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Pentagon Says Cyberattacks Can Count As Act of War 282

Posted by Soulskill
from the now-we-can-invade-anybody dept.
suraj.sun tips news that the Pentagon has decided computer sabotage originating from another country can be classified as an act of war. "The Pentagon's first formal cyber strategy, unclassified portions of which are expected to become public next month, represents an early attempt to grapple with a changing world in which a hacker could pose as significant a threat to US nuclear reactors, subways or pipelines as a hostile country's military." This news comes only days after the Chinese military admitted the existence of a team of cyberwarriors. "The report will also spark a debate over a range of sensitive issues the Pentagon left unaddressed, including whether the US can ever be certain about an attack's origin, and how to define when computer sabotage is serious enough to constitute an act of war. These questions have already been a topic of dispute within the military."
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Transformers Special Edition Chevy Camaro Unveiled 299 Screenshot-sm

Posted by samzenpus
from the nerds-roll-out dept.
roelbj writes "Automotive stories are few and far between on Slashdot, but today's news from Chevrolet might just make a few readers' mouths water at the chance to own their own Bumblebee. Today at Comic-Con, General Motors officially announced the 2010 Chevy Camaro Transformers Special Edition. The $995 appearance package can be applied to LT (V6) and SS-trim Camaros in Rally Yellow with or without the optional RS package."
Transportation

Sahimo Hydrogen Vehicle Gets Over 1,300 mpg 453

Posted by kdawson
from the see-it-to-believe-it dept.
Mike writes "Students from Turkey's Sakarya University have unveiled a remarkable attempt at creating Europe's most fuel-efficient vehicle. Dubbed the Sahimo, their pint-sized hydrogen car is cable of eking out an incredible 568 km on 1 liter of fuel (about 1,336 miles per gallon). An aerodynamic carbon-fiber construction keeps the vehicle's weight down to less than 110 kg (243 lbs), and the designers hope to push the Sahimo's performance even further to a full 1,000 km per 1 liter of fuel before participating in the Global Green Challenge in October."
The Courts

ASCAP Wants To Be Paid When Your Phone Rings 461

Posted by kdawson
from the don't-even-think-about-whistling-the-beatles dept.
gerddie notes a piece up on the EFF site outlining the fairly outlandish legal theories ASCAP is trying out in their court fight with AT&T. "ASCAP (the same folks who went after Girl Scouts for singing around a campfire) appears to believe that every time your musical ringtone rings in public, you're violating copyright law by 'publicly performing' it without a license. At least that's the import of a brief (PDF, 2.5 MB) it filed in ASCAP's court battle with mobile phone giant AT&T."
Internet Explorer

Microsoft Launches New "Get the Facts" Campaign 524

Posted by timothy
from the grease-monkey-vs.-redmond-rhinos dept.
ko9 writes that Microsoft has re-launched its "'Get the facts' campaign, in an attempt to promote Internet Explorer 8. It contains a chart that compares IE8 to Firefox and Chrome. Needless to say, IE8 comes out as the clear winner, with MS suggesting it is the only browser to provide features like 'privacy,' 'security,' 'reliability.' It even claims to have Firefox beat in 'customizability.'"
Privacy

Montana City Requires Workers' Internet Accounts 836

Posted by timothy
from the are-you-now-or-have-you-ever-been dept.
justinlindh writes "Bozeman, Montana is now requiring all applicants for city jobs to furnish Internet account information for 'background checking.' A portion of the application reads, "Please list any and all, current personal or business websites, web pages or memberships on any Internet-based chat rooms, social clubs or forums, to include, but not limited to: Facebook, Google, Yahoo, YouTube.com, MySpace, etc.' The article goes on to mention, 'There are then three lines where applicants can list the Web sites, their user names and log-in information and their passwords.'"
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Drupal 6: Ultimate Community Site Guide 63 Screenshot-sm

Posted by samzenpus
from the read-all-about-it dept.
Michael J. Ross writes "Among the more popular and better-regarded content management systems (CMSs), Drupal is distinguished partly by its building-block approach, in which a website's functionality is built up in pieces, each of which is a module (either core or contributed). The opposite approach — using far fewer but more encompassing modules — is generally preferred by non-developers who do not relish integrating a sizable collection of modules or trying to modify the underlying code. Nonetheless, anyone who wishes to build a Drupal-based social website, can learn how to do so in a new e-book titled Drupal 6: Ultimate Community Site Guide." Read below for the rest of Michael's review.
Businesses

+ - SPAM: Your Mother Was Right, You Are Who You Associate..

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ckrishnek writes "Your Mother Was Right, You Are Who You Associate With... It is true. The type of people you hang out with reflects on who you are...If you want to be successful and wealthy then it is very important to surround yourself with successful and wealthy people. Successful people often talk about taking actions towards their dreams and then they do it! This is not only motivating for you but it teaches you the mindset and skills you will need and use for the rest of your life. Some people are natural born leaders and some are not. By surrounding yourself with leaders you will find that you begin to pick up leadership skills that you never knew you had. Remember, people will follow people whom are confident and believe in themselves. It is human nature to follow leaders or become leaders. You must decide which one you will be.Stay away from the dream killers. You know who they are. The people that scoff at you when you tell them your dreams or you get excited over a new business idea. They see the negative in everything and believe that your MLM or internet marketing business opportunity is a scam or a pipe dream. Whatever you do, do not let them bring you down. Use the dream killer's negativity as a leverage to pull yourself away from their influence and make it a goal to prove them wrong! Believe in yourself and success will happen."
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Space

+ - New Mars rover named 'Curiosity'->

Submitted by sveard
sveard (1076275) writes "space.com reports that NASA's next Mars rover, the Mars Science Laboratory, has been named 'Curiosity.

The name comes courtesy of Clara Ma, a 12-year-old sixth-grade student at Sunflower Elementary school in Lenexa, Kan. As her prize, Ma wins a trip to NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) in Pasadena, Calif., where she will be invited to sign her name directly onto the rover as it is being assembled.

Curiosity will be larger and more capable than any craft previously sent to land on the red planet. It will check to see whether the environment in a selected landing region ever has been favorable for supporting microbial life and preserving evidence of life. The rover also will search for minerals that formed in the presence of water and look for several chemical building blocks of life.

The rover is expected to launch in 2011."

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Censorship

+ - > 32% of Blacklist related to Child porn->

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Combat Wombat
Combat Wombat writes "WIKILEAKS EDITORIAL The Australian government told a Senate estimates hearing this week that less than 32% of the country's secret internet censorship list is related to underage images. During the hearing, the government also stated that the WikiLeaks publication of the list in March has now been officially referred to the Australian Federal Police (AFP). The Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA) "blacklist" is slated to form the backbone of a national, mandatory, internet censorship system. Australia is also in talks with the US and the UK internet watch foundation to expand the blacklists via a sharing arrangement. God I hate censorship.."
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Government

+ - H1-Bs Outnumbering Unemployed IT Workers->

Submitted by SirLurksAlot
SirLurksAlot (1169039) writes "According to an article on Computerworld the US government is beginning to raise questions concerning H1-Bs and visa fraud in relation to IT workers. These questions were raised as part of a court filing against an IT firm known as Visions Systems Group in New Jersey. The firm has been indicted on charges of visa fraud, and the government has stated that those involved were "displacing qualified American workers." The government also issued a brief in which it stated that "In January of 2009, the total number of workers employed in the information technology occupation under the H-1B program substantially exceeded the 241,000 unemployed U.S. citizen workers within the same occupation," though it did not provide data to back up that assertion. Meanwhile the Department of Homeland Security is arguing that extending the duration of an H1-B visa from one year to 29 months is necessary to remain competitive."
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Front End Drupal 68 Screenshot-sm

Posted by samzenpus
from the read-all-about-it dept.
Michael J. Ross writes "Content management systems (CMSs) are created largely by Web developers using back-end programming languages (such as PHP, by far the most common choice). The free CMSs are built as open source projects, by volunteers who have many demands on their time. As a result of both of these competing factors, far less time is devoted to the front-end aspects of these CMSs. In turn, the "themes" that define the appearance of a CMS-based website are typically substandard, in the eyes of many Web designers and, most likely, countless users of those sites. This criticism has been leveled even against Drupal, although the situation is improving. A new book, Front End Drupal: Designing, Theming, Scripting, is intended to help Drupal designers everywhere speed up that process of improvement." Read on for the rest of Michael's review.
Data Storage

The Case Against Web Apps 431

Posted by timothy
from the only-as-strong-as-its-weakest-data-link dept.
snydeq writes "Fatal Exception's Neil McAllister offers five reasons why companies should re-consider concentrating their development efforts on browser-based apps. As McAllister sees it, Web apps encourage a thin-client approach to development that concentrates far too much workload in the datacenter. And while UI and tool limitations are well known, the Web as 'hostile territory' for independent developers is a possibility not yet fully understood. Sure, Web development is fast, versatile, and relatively inexpensive, but long term, the browser's weaknesses might just outweigh its strengths as an app delivery platform."

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