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Submission + - Webstandards release the Acid3 browser test ( 2

Spy der Mann writes: "The Web Standards project have released the Acid3 test. Acid3 goes way beyond CSS, and includes one or more of the following: DOM2, ECMAScript, HTML4, HTTP, media queries, selectors, XHTML 1.0, CSS2, CSS2.1, CSS3, data: URIs, and SVG, to name a few. Further information can be found in the press release. And for the curious, here's the acid3 test page."

Submission + - Plastic-degrading bacteria discovered in Mexico (

Spy der Mann writes: "A bacteria capable of degrading polyurethane, was just discovered in the sewage waters of Mexico City. It's Alicycliphilus bacteria, unicellular organism with a mechanism not yet clarified degrades the polyurethane, perhaps the most commonly used plastic for half a century. Thanks to a team of scientists from the Faculty of Chemistry of the UNAM, the bacterium went to university laboratories to open a new horizon for research, which in a few years might find a solution to transform polyurethane, which is manufactured from oil and does not degrade when it is discarded. (Original spanish text)"

Submission + - Violent media makes you violent: Neural Study (

Spy der Mann writes: "Although research has shown some correlation between exposure to media violence and real-life violent behavior, there has been little direct neuroscientific support for this theory... until now. Researchers at Columbia University Medical Center's Functional Magnetic Resonance Imaging (fMRI) Research Center have shown that watching violent programs can cause parts of your brain that suppress aggressive behaviors to become less active. The study did not show if this was also true with videogames, however."

Submission + - BitTorrent to be optimized with Nobel-prize theory (

Spy der Mann writes: "Last week the Nobel Prize in Economics was awarded to Hurwicz, Maskin and Myerson for laying the foundations of the mechanism design theory. Interestingly, a practical implementation of this theory is being worked on by P2P researchers. They believe that the principles from the mechanism design theory can be used to motivate people to share. "We are working on a mechanism design based solution for all 9 elementary actions in P2P by using a distributed reputation system and mechanism that does not degrade to a single shot prisoners dilemma, such as BitTorrent tit-fot-tat"."

Submission + - Secure chat+file transfer software for Winxp?

Tinfoil Hat paranoid writes: Recently I've found the need to establish encrypted chat and file transfer with people over the country. Since we're dealing with very sensitive data (there are corporate interests involved), we need the connection to be as secure as possible — if can be anonymous (hiding our IP addresses), even better, but it's not mandatory. What Windows software do you recommend? We need something *VERY EASY* to install/configure (think 1-click), that also allows us to resume interrupted file transfers. I wouldn't mind paying a few bucks, but generally I don't trust closed source products. What secure chat/file transfer products have you used, and what are the pros/cons of each?

Submission + - Frontman to file-sharers: Steal Our Album (

Spy der Mann writes: "First it was NiN. Then Radiohead. Now, another band, Throwdown, joins the RIAA-boycott by asking their fans to steal their album and help bury the label. "I encourage our fans to acquire our album however they please. The philosophy I've adopted is that if you're supporting disc sales, you're keeping the old model around longer...the one that forces dudes like me to tour 9 mos/year if they want to make ends meet with a career in music.""
GNU is Not Unix

Submission + - The trouble with artwork and the GPL (

Spy der Mann writes: "Selecting the right license for your artwork (like graphics, music and even text) to coexist with free software is no trivial task. Creative Commons (CC) licenses and the GPL each have their advantages, but unfortunately, they are mutually incompatible. While CC and the FSF are working on the problem, what can you do in the meantime? gives us a detailed explanation and a workaround."

Submission + - Velociraptor had feathers (

Spy der Mann writes: "A new look at some old bones have shown that velociraptor, the dinosaur made famous in the movie Jurassic Park, had feathers. A paper describing the discovery, made by paleontologists at the American Museum of Natural History and the Field Museum of Natural History, appears in the Sept. 21 issue of the journal Science."

Submission + - Beijing Police Launch Virtual Web Patrol (

Spy der Mann writes: "On Tuesday Aug. 28, 2007, the Beijing Public Security Bureau said a "virtual police" will soon begin patrolling the web using animated beat cops that pop up on a user's browser and walk, bike or drive across the screen warning them to stay away from illegal Internet content. The cartoon alerts will appear every half hour on 13 of China's top portals, starting Sept. 1."

"Don't worry about people stealing your ideas. If your ideas are any good, you'll have to ram them down people's throats." -- Howard Aiken