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+ - Tatooine's Double-Sunset a Common Site

Submitted by anthemaniac
anthemaniac (989824) writes "Thirty years ago, Luke Skywalker saw what scientists are just now realizing, that double sunsets are likely common in the universe. Astronomers have long known that binary star systems are common. And models suggested that planets could form in these systems, even though there's a double-tug of gravity on the material that would have to form a planet. Observations from NASA's Spitzer telescope, show that binary systems are just as likely to be surrounded by planet-forming debris disks are are lone stars."
Space

+ - Hexagon shape at Saturn pole

Submitted by kiick
kiick (102190) writes "Cassini images of Saturn's north pole reveal a strange hexagon shape. Apparently it's stable, and has been there since the Voyager missions. An Article from JPL has images and movies of the phenomenon. They don't know what causes it.

I think it's Monoliths."
It's funny.  Laugh.

+ - Apple iBook gets hacked by a pussy cat

Submitted by VJ42
VJ42 (860241) writes "An Apple iBook owner suspected his cat had hacked into his password-protected notebook. It turned out he was right — the system was missing a very old security patch, which meant his cat, which liked sleeping on his keyboard, managed to automatically bypass the computer's security.

Fortunately now he's patched his system the cat can only turn on the Caps Lock light; just goes to show, even Mac users should remember to update."
Microsoft

+ - Can a Rootkit Be Certified for Vista?

Submitted by
winetoo
winetoo writes "Forget what Microsoft says about Vista being the most secure version of Windows yet. More to the point, what do the hackers think of it? In a nutshell, they think it's an improvement, but at the end of the day, it's just like everything else they dissect — that is, breakable. "Not all bugs are being detected by Vista," pointed out famed hacker H.D. Moore. "Look at how a hacker gets access to the driver: Right now I'm working on Microsoft's automated process to get Metasploit-certified. It [only] costs $500." Moore is the founder of the Metasploit Project and a core developer of the Metasploit Framework — the leading open-source exploit development platform — and is also director of security research at BreakingPoint Systems. The irony of his statement lies in the idea that Vista trusts Microsoft-certified programs — programs that can include a hacker exploit platform that walks through the front door for a mere $500 and a conveyor-belt approval process.

Full details at source."
Patents

+ - PTO Rejects Instant Live Patent

Submitted by
Jivecat
Jivecat writes "The U.S. Patent Office has issued a notice to cancel a patent held by Live Nation that allowed that company to monopolize live in-concert recordings, recorded directly from the sound board and quickly burned on CD so that audience members can buy copies of the show as they are leaving the venue. The patent concerned a technology to add start and end cues to a live performance so the resulting CD would not contain a single, massive track. The EFF and patent attorneys found prior work of an equivalent technology. This is good news for those who consider Live Nation to be the Evil Empire when it comes to concert promotion."
User Journal

Journal: Slashdotters need Help with Story Submissions 7

Journal by drinkypoo

While I am perhaps not the best person to talk about this as I've only had one submission accepted, my recent time spent with the Firehose has demonstrated to me that most people have a hard time crafting an acceptable story submission, in spite of the numerous examples on the front page. The following is just a list of hints and tips that might help someone assemble a story submission that makes sense.

This process can check if this value is zero, and if it is, it does something child-like. -- Forbes Burkowski, CS 454, University of Washington

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