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+ - Put ICE in your Mobile Phone

Submitted by
Kaz911
Kaz911 writes "The Rescue Services in co-operation with the Medical Emergency services in Copenhagen Denmark has a big problem — and a great and quick solution.

When people come in to be treated, sometimes is can be hard to find information about relatives and next of kin — for example who do you contact in case of emergency? Well we should all carry a "contact card" on us — but most of us have a wallet full of stuff anyway. But the Rescue Services and Medical Emergency services in Copenhagen have a great idea — and a simple solution.

Since most people today have Mobile Phones — they suggest that we all put the phone number of our "In Case of Emergency" contacts into the mobile, so the Rescue Personal can look it up quickly if needed.

But write them down so contact name is ICE (In Case of Emergency) — and if you have multiple contacts — then ICE1 — ICE2 — ICE3 etc.

I think it is a great idea and very simple.

Of course it only works if the phone is not locked with a pin-code. But maybe if we show the mobile phone manufactures that it can work and people will do it — then they might make it a "std" feature in the phones someday — so ANYONE can look up or call an "ICE number" on a mobile."
Supercomputing

+ - Gentoo Linux Release: 2007.0 "Secret Sauce

Submitted by quantumsummers
quantumsummers (955194) writes "Customization is all about the Sauce, and I am very happy to report that Gentoo Linux has given up the "Secret Sauce".

Gentoo Linux 2007.0 is now available!

Content below is taken from the www.gentoo.org site as written by Chris Gianelloni, a current member of the Gentoo Foundation Board of Trustees.

"The Gentoo Release Engineering project is pleased to announce the much-delayed release of Gentoo Linux 2007.0, code named "Secret Sauce". This release met with several delays due to an abnormally high number of security vulnerabilities in large packages which had to be rebuilt using the newer, secure versions of the packages. There was also a complete resnapshot done about half-way through the release period due to the release taking so long and the packages becoming stale.

You can find out more information about the release in the official press release.
http://www.gentoo.org/proj/en/releng/release/2007. 0/2007.0-press-release.txt
To get the new release, grab it from http://www.gentoo.org/main/en/where.xml."


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Space

+ - Monstrous Star Explosion

Submitted by hsdpa
hsdpa (1049926) writes "Scientists have detected a stellar explosion that is the brightest and most energetic ever recorded, and which could be the first evidence of a new type of supernova fueled by an antimatter engine. The "SN 2006gy" explosion occurred in a galaxy 240 million light-years away, called NGC 1260, and was 100 times more energetic than typical supernovas. It was detected in September 2006 using ground-based telescopes and NASA's Chandra X-ray space observatory. It brightened slowly for 70 days, and at its peak emitted more than 50 billion Suns worth of light-shining 10 times brighter than its host galaxy-before dimming slowly. Most supernovas reach peak brightness in days to a few weeks."
Nintendo

+ - "I Could Make Halo" - Shigeru Miyamoto

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Anonymous Coward
Anonymous Coward writes "Nintendo mastermind Shigeru Miyamoto has revealed that while he could produce a game similar to Halo, he would much rather focus his efforts creating something that challenges gamers preconceptions. "I could make Halo," Miyamoto said, adding, "It's not that I couldn't design that game. It's just that I choose not to." "One thing about my game design is that I never try to look for what people want and then try to make that game design," he continued. "I always try to create new experiences that are fun to play.""
Security

+ - Are New TLDs A Solution to Phishing?

Submitted by
c0uchw4rrior
c0uchw4rrior writes "SecureWorks researcher Ben Feinstein has posted a detailed rebuttal to F-Secure's .bank TLD proposal.

Feinstein doesn't believe the creation of a new TLD will have the desired impact of decreasing phishing. "When it comes to phishing, confusion is the key to success. A new TLD will simply add to the confusion. Regardless, the phishers don't currently see any need to use the same TLDs as the banks anyway. Their phishing URL simply has to look "close enough" for at least one person to be fooled. [...] If a .bank TLD is created, I'd predict wide spread phishing attacks using announcements of new .bank sites from the financial institutions. In fact, financial institutions would be adding to the confusion if they announce their move to the .bank TLD via email to their customers. It will be difficult to distinguish the legitimate announcements from the phishing attempts. Other attempts at confusing the user would involve the use of JavaScript or browser exploits that set or obscure status bars and hyperlink mouse-overs to display a .bank TLD.""
NASA

+ - Griffin Behind the Scenes-a Non-Political Power

Submitted by
nlhouser
nlhouser writes "The year 2057 is a landmark for NASA, as on March 14, 2007, Michael D. Griffin of NASA had put out for the public his plan for space, NASA and the next 50 years, which ends in 2057. Whereas the past 50 years was about the space powers — the highly competitive United States and Russia, Europe, India, China and Japan. The next 50 years will be about commercial marketing and the influence of businesses, involving both government and private sectors, and since then his head has been on the chopping block as someone who does not know what he is talking about."
Networking

Obsession With Firewalls Could Hinder IPv6 278

Posted by Zonk
from the keep-the-chains-off dept.
DosIgriegas writes "The obsession with firewalls in IPv6 may result in some of the quirks of IPv4 reappearing. Ars Technica has an article looking at the topic in depth, exploring the technical challenges of securing the new protocol, and looking a the re-emergence of old problems in new guises. 'Ironically, what's required to make IPv6 work through a stateful firewall is almost identical to what's required to make IPv4 work though NAT. This means the IETF's efforts to keep IPv6 NAT-free in order to make protocols do their job without messy workarounds are defeated by the notion that everything should be firewalled.' If we decide to stick with firewalls in IPv6, we'll see many of the same hard-to-diagnose network problems that we have with IPv4."
Security

+ - Are cell phones zapping 911 emergency services?

Submitted by
coondoggie
coondoggie writes "A number of stories from across the country coupled with new research on the subject indicates that cell phones are increasingly bedeviling emergency first-responders and the country's 911 system is suffering. For example The Journal News in New York tells of a 911 glitch that almost cost a 71-year-old woman sinking in a creek near the Hudson River her life. That's because an emergency cell phone call went got bounced around to a number of cell towers before some one local could respond to the situation... And to top it all off a new study on 911 and cell phone effectiveness gives the technology a failing grade. http://www.networkworld.com/community/?q=node/1495 5"
Security

+ - Data Released On How Open Relay Proxies Are Abused

Submitted by
Ralph Wiggum
Ralph Wiggum writes "The folks at the Web Application Security Consortium have published a report outlining how attackers are utilizing open web proxies in the wild. From the announcement "This first release of information is for data gathered from January — April, 2007. During this timeframe, we had 7 internationally placed honeypot sensors deployed and sending their data back to our central logging host.""
Space

Powerful Supernova May Be Related To Death Spasms of First Stars 136

Posted by Zonk
from the we-need-a-few-more-heavy-elements-out-here dept.
necro81 writes "The New York Times is reporting on a discovery from a team of UC Berkley researchers, who may have discovered the brightest stellar explosion ever observed. Observations of the cataclysmic explosion of a 100- to 200-solar-mass star began last September, based on data from the Chandra X-ray Observatory. The researchers believe that the explosion is similar to the death spasms of the first stars in the universe. The super-massive star's collapse is believed to have been so energetic as to create unstable electron-positron pairs that tore the star apart before it could collapse into a black hole — seeding the universe with heavier elements."

Comment: Switched, but a hardware solution would be nice... (Score 1) 559

by Nazo-San (#18764417) Attached to: Is DVORAK Gaining Traction Among Coders?
I actually started the process to switch about two weeks ago. I weighed the advantages and disadvantages and decided that the trouble of making the swich was worth it in the long run. I'm making good progress and my speed and accuracy are almost caught up with before. There's only one thing I worry about, and that's the trouble that can be involved in switching back and forth on other systems or on things like rescue discs (where it's not really feasible to rebuild the images every time just for that one change.) On other systems I'm most worried, because in some rare cases they are pretty locked down for security reasons, so I can't run files from my flash drive to make the switch or when I'm working on someone else's system (I do a lot of problem fixing for people.)

What I really want -- instead of always relying on some software solution -- is just some dirt cheap Dvorak hardwired keyboard (preferably USB) that I can simply plug in and it work in everything (it would take some interesting work to get Dvorak in syslinux or other boot loaders for example, so such a thing has the added advantage of letting you more easily deal with these sorts of things.) Basically all I want is something like those $12 QWERTY keyboards you can find at a Walmart, only hardwired for Dvorak instead (I know that those ubercheap keyboards will give you a massive case of carpel tunnel type pains if you use them more than a few hours, but we're talking about something that would only be used for less than an hour at a time since I can just use my nice normal keyboard on my personal computer with all the software solutions.)

I realize that it would cost more than the $12 Walmart boards, but right now I have been unable to find a hardwired Dvorak keyboard for less than $60, which is a pricerange that is just out of the question for such a thing. I've checked everywhere ranging from the higher quality electronics sites to places like eBay and even more questionable websites, but the most affordable Dvorak keyboard I ever found was just an ordinary cheap QWERTY keyboard with the keys moved so it still required a software solution (and even that was at a ridiculous price for what it was.) Sometimes I just wish I had the ability to create my own circuit sheets to rewire a keyboard to Dvorak in hardware myself, but while it may be theoretically possible for some to do it with stuff they may even have at home, it's just way too much for me.

I can't believe that companies are selling these things for $100+ when just taking the same crappy parts that make up a $12 keyboard, tossing in different circuits (they don't even have to change the chip it uses!) and putting the keys in different places would allow them to market to a LOT of people making the switch (I know that when I first thought about Dvorak a long time ago I assumed I would need a new keyboard and would have bought one if it were reasonably priced) as well as some who already have (not to mention that they could get away with slapping a $20 pricetag on it and make even more per keyboard within reason to offset the difference in the smaller volume.) Not many people are willing to spend so much for a keyboard...

I was wondering if anyone here might actually know of some solution like the recircuiting idea (but more reasonable) or someone selling cheap Dvorak keyboards that I haven't been able to find?

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