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Math

Submission + - Gaussian poll

An anonymous reader writes: Hi I suggest a poll: Q: Please do a Gaussian curve (mean=0, variance=1) Possible answers : -3 -2 -1 0 +1 +2 +3 I think the results could be interesting.
Security

Submission + - The Pirate Bay hacked, passwords stolen

thefickler writes: Registered members of The Pirate Bay, Internet site that claims to be "the world's largest BitTorrent tracker," will certainly wake up to a surprise this morning to read that their usernames and passwords were stolen by a group of hackers, according to TECH.BLORGE.com.

Ironically, the security hole that allowed the hackers to obtain access was not through the tracker itself, but through The Pirate Bay's official blog.

"Some people (and yes, we know who) found a security hole on our web site (in fact, actually in this blog)," said BKP on The Pirate Bay blog. "They have got a copy of the user database. That is, your username and passwords."
The Courts

Submission + - New Obviousness Standard Destroying Bad Patents

Stop Software Patents writes: "We finally have the first case citing the new standard of obviousness the Supreme Court created for patents via KSR v. Teleflex. In Leapfrog v. Fisher-Price, the Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit found that, although the specific combination of existing toy features Leapfrog patented had not been patented before, the combination did nothing that would not have been anticipated by someone skilled in the art of toymaking. The article goes on to say that this may indicate that many obvious internet patents, which closely mirror existing offline business practices, will soon become deservedly worthless."
The Internet

Submission + - Are Flash Websites Dying?

An anonymous reader writes: This controversial article which has caused quite a stir in the design world discusses three compelling reasons why complete Flash websites are dying, being replaced by AJAX and PHP platforms. The article also talks about how Flash is now used more for elements on site, instead of for the backbone of the site itself. From the article "People in the design world eat Flash sites up, because from a design aspect it can produce incredible results. With that said however, from a technical and business perspective, if a website is built with Flash incorrectly it can be a nightmare, and ultimately lead to the downfall of a site. As we all know, form follows function." Read More Here
The Media

Submission + - The Next Frontier in Outsourcing

GuyMannDude writes: Outsourcing first claimed manufacturing jobs, then hit services such as technical support, airline reservations and tax preparation. Now comes the next frontier: local journalism. A news site has posted a job listing that reads "We seek a newspaper journalist based in India to report on the city government and political scene of Pasadena, California, USA." The editor and publisher of the two-year-old Web site pasadenanow.com acknowledges that the advertisement — which appears in the Indian version of craiglist — is unusual but believes it "could be a significant way to increase the quality of journalism on the local level without the expense that is a major problem for local publications." As one might expect, the plan has plenty of detractors, including journalism professors.
Worms

Submission + - badware

quixote9 writes: "(Similar to my last submitted story, but this time via the BBC.) More and more, badware doesn't need any action on the user's part, as it did in the days of email attachments. Recently, even ISP servers are infected, then infect all hosted pages, and spread to anyone who visits those pages. Via the BBC:

The rise of web 2.0 and user-generated content gave criminals other channels, or vectors, of attack, it found. For example, postings in blogs and forums that contain links to images or other content could unwittingly infect a user. The study also found that gangs were able to hijack web servers, effectively taking over and infecting all of the web pages hosted on the computer. In a test, the researchers' computer was infected with 50 different pieces of malware by visiting a web page hosted on a hijacked server. The firm [i. e. Google] is now in the process of mapping the malware threat."
Google

Submission + - Google to be our Web anti virus protector ?

cyberianpan writes: For some time we've noticed warning on Google searches that "this site may harm your computer" when Google has tagged the site as containing malware. Now Google is further publicising the level of infection in a paper titled: The Ghost In The Browser. Google are now promising to "identify all web pages on the internet that could be malicious"- Google with its powerful crawling abilities & data centres is best positioned to do this. This is potentially a very useful service but not all URLs we visit are from Google searches, some we still type in, others as links from pages. However could we soon expect a Firefox add in that will filter all http requests through Google ? So then our new overlords will indeed know everything about our web-habits ?
Announcements

Submission + - Firehose malfunctioning?

An anonymous reader writes: I have a feeling all Up and Down votes are being counted as Down votes. There hasnt been any submissions that got above Blue today, and nearly everything i vote up quickly becomes purple.
Operating Systems

Submission + - Pros and cons of starting a career in OS Support

Sri writes: "Hi, I am a Computer Science graduate and I've been recruited by a company for their OS support team. (And no , it's not a company based in Redmond!) The work involves a lot of system side maintenance(bug fixing /code changes etc) in C/Assembly language and also solving customers' problems. What advantages does this kind of work offer over say development/QA? What lessons from this work can I take away if I decide to switch to development on a new platform?"
Intel

Submission + - Why You Should Avoid Core 2 Duo Engineering Sample

Dan writes: Everyone loves Intel ES (Engineering Sample) processors, don't they? They used to be very limited units used within Intel and sent to select (lucky) reviewers. For years, everyone has been chasing for these processors since they used to have their multipliers unlocked. Now, that's an overclocker's wet dream come true! Tech ARP takes a look at the Core 2 Duo engineering samples and shows you why they are not the processors that everyone thinks they are. Should you buy one, or not? Read on and find out.
United States

Submission + - "Libertarians are Terrorists" says Alabama

An anonymous reader writes: In a surprise move, the Alabama Department of Homeland Security (ALDHS) has seen fit to redefine terrorists as those who oppose a strong and dominant government, which includes Libertarians.

The original article at www.homelandsecurity.alabama.gov/tap/anti-gov_grps .htm [404] has been removed but an archived copy can be found at http://web.archive.org/web/20060421160851/www.home landsecurity.alabama.gov/tap/anti-gov_grps.htm .

A disturbing sign of things to come or a hilarious display of government incompetence? Only time will tell.
Music

Submission + - Ubuntu Studio Released!

joshsherman writes: The Ubuntu Studio team is proud to announce its first release: 7.04 for Intel i386-compatible processors. We provide a suite of the best open-source applications available for multimedia creation. Completely free to use, modify and redistribute. Your only limitation is your imagination.

"Who cares if it doesn't do anything? It was made with our new Triple-Iso-Bifurcated-Krypton-Gate-MOS process ..."

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