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Submission + - Mercury levels in surface ocean have tripled (sciencemag.org) 1

sciencehabit writes: seaside town of Minamata, Japan, and caused mental retardation in newborns. Only later did the villagers learn that the fish they ate had been contaminated with toxic mercury dumped by a local chemical plant. Now, new research suggests human activities since the Industrial Revolution have tripled the amount of mercury in shallow parts of the ocean, posing a threat to human health worldwide.

Submission + - The holes in a News Corp/NDS pay TV pirate's defence (afr.com)

Presto Vivace writes: "In response to the recent allegations of pay TV piracy on Frontline, Panorama, and the Australian Financial Review, News Corp/NDS has said that they have consistently been vindicated by the courts. However, in relation to the Echostar case there are significant holes in their defense. For example, much of Echostar's most compelling evidence was excluded by the statue of limitations, and the jury never got to hear it.

In interviews with the BBC Panorama program and emails with the Financial Review, Oliver Kömmerling said that when he downloaded the Canal Plus file on DR7, it showed up on his computer directory as having been created at exactly the same time as the identical Canal Plus file that the NDS Black Hat team created in Haifa nine months before – July 6, 1998, at 15 seconds past 4pm.

There are 23 million seconds in a year. Two identical files, the only ones not held by Canal Plus. What are the odds that they would be created at exactly the same moment?

There is additional evidence that Tarnovsky posted the Nargra hack on the internet, if additional evidence is needed:

In the 2009 interview, Tarnovsky denied putting any code on the internet. However, he told the Financial Review that he had “played around” with the EchoStar Nagra code – in fact, he had made it work better. “Sometimes I see through the algorithms, like, and stuff. Like the cypher in the Nagra chip. They had some shift going on at the beginning and the end. And I totally realised, well, wait a second, I can go the reverse, I can skip it, remove it, and just shift the other way. And I totally removed like – I don’t know how many clock cycles of their code. And their algorithm was like – 20, 15 times faster.”

A Swiss hacker, Jan Saggiori, later testified that two days after the Canal Plus file appeared on the DR7 website in March 1999, Tarnovsky sent him a file with part of the system code for the smartcard used by EchoStar.



Submission + - Best CS area today for the future?

cartographer88 writes: I'm currently a CS student in a top 20 university for computer science and I'm getting close to graduating. So I've been considering my options, my skills and my immediate future. One thing I realize is that the computer industry is always changing. For example, 5 years ago, social networking was not as mainstream as today; neither was the market for, say, mobile phone applications. Whatever it may be, the market and demand is always changing. As one who has been in the industry, what is your view on the best areas to try to get into in order to stay ahead in the constantly changing computer industry? That is, if you were in my situation, which areas would you try to get into as a new computer science graduate in order to have a successful long-term career? The way I see it, I could enter into many different software development fields and will probably do just fine in any position; but, where do you see the bulk of the industry headed and which area(s) is the best to start learning today for the future?

Submission + - D.C. Court rules against FCC on Net Neutrality (cnet.com) 1

lefiz writes: The Federal Communications Commission does not have the legal authority to impose strict Net neutrality regulations on Internet providers, a federal appeals court ruled Tuesday. This ruling overturns the FCC's 2008 order against Comcast over its "network management" practices that interfered with BitTorrent traffic. This may have serious consequences for Net Neutrality going forward.

Leveraging always beats prototyping.