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Comment Can't say I'm surprised... (Score 3, Informative) 330

Ever since I've installed a host file (http://www.mvps.org/winhelp2002/hosts.htm) to redirect advertisers to my loopback, I haven't had any malware, spyware, or adware issues. I first started using the host file 5 years ago. With that in mind, I can't say I'm really all that surprised that advertisers would be the source of ad/spy/malware...

New Mars Rover Rolls For the First Time 100

wooferhound writes "Like proud parents savoring their baby's very first steps, mission team members gathered in a gallery above a clean room at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory to watch the Mars Curiosity rover roll for the first time. Engineers and technicians wore bunny suits while guiding Curiosity through its first steps, or more precisely, its first roll on the clean room floor. The rover moved forward and backward about 1 meter (3.3 feet). Mars Science Laboratory (aka Curiosity) is scheduled to launch in fall 2011 and land on the Red Planet in August 2012. Curiosity is the largest rover ever sent to Mars. It will carry 10 instruments that will help search an intriguing region of the Red Planet for two things: environments where life might have existed, and the capacity of those environments to preserve evidence of past life."

Given Truth, the Misinformed Believe Lies More 961

SharpFang writes "In a series of studies in 2005 and 2006, researchers at the University of Michigan found that misinformed people, particularly political partisans, rarely changed their minds when exposed to corrected facts in news stories. In fact, they often became even more strongly set in their beliefs. Facts, they found, were not curing misinformation. Like an underpowered antibiotic, facts could actually make misinformation even stronger."
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JavaScript/HTML 5 Gaming? 201

cjcela writes "Lately I've seen some HTML 5/JavaScript games popping up on the web. Most of them lack sound, and are not polished, but little by little this is changing. As an example, check Galactic Plunder. While it is only a single-level proof of concept, it is one of the first arcade non-Flash games that I've found playable. Do you know of other comparable or better pure JavaScript games?"

Nuclear Power Could See a Revival 415

shmG writes "As the US moves to reduce dependence on oil, the nuclear industry is looking to expand, with new designs making their way through the regulatory process. No less than three new configurations for nuclear power are being considered for licensing by the US Nuclear Regulatory Commission. The first of them could be generating power in Georgia by 2016."

Submission + - Youtube HTML Injection Vulnerability Exploited (google.com)

An anonymous reader writes: Youtube is currently open to an html attack based on using two [style] elements in a row — Youtube currently escapes one such element correctly but two works. It seems to be used currently for font-size adjustment, marquee text etc. but it breaks the comment system so new comments can't be made and the comment breaking the system can't be deleted, and cuts off the page at the breaking comment. An example video, previously featured on Slashdot: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zSgiXGELjbc&feature=related

Submission + - Whooping cough an epidemic in California (ca.gov)

TestedDoughnut writes: Thanks to parents opting out of vaccinations for their children, pertussis, commonly known as whooping cough, is now an epidemic in California.

"As of June 15, California had recorded 910 cases of pertussis, a four-fold increase from the same period last year when 219 cases were recorded. Five infants — all under three months of age — have died from the disease this year. In addition, 600 more possible cases of pertussis are being investigated by local health departments."

Frontline recently examined the "controversy" surrounding vaccinations in their documentary, "The Vaccine War".


Submission + - Home computers equal lower test scores (scienceblog.com) 1

An anonymous reader writes: Politicians and education activists have long sought to eliminate the “digital divide” by guaranteeing universal access to home computers, and in some cases to high-speed Internet service. But a Duke University study finds these efforts would actually widen the achievement gap in math and reading scores. Students in grades five through eight, particularly those from disadvantaged families, tend to post lower scores once these technologies arrive in their home.

Submission + - Google introduces Google Command Line Tool (blogspot.com)

Lomegor writes: "Ever wanted to upload a folder full of photos to Picasa from a command prompt?" Google introduced today a new project, Google CL, that lets you do that and much more. It's a new command line tool for linux that acts as an interface with Google services; you can upload videos to youtube or maybe post a new blogpost in blogger in just one line.

Submission + - Firefox Privacy Add On Acts More Like Trojan (mozilla.org)

An anonymous reader writes: What happens when a trusted Firefox add on is bought out and the next update is used to sneak the new company's software onto users PC? Theoretically an update, it swaps out the old add on and downloads an entirely new bloated shareware product without warning? That's what happened with Taco, a small lightweight (several K) privacy add on that turned into a multi-megabyte fat client app. Read the reviews...

Submission + - Internet "kill switch" for President proposed

cashman73 writes: Several media outlets, including the Sydney Morning Herald, Fox News, and the Daily Mail, report today that Senator Joe Lieberman (I-CT) has introduced legislation giving power to the President to shut down the Internet using a "kill switch" in times of "national emergency". The bill also describes the global internet as a US "national asset".

Submission + - Google Street View Wi-Fi Data Includes Passwords (infoworld.com)

snydeq writes: "The French National Commission on Computing and Liberty has found passwords and email messages among the Street View Wi-Fi data Google intercepted, InfoWorld reports. The data protection authority has been investigating Google's recording of traffic carried over unencrypted Wi-Fi networks. Google has said it collected only 'fragments' of personal Web traffic as it passed by because its Wi-Fi equipment automatically changes channels five times a second. With Wi-Fi networks operating at up to 54Mbps, however, those 'fragments' may have been more than just that. 'We can already state that [...] Google did indeed record email access passwords [and] extracts of the content of email messages," CNIL said."

Thus spake the master programmer: "Time for you to leave." -- Geoffrey James, "The Tao of Programming"