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Building a Better 'Anonymous?' 119

Posted by CmdrTaco
from the start-by-photocopying-drivers-licenses dept.
An anonymous reader writes "A hacktivism panel at the DefCon hacker convention was conspicuously missing its star member Aaron Barr, who dropped out under legal pressure from his former company HBGary Federal, debated how Anonymous could channel its efforts for the greater good. Members of Anon attending the discussion chimed in, too."

Comment: Maybe, mabe not... (Score 3, Insightful) 97

by jpbelang (#33975450) Attached to: Physicists Discover Universal "Wet-Dog Shake" Rule

I don't know how seriously the scientist took this research.

But I do remember that Richard Feynman wrote a paper on the wobbling movement of a spinning plate. He did this because he was depressed and had scientific writer's block. And nobody would deny the importance of his later work.

Science is science. If what they find is correct in the scientific sense, it really doesn't bother me too much.

I'd be worried if scientists started really competing for the Ig Nobel prizes. But I doubt that they ever will :-).

PlayStation (Games)

PS3 Hacked? 296

Posted by Soulskill
from the another-one-bites-the-dust dept.
Several readers have sent word that George Hotz (a.k.a. geohot), the hacker best known for unlocking Apple's iPhone, says he has now hacked the PlayStation 3. From his blog post: "I have read/write access to the entire system memory, and HV level access to the processor. In other words, I have hacked the PS3. The rest is just software. And reversing. I have a lot of reversing ahead of me, as I now have dumps of LV0 and LV1. I've also dumped the NAND without removing it or a modchip. 3 years, 2 months, 11 days...that's a pretty secure system. ... As far as the exploit goes, I'm not revealing it yet. The theory isn't really patchable, but they can make implementations much harder. Also, for obvious reasons I can't post dumps. I'm hoping to find the decryption keys and post them, but they may be embedded in hardware. Hopefully keys are setup like the iPhone's KBAG."

Comment: Re:Are you sure about that? (Score 2, Informative) 337

by jpbelang (#25818425) Attached to: Ted Stevens Loses Senate Re-Election Bid

You stopped quoting when if gets interesting.

By party and region

Note : "Southern", as used in this section, refers to members of Congress from the eleven states that made up the Confederate States of America in the American Civil War. "Northern" refers to members from the other 39 states, regardless of the geographic location of those states.

The original House version:

        * Southern Democrats: 7-87 (7%-93%)
        * Southern Republicans: 0-10 (0%-100%)

        * Northern Democrats: 145-9 (94%-6%)
        * Northern Republicans: 138-24 (85%-15%)

The Senate version:

        * Southern Democrats: 1-20 (5%-95%) (only Senator Ralph Yarborough of Texas voted in favor)
        * Southern Republicans: 0-1 (0%-100%) (this was Senator John Tower of Texas)
        * Northern Democrats: 45-1 (98%-2%) (only Senator Robert Byrd of West Virginia opposed the measure)
        * Northern Republicans: 27-5 (84%-16%) (Senators Bourke Hickenlooper of Iowa, Barry Goldwater of Arizona, Edwin L. Mechem of New Mexico, Milward L. Simpson of Wyoming, and Norris H. Cotton of New Hampshire opposed the measure)


The World's Nine Largest Science Projects 89

Posted by samzenpus
from the my-science-is-bigger-than-yours dept.
JBG667 writes "Nice overview of the 9 largest science projects currently ongoing. Some of the usual suspects are on the list including CERN, Space Elevator, Space Station, etc. As well as some lesser known including a 3,000-foot-tall 'Solar tower,' the ANTARES underwater neutrino detecting array, and more. Nice read for science buffs."

NASA Launches Satellite To Monitor Oceans 55

Posted by Soulskill
from the space-post-coast-to-coast dept.
On Friday, NASA launched the Ocean Surface Topography Mission/Jason 2 satellite into orbit to begin a detailed study of ocean currents, sea-surface height, and surface topology. Scientists hope to use the data gathered by Jason 2 in order to better understand weather patterns and global warming. Further details about the mission objectives (PDF) are also available. Quoting NASA's press release: "Combining ocean current and heat storage data is key to understanding global climate variations. OSTM/Jason 2's expected lifetime of at least three years will extend into the next decade the continuous record of these data started in 1992 by NASA and the French space agency Centre National d'Etudes Spatiales, or CNES, with the TOPEX/Poseidon mission. The data collection was continued by the two agencies on Jason 1 in 2001. Compared with Jason 1 measurements, OSTM/Jason 2 will have substantially increased accuracy and provide data to within 25 kilometers (15 miles) of coastlines, nearly 50 percent closer to shore than in the past."

+ - Fractals and society in Africa

Submitted by jpbelang
jpbelang writes: Came across this talk by ethno-mathematician Ron Eglash about how many aspects of african culture (social, architectural, religious) are fractal in nature.

Fertell male / female fertility test hits US shelves->

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Filed under: Misc. Gadgets

Anyone who's a fan of ABC's Lost knows the perils of going to a doctor for help getting pregnant: because the doc doesn't want to tell your husband -- who's employed by your violent, mob-tied father -- that he's infertile for fear of his life, he'll be forced to lie and initiate a series of events that can only end up with you stranded on an uncharted island full of polar bears and hostile natives. Well the folks at Genosis Inc. are sick and tired of family planning-related plane crashes, and have just received FDA approval for a product that should put an end to these senseless tragedies once and for all: the Fertell home fertility test. Capable of detecting both the concentration of motile sperm as well as a hormone which indicates egg quality, Fertell promises to give fairly accurate results for both him and her in under a half-hour -- and though it's not being publicized as a substitute for "professional evaluations," it will at least save a few men like Hank Hill the embarrassment of having to discuss their narrow urethras. The Fertell kit should be available immediately at your favorite local drug store or black-market pharmacy, priced at an even hundred bucks.

[Via Medgadget]

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Office Depot Featured Gadget: Xbox 360 Platinum System Packs the power to bring games to life!

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Cornell designer concocts garb that prevents colds, shuns pollution->

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Filed under: Wearables

We've seen sensor-laden, iPod-friendly, and electroluminescent garb in years past, but a crafty design student over at Cornell University wasn't satisfied with stopping there. Olivia Ong is hoping to get her career in fashion off to a very safe start, as her functional clothing lines include "a garment that can prevent colds and flu and never needs washing," and if that wasn't fresh enough, she's also conjured up another that "destroys harmful gases and protects the wearer from smog and air pollution." The prototype Glitterati garb was showcased at the school's Design League fashion show, and both articles contained "cotton fabrics coated with nanoparticles" that give them the unique qualities. No word on whether or not we can expect such protective (albeit stylish) threads to hit the strip anytime soon, but considering that "one square yard of nano-treated cotton would run you about $10,000," we doubt us common folk would be selling off assets to take it home anyway.

[Via MedLaunches]

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Office Depot Featured Gadget: Xbox 360 Platinum System Packs the power to bring games to life!

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+ - Evolution of Male and Female Sexuality

Submitted by
sexual.evolution writes: "

This research study explores the truth about our sexual nature by considering both our biological and cultural evolution. The work is founded on two sources of knowledge;
i) What people search on the Internet related to sex.
ii) The latest academic sexology studies.

It is obvious that sex is important to people — and if you want to improve your sexual relationships then knowing the truth about our human evolution (in all its diversity) is the best foundation. It will open your mind to a greater diversity of behaviours which can be creatively cultivated. And it is fascinating and useful to understand the many important functions besides reproduction (e.g. couple bonding, social harmony, stimulation of immune system, hormone function, etc.).
Given that many people currently found their sexuality on cultural / religious myths and customs (rather than the truth) we think this knowledge is important for creating healthy, pleasurable, moral attitudes and behaviours (free from the guilt of harmful myths and customs)."

+ - Modern Java web development

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Dr.X writes: "I've recently decided to take the plunge back into the Java world after spending the better part of the last decade in the Perl and .NET world. As part of my CompSci degree, we covered Java applets back in the late nineties in one of our courses but taking a look at what is available today is like drinking from a fire hose of information! JSP,JSF,Eclipse,Struts,Spring,Hibernate,GWT,EJB3,J DBC,J2EE,JBoss,Servlet,etc... My question to the slashdot community is "What are some of the more practicle approaches to modern Java web development and how does all this new technology fit together?""

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