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Submission + - SPAM: 10 Steps to Defeat the Corporatocracy

wbradleyjr1 writes: "Many Americans know that the United States is not a democracy but a "corporatocracy," in which we are ruled by a partnership of giant corporations, the extremely wealthy elite and corporate-collaborator government officials. However, the truth of such tyranny is not enough to set most of us free to take action. Too many of us have become pacified by corporatocracy-created institutions and culture."
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More Websites Offending Thai Monarchy Blocked 220

An anonymous reader writes "Thailand is ramping up their media wide censorship of anything that remotely offends Thai royalty. In the last three weeks, another 2,300 websites have been blocked. Another ~4,000 are soon expected. And not just websites, but books as well as the Economist have been blocked. And anyone caught publishing such material, including foreigners, will get 3 to 15 years in a Thai prison. You don't want to be in a Thai prison!"
Data Storage

Stanford's Quantum Hologram Sets Storage Record 210

eldavojohn writes "It's often assumed that representing data reaches a limit when you get to the point that an atom represents one bit in some form or fashion. But Stanford University researchers have used a quantum hologram model to store the characters 'S' and 'U' by encoding the data at a rate of 35 bits per electron."
Data Storage

The Case Against Web Apps 431

snydeq writes "Fatal Exception's Neil McAllister offers five reasons why companies should re-consider concentrating their development efforts on browser-based apps. As McAllister sees it, Web apps encourage a thin-client approach to development that concentrates far too much workload in the datacenter. And while UI and tool limitations are well known, the Web as 'hostile territory' for independent developers is a possibility not yet fully understood. Sure, Web development is fast, versatile, and relatively inexpensive, but long term, the browser's weaknesses might just outweigh its strengths as an app delivery platform."

Fannie Mae Worker Indicted For Malicious Script 325

dfdashh writes "A former Fannie Mae contractor has been indicted by a federal grand jury in Baltimore, MD for computer intrusion. He attempted to propagate a malicious script throughout the company's 4,000 servers. The DC Examiner has details of the incident: 'Had this malicious script executed, [Fannie Mae] engineers expect it would have caused millions of dollars of damage and reduced if not shutdown operations at [Fannie Mae] for at least one week. ... The virus was set to execute at 9 a.m. Jan. 31, first disabling Fannie Mae's computer monitoring system and then cutting all access to the company's 4,000 servers, Nye wrote. Anyone trying to log in would receive a message saying "Server Graveyard." From there, the virus would wipe out all Fannie Mae data, replacing it with zeros, Nye wrote. Finally, the virus would shut down the servers.'"
Classic Games (Games)

Anatomy of the First Video Game, Born 1958 137

afabbro writes "Fifty years ago, before 'Pong' and 'Space Invaders,' a nuclear physicist created 'Tennis for Two,' a 2-D tennis game that some say was the first video game ever. Built in 1958, it was 'gynormous.' 'In addition to the oscilloscope screen and the controller, the guts of the original game were contained in an analog computer, which is "about as big as a microwave oven."' 'We have to load it into the back of a station wagon to move it. It's not a Game Boy that you put in your pocket.'"
PC Games (Games)

Evolutionary Scientists Test-Drive Spore, Gripe 252

ahab_2001 writes "The computer game Spore has been marketed partly as an experience that makes evolutionary biology come alive in a game setting. But does that claim hold water? To find out, John Bohannon, a correspondent for Science Magazine (writing as 'The Gonzo Scientist'), sat four card-carrying scientists, ranging from evolutionary biologist Niles Eldredge to JPL astrophysicist Miles Smith, down in front of a terminal to play the game. The upshot, says Bohannon: Spore flunks basic science, getting 'most of biology badly, needlessly, and often bizarrely wrong.'"
The Courts

Dutch Court Punishes Theft of Virtual Property 276

tsa writes "Last week, the Dutch court subjected two kids of ages 15 and 14 to 160 hours of unpaid work or 80 days in jail, because they stole virtual property from a 13-year-old boy. The boy was kicked and beaten and threatened with a knife while forced to log into Runescape and giving his assets to the two perpetrators. This ruling is the first of its kind for the Netherlands. Ars Technica has some more background information." In Japan, meanwhile, a woman has been arrested for "illegally accessing a computer and manipulating electronic data" after (virtually) killing her (virtual) husband.
Hardware Hacking

Macbook Air Internal EVDO Broadband Card Mod 68

Sastira writes "Jordan Bunnell has successfully modded his Macbook Air to use an internal EVDO Broadband card. In order to make everything fit, he had to sacrifice the WiFi and bluetooth cards, but considering the portable nature of the laptop, it is a small price to pay for being truly wireless." (You'll need to scroll down past the sketchy-looking top section of that page.) Sastira also links to this InsanelyMac forum thread on the mod.

Submission + - Streaming Video from Mac to Linux?

Neuroprophet writes: My old dual PIII Ubuntu system finally dropped dead over the weekend. This was the machine I used with an ATI captrue card to transcode and stream video to my Powerbook G4 and eeepc. I'm now planning on using my Powerbook to be the video capture machine in place of my old PIII. I've looked into capture solutions like Elgato's hybrid and 250 plus, but the software doesn't support real time streaming to Linux. I've also read that real-time solutions like Cytv can be hit or miss. I haven't heard about much success with Hauppauge or Pinnacle devices either. Anybody currently streaming real time television from a Mac to a Linux box? Are there any particular tuners and software you would recommend? I'm looking for a solution using only my two current machines and a new capture device if possible.

Submission + - Hacked pumps give free gas (local6.com) 1

Dionysius, God of Wine and Leaf, writes: "Meanwhile, police are investigating an organized theft ring that used a never-before-seen device to hack gas station pumps and steal unlimited amounts of gasoline in Casselberry last week.

"One of the operatives (got) out and used a computerized device to bypass the pumps so they could pump an unlimited amount of gas into the vehicles," Casselberry police Lt. Dennis Stewart said.



Submission + - Nintendo Ranked 7th among World's Innovative Compa (coderetard.com)

adm_snackbar writes: BusinessWeek recently surveyed some 2,500 companies around the world and compiled the 17-question responses (weighted 80%) along with revenue and margin growth (10%) and stock growth (10%) to come up with 2008's list of the top 50 world's most innovative companies. Apple again took the number one spot followed by Google. No surprises there. What is surprising (but was it really?) is that Nintendo, a company which had not made even the top 50 in the past, suddenly jumped into the elite top 10 and came in at seventh. To give perspective, Microsoft ranked 5th while Sony was 9th.

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