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Submission + - DIY Phased Array Radar Sensor From Pegboard and Wi (makezine.com) 1

An anonymous reader writes: Yes, you read that correctly.

No hard technical details are out yet, but this amazing project from MIT radar hackers Drs. Bradley Perry, Jonathan Paul Kitchens, Patrick Bell, Jeffrey Herd, and MAKE regular Gregory L. Charvat is soon to be published as part of MIT’s open courseware initiative. Cost of parts is about $950. The course abstract describes a “laptop-based phased array radar sensor capable of imaging moving targets in real-time, like a ‘radar video camera’.”....


Submission + - Exploits emerge for Linux privilege escalation fla (techworld.com.au)

angry tapir writes: "Linux vendors are rushing to patch a privilege escalation vulnerability in the Linux kernel that can be exploited by local attackers to gain root access on the system. The vulnerability, which is identified as CVE-2012-0056, was discovered by Jüri Aedla and is caused by a failure of the Linux kernel to properly restrict access to the "/proc//mem" file."
The Internet

Submission + - Harvard Business Review comes out against SOPA (hbr.org)

hype7 writes: "The Harvard Business Review has come out with an article extremely critical of SOPA. As opposed to a battle of "content" vs "technology", they are characterizing it as a battle of "giants" vs "innovators". From the article: "If you take a look at many of the largest backers of SOPA and PIPA — the Business of Software Alliance, Comcast, Electronic Arts, Ford, L'Oreal, Scholastic, Sony, Disney — you'll see that they represent a wide range of businesses. Some are technology companies, some are content companies, some are historic innovators, and some are not. But one characteristic is the same across all of SOPA's supporters — they all have an interest in preserving the status quo. If there is meaningful innovation by startups in content creation and delivery, the supporters of SOPA and PIPA are poised to lose.""

Submission + - Scammers replacing iPads with bags of clay in Cana (geek.com)

An anonymous reader writes: A group of thieves in Canada managed to upset a number of legitimate consumers come Christmas morning when they opened their iPad 2 packaging to find nothing but a bag of clay, in some cases even the charger had been replaced with clay.

What the scammers had managed to do was purchase iPad 2s, remove the tablet, and then make up the weight and shape with clay. They also had the necessary tools and materials to professionally reseal the iPad 2 box so it looks as if it had never been opened. The stores accepted the tablets back as returns without further checks because they were sealed, and then proceeded to resell them to other customers.


Submission + - Oracle Permitted To Depose Larry Page (itworld.com)

jfruhlinger writes: "Google-Oracle news coming fast and furious: not long after Google claimed that Sun offered to license Java for substantially less than the damages Oracle is demanding, a California judge has agreed that Oracle can summon Google CEO Larry Page to a legal deposition. Their questioning will be "for a maximum of two hours, excluding breaks, solely on topics relevant to the willfulness of the defendant's alleged patent infringement, and the value of Android to the defendant.""

Submission + - iPhone tracking app (iphonetrackingapp.com)

An anonymous reader writes: Want to know how to track an iPhone? If you’re looking for a way to track an iPhone, there are numerous options available to you. However, before you decide on which iPhone tracking app to purchase, you must first determine your reasons for wanting to know how to track an iPhone. You can go with a ‘FREE’ option that will give you great tracking info, or you can go for a ‘STEALTH’ option which offers tracking, plus a variety of spy features.

Submission + - Anon+ Hacked By Irate Turks (thinq.co.uk)

Stoobalou writes: Hacktivism collective Anonymous has suffered a taste of its own medicine, with its recently-formed pro-anonymity social networking service Anon+ falling foul of Turkish hackers.

Submission + - Car automatically stops short of pedestrians (networkworld.com)

netbuzz writes: "With collision-avoidance systems becoming more advanced and widely used, Toyota has taken the technology up another level by fashioning what it claims is the first system that can detect not only other vehicles but pedestrians. The demonstration video shows the system working under ideal conditions, but it’s impressive nonetheless."

Submission + - Bourbon Powered Car A Hoax (thedailyload.com)

dailyloadmaster writes: The story of the Bourbon Powered Car is a Hoax. Chicago based comedy writer and former stand-up comedian Dan Carlson, creates news for TheDailyLoad.com. April 14 Carlson concocted his story about a Kentucky man inspired by the film Chitty Chitty Bang Bang and the guys from American Pickers to turn is junk into a car that runs on bourbon.

The Daily Load is a satire news site that has the line “because the real news sucks” right in it’s header, yet this story caught fire and was reposted around the internet, eventually picked up by legitimate news sources.

A search of “Bourbon Powered Car”, “Kentucky Man Invents Bourbon Car” etc. show hundreds of sites posting this “news” story.

Submission + - argentina , growing in the use of clean energy (pintandotuweb.com)

diegowowp writes: Argentina tops the world rankings for growth, year by year, use low-carbon technology, while China remains the country with more investment in this area, says a study.

According to the Chinese invested U.S. $ 54,400 million in 2010 compared to U.S. $ 39,100 million in 2009.

United States, its investment rose 51 %to U.S. $ 34,000 ,fell from second to third place in the standings,behind Germany , with U.S. $ 41,200 million .

In terms of growth year on year, Argentina leads the standings as increased investment in 568% in 2010 compared to 2009.

Globally, the sector (not including nuclear energy) attracted $ 243,000 in investment, an increase of 30% since 2009 and an increase of no less than 630% since 2004.


Submission + - Computer Science Interest at Stanford Skyrocketing (singularityhub.com)

kkleiner writes: "After years of declining student interest, what started as an upturn in enrollments back in 2006 has emerged into a department swelling with students and growth continues to increase. Enrollments in CS106A, Introduction to Computer Science — Programming Methodology, for academic year 2009-2010 were up 51% from the previous two years, which witnessed about 20% growth. But more amazing still is that enrollment in the first quarter of the 2010-2011 school year was already up 120% from 2009. Perhaps these enrollment numbers reflect something deeper happening in the technoculture we now live in."
Open Source

Submission + - LSE delayed Linux system finally launches Feb 14 (computerworlduk.com)

DMandPenfold writes: The London Stock Exchange’s delayed Linux-based trading system has finally been given a go-live date of 14 February, for the exchange’s main cash markets.

The launch date announcement comes as the LSE put the highly-publicised December outage of the system — which already runs on its Turquoise anonymous trading venue — down to “human error”. It declined to give more details.

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