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Submission + - Lighting In A Bottle (

An anonymous reader writes: A brilliant idea. The BBC reports, "Alfredo Moser's invention is lighting up the world. In 2002, the Brazilian mechanic had a light-bulb moment and came up with a way of illuminating his house during the day without electricity — using nothing more than plastic bottles filled with water and a tiny bit of bleach. In the last two years his innovation has spread throughout the world. It is expected to be in one million homes by early next year. So how does it work? Simple refraction of sunlight, explains Moser, as he fills an empty two-litre plastic bottle. "Add two capfuls of bleach to protect the water so it doesn't turn green [with algae]. The cleaner the bottle, the better," he adds. ... "An engineer came and measured the light," he says. "It depends on how strong the sun is but it's more or less 40 to 60 watts," he says. "

Submission + - RS232 still alive? (

tjarke writes: "RS232 seems outdated and old-fashioned. But in spite of USB, the old school serial COM port is very much alive in industrial and simple product applications. It's simple to create code for it and it's not critical in terms of signals. Unfortunately the board manufacturers usually leave the RS232 level converter off the board. So you have RS232 with TTL or CMOS levels. How to connect to a real RS232 device? One solution is to have an external RS232 to TTL or CMOS level shifter. This one is so small it fits in a high profile SubD cover."

Submission + - Clone Wars, Iran's new drones revealed (

garymortimer writes: "A documentary shown last week in Iran of the Great Prophet 7 exercises reveals a couple of new UAS. One a shameless copy of the Israeli Hermes 450 and another sharing a passing resemblance to the Insitu Integrator. Earlier this week the US Marines ordered more Integrators so the design must be sound!

The first platform shown is the now infamous “Pahad” which is thought to have been used in Syria against opposition forces."


Submission + - AMD's Follow-on to Bulldozer, Vishera, May Launch Q4 (

MojoKid writes: "It has been bantered about that AMD's Bulldozer follow-up, codenamed Vishera, could drop in early Q4 this year. The new AMD 8350, as its known, will supposedly be a four-module/eight-core design clocked at 4GHz (4.2GHz Turbo Mode) with a 125W TDP. Vishera could potentially deliver what last year's Bulldozer didn't; AMD's latest CPU was widely panned for failing to meet most of its performance, clockspeed, and power consumption targets. AMD's Trinity incorporated two technologies that substantially reduced power consumption — hard flip-flops and a resonant clock mesh. Vishera will assuredly do the same, and this, combined with further improvements to GlobalFoundries 32nm process makes a 4GHz target frequency at a 125W TDP sound feasible."

Submission + - Adobe is ignoring Disability Guidelines 1

Static writes: A friend of mine is going through a special type of hell at the moment with Adobe products and Adobe support. She has had vision problems since she was very young and relies on the disability support in programs and in Windows in order to use them. Unfortunately, a recent upgrade of her Adobe Creative Suite to CS6 has resulted in versions of InDesign and Photoshop that she cannot use because Adobe, in its inifinite wisdom, has not only *reduced* the size of the UI elements (text, icons, etc) below the size she can see them, but also made the UI not work with the Windows 7 new disability access features.

She is now over $1000 out-of-pocket with programs she cannot use and which Adobe will not refund.

I believe this needs wider attention. Much wider attention. Her latest post about it is here:

Submission + - "Printer Bomb" Malware Spread Via Compromised .htaccess Files ( 2

wiredmikey writes: In late June, security researchers discovered malware that had been launching junk print jobs that waste paper until the printer runs out. Symantec calls the printer malware Milicenso, or the “Printer Bomb”, and code examination marks it as a variant of a malware delivery system discovered in 2010.

Today, after conducting additional research on Trojan.Milicenso, researchers determined that the threat is propagated by a compromised .htaccess file that launches a redirection Web attack. So far, Symantec has been able to count at least 4,000 websites that have been compromised by the cybercriminal(s) behind the attacks.

Research shows that the attack dated back to at least 2010, and the attacker(s) used different domain names to prevent them from being blocked or blacklisted. According to Symantec, “In 2010 and 2011, the gang moved to a new domain every few months. But in 2012, they changed domains almost every day."


Submission + - Higgs 1

The Bad Astronomer writes: "Scientists at CERN announced today the discovery of a new fundamental subatomic particle that is almost certainly the Higgs boson — a particle that is crucial in giving other particles mass.

The new particle has a mass of about 125 — 126 GeV (roughly 125 times the mass of a proton) which is just what the Higgs mass is predicted to be by the Standard Model of particle physics. A signal was seen in preliminary results from 2011, but observations since then have raised the confidence level hugely: the strength of the signal indicates it is real to the 5 sigma level — that is, with 99.9999% confidence. In physics, that qualifies as a "discovery". This is a monumental step in particle physics, and toward our understanding of one of the most fundamental and mysterious properties of matter in the Universe: mass."

Submission + - Higgs Boson Discovery: The Full CERN Statement ( 1

asavin writes: The latest results from CERN experiments observed a particle consistent with long-sought Higgs Boson.

"We observe in our data clear signs of a new particle, at the level of 5 sigma, in the mass region around 126 GeV. The outstanding performance of the LHC and ATLAS and the huge efforts of many people have brought us to this exciting stage," said ATLAS experiment spokesperson Fabiola Gianotti, "but a little more time is needed to prepare these results for publication."


Submission + - EU Parliament Adopts Resolution on eCall (

arisvega writes: In its resolution adopted today, the European Parliament has called on the European Commission and the Member States to make sure that the eCall system is be installed in every new vehicle by 2015.

Vehicles equipped with the eCall system will automatically contact the emergency services in the event of a crash.

Even if no passenger is able to speak, a minimum set of data will be sent through the system, including the exact location of the crash site.

It is expected that the eCall system will reduce the emergency services’ response time and thus save hundreds of lives in the EU every year. eCall will be dormant most of the time (no mentioning on what 'most of the time' is, though) and will not allow vehicle tracking outside emergencies (no elucidation on the nature of 'emergencies' either).


Submission + - Hacker takes over Kaspersky website (

angry tapir writes: "On Sunday hackers hit the website of Kaspersky Lab. Someone took advantage of a bug in a Web program used by the website and reprogrammed it to try to trick visitors into downloading a fake antivirus product. Kaspersky said it was in a "third-party application" used by the website. The website was redirecting users to the rogue antivirus site for about three-and-a-half hours."

Submission + - First 10" netbook with Atom N550, Ion GPU tested ( 1

J. Dzhugashvili writes: Are netbooks starting to grow up? On one side, Intel is pushing its recently release Atom N550 processor, which has two cores, four threads, and a netbook-friendly power envelope. On the other, Nvidia is still promoting its next-generation Ion graphics chip. Asus' Eee PC 1015PN is the first 10" netbook to combine the two, and according to the first full review of the system, it actually manages to deliver solid performance, seven-hour battery life, and some measure of gaming capability. The build quality beats that of cheaper netbooks, too. Unfortunately, at $430, the Eee PC 1015PN doesn't look like such a good deal compared to affordable CULV laptops like Dell's Inspiron M101z. The system could be an attractive choice if Asus slashed the price, though, and it bodes well for the netbook category as a whole.
Emulation (Games)

Submission + - 3dfx Voodoo graphic cards emulation coming to DOSB (

KingofGnG writes: One of the forthcoming versions of the best PC-with-DOS emulator out there should include a very important architectural novelty, ie the software implementation of the historical Voodoo Graphics chipset created by 3dfx Interactive in the Nineties. “Kekko”, the programmer working on the project with the aid of the DOSBox crew and the coding-capable VOGONS users, says that his aim is the complete and faithful emulation of SST-1, the first Voodoo chipset marketed in 1996 inside the first 3D graphics accelerated cards on the PC.
The Internet

Submission + - Dillo Web Browser Updated At Last (

Kelson writes: "More than two years after the last release, Dillo 2 is now available. The open-source web browser was launched in 1999 with the goal of enabling access to the web without massive hardware or software requirements. Eventually, its reliance on GTK+ (GTK2 was deemed too heavy for its goals) and lack of funding led to a development freeze in 2007. The project relaunched with a port to FLTK, and has caught up with features such as tabbed browsing, multiple character-set support, and major improvements to rendering, UI, and memory usage. The project is currently seeking developers."

Use the Force, Luke.