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China Makes World's Fastest Supercomputer
Posted by News Fetcher on October 28 '10 at 05:00 AM
By CmdrTaco from Slashdot's but-can-it-run-wolf3d deptartment:
shmG writes "China has replaced United States as the maker of the world's fastest supercomputer. A Chinese research center has made the world's faster super computer — named as Tianhe-1A, which was released at a national conference on high-performance computers (HPC) in China. Made at a cost of over $88 million, Tianhe-1A is theoretically able to do more than 1 quadrillion calculations per second (one petaflop) at peak speed. Tianhe-1A 's peak performance reaches 1.206 petaflops, and it runs at 563.1 teraflops (1,000 teraflops is equal to one petaflop) on the Linpack benchmark."

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Researchers Find a 'Liberal Gene'
Posted by News Fetcher on October 28 '10 at 04:15 AM
By samzenpus from Slashdot's let-the-flame-war-begin deptartment:
An anonymous reader writes "Liberals may owe their political outlook partly to their genetic make-up, according to new research from the University of California, San Diego, and Harvard University. Ideology is affected not just by social factors, but also by a dopamine receptor gene called DRD4. The study's authors say this is the first research to identify a specific gene that predisposes people to certain political views."

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40 Million Years Old Primate Fossils Found In Asia
Posted by News Fetcher on October 28 '10 at 01:30 AM
By samzenpus from Slashdot's look-who's-coming-to-dinner deptartment:
sosaited writes "It has been widely believed that our ancestors originated out of Africa, but a paper published in Nature by Carnegie Museum of Natural History scientists puts this in doubt. The paper is based on the fossils of 4 primate species found in Asia which are 40 million years old , during which period Africa was thought to not have these species. The diversity and timing of the new anthropoids raises two scenarios. Anthropoids might simply have emerged in Africa much earlier than thought, and gone undiscovered by modern paleontologists. Or they could have crossed over from Asia, where evidence suggests that anthropoids lived 55 million years ago, flourishing and diversifying in the wide-open ecological niches of an anthropoid-free Africa."

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CIA Invests In Anti-Cybercrime Startup
Posted by News Fetcher on October 28 '10 at 12:45 AM
By samzenpus from Slashdot's silent-partners deptartment:
wiredmikey writes "Launched by the CIA in 1999, In-Q-Tel's mission is to identify and partner with companies developing cutting-edge technologies that serve the national security interests of the United States. In-Q-Tel has invested an undisclosed sum in Silver Tail Systems, an emerging online fraud prevention and analytics company, an investment they say enables them to offer powerful technology companies in the U.S. intelligence Community and further protect the Nation's assets."

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Aussie Kids Foil Finger Scanner With Gummi Bears
Posted by News Fetcher on October 27 '10 at 10:30 PM
By samzenpus from Slashdot's gummi-security deptartment:
mask.of.sanity writes "An Australian high school has installed "secure" fingerprint scanners for roll call for senior students, which savvy kids may be able to circumvent with sweets from their lunch box. The system replaces the school's traditional sign-in system with biometric readers that require senior students to have their fingerprints read to verify attendance. The school principal says the system is better than swipe cards because it stops truant kids getting their mates to sign-in for them. But using the Gummi Bear attack, students can make replicas of their own fingerprints from gelatine, the ingredient in Gummi Bears, to forge a replica finger. The attack worked against a bunch of scanners that detect electrical charges within the human body, since gelatine has virtually the same capacitance as a finger's skin."

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Microsoft Charging Royalties For Linux
Posted by News Fetcher on October 27 '10 at 08:30 PM
By samzenpus from Slashdot's that-doesn't-seem-right deptartment:
andydread writes "It seems Microsoft's campaign to scare manufacturers away from open source and Linux in particular is proceeding at full force. The latest news is from Digitimes out of Taiwan. Apparently Microsoft is threatening Acer and Asustek to pay Microsoft a License Fee for the privilege of deploying Linux on their devices. This time in the form of Android and Chorme OS. So basically this campaign is spreading to PC vendors now. What are the implications of this? Does this mean that if I build PCs with Linux (Ubuntu/ChromeOS/Fedora and sell them I am at risk of getting sued by Microsoft? "

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British Airways Chief Slams US Security Requests
Posted by News Fetcher on October 27 '10 at 06:45 PM
By samzenpus from Slashdot's security-theater-amateur-night deptartment:
Ponca City writes "Reflecting a growing frustration among airport and airline owners with the steady build-up of rules covering everything from footwear to liquids, Martin Broughton, chairman of British Airways, has launched a scathing attack on the 'completely redundant' airport checks requested by the TSA and urged the UK to stop 'kowtowing' to American demands for ever more security. Speaking at the annual conference of the UK Airport Operators Association, Broughton lambasted the TSA for demanding that foreign airports increase checks on U.S.-bound planes, while not applying those regulations to their own domestic services. 'America does not do internally a lot of the things they demand that we do,' says Broughton. 'We shouldn't stand for that. We should say, "We'll only do things which we consider to be essential and that you Americans also consider essential.''' For example, Broughton noted that cutting-edge technology recently installed at airports can scan laptops inside hand luggage for explosives but despite this breakthrough the British government still demands computers be examined separately. 'It's just completely ridiculous,' says Broughton."

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The First Photograph of a Human
Posted by News Fetcher on October 27 '10 at 04:15 PM
By samzenpus from Slashdot's fist-cheese deptartment:
wiredog writes "The Atlantic has a brief piece on what is likely to be the first photograph (a daguerreotype) showing a human. From the article: 'In September, Krulwich posted a set of daguerreotypes taken by Charles Fontayne and William Porter in Cincinnati 162 years ago, on September 24, 1848. Krulwich was celebrating the work of the George Eastman House in association with the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County. Using visible-light microscopy, the George Eastman House scanned several plates depicting the Cincinnati Waterfront so that scholars could zoom in and study the never-before-seen details.'"

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Google Now Second-Largest ISP
Posted by News Fetcher on October 27 '10 at 04:00 PM
By samzenpus from Slashdot's all-hail-the-google deptartment:
bednarz writes "Google is now the second-largest carrier of Internet traffic, accounting for 6.4% of all web traffic, according to data released this week by Arbor Networks. But should IT execs care? Yes, says Craig Labovitz, Arbor's chief scientist, who argues that IT managers need to understand how macro Internet traffic trends will affect the design and management of their own network backbones. 'This will affect how enterprises plan their services... whether they host their own services or whether they use cloud vendors,' Labovitz says. 'The enterprise needs to shift its thinking in terms of [service level agreements] and the way it measures, monitors and secures its networks. That all used to be focused on connectivity, but now it needs to be focused on content.'"

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Pay Or Else, News Site Threatens
Posted by News Fetcher on October 27 '10 at 03:15 PM
By samzenpus from Slashdot's good-luck-with-that deptartment:
WED Fan writes "The North Country Gazette, a news blog, says users who read beyond a single page of an article must pay up or they will be tracked down. They don't have a pay wall. If you go beyond page 1, you owe them. From the article: 'A subscription is required at North Country Gazette. We allow only one free read per visitor. We are currently gathering IPs and computer info on persistent intruders who refuse to buy subscription and are engaging in a theft of services. We have engaged an attorney who will be doing a bulk subpoena demand on each ISP involved, particularly Verizon Droids, Frontier and Road Runner, and will then pursue individual legal actions.'"

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FTC Ends Probe of Google StreetView Privacy Breach
Posted by News Fetcher on October 27 '10 at 02:30 PM
By samzenpus from Slashdot's move-on-nothing-to-see-here deptartment:
GovTechGuy writes "The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) wrote to Google on Wednesday to end its probe into a major privacy breach in which the company collected and stored private user information, such as passwords and entire e-mails, without even realizing it after the search giant promised to improve its privacy practices."

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MySpace Revamps Site To Recapture the Magic
Posted by News Fetcher on October 27 '10 at 01:45 PM
By samzenpus from Slashdot's good-luck-with-that deptartment:
Ponca City writes "MySpace has unveiled an overhauled website and logo as it attempts to recapture the magic that led it to top the social-networking sphere. According to the report 'MySpace is positioning itself for the so-called Gen Y crowd, or those roughly between 10 and 30 years old.' A beta version of the new website will start rolling out Wednesday and is slated to be accessible to users globally by the end of November. Plans are for the site to focus on entertainment with the home page constantly updating items about music, movies and television shows that are most discussed on the site at any one time."

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Real Reason Why the White IPhone 4 Is Delayed
Posted by News Fetcher on October 27 '10 at 01:15 PM
By samzenpus from Slashdot's no-phone-for-you deptartment:
tekgoblin writes "There have been numerous reasons why the White iPhone 4 may be delayed with one reason being the color mismatch between the home button and the body. Well this time there is another reason. A source has told CultofMac that the reason for the delay is a light leakage issue caused by the case being clear. Light from the case leaks into pictures taken by the back and front camera on the White iPhone 4 causing distorted pictures. This problem is non-existent on the Black iPhone 4 because of its already black case so Apple has been looking for a solution to this problem thus the delay of the White iPhone 4 till spring of next year."

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NASA Working On Solar Storm Shield
Posted by News Fetcher on October 27 '10 at 01:00 PM
By samzenpus from Slashdot's spf-25-trillion deptartment:
Zothecula writes "The solar storms that cause the stunning aurora borealis and aurora australis (or northern and southern polar lights) also have the potential to knock out telecommunications equipment and navigational systems and cause blackouts of electrical grids. With the frequency of the sun's flares following an 11-year cycle of solar activity and the next solar maximum expected around 2013, scientists are bracing for an overdue, once-in-100 year event that could cause widespread power blackouts and cripple electricity grids around the world. It sounds like an insurmountable problem but a new NASA project called 'Solar Shield' is working to develop a forecasting system that can mitigate the impacts of such events and keep the electrons flowing."

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Most Americans Support an Internet Kill Switch
Posted by News Fetcher on October 27 '10 at 12:15 PM
By samzenpus from Slashdot's please-take-my-freedoms-I-don't-deserve-them deptartment:
Orome1 writes "Sixty-one percent of Americans said the President should have the ability to shut down portions of the Internet in the event of a coordinated malicious cyber attack, according to research by Unisys. The survey found that while Americans are taking proactive steps to protect themselves against cybercrime and identity theft, only slightly more than a third of Internet users in the U.S. regularly use and update passwords on their mobile devices – creating a potentially huge security hole for organizations as more consumer devices invade the workplace. The findings illustrate that recent events such as the Stuxnet computer worm attack and the attempted Times Square car bombing may have heightened the American public's awareness of and concern over global and domestic cybersecurity threats."

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The Empire Strikes Back Vader Costume For Sale
Posted by News Fetcher on October 27 '10 at 11:30 AM
By samzenpus from Slashdot's best-costume-ever deptartment:
Now is your chance to own an original Darth Vader costume from the best of the Star Wars movies. Christie's auction house plans on putting it up for sale on Nov. 25 and it would be unwise to underestimate the value of this costume. From the article: "The jet-black helmet, mask and armor worn by the intergalactic villain are expected to sell for between 160,000 pounds and 230,000 pounds ($250,000 and $365,000) at a sale of pop culture memorabilia next month."

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CyberForensics
Posted by News Fetcher on October 27 '10 at 11:00 AM
By samzenpus from Slashdot's read-all-about-it deptartment:
brothke writes "CyberForensics: Understanding Information Security Investigations is a new book written by a cast of industry all-stars. The book takes a broad look at cyberforensics with various case studies. Each of the books 10 chapters takes a different approach to the topic. The book is meant to be a source guide to the core ideas on cyberforensics." Read on for the rest of Ben's review.

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Information Rage Coming Soon To an Office Near You
Posted by News Fetcher on October 27 '10 at 10:15 AM
By CmdrTaco from Slashdot's just-having-a-bad-day deptartment:
digitaldc submitted the latest excuse to get a few days off: "A survey released this week revealed the latest affliction to hit white-collar workers. It's called 'information rage,' and almost one in two employees is affected by it. Overwhelmed by the torrent of data flooding corporate workplaces, many are on the verge of breaking point. The aftermath of all this is the deterioration in quality that occurs when flustered employees — unable to sort through a pile of information fast enough — end up submitting work that's substandard. Almost three quarters of the survey's respondents declared their work has suffered as a result."

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How To Protect Against Firesheep Attacks
Posted by News Fetcher on October 27 '10 at 09:30 AM
By CmdrTaco from Slashdot's oh-that-helps-sure deptartment:
Monday we mentioned Firesheep, a plug-in that trivializes ID spoofing on social networks. Since then various security researches have come out to suggest How to Protect Yourself against Firesheep Attacks (submitted by Batblue). Of course the advice is pretty obvious: Don't use free Wi-Fi, use SSL, or a VPN. It seems to me that the big sites should start by redirecting all non-ssl traffic to https automatically. If you want to be insecure, you'd have to explicitly state that you CAN'T encrypt for some reason.

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NASA To Auction Automated Code Generation Patents
Posted by News Fetcher on October 27 '10 at 09:00 AM
By CmdrTaco from Slashdot's that-doesn't-seem-right deptartment:
coondoggie writes "NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center said it is set to auction an exclusive license to five patents it holds for automated software development on November 11, 2010. NASA said the technology was originally developed to handle coding of control code for spacecraft swarms, but it is applicable to any commercial application where rule-based systems development is used."

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