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+ - Administrators watch out: "Chaos" about to->

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juct writes "The CCC summer camp is about to start and administrators are advised to check their web pages more often than usual to check whether geeks have wreaked havoc there. The number of web page manipulation incidents always increases during CCC events. During the 21st Chaos Communication Congress in 2004, about 18,000 web sites suffered intrusions, this year there are already three sites listed as being hacked before the event even started."
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+ - SAS vs. SATA? 1

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DJ_Double_D writes "I was recently assigned to do some research on SAS and SATA hard drives and do a cost/benefit analysis to see what we should upgrade our servers to. I've been around SATA for a couple of years now and find the benefits of it very enjoyable as SATA hard drives are relatively fast, inexpensive, and storage capacity keeps on expanding. What about SAS though? I've never heard of it until I was assigned this project. Is SAS similar to SATA? Are we looking at 10k or above RPM's, similar storage capacities, data transfer speeds , and expandability to add more drives on in the future? For a small business would SAS even be possible?"

+ - Backlash from a Canadian Moviegoer

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "For several weeks now Canadian Media plays right into the arms of the MPAA by propagating lies like "Canada is THE movie pirate ring of the planet". Obviously they never checked Asian countries. With such help the MPAA convinced the Canadian government to adopt legislation to treat Canadian moviegoers as criminals. What used to be illegal searches should now be performed by 16 year old kids.
But moviegoers will not be intimidated. Here is a women taking legal action against a cinema chain for the way she was treated in front of her little girls. (My translation of this French text)

"Outraged to be searched against her will, a lady from Montreal made a request for 60,000$ against the Guzzo cinemas. After a legal complaint against the managers of the establishment, she now intends to use the Quebec Charter [of rights and liberty] to have her rights recognized."[...]
Just before entering the projection room she was asked to open her bag, to which she was opposed. After she finally agreed, the employee "searches at full hands in a savage fashion de handbags".
"She had no intention to pirate a movie" she defends herself, since her bag did not contain a camera. She now asks for a 60,000$ in compensation and exemplary damages for her and her little girls.[...]

Against Pirates
This search constitute a legal security measure against pirates, according to Vincent Guzzo [...]. "Us, we have a real problem, he says, because of pirates the 20th Century Fox removed our Fantastic Four and Die Hard 4 from one of our theaters. Two of the three big block buster of the summer."

The moviegoer's lawyer states she was the victim of an abusive search "there are other ways to obtain the same result" suggesting X-Ray detectors.
"Do you know how much they cost? replies Mr. Guzzo, referring to 70,000$ airport equipment. Anyway we do not search everyone systematically. Security agents targets mainly men between 18 and 35, particularly when they carry knapsacks. We placed signs stating we reserve the right to search all bags."

Here to stay
The search is part of the mesure against pirates, an activity costing millions every year for Mr. Guzzo alone. In 2005 20% of illegal movies in the world came from Canada, according to the Canadian Movie Distribution Association. A fact [sic] the Harper [conservative] government intends to change. The law criminalizing pirate activities took effect on June 22.[...]
"We will continue these searches", claims Daniel Seguin VP exploitation at Cineplex Quebec and West-Canada. "We invite the public to tell our personnel if they witness any illegal recording activities in our theaters"."

+ - Putting chips inside our brains

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Roland Piquepaille
Roland Piquepaille writes "Researchers at the University of Florida (UF) have developed chips which someday might be inserted in the brains of people affected by epilepsy or who have lost a limb. These neuroprosthetic chips 'can interpret signals in the brain and stimulate neurons to perform correctly.' The University claims this is the future of medicine. This is maybe a little bit extreme. However, the researchers are currently studying these chips with rats and hope to have a prototype ready within 4 years that could be tested on humans. But read more for additional references and a picture of the electrodes to be used in neuroprosthetic chips."

+ - What You Need to Know About Consolidating Your Fed

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Jeff Mictabor
Jeff Mictabor writes "So you’ve graduated from college, and after the relief and the celebrations, the realization of your adult responsibilities may be starting to set in: the job search, rent payments, utility bills. And now here’s another one: All those federal student loans that made your college years financially possible may be coming up for repayment soon. As grace periods end, whether you and your parents face just one student loan or multiple student loan balances, payments and payment dates, Federal Consolidation Loans can help simplify your repayment options and may lower your monthly loan payment obligations.

NextStudent, a leading Phoenix-based education funding company, features Federal Consolidation Loans, available to both parents and graduates, that offer all the benefits of federal student loan consolidation along with NextStudent rate reduction incentives that reward responsible repayment.

Federal Student Loan Consolidation Eligibility

In order to be eligible for student loan consolidation, a borrower’s federal student loans must be in one of the following:
  • Grace period
  • Authorized deferment
  • Forbearance
  • Repayment

Federal student loans that are delinquent or in default cannot be consolidated through NextStudent.

In addition, students consolidating their own federal student loans can only be attending school less than half time. But, parents: You can consolidate the PLUS loans you took out for your children’s education as soon as they’ve been fully disbursed and have entered repayment, even if your children are still in school.

However, parents’ PLUS loans can’t be consolidated with children’s Stafford loans.

Understanding Your Federal Student Loan Consolidation Rate

The interest rate for your Federal Consolidation Loan will be a fixed rate and will be based on the weighted average of the interest rates on the student loans being consolidated. In a weighted average, the larger the loan being consolidated, the more the interest rate is factored into the average.

The weighted average is then rounded up to the nearest 0.125%, with a maximum interest rate of 8.25%. This will be your fixed interest rate on your Federal Consolidation Loan.

The Benefits of Federal Student Loan Consolidation
The thought of repaying thousands of dollars of student loan debt can be overwhelming, especially when you have multiple student loans with several different lenders or servicers. Besides the convenience of combining all your existing federal education loans into one single loan with one monthly payment, a Federal Consolidation Loan offers several other benefits:
  • A fixed interest rate—no more worries about variable interest rates going higher and leaving you guessing about your monthly payment amount
  • Interest rate capped at 8.25%
  • No prepayment penalties—you won’t be charged for paying off your consolidation loan early
  • No credit check and no application fees

Consolidation loans are also often repaid over longer periods (15–30 years), which may lower your monthly payments by up to 60%.

Rate-Reduction Advantages with NextStudent

Besides all the benefits of federal student loan consolidation, a Federal Consolidation Loan with NextStudent features additional benefits you won’t find with many other lenders:

We’ll reduce your rate by 0.25% right off the bat if you sign up for our automatic payment plan to have your loan payments automatically debited from your savings or checking account. No stamps, no hassle, no having to remember to make your payments every month, AND you lower your monthly payment—make your life more convenient and get rewarded for doing it.

We’ll reduce your rate by 1% after you make 36 on-time payments—and lock that rate reduction for the life of the loan, even if you miss a payment later on down the road.

We know repayment can seem overwhelming now, especially if you’ve just graduated. NextStudent can help. A Federal Consolidation Loan with NextStudent could help you simplify your finances, may lower your total monthly payment, and may give you a little more time to pay back your student loans—the breathing room you need as you navigate that transition between college and the real world.

NextStudent believes that getting an education is the best investment you can make, and we are dedicated to helping you pursue your education dreams by making college funding simple. Learn more about Student Loans, Private Student Loans and Student Loan Consolidation at"

+ - Three killed in SpaceShipTwo explosion->

Submitted by llZENll
llZENll (545605) writes "VNUNET reports that "An explosion at the factory of Scaled Composites, which made the first private trip into space with SpaceShipOne, has killed three people and injured three more. The explosion occurred during testing of the rocket engine systems for SpaceShipTwo, which will take passengers into low earth orbit with Virgin Galactic."

There is more information at and ABC news and an image at KOMO TV."

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+ - Better OS X Java with Eclipse

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "Mac OS X is a powerful platform for Java development. While the Java development environment is fully integrated into Mac OS X, the Eclipse integrated development environment (IDE) brings a fully integrated Java development environment to Mac OS X that provides a consistent cross-platform experience. This article shows you how to use this environment to import existing Xcode projects into Eclipse. tweak key bindings, and integrate Eclipse with the Mac OS X-bundled Concurrent Versions System (CVS)."
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+ - Man called "nerd" on 'net, commits arson->

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edsyc writes "Russell Tavares, stationed in Virginia, became upset with a person who called him a "nerd" on the internet. So he found the guy's address, drove all the way to Texas, and burned the guy's trailer down when he got there. Tavares will now spend 7 years in prison.

If /.ers committed arson whenever they were called a nerd, the world would be on fire!"

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