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Comment: Still at it... (Score 2, Interesting) 160

by gm0e (#23406706) Attached to: MySpace Wins $230 Million Judgment Against Sanford Wallace
This guy supposedly turned over a new leaf years ago when he opened a sketchy dance club near my school, U. of New Hampshire. http://www.wired.com/techbiz/media/news/2003/10/60714

Before UNH caught on, the school's entire email directory was publicly accessible. Obviously the work of Wallace, there were a bunch of spam emails poorly disguised to look like some girl's conversation about the club that she mistakenly forwarded to the whole school.

Software

+ - Wall Street funding Spyware?

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "This past Wednesday, ComScore raised $82 million in an IPO that jumped 42% in its first day of trading. Some investors clearly like ComScore's business, but I wonder whether they fully understand ComScore's business model, privacy implications, and poor track record of nonconsensual installations.

The privacy policy for ComScore's RelevantKnowledge tracking program purports to grant ComScore the right to track users' name and address, browsing, shopping, and even "online accounts ... includ[ing] personal financial [and] health information." ComScore pays independent distributors to install ComScore software onto users' computers. Predictably, some of these distributors install ComScore software without getting user consent."
The Internet

+ - AT&T Announces Plans to Filter Copyright Conte

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "The LA Times reports that AT&T has announced plans to work with the Hollywood movie studios and major recording labels to implement new content filtering systems on their network. The plans raise many troubling legal issues including privacy concerns, false positive filtering, and liability for failure to filter."
Encryption

+ - Engineer Discovers 'Thermal Noise' Encryption->

Submitted by
techitout
techitout writes "PC World ran an article that Laszlo Kish of Texas A&M University devised a way to encrypt messages using the natural noise caused by electrons flowing along a wire. When data is sent intermittently (using a $100 device), it can be camouflaged by this 'thermal noise.' To snoopers eavesdropping on the line, it just appears that the thermal noise level varies randomly. It has an edge over another proposed encryption solution, quantum key distribution (QKD) technology, with a lower cost, a 99.98 percent message reception accuracy, and 2,000 km delivery distance."
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Power

+ - Implications of Peak Oil for Atmo CO2 and Climate

Submitted by
Prof. Goose
Prof. Goose writes "James Hansen is a physicist, adjunct professor: Earth and Environmental Sciences, Columbia University and director: NASA's Goddard Institute for Space Science. Outside the scientific community Hansen is probably best known for accusing the Bush administration of trying to silence him after he gave a lecture in December 2005 calling for prompt reductions in emissions of greenhouse gases linked to global warming.

In this paper Hansen and Kharecha consider "realistic" (they use EIA data) reserves for oil and gas and conclude that due to approaching peaks it is feasible to keep atmospheric CO2 from exceeding approximately 450ppm as long as coal and unconventional fossil fuels are used responsibly. This article is a discussion of their findings.

http://europe.theoildrum.com/node/2559"
Puzzle Games (Games)

+ - Checkers has been Solved

Submitted by
r55man
r55man writes "The Chinook project recently announced that checkers has been solved. Perfect play from both sides results in a draw. From their website:

On May 8, 2007, we were pleased to announce that checkers is now solved. From the standard starting position, Black (who moves first) is guaranteed a draw with perfect play. White (moving second) is also guaranteed a draw, regardless of what Black plays as the opening move. Checkers is the largest game that has been solved to date.
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Communications

+ - Mobile phone call made from Everest

Submitted by
Chris Paton
Chris Paton writes "The BBC reports that a British climber has set a world record by making a mobile phone call from the top of Mount Everest. The climber also claimed the record for sending the highest text message. The article goes on to say that the call and SMS were made possible by a base station set up by the Chinese, talking to a regular Motorola handset (albeit with the batteries strapped to the climber to keep them warm). With mobile phone coverage now available on Everest, is there anywhere that we are free from the seemingly unstoppable march of the mobile telephone?"
Biotech

+ - SPAM: Cure for Hepatitis C announced!

Submitted by
FiReaNGeL
FiReaNGeL writes "The use of peginterferon alone, or in combination with ribavirin, points to a cure for hepatitis C, the leading cause of cirrhosis, liver cancer and the need for liver transplant, a Virginia Commonwealth University researcher said today. Nearly all — 99 percent — of patients with hepatitis C who were treated successfully with peginterferon alone, or in combination with ribavirin, had no detectable virus up to seven years later. Researchers say this data validates the use of the word "cure" when describing hepatitis C treatment as successful treatment is defined as having undetectable hepatitis C virus in the blood six months following treatment."

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