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The Internet

+ - Study Shows - Dumb People Use IE->

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Sfing_ter
Sfing_ter writes "FTA:
"Across the board, the average IQ scores presented for users of Internet Explorer versions 6 through 9 were all lower than the IQ scores recorded for Firefox, Chrome, Safari, Camino, and Opera users. Humorously enough, those using Internet Explorer with the Chrome frame built-in actually ranked third in IQ scores among this browser list. Opera users reported the highest average IQ score – hovering around the 120 to 130 range, which is a bit higher than the WAIS test's population mean of 100 (and standard deviation of 15). "

These findings go along with my own study..."

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Networking

+ - NYT Says M$ is working on new internet "softwa->

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Sfing_ter writes "The Story in the link... is about "PC's fighting back" but the person who is the subject of the first page — (fta) "oversees the Windows division's adoption of new Internet connectivity software called IPv6". For something that has been around 10yrs — not including the RFC creation stage — how is this "NEW"? It is this kind of "slipping-in" of incorrect information that the public reads that makes the IT job more difficult. Individuals get the subliminal idea that this was "created" by M$ — and the dangerous ones want to know when they can download this fantastic new software... or sigh, why it won't work on THEIR computer."
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Robotics

+ - Flesh Eating Robot

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Sfing_ter writes "The Energetically Autonomous Tactical Robot (EATR) being developed with U.S. military funding. (FTA) It can "find, ingest, and extract energy from biomass." Apparently designed to show the ability to "perform long-range, long-endurance missions without the need for manual or conventional re-fueling". The robot will eat leaves, grass, twigs,carcasses. It is a self-powered street or... battlefield sweeper. Over at Fox News, the original report was "scary" so they revised it. Very cool tech to begin with, but the possibilities... Now THIS is how Skynet begins..."
Software

+ - MS anounces Anti-Piracy Day - ARRRRGH!->

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Sfing_ter writes "Microsoft has decide to declare a Global Anti-Piracy Day — a piracy abatement program using "education initiatives" and "enforcement actions" in hopes to stem the tide of the $50billion dollars the BSA says software companies lost last year... ahem. No date was given ITA but if you follow the MS link ITA you get that it is today (Oct. 21st), I guess that is part of the "Education" initiative they are putting forward. Read — Gag — Don eye patch and Arrrr away."
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Communications

+ - Verizon Wireless outage in Northern California

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Sfing_ter
Sfing_ter writes "Verizon Wireless has been down on the Northern California coast since around 1:30pm PST (from San Francisco to King City) Have not seen or heard anything except I did finally get through to them (i use verizon), and they have no ETA on the network coming back up. Landline to voicemail is blocked by everyone attempting to check their messages. The Good thing is — I haven't had a call from any of my customers since then, but the Bad thing though is I HAVEN'T HAD A CALL FROM ANY OF MY CUSTOMERS SINCE THEN. No one seems to know anything, anybody out there in /.ia know of anything?"
Software

+ - Germany Bans "Hacking Tools"->

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Sfing_ter writes "This may be a bit late but German lawmakers have decided to ban "hacking tools", fta:

http://www.theregister.co.uk/2007/05/30/garmany_an ti-hacking_law/

"Updates to Germany's computer crime laws banning so-called 'hacking tools' have been criticised as ill-considered and counterproductive.

The revamp to the German criminal code is designed to tighten definitions, making denial of service attacks and attempts to sniff data on third-party wireless networks, for example, clearly criminal. Attacks would be punishable by a fine and up to 10 years imprisonment."

Sysadmins will be hard pressed to not break the law inadvertently. How long before our sena-tards and congre-tards in the US try something like this? Would Ted Stevens allow a pipe-wrench to be used on the tubes?

When Hacking Tools are banned only hackers will have Hacking Tools.... :)"

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