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+ - Professor Breaks Bank Security to Prove Point

Submitted by
swehack
swehack writes "Norweigan computer science professor Kjell Jørgen Hole was dissapointed at how his bank handled the security concerns he had. So he took matters into his own hands, and made it a project to break the security as a proof of concept. Along with his students he worked for approximately 100 hours and managed to successfully break the banks security measures, transfer money between accounts without the owner noticing and steal the identity of banking customers. Original article in Swedish."
Microsoft

+ - Microsoft oPhone to smack down Apple iPhone

Submitted by
coondoggie
coondoggie writes "Microsoft covets Apple's iPhone — well not really but they obviously have strong opinions on it and apparently a sense of humor about it. At last week's Mix '07 show, the folks from Redmond showed their funny side by running this video on the mythic Microsoft oPhone — a combination phone, music player, ninja star and well, everything you wanted in a hand-held device. http://www.networkworld.com/community/?q=node/1499 0"
Announcements

+ - Mineral Oil Submerged Computer

Submitted by
WilliamGeorge
WilliamGeorge writes "In their off-time, some of the folks over at Puget Custom Computers did a fun modding project — a mineral-oil cooled computer, in a small fish tank. Surprisingly functional and also reasonably good looking, this could be a great DIY project for those in the modding community. The charts showing temperature build-up in the cooling solution are interesting, and the linked time-lapse video on YouTube is definitely worth watching."
It's funny.  Laugh.

+ - Intelligent octopus

Submitted by
ocean_soul
ocean_soul writes "An octopus in the National Aquarium of New Zeeeland has learned to open bottles with to tentacles. From the article: "It's a trick she honed with the help of her keepers, who noticed she was friendly and would latch on to them when they put their hands in the tank. She can now open the bottle in 2 1/2 minutes when there's a tempting crab inside." One would not expect this level of inteligence from an octopus."
Censorship

+ - Student punished for spaghetti beliefs

Submitted by Logicalmoron
Logicalmoron (1072450) writes "A student has been suspended from school in America for coming to class dressed as a pirate. But the disciplinary action has provoked controversy — because the student says that the ban violates his rights, as the pirate costume is part of his religion. Bryan Killian says that he follows the Pastafarian religion, and that as a crucial part of his faith, he must wear 'full pirate regalia' as prescribed in the holy texts of Pastafarianism. The school, however, say that his pirate garb was disruptive. The school, in North Buncombe, North Carolina, remains adamant that their decision to suspend Killian for a day has nothing to do with his religion, and quite a lot to do with his repeated refusal to heed warnings against wearing pirate outfits. Full Story: http://www.metro.co.uk/weird/article.html?in_artic le_id=43272&in_page_id=2"
The Media

Croal vs. Totilo - The God of War 2 Letters 28

Posted by Zonk
from the ready?-fight! dept.
I've mentioned previously how much I enjoy the writing of Newsweek's N'Gai Croal and MTV's Stephen Totilo. All this week, then, it's been a pleasure to enjoy their witty exchange on the PS2's most recent blockbuster, God of War 2. The conversation is spread across both Croal's LevelUp column and Totilo's Player Two blog, and features ruminations on the title from a number of viewpoints. If you have some time this afternoon I highly recommend you give their full correspondence a look. More than just a discussion about a single game, they manage to capture some of the greatness of the medium, with their conversation ranging across genre, time, and content to get at some of the most fundamental elements of videogaming. From N'Gai's final post: "I've said before that we 'see' videogames with our hands. Extending that analogy further, the way cutscenes are used today is the film equivalent of title cards during the silent film era: even though the audience came to the movies to watch people move, they had to do a fair bit of reading to get the full measure of the filmmaker's vision. Similarly, cutscenes leave gamers watching when they should be playing. Sure, cutscenes can communicate critical information; they allow for dramatic and spectacular sequences that might be too difficult to pull off interactively; they provide a nice breather or bookend to lengthy gameplay sections. But just as silent film gave way to the talkies, cutscenes need to keep giving way to gameplay so that our eyes--excuse me, our hands--are constantly engaged."
Software

Journal: OpenOffice 2.2

Journal by Odiseo70

At OpenOffice's web site we can get the new release of the suite. Bug fixing and new features, specially for Base and Calc are now present, including the ability to import Excel Sheets with Pivot tables from external data, among other thing, according to the release notes.

Businesses

+ - Exempt Employees and the fight against Overtime

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An anonymous reader writes "I'm employed as a Software Engineer, to clarify; I'm a combination third-level tech support and systems engineer. I work for a fairly large company in Michigan. My boss, under the stress of completing the latest huge project, has started to demand that I, and the rest of my team, complete mandatory overtime to meet some very shortsighted deadlines. I'm an exempt employee, which means that I make a salary and am not required to keep track of my time each week. I don't feel I'm compensated well enough to work unlimited hours, but that seems to be my boss's goal. What options do I have in restricting my employer and my boss's ability to destroy every little bit of my free time while still staying employed?"
Quickies

+ - Carbon Post-it Notes - Look Ma, No Pen!

Submitted by davidwr
davidwr (791652) writes "Imagine the carbonless paper 2-copy checks use. Now put Post-It note glue on the back. That's what a team of freshmen from the South Dakota School of Mines & Technology came up with at the EntrepreneurshipWeek USA Challenge.

Finally, I don't need to find a pen for all those yellow things encircling my monitor: I can just use the edge of my USB memory stick."

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