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Operating Systems

+ - The Past 12 Linux Kernels Benchmarked->

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Anonymous Coward
Anonymous Coward writes "Over at Phoronix they have benchmarked the past twelve Linux kernel releases. Going back to the Linux 2.6.12 kernel and all the way up to the 2.6.24-rc1 kernel (with the exception of the Linux 2.6.21 kernel, for hardware reasons) they re-tested every release in a variety of benchmarks. Their benchmarks consisted of encoding tests, gzip compression/uncompression, network downloads, disk read tests, and measuring the system memory performance. They had also briefly recapped the major changes in the Linux kernel going back to 2.6.12."
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Biotech

+ - Possible treatment against HIV->

Submitted by Mahesh Gharat
Mahesh Gharat (633793) writes "Doctors at University of Copenhagen have discovered that they can successfully neutralise the HIV virus. The so-called 'combination therapy' prevents the HIV virus from mutating and spreading, allowing patients to rebuild their immune system to the same levels as the rest of the population. To date, it represents the most significant treatment for patients suffering from HIV.

Professor Jens Lundgren from the University of Copenhagen, together with other members of the research group EuroSIDA, have conducted a study, which demonstrates that the immune system of all HIV-infected patients can be restored and normalised. The only stipulation is that patients begin and continue to follow their course of treatment.

Findings from the study have also published in the medical journal The Lancet — Vol. 370, Issue 9585, 4 August 2007."

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Security

+ - Russia Tests World's Largest Non-Nuclear Bomb->

Submitted by mahesh_gharat
mahesh_gharat (633793) writes "Russia has tested the "Father of all bombs," a conventional air-delivered explosive that experts say can only be compared with a nuclear weapon in terms of its destructive power.The device is a fuel-air explosive, commonly known as a vacuum bomb, that spreads a high incendiary vapour cloud over a wide area and then ignites it, creating an ultra-sonic shock wave and searing fireball that destroys everything in its wake.

A Russian state TV showed the test site, which "looked like a lunar landscape", including the shattered remains of a town, following the blast at an undisclosed location recently."The results of tests of the aviation explosive device have shown that it is comparable with nuclear weapons in its efficiency and potential," armed forces deputy chief of staff Alexander Rukshin told journalists. But, he added, "it is environmentally friendly, compared to a nuclear bomb, and it will enable us to ensure national security and at the same time stand up to international terrorism in any part of the globe and in any situation."

In 2003 the US tested a vacuum device, officially called the Massive Ordinance Air Blast weapon, which was quickly dubbed the "Mother of All Bombs" by American commentators. Russian experts are referring to the allegedly mightier Russian incarnation as the "Father" — the Russians claim their new weapon is much smaller than the US vacuum bomb, but four times more powerful.

Read the news here: Bloomberg or USA Today for photos."

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Biotech

+ - Russian village as human nuclear experiment->

Submitted by AHuxley
AHuxley (892839) writes "A major accident at the Russian Mayak reprocessing plant in 1957 and many other leaks have poisoned the area. Villagers outside the Russian Mayak plant on the River Techa assert they are kept in place to study. Generations of human guinea pigs are reported on as part of a long-term radiation poisoning study. A "resettlement zone" is also in the contaminated Chelyabinsk area."
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Privacy

+ - Data on Americans mined for terror risk->

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jihadist
jihadist writes "Records about identity thefts, real estate transactions, motor vehicle accidents and complaints about Internet drug companies are being searched for common threads to aid law enforcement officials, the Justice Department said in a report to Congress on the agency's data-mining practices. http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070711/ap_on_go_ca_st _pe/fbi_data_mining"
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Media

+ - Creative Labs False Advertising

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "Creative Labs 2GB MuVo V100 portable mp3 players are advertised as being USB 2.0 capable devices, but are in fact USB 1.1 devices. Creative labs own message forums, as well as other places document this clearly, and a quick google search yields many more results. I verified it myself on two different platforms, a MacBook Pro, and an nforce2 based mainboard with onboard USB 2.0. I have emailed creative asking how to get usb 2.0 speeds out of this product and have been ignored, like most people. This really sounds like class action lawsuit material. Creative Labs are doing absolutely nothing to address this, and you can still find this product on store shelves advertised as being a USB 2.0 device when it clearly is not. It takes over an HOUR to copy 2gb of data to/from this device. What is a consumer to do?"
Power

Journal: Ethanol And Brazil: The New Global Energy Brand?

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When it comes to energy, Brazil is on its way to becoming a "global brand." Although the United States recently outpaced Brazil in ethanol production, Brazil is by far the leader in sugar-based ethanol. Its exports are growing, and it could become a major energy supplier to the world. But what Brazil is particularly known for is its grand conversion-moving almost 40 percent of its automotive fuel from gasoline to ethanol.
Google

+ - Why "Yahoo" Is The #1 Search Term On Googl

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "Google Trends indicates that over the course of the past year the search term "Yahoo" became more popular than "sex", making it the #1 query on Google. Yahoo apparently faces a similar dilemma with roles reversed: When you search for "Google" on Yahoo, Yahoo thoughtfully displays a second search box as if to tell you, "Hey cutie, you have a search engine right in front of you!"

A puzzling phenomenon? An strange aberration?

http://www.dailydomainer.com/200742-why-yahoo-is-t he-1-search-term-on-google-and-why-website-owners- shouldnt-rely-on-search-engines-alone.html"
Biotech

+ - Scientists cure cancer, but no one takes notice

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Kildjean
Kildjean writes "EDITORS NOTE:

Since the original publication of this article we have been inundated with responses from the public at all walks of life. It is important to note that research is ongoing with DCA, and not everyone is convinced it will turn out to be a miracle drug. There have been many therapies that were promising in vitro and in animal models that did not work for one reason or another in humans. To provide false hope is not our intention. There is a lot of information on DCA available on the web, and this column is but one opinion on the topic. We hope you will do your own research into the situation. So, we have added links to resources at the end of this column.

END NOTE

Scientists may have cured cancer last week.

Yep.

So, why hven't the media picked up on it?

Here's the deal. Researchers at the University of Alberta in Edmonton, Canada found a cheap and easy to produce drug that kills almost all cancers. The drug is dichloroacetate, and since it is already used to treat metabolic disorders, we know it should be no problem to use it for other purposes.

Doesn't this sound like the kind of news you see on the front page of every paper?

The drug also has no patent, which means it could be produced for bargain basement prices in comparison to what drug companies research and develop.

Scientists tested DCA on human cells cultured outside the body where it killed lung, breast and brain cancer cells, but left healthy cells alone. Rats plump with tumors shrank when they were fed water supplemented with DCA.

Again, this seems like it should be at the top of the nightly news, right?

Cancer cells don't use the little power stations found in most human cells — the mitochondria. Instead, they use glycolysis, which is less effective and more wasteful.

Doctors have long believed the reason for this is because the mitochondria were damaged somehow. But, it turns out the mitochondria were just dormant, and DCA starts them back up again.

The side effect of this is it also reactivates a process called apoptosis. You see, mitochondria contain an all-too-important self-destruct button that can't be pressed in cancer cells. Without it, tumors grow larger as cells refuse to be extinguished. Fully functioning mitochondria, thanks to DCA, can once again die.

With glycolysis turned off, the body produces less lactic acid, so the bad tissue around cancer cells doesn't break down and seed new tumors.

Here's the big catch. Pharmaceutical companies probably won't invest in research into DCA because they won't profit from it. It's easy to make, unpatented and could be added to drinking water. Imagine, Gatorade with cancer control.

So, the groundwork will have to be done at universities and independently funded laboratories. But, how are they supposed to drum up support if the media aren't even talking about it?

All I can do is write this and hope Google News picks it up. In the meantime, tell everyone you know and do your own research.

This is a column of opinion written by Printz Executive Editor David McRaney. Comments can be sent to printz@usm.edu

More info on: http://www.studentprintz.com/home/index.cfm?event= displayArticlePrinterFriendly&uStory_id=c7794f20-d fb1-4494-892d-b529895da103"
Microsoft

+ - Microsoft Offers Payment for Wikipedia Edits

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narramissic
narramissic writes "Microsoft has reportedly offered an Australian software engineer payment to edit certain Wikipedia entries. In a blog posting, Rick Jelliffe, chief technology officer of XML tools company Topologi Pty. Ltd., said he recently received an e-mail from Microsoft wanting to contract someone 'independent but friendly' for a couple of days to provide 'more balance' on Wikipedia concerning the ODF and OOXML formats."
The Internet

+ - 16-year-old girl convicted for child porn

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Skiing
Skiing writes "From Internet Cases: A state appellate court in Florida has affirmed the decision of a trial court that adjudicated a 16-year-old girl a delinquent based on her violation of the state's anti-child pornography statute. The case complicates the analysis as to what kind of privacy rights minors have, and it also raises a fundamental question as to how laws should be enforced to effectuate their purposes. If anti-child pornography statutes are intended to protect minors from exploitation, doesn't it seem at least a bit anomalous to prosecute the very persons who are being exploited?"
Google

+ - Bureaucracy "hacks" google.de

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orkomedix (861149) writes "The German magazine Spiegel reports about the German google web site http://www.google.de/ beeing hijacked on the night of the 22nd to the 23rd of January. According to Spiegel it actually was hijacked twice in the same night by two different internet provider. It was not really a hack, since customers of those internet providers "ordered" officially the domain google.de by saying they where the official owner. Google was contacted but missed to answer in time and so the "new" google.de-owner got the domain. The first internet provider Goneo realized the obvious mistake and contacted DENIC. They reacted by giving the domain to the real owner, another customer of yet another internet provider who tried to get google.de the very same night. Isn't that easy... The link to the article is http://www.spiegel.de/netzwelt/web/0,1518,461511,0 0.html , but I am afraid it is in German. But this picture is interesting enough...http://www.spiegel.de/netzwelt/web/0,1518 ,grossbild-783695-461511,00.html"
Security

+ - Zone-H Defaced By Saudi Hackers

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Pro-SEO
Pro-SEO writes "In a story which could be described as delicious irony, the repository of defaced websites, Zone-H, Has been defaced by a group of Saudi hackers.

zone-h is a website which collects and collates information on what sites have been defaced, who defaced them and their motives. So it shouldn't have come as much of a surprise that they were on someones hit list themselves. The hackers, Devil Hacker & Unix Web, Struck at sometime on the 27/1/07 (uk) and replaced the zone-h homepage with a classic defacement suggesting zone-h "see more security next time"."

How many QA engineers does it take to screw in a lightbulb? 3: 1 to screw it in and 2 to say "I told you so" when it doesn't work.

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