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Submission + - Goodbye MacDefender, welcome MacGuard, in hours... (theregister.co.uk)

masterwit writes: From the article:
> Just hours after Apple updated a security update
> to protect Mac users against a rash of scareware
> attacks, a new variant began circulating that
> completely bypasses the malware-blocking
> measure.
I think some people predicted this in the comments of last article...this will be interesting to see how this plays out.


Submission + - Apple handcuffs 'open' webapps on iPhone home scrn (theregister.co.uk) 1

masterwit writes: Saw this on The Register, but it seems that in order to promote in-house apps, Apple may specifically be hindering web-apps' performance in order to promote in house apps (of which Apple gets a 30% cut).

As one alleged quote from a developer in the article states: "Apple is basically using subtle defects to make web apps appear to be low quality – even when they claim HTML5 is a fully supported platform."

Since it is important to consider all viewpoints before being presented with concrete facts, this may be a bug and merely non-intentional on Apple's side...


Submission + - Judge orders IP logs released to Sony from PS3... (wired.com) 2

masterwit writes: A story on wired and also at The Registrar and also Wired tells of the following:
'A federal magistrate has awarded Sony a subpoena allowing the company to obtain the IP addresses of everyone who visited the personal website of PlayStation 3 jailbreaker George Hotz for the past 26 months.

Magistrate Judge Joseph C. Spero of San Francisco also granted Sony's request for subpoenas on Google, Twitter, and another service for information relating to accounts held by the 21-year-old Hotz, who goes by the moniker GeoHot. Thursday's move comes in a lawsuit Sony filed in January alleging that Hotz and more than 100 other other hackers violated US copyright law by showing others how to bypass technical measures built in to the game console so they would run games and software not authorized by Sony.'

This is not only a major change in policy on privacy but disturbing on a multitude of levels. Both of these articles are worth checking out.


Submission + - Migrating animals might decrease bird flu spread (scientificamerican.com)

masterwit writes: I found this quite an interesting take on another role of migration and the complexity of our planet. From the article:

"Birds that migrate across continents tend to have a higher viral load than those that stay at home year round. But for some of those species, migrating might help to avoid the more virulent pathogens that can accumulate in one environment. Other animals might use this migratory escape method as well."

This is all fine and well... but considering human impact on the environment: "Better understanding these disease dynamics will be important in stemming potential pandemics. But migrations, like the animals themselves, are moving targets, influenced by human impacts to the physical and climatic landscape. With less available land and more impediments to movement—such as fragmented habitat—more animals might end up in a few close-quarters stopovers like Delaware Bay or curtail their migration, leading to fewer opportunities to escape local infection or leave the sick behind."

This is a good article with a decent bit of embedded links imo. Check it out I found it a good read.


Submission + - Convergence to enhance biomedical research (aaas.org)

masterwit writes: The article reads:
"The MIT white paper says the emerging field of convergence—which brings together the life sciences, the physical sciences, and engineering—should create a “third revolution” in biomedical research. It would follow the revolution that started with the discovery of the structure of DNA in 1953 and the subsequent genomics revolution, begun in the 1980s, that led to mapping of the human genetic blueprint."
The article brings up some good points. Plus, no paywall is always a bonus.


Submission + - Gulf Bacteria Quickly Digested Spilled Methane (aaas.org)

masterwit writes: From an AAAS news release: "Bacteria made quick work of the methane released by the Deepwater Horizon blowout, digesting most of the gas within the four months after its release, according to a new study published online at ScienceExpress." This study however did not deal with other chemicals (oil) from the disaster's fallout. A glimpse of good news from the disaster's fallout...

Submission + - black holes may mature early in galaxy evolution (scientificamerican.com)

masterwit writes: From Scientific American: "An accidental find in a star-forming dwarf galaxy shows that black holes may mature early in galaxy evolution" also "if giant black holes in star-forming dwarf galaxies prove to be common—that is, if Henize 2-10 is not an outlier but a representative of a larger population—they may have much to tell about the formation of primordial black holes and galaxies in the early universe" I personally do not come from a large point of knowledge here, but I found this read very interesting and thought someone else would share my sentiment.

Submission + - Internet Indentity System for America (cnet.com) 1

masterwit writes: From the article: "President Obama is planning to hand the U.S. Commerce Department authority over a forthcoming cybersecurity effort to create an Internet ID for Americans, a White House official said here today...." The real question is this even possible? And how are we to know that this data will remain secure? I mean what could possibly go wrong?

Submission + - ~2,000 black birds fall dead from the sky (todaysthv.com) 1

masterwit writes: Whether this is the result of some sort of fallout gone bad, a deadly virus, or this...much speculation remains to why thousands of birds dropped dead out of the air just following this past New Years. The article states:
The mystery is unraveling like scenes from a movie, dozens of U.S. Environmental Services crews spent the day picking up the birds, walking between homes and climbing on roofs with protective hazmat suits and breathing masks,.
Charles Boldrey stands outside watching the crews, "Nobody knows, I asked these guys who are out here picking them up and they don't seem to know anything. Nobody seems to know anything. It just kind of freaked everybody out."
Officials with the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission flew over the area and determined it's a one mile stretch. There are a variety of dead black birds, mostly red winged and a duck was also found.
No one has been evacuated because the Arkansas Department of Environmental Quality (ADEQ) air test came back clean for toxins.


Submission + - Just 21% Want FCC to Regulate Internet... (rasmussenreports.com) 1

masterwit writes: The story reads:
"American voters believe free market competition will protect Internet users more than government regulation and fear that regulation will be used to push a political agenda.
The latest Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey finds that only 21% of Likely U.S. Voters want the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to regulate the Internet as it does radio and television. Fifty-four percent (54%) are opposed to such regulation, and 25% are not sure." Interesting as I did not think the opposition to regulation was this high.


Submission + - Woman arrested at ABIA after refusing enhanced pat (kvue.com) 1

masterwit writes: In the wake of recent articles involving the arguable privacy issues and constitutional rights violations involved with the new technology employed by the TSA , back scanners...this happened:
The article states: "One of the first people in line after that shutdown never made it through. She was arrested and banned from the airport.
Claire Hirschkind, 56, who says she is a rape victim and who has a pacemaker-type device implanted in her chest, says her constitutional rights were violated. She says she never broke any laws. But the Transportation Security Administration disagrees."
It will be interesting to see the fallout from this unfortunate situation.

Submission + - Stuxnet virus adds 2 year delay to nuclear program (jpost.com)

masterwit writes: The source is a bit biased it would seem, but there doesn't seem to be much more coverage yet. The article states:
"The Stuxnet virus, which has attacked Iran’s nuclear facilities and which Israel is suspected of creating, has set back the Islamic Republic’s nuclear program by two years, a top German computer consultant who was one of the first experts to analyze the program’s code told The Jerusalem Post on Tuesday."
"This was nearly as effective as a military strike, but even better since there are no fatalities and no full-blown war. From a military perspective, this was a huge success."
"Widespread speculation has named Israel’s Military Intelligence Unit 8200, known for its advanced Signal Intelligence (SIGINT) capabilities, as the possible creator of the software, as well as the United States."
(just go read the article...)


Submission + - Apache is officially quitting Java's governing bod (theregister.co.uk)

masterwit writes: The article reads:

Apache called the Java 7 and 8 vote the EC's last chance to demonstrate it had any intent to defend the JCP as "an open specification process, and demonstrate that the letter and spirit of the law matter." The law in question is the Java Specification Participation Agreement (JSPA) that sets out the rules for the running of the JCP. By failing to protect the JSPA, the ASF said it's concluded the JCP is no longer an open specification process and that the commercial concerns of one company, Oracle, "will continue to seriously interfere with and bias the transparent governance of the ecosystem."

Funny, I mentioned Oracle in class today and my professor told me to stop using that curse word...

The most exciting phrase to hear in science, the one that heralds new discoveries, is not "Eureka!" (I found it!) but "That's funny ..." -- Isaac Asimov