Forgot your password?
typodupeerror
Security

China Says It Lacks Skills To Hack US Systems 507

Posted by CmdrTaco
from the next-you'll-tell-me-they-don't-play-checkers dept.
ScentCone writes "A spokesman for China's foreign ministry says that — China being the 'developing nation' that it is — he doubts that his country has the sophistication to hack foreign systems. This in response to statements by two congressmen regarding apparent probing by China-based crackers into congressional systems for information about communication between US officials and activists in China."
Censorship

+ - Wikipedia fights NBC's "Justice" group->

Submitted by
destinyland
destinyland writes "Wikipedia was labelled a "corporate sex offender" by the group behind NBC Dateline's "To Catch a Predator" series — who also began re-directing any visitors from Wikipedia to a critical page. The group also tagged LiveJournal and YouTube as "offenders" for failing to delete enough accounts of suspected pedophiles. But after a thoughtful debate, Wikipedia simply changed their link-formatting so their readers wouldn't be re-directed. They also allowed the group to continue criticizing Wikipedia's policies on Wikipedia rather than censoring them. Though as this article points out, "Wikipedia remained ungrateful when Perverted Justice helpfully pointed out which Wikipedia editors they thought were pedophiles.""
Link to Original Source
Programming

+ - ICFP Programming Contest about to start->

Submitted by
mrchebas
mrchebas writes "The Tenth Annual ICFP Programming Contest is about to begin (countdown page)! As in the previous nine editions, you have 72 hours (starting July 20, 12:00 noon CEST) to show that your favorite programming language (or your team) is better than all others! The ICFP Programming Contest is organised as part of the International Conference on Functional Programming in the hopes of showing off functional programming, but contestants can use any language(s) they like. Previous winners have included Cilk, OCaml (3x), Haskell (3x), C++ and 2D. Previous problems have ranged from programming intelligent ants to cracking the secrets of an ancient civilization. This year's contest seems to have something to do with visitors from outer space."
Link to Original Source
Media

+ - For those that can't wait for Harry

Submitted by Drivintin
Drivintin (917847) writes "WWTD.com is reporting that several sources are saying that an authentic copy of "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows" has hit the internet. Someone, maybe a hand model, has photographed every page of the much anticipated book and posted it on several torrent sites, notably Pirate Bay. It's not known who the source is or even if the book is truly genuine, but one clue that author JK Rowling gave was that "scar" would be the last word in the book. She later said it was changed to be one of the last words, and this copy of the book does have "scar" in the second to last sentence, the eleventh to last word."
Microsoft

+ - Massachusetts gives in to Microsoft

Submitted by
taoman1
taoman1 writes "Massachusetts is back on the Microsoft bandwagon. Nearly two years ago, the US state unveiled a policy that required its agencies to abandon Microsoft's Office applications in favor of apps that use "open" standards, such as the OpenDocument format (ODF). Now, the state's Information Technology Division has released a draft proposal that would approve Microsoft's Office Open XML (OOXML) format as an open standard, bowing to pressure from Microsoft and the Massachusetts state legislature."
The Internet

+ - The Scootstars: 2 Guys across the country at 29mph->

Submitted by
Josh Hallman
Josh Hallman writes "My friend and myself are riding our 29mph scooters across the US. Our internet viewers get to decide on our route as we head to the east coast. We give them different options for our route. We left LA about 2 weeks ago and are currently in Utah, one scooter is on the verge of breaking down and if this happens we will be pulling a dumb and dumber. Please check the webpage intransit.tv"
Link to Original Source
XBox (Games)

+ - Gotta Xbox 360? make it blog then!q->

Submitted by
Anonymous Coward
Anonymous Coward writes "Do you have an Xbox 360? Then make it blog. 360 Voice generates an automated, yes automated blog, for Xbox 360 Gamers. Each day a blog is made reporting your gaming activities. That includes games played, gamerscore increase, new games, reputation change and more. Check mine out http://www.360voice.com/tag/m4rk0551 and you will see what I am talking about."
Link to Original Source
Privacy

+ - Newly Declassified Window Film Keeps Out Hackers,-> 1

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "A newly declassified window film from CPFilms Inc. (Solutia Inc.) will give war drivers a run for their money. As printed in a recent issue of Scientific American: Once manufactured under an exclusive contract with the U.S. government, this recently declassified window film is now available to the public. But don't expect to see it on store shelves anytime soon. Currently, it's only available directly from the manufacturer, and at prices that will likely make it prohibitive for all but the wealthiest home owners. The two-millimeter-thick coating can block Wi-Fi signals, cell phone transmissions, even the near-infrared, yet is almost transparent, making it no more intrusive than conventional window treatments. It can keep signals in (preventing attempts to spy on electronic communications) or out, minimizing radio interference and even the fabled electronics-destroying electromagnetic pulse (EMP) generated by a nuclear blast."
Link to Original Source
Portables (Games)

+ - DS 'Brain Game' Banned in UK->

Submitted by
janitorj
janitorj writes "According to this BBC article, the Nintendo DS puzzler 'MindQuiz' was banned from UK shelves. The woman in the story, whose father and son both had Cerebral Palsy, contacted a BBC radio program to report that she "was shocked when she had performed poorly at one part of the game and it rated her efforts in a manner derogatory to the disabled.""
Link to Original Source

Why Sony Should've Put Its Weight Behind Hi-MD 519

Posted by CowboyNeal
from the hindsight-is-perfect dept.
An anonymous reader writes "OSNews has an article making a case for Hi-MD: 'Currently, .mp3 players are all the hype. Everyone has one, and if you don't, you're old-fashioned. I do not have an .mp3 player. I tried to have one, but for various reasons it did not please me. I'm a MiniDisc guy. I've always been. MiniDisc has some serious advantages over .mp3 players, whether they be flash or HDD based.'"

Say "twenty-three-skiddoo" to logout.

Working...