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+ - 114 Everything Everywhere Gets UK 4G Go-Ahead->

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judgecorp
judgecorp writes "UK operator Everything Everywhere has been given the go-ahead by regulator Ofcom to start 4G services on spectrum previously issued for 2G, while other operators will have to wait for a much-delayed auction later this year. Rival Vodafone is outraged — although the delay to the 4G auction was at least partly due to its arguments."
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Space

+ - 104 First Evidence Discovered of Planet's Destruction by Its Star->

Submitted by Dupple
Dupple (1016592) writes "20 August 2012 — The first evidence of a planet's destruction by its aging star has been discovered by an international team of astronomers. The evidence indicates that the missing planet was devoured as the star began expanding into a "red giant" — the stellar equivalent of advanced age. "A similar fate may await the inner planets in our solar system, when the Sun becomes a red giant and expands all the way out to Earth's orbit some five-billion years from now," said Alex Wolszczan, an Evan Pugh Professor of Astronomy and Astrophysics at Penn State, University, who is one of the members of the research team. Wolszczan also is the discoverer of the first planet ever found outside our solar system."
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Security

+ - 102 Anonymous attacks UK government websites in 'Operation Free Assange'-> 1

Submitted by Qedward
Qedward (2499046) writes "The Ministry of Justice has experienced problems with the availability of its website following a denial-of-service (DDoS) attack by Anonymous, which is demanding freedom for WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange who was granted asylum by Ecuador last week.

The hacker group said that it had taken down the Justice Ministry website as part of its 'Operation Free Assange'. The British police have stated that they will arrest Assange if he comes out of the Ecuador embassy in London, where he has taken refuge since June, to extradite him to Sweden where he is wanted for investigations into alleged sexual misconduct.

Other government sites, including the Department for Work and Pensions, the Home Office and the Prime Minister's site, have also been targeted"

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Censorship

+ - 146 Blocked websites in China overwhelmed Herdict database 1

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percyalpha
percyalpha writes "Greatfire is a website that automatically monitors Internet censorship in China. Recently, we improved our system to share all testing data with Herdict, a project at Harvard University on Internet blockages. User reports on Herdict of websites inaccessible in China are automatically imported into our system, and our data of websites blocked in China is also exported into the Herdict database. If you ever explore the first ten pages of herdict database, chances are all block reports are from China and imported from our system."
Bitcoin

+ - 165 BitCoin Credit / Debit Card to Launch in 2 Months Says BitInstant->

Submitted by hypnosec
hypnosec (2231454) writes "Charlie Shrem, co-founder of BitInstant LLC, has confirmed that a BitCoin-funded international debit/credit card should be available very soon. Giving a time frame of 6-8 weeks, Shrem said over an IRC chat session that the card shall function like any other credit or debit card and that it can be used at places where MasterCard is being accepted. BitInstant co-founder has also said that the initial 1000 odd cards will be given for free and subsequent cards will carry a charge of around $10. Any transaction that is carried out through the card shall be levied with a 1% BitCoin transfer fee on top of the $1.50 ATM withdrawal fee."
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Security

+ - 101 Sensitive data in human brain successfully extract by Hackers->

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "It is now possible to hack the human brain ? YES ! This was explained researchers at the Usenix Conference on Security, held from 8 to 10 August in Washington State. Using a commercial off-the-shelf brain-computer interface, the researchers have shown that it’s possible to hack your brain, forcing you to reveal information that you’d rather keep secret.

Read More : http://thehackernews.com/2012/08/sensitive-data-in-human-brain.html"

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Idle

+ - 106 Sea Chair Project harvests plastic from the oceans to create furniture-> 2

Submitted by cylonlover
cylonlover (1921924) writes "You may have heard about the huge floating islands of garbage swirling around in the middle of the Earth's oceans. Much of that waterlogged rubbish is made up of plastic and, like Electrolux with its concept vacuum cleaners, U.K.-based Studio Swine and Kieren Jones are looking to put that waste to good use. As part of an ambitious project, they’ve come up with a system to collect plastic debris and convert it into furniture. Rather than collecting plastic that washes ashore or is snagged as by-catch in fishing nets, the team hopes to one day go where the trash is, collect and convert it to something useful while still at sea. Sea Chair envisions adapting fishing boats into floating chair factories that trawl for plastic and put it into production on-board."
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Linux

+ - 152 KMSCON Project Seeks to Replace Linux Virtual Terminal->

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "Phoronix reports on the progress of kmscon, David Herrmann's virtual console project that aims to supersede the Linux kernel's virtual terminal. kmscon takes advantage of modern Linux features such as kernel mode setting, direct rendering, and udev to provide hardware-accelerated rendering, full internationalization, monitor hot-plugging, and proper multi-seat support. A recent blog post by Herrmann addresses some of his frequently heard questions and criticisms about the kmscon project."
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Network

+ - 112 4G Coming to the UK in a Matter of Weeks->

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DavidGilbert99
DavidGilbert99 writes "Ofcom has set the cat among the pigeons by announcing the availability of a 4G network in the UK from 11 September.

Ofcom has approved the bid by Everything Everywhere (T-Mobile and Orange) to re-purpose its 1800MHz spectrum for use as a 4G network, leaving all the other networks in its wake."

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The Media

+ - 142 And Now, The Cartoon News 1

Submitted by theodp
theodp (442580) writes "Would you read a cartoon version of Slashdot? Quality stuff, not half-baked MS-Paint posts like 'Introducing Microsoft Monocle and Self-Driving Bentley'. Erin Polgreen has big plans for illustrated journalism. In October, Polgreen will be launching Symbolia, a tablet-based magazine of illustrated journalism, through Apple's App Store. 'Illustrated journalism draws you in, Polgreen explains. 'It's accessible in a way 5,000 words of text isn't. Regardless of age, gender or anything, you grasp it faster than most journalism.' Polgreen follows in the footsteps of other cartoonist-journalists, including Joe Kubert (RIP), Joe Sacco, and Josh Neufeld."
AI

+ - 145 Stanford's Self Driving Car Tops 120mph On Racetrack->

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kkleiner
kkleiner writes "Just as Google’s self-driving Prius goes for distance, recently passing 300,000 miles, Stanford’s self-driving Audi TTS instead has the need for speed. The Audi, known as Shelley, sped around the Thunderhill Raceway track north of Sacramento topping 120 miles per hour on straightaways. The less than two and a half minutes it took to complete the 3-mile course is comparable to times achieved by professional drivers."
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Medicine

+ - 146 Formula 1 ECU Adapted for Use in Hospitals->

Submitted by theweatherelectric
theweatherelectric (2007596) writes "The electronic control unit used in Formula 1 cars has been adapted for use in hospitals. James Allen writes, "As a result of a chance conversation between a McLaren engineer and a paediatrician, Birmingham Children’s Hospital has been trialling the ECU in a children’s intensive care ward; the idea is that the F1-derived unit can measure all the key signs from the child, sense trends and detect developing problems earlier than the electronics previously used by the NHS. The unit normally measures oil pressures, brake temperatures and the like. Here, a lightly adapted version of the F1 ECU is being used to measure things like heart rate, oxygen levels and blood pressure in an ill child. And, inevitably, it is far more capable than the units currently used in hospitals; it can take a heart cardiogram 125 times a minute, instead of once an hour, for example." Birmingham Children’s Hospital is seeking a further £2 million to continue the trial and extend it across the hospital."
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Games

+ - 122 First shots fired in graphics price war->

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crookedvulture
crookedvulture writes "Looks like the first shots have been fired in a PC graphics price war. Last week, Nvidia introduced the new GeForce GTX 660 Ti at $299, largely matching the performance of AMD's incumbent Radeon HD 7950 for 50 bucks less. Today, AMD announced price cuts for its mid-range Radeon lineup, including a $30 discount on the 7950. The Radeon HD 7870 GHz Edition will drop from $249 to $199, and the 7850 from $209 to $189. The two graphics giants also have warring game bundles. The GeForce GTX 660 Ti comes with a download code for Borderlands 2, while the Radeon HD 7800 series will start including one for Sleeping Dogs. With the usual torrent of holiday game releases due in next few months, it's nice to see strong competition delivering better deals for consumers. If only the CPU market was as competitive. Intel has managed to hold prices largely steady through two generations of desktop processors."
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Security

+ - 153 Ask Slashdot: How can the tech savy individual secure his/her home? 3

Submitted by
tezbobobo
tezbobobo writes "After having my car broken into for the third time this year, and with the police not even attending, what steps can I take? With an infinite budget this would be easy, but noone has that. I've already installed security lights, but what else can the tech savvy individual do?"
Idle

+ - 164 Open Source is insecure says Disney-> 1

Submitted by dgharmon
dgharmon (2564621) writes "'A Disney sitcom .. has slipped in an insult to open source software .. In the offending episode .. a squeaky-voiced, glasses-and-argyle-jumper-wearing kid who is clearly meant to be a nerd, is asked to fix another character's stricken computer. His diagnostic repartee sees him ask':

“Did you use open source code to save time, and the virus was hidden in it?”"

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Government

+ - 105 Feds Crush $600 Million Internet Ponzi Scheme->

Submitted by wiredmikey
wiredmikey (1824622) writes "The SEC on Friday said that it shut down a $600 million Internet-based Ponzi scheme and froze the assets of a North Carolina man and his company, who ran the website ZeekRewards.com.

Those taking part in the ZeekRewards program were allegedly promised up to 50 percent of the company’s daily profits. But the SEC claims that ZeekRewards conveyed the false impression that the company was extremely profitable when it was far from it. In July, ZeekRewards brought in approximately $162 million while total investor cash payouts were approximately $160 million, the SEC said, something that sparked concern over a scenario that could occur if customers increasingly chose to take cash payouts rather than reinvesting their money to reach higher levels of rewards points. The obligations to investors drastically exceed the company’s cash on hand, which is why we need to step in quickly, salvage whatever funds remain and ensure an orderly and fair payout to investors, the SEC explained.

“The emergency action assures that victims can recoup more of their money and potentially avoid devastating losses,” the SEC said. The operator has agreed to settle the SEC’s charges against him without admitting or denying the allegations, and surrender his interest in the company. He will also pay a $4 million fine."

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+ - 101 Disney Adds A Bit Of Nonsensical Anti-Open Source FUD To Kid's Sitcom->

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SirTicksAlot
SirTicksAlot writes "Walt Disney Corporation added a bit of nonsensical anti-open source FUD to a kid’s sitcom that it aired this past weekend. But the dialogue is so ridiculous that you have to wonder if they have any clue about what they are doing.

In an episode aired Friday on the Disney Channel, (YouTube Vid Here) the show Shake It Up features two teenagers who are begging the stereotypical geeky kid for help with a computer that has apparently gone down."

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Programming

+ - 129 Large NYC Realtor Stole My Code, What Do I Do? 2

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "I am a website software engineer in South Carolina, and a person in New York contacted me for a website job — one half of a job (the "front end") she was given by a very prominent NYC real estate company to redo their site as HTML5.

After agreeing over email to do the work in exchange for an emailed invoice and to receive payment no later than 2 weeks after the work is completed, I spent 10 hours on the work and sent the $1,000 invoice for the completed job. Along the way, a technical limitation within web browsers was discovered (a XSS security safeguard) that caused one page to require to be implemented differently than the others' structure, so I emailed her to seek approval to use a workaround that, while being an exception to the way the other pages were implemented, did not harm the site's look or functionality. She approved it via email, the page was completed as agreed on, and she emailed me that it was fine and thanked me.

After the site was completed, she cited the above workaround (which she, via email, approved) as a reason not to pay the invoice, along with other negligible requirements which were not documented at any point during the work (such as "don't delete code, just comment it out").

I asked her to pay the invoice twice during and after the two week period, but received no response. I also called the NYC real estate company the code would wind up in the hands of and explained the situation, and though they said they would look into it (a VP and principal of the company via three-way, documented phone call), I heard nothing more.

A month has gone by, I have received no pay nor correspondence from any party involved, and today I discovered that the real estate company's production site is hosting the code I wrote, serving live traffic and being used to provide real estate services for profit to customers.

Is this not a simple case of stolen property on behalf of the woman I wrote the code for, and the real estate company hosting the stolen property all the same as if they downloaded a Hollywood MPAA movie and allowed people to play it free on their site?

Also, a little research shows that I can sue businesses across state lines (though not individuals) in small claims court, which in SC is up to $5,000 in damages. Can this be confirmed and maybe further evidenced via precedent? Will there be a pretrial hearing to establish jurisdiction here since I wrote the code here? And finally, should I sue the original lady client's sole proprietorship (which all the emails were sent to, her domain name for her business therefore establishing that she was acting under her business and not "under the table tax-free" I'd imagine) first to establish that property was stolen before going after the realtor for hosting my stolen property citing the previous trial as a precedent?"

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