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Education

Submission + - Interesting Comp Sci research for Masters?

yters writes: I have just started a computer science masters degree at the Air Force Institute of Technology. I'm interested in researching and writing a thesis on intelligent agent architectures that use evolutionary algorithms, partially because these are all very interesting fields for me, and because I think agent architectures are the cutting edge for both the military and the commercial sector. As I've read on /., distributed computing algorithms are the wave of the future. But, before committing loads of time and thought to my own singular vision, I would like to poll the wisdom of /. What topic would you recommend and why? Also, if you have any particularly interesting insight into the fields I've mentioned, I'd like to hear it. Thank you, you brilliant, beautiful denizens of the 'net!
Censorship

Submission + - Undercover cops tried to incite violence

misha writes: "Quebec provincial police admitted Thursday that three of their officers disguised themselves as demonstrators during the protest at the North American leaders summit in Montebello, Que. However, the police force denied allegations its undercover officers were there on Monday to provoke the crowd and instigate violence." http://www.cbc.ca/canada/story/2007/08/23/police-m ontebello.html?ref=rss also a good youtube video http://youtube.com/watch?v=7S1nHvvkzvA and http://youtube.com/watch?v=ihPd6lMKxPs&mode=relate d&search=
Editorial

Submission + - Borderline personality caused by fear?->

An anonymous reader writes: Borderline personality disorder is a serious mental illness characterized by intense fear of abandonment and/or rejection, problems controlling emotions, troubled relationships, impulsive or reckless behaviors, and other symptoms. The disorder affects roughly 36.2 percent of adults ages 18 and older in the world.
http://www.nimh.nih.gov/press/hazlett-bpd_startle. cfm
http://www.nimh.nih.gov/press/hazlett-bpd_startle. cfm
http://www.nimh.nih.gov/press/hazlett-bpd_startle. cfm

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Security

Submission + - Facebook Source Code Leaked

Anonymous Coward writes: "We just received a tip that the source code for the Facebook main index page has been leaked and published on a blog called Facebook Secrets. There are only two possible ways that the source code got out — the first is that a Facebook developer has sent it out, or the more likely option that a security hole has been used on either one of the Facebook servers or in their source code repository to reveal the code....[ + ]"
Puzzle Games (Games)

Submission + - Interpol: The Trail of Dr. Chaos Game->

hiddenobjectgames writes: "Interpol: The Trail of Dr. Chaos Game
A mysterious and dangerous criminal believed to have been in hiding for over a decade, has suddenly re-surfaced. The target of your mission is Dr. Vladimir Chaosky, aka Dr. Chaos. Agencies have been trying to track him down since the Cold War, and now, Interpol: The Trail of Dr. Chaos..."

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Security

Submission + - Geeks triumph over Defcon mole,offline and online->

destinyland writes: An undercover reporter at Defcon was identified, lured into an auditorium, and publicly called out. If you're "exposing" geeks talking about illegal activities at a security convention, it would work better if they didn't know you were there. Dateline's Michelle Madigan claims she was exposing federal agents in attendance at the conference. But the funny aftermath may be a milestone for the mainstream media. In a matchup against a handful of geeks armed with YouTube — they lost.
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Security

Submission + - UK Firm develops remote forensics by phone

VoiceOfDoom writes: Business Weekly is running a story about Evidence Talks, a UK-based computer forensics firm who have developed a remote forensics technology that uses mobile phone communication to acquire and analyse computers in real-time without transmitting over the Internet. Apparently, the product has already attracted the attention of an "unnamed law enforcement agency in the US". The product may allow crucial evidence to be collected from disparate geographic locations, speeding up the investigation process considerably.
Software

Submission + - Speeding up iTunes downloads, the Israeli way

kranskhi writes: Yossi Vardi, the guy who helped bring instant messaging ICQ to the world, is now trying to speed up video downloads. SpeedBit, which sells an application for speeding up downloads of games, videos and music. He claimed that by using the application, the download of a movie decreases from more than an hour to 22 minutes.
Businesses

Submission + - An Ebay Sale is a Sale

syousef writes: An Ebay Sale is a Sale says an Australian New South Wales State Judge in a case where a man tried to reneg on the Ebay sale of a 1946 World War II Wirraway aircraft. The seller tried to reneg because he'd received an offer $100,000 greater than the Ebay sale price elsewhere. The buyer who had bid the reserve price of $150,000 at the last minute took him to court. "It follows that, in my view, a binding contract was formed between the plaintiff and the defendent and that it should be specifically enforced," Justice Rein said in his decision. All dollar figures are in AUD.
Windows

Submission + - Windows XP Service Pack 3

epsi writes: "Windows XP SP 3 probably in 2008 — MS had a Roadmap in his recent Partner-Mag — and there was mentioned that a Service Pack 3 for Windows XP will be available in 2008..propably not the end of XP now? ;)"
Quickies

Submission + - New FingerprintingTechnique to Reveal Race and Sex-> 1 1

Tech.Luver writes: "Telegraph reports, " A new fingerprinting technique that can identify the race and sex, and possibly the diet of suspects has been developed. Scientists have shown that using a gelatine-based gel and high-tech chemical analysis can provide significant clues to a person?s identity even if police do not hold existing fingerprint records. ""
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PlayStation (Games)

Submission + - Grand Theft Auto IV delayed

An anonymous reader writes: BBC reports that the game, which had been scheduled for release in October ahead of Christmas sales, is now due in mid 2008. Shares in the firm behind popular computer game Grand Theft Auto fell 16% after it said that its latest version of the popular game would be delayed. Take-Two Interactive Software said the late arrival of Grand Theft Auto IV meant it would record an annual loss. Full story: http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/business/6928872.stm
Announcements

Submission + - Time travel barriers overcome...->

Samarian Hillbilly writes: "Israeli physicist Amos Ori claims to have overcome many of the theoretical obstacles to time travel. He claims that a space-time warp could "evolve" on it's own with a little bit of a "push". Caveats, travel would only be possible between times that have developed this technology and implemented the infrastructure.
http://www.newswise.com/articles/view/532037/"

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