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Fix To Chinese Internet Traffic Hijack Due In Jan.
Posted by News Fetcher on December 08 '10 at 10:15 AM
By CmdrTaco from Slashdot's route-around-it deptartment:
alphadogg writes "Policymakers disagree about whether the recent Chinese hijacking of Internet traffic was malicious or accidental, but there's no question about the underlying cause of this incident: the lack of built-in security in the Internet's main routing protocol. Network engineers have been talking about this weakness in the Internet infrastructure for a decade. Now a fix is finally on the way."

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Dr. Who's Sonic Screwdriver Exists
Posted by News Fetcher on December 08 '10 at 09:45 AM
By CmdrTaco from Slashdot's master-still-not-real-tho deptartment:
Phoghat writes "Television's favourite Time Lord could not exist without his trusty sonic screwdriver, as it's proved priceless in defeating Daleks and keeping the Tardis in check. Now Doctor Who's famous cure-all gadget could become a reality for DIY-ers across the world, say engineers. Ultrasonic engineers at Bristol University and The Big Bang: UK Young Scientists and Engineers Fair are uncovering how a real life version of the fictional screwdriver — which uses sonic technology to open locks and undo screws — could be created."

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SpaceX Falcon 9 and Dragon Make It To Orbit
Posted by News Fetcher on December 08 '10 at 09:15 AM
By samzenpus from Slashdot's up-up-and-away deptartment:
jnaujok writes "This morning the Falcon 9 rocket carrying the Dragon capsule lifted off from Cape Canaveral at 10:43 Eastern time, after an earlier launch had been scrubbed because of a bad telemetry feed. A little over 9 minutes later, the Dragon capsule separate from the second stage into its intended orbit. Part of the COTS (Commercial access To Space) program, this is the first test of the Dragon capsule by SpaceX to prove it can be used to ferry supplies to the ISS. The Dragon capsule will make two or three orbits before returning to Earth about four hours after launch."

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George Lucas to Resurrect Dead Movie Stars?
Posted by News Fetcher on December 08 '10 at 07:45 AM
By samzenpus from Slashdot's meesa-think-dis-is-creepy deptartment:
According to his director friend Mel Smith, George Lucas has a plan for upcoming movies more insidious than a whole Gungan cast. Smith says Lucas is buying the rights to old movies in order to put dead actors in his films. He says, "George has been buying up the film rights to dead actors in the hope of using computer trickery to put them all together, so you'd have Orson Welles and Barbara Stanwyck alongside today's stars." Even if Smith is lying, it makes you wonder who long it will be until Hollywood starts to recycle actors as well as scripts.

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MasterCard Hit By WikiLeaks Payback Attacks
Posted by News Fetcher on December 08 '10 at 07:30 AM
By CmdrTaco from Slashdot's this-is-getting-messy deptartment:
An anonymous reader writes "MasterCard's website has been hit by a distributed denial of service attack. Netcraft describes how the attack uses a voluntary botnet of LOIC (low orbit ion cannon) users to swamp sites with traffic. PostFinance, the PayPal blog and Swedish prosecutors have been targetted previously."

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Google Wants To Take Away Your Capslock Key
Posted by News Fetcher on December 08 '10 at 06:30 AM
By CmdrTaco from Slashdot's they-can-have-it deptartment:
heptapod writes "Slashdot reported earlier about Google's Chrome notebook and keen-eyed readers would have noticed the lack of a caps lock key. "According to Google, this will improve the quality of the comments, because people will not be able to write all in capital letters. I'm not a fan of the caps lock key myself. I never use it, so it can go to hell, for all I'm concerned. But taking away choice from people is not good, especially when this is not going to improve the quality of comments.""

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NASA's "Arsenic Microbe" Science Under Fire
Posted by News Fetcher on December 08 '10 at 06:15 AM
By CmdrTaco from Slashdot's arsenic-is-yummy deptartment:
radioweather writes "The cryptic press release NASA made last week that set the blogosphere afire with conjecture, which announced: "NASA will hold a news conference at 2 p.m. EST on Thursday, Dec. 2, to discuss an astrobiology finding that will impact the search for evidence of extraterrestrial life." may be a case of "go fever" science pushed too quickly by press release. A scathing article in Slate.com lists some very prominent microbiologists who say the NASA backed study is seriously flawed and that the finding may be based on something a simple as poor sample washing to remove phosphate contamination. One of the scientists, Shelley Copley of the University of Colorado said "This paper should not have been published," while another, John Roth of UC-Davis says: "I suspect that NASA may be so desperate for a positive story that they didn't look for any serious advice from DNA or even microbiology people," The experience reminded some of another press conference NASA held in 1996. Scientists unveiled a meteorite from Mars in which they said there were microscopic fossils. A number of critics condemned the report (also published in Science) for making claims it couldn't back up."

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Ex-Sun CEO Warns Oracle of Death By Open Source
Posted by News Fetcher on December 08 '10 at 05:30 AM
By timothy from Slashdot's everyone's-got-a-narrative deptartment:
gearystwatcher writes "Former Sun CEO Scott McNealy talks to The Reg on where things went wrong, and acquisition by Oracle: 'We probably got a little too aggressive near the end and probably open sourced too much and tried too hard to appease the community and tried too hard to share,' McNealy said. 'You gotta take care of your shareholders or you end up very vulnerable like we got. We were a wonderful acquisition — we got stolen for a song at the bottom of the Dow.'"

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A Peek At South Korea's Autonomous Robot Gun Turrets
Posted by News Fetcher on December 08 '10 at 02:30 AM
By timothy from Slashdot's next-week-at-thinkgeek deptartment:
cylonlover writes "If there's one place you don't want to be caught wandering around right now, it's the demilitarized zone that separates North and South Korea. Especially since South Korean military hardware manufacturer DoDAMM used the recent Korea Robot World 2010 expo to display its new Super aEgis 2, an automated gun turret that can detect and lock onto human targets from kilometers away, day or night and in any weather conditions, and deliver some heavy firepower."

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Samsung '3D' Memory Coming, 50% Denser
Posted by News Fetcher on December 07 '10 at 11:15 PM
By timothy from Slashdot's now-in-stereo deptartment:
CWmike writes "Samsung on Tuesday announced a new 8GB dual inline memory module (DIMM) that stacks memory chips on top of each other, which increases the density of the memory by 50% compared with conventional DIMM technology. Samsung's new registered or buffered (RDIMM) product is based on its current Green DDR3 DRAM and 40 nanometer (nm)-sized circuitry. The new memory module is aimed at the server and enterprise storage markets. The three-dimensional (3D) chip stacking process is referred to in the memory industry as Through Silicon Via (TSV). Samsung said the TSV process saves up to 40% of the power consumed by a conventional RDIMM. Using the TSV technology will greatly improve chip density in next-generation server systems, Samsung said, making it attractive for high-density, high-performance systems."

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Racy Danish Tabloid May Sue Apple For App Rejection
Posted by News Fetcher on December 07 '10 at 08:00 PM
By timothy from Slashdot's bikinis-verboten deptartment:
the_arrow writes "In Denmark the tabloid newspaper Ekstra Bladet usually have scantily clad ladies on page 9. When making an iPad application, Apple of course rejected it because of that. However, Ekstra Bladet is not happy with that, and many sites report that Ekstra Bladet is thinking about taking Apple to European court for 'unfair censorship and anti-competitive behaviour.'"

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China's Influence Widens Nobel Peace Prize Boycott
Posted by News Fetcher on December 07 '10 at 07:15 PM
By timothy from Slashdot's friends-of-un-friends deptartment:
c0lo writes "Not only did China decline to attend the upcoming Nobel peace prize ceremony, but urged diplomats in Oslo to stay away from the event warning of 'consequences' if they go. Possibly as a result of this (or on their own decisions), 18 other countries turned down the invitation: Pakistan, Iran, Sudan, Russia, Kazakhstan, Colombia, Tunisia, Saudi Arabia, Serbia, Iraq, Vietnam, Afghanistan, Venezuela, the Philippines, Egypt, Ukraine, Cuba and Morocco. Reuters seems to think the 'consequences' are of an economic nature, pointing out that half of the countries with economies that gained global influence during recent times are boycotting the ceremony (with Brazil and India still attending)."

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Malicious Online Retailer Ordered Held Without Bail
Posted by News Fetcher on December 07 '10 at 05:15 PM
By timothy from Slashdot's fair-enough deptartment:
Zaphod_85 writes "You may remember the New York Times story from a couple of weeks ago regarding Vitaly Borker, an online retailer intentionally harassing customers in order to gain linking points in Google's PageRank algorithm. Now, not only has Google altered their algorithm in order to prevent this tactic from being effective (Though according to Katherine Noyes at PCWorld, this tactic may never actually have been benefiting the website in the first place), Now Mr. Borker has the Feds to deal with. He is being charged with cyberstalking, wire fraud, mail fraud, and making interstate threats, and faces up to 50 years in prison if convicted on all counts. Given his disturbing behavior that brought about the charges, a federal judge has ordered he be held without bail while he awaits trial."

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Oracle To Halve Core Count In Next Sparc Processor
Posted by News Fetcher on December 07 '10 at 04:15 PM
By timothy from Slashdot's reverse-course-full-steam deptartment:
angry tapir writes "Oracle will halve the number of cores in its next Sparc processor and instead improve its single-thread performance, a weak area for the chip but one that's important for running large databases and back-end applications. The next Sparc chip on Oracle's roadmap, the T4, will have eight cores on each chip, down from 16 in the current Sparc T3."

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Hi-Tech Nativity Security
Posted by News Fetcher on December 07 '10 at 04:15 PM
By samzenpus from Slashdot's a-higher-satellite-power deptartment:
To combat vandalism and theft of their holiday displays, many churches and cities are turning to a technological answer. After one of their cows was stolen, St. Marks Episcopal Church in Glen Ellyn, Ill. installed GPS devices in the figurines of its nativity scene. This year the village of Wellington, Fla. added security cameras to protect their display. From the article: "BrickHouse Security in New York City offered churches and synagogues free GPS and cameras to protect their displays this season. Seventy have signed up so far. About 24 of them are also installing security cameras. In Merrick, N.Y., the Chabad Center for Jewish Life is putting GPS in its 8-foot menorah on display in a park."

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AMD Releases Three New Low-Cost CPUs
Posted by News Fetcher on December 07 '10 at 03:45 PM
By CmdrTaco from Slashdot's cheap-at-twice-the-price deptartment:
WesternActor writes "With its new Fusion APUs coming out in about a month, you wouldn't think AMD would still be tweaking its processor lineup. But it released three new processors today—the Phenom II X6 1100T Black Edition, the Phenom II X2 565 Black Edition, and the Athlon II X3 455—to balance out its price-performance offerings. The Black Edition CPUs with their unlocked multipliers are probably the most interesting, particularly the Phenom II X6 1100T Black Edition which has six cores, runs at 3.3 GHz, and costs only $265. As the name implies, the 1100T represents only a minute increase in clock speed over the 1090T. It even has the same amount of L2 and L3 cache (3MB and 6MB, respectively), is based on the same 45nm production process, and is designed for the currently standard AM3 socket. Given that 1090T got the downward nudge in price to $235, however, the 1100T offers slightly better performance for less money."

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Microsoft Adds 'Do Not Track' Option For IE9
Posted by News Fetcher on December 07 '10 at 03:00 PM
By CmdrTaco from Slashdot's and-who-will-listen deptartment:
devbox writes "Microsoft says it will offer a privacy setting in the next version of Internet Explorer that will make it easy for users to keep their browsing habits from being tracked by advertising networks and other third-party websites. "oeBy designing these sorts of enhancements with privacy in mind at the design phase, we're able to deliver a functionality that provides consumers additional levels of control over what they want to engage in and how they choose to do so,"Microsoft Chief Privacy Strategist Peter Cullen blogged. Previously Mozilla stopped working on a similar feature for Firefox after pressure from advertisers and other OSS projects as it would hurt their revenue sources from advertisers."

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NASA Records Solar Blast of Epic Proportions
Posted by News Fetcher on December 07 '10 at 02:30 PM
By CmdrTaco from Slashdot's i-burnt-my-fingers deptartment:
Arvisp writes "As predicted, the a 'mega-filament' of solar magnetism erupted on Dec. 6th, producing a blast of epic proportions. NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory recorded the action as the 700,000-km long structure lifted off the stellar surface and--snap!!--hurled itself into space.The eruption produced a bright coronal mass ejection (CME) observed by the STEREO-A spacecraft: video. Earth was not in the line of fire; the cloud should sail wide of our planet. Earth-effects might be limited to pretty pictures."

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Google Unveils Beta Chrome OS Notebook
Posted by News Fetcher on December 07 '10 at 01:30 PM
By CmdrTaco from Slashdot's wait-this-is-new-now deptartment:
adeelarshad82 writes "Google has unveiled a beta version of its Chrome OS notebook, dubbed CR48. The device will have a 12.1-inch screen and full-size keyboard, as well as an oversized, clickable touchpad. It will also include world-mode 3G and 802.11 dual-band Wi-Fi. Google promised eight hours of active use and eight days of standby, as well as a webcam.Those hoping to get their hands on a Chrome OS device, however, will either have to wait until mid-2011 or obtain one through one of several Google-backed giveaway options. Google plans to release two, Intel-based Chrome OS notebooks from Acer and Samsung in mid-2011, with Verizon Wireless providing cellular connectivity which comes with 100MB of free data per month for the first two years. According to Sundar Pichai, Google's vice president of product management, CR48 is not and will not be for sale. All Chrome OS devices will be launched and priced by their partners, who will hold their own launch events in the future with more details."

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Rogue Satellite Shuts Down US Weather Services
Posted by News Fetcher on December 07 '10 at 01:15 PM
By CmdrTaco from Slashdot's ambush-backstab-vanish deptartment:
radioweather writes "On Sunday, the drifting rogue "zombie" Galaxy 15 satellite with a stuck transmitter interfered with the satellite data distribution system used by NOAA's National Weather Service (NWS), effectively shutting down data sharing between NWS offices nationwide, as well as weather support groups for the US Air force. This left many forecasters without data, imagery, and maps. Interference from Galaxy 15 affected transmissions of the SES-1 Satellite, which not only serves NOAA with data relay services, but also is used to feed TV programming into virtually every cable network in the US NOAA's Network Control Facility reports that the computer system affected was NOAA's Advanced Weather Interactive Processing System (AWIPS) used to issue forecasts and weather bulletins which uses the weather data feed. They also state the problem is likely to recur again this month before the satellite drifts out of range and eventually dies due to battery depletion."

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