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Software

+ - Beware of TVU Player!

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Futurepower(R)
Futurepower(R) writes "TVU player from TVU Networks is apparently malware, causing an enormous amount of spam to every email address on a computer in which it is installed. This Wikipedia entry indicates that TVU Player is also illegally using software that is licensed under the GPL. The player shows TV programs without permission from the copyright holders."
Robotics

+ - Robotic Bar Tenders Mix It Up In Vienna

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evanwired
evanwired writes "El Espanol Borracho is a machine that spews both fire and cocktails. It's one of several avante garde bar tending robots on display this week at the Roboexotica Festival, an annual expo founded by a group of Viennese techno-artists called Shifz. John Borland has filed a report and photo gallery of the event for Wired News. From the article: "The liquid concoctions being poured probably won't win any bartending awards, but another type of mixology is on tap here: The advent of small, powerful batteries for cell phones and laptops, along with continued advances in microcircuitry, is revving up garage robotics.""
The Internet

+ - Mail server appliances for personal use

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An anonymous reader writes "I currently use Outlook to retrieve all my e-mail, and store it in a single PST file on a dedicated drive, which is backed up nightly to a DVD. I am interested in creating some sort of (virtual) linux based 'e-mail appliance', so I can apply better spam control methods, and provide a web interface to the mail services. I want it to be able to get the e-mail from multiple pop accounts (since my ISP blocks SMTP), and store it locally on the appliance. I also would like to import my existing e-mail which currently resides in a PST file.

I assume I have to glue several solutions together, so I am hoping the Slashdot community can tell me what kind of setup they have, or point me into the right direction. Eventually, I want it to be a virtual appliance, so I don't have to waste a dedicated machine for this project (I would shut it down at night, allowing me to back up the virtual appliance)."
Security

+ - Security People Use Firefox

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "A look at the Hack Report's web stats confirms two things that I've suspected for a long time a) Security (conscious?) people use Firefox (64%) instead of IE (26%) and b) Firefox users are much faster when it comes to upgrade to a newer version. My guess is that a lot of this will change rather quickly once Vista installations pick up.
http://hackreport.net/2006/12/05/security-people-u se-firefox/"
User Journal

+ - Millimeter Wave Weapon Certified for Use in Iraq

Submitted by jdray
jdray (645332) writes "Wired is carrying a story on the certification of the Active Denial System (ADS) for use in Iraq. The ADS is a millimeter wave weapon that uses a reportedly non-lethal energy beam to inflict short term pain on its targets, encouraging them to leave an area, what experimenters call the "Goodbye effect." Some crunchy bits from the article:

The ADS shoots a beam of millimeters waves, which are longer in wavelength than x-rays but shorter than microwaves -- 94 GHz (= 3 mm wavelength) compared to 2.45 GHz (= 12 cm wavelength) in a standard microwave oven.

...while subjects may feel like they have sustained serious burns, the documents claim effects are not long-lasting. At most, "some volunteers who tolerate the heat may experience prolonged redness or even small blisters," ...

There has been no independent checking of the military's claims.

I can see using this in a wartime situation, but how long before we see these things mounted to the top of S.W.A.T. vans for domestic crowd control? And, is that a bad idea? I can't really tell from where I sit.

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