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+ - History Sniffing in the Wild->

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "Kashmir Hill at Forbes documents a recent study by UCSD researchers showing that "history sniffing" is being actively used by mainstream ad networks like Interclick as well as popular porn sites like YouPorn in order to track what other sites you visit. The vulnerability has been known for almost a decade, but this paper documents hundreds of commercial sites exploiting it today."
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The Almighty Buck

+ - SPAM: Can Money Buy Happiness?

Submitted by threejars
threejars (1943694) writes "Money can’t buy happinessor can it? Recent research by Elizabeth W. Dunn, an associate professor at the University of British Columbia suggests that spending money on certain things, like experiences that bring people together, make you happier."
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Patents

+ - Apple vs. Motorola: now 42 patents-in-suit (24+18)->

Submitted by FlorianMueller
FlorianMueller (801981) writes "Apple's patent dispute with Motorola is one of the biggest legal battles going on at the moment. Apple, which is also entangled in litigation with Nokia and HTC, recently beefed up its legal team, but it also keeps throwing in ever more patents. Apple made important court filings on Wednesday and Thursday. The bottom line: Apple now asserts 24 patents against Motorola, which uses 18 patents in claims against Apple. 21 of Apple's infringement allegations relate to Android, 3 to Motorola set-top boxes and DVRs. Motorola targets the whole range of Apple products."
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Space

Supermassive Black Holes Can Abort Star Formation 67

Posted by Soulskill
from the glad-our-galaxy-is-pro-life dept.
cremeglace writes "Astrophysicists have found that when a supermassive black hole quickly devours gas and dust, it can generate enough radiation to abort all the embryonic stars in the surrounding galaxy. It's not clear what this means for life's ability to take hold in such a bleak environment, but the research shows that the process might have determined the fates of many of the large galaxies in the universe."
Education

3rd Grader Accused of Hacking Schools' Computer System 344

Posted by samzenpus
from the give-that-kid-a-gold-star dept.
Gud writes "According to The Washington Post a 9-year-old was able to hack into his county's school computer network and change such things as passwords, course work, and enrollment info. From the article: 'Police say a 9-year-old McLean boy hacked into the Blackboard Learning System used by the county school system to change teachers' and staff members' passwords, change or delete course content, and change course enrollment. One of the victims was Fairfax Superintendent Jack D. Dale, according to an affidavit filed by a Fairfax detective in Fairfax Circuit Court this week. But police and school officials decided no harm, no foul. The boy did not intend to do any serious damage, and didn't, so the police withdrew and are allowing the school district to handle the half-grown hacker.'"
Mars

Mars Images Reveal Evidence of Ancient Lakes 128

Posted by timothy
from the older-I-get-the-wetter-mars-was dept.
Matt_dk writes "Spectacular satellite images suggest that Mars was warm enough to sustain lakes three billion years ago, a period that was previously thought to be too cold and arid to sustain water on the surface, according to research published today in the journal Geology. Earlier research had suggested that Mars had a warm and wet early history but that between 4 billion and 3.8 billion years ago, before the Hesperian Epoch, the planet lost most of its atmosphere and became cold and dry. In the new study, the researchers analysed detailed images from NASA’s Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter, which is currently circling the red planet, and concluded that there were later episodes where Mars experienced warm and wet periods."
Games

The Struggle For Private Game Servers 125

Posted by Soulskill
from the let's-make-onyxia-fight-ragnaros dept.
A story at the BBC takes a look at the use of private game servers for games that tend not to allow them. While most gamers are happy to let companies like Blizzard and NCSoft administer the servers that host their MMORPGs, others want different rules, a cheaper way to play, or the technical challenge of setting up their own. A South African player called Hendrick put up his own WoW server because the game "wasn't available in the country at the time." A 21-year-old Swede created a server called Epilogue, which "had strict codes of conduct and rules, as well as a high degree of customized content (such as new currency, methods of earning experience, the ability to construct buildings and hire non-player characters, plus 'permanent' player death) unavailable in the retail version of the game." The game companies make an effort to quash these servers when they can, though it's frequently more trouble that it's worth. An NCSoft representative referenced the "growing menace" of IP theft, and a Blizzard spokesperson said,"We also have a responsibility to our players to ensure the integrity and reliability of their World of Warcraft gaming experience and that responsibility compels us to protect our rights."
Patents

+ - OLPC lawsuit-bringer has past fraud conviction?->

Submitted by d0ida
d0ida (1195115) writes "The Boston Globe posted an article online about LANCOR's lawsuit over the keyboard design: see http://www.boston.com/business/technology/articles/2007/12/01/one_laptop_per_child_orders_surge/ "Negroponte said the lawsuit is without merit, because OLPC uses a keyboard programming technique developed in 1996, long before the Nigerian patent was filed. The founder of Lagos Analysis Corp., Ade Oyegbola, was convicted of bank fraud in Boston in 1990 and served a year in prison. Oyegbola insists his Nigerian patent is legitimate and said he plans to file a copyright-infringement lawsuit against OLPC in an American court.""
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Compaq

+ - Linux on HP/Compaq? I don't think so!

Submitted by bigpat7
bigpat7 (1164431) writes "I just experienced a week long argument in email with Compaq support over a hardware failure I'd like corrected under warranty service. It seems they are willing to honor warranty repair, if needed, but to resolve a hardware failure they'll need to restore the OS to Windows XP (I currently run PCLinuxOS on it).

Not acceptable to me, especially when I had a prior commitment 6 or 8 months back (after another week long email exchange) that my operating system would be touched, it was purely a hardware problem.

They currently won't discuss the prior commitment I had, All they want to discuss is for me to backup everything as they'll revert it back to Windows XP if I didn't do that before shipping it back to them. Guess I'll need to live with this hardware failure, of fix it myself, I'm not going to submit my cute little laptop to this sort of punishment!

This hardware failure is somewhat minor:
      . when mini-jack headset is connected, onboard speakers don't disable.
      . when USB headset is connected, you can hear some audible clicks, but sound doesn't switch over to headset.

Laptop is a Compaq v6110us.

I'll point you to the 1 page PDF I authored on this, though I'm not all that sure my service can handle being Slashdotted...
      http://borderline.gotdns.org/linux_on_a_compaq.pdf

For Linux users, this seems to be a brand worthy of avoiding! I'm certainly rather disgruntled! And guess we must be way beyond the days on live CDs and DVDs...

-Pat
  Lake Balboa, CA"
Bug

+ - Don't swim: Brain-eating bug cases on the rise!->

Submitted by zahl2
zahl2 (821572) writes "It sounds like science fiction, but there really is a brain-eating amoeba you can catch from swimming in warm freshwater lakes, entering your body through the nose. There is treatment, but you have to get it fast, and most people die. Global warming is expected to increase cases. Watch those noseplug sales increase!"
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Education

+ - Student Attacked After Dropping Cake-> 17

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An anonymous reader writes ""School security guards in Palmdale, CA have been caught on camera assaulting a 16-year-old girl and breaking her arm after she spilled some cake during lunch and left some crumbs on the floor after cleaning it up. The girl, Pleajhai Mervin, told Fox News LA that she was bumped while queuing for lunch and dropped the cake. After being ordered to clean it up and then re-clean the spot three times, she attempted to leave the area out of embarrassment but was jumped on by security who forced her onto a table, breaking her wrist in the process.""
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