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+ - The Science is Unsettling - Hadley CRU Was Hacked->

Submitted by Absentminded-Artist
Absentminded-Artist (560582) writes "Hackers broke into the UK’s University of East Anglia's Climatic Research Unit several days ago and posted stolen files online with this statement: "We feel that climate science is, in the current situation, too important to be kept under wraps.” Is this a stunt by Russian hackers, or have climatologists been caught cooking the climate books? As detailed yesterday, emails and climate data files were put up on a Russian FTP site, then shared with global warming sceptic sites. This data has now been confirmed as being legit. The released files contain nuggets like this one: "I’ve just completed Mike’s Nature trick of adding in the real temps to each series for the last 20 years (ie from 1981 onwards) amd from 1961 for Keith’s to hide the decline”. Although this may sound damning, experts caution, "Let's separate out [the climate scientists] reacting badly to the personal attacks [from sceptics] to the idea that their work has been carried out in an inappropriate way.""
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Earth

+ - UK Hadley CRU has been hacked?-> 2

Submitted by Absentminded-Artist
Absentminded-Artist (560582) writes "Hackers broke into the UK Hadley CRU and posted files online with this statement: "We feel that climate science is, in the current situation, too important to be kept under wraps."
Is this a stunt by Russian hackers, or have climatologists been caught cooking the climate books?
Emails and climate data files were put up on a Russian FTP site, then shared with global warming skeptic sites. The released files contain nuggets like this one: "I’ve just completed Mike’s Nature trick of adding in the real temps to each series for the last 20 years (ie from 1981 onwards) amd from 1961 for Keith’s to hide the decline"
Anthony Watts site has more details."

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Google

+ - YouTube says "no more" to set top boxes->

Submitted by Tall One
Tall One (1112717) writes "According to one major set-top box manufacturer, YouTube parent Google has changed the terms of service for the streaming-content provider to explicitly exclude most set-top boxes. How this is consistent with Google's "do no evil" motto is unclear, to say the least. YouTube seems to be trying to mimic the moves of fellow streaming content provider Hulu in restricting access to its content."
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Games

+ - Anti-Violence Game Allows Players to Abuse Women->

Submitted by eldavojohn
eldavojohn (898314) writes "Their hearts are probably in the right place but the message may be a little muddled in a Danish only anti-violence game entitled "Hit the Bitch". Depending on how successfully you beat her, you are rated from "pussy" to "gangsta." The game apparently allows an interactive mode if you have a webcam connected so when you swing your arm, the flash based game swings your arm at her. If you're wondering when the strong anti-violent message comes, it's at the end when the player is called an "idiot" for playing. It's generating so many pageviews that it's only for Danish IP addresses but despite that success it's probably not the most prudent advertisement model. More at Huffington Post."
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Comment: Re:An awful lot of wet blankets in here (Score 1) 82

by Absentminded-Artist (#30057506) Attached to: Esquire Launches First Augmented Reality Magazine

Downside for Esquire is that with a web image of the front cover (or of Gillian Jacob's page, etc.) viewed on my iPhone, I could trigger the AR event in their Mac software and enjoy the content without buying Esquire.

I'll still buy the magazine anyway since a) my iPhone's reflective glass screen is not optimum for recognition and b) I'd like to support their ingenuity and effort.

Comment: An awful lot of wet blankets in here (Score 1) 82

by Absentminded-Artist (#30057386) Attached to: Esquire Launches First Augmented Reality Magazine

It's a gimmick. Obviously. Meant to generate sales. And it will work for some people and not work for others. It's not meant to be new technology to people such as slashdotters who are generally on the cutting edge. Magazines using marketing gimmicks to boost sales isn't news. However, it is a use of technology that we haven't seen magazines do before. As e-ink becomes more affordable and viable, we'll see more magazines trying to stay in business with interactive gimmicks, perhaps even on the page itself. Where's the harm in it? I only hope they sell enough magazines to recoup their investment.

Esquire most likely paid RDJ and other actors to produce video content for a special edition magazine. They had software for both PCs and Macs produced. And they're advertising it on the web. It's all pretty slick, even if it IS limited. Has your favorite blog produced something like this lately? Personally, I'd like to see more ad campaigns using current technology in creative ways.

Books

+ - Kindle DRM Limits How Many Times You Can Download->

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Absentminded-Artist
Absentminded-Artist writes "According to a story over at Gear Diary, the Kindle's DRM has reared an ugly head: Download limitations. Upgraded your iPhone recently? Bought a new Kindle? You may not be able to reload your entire library. There's an unadvertised flag:

"You mean when you go to buy the book it doesn't say 'this book can be downloaded this number of times' even though that limitation is there?" To which [the rep] replied, "No, I'm very sorry it doesn't.""

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Comment: Re:Why Pay for a Degree (Score 5, Interesting) 469

A degree isn't everything. All it does is prove you took a certain number of units at some universityâ¦

You're absolutely correct. I couldn't agree with you more. However, it still doesn't change the fact that degrees are used to filter out applicants. If you're able to get the jobs and experience without a degree that look good on a resume then more power to you, but not having the degree will make that a harder task, as well as affect your pay scale.

Moon

NASA's New Mission to the Moon 283

Posted by ScuttleMonkey
from the to-the-moon-alice dept.
mattnyc99 writes "Popular Mechanics has a new, in-depth preview of NASA's Orion spacecraft, tracking the complex challenges facing the engineers of the CEV (which NASA chief Michael Griffin called 'Apollo on steroids') as America shifts its focus away from the Space Shuttle and back toward returning to the moon by 2020. After yesterday's long op-ed in the New York Times concerning NASA's about-face, Popular Mechanic's interview with Buzz Aldrin and podcast with Transterrestrial.com's Rand Simberg raise perhaps the most pressing questions here: Is it worth going back to the lunar surface? And will we actually stay there?"
Businesses

January Game Sales Explode, Wii Dominates 478

Posted by Zonk
from the wii're-in-the-money dept.
njkid1, as he does from time to time, passed us a link to a story on the GameDaily site. Today they're discussing the January NPD numbers for the games industry. In short, they're terrific. Software sales totaled $549 million for the month, up a staggering 53 percent over last year. Hardware sales were brisk as well, with the Wii selling around 436,000 units. Trailing behind were Microsoft and Sony, with 360 hitting 294,000 units sold and the PS3 selling 244,000 units. January had an extra week, which resulted in 'inflated' sales, but even after normalizing the data things were tremendous for the games industry in a month where there's normally a post-holiday slump.
Power

+ - Solar panel tech claims to become cheaper than gas

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UpnAtom
UpnAtom writes "The Daily Telegraph Business section reports on an Swiss invention that uses a copper indium semiconductor compound to produce electricity.
"The "tipping point" will arrive when the capital cost of solar power falls below $1 (51p) per watt, roughly the cost of carbon power. We are not there yet. The best options today vary from $3 to $4 per watt — down from $100 in the late 1970s.

Mr Sethi believes his product will cut the cost to 80 cents per watt within five years, and 50 cents in a decade."

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/money/main.jhtml?xml=/m oney/2007/02/19/ccview19.xml

Any chance this will save the world?"
Microsoft

Microsoft Apologizes for Serving Malware 171

Posted by ScuttleMonkey
from the caught-sneaking-one-by dept.
dark_15 writes "Microsoft has apologized for serving malware via its websites and Windows Live Messenger software. APC reader Jackie Murphy reported the problem: 'With Microsoft launching Vista along with their Defender software to protect users from viruses and spyware, it seems therefore to be an oxymoron that they have started to putting paid changing banner advertisements for malware, on the popular MSN groups servers.'"
Slashdot.org

+ - global warming

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Anonymous Coward
Anonymous Coward writes "I thought global warming was what the smart people *laughed* at. I guess Slashdot's stupid liberal bias really has penetrated into the frontal lobes. What a joke. To put it simply, notice the subject I submitted this as. Notice I didn't register it as Science."

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