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+ - Griefers, the Sociopaths of the Virtual World->

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ascendant
ascendant writes "Wired has an interesting read on the philosophy behind the behavior of the group of people known as "griefers".

Pwnage, zerging, phat lewts — online gaming has birthed a rich lexicon. But none, perhaps, deserves our attention as much as the notion of the griefer. They are corpse campers, noob baiters, kill stealers, ninja looters. Their work is complete when the victims log off in a huff.
In short,

"Nothing on the Internet is so serious it can't be laughed at, and that nothing is so laughable as people who think otherwise."
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Announcements

+ - Via launches 64-bit architecture->

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jangel
jangel writes "Via has unveiled a 64-bit, VM-enabled x86-compatible architecture expected to debut this spring in pin-compatible chips targeting green PCs, home servers, and mobile devices. Chips based on the "Isaiah" architecture promise to outperform Via's current C7/Eden chips two-to-three times, within the same power envelope."
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The Internet

+ - Safari team comments on new IE8 version targeting

Submitted by EMB Numbers
EMB Numbers (934125) writes "Apple's Safari/WebKit team have commented on Microsoft's proposal regarding new IE8 version targeting and the impact on existing web standards. http://webkit.org/blog/155/versioning-compatibility-and-standards/ "In addition to maintainability, an important feature of the WebKit engine is the ease with which it is deployed on limited-capability devices... These and other products all include a full-powered version of WebKit, no compromises...However, having more mode switches cuts against this. The extra code (possibly whole extra copies of the engine, at the very least a whole lot of extra if statements) would be a significant burden on mobile devices. It's not very well aligned with our mission of staying lean and mean.""
The Courts

+ - Hans Reiser Muder Case Evidence Mounting

Submitted by xocp
xocp (575023) writes "Here are the latest developments in the Hans Reiser murder trial:

A bloodstain on a sleeping bag sack found in Reiser's Honda CRX matches the DNA profile of his missing wife, Nina Reiser, Oakland police criminalist Shannon Cavness testified in Alameda County Superior Court. Bloodstains found on a pillar in the living room of the computer programmer's home on Exeter Drive in the Oakland hills contain DNA belonging to him and his wife, Cavness said.
More details are provided in the article..."
Math

+ - Open Source Mathematical Software

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "The American Mathematical society has an opinion piece about open source software vs propietary software used in mathematics. From the article : "Increasingly, proprietary software and the algorithms used are an essential part of mathematical proofs. To quote J. Neubüser, 'with this situation two of the most basic rules of conduct in mathematics are violated: In mathematics information is passed on free of charge and everything is laid open for checking.'""
AMD

AMD Announces Triple-Core Phenom Processors 334

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from the chips-that-don't-require-dipping dept.
MojoKid writes "AMD has officially announced their triple-core Phenom multi-core processor offering, suggesting a triple-threat of processors, from dual-cores to triple-cores and native quad-cores coming to market this year. While the term symmetric multi-processing (or SMP) suggests a balanced approach of multiple cores in an even number of engines working together on a single workload, AMD offers that an odd number of processors can slice at that workload just as efficiently. Time will tell how this architecture will scale amongst various multi-threaded applications and real-world usage models. AMD is definitely moving to make use of these quad-cores that don't quite make the cut by testing them fully as triple-cores and realizing some revenue, rather than throwing them away."

Engadget: Moller M200G hovercraft heading into production->

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Filed under: Transportation

Moller Industries, the brainchild of inventor Dr. Paul Moller, announced recently that production would begin on the company's M200G volantor, a UFO-esque hovercraft that apparently can "glide over terrain at 50 MPH." Moller, long known for his work in both hovercrafts and flying vehicles (see the dubious Skycar), has been working on alternative forms of transportation for 40 years. The futuristic looking craft is driven by the company's Rotapower engines, and can allegedly operate up to 10 feet in altitude. Of course, while Moller Industries offers lots of exciting talk about the future of transportation (as well as t-shirts, models, and investment options) to its customers, the company has never brought a vehicle to market. Clearly, the announcement of a "Jetsons-like" craft may fuel enthusiast's hope (and pull in some escrow cash), but the actual production and sale of the $90,000+ vehicle has yet to be seen. Check the video after the break to see Dr. Moller's invention at work.

[Via Wired]

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User Journal

SPAM: Does the iPhone have a built-in spyware module? 2

Journal by Jeremiah Cornelius

The underground hacker team "web-Hack" from Russia released a whitepaper with results of iPhone firmware research where they reverse-engineered embedded functions. They claim discovery of a built-in function which sends all data from an iPhone to a specified web-server. Contacts from a phonebook, SMS, recent calls, history of Safari browser - all your personal information - can be stolen. Researchers as

Security

+ - Security Researcher chases virus maker off the Net

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "I just saw a writeup on CNET that that covers the pursuit of a virus writer who created a fake Grand Theft Auto game, crippling PCs by causing them to endlessly reboot. Despite the police apparently not being very interested, a security researcher pursued his man anyway, culminating in a teary eyed "I'm leaving the internet" post from the virus writer himself. Awesome stuff, and one in the eye for the bad guys (for once)."
Power

+ - BP permitted by Indiana to pollute Lake Michigan->

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An anonymous reader writes "Indiana regulators exempted BP from state environmental laws to clear the way for a $3.8 billion expansion that will allow the company to refine heavier Canadian crude oil. They justified the move in part by noting the project will create 80 new jobs. ...
The company will now be allowed to dump an average of 1,584 pounds of ammonia and 4,925 pounds of sludge into Lake Michigan every day."

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Privacy

+ - The Pirate Bay are working on a more secure bittor

Submitted by eZtaR
eZtaR (764650) writes "A recent interview with the main coder of The Pirate Bay, unveils that they are working on a more secure version of the bittorrent protocol (Around 5:10). He states that it will, in fact, be open source. But they want to rely on other people for making the client software, hoping that the major bittorrent-clients will adapt to the new protocol."
The Internet

+ - Is it time to abandon traditional domain names? 2

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jadin
jadin writes "We started with .com .net .org .gov .edu etc which worked as a good way to remember URLs, as well as to a limited degree identify the type of website. Things have since expanded to include countless others. We've more or less abandoned a general identifying system. In addition many of the best website names are registered, not by people making websites, but by people looking to make a future profit. So is there any reason we can't abandon it completely to allow unlimited domain name types? This would provide endless possibilities for unique and interesting domain names. This could encourage a lot more creativity in thinking up the perfect domain name. While unlimited domains won't eliminate squatters, it would definitely open up a lot more opportunities to people actually producing websites, and make it a lot harder to monopolize .coms etc. Some random examples: http://micro.soft/ http://google.search/ http://campbells.soup/ http://slashdot.dot/ Is there any reason why this wouldn't work? Technical or otherwise?"
Programming

+ - AjaxLife, Second Life-via-Web hack, goes BSD->

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wjamesau
wjamesau writes "Last week, a 15 year old British girl named Katharine Berry created AjaxLife, a groundbreaking hack that lets you access some functions of Second Life via the Web. (This is possible because Linden Lab open sourced their client viewer in January.) This week, she's released the source code under a limited BSD license. Up to now, accessing SL requires a separate client download and a powerful graphics card; now, things are likely to get very interesting very fast."
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