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Submission + - Banks Faulted for Fake Antivirus Scourge (

krebsonsecurity writes: "Merchant banks that process credit card payments for fake antivirus or "scareware" exhibit a distinctive pattern of card processing that could be used by Visa and MasterCard to weed out the rogue processors, according to a new study by the University of California, Santa Barbara. From the study: "The UCSB team found that the fake AV operations sought to maximize profits by altering their refunds according to the chargebacks reported against them, and by refunding just enough to remain below a payment processor’s chargeback limits. Whenever the rate of chargebacks increased, the miscreants would begin issuing more refunds. When the rate of chargebacks subsided, the miscreants would again withhold refunds." The study also highlights how few customers ever request a refund, and how affiliates pushing this junk software made more than $133 million."

Submission + - Nuclear engineers: Don't tell the truth (

mdsolar writes: "Walter Tamosaitis, once a top engineer in the nation's nuclear weapons cleanup program, has been relegated to a basement storage room equipped with cardboard-box and plywood furniture with nothing to do for the last year.

Tamosaitis' bosses sent him there when he persisted in raising concerns about risks at the Energy Department's project to deal with millions of gallons of radioactive waste near Hanford, Wash., including the potential for hydrogen gas explosions.

"Walt is killing us," said Frank Russo, Bechtel Corp.'s top manager at the project, in an email to Tamosaitis' boss urging that the engineer be brought under control.

Now, an independent government watchdog agency, the Defense Nuclear Facilities Safety Board, has backed up Tamosaitis and issued a rebuke to Energy Secretary Steven Chu, concluding that the safety culture at the $12.3-billion project is "flawed" and that significant risks exist in the plant's design."


Submission + - HTC Buys Graphics Veteran S3 To Block Apple? (

siliconbits writes: Taiwanese smartphone manufacturer HTC has announced that it is buying VIA's stake in S3 Graphics which the press release says is "a leading provider of innovative graphics visualization technologies used in PCs, game consoles and mobile devices".
Obviously those in the tech trade for long enough will remember that S3 used to manufacture graphic chipsets towards the end of the last century before being purchased by VIA in 2001 after S3 filed for bankruptcy. The acquisition comes only a few days after Apple was found guilty of infringing two patents owned by S3 Graphics which covered IP found in SoC used in iOS Devices (iPhone, iPad, iPod Touch, Apple TV)

Submission + - CERN, LHC sets new luminosity world record (

An anonymous reader writes: Since last night, the Large Hadron Collider is officially the most powerful accelerator in the world. While the record energy level has been reached last year, the new luminosity level, surpassing Fermilabs achievements, happened recently. “Higher intensity means more data, and more data means greater discovery potential.”, as CERN Director General Rolf Heuer says.

Submission + - Selling Pixels - History Of Virtual Economies (

StormDriver writes: "Today, virtual economies are much larger than those of many countries. In 2010 people worldwide spent $7 billion real dollars buying pixels of various shapes and sizes. That’s more than GDP of Mongolia, Malta or Haiti. And some of those pixels are really expensive. The highest amount paid for a virtual item is currently $635,000 dollars – that’s how much an anonymous person paid for the virtual night club on a virtual planet in massively multiplayer Entropia Universe game. I wonder if he got some virtual booze and virtual strippers to sweeten the deal?"

Submission + - Wireless audio distribution leverages DECT technol (

Elektor_India writes: "Cambridge Consultants have developed a new wireless audio distribution system for hearing assistance or simultaneous translation in auditoria and conference centres. Dubbed Salix, the system uses a Digital Enhanced Cordless Telecommunication (DECT) platform to eliminate the high installation and configuration costs of current infrared systems, delivering high quality stereo audio at a fraction of the installed cost of an infrared system."

Submission + - Final Report: Pan-European Cyber Security Exercise (

Orome1 writes: The EU's cyber security agency, ENISA, has issued its final report on the first Pan-European cyber security exercise for public bodies, Cyber Europe 2010. The exercise was conducted on the 4th of November, 2010. Its objective was to trigger communication and collaboration between countries in the event of large-scale cyber-attacks. Over 70 experts from the participating public bodies worked together to counter over 300 simulated hacking attacks aimed at paralyzing the Internet and critical online services across Europe. During the exercise, a simulated loss of Internet connectivity between the countries took place, requiring cross-border cooperation to avoid a (simulated) total network crash.
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Submission + - Difficulties buying a computer without Windows 1

doperative writes: My choice is Debian GNU/Linux, explains FFII Vice president René Mages. Why have I been compelled to pay and erase Windows 7 at purchase time?

The European Commission admits it was aware of the difficulties encountered by consumers who want to purchase a PC with a non-Microsoft operating system or without any operating system at all. But they also say they lack evidence suggesting that this is the result of practices in violation of EU competition rules.

We want to crowd source the collection of evidence, says AFUL's President Laurent Séguin. If the EU finds anticompetitive agreements that foreclose competition or abuse a dominant position on the relevant market, that would be a magic bullet.

Submission + - T Pyxidis Outburst - Animation (

An anonymous reader writes: The recurrent nova T Pyxidis has been discovered in outburst. his is the first outburst of T Pyx since December 7, 1966 (discovered then by Albert Jones), nearly 45 years, when it reached visual magnitude 6.5 from fainter than 15th magnitude; it was brighter than magnitude 8 for two months. Previous outbursts occurred in 1890, 1902, 1920, and 1944. There are only ten known galactic recurrent novae.

Submission + - Turning windows into powerplants (

An anonymous reader writes: New technology from MIT could enable a building’s windows to generate power, without blocking the view.

Submission + - Google's Aggressive Hiring Spooks Investors 1

Hugh Pickens writes writes: "Michael Liedtke reports in BusinessWeek that since Larry Page has taken over as Google CEO his aggressive hiring and higher costs have spooked investors who are already nervous about a new CEO who disdains Wall Street's focus on short-term results. Google has committed to hiring at least 6,200 workers this year, the most in its 13-year history and got the ball rolling quickly in the first quarter by adding more than 1,900 people, a pace that would translate to more than 7,600 for the year. Page has indicated he plans to keep investing in opportunities that may take years to pay off, even if that holds back results in the near term. "I'm very excited about Google and our momentum, and I'm very, very optimistic about our future," says Page. More than half of the new staff is working on products and services to supplement the search advertising network that makes most of Google's money. The new growth opportunities include video ads on Google's YouTube site, ads on smartphones, and more banner advertising. Meanwhile Google's chief financial officer Patrick Pichette assured analysts he is monitoring the spending to ensure there will be an eventual payoff. "I can guarantee you that everyone who has a cost center has to demonstrate productivity.""

Submission + - Guardian goes experimental with Scala and NoSQL ( 1

mikejuk writes: The developer team at online news site is making another interesting decision to use emerging technology for its site — and its choice is Scala and a noSQL database. These are risky in the sense that they are untried on such a scale. Are these guys just trying to make themselves unsackable or are they doing the right-thing?

Submission + - Servers Breached at Fortune 100 Company (

Orome1 writes: The Connecticut-based Hartford Financial Services Group — a Fortune 100 company and one of the largest investment and insurance companies in the US — has suffered a breach that resulted in password-stealing Trojans being installed on a number of the company's servers. A number of servers were compromised, including the Citrix servers which the employees use to access the company systems from a remote location.

Submission + - Advice on software for running a small library

yahyamf writes: "I've been asked to help setup software for managing a small library at a non-profit school in the middle-east for under-privileged children. The library has about 5000 books and will be run mostly by student workers. The requirements are low cost, ease of use and maintenance, and support for Arabic and English. Barcode printing and scanning capabilities would be great as well. I've looked briefly at koha, but is there anything else out there (both hardware and software) slashdotters can recommend?"

Submission + - Microscope controlled by giant multitouch display (

Zothecula writes: Researchers at the Institute for Molecular Medicine Finland (FIMM) have collaborated with Finnish company Multitouch Ltd to create a giant touch and gesture controlled microscope. The Multitouch microscope uses a combination of web based microscopy and a 46-inch multitouch display to create what researcher Dr Johan Lundin calls "an iPad on steroids." A useful tool for interactive teaching and learning, the microscope allows users to zoom in or out with a two handed stretch or pinch gesture – all the way down to 1000x magnification.

I've got a bad feeling about this.