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+ - Demonoid Domains Taken Down, Up For Sale->

Submitted by Token_Internet_Girl
Token_Internet_Girl (1131287) writes ""While it’s undoubtedly been a turbulent couple of weeks for Demonoid, its loyal users still had hope that one day the site might return. However, today the chances of that happening appear to have been cut from an optimistic 50/50 to much, much less. All key Demonoid domains are now up for sale to the highest bidder, signaling what could be the start of the end of an era""
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Science

+ - Researchers Develop Algorithm to Trace Source of Computer Virus, Epidemics, More->

Submitted by hypnosec
hypnosec (2231454) writes "Want to trace the source of virus that has infected your computer? Researchers at a Federal Institute of Technology in Lausanne (EPFL), Switzerland have the answer. The scientists have devised software capable of tracing computer viruses back to their source. Beyond computer viruses, the software can also trace terror suspects, rumor-mongering and even infectious diseases back to their source. Pedro Pinto, one of the researchers, explained that the algorithm works by going through information in a reverse direction back to the original source. He said, “Using our method, we can find the source of all kinds of things circulating in a network just by 'listening' to a limited number of members of that network.” The team tested their software on a known data maze to check if their research actually pinpoints the individuals behind the 9/11 attacks and they were able to pin-point three suspects, out of which one was the master mind behind the attacks."
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+ - Secret Software on Millions of Phones Logging Ever->

Submitted by Token_Internet_Girl
Token_Internet_Girl (1131287) writes "Last week, Wired featured this story mentioning Carrier IQ, a software program present on millions of Android, Nokia and Blackberry phones logging their user's activities. Now it seems Android Developed Trevor Eckhart has released a video confirming what was suspect about the software in the first place: That a complete record of all activities on the phone are being monitored and sent to Carrier IQ servers, without user consent."
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Wireless Networking

Survey Says Most iPhone Users Love AT&T 490

Posted by kdawson
from the hoi-and-the-polloi dept.
Hugh Pickens writes "In a report sure to raise eyebrows, CNN Money claims that despite a very vocal group of detractors, the vast majority of iPhone users love AT&T. A survey released this week by Yankee Group reports that 73% of iPhone owners scored their satisfaction with the carrier as an 8, 9, or 10 on a 10-point scale. The results seem surprising, given the pounding AT&T has taken in the media and on the blogosphere about its service-related issues with the iPhone and AT&T's recent iPad-related security glitch. For its part, AT&T says its network really isn't as bad as many people think. 'There's a gap between what people hear about us and what their experience is with us. We think that gap is beginning to close,' says Mark Siegel, an AT&T spokesman. 'It doesn't mean we're perfect; we still have work to do. But that's no surprise to us, because we have a great network.'" Buried in the penultimate paragraph is the somewhat alarming note that "77% of iPhone owners say they'll buy another iPhone, compared to 20% of Android customers who say they'll buy another Android phone."
PC Games (Games)

BioWare's Star Wars MMO To Have Space Combat 122

Posted by Soulskill
from the just-in-case-they-weren't-busy-enough dept.
An anonymous reader writes "Big news for Star Wars fans looking forward to BioWare's upcoming Star Wars: The Old Republic MMORPG — space combat has been confirmed for the game. Players will be able to fly around the galaxy in their own personal starships, avoiding asteroid belts, landing in dangerous territory and battling other vessels. The initial news makes it sound like a cross between Mass Effect's galaxy map and a traditional space fighting game, where players will have to find 'hotspots' on the galaxy map in order to enter a particular zone."
Earth

The Search For the Mount Everest of Caves 233

Posted by kdawson
from the drop-a-rock-and-it-goes-spee-lunk dept.
NoMeansYes writes "An interview with James Tabor, author of the new best-selling book Blind Descent, introduces a pair of accomplished scientists — American Bill Stone and Ukranian geologist Alexander Klimchouk — who are the two most prominent figures in extreme caving. Both have figured prominently in the ongoing quest to discover the deepest cave on earth. Tabor describes what conditions are like inside supercaves like Cheve (-4,869 feet) and Krubera (-7,188 feet), before discussing Stone and his far-reaching technological innovations. These include the Posideon Discovery Rebreather and NASA's ENDURANCE. Extreme caving probably won't remain underground (so to speak) much longer, however. The article notes that James Cameron is planning to release a 3D film next year about extreme cave divers."
Medicine

Child Receives Trachea Grown From Own Stem Cells 103

Posted by samzenpus
from the just-add-oxygen dept.
kkleiner writes "Doctors at the Great Ormond Street Hospital (GOSH) along with colleagues at the University College London, the Royal Free Hospital, and Careggi University Hospital in Florence have successfully transplanted a trachea into a 10 year old boy using his own stem cells. A donor trachea was taken, stripped of its cells into a collagen-like scaffold, and then infused with the boy's stem cells. The trachea was surgically placed into the boy and allowed to develop in place. Because his own cells were used, there was little to no risk of rejection. This was the first time a child had received such a stem cell augmented transplant and the first time that a complete trachea had been used."

Comment: Then again (Score 1, Informative) 248

by Token_Internet_Girl (#31604770) Attached to: Best Buy Offers Bogus "3D Sync" Service

I can understand why most of you think this could be FUD, but here's my argument against that position:

If a company propositions a service, not just any service but an EXPENSIVE one, what legitimacy is there in advertising a feature of that service that the tech doesn't even do and isn't required for them TO do?

Now, in the response, Best buy stated this in relation to the 3D aspect: "3. Make sure your 3D glasses work - some solutions we sell need TV settings adjusted so that 3D glasses are enabled - there are both 3D and non 3D settings for viewing." Making sure the glasses work and syncing them are TWO different exercises. To me, I see an overzealous advertising agent who saw an opportunity to throw out some buzzwords for sales. I don't buy the stupidity excuse, Best Buy knowingly takes advantage of its customers and has done so for years. Just my two cents.

+ - Best Buy Offers Bogus 3D Sync Service->

Submitted by Token_Internet_Girl
Token_Internet_Girl (1131287) writes ""Fewer than two weeks after Best Buy offered the first Full 3D HDTVs for sale in the US, its latest Sunday circular (3/21/10) promotes a Samsung 3D TV deal consisting of a 55 3D TV, 3D capable Blu-ray player, 2 pairs of glasses, a Blu-ray movie and Geek Squad delivery and installation. The ad states the service includes TV and Blu-ray player set-up, connection to your wireless network and 'sync your 3D glasses for an amazing experience'. The package price lists the geek½Â services as a $150 value. The offer’s only problem is that there is no such thing as syncing 3D glasses. They sync automatically." You can read more about this story here, and Best Buy Corporate response to this hilarity here."
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Comment: I think (Score 1) 578

by Token_Internet_Girl (#31291800) Attached to: What Is Time? One Researcher Shares His Exploration
We spend too much time on the subject of time. How can we really ever know the true nature of time if we are limited by our perception of it as human beings? All we can see is the Entropic version of time this guy discussed; things are in state one, the state changes with chemical reactions and energy release, then they are in an irreversible state. Time is a byproduct of this basic law of Thermodynamics. Personally I'm of the mind that the true nature of the universe eludes it because there are forces or concepts we are yet incapable of perceiving. But I'm only a novice in Physics, I could be wrong.
Crime

Criminals Hide Payment-Card Skimmers In Gas Pumps 332

Posted by kdawson
from the swipe-and-get-swiped dept.
tugfoigel writes "A wave of recent bank-card skimming incidents demonstrate how sophisticated the scam has become. Criminals hid bank card-skimming devices inside gas pumps — in at least one case, even completely replacing the front panel of a pump — in a recent wave of attacks that demonstrate a more sophisticated, insidious method of stealing money from unsuspecting victims filling up their gas tanks. Some 180 gas stations in Utah, from Salt Lake City to Provo, were reportedly found with these skimming devices sitting inside the gas pumps. The scam was first discovered when a California bank's fraud department discovered that multiple bank card victims reporting problems had all used the same gas pump at a 7-Eleven store in Utah."
Math

Man Uses Drake Equation To Explain Girlfriend Woes 538

Posted by samzenpus
from the less-math-more-social-science dept.
artemis67 writes "A man studying in London has taken a mathematical equation that predicts the possibility of alien life in the universe to explain why he can't find a girlfriend. Peter Backus, a native of Seattle and PhD candidate and Teaching Fellow in the Department of Economics at the University of Warwick, near London, in his paper, 'Why I don't have a girlfriend: An application of the Drake Equation to love in the UK,' used math to estimate the number of potential girlfriends in the UK. In describing the paper on the university Web site he wrote 'the results are not encouraging. The probability of finding love in the UK is only about 100 times better than the probability of finding intelligent life in our galaxy.'"

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