs Dropped

3 of 4 Charges Against Terry Childs Droppedphantomfive writes "Terry Childs, who was arrested nearly a year ago for refusing to turn over the passwords to San Francisco's FiberWAN network, has been cleared of three of the four charges against him. The dropped charges referred to...
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