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Submission + - NASA boss accused of breaking arms trade laws (

ananyo writes: The head of NASA Ames Research Center may have fallen victim to restrictive arms regulations — just as a US government report recommends changing them to help the space industry. Simon ‘Pete’ Worden, who recently announced that Mars exploration would be done by private companies, has been accused of giving foreign citizens access to information that falls under the International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR).
ITAR has hampered US firms seeking to export satellite technology. The allegations against Worden come just as the new report recommends moving oversight of many commercial satellites and related activities from the State department to the Commerce department, and some fear they could provide lawmakers with reasons to not ease export controls.


Submission + - European eID announced (

gbjbaanb writes: On Wednesday, the European Commission published a strategy document aimed at setting up systems to protect children online. In the document — but not in the accompanying press release nor the citizens' summary — the Commission mentioned that it will soon propose a "pan-European framework for electronic authentication", full details will be announced on 30th May.

The launch of the strategy follows a push to strengthen internet security in the EU. It also outlined legal measures to make it easier for people to use a single e-ID for online services across borders, which would underpin a move toward a pan-European framework for electronic identification, authentication and signature (Pefias) framework.

The Courts

Submission + - X-Rays show memory card still in digestive tract of accused hang glider. (

dumuzi writes: A hang glider instructor in British Columbia is accused of obstructing justice during a police investigation of the death of one of his passengers. Lenami Godinez's boyfriend bought her a hang gliding experience for their anniversery. Immediatly after take off Godinez began to fall. She struggled to hold onto the pilot William Orders, who attemped to help her according to bystanders. Godinez was unable to hang on and fell to her death. A police investigation revealed the memory card from the camera attached to the hang glider was missing and Orders was arrested for obstruction of justice. Several recent X-Rays show the memory card is making its way through Orders digestive tract while he is being held in custody. The card likely contains video evidence which is expected to be intact once the memory card is recovered.
The Internet

Submission + - Religious sites riskier than porn sites (

drkim writes: Article: "According to a report released... by security software firm Symantec, religious and ideological websites are riskier to visit than adult and pornographic websites. ...analysis found that religious sites had more than triple the average number of threats per infected site than pornographic sites..."

Submission + - Orbitz CEO says Mac users willing to spend $20 more per night on a hotel room

An anonymous reader writes: Orbitz CEO claims in CNBC interview that Mac users willing to spend $20 more per night on a hotel room vs users on a pc. So my question is do Mac users demand better quality or are they just suckers?

Submission + - Mac virus using Office 2000 vulnerability to spread (

danomac writes: It appears that Mac users aren't very vigilant about keeping their machines fully patched — Microsoft is reporting that an old Office vulnerability is being exploited to turn the Mac into a zombie for a botnet.

The patch for this was apparently issued almost three years ago, and it is apparently still infecting machines today.

Submission + - John McAfee, antivirus pioneer, arrested by Belize police (

concertina226 writes: McAfee antivirus founder John McAfee is reportedly taking legal advice after a raid on his Belize home by police resulted in the software entrepreneur’s arrest and the death of his pet dog.

The raid in the early morning of 1 May by the country’s armed ‘Gang Suppression Unit’ (GSU) allegedly involved the doors to McAfee’s house being smashed down, his property ransacked, and his dog shot.

After searching the house for drugs and firearms and handcuffing him and his 12 employees, the police detained McAfee for a number of hours before releasing him at 2am the following morning.


Submission + - Google makes $1bn a year in Australia; pays just $74k tax (

daria42 writes: Looks like Apple isn't the only company with interesting offshore taxation practices. The financial statements for Google's Australian subsidiary show the company told the Australian Government it made just $200 million in revenue in 2011 in Australia, despite local industry estimating it actually brought in closer to $1 billion. The rest was funnelled through Google's Irish subsidiary and not disclosed in Australia. Consequently the company only disclosed taxation costs in Australia of $74,000. Not bad work if you can get it — which Google apparently can. About that 'don't be evil' motto? Yeah. Not so much.

Submission + - Osama Bin Laden didn't encrypt his files (

An anonymous reader writes: If you're running a terrorist organisation, it might make sense to encrypt your files.

Clearly Osama Bin Laden didn't realise that — as some of the documents seized during the raid on his hideout in Pakistan have been made public for the first time.

17 electronic documents, which were found on USB sticks, memory cards and computer hard drives after US Navy Seals killed the terrorist chief in the May 2011 raid, are being released in their original Arabic alongside English translations by the Combating Terrorism Center, reports Sophos.

Submission + - DIY home NAS for a variety of legacy drives 1

An anonymous reader writes: I have at least 10 assorted hard drives ranging from 100 GB to 3 TB, and including external drives, IDE desktop drives, laptop drives, etc.

What's the best way to setup a home NAS to utilize all this 'excess' space? And could it be setup with redundancy built-in so a single drive failure would cause no data loss?

I don't need anything fancy. Visibility to networked Windows PCs is great; ability to streak to Roku / iPad / Toshiba etc would be great but not necessary. What's the best way to accomplish this goal?
The Military

Submission + - Squid-Inspired Tech Could Lead to Color-Changing Smart Materials (

Zothecula writes: If you’ve ever watched a cephalopod such as a squid changing color, then you’ll know that it’s a pretty amazing process – they can instantly change the appearance of their skin from dark to light and back again, or even create pulsating bands of color that travel across it. They are able to do this thanks to muscles that manipulate the pigmentation of their skin. Now, scientists from the University of Bristol have succeeded in creating artificial muscles and cells, that might someday allow for the same sort of color changes in smart clothing that can camouflage itself against different backgrounds.

Submission + - Microsoft using Linux to optimize Skype traffic (

An anonymous reader writes: A security researcher believes that Microsoft has overhauled Skype, with thousands of Linux boxes serving as the "supernodes" that route calls between users of the voice-over-IP service. Kostya Kortchinsky of Immunity Security "discovered the Linux supernodes using a Skype probing technique he and colleague Fabrice Desclaux first demonstrated in 2006", according to Ars Technica. The drastic infrastructure change doesn't affect the peer-to-peer nature of the calls between Skype users.
The Gimp

Submission + - Gimp 2.8 Finally Released (

Cryophallion writes: "After many years of development, gimp 2.8 is finally released. Among it's features the oft desired single window mode, layer groups, and many other massive improvements including some of the gimpui teams' work. This might be the release that helps make the gimp a much more user friendly experience for newcomers, and has features that are rivalling those of certain exceptionally expensive commercial programs. While the porting th GEGL is still ongoing (and recently reported to have made massive advances made), this is a major step forward for one of the premier open source projects."

Submission + - A quick look a the SpaceX blast into history (

coondoggie writes: "If all goes smoothly – and it hasn’t so far — Space Exploration Technologies or SpaceX will this month send its Falcon 9 rocket and Dragon space capsule into low earth orbit on the first public resupply mission to the International Space Station. The Dragon will stay about 18 days and deliver a little over 1,000 pounds of cargo. A successful mission will go a long way toward bolstering the idea of non-NASA spacecraft ferry equipment and ultimately astronauts to the space lab. It won’t be an easy task by any means. “This is a really tough flight. What we’re asking them to do is amazing,” NASA’s William Gerstenmaier said during one recent news meeting. Here we take a look at the components of this historic space flight."

Submission + - JavaFX Runs on Raspberry Pi (

mikejuk writes: Oracle seem to be concerned that the Raspberry Pi manages to run Java properly and they are actively working on the problem. To prove that it more than just works what better than to get a JavaFX app up and running — what could be more cutting edge.
Unfortunately the trick was performed using a commercial version of the JDK with JIT support and some private code but it is still early days yet. Watch the video to see it in action.
Java and JavaFX on Raspberry Pi takes us into a whole new ball game.

Submission + - British Ban Spikes Pirate Bay Traffic (

sleiper writes: Today sees UK ISPs begin to block access for their subscribers to the Pirate Bay URL. Sky, Talk Talk, Virgin Media and O2 have already blocked access and the UK's biggest provider, BT, are currently reviewing their legal position.

This access ban however has seen The Pirate Bay's traffic spike to 12million more page views than their previous daily record.

It seems obvious that a message is being sent, that this type of censorship is not the way forward. The Pirate Bay keeps on sailing"


Submission + - Microsoft raises UK prices by a third and can't rule out future hikes ( 1

DerekduPreez writes: "Microsoft has revealed that it will increase volume licencing prices in the UK by an average of 29 percent to adjust for the ‘sustained currency differences between European countries’.

UK businesses have until 1st July to place their orders under the current prices before the changes take effect.

Microsoft claims that because of sustained differences between the British Pound and the Euro, price spikes are necessary to maintain consistency across the region.

Microsoft also confirmed that it could not rule out future increases, as it will continue to monitor currency movements and may make further adjustments if there are large fluctuations."