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Biotech

+ - Mummified Hadrosaur found in North Dakota

Submitted by sheepweevil
sheepweevil (1036936) writes "A high school student in North Dakota has happened upon an extremely rare discovery: a 'mummified dinosaur' which contains soft tissue as well as bones."The 25-foot-long hadrosaur found by Tyler Lyson in an ancient river flood plain in the dinosaur-rich Hell Creek Formation is apparently the most complete and best preserved of the half-dozen mummified dinosaurs unearthed since early in the last century, they said.""
Yahoo!

+ - Yahoo! Architect Wants To "Fix" HTML

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "Web 2.0 Journal brings to our attention Yahoo! Architect Douglas Crockford's latest ideas to fix HTML. Not a fan of HTML 5, which is still just an Editor's Draft and not endorsed by W3C yet, Crock puts forward ten ideas that in his view would provide extensibility without complexity, adding that the simplification of HTML he is proposing would reduce the cost of training of web developers and incorporates the best practices of AJAX development. [From the article: "The problems with HTML will not be solved by making it bigger and more complicated. I think instead we should generalize what it does well, while excising features that are problematic. HTML can be made into a general application delivery format without disrupting its original role as a document format."]"
Upgrades

+ - What's the best way to recycle old tech in the US?

Submitted by Tim Danhamn
Tim Danhamn (666) writes "SmartPlanet.com, a green-focussed Web site, has put up an article about the best way to recycle your old tech, including local recycling centers and reusing old technology in other ways. I'm about to upgrade to a new PC and I have a lot of old radios, MP3 players and other electronic goods lying around the house. The article though is mostly about solutions in the UK, so I want to know what the best way to recycle old tech in the US is?"
Debian

+ - Ubuntu Landscape Client, Against Ubuntu Promise?->

Submitted by gQuigs
gQuigs (913879) writes "Canonical released the Ubuntu Landscape Client a while ago but it is still not publicly available. It has been available to Enterprise users of Ubuntu for some time, and is one of their selling points. Does this not violate the promise that enterprise versions will be free?
I filed a bug (linked in link). I ask Slashdot, An I overreacting?
http://gquigs.blogspot.com/2007/11/am-i-overreacting.html"

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Biotech

+ - Researchers Create Robotic Pied Piper Roaches 2

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Gre7g
Gre7g writes "To do that, they would need a rogue roach to infiltrate the herd. "One way to get them," Halloy says, "would be to create mutants somehow, with abnormal behavior. But we don't have a genetic institute for cockroaches." Instead, the researchers recruited some engineers to build them roach robots that would slip into the crowd and manipulate it from within."
Math

+ - Possible backdoor found in RNG standardizedby NSA-> 1

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kfz versicherung
kfz versicherung writes "Defining algorithm for random numbers is one of the hardest fields in mathematics. We all know Microsoft failed miserably, even Linux (pdf) and SSL had their fair share of troubles. But now Bruce Schneier tells us the Strange Story of Dual_EC_DRBG, one of four random number generation algorithms standardized by the NSA (pdf). While on first look just slower than the other three, Dan Shumow and Niels Ferguson showed at Crypto 2007 that the algorithm contains a weakness that can only be described a backdoor. Their presentation showed that the constants used have a relationship with a second, secret set of numbers that can act as a kind of skeleton key. If you know the secret numbers, you can predict the output of the random-number generator after collecting just 32 bytes of its output."
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Music

+ - Gene Simmons: College Kids Killed Music Industry->

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drcagn
drcagn writes "Gene Simmons has blasted 'college' kids and claims that they have destroyed the music industry, with the labels also to blame for not properly suing them out of existence when they had the chance. When asked about Radiohead and Trent Reznor's recent support of a different direction in music distribution, he says "that's not a business model that works. I open a store and say 'Come on in and pay whatever you want.' Are you on fucking crack?" When asked about music being free and making money off of merchandise, he says, "The most important part is the music. Without that, why would you care?" even though earlier in the interview he brags that he believes that KISS's merchandise is more profitable than Elvis's or the Beatles'."
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Microsoft

+ - Microsoft Declares Old File Formats "Less Secu

Submitted by Nail
Nail (1195) writes "In the KB article:

http://support.microsoft.com/kb/938810

Microsoft's web site states:

"After you install Office 2003 SP3, some Microsoft Office Excel 2003, Microsoft Office PowerPoint 2003, Microsoft Office Word 2003, and Corel Draw (.cdr) file formats are blocked. By default, these file formats are blocked because they are less secure. They may pose a risk to you."

I think they MEAN to say that Microsoft Office 2003 cannot open these old file formats in a secure way, but I don't work for them, so it is difficult for me to say."
Announcements

+ - Apple to shut current users out of boot camp

Submitted by aws910
aws910 (671068) writes "It looks like Apple is going to shut current boot camp users out when they release OSX 10.5(leopard), according to this article. The boot camp homepage corroborates this, saying(on the right sidebar) "To continue previewing Boot Camp after September 30, click the Download Now button above to install the latest version of Boot Camp Beta. You do not have to reinstall Windows. This new beta license will allow you to continue using Boot Camp until Mac OS X Leopard is available (expected October 2007).". I do respect Apple for this, though... unlike their rival, at least they properly labeled their beta as "beta"."
Microsoft

+ - Vista Explorer thinks 647MB>219GB

Submitted by pradeepsekar
pradeepsekar (793666) writes "The latest error I have noticed on my Windows Vista Ultimate 64-Bit is that copying a 647MB File to a partition with 219GB free gives a 'not enough disk space' error — both on using Explorer and the Move command from the prompt. Smaller files (27MB) copy fine. Thankfully, xcopy managed to copy the files without complaining. Once the file (647MB) had moved to the large drive, copying it again to another drive with 219GB free worked fine...

Interestingly, this very same error appears to have existed in XP in 2005 — http://west-wind.com/WebLog/posts/1556.aspx"
Networking

+ - Will Your Home Network Survive After You're Gone?

Submitted by glhturbo
glhturbo (32785) writes "I have a small home network that includes a wireless access point, wired and wireless network clients, a shared NAS, and Linux (mine) and Windows (wife and two kids) computers. I also have a Linux-based firewall PC in the mix. I'm a bit concerned that if I get hit by a bus, my non-technically-inclined-wife will have to try to figure this stuff out, especially the NAS, which has ALL of our data on it (pictures, music, etc), but has EXT3 formatted drives. Short of trying to keep some kind of living document for all of this, does anybody have suggestions for "survival plans" and/or "rescue plans" for their data and network in case of incapacitation or death?"

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