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Submission + - Snort 2.9.1 beta has been released (

An anonymous reader writes: The next version of Snort (IDS/IPS) 2.9.1, beta, has been released available for download and use.

Submission + - PathScale Opens Up The EKOPath 4 Compiler (

An anonymous reader writes: Phoronix is reporting that PathScale is open-sourcing the EKOPath 4 Compiler Suite. This high-performance 64-bit C/C++/Fortran compiler that commands the super-computing market previously cost upwards of $2000 USD a license will now be made available under the GPL with support for Linux, Solaris, and BSD operating systems. Initial results indicate that EKOPath 4 can heavily outpace the common GCC compiler.

Submission + - USNAS publishes climate sceptic "blacklist" 2

An anonymous reader writes: More fodder for the climate debate going on; these are always fun. As per the title, US National Academy of Sciences has published a neat little black list of 'climate deniers'. A few of those on the list have already published rebuttals. The start of which can be found this on is here on Pajamas Media:

by the 38th name on that list Frank J. Tipler.

Now this statement from #1 on that list, Robert A Pielke:

The original article that started these shenanigans (in three links since that website is rather obtuse):

And finally the whole list itself:

Complete with all the links and cross referencing anyone could possibly want concerning the individuals listed.

Submission + - Android 2.2 Bests iOS 4 in JavaScript performance ( 1

An anonymous reader writes: Ars Technica pitted an iPhone 4 against a Froyo-enabled Nexus One and the results are overwhelmingly in Android 2.2's favor. For the test Ars ran both devices through both the SunSpider and V8 benchmarks. Android outperformed iOS 4 in both instances, several times over.

Submission + - New Direction for NASA? (

aquila.solo writes: NASA Administrator Charles Bolden on Obama's new directives:

"One was he wanted me to help re-inspire children to want to get into science and math — he wanted me to expand our international relationships and third and perhaps foremost, he wanted me to find a way to reach out to the Muslim world and engage much more with dominantly Muslim nations to help them feel good about their historic contribution to science... and math and engineering," Bolden said.

Seems to me that the best way for NASA to inspire children to study science and math is to be at the forefront of the world's science and math research, rather than transforming into some feel-good PR firm. But then, what do I know? I only grew up with Hubble photographs, solar system maps, and photos of shuttle launches on my walls to become a mechanical engineer.


Submission + - NASA Chief Charged With Appealing to Muslims (

cosm writes: While I am all for holding hands and singing kumbaya (sometimes), this comes out of the political correctness gone wrong department, FTA:

NASA Administrator Charles Bolden said in a recent interview that his "foremost" mission as the head of America's space exploration agency is to improve relations with the Muslim world...."When I became the NASA administrator — or before I became the NASA administrator — he charged me with three things. One was he wanted me to help re-inspire children to want to get into science and math, he wanted me to expand our international relationships, and third, and perhaps foremost, he wanted me to find a way to reach out to the Muslim world and engage much more with dominantly Muslim nations to help them feel good about their historic contribution to science ... and math and engineering," Bolden said in the interview.

Operating Systems

Submission + - Running Old Desktops Headless? ( 2

CajunArson writes: I have recently dug up an old P4 that is in fine working order and done what any self respecting Slashdotter would do... I slapped Linux on it to experiment making an NFSv4 server. One other thing I did was to remove the old AGP video card to save on power since this is a headless machine. Now... I removed the video card after the installation, and I'm doing just fine as long as the machine will boot to a state where networking works and I can SSH to it.

My question for the Slashdot audience is: Is there a good solution to allow me to login to this box if it cannot get on the network? I'm looking for solutions other than slapping a video card back in. In my case, I will have physical access to the machine.

A few caveats to make it interesting: This question is for plain old desktop/laptop systems, not network servers designed to run headless. Also, I am aware of the serial console, but even "old" machines may only have USB, and I have not seen any good documentation on how and if USB works as a substitute. Finally, if there is any way to access the BIOS settings without needing a video card that would be an extra bonus, but I'm satisfied with just local OS access starting from the GRUB prompt. I'm all ears for advice from any Slashdotters with these setups running.


Submission + - Could dwarf galaxies rewrite law of gravity? (

An anonymous reader writes: Newton's theory of gravitation may have to be modified to explain the behaviour of the Milky Way's satellite dwarf galaxies, claims a team of astronomers. The number of companion dwarf galaxies, and the way they are distributed and moving cannot be explained by the laws of physics as they are currently understood.

Submission + - Dark energy froze the universe (

An anonymous reader writes: Dark energy froze the universe 11.5 billion years ago, says a new theory, which researchers claim could be tested within 15 to 20 years.

Long computations which yield zero are probably all for naught.