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+ - Russian Hackers Hijack Search Results->

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TechLuver
TechLuver writes "A huge campaign to poison web searches and trick people into visiting malicious websites has been thwarted. "The booby-trapped websites came up in search results for search terms such as "Christmas gifts" and "hospice". Windows users falling for the trick risked having their machine hijacked and personal information plundered. The criminals poisoned search results using thousands of domains set up to convince search index software they were serious sources of information. While computer security researchers have seen small-scale attempts to subvert search results before now, the sheer scale of this attack dwarfed all others. "This was fairly epic," said Alex Eckelberry, head of Sunbelt Software — one of the firms that uncovered the attack. ( http://techluver.com/2007/11/29/russian-hackers-hijack-search-results-in-coordinated-web-attack/ )"
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Programming

+ - gcc basic math error, corrected.-> 1

Submitted by 12357bd
12357bd (686909) writes "Just some days ago there was a firehose entry about a serious math bug (wrong sign for some abs() expressions) on gcc for wersions 3.x to 4.1, but never reached the main /. page. Such an important information for developers should not pass without proper announcement.

The bug was detected Nov 17, and has been already fixed."

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Google

+ - Verizon redirecting Google to some Verizon search 1

Submitted by Jflatnote
Jflatnote (926337) writes "Is this the start of more Verizon troubles? I have had www.google.com as the starting page in my browser for years. Tonight, any attempt to get to the Google home page redirects to a Verizon search page that says it is searching google and yahoo, etc. I can get to Google Scholar, but when I click on "web" from that page, I get the Verizon search page again. No matter what I do, it goes to Verizon. Is this the beginning of more Verizon strong-arming?"
The Military

+ - How PALS Help Secure Nuclear Weapons

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Hugh Pickens
Hugh Pickens writes "The BBC reported last week that until 1998 no code or dual key system was required to arm British nuclear weapons. Bombs were armed by inserting a bicycle lock key (video) into the arming switch and turning it 90 degrees. Permissive Action Links (PALs) were introduced in the 1960s in America to prevent a mad General or pilot launching a nuclear war on their own and to control nuclear weapons that were at least partially controlled by other nations but as late as 1974, when an armed quarrel broke out between two members of NATO, Greece and Turkey, the Secretary of Defense learned that many tactical nukes were still not equipped with PALS. It has been reported that PALs have been installed on Pakistan's nuclear weapons to disarm or disable their triggering mechanism if the wrong code is entered or if the bomb is tampered with in any manner. But "there is an urgent need to improve the technical skills of personnel charged with the security of [Pakistan's] nuclear installations and develop an institutional security culture," warned a report two years ago by retired Pakistani army Major-General Mahmud Ali Durrani at the Sandia Labs in New Mexico."
Censorship

+ - Turkish Internet Censorship Board starts operation->

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unity100
unity100 writes "As of today, the new law on "Preventing 'catalog' crimes on internet" have taken full effect with the Censorship Board starting official duty in Turkey. Law states that access to entire websites that are found with 'objectionable' content can be prevented without court order, only with approval of the board. The catalog crimes are as follows ; 'Crimes against personality of Ataturk on internet', 'Encouraging people to suicide', 'Sexual abuse of children', 'Drug encouragement and providing', 'Providing health-hazard materials', 'Obscenity', 'Prostitution', 'Gambling'. The board members themselves are going to decide whatever falls in any category, especially 'obscenity'. A lot of sites with filesharing content was blocked as soon as the board started operation. Law shuts down even entire sites due to a single 3 word text comment found objectionable. (The news didnt make cnn website yet, its in local cnn affiliate's site)"
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Power

+ - Monitor draws zero power in standby

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fifthace
fifthace writes "A new range of Fujitsu Siemens monitors don't draw power during standby. The technology uses capacitors and relays to avoid drawing power when no video signal is present.

With political parties all over Europe calling for a ban on standby, this small development could end up as one of the most significant advances in recent times. The British Government estimates eight percent of all domestic electricity is consumed by devices in standby."
The Internet

+ - Comcast Admits Delaying, Not Blocking, P2P Traffic->

Submitted by haibijon
haibijon (893019) writes "The executive declined to talk in detail about the technology, citing spammers or other miscreants who might exploit that knowledge. But he insisted the company was not stopping file transfers from happening, only postponing them in certain cases. He compared it to making a phone call and getting a busy signal, then trying again and getting through."
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Math

+ - How to make Mathematics interesting? 1

Submitted by dsb
dsb (52083) writes "I love the mathematics stories, askslashdot, explanations here on slashdot and elsewhere. But quite often some of the material is just way over my head. For example, the recent submission about someones quest to study waves? Personally, I found it fascinating. So my question is how do we teach maths to be interesting to those that 'have to take college algebra' so they can get their degrees?"
Displays

+ - 3D Animations in Mid-Air Using Plasma Balls->

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "Japanese boffins are now making animations by creating small plasma balls in mid-air. The technology doesn't use vapor or strange gases, just lasers to heat up oxygen and nitrogen molecules: up to 1,000 brilliant dots per second, which makes smooth motion possible. They could be used as street signs, advertising or to create giant plasma monsters to destroy entire cities. Maybe."
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Announcements

+ - Commodore approaches Banksy to design PC skin->

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arcticstoat
arcticstoat writes "Banksy, the acclaimed British guerrilla graffitti artist famous for defacing 500 Paris Hilton CDs and his eye-catching street art, has been approached by Commodore to design a PC skin for a one-off charity auction. 'We've been in touch with his agent,' Commodore spokesman Jools Moore told Custom PC, 'and asked the question "would you like to do something for us?" we're talking more about a one-off skin to be honest, because I don't think he'd agree to license his art for profit."
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NASA

+ - Shuttle Endeavour to be launched today

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Klaidas
Klaidas writes "NASA reports that on the morning before the scheduled liftoff of Space Shuttle Endeavour on the STS-118 mission, launch officials confirmed once again that the countdown is continuing as planned and no issues have surfaced.
On Monday night, workers finished loading the reactants for the orbiter's three power-producing fuel cells. Checks of the space shuttle main engine's avionics and pneumatic systems are planned today, along with inspections of the external tank, activation of ground support equipment, and crew equipment stowage in the crew module. Launch remains on target for Aug. 8 at 6:36 p.m. EDT"
Education

+ - Internet no longer dangerous, school boards decide-> 1

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destinyland
destinyland writes "Good news. The National School Boards Association, which represents 95,000 school board members, just released a report declaring fears of the internet are overblown. In fact, after surveying 1,277 students, "the researchers found exactly one student who reported they'd actually met a stranger from the internet without their parents' permission. (They described this as "0.08 percent of all students.") The report reminds educators that schools initially banned internet use before they'd realized how educational it was. Now instead they're urging schools to include social networks in their curriculum!"
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