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Windows 8 Changes Host File Blocking 1030

Posted by samzenpus
from the try-it-like-this dept.
An anonymous reader writes "Windows 8 has been confirmed to not only ignore, but also modify the hosts file. As soon as a website that should be blocked is accessed, the corresponding entry in the hosts file is removed, even if the hosts file is read-only. The hosts file is a popular, cross-platform way of blocking access to certain domains, such as ad-serving websites."
Image

US Scientists Invited To Russian Yeti Hunt 195

Posted by samzenpus
from the bring-two-pairs-of-boots dept.
First time accepted submitter Lindan9 writes "After an apparent increase of yeti sightings in the Kemerovo and Altai region of Siberia, a group of scientists from around the world are meeting to examine evidence possibly proving yeti existence. The scientists suspect there is a population of several dozen living in the area. The team hopes to spot a yeti or still living neanderthal man during their search of the area's mountains." I hope they find two pristine horns faster than I did.
Communications

Chemical "Infofuses" Communicate Without Electricity 115

Posted by kdawson
from the can-you-see-me-now dept.
Al writes "Researchers at Harvard and Tufts University have developed a way to send coded messages without using electricity. David Walt, professor of chemistry at Tufts, and Harvard's George Whitesides have developed 'infofuses' that can transmit information simply by burning. The fuses — metallic salts depositing on a nitrocellulose strand — emit pulses of infrared and visible light of different colors whose sequence encodes information. They were developed in response to a call from the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency for technologies to allow soldiers stranded without a power source to communicate. In the first demonstration of the idea, they used the infofuses to transmit the message look mom no electricity." Currently the researchers are "trying to figure out a way to dynamically encode a message on the fly in the field without specialized equipment."
Supercomputing

Creating a Low-Power Cloud With Netbook Chips 93

Posted by timothy
from the but-what's-the-wattage-equivalent-cfl dept.
Al writes "Researchers from Carnegie Mellon University have created a remarkably low-power server architecture using netbook processors and flash memory cards. The server design, dubbed a 'fast array of wimpy nodes,' or FAWN, is only designed to perform simple tasks, but the CMU team say it could be perfect for large Web companies that have to retrieve large amounts of data from RAM. A set-up including 21 individual nodes draws a maximum of just 85 watts under real-world conditions. The researchers say that a FAWN cluster could offer a low-power replacement for sites that currently rely on Memcached to access data from RAM."
The Internet

+ - ISP's vs Web Services....who will win?

Submitted by
Son of Rea
Son of Rea writes "The internet is getting more restrictive and harder to use because of limitations imposed by ISPs. The biggest example of this is bandwidth limitations. These limitations prevent users from using modern services, so it seems like there would be a major conflict with internet businesses and ISP's. With high ISP limitations, many internet businesses will lose out on customers, so it would be in their best interest to discourage ISP limits. With a 5 gig per month bandwidth limit, nobody will be able to effectively back up their hard drives to the net, download movies from netflix, purchase downloadable games, and countless other examples of services that require large amounts of bandwidth. ISP's are further limiting our ability to use the internet. Frontier replaced a bunch of modem/routers with ones that don't allow port forwarding. So now I can't use Remote Desktop to fix my mother's computer. This is just the latest example of how we're losing use of the internet. So I was wondering who you think will win this battle (or are the web companies even fighting ISP's?) and why?"
Upgrades

Linux 2.6.28 Promises Year-End Presents 305

Posted by timothy
from the my-holiday-thanks-go-mostly-to-the-finnish-guy dept.
darthcamaro writes "Little penguins all around the world are waiting for Penguin-Master Linus Torvalds to deliver some Glogg inspired Xmas cheer in the form of the new 2.6.28 kernel. Among the innovations in 2.6.28 are ext4 as stable, wireless USB drivers, better KVM support and the GEM graphic memory management technology. 'We now have a proper memory manager for video memory, the GEM [Graphics Execution Manager] memory manager,' Greg Kroah-Hartman said. 'This gives Linux much better graphics performance than it previously had.'"
Space

Iran Announces Manned Space Mission Plans 559

Posted by timothy
from the look-out-below dept.
Lucas123 writes "After Iran's first attempt to launch a satellite on Sunday fell noticeably short of the Earth's atmosphere (though Iran claimed it made it into orbit), government officials stated they intend to put a man into space within 10 years. The long-range ballistic technology used to put satellites into space can also be used for launching weapons. Iran says it has no intention to use the technology for launching nuclear warheads."
Microsoft

Microsoft Pulls Vista SP1 Update 268

Posted by CmdrTaco
from the undo-undo-undo dept.
1shooter writes "news.com reports that Microsoft is withdrawing SP1 for Vista. Nick White, Microsoft product manager blogged 'We've heard a few reports about problems customers may be experiencing as a result of KB937287,' wrote White. 'Immediately after receiving reports of this error, we made the decision to temporarily suspend automatic distribution of the update to avoid further customer impact while we investigate possible causes.'"
Privacy

+ - TJX data criminal gets five years in prison->

Submitted by
jbrodkin
jbrodkin writes "The leader of an identity theft ring that stole credit card numbers from TJX has been sentenced to five years in prison and fined $600,000. Irving Escobar of Miami, Fla., pleaded guilty to charges of an "organized scheme to defraud." Escobar and his team used stolen data to make counterfeit credit cards, which they used to buy gift cards at Wal-Mart and Sam's Club. They redeemed the gift cards for jewelry and electronic equipment in what Florida's attorney general calls "a modern-day version of money laundering" that resulted in a loss of $3 million nationwide."
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Communications

First Nations Want Cellphone Revenue 513

Posted by samzenpus
from the the-great-spirit-wants-his-cut dept.
Peacenik45 writes "The CBC is reporting that First Nations in Manitoba want compensation for every cell phone signal that passes through their land because it violates their airspace. The Assembly of Manitoba Chiefs recently resolved to negotiate revenue sharing with Manitoba Telecom Services. Ovide Mercredi of the Grand Rapids First Nations says "When it comes to using airspace, it's like using our water and simply because there's no precedent doesn't mean that it's not the right thing to do." This move may inspire First Nations in other provinces to follow suit."
Quickies

+ - poll:favorite acronym

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "whats your favorite acronym? 1- WTF 2- LOL 3- PITA 4- TFA 5-"

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