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+ - TPB defendant claims faked evidence in Dutch case

Submitted by Longsight
Longsight (1652621) writes "One of the defendants in the ongoing legal battle between the Dutch entertainment industry association BREIN and thepiratebay.org has issued a damning blog post reporting the use of faked evidence in a recent hearing. The apparently 'forged' Experian credit report was used by the claimants to identify one of the defendants, Fredrik Neij, as a director of Reservella, the current owners of thepiratebay.org. Peter Sunde, one of the other defendants in the case, describes how a little googling and email enquiry shot holes in the veracity of the report, and in particular demonstrated that half the details contained therein may well have come from a whois check on the domain name itself.

With the ongoing dispute about whether BREIN has any jurisdiction in the matter at all, and news earlier this year of Usenet groups counter-suing them over the legality of downloading in the Netherlands, things are looking increasingly messy for the embattled trade group."
Security

+ - ImageShack Hacked!-> 5

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revjtanton
revjtanton writes "Tonight a group calling themselves "Anti-Sec" hacked ImageShack and replaced many of the site's hosted images with one of their own detailing their manifesto. The group's grievance is against full-disclosure. They simply want the practice in security cirlces to end, and they've promised to cause mayhem and destruction if it doesn't.

These guys/gals are taking direct aim against a sect of the IT industry who is already armed to fight them...but they also already know that. It should be interesting to see how this plays out, whether you agree with them or not."

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Programming

Undocumented Open Source Code On the Rise 94

Posted by Soulskill
from the exercise-for-the-reader dept.
ruphus13 writes "According to security company Palamida, the use of open source code is growing rapidly within businesses. However, the lack of documentation and understanding of how the code works can increase the vulnerability and security risks the companies face. OStatic quotes Theresa Bui-Friday saying, 'In 2007, Palamida's Services team audited between 300M to 500M lines of code for F500 to venture-backed companies, across multiple industries. Of the code we reviewed, Palamida found that applications written within the last five years contain 50% or more open source code, by a line of code count. Of that 50% of open source code, 70% was undocumented. This is up from 30% in 2006.' How can businesses protect themselves and still draw on open source code effectively?"
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+ - Mouse cortical simulator on BlueGene L

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "Scientists, using a BlueGene L supercomputer running 256MB of memory with each of the 4,096 processors, ran a "cortical simulator" that was as big and as complex as half of a mouse brain. Half a real mouse brain is thought to have about eight million neurons each one of which can have up to 8,000 synapses, or connections, with other nerve fibres. The scientists, James Frye, Rajagopal Ananthanarayanan, and Dharmendra S Modha, laid out their research in a short research note entitled "Towards Real-Time, Mouse-Scale Cortical Simulations". From the article: "The vast complexity of the simulation meant that it was only run for ten seconds at a speed ten times slower than real life — the equivalent of one second in a real mouse brain. On other smaller simulations the researchers said they had seen "biologically consistent dynamical properties" emerge as nerve impulses flowed through the virtual cortex. In these other tests the team saw the groups of neurons form spontaneously into groups. They also saw nerves in the simulated synapses firing in a ways similar to the staggered, co-ordinated patterns seen in nature. The researchers say that although the simulation shared some similarities with a mouse's mental make-up in terms of nerves and connections it lacked the structures seen in real mice brains. Imposing such structures and getting the simulation to do useful work might be a much more difficult task than simply setting up the plumbing.""
Space

Journal: Rocketeers Find Large Impact Crater In Nevada 29

Journal by SEWilco
While participating in amateur rocket launches in Black Rock Desert (Burning Man site), Ian Kluft KO6YQ noticed rocks with some oddities. Through the Internet he learned the characteristics of impact craters, then found some clues in photographs and Google Maps. Examining the area he got samples of rock with impact patterns in them and other evidence. Previous geological puzzles in the region are well explained as impact structures. Volunteers are finding peculiarities in satellite imagery
Education

+ - LSU Professor Resolves Einstein's Twin Paradox

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justelite
justelite writes "Subhash Kak, Delaune Distinguished Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering at LSU, recently resolved the twin paradox, known as one of the most enduring puzzles of modern-day physics. In more recent times, the paradox has been described using the analogy of twins. If one twin is placed on a space shuttle and travels near the speed of light while the remaining twin remains earthbound, the unmoved twin would have aged dramatically compared to his interstellar sibling, according to the paradox."
Television

+ - Inventor of the TV remote dies

Submitted by QuietLagoon
QuietLagoon (813062) writes "Zenith Electronics Corporation said today that Engineer Robert Adler, who co-invented the TV remote control with fellow Engineer Eugene Polley, has passed on to the big sofa in the sky. In his six-decade career with Zenith, Adler was a prolific inventor, earning more than 180 U.S. patents. He was best known for his 1956 Zenith Space Command remote control, which helped make TV a truly sedentary pastime. The National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences awarded Adler and co-inventor Polley, another Zenith engineer, an Emmy in 1997 for the landmark invention."
Mars

+ - More Martian Water Evidence

Submitted by tubapro12
tubapro12 (896596) writes "NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter has detected light-toned bedrock on Mars occurring in an alternating pattern with darker bedrock within a rift valley. Researchers at the University of Arizona point to this as a product of a liquid, probably water, passing through the rocks.

"On Earth, bleaching of rock surrounding a fracture is a clear indication of chemical interactions between fluids circulating within the fracture and the host rock," Okubo and co-author Alfred S. McEwen reported in the paper. The researchers also said that layered outcrops can indicate cycles with materials deposited by regular episodes of water, wind or volcanic activity.
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Privacy

+ - Glass transparency car

Submitted by
justelite
justelite writes "The eXasis is a real eye-catcher with nothing to hide and will be shown to the public for the first time at the Geneva Motor Show (March 8-18, 2007). I wonder if we need a transparency car because our privacy will gone..."

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