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Space

+ - Asteroid impact threat

Submitted by
Maggie McKee
Maggie McKee writes "Kamchatkans and Venezuelans beware. A 20-million-tonne asteroid could be heading your way. Californians have even more reason to worry — the asteroid is more likely to hit the Pacific Ocean, triggering a tsunami that could devastate the west coast of North America. These are among the scenarios projected for asteroid Apophis, which researchers now say has a 1 in 45,000 chance of hitting Earth on 13 April 2036. Calculations show it would strike somewhere along a narrow track that stretches eastward from Siberia to the west coast of Africa. The threat, while small, is real enough to merit a United Nations protocol for dealing with the problem, experts say."
Networking

+ - Videoconferencing server for Linux ?

Submitted by Hymer
Hymer (856453) writes "Well it is really a simple question: Does anyone here know a vidoconferencing server for Linux ? It may be a non-standard solution but the clients have to exist for at least Linux, Windows and Mac OS X. The communication channel should preferably encrypted. I need video and some kind of common workplace or desktop sharing, audio is optional. I've searched the Net and found nothing... geeks do not need to look at other geeks to understand eachother but CEO's obviously does... ;-)"
Google

+ - Keyboard Shortcuts for Google Search

Submitted by
N-Dream
N-Dream writes "One of the features I like most when I use Google on my mobile phone is that I can type the number of the search result instead of selecting it manually. The desktop version of Google.com doesn't show the order number for search results and doesn't offer any keyboard shortcut that could save you time.

If you install Greasemonkey for Firefox, you can add a script that sets some keyboard shortcuts for Google search. The script works even for the localized versions of Google.


You'll see that each search result has a digit in front of the title. This works only for the first 10 results from a results page, so it might be a good idea to stick to the default number of search results (which is 10).

You can also go to the next page of search results by tying n and go back to the previous page by typing p. To edit the query you have two options: either type e to select the query, so when you type something the query will be replaced, or type a to append something to the query.

A very cool feature is the tab mode: if you type t, the numbers will be highlighted in green and search results will open in new tabs."
Graphics

+ - taking great sportfoto pictures easy

Submitted by
JO
JO writes "More and more people are using digital cameras, today. Often we have kids at school paying in sport teams like football, soccer, baskeball, baseball or swimming. It's more likely, that you want to take great photos of you kids at these sport events. On motivio.de you can see how to take great sportfoto pictures with examples from all over the world. Come and see http://www.motivio.de/ and learn more about taking sport photos."
Printer

+ - Zink Imaging to launch inkless printer

Submitted by
Vinit
Vinit writes "Zink Imaging has developed a unique technology which can print pictures without ink! The innovation could be applied to make hand-held printers that can be integrated into mobile phones and digital cameras. While printing one only needs a paper, I mean Zink paper which is initially colorless, looks and feels like ordinary white photograph paper and is not light sensitive. You can get a copy of picture (5 cm x 7.5 cm) in 30 seconds and the photos are are very durable — they cannot be torn and are also water resistant. The firm plans to launch two products by the end of the year: a small battery-operated, pocket-sized printer for camera-phones and a digital camera with a 2 inch x 3 inch (5 cm by 7.5 cm) printer built in. The company recently demonstrated a working prototype of the camera phone printer at the DEMO 2007 technology conference in California, US. The printer is expected to cost $200 while 100 sheets of paper will cost $20. http://www.pclaunches.com/optical_media/zink_imagi ng_to_launch_inkless_printer.php"
Biotech

Scientists Expose Weak DNA in HIV 196

Posted by CowboyNeal
from the go-for-the-throat dept.
Ace905 writes "The National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases announced Thursday that they had discovered a very promising 'weak spot' in the HIV virus. The HIV virus, a progenitor to full blown AIDS has eluded all attempts at a vaccine since it was discovered sometime in the 1970's. The major problem with developing a vaccine initially was isolating the virus. Conventional viruses are often defeated with existing drugs, or after being tested against new compounds. HIV has been unique, and staggering in it's ability to resist all attempts at treatment by mutating its own genetic code. HIV is able to resist, with great effectiveness, any drug or combination drug-therapy that is used against it."
Windows

Journal: Piracy worked for us

Journal by dorianm

Piracy worked for us, Romanian president tells Gates

Reuters
Thursday, February 1, 2007; 9:45 AM

BUCHAREST (Reuters) - Pirated Microsoft Corp software helped Romania to build a vibrant technology industry, Romanian President Traian Basescu told the company's co-founder Bill Gates on Thursday.

Basescu was meeting the software giant's chairman in Bucharest to celebrate the opening of a Microsoft global technical center in the Romanian capital.

GNU is Not Unix

+ - GPLv3 is DRM

Submitted by
An anonymous reader writes "This post says:

"Imagine: some software/music, say GCC, is released/distributed under GPLv2. People can do whatever they want with it: redistribute it, reuse it in their own source code/music, or whatever. Then GPLv3 comes out. Suddenly the software/music won't work on/play in your hardware/software."

Please comment, I hope I'm wrong."
Programming

+ - Advanced Perl XML tips using XSLT, SAX, and SQL

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "This article shows you more powerful tools for parsing XML using Perl: DOM-style tree parsers and the SAX event-based parsers. You will learn about XML::SAX::Base and how you can use it to build sources, handlers, and sinks of SAX events. See how to feed transformed parse trees into SAX pipelines, further transform them, and write them as text or to SQL databases. Finally you will learn how to reverse this, using database content to drive SAX pipelines."
It's funny.  Laugh.

+ - The Paravirtualization Top Ten

Submitted by BL08N0883N
BL08N0883N (997823) writes "Paravirtualization Is...
10) The chute that would have saved you if you were skydiving in a videogame instead of real life
9) The thing that safely brings a soldier from the aircraft to the ground after freefall, if we were in a pretend war
8) The feeling you get when you're dreaming about your last vacation to Tahoe in the summer when you were attached to a large kite being pulled through the air by a boat
7) An error in the space-time continuum that will ultimately lead to the end of all virtual life as we know it
6) When someone's health is improved by, not an emergency medic, but a mirror image of one that appears when the server goes down
5) When you can't even afford to speak to an attorney's assistant, so you consult a virtual one instead
4) When someone dies and comes back to haunt you in virtual realities
3) Virtualization without the use of its legs
2) The psychological investigation into the phenomena that is Tron

And Number One in the Paravirtualization Countdown is...
1) When a vicious website (unnamed) attaches itself to a host and sucks the life out of it"
OS X

+ - Where's Java 6 for Mac

Submitted by Jari Mustonen
Jari Mustonen (132206) writes "Time to hide your Mac-fanboy hat. Or maybe you are beliver enough to defend Apple even on this one. The question is simple: Where is the Java 6 for OS X? Let the gossips fly and let the slashdot do what it is best at: to summon an anonymous coward from Apple to tell us what is happening and where is my Java? But in the mean time, let's hear your theory."
It's funny.  Laugh.

+ - What's the biggest turn-off for you, the geek?

Submitted by Dystopian Rebel
Dystopian Rebel (714995) writes "new person smokes new person watches TeeVee new person is biased against Flying Spaghetti Monster new person will not bring Cheetos while I am gaming new person says "LOL" in conversation new person says my binary clock is "weird" new person has dated Cowboy Neal I take what I can get, but the Cheetos thing gives pause"
Security

+ - Chinese Cyber Attacks on DOD Networks

Submitted by
Anonymous Coward
Anonymous Coward writes "As seen in: SANS NewsBites Vol. 9 Num. 14 The Naval Network Warfare Command says Chinese hackers are relentlessly targeting Defense Department networks with cyber attacks. The "volume, proficiency and sophistication" of the attacks supports the theory that the attacks are government supported. The "motives [of the attacks emanating from China] ... include technology theft, intelligence gathering, exfiltration, research on DOD operations and the creation of dormant presences in DOD network for future action." http://www.fcw.com/article97658-02-13-07-Web&print Layout"

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