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Space

Stellar Trio Could Put Einstein's Theory of Gravity To the Test 106

Posted by samzenpus
from the there's-a-first-time-for-everything dept.
sciencehabit writes "In a cosmic coup, astronomers have found a celestial beacon known as a pulsar in orbit with not one, but two other stars. The first-of-its-kind trio could soon be used to put Einstein's theory of gravity, or general relativity, to an unprecedented test. 'It's a wonderful laboratory that nature has given us,' says Paulo Freire, a radio astronomer at the Max Planck Institute for Radio Astronomy in Bonn, Germany, who was not involved in the work. 'It's almost made to order.'"
Earth

Ancient Pompeii Diet Consisted of Giraffe and Other "Exotic'" Delicacies 172

Posted by samzenpus
from the crunchy-frog dept.
Philip Ross writes "New research into Pompeiians' daily lives is broadening our understanding of this ancient Roman culture, particularly their eating habits, before Mt. Vesuvius brought it all crumbling down nearly 2,000 years ago. Over the past decade, archaeologists excavating a row of building plots discovered remnants of food that would have been widely available and inexpensive in ancient Italy, like grains, fruits, olives, lentils, local fish, nuts and chicken eggs. They also uncovered evidence that Pompeiians enjoyed a variety of exotic foods, some of which would have been imported from outside Italy, including sea urchins, flamingos and even the butchered leg joint of a giraffe."
Databases

Security Fix Leads To PostgreSQL Lock Down 100

Posted by samzenpus
from the shut-it-down dept.
hypnosec writes "The developers of the PostgreSQL have announced that they are locking down access to the PostgreSQL repositories to only committers while a fix for a "sufficiently bad" security issue applied. The lock down is temporary and will be lifted once the next release is available. The core committee has announced that they 'apologize in advance for any disruption' adding that 'It seems necessary in this instance, however.'"

+ - Google video going away help

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dennis_k85
dennis_k85 writes "I have a situation that others might find themselves in, now that google video is going away. I have several videos of 30 minute shows my late friend and I did for a local cable channel posted on google video. Now that google video is going away I am going to lose access to them. I can’t put them on youtube because youtube has a 15 minute limit, and I really want to keep these in one piece. Is there a way around the youtube limit? Or is there some place else I can post them that does not have this limit? Any suggestions?"
Firefox

+ - Mozilla launches the first stable of Open Web Apps->

Submitted by ap56ty
ap56ty (1950654) writes "Yes another Web Store, Mozilla has already launched the first stable version its Open Web Apps, this is the fist milestone of Mozilla Web Application project for Web Apps that can run on any device and operating system, in which Google Chrome it is also included, and their way of distribution is pretty flexible."
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+ - Stuxnet a PR virus?->

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bstender
bstender writes "Stuxnet has grabbed serious headlines, attaining almost mythical status for its ingenuity and success. But with stories coming out contradicting its success and sophistication, what if the code only needed to be good enough to grab headlines in the ongoing cold war against Iran?


"The Stuxnet Story Is Full of Holes"

The Stuxnet narrative claims that (1) the virus was a brilliant piece of programming; (2) it set back Iran's nuclear program significantly by damaging its centrifuges or the Bushehr reactor; and (3) it was the work of Israel and/or the United States. However, all three points are very much open to a lot of dispute."
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Security

+ - Why crooks won't be doing time for cybercrime->

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "The UK's security minister Baroness Pauline Neville-Jones has said that locking up cybercriminals is not a priority for the UK. Neville-Jones said that law enforcement and security services in the UK were more focused on disrupting cybercriminals operations by turning DDoS and malware on them and shoring up the UK industry's technical defences."
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PC Games (Games)

Gaikai Ramping Up Open Beta 44

Posted by Soulskill
from the you-got-your-internet-in-my-game dept.
Gaikai, the cloud gaming service currently under development, has begun its open beta phase, sending out first 1,000 and then 10,000 invites to players who requested them. Dave Perry said in a blog post that they will continue sending out invites in batches of 10,000 until they pin down any outstanding server issues. His post also includes video of a player streaming Mass Effect 2 to a Linux system. "We are working with lots of publishers / retailers / media sites / electronics makers / telecom companies etc. We have at least 60 deals in the pipe at some stage. (You can imagine how nuts that is to manage.) ... Everyone will be getting invited in batches, and if you are too far from our servers, don't worry — you've actually helped, as you've shown us where we need to install more data centers. (We're effectively reverse-engineering the internet, letting the traffic show us where the best data center position would give access to the most people.)"
Image

The Perfect Way To Slice a Pizza 282

Posted by samzenpus
from the equal-distribution-of-the-pie dept.
iamapizza writes "New Scientist reports on the quest of two math boffins for the perfect way to slice a pizza. It's an interesting and in-depth article; 'The problem that bothered them was this. Suppose the harried waiter cuts the pizza off-center, but with all the edge-to-edge cuts crossing at a single point, and with the same angle between adjacent cuts. The off-center cuts mean the slices will not all be the same size, so if two people take turns to take neighboring slices, will they get equal shares by the time they have gone right round the pizza — and if not, who will get more?' This is useful, of course, if you're familiar with the concept of 'sharing' a pizza."
Graphics

DX11 Tested Against DX9 With Dirt 2 Demo 201

Posted by Soulskill
from the shadows-with-shadows dept.
MojoKid writes "The PC demo for Codemasters' upcoming DirectX 11 racing title, Dirt 2, has just hit the web and is available for download. Dirt 2 is a highly-anticipated racing sim that also happens to feature leading-edge graphic effects. In addition to a DirectX 9 code path, Dirt 2 also utilizes a number of DirectX 11 features, like hardware-tessellated dynamic water, an animated crowd and dynamic cloth effects, in addition to DirectCompute 11-accelerated high-definition ambient occlusion (HADO), full floating-point high dynamic range (HDR) lighting, and full-screen resolution post processing. Performance-wise, DX11 didn't take its toll as much as you'd expect this early on in its adoption cycle." Bit-tech also took a look at the graphical differences, arriving at this conclusion: "You'd need a seriously keen eye and brown paper envelope full of cash from one of the creators of Dirt 2 to notice any real difference between textures in the two versions of DirectX."

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