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writes "Just came across this little guide on building your own PC that you can run a patched (aka hacked) copy of Leopard on. I love my mini, but hobbyist that I am, I might give this a go when it's time to trade up."
writes "Meteor trails begin about 75 miles (120 km) above Earth's surface, a region that is not typically focused on by ground-based telescopes or satellites. Using detailed images, snapped by the Subaru Telescope at the Mauna Kea Observatory in Hawaii and focused on this region of the upper atmosphere, astronomers measured the streaks to discover that they can be as thin as a few millimeters across, or about as thin as a pencil lead."
writes "One thing that is always amazing is what people manage to pull off on absolutely minimal resources. One enterprising individual went on eBay and found boards with more than half a dozen Virtex II Pro FPGAs, nurse them back to life and build a SHA-1 cracker with two of the boards. This is an excellent example of recycling, as these were originally a part of a Thompson Grass Valley HDTV broadcast system. As a part of the project, the creator wrote tools designed to graph the relationships between components using JTAG as to make reverse engineering the organization of the FPGAs on the board more apparent. More details can be seen on the actual project page. If an individual is able to pull this off for under 500 dollars, it almost makes one wonder what resources the government has available to them to do the same thing..."Link to Original Source
writes "HNS is running a story about a dramatic decrease in the amount of spam emails using PDF file attachments. According to research compiled by SophosLabs, levels of PDF spam have dropped from a high of close to 30 percent of all spam earlier this month, to virtually zero. Levels of PDF spam spiked on 7 August 2007 when a single campaign, designed to manipulate stock prices of Prime Time Group Inc, accounted for a 30 percent increase in overall junk email levels. Since then, however, PDF spam has shown a sharp decline."Link to Original Source
writes "Taiwanese chip and board vendor Via Technologies has introduced a new ultra-low voltage (ULV) processor aimed at industrial, commercial, and ultra-mobile applications. Touted as the world's most power-efficient x86-compatible CPU, the 500MHz 'Eden ULV 500' processor debuted at an Embedded Systems Conference in Taipei this week. Via says its chip draws a minimum of 0.1 Watts, when idle, and a maximum of 1 Watt, making it a great candidate for consumer electronics devices such as UMPCs, PVRs, and such."
writes "The NY Times reports about research in out-of-body experiences. From the article: "Using virtual reality goggles, a camera and a stick, scientists have induced out-of-body experiences — the sensation of drifting outside of one's own body — - in healthy people, according to experiments being published in the journal Science.""
writes "Slashdot reported last month that Queen guitarist Brian May was planning to submit his PHD thesis in astrophysics (http://science.slashdot.org/article.pl?sid=07/07/ 28/0557236).
BBC news is reporting (http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/entertainment/6961171. stm) that having yesterday passed his Viva in which he had to explain, defend and dicuss his work with other astrophysicists for over three hours, he has now been awarded the PHD.
Brian's official website has more (http://brianmay.com/brian/briannews/briannews.htm l)"
writes "In a move that seems to make no sense (even after a long explanation), Sun's CEO Jonathon Schwartz announced on his blog today that Sun will be changing their NASDAQ stock trading symbol from SUNW to JAVA.
Initial reaction in the comments of the blog appears to be mostly negative."
writes "Wouldn't it be useful if you could make images smaller by selectively removing the least important pixels? New research in computer science makes it possible to do just that, thereby shrinking images without either distorting them or making the important elements too small."Link to Original Source
writes "Military Times reports that "personal health care records of nearly 900,000 troops, family members and other government employees stored on a private defense contractor's nonsecure computer server were exposed to compromise". Exposed information includes social security numbers, names, addresses and coded health data.
The contractor has been aware of the data breach since May 29, when USAFE notified them about an insecure data transmission. The Petangon and FBI have already been involved, and the contractor is already notifying those that have been affected."