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The discovery of an arsenic-loving microbe that NASA said would rewrite biology textbooks and offered hope of life on other planets now looks like a case study in how science corrects its mistakes, researchers report. In findings released Sunday by the ...
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Submission + - Wikipedia English Approaches 4 Million Articles ( 1

RO83RT writes: Wikipedia is rapidly approaching four million english articles. This will be a major milestone in the decade old online encyclopedia's history, which is one of the most popular and vast source of information on the internet, and in the world. Keep it up Wikipedia and community!

Submission + - 50 Years later US Marshals remind Alcatraz escapees: We're still after you ( 2

coondoggie writes: "It has been 50 years since the only prisoners to escape the US Penitentiary Alcatraz in San Francisco pulled off one of the most legendary unsolved crimes in American history. Still 50 years later the US Marshals Service says it remains "diligent in the manhunt for Frank Morris and brothers Clarence and John Anglin as they are the only men to escape from Alcatraz Island in San Francisco who remain unaccounted for."

"No matter where the leads take us, or how many man hours are spent on this historic case, the Marshals Service will continue to investigate to the fullest extent possible," said David Harlow, assistant director, U.S. Marshals Investigative Operations Division in a statement."

Submission + - The Oatmeal Threatened With Lawsuit, Responds By Raising $50,000 For Charity (

kelarius writes: The lawyers for image sharing website sent a letter to Matthew Inman (the owner of threatening a lawsuit and demanding $20,000 to make the whole thing go away. In response, Inman made a joke about trying to raise the $20,000 and donating it to the National Wildlife Fund and the American Cancer Society. Over the course of three hours, he has managed to raise over $50,000 and it appears that the amount is still going up.

Submission + - FunnyJunk steals The Oatmeal's cartoons, sends him $20K extortion demand (

Sarusa writes: From the Oatmeal: 'Almost exactly a year ago I published a blog post about my comics being stolen, re-hosted, and monetized on FunnyJunk's website. The owner of the site responded and some of the comics were taken down, He still had a ton of my comics hosted without credit, but the energy it would take to get him to take them down wasn't worth it. I thought the issue was done and over with so I let him be.

A few days ago I was served papers informing me that the owner of FunnyJunk is going to file a federal lawsuit against me unless I pay him $20,000 in damages.'

The text is not quite safe for work, as The Oatmeal rarely is, but well worth reading.


Submission + - The 10 Geekiest Sidekicks in Video Game History (

An anonymous reader writes: They help the heroes, and sometimes they are as well known as the main character or become the most recognizable character of the franchise. Luigi needs to step down, for here is our tribute to the Geekiest Sidekicks in Videogame History

Submission + - DOJ: We can force you to decrypt that laptop (

betterunixthanunix writes: A mortgage-fraud case may have widespread implications for criminals who use cryptography to hide evidence. The US Department of Justice is pushing for the defendant to be forced to decrypt her hard drive, claiming that if they cannot force such decryptions that law enforcement will be unable to gather important evidence. The defendants lawyer and the Electronic Frontier Foundation have made the claim that forcing such a decryption would be a violation of the defendant's fifth amendment right not to self-incriminate. The prosecutor in the case has insisted that the defendant would not be forced to disclose her passphrase, but only to enter the passphrase into a computer to decrypt the drive.

Submission + - SPAM: Anonymous: 'We're Going To Disney World!'

An anonymous reader writes: At 10 AM ET today, the hacker group Anonymous shut down the website for Orlando Florida Guide as a show of support for the homeless activist group Food Not Bombs, as members have recently been arrested for violating an Orlando ordinance that requires a permit to share food in public places. In fact, FNB’s global president Keith McHenry was arrested in Orlando as he was protesting the city’s law and the recent arrests.
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Submission + - EA/BioWare Servers Hacked? 1

RivenAleem writes: I received an email this morning:

We recently learned that hackers gained unauthorized access to the decade-old BioWare server system supporting the Neverwinter Nights forums. We immediately took appropriate steps to protect our consumers’ data and launched a thorough ongoing evaluation of the breach. We have determined that no credit card data was compromised from the servers, nor did we ever have or store sensitive data like social security numbers. Our investigation shows that information such as user names, encrypted passwords, email addresses, mailing addresses, names, phone numbers, CD keys and birth dates from these forum accounts on the system may have been compromised, as well as other information (if any) that you may have associated with your EA Account. In an abundance of caution, we have changed your password to ensure account security. Please visit this (snipped weblink) to reset your password immediately.

If your link has expired, click here to generate a new email.

We take the security of your information very seriously and regret any inconvenience this may have caused you. If your username, email address and/or password on your EA account are similar to those you use on other sites, we recommend changing the password at those sites as well. We advise all of our fans to always be aware of any suspicious emails or account activity and report any suspicious emails and account activity to Customer Support at 1-877-357-6007.

If you have questions, please visit our FAQ at or contact Customer Support at the phone number above.

Aaryn Flynn
Studio GM,
BioWare Edmonton VP,
Electronic Arts

But I don't recall ever being on the NWN forums. I do however have an EA account for Mass Effect. So just what was hacked? Is this email being sent out to everyone who has an EA account? How much of the compromised information is really harmful to me?

Submission + - ReplayTV discontinuing TV program guide (

An anonymous reader writes: ReplayTV is turning off the built-in TV guide at the end of July. There will be no program listings, so the only way to record a program will be by manually selecting a channel number and time. No more selecting a program by name. This will turn many units into bricks. I have several early units that included a lifetime subscription to the program guide. I guess my lifetime has expired.

Submission + - Why Australia "banned" Dead or Alive: Dimensions (

dotarray writes: According to local publisher Nintendo, it’s not their fault. The company explains that the blame rests on the head of mainstream media, who alerted the Classification Board that there was something wrong.

The publisher also pointed the finger at THQ, the company originally slated to bring Tecmo‘s title to Australia.


Submission + - PBS Web Sites and Databases Hacked (

wiredmikey writes: Late Sunday night, hackers gained access to several areas of PBS Web servers and were able publish a fake news story on a PBS news blog. The group also published PBS internal user login information that they wer able to siphon out of PBS databases. The fake story was about rapper Tupac Shakur, who died in 1996 after being shot in Las Vegas, being been found alive and well in a small resort in New Zealand.

PBS News Blog Hacked by LulzSec group going by the name of “LulzSec” claimed responsibility for the hack, saying the attack was a protest against a PBS FRONTLINE broadcast last week about WikiLeaks.

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