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+ - 4,000 MPH@1G Hyperloop Transport Dream Approaches Reality 2

Submitted by Freshly Exhumed
Freshly Exhumed (105597) writes "Elon Musk's dream of a hyperloop transport system seems to be closer to reality than he anticipated. Hyperloop transportation, referred to by Musk as a "cross between a Concorde, a railgun, and an air hockey table", is a tubular pneumatic transport system with the theoretical capability of carrying passengers from New York to L.A. in about 30 minutes at velocities near 4,000 miles per hour, while maintaining a near-continuous G force of 1. Colorado-based company ET3 is planning to build and test its own version of such a hyperloop system, Yahoo reports."

+ - Petiotion to whitehouse supporting 1gbps fiber.-> 1

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "There is a new petition on advocating the providing of 1gbps fiber services.
"With all the hype around google fibers kansas initiative thousands of people are stating that they would be more then willing to pay for and in some cases demand this ultra fast 1gbps internet connection. Many competitors that offer much slower speeds are stating that there is next to no demand for this speed, some even saying if there was demand they would happily start offering it."see article"

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+ - White House Petition Lobbies to Make Cell Phone Unlocking Legal->

Submitted by Tanlis
Tanlis (304135) writes "The Librarian of Congress decided in October 2012 that unlocking of cell phones would be removed from the exceptions to the DMCA. As of January 26, consumers are no longer able to unlock their phones for use on a different network without carrier permission, even after their contract has expired. Consumers will be forced to pay exorbitant roaming fees to make calls while traveling abroad. It reduces consumer choice, and decreases the resale value of devices that consumers have paid for in full. The Librarian noted that carriers are offering more unlocked phones at present, but the great majority of phones sold are still locked. We ask that the White House ask the Librarian of Congress to rescind this decision, and failing that, champion a bill that makes unlocking permanently legal."
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+ - What Would Have Entered the Public Domain Tomorrow->

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes ""Casino Royale, Marilyn Monroe’s Playboy cover, The Adventures of Augie March, the Golden Age of Science Fiction, Crick & Watson’s Nature article decoding the double helix, Disney’s Peter Pan, The Crucible"... "How ironic that Ray Bradbury’s Fahrenheit 451, with its book burning firemen, was published in 1953 and would once have been entering the public domain on January 1, 2010. To quote James Boyle, "Bradbury’s firemen at least set fire to their own culture out of deep ideological commitment, vile though it may have been. We have set fire to our cultural record for no reason; even if we had wanted retrospectively to enrich the tiny number of beneficiaries whose work keeps commercial value beyond 56 years, we could have done so without these effects. The ironies are almost too painful to contemplate.""
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+ - Windows ignores in hosts file

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "If you try to block in your hosts file, windows will just ignore the entry. On Vistas Windows Defender even steps in and tries to stop you from adding to the hosts file, but even if you ignore Defender will still work as if the entry wasn't there."

+ - Do your developers have local admin rights? 6

Submitted by plover
plover (150551) writes "I work as a developer for a Very Large American Corporation. We are not an IT company, but have a large IT organization that does a lot of internal development. In my area, we do Windows development, which includes writing and maintaining code for various services and executables. A few years ago the Info Security group removed local administrator rights from most accounts and machines, but our area was granted exceptions for developers. My question is: do other developers in other large companies have local admin rights to their development environment? If not, how do you handle tasks like debugging, testing installations, or installing updated development tools that aren't a part of the standard corporate workstation?"
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+ - US Army developing body armor to protect against '->

Submitted by Rubicks13
Rubicks13 (1542045) writes "In the past several years, the U.S. Army has developed an advanced generation of protective ballistic plates for soldiers in what it calls the "X-Sapi" (Small-Arms Protective Insert) program. But, despite buying 120,000 plates from Ceradyne and BAE Systems, it has yet to issue the gear to troops in the field sand it may not ever do so. has in-depth information on this developing story."
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Herschel Spectroscopy of Future Supernova 21

Posted by Soulskill
from the that's-a-big-star dept.
davecl writes "ESA's Herschel Space Telescope has released its first spectroscopic results. These include observations of VYCMa, a star 50 times as massive as the sun and soon to become a supernova, as well as a nearby galaxy, more distant colliding starburst galaxies and a comet in our own solar system. The spectra show more lines than have ever been seen in these objects in the far-infrared and will allow astronomers to work out the detailed chemistry and physics behind star and planet formation as well as the last stages of stellar evolution before VYCMa's eventual collapse into a supernova. More coverage is available at the Herschel Mission Blog, which I run."

Programmable Quantum Computer Created 132

Posted by Soulskill
from the four-out-of-five-ain't-bad dept.
An anonymous reader writes "A team at NIST (the National Institute of Standards and Technology) used berylium ions, lasers and electrodes to develop a quantum system that performed 160 randomly chosen routines. Other quantum systems to date have only been able to perform single, prescribed tasks. Other researchers say the system could be scaled up. 'The researchers ran each program 900 times. On average, the quantum computer operated accurately 79 percent of the time, the team reported in their paper.'"

+ - Starcraft II Beta Delayed->

Submitted by Ghan_04
Ghan_04 (1587395) writes ""Wondering what the heck happened to those StarCraft II beta invites? After all, it's late 2009 as Blizzard originally promised, and so far there's no word about its impending release. Unfortunately, it doesn't look as if the beta will make an appearance in 2009 after all according to Blizzard producer Chris Sigaty. In a recent interview with Russian website held during the three-day games expo IgroMir, Sigaty said that the beta won't make an appearance until 2010...""
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+ - Firefox Tops With 44% Of All Browser Bugs->

Submitted by CWmike
CWmike (1292728) writes "Firefox accounted for almost half of all browser vulnerabilities in the first six months of 2009, Web security company Cenzic said Monday (PDF). Mozilla's browser had the largest percentage of Web vulnerabilities over the six-month span, while Apple's Safari had the dubious distinction of coming in second. Microsoft's Internet Explorer (IE) was third, while Opera Software's flagship browser took fourth place, the company said. "It's not rocket science," said Lars Ewe, Cenzic's chief technology officer, referring to the browser bug counting. "We used several databases, including the CVE (common vulnerabilities and exposures) database to count the number of known vulnerabilities." Firefox accounted for 44% of all browser bugs reported in the first half of the year, said Ewe, while Safari vulnerabilities came to 35% of the total. IE, meanwhile, accounted for 15%, while 6% of all the flaws were in Opera. Cenzic did not separately count the number of "zero-day" bugs"
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