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  • Anonymous Hacks Syrian President’s Email. The Password: 12345

    02/08/2012 8:22:20 AM PST · by rarestia · 27 replies
    Mashable ^ | Tuesday, February 7, 2012 | Zoe Fox
    Syrian President Bashar al-Assad has been under fire from world leaders to step down this week. He’s also under fire from hacktivist group Anonymous, who leaked hundreds of his office’s emails on Monday. While Anonymous is infamous for its hacking know-how, it doesn’t take a genius computer programmer to guess one of the passwords commonly used by Assad’s office accounts: 12345. The string of consecutive numbers is the second-weakest password according to a 2011 study.
  • Apple 1Q Results Blow Past Street Views, Stock Halted

    01/24/2012 2:22:11 PM PST · by PreciousLiberty · 28 replies
    Fox Business ^ | 1/24/2012 | Matt Egan
    Bouncing back from a rare earnings miss, Apple (AAPL: 420.41, -7.00, -1.64%) revealed first-quarter results late Tuesday that crushed Wall Street’s expectations, as the consumer-electronics heavyweight continues to capitalize on huge demand for its blockbuster products. Aside from announcing gigantic beats, the Cupertino, Calif.-based company reported all-time record sales for its iPhone, iPad and Mac devices as well as surprisingly upbeat guidance for the current quarter. Wall Street cheered Apple's impressive quarter, bidding the company's stock 8.69% higher to $457.05 in extended trading.
  • Cinnamon fork of GNOME Shell gets stable release

    01/24/2012 8:54:38 AM PST · by smokingfrog · 22 replies
    h-online.com ^ | 24 Jan 2012 | djwm
    Version 1.2 of Cinnamon, the Linux Mint project's fork of the GNOME Shell, has been released and the APIs and desktop interface have been declared fully stable by Mint Founder Clement Lefebvre. Created last year to streamline the Mint developers' changes to the GNOME 3 environment, the Cinnamon fork brings familiar GNOME 2 design elements to the GNOME 3 shell. Among the enhancements in the stable version is easier customisation through a "Cinnamon Settings" tool which includes, for example, the ability to set the date format for the calendar applet and change panel launchers' icons. The Settings tool is also...
  • Email in your eye? Next-generation video screen glasses could lay messages or GPS over ...

    01/15/2012 6:43:47 AM PST · by umgud · 18 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | 1/13/12 | Gavin Allen
    As advances in computer technology make gadgets ever smaller and more portable the idea of carrying a screen of any kind could soon be outdated. Consumer products with screens have dropped in size from computer to laptop to tablet via phone. But one company specialising in cutting edge visual technology waIsraeli company Lumus has shown off the PD-18-2, which may look like a cumbersome pair of shades but allow the user to see high-quality images while they walk.nts to beam information directly into your field of vision.
  • You Need To Learn How To Program

    01/13/2012 1:08:17 AM PST · by Sonny M · 133 replies · 1+ views
    Slate ^ | Wednesday, Jan. 4, 2012, at 4:48 PM ET | Farhad Manjoo
    If you’re looking for a New Year’s resolution, let me suggest an idea that you might not have considered: You should learn computer programming. Specifically, you should sign up for Code Year, a new project that aims to teach neophytes the basics of programming over the course of 2012. Code Year was put together by Codecademy,* a startup that designs clever, interactive online tutorials. Codecademy’s founders, Zach Sims and Ryan Bubinski, argue that everyone should know how to program—that learning to code is becoming as important as knowing how to read and write. I concur. So if you don’t know...
  • Triple Lutz Report--The Thought Police Reside in Your SmartPhone

    12/02/2011 2:54:43 PM PST · by appeal2 · 12 replies
    www.KerryLutz.com ^ | 12-2-11 | Kerry Lutz
    A security researcher, Trevor Eckhart, recently made a startling discovery. Hidden inside every Android and iPhone is a program called Carrier IQ (CIQ), which is capable of monitoring virtually everything you do on a SmartPhone. And then it has the ability to send all that data back to your wireless carrier and then who knows where it will wind up and how it will be used. Perhaps these phones have become too Smart for our own good. This is our worst nightmare potentially being realized. With our freedoms being eroded at a rapid rate, this is a biggie. A cellphone...
  • For sale: Bond villain lair, £100million-plus (shark tanks and henchmen not included)

    11/21/2011 4:05:57 PM PST · by AnAmericanAbroad · 19 replies
    Daily Mail (UK) ^ | November 21st, 2011 | Rob Waugh
    When Project Utopia was unveiled by Yacht Island Design and naval architects BMT Nigel Gee, there was a certain healthy scepticism about the floating 11-storey lair. But gadget site Firebox is now offering it for sale as a Christmas gift. Price is 'on application' but the company says you should expect to pay several hundred million 'minimum'. The site also offers other surreal and very expensive gifts, such as a flying Back To The Future DeLorean car (yours for £70,000) - an idea familiar from ultra-luxury American catalogues such as Neiman Marcus, which in the past has offered gifts like...
  • Tech question: FTP (File Transfer Protocol)/Filezilla, cpanel to change stuff on website

    11/15/2011 9:35:50 PM PST · by max americana · 48 replies · 1+ views
    www. freerepublic.com ^ | NOV 15, 2011 | max
    FR is usually full of smart guys unlike liberals. Had to ask this question, anyone who owns a website probably heard on Filezilla or just heading to your host cpanel to change or update info on your site. Our IT guy is on vacation and we wanted to add some stuff (specifically images) to sub sections say, departments section A or go SECTION B. Like ESPN with basketball as 1 section to NFL to section 2. We opened up Filezilla and all we could find is folder DOCS, CGI BIN, DISTRIBUTOR and IMAGES. The actual sections are missing so we...
  • Army to Test ‘Power Dreaming’ to Combat PSTD-Related Nightmares

    10/22/2011 12:38:20 AM PDT · by Watchdog85 · 30 replies
    The Blaze ^ | 21 October, 2011 | Liz Klimas
    The U.S. Army recently awarded a contracting firm a nearly half a million dollar contract to support its “Power Dreaming Project.” Wired Danger Room reports the following scenario that the Army hopes to begin testing next here to help soldiers suffering with PSTD: A soldier tries to sleep. But he is not safe in his dreams. Jolted awake by a nightmare, the combat veteran fumbles in the dark for his 3-D glasses. He puts them on. Around him are the faces of people whom he trusts. They fight the darkness with him. The soldier’s re-lived this scene in his head...
  • Tech help needed

    10/21/2011 6:51:14 AM PDT · by pabianice · 29 replies
    10/21/11
    Can someone recommend a good pop-up stopper (preferrably free)? I have one installed but pop-ups have nearly stopped my PC from downloading anything. Thanks.
  • Japan: Cyber-attackers could have stolen defense contractor's passwords

    10/08/2011 6:43:37 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 14 replies
    Cyber-attackers could have stolen defense contractor's passwords October 08, 2011 Passwords for servers at defense contractor Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Ltd. (MHI) may have been stolen during a wide-ranging cyber-attack. The Kobe Shipyard and Machinery Works, which builds submarines, and the Nagoya Guidance and Propulsion Systems Works, which makes missile-related products, were among installations compromised in the attack, which was reported to the Metropolitan Police Department on Sept. 30. In total, 45 servers and 38 personal computers at 11 of MHI's facilities were infected with viruses. An analysis of a virus used in the attack suggests the perpetrators used simplified Chinese...
  • Did Iran Just Retaliate For Stuxnet? Computer Virus Infects US Predator Drone System

    10/07/2011 2:11:42 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 8 replies
    Zero Hedge ^ | 10/07/2011 | Tyler Durden
    It was only a matter of time: the weakest link in the otherwise awesome idea that is a remote-controlled military, represented by the thousands of Predator and Reaper drones, has always been its biggest strength: the fact that it is remote-controlled. Which means that with no person on location, the system has always been susceptible to infiltration in the form of intermediation between the offsite pilot and the actual equipment. Such as a virus. And as Wired reports, a viral infestation, the biggest nightmare for the the US drone fleet, has just struck. "A computer virus has infected the cockpits...
  • Small-business nightmare: 8 million sites hacked to harm customers' computers

    08/12/2011 10:04:03 PM PDT · by Libloather · 7 replies
    8/12/11
    Link only - Small-business nightmare: 8 million sites hacked to harm customers' computers
  • Hydrogen Fuel Cells Drive Big Hauling Truck

    08/07/2011 5:57:06 AM PDT · by KevinDavis · 16 replies
    Earth Techling ^ | 08/04/11 | Kristy Hessman
    What is said to be the world’s first zero-emission hydrogen fuel cell class 8 truck rolled through roads in the Ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach recently. Vision Industries delivered the truck to Total Transportation Services, a national trucking company, at the end of July to be tested in California ports. The truck will do short-haul routes typical of the other trucks currently operating in the ports in the coming six months.
  • Android tablets now 30% of the market, Windows tablets outsold PlayBook in Q2

    07/21/2011 3:16:56 PM PDT · by FromTheSidelines · 83 replies
    Boy Genius Report ^ | July 21, 2011 | Zach Epstein
    Apple, which owned more than 94% of the market in the second quarter last year, saw the iPad’s share slide to 61.3% according to Strategy Analytics. Over the same period of time, Android tablets jumped from a 2.9% share to a 30% share last quarter.
  • The Sun's website 'hacked by LulzSec'

    07/18/2011 5:40:10 PM PDT · by markomalley · 7 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | 7/19/11
    The Sun's website appears to have fallen prey to hackers who redirected viewers to a fake news story claiming Rupert Murdoch had been found dead at his home. The hacking group LulzSec took credit for the attack on Twitter, saying: "We have owned Sun/News of the World". Viewers of the tabloid website were redirected to a mocked up news story with the headline "Media moguls body discoverd [sic]". The story continued: "Murdoch, aged 80, has said to have ingested a large quantity of palladium before stumbling into his famous topiary garden late last night, passing out in the early hours...
  • Huge rare earth deposits found in Pacific: Japan experts

    07/03/2011 9:32:09 PM PDT · by Enchante · 24 replies
    Reuters via Yahoo News ^ | 07/04/2011 | Reuters Staff
    TOKYO (Reuters) – Vast deposits of rare earth minerals, crucial in making high-tech electronics products, have been found on the floor of the Pacific Ocean and can be readily extracted, Japanese scientists said on Monday.
  • A Nobel Laureate speaks out on the Energy Catalyzer

    06/23/2011 11:10:21 AM PDT · by Kevmo · 65 replies
    Cold Fusion Now ^ | June 22 2011 | Ivy Matt
    A Nobel Laureate speaks out on the Energy Catalyzer June 22, 2011 by Ivy Matt Dr. Brian Josephson, winner of the 1973 Nobel Prize in Physics for his work on superconductivity, has recently released a YouTube video of an interview of himself conducted by Judith Driscoll, Professor of Materials Science at Cambridge University. The stated purpose of the video is to wake up the media to the E-Cat story, which has not been widely reported on in the mainstream media of the English-speaking world. While some cold fusion advocates hypothesize the existence of a conspiracy of silence to suppress news...
  • Controversial Neurofeedback Brain Therapy may be the answer to Post-traumatic stress disorder

    06/21/2011 9:00:26 PM PDT · by James C. Bennett · 8 replies
    The Daily ^ | June 20, 2011 | By Katie Drummond
    Military doctors struggling to treat post-traumatic stress disorder are quietly adding a new tool to their arsenal: A controversial brain-wave therapy they say can heal troubled veterans and even send once-broken troops back into combat. Staff Sgt. Justin Roberts is one of hundreds of service members finding relief with the experimental remedy. While working at a combat hospital in Iraq for more than two years, Roberts, now 32, was exposed to the grisliest of war’s suffering. Every day he helped treat troops, captives and Iraqi civilians who suffered devastating wounds from gunfights, bombings and IED attacks. Click above to play...
  • Ear-mounted cameras serve as witnesses for JoCo deputies (Johnson County, Kansas)

    <p>The RoboCop look is coming nationwide, a law enforcement supplier says, and Johnson County deputies are on the cutting edge as they test cameras they wear on their ears.</p> <p>Executives at Taser International Inc. hope the company’s new device spreads as quickly among police as its zappers did in the 1990s.</p>
  • DARPA Z-man program to enable wall climbing soldiers

    06/13/2011 1:10:55 AM PDT · by jmcenanly · 9 replies
    Next Big Future ^ | June 12, 2011 | Brian Wang
    DARPA Z-man program will develop biologically inspired climbing aids to enable soldiers to scale vertical walls constructed from typical building materials, without using ropes or ladders. Geckos, spiders and small animals are the inspiration behind these climbing aids. Nanopatents and innovations - In 2010, DARPA demonstrated a fully loaded soldier (300 lb) wearing reattachable pads (magnets and microspines) scaling a series of 25-foot walls built from mission-relevant materials using Z-Man technology. In 2011, DARPA began the transition of Z-Man prototype technologies (magnets and microspines) to the Armed Services. Draper is a not-for-profit research and development laboratory focused on the design,...
  • Lockheed Martin’s Security Networks Were Hacked

    05/28/2011 11:56:08 AM PDT · by James C. Bennett · 4 replies
    Gizmodo ^ | May 28, 2011 | Gizmodo
    Lockheed Martin, one of the world's largest defense contractors, was hit hard by hackers this week who used falsified SecurID electronic tokens to gain access. The breach threatens the security of vital data on present and future military technology. Which, you know, sucks for us and our allies abroad who depend on Lockheed to help keep us safe during the ongoing violence in places like Iraq and Afghanistan. It isn't clear what, if anything, was stolen during the breach. It isn't even clear what the hackers want, but the attacks are being traced back to an hacking campaign back in...
  • The Big Difference Between Rossi’s and Other Energy “Breakthroughs”: The E-Cat is Ready for Market

    05/25/2011 9:16:20 AM PDT · by Normandy · 43 replies
    E-Cat World ^ | May 24, 2011
    It is not uncommon these days to read news articles about breakthrough energy technologies that have the potential to change the energy complex as we know it. There are many researchers working on developing cold fusion, batteries, solar panels, microgenerators, artificial photosynthesis, etc. and every now and then we will hear announcements of important findings that scientists have made. In almost all cases however, the discoveries reporte are made on the experimental level, in laboratory settings and much more time, money and work is required before commercialization will be possible. It seems though that more often than not these technologies...
  • ONR Recruits Defense Community for Online Wargame (Wargaming against Somali pirates)

    05/11/2011 4:57:16 PM PDT · by Pan_Yan · 9 replies
    ARLINGTON, Va.--The Office of Naval Research (ONR) intends to launch on May 16 a new Internet wargame, recruiting a community of more than 1,000 players to collaborate on solving real-world problems facing the Navy. Scheduled to run for three weeks, the Massive Multiplayer Online Wargame Leveraging the Internet (MMOWGLI) exercise will recruit online players from across the government to suggest ways of combating piracy off the coast of Somalia. “MMOWGLI is an online game designed to find and collectively grow breakthrough ideas to some of the Navy's most complex problems--those 21st-century threats that demand new forms of collaboration and truly...
  • Ny Teknik tested the [Rossi] energy catalyzer [Endless nearly-free energy source for real?]

    05/05/2011 5:42:54 AM PDT · by Liberty1970 · 17 replies
    Ny Technik ^ | 5/2/11 | Mats Lewan
    Ny Teknik recently participated in two new tests of the Italian ‘energy catalyzer’, providing more accurate measurements to reduce possible error sources. Ny Teknik tested the energy catalyzer The new tests with the energy catalyzer, which seems to generate heat by an unknown nuclear reaction, took place in Bologna on 19 and 28 April, 2011. As in previous tests the objective was to measure the net energy that the device generates as accurately as possible.
  • Swedish Skeptics Confirm "Nuclear Process" in Tiny 4.7 kW Reactor (Rossi E-cat)

    05/05/2011 7:47:16 AM PDT · by Free Vulcan · 186 replies
    Renewable Energy World ^ | 5.5.11 | Thomas Blakeslee
    I spend much of my time debunking the free energy fantasies of my less technically competent friends. Wishful thinking makes many believe that cars can run on water after seeing a brief youtube video. Lately, however, I have been undergoing an exciting paradigm shift. Remember the “cold fusion” fiasco of 1989? Well, I have come to realize that it wasn’t what it seemed at all. Denial, groupthink, dirty tricks and easily manipulated media combined to create an historical injustice. Two decades have been wasted virtually ignoring this game-changing discovery. Today’s environmental disasters, expensive energy and oil wars could possibly have...
  • E Ink develops flashing displays for cloth and Tyvek, experiments with color FMV

    05/04/2011 9:35:46 AM PDT · by Eepsy · 17 replies
    engadget ^ | May 4th 2011 11:45AM | By Amar Toor
    Yesterday, we found out that E Ink Holdings won't be releasing a new electronic paper display until 2012 and now, we know why....
  • MAC Defender Rogue Anti-Malware Program Attacks Macs via SEO Poisoning

    05/02/2011 11:28:51 AM PDT · by Swordmaker · 40 replies
    Intego ^ | May 2,2011
    Intego has discovered a rogue anti-malware program called MACDefender, which attacks Macs via SEO poisoning attacks. When a user clicks on a link after performing a search on a search engine such as Google, this takes them to a web site whose page contains JavaScript that automatically downloads a file. In this case, the file downloaded is a compressed ZIP archive, which, if a specific option in a web browser is checked (Open “safe” files after downloading in Safari, for example), will open. The file is decompressed, and the installer it contains launches presenting a user with the following screen:...
  • 97 E-Cats In Operation Right Now Accross 4 Countries

    04/30/2011 8:56:32 AM PDT · by Free Vulcan · 72 replies
    Free Energy Truth ^ | 4.29.11 | Staff
    Yesterday we found out some amazing information. In one of Andrea Rossi's question and answer sessions on his blog he was asked some questions to which he gave some startling answers. How many e-cats are in continuous operation today? - 97 How many geographic locations are e-cats running today? - 4 Are there any e-cats running in the US with businesses you own or individuals you trust? - YES So to recap on this, Rossi is saying that at this moment there are 97 e-cats installed and working accross 4 different countries, with some already installed in the businesses of...
  • Researcher: iPhone Location Data Already Used By Cops

    The "news" that iPhones and iPads keep track of where you go has been known in forensic circles for some time When British programmers Alasdair Allan and Pete Warden took the stage at the Where 2.0 conference to unveil their work on iPhone location tracking, it was clear they had some big news on their hands. The duo outlined what they called "the discovery that your iPhone and 3G iPad [are] regularly recording the position of your device into a hidden file." Their findings started a firestorm of media coverage. But as the details came to light, one researcher was...
  • Ralph Langner: Cracking Stuxnet, a 21st-century cyber weapon

    When first discovered in 2010, the Stuxnet computer worm posed a baffling puzzle. Beyond its unusually high level of sophistication loomed a more troubling mystery: its purpose. Ralph Langner and team helped crack the code that revealed this digital warhead's final target -- and its covert origins. In a fascinating look inside cyber-forensics
  • Tactical NAV iPhone app used to help destroy Taliban fighting position

    04/02/2011 11:25:34 AM PDT · by Pan_Yan · 21 replies · 1+ views
    APPMODO ^ | Apr 2, 2011 at 2:02 am
    Kunar Province, Afghanistan – Tactical NAV, a military-grade iPhone app created by U.S. Army Capt. Jonathan J. Springer, a battalion fire support officer with the 101st Airborne Division, has successfully been used in combat to help destroy a Taliban fighting position in eastern Afghanistan’s Kunar Province near the Pakistan border. As troops were patrolling along a main supply route leading to a U.S. base, soldiers in the convoy came under heavy machine-gun fire from an enemy fighting position nearby. While troops were in contact, a call for fire was initiated by the forward observer on the ground, and Tactical NAV...
  • Shockwave-Generating Wave Discs Could Replace Internal Combustion Engines

    03/18/2011 12:45:45 PM PDT · by Red Badger · 83 replies
    Popular Science ^ | 03.16.2011 at 2:14 pm | By Rebecca Boyle
    Michigan researchers have built a prototype of a new auto motor that does away with pistons, crankshafts and valves, replacing the old internal combustion engine with a disc-shaped shock wave generator. It could slash the weight of hybrid cars and reduce auto emissions by 90 percent. The generator is about the size of a saucepot, and would replace the 1,000-pound power train in most cars — no transmission, cooling system, emissions regulation or fluids needed. Norbert Müller and colleagues at Michigan State University showed off the new motor prototype at a meeting with the Department of Energy’s Advanced Research Projects...
  • Judge in PS3 case lets Sony track visitors to Geohot website [Ninth-Circuit Nonsense]

    03/04/2011 6:43:59 PM PST · by Gondring · 12 replies
    Electronista ^ | updated 07:05 pm EST, Fri March 4, 2011 | Electronista Staff
    Judge lets Sony spy on Geohot visitors in PS3 suit George Hotz faced another setback in his defense against Sony's anti-jailbreaking lawsuit late Thursday after a judge granted Sony a potentially controversial amount of information access. It now has permission to get the IP addresses, accounts and other details of anyone who has visited either his main Geohot site or his PS3 jailbreak Blogger site between January 2009 and the modern day. Sony made clear that the access wouldn't be limited to those who downloaded the jailbreak code.The company had already received permission to track as much information as possible...
  • Fast laser could revolutionize data communications

    03/04/2011 4:34:13 PM PST · by epithermal · 16 replies
    innovations report ^ | 3/4/2011 | Christian Borg
    Researchers at Chalmers in Sweden have shown that a surface emitting laser – a cheaper and more energy-efficient type of laser for fiber optics than conventional lasers – can deliver error-free data at a record speed of 40 Gbit/s. The break-through could lead to faster Internet traffic, computers and mobile phones. Today's commercial lasers can send up to 10 Gb of data per second (Gbit/s) through optical fibers. This applies to both conventional lasers and to surface emitting lasers. Researchers at Chalmers University of Technology have managed to increase the speed of the surface emitting laser four times, and see...
  • Sell unclean engines, pay a fine: EPA issued $2 million penalty to PowerTrain

    03/01/2011 5:50:39 AM PST · by Red Badger · 24 replies
    Autoblog Green ^ | 02-24-2011 | Sebastian Blanco
    What is it with companies thinking they can get around the Clean Air Act? Earlier this year, the second-largest refinery in the U.S. was fined $5.3 million (and required to upgrade pollution control systems for $700 million) for CAA violations. Before that, companies like Pep Boys, Cummins and Mercedes (among others) were all forced to pay fines for selling products that are just plain dirtier than they should be. Today, the EPA announced that PowerTrain is the latest to be hit with a CAA-violation fine. The company settled the case and will now have to pay $2 million because, between...
  • Gmail accidentally resetting accounts, years of correspondence vanish into the cloud? (update)

    02/27/2011 6:08:24 PM PST · by george76 · 27 replies
    AOL ^ | Feb 27th 2011 | Sean Hollister
    If you've got a working Gmail account, you might want to back it up every so often -- as many as 500,000 Gmail users lost access to their inboxes this morn, and some of them are reporting (via Twitter and support forums) that years worth of messages, attachments and Google Chat logs had vanished by the time they were finally able to log on.
  • Toshiba claims massive energy savings on flip-flop circuits (Might be good for politicians )

    02/21/2011 9:16:09 AM PST · by epithermal · 9 replies
    the Inquirer ^ | Feb 21 2011 | Rob Coppinger
    A WHOPPING 77 PER CENT less power is needed for Toshiba's 40nm scale CMOS flip-flop circuit compared to earlier flip-flops, the Japanese company claims.
  • The Internet bubble in Middle East politics

    02/19/2011 8:00:00 AM PST · by Pride_of_the_Bluegrass · 7 replies
    Asia Times Online ^ | Feb 16, 2011 | Spengler
    Once America had allies. Now it has Facebook friends. Google News turns up more than 5,000 news reports including the search terms "Facebook", "Egypt" and "revolution". The same soap-bubble of global youth culture that gave us the Internet stock bubble in the 1990s has returned, this time as the solution to the problems of the Arab world. With the last bubble, people got poor. This time people will get killed. As a reality check: the search terms "Egypt", "revolution" and "genital mutilation" turn up just seven stories in Google News (including a previous essay by this writer). Many Egyptian women...
  • Google offers £12,500 and a laptop to the first person to hack its Chrome browser

    02/04/2011 5:55:59 PM PST · by FromLori · 27 replies
    The Daily Mail ^ | 2/4/2011 | GRAHAM SMITH
    It's a move that reeks of extreme confidence, bordering on the reckless. Google is so certain its Chrome browser is unhackable it has promised to award £12,500 ($20,000) and a notebook to the first person who proves them wrong. The company laid down the gauntlet ahead of the fifth annual Pwn2Own hacking competition next month.
  • New hardware boosts communication speed on multi-core chips

    01/31/2011 9:19:48 AM PST · by epithermal · 2 replies
    Physorg ^ | January 31, 2011 | North Carolina State University
    Computer engineers at North Carolina State University have developed hardware that allows programs to operate more efficiently by significantly boosting the speed at which the "cores" on a computer chip communicate with each other. The core, or central processing unit, is the brain of a computer chip; most chips currently contain between four and eight cores. In order to perform a task more quickly using multiple cores on a single chip, those cores need to communicate with each other. But there are no direct ways for cores to communicate. Instead, one core sends data to memory and another core retrieves...
  • Verizon sues FCC over net neutrality regulation it helped draft

    01/31/2011 8:46:53 AM PST · by epithermal · 5 replies
    Digital Trends ^ | January 21, 2011 | Jeffrey Van camp
    Verizon has filed an appeal against the FCC's newly enacted net neutrality regulation, arguing that the agency has no authority to regulate bits on the Internet. Though Verizon practically co-drafted the FCC’s new Net Neutrality regulation, it now plans to sue the agency for overstepping its bounds. The broadband and mobile operator argues that the FCC doesn’t actually have the authority to require Internet service providers to regulate how traffic flows on their networks. “We are deeply concerned by the FCC’s assertion of broad authority for sweeping new regulation of broadband networks and the Internet itself,” said Michael E. Glover,...
  • New Tech Turns Your Skin Into a Game-Controlling Touch Pad

    01/25/2011 10:56:37 AM PST · by wastedyears · 3 replies · 1+ views
    Kotaku.com ^ | March 26, 2010 | Brian Crecente
    I'll leave it as link-only because I'm unaware of their sharing policies.
  • Internet Controlled Shotguns Discovered In Georgia (Yes, you read that correctly)

    01/17/2011 2:21:20 AM PST · by Stoat · 146 replies
    AUGUSTA, Ga. -- Georgia authorities are investigating the discovery of six loaded shotguns aimed at a food plot that were rigged to be fired through a network of Web-controlled cameras. The Augusta Chronicle reported the guns were discovered last fall on Georgia Power Company right of way in rural south Georgia. The set up was discovered by a utility contractor and it was reported to the U.S. Office of Homeland Security. The newspaper reported that a bulletin circulated by the Office of Homeland Security said it appeared that the rig was only intended for illegal hunting in an area known...
  • Israel Tests on Worm Called Crucial in Iran Nuclear Delay [Cyberweapon, Killing Scientists, Mossad]

    01/16/2011 1:35:25 AM PST · by fight_truth_decay · 18 replies
    NYTIMES ^ | Published: January 15, 2011 | William J. Broad, John Markoff , David E. Sanger.
    The Dimona complex in the Negev desert is famous as the heavily guarded heart of Israel’s never-acknowledged nuclear arms program, where neat rows of factories make atomic fuel for the arsenal. Over the past two years, according to intelligence and military experts familiar with its operations, Dimona has taken on a new, equally secret role — as a critical testing ground in a joint American and Israeli effort to undermine Iran’s efforts to make a bomb of its own.
  • Report: U.S.-Israel Tested Worm Linked to Iran Atom Woes

    01/16/2011 5:09:42 AM PST · by nuconvert · 16 replies
    WASHINGTON -- Israel has tested a computer worm believed to have sabotaged Iran's nuclear centrifuges and slowed its ability to develop an atomic weapon, The New York Times reported Saturday. In what the Times described as a joint Israeli-U.S. effort to undermine Iran's nuclear ambitions, it said the tests of the destructive Stuxnet worm had occurred over the past two years at the heavily guarded Dimona complex in the Negev desert.
  • iPhone App Mocks the Church

    01/14/2011 10:40:08 AM PST · by markomalley · 20 replies
    National Catholic Register ^ | 1/13/11 | Tim Drake
    When will the mockery of the Catholic Church cease? Not anytime soon it seems. Penance – the new free iPhone application that allows users to anonymously “confess” their sins to other users, and to give “absolution,” makes a mockery not only of the Church and the Sacrament of Reconciliation, but also of the Church’s structure. By “confessing” and “absolving,” users are able to accrue “horns” or “halos.” The more notable “confessors” are ranked with titles such as “Saints” to “Bishops,” “Cardinals,” and “Holy Father/Mother of the Church.” The highest ranking users are allowed to issue week-long edicts to those below...
  • Princeton scientists construct synthetic proteins that sustain life

    01/11/2011 5:30:22 AM PST · by epithermal · 2 replies
    innovations report ^ | 07.01.2011 | Emily Aronson
    In a groundbreaking achievement that could help scientists "build" new biological systems, Princeton University scientists have constructed for the first time artificial proteins that enable the growth of living cells. The team of researchers created genetic sequences never before seen in nature, and the scientists showed that they can produce substances that sustain life in cells almost as readily as proteins produced by nature's own toolkit.
  • Hot booze turns material into a superconductor

    01/11/2011 6:07:37 AM PST · by epithermal · 24 replies
    Physorg ^ | January 11, 2011 | Lin Edwards
    (PhysOrg.com) -- A Japanese scientist who "likes alcohol very much" has discovered that soaking samples of material in hot party drinks for 24 hours turns them into superconductors at ambient temperature. The scientist, Dr. Yoshihiko Takano of the National Institute for Materials Science (NIMS) in Tsukuba, Japan, made the discovery after a party, soaking samples of a potential superconductor in hot alcoholic drinks before testing them next day for superconductivity. The commercial alcoholic beverages, especially wine, were much more effective than either water or pure alcohol.
  • New Application Allows Scientists Easy Access to Important Government Data

    01/04/2011 7:07:54 AM PST · by epithermal
    Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute ^ | December 10, 2010 | Gabrielle DeMarco
    Government agencies around the world make billions of bits of raw data available to the public each day, but this data is often in difficult formats or so widely spread around the Web it is virtually unusable to the public and scientists who seek to use this valuable information in their research. Computer scientists within the Tetherless World Research Constellation at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute have developed an application to help solve the problem. A collaboration with scientific publisher Elsevier, the application utilizes the U.S. government data warehouse, Data.gov, to provide scientists with easy and direct access to government data sets...