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Space Photos Taken From Shed Stun Astronomers 149

Posted by timothy
from the love-the-gold-mylar dept.
krou writes "Amateur astronomer Peter Shah has stunned astronomers around the world with amazing photos of the universe taken from his garden shed. Shah spent £20,000 on the equipment, hooking up a telescope in his shed to his home computer, and the results are being compared to images taken by the Hubble Space Telescope. 'Most men like to putter about in their garden shed,' said Shah, 'but mine is a bit more high tech than most. I have fitted it with a sliding roof so I can sit in comfort and look at the heavens. I have a very modest set up, but it just goes to show that a window to the universe is there for all of us – even with the smallest budgets. I had to be patient and take the images over a period of several months because the skies in Britain are often clouded over and you need clear conditions.' His images include the Monkey's head nebula, M33 Pinwheel Galaxy, Andromeda Galaxy and the Flaming Star Nebula, and are being put together for a book."
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Living In Tokyo's Capsule Hotels 269

Posted by samzenpus
from the living-in-the-hive dept.
afabbro writes "Capsule Hotel Shinjuku 510 once offered a night’s refuge to salarymen who had missed the last train home. Now with Japan enduring its worst recession since World War II, it is becoming an affordable option for people with nowhere else to go. The Hotel 510’s capsules are only 6 1/2 feet long by 5 feet wide. Guests must keep possessions, like shirts and shaving cream, in lockers outside of the capsules. Atsushi Nakanishi, jobless since Christmas says, 'It’s just a place to crawl into and sleep. You get used to it.'”
Security

+ - Australian security class hacks 200 websites->

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "This story is a few days old however despite its dramatic claims, seems to have gotten very little attention. A Sydney Security Expert claims to have taught a class of 35 students to hack into 200 Large Australian websites belonging to Organisations on the Business Review Weekly top 200 list or large Government Departments. Mr Ajoy Ghosh who teaches at a Sydney University and has spoken at the Auscert security conference on computer law claims remarkable success with "over 50 percent of the systems being compromised within 12 hours, to the extent that content could be altered".
The thrust of the story is to point out Australian websites poor relative security. Is this conclusion an accurate one from the experiences of the slashdot community ? And what is the legal status of these types of penetration tests ? How far are students and teachers allowed to go in the name of research and education. If not illegal it would seem to me highly unethical to expose real world vulnarilities that would allow students to alter data if they so chose."

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Privacy

+ - Voting machines banned by dutch minister

Submitted by 5heep
5heep (544616) writes "Dutch Government Renewal Minister Atzo Nicolai has banned the use of one type of computer voting machines in national elections next month. The turnabout came after a group called We Don't Trust Voting Computers protested the vulnerability of electronic voting to fraud or manipulation. The reason for this ban is the radio signals emitted by the machines which can be used to peek at a voters' choice from several dozen meters away."

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