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Submission + - Cloned mammoth = prehistoric zombie apocalypse? (

DillyTonto writes: Here's an excellent idea that hasn't ever been illustrated as a catastrophic example of scientific hubris in a series of incredibly popular action-horror movies in which people innocently sitting in the john are savagely eaten by giant prehistoric things with big teeth: let's clone a mammoth that might not be a mammoth and see if it eats us and then crushes Tokyo.

Submission + - Windows Phone 7 using "excessive" data (

phands writes: A few users are complaining that Windows Phone 7 is eating data plans alive. One user estimates IDLE data usage at 3 — 5 Mb per hour. Not good for a phone which seems to be struggling against Android and iPhone.

Submission + - Obama channels George Orwell 1

pcause writes: It seems the Obama administration thinks we need a unique ID for the Internet. Do we need this so the advertisers can better track us and invade our privacy? Or does the government want to be able to track everything we do? Of course they say it is secure and more private and not a national ID. They also say they're fixing the economy, reducing the deficit and.....

Submission + - SA thieves hit traffic lights for SIM cards (

arisvega writes: Some 400 high-tech South African traffic lights are out of action after thieves in Johannesburg stole the mobile phone SIM cards they contain. JRA (Johannesburg Road Agency) said it is investigating the possibility of an "inside job" after only the SIM card-fitted traffic lights were targeted.

The cards were fitted to notify JRA when the traffic lights were faulty.

JRA believes a syndicate "with links on the inside" is behind the thefts.

"We have 2,000 major intersections in Johannesburg and only 600 of those were fitted with the cards," the agency's spokesperson Thulani Makhubela told the BBC.

"No-one apart from JAR and our supplier knows which intersections have that system."

The thieves ran up bills amounting to thousands of dollars by using the stolen cards to make calls.


Submission + - PSPgo hacked to play UMD games (

UgLyPuNk writes: One of the main complaints people had about the PSPgo was the lack of a UMD drive. It seems gamers didn’t like being forced to download all of their games, and the inability to play titles they already had languishing in their collections.

But now, that may have changed – as long as you’re okay with downloading some files, making copies of your game and doing a little bit of software hacking.


Submission + - UK Information Commissioner investigating ACS Law (

Blacklaw writes: Following the leak of of a large e-mail archive from anti-piracy law firm ACS Law, the Information Commissioner has weighed in — and hasn't ruled out financial sanctions against the company.
Distancing his office against the campaigning that is following the case — from both sides of the copyright fence — Christopher Graham stated that he was only interested in the privacy implications of the breach, and confirmed that he holds the power to "levy fines of up to half a million pounds against companies that are flouting the Data Protection Act." Describing ACS Law's possible defence of being subject to an attack at the time of the breach, Graham explained, "that excuse doesn't wash," and that "anyone who holds personal information has to take their responsibilities seriously or there will be trouble."


Submission + - UK P2P lawsuit firm faces big fine after data leak (

evilandi writes: "The BBC have reported that ACS:Law, who have been sending legal letters to account holders of UK IPs suspected of illegal peer-to-peer file sharing, have been themselves threatened with a GBP500,000 (US$800,000) fine for data privacy breaches after ACS' own list of around 5,000 suspected porn film file sharers leaked onto 4Chan and The Pirate Bay."
Social Networks

Twitter Hit With Second Worm In a Week 97

adeelarshad82 writes "Days after a site update unleashed a Twitter cross-site scripting attack, the micro-blogging site was again hit with a bug that spread via questionable links. The offending messages appeared on a user's Twitter feed with 'WTF:' followed by a link. If you clicked on that link, you were taken to a blank page, but behind the scenes, the worm would post vulgar messages on your account that discussed, well, sex involving goats."

Submission + - High Altitude Balloon 106.000 ft above Iceland ( 3

An anonymous reader writes: Five engineering students from the University of Iceland launched a High Altitude Balloon near Akranes, Iceland.

The balloon reached around 106.000 ft/32.3 km and took 408 photos and recorded 9 videos while measuring temperature, humidity and radiation.

The glaciers Langjokull, Hofsjokull and Vatnajokull (largest ice cap in Europe) can be seen in the video.



Submission + - Fake iOS 4.1 iPad jailbreak spreads malware (

Blacklaw writes: Apple fans are warned to watch out for tools which claims to be the Greenpois0n jailbreak tool for iOS 4.1 for iPhone, iPod Touch, and iPad devices — they're all virus-infested fakes.
According to a spokesman from security specialist Kaspersky: "We’ve seen a number of fake 'Greenpois0n' Trojans" which are being uploaded to file-sharing sites and BitTorrent trackers in the hope that unsuspecting iOS users will download them — and get themselves infected with some nasty-ware.


Former Military Personnel Claim Aliens Are Monitoring Our Nukes Screenshot-sm 498

An anonymous reader quotes Reuters "Witness testimony from more than 120 former or retired military personnel points to an ongoing and alarming intervention by unidentified aerial objects at nuclear weapons sites, as recently as 2003. In some cases, several nuclear missiles simultaneously and inexplicably malfunctioned while a disc-shaped object silently hovered nearby. Six former US Air Force officers and one former enlisted man will break their silence about these events at the National Press Club and urge the government to publicly confirm their reality." I won't worry until Gort shows up.

Man Opens Pub Inside Funeral Home

You won't have to walk down to the pub after a funeral at the Monahan Funeral Home in Providence, Rhode Island. Mark Russell, who runs the funeral home, has been granted a liquor license to open an Irish pub inside. Russel plans on converting an attached garage and calling the drinking establishment, "McBride's." "Inside there will probably be seating for 55 to 60 people," Russell tells Eyewitness News. "There will be a full kitchen. It will serve pub grub."

Submission + - Sponsored Spam Fighting - CAPTCHAs Now Sponsored!

wiredmikey writes: Sponsored Spam Fighting! CAPTCHAs Emerge as Latest Tool for Online Advertisers

Each day 142 “man years” are spent solving CAPTCHAs, a test many Web sites use to help ensure responses are coming from people and not generated by a computer. That calculation is based on the fact that, on average, a user spends 14 seconds to review and enter a response, multiplied by 280 million, the number of times CAPTCHAS are used per day across the Web.

A New York based company has created TYPE-INs, a new form of advertising built into a CAPTCHA system. The system provides an alternative to the traditional CAPTCHA, where instead of completing hard-to-read CAPTCHA authentications, users prove they are human by simply typing in easy to read brand messages...

Goat On Roof Trademark Screenshot-sm 3

wen1454 writes "Some patrons drive from afar to eat at the restaurant and see the goats that have been going up on Al Johnson's roof since 1973. The restaurant 14 years ago trademarked the right to put goats on a roof to attract customers to a business.... So when a tourist spot 750 miles away decided to deploy a rooftop-caprine population, Mr. Johnson made a federal case of it. Last year, he discovered that Tiger Mountain Market in Rabun County, Ga., had been grazing goats on its grass roof since 2007. Putting goats on the roof wasn't illegal. The violation, Al Johnson's alleged in a lawsuit in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Georgia, was that Tiger Mountain used the animals to woo business."

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