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+ - Grad student suspended after pro-gun-rights e-mail

Submitted by fredklein
fredklein (532096) writes "A Minnesota university has suspended one of its graduate students who sent two e-mail messages to school officials supporting gun rights.
"Hamline University also said that master's student Troy Scheffler, who owns a firearm, would be barred from campus and must receive a mandatory "mental health evaluation" after he sent an e-mail message arguing that law-abiding students should be able to carry firearms on campus for self-defense."
When informed that suspending him violated the school's freedom of expression policy, the University changed their tune: Now they claim he's being suspended because of "anonymous allegations" they received, and they can't tell him (or the press) what those allegations are, or who his accusers are. With all the talk of 'Big Brother' throwing people into detention centers without knowing the charges, are we overlooking 'Little Brothers' closer to home?"
Intel

+ - Intel's 80 Core Terascale Chip Explored

Submitted by
Ryan
Ryan writes "Yesterday Intel showed off new information on their research program based around the 80-core terascale processor known as Polaris. While the 80 seperate cores setup in a 10x8 2D grid are very simplified with only a couple of floating point units on each tile, the potential for projects like this and their implications on future CPU design is going to be dramatic. PC Perspective has an article that looks at the architecture of the current chip as well as the surrounding landscape for such a design including I/O requirements and software development."
Space

Cosmic Rays and Global Warming 548

Posted by kdawson
from the yet-another-theory dept.
Overly Critical Guy writes "The former editor of New Scientist has written an article in the TimesOnline suggesting that cosmic rays may affect global climate. The author criticizes the UN's recent global warming report, noting several underreported trends it doesn't account for, such as increasing sea-ice in the Southern Ocean. He describes an experiment by Henrik Svensmark showing a relation between atmospheric cloudiness and atomic particles coming in from exploded stars. In the basement of the Danish National Space Center in 2005, Svensmark's team showed that electrons from cosmic rays caused cloud condensation. Svensmark's scenario apparently predicts several unexplained temperature trends from the warmer trend of the 20th century to the temporary drop in the 1970s, attributed to changes in the sun's magnetic field affecting the amount of cosmic rays entering the atmosphere."
Sun Microsystems

+ - Trivial Remote Exploit on Sun Solaris 10

Submitted by
Jeremy Kister
Jeremy Kister writes "Errata Security reports about a bug found in the telnet daemon of Solaris 10. From the article:

Basically if you pass a "-fusername" as an argument to the -l option you get full access to the OS as the user specified. In my example I do it as bin but it worked for regular users, just not for root. This combined with a reliable local privilege escalation exploit would be devastating. Expect mass scanning and possibly the widespread exploitation of this vulnerability.
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Editorial

+ - The Headaches of On-Line Game Rentals

Submitted by
jayintune
jayintune writes "2old2play took a cross section of the average gamer to see what their experiences have been like with various online game rental services. Some of the results may surprise you, while issues like receiving the latest game releases on time, may not. They also give a couple quick tips on how to choose the best service without getting burned."

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