ancientribe writes: In an undercover mission to learn more about the size and scope of the son of the infamous Storm botnet--Waledac--German researchers have discovered the spamming botnet is much bigger and more efficient than previously thought. The team from the University of Mannheim and University of Vienna team boldly infiltrated the Waledac botnet from Aug. 6 through Sept. 1 of last year using a cloned Waledac bot they built. They collected detailed data on the botnet and its inner workings: turns out it runs a minimum of 55,000 bots a day, with a total of 390,000 bots — much larger than previous estimates of 20,000 or so bots.
ianare writes: It is safe to bet that a flying motorcycle will never be a practical transportation option, but that has not stopped Samson Motorworks, a small engineering firm in northern California's Sierra Nevada foothills, from playing the long odds. The company is building a prototype of its Switchblade Multi Mode Vehicle, or flying motorcycle, and hopes to sell a $60,000 do-it-yourself kit as early as 2011 (engine and avionics are sold separately). The Switchblade might even have "green" appeal. The engines suitable for the craft all use ordinary unleaded gas and meet California emissions standards, which are stricter than those issued by the U.S.
from the sixty-dollar-yearly-fee dept.
Spacezilla writes "EA is dropping the bomb on a number of their video game servers, shutting down the online fun for many of their Xbox 360, PC and PlayStation 3 games. Not only is the inclusion of PS3 and Xbox 360 titles odd, the date the games were released is even more surprising. Yes, Madden 07 and 08 are included in the shutdown... but Madden 09 on all consoles as well?"
"Why does the US have this fetish with keeping the government out of their private lives, yet allow corporations free reign to use, misuse, misplace and basically be asses with the same information?"
Because corporations cannot use (misuse) said information to jail people.