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+ - Manning aquitted of aiding the enemy charges->

Submitted by crashcy
crashcy (2839507) writes "From the NY Times, While he was found guilty of multiple counts of espionage, PFC Bradley Manning was found not guilty of aiding the enemy in his trial for leaking the Wikileaks files. This was the first time that such a charge had been attached in a leak case and could have set a worrisome precedent."
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+ - Epic Failures: 11 Infamous Software Bugs-> 2

Submitted by CWmike
CWmike (1292728) writes "Mark your calendars: Sept. 9 is hereby declared Debugging Day. It's been associated with removing bugs for more than 50 years now but is rarely formally celebrated. So let's start the tradition this year, argues Matt Lake. It all began with a log entry from 1947 by Harvard University's Mark II technical team. The now-classic entry features a moth taped to the page, time-stamped 15:45, with the caption 'Relay #70 Panel F (moth) in relay' and the proud boast, 'First actual case of bug being found.' OK, the history of computer bugs didn't really begin on this date (see "Moth in the machine" for the real story), but nevertheless, its anniversary seems a perfect time to examine famous bugs and other ghosts in the machine. Lake has assembled a highly selective — and therefore incomplete — collection of infamous software bugs. Unlike the relatively benign tale of the moth in the relay, he writes, some bugs have wreaked disaster, embarrassment and destruction on the world. Some have literally killed people."
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+ - Punked in the Data Center-> 1

Submitted by 1sockchuck
1sockchuck (826398) writes "How would you react if a visitor to your data center cut through an Ethernet cable? The staff at Isilon Systems hired a magician to have some sport with the company's director of engineering, who thinks he's making a video promoting network attached storage, but freaks when the vistor whips out a pair of scissors. and asks "What happens if I cut this cable?""
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+ - Reversal of Alzheimer's symptoms within minutes

Submitted by afeeney
afeeney (719690) writes "Researchers have found that spinal injections of Etanercept, which inactivates excessive amounts of tumor necrosis factor-alpha (TNF) can reverse symptoms of Alzheimer's Disease within minutes.

While TNF is a vital part of the immune system, excessive amounts are associated with various autoimmune diseases.

If this discovery is replicated in a wider range of subjects and becomes a viable cure for Alzheimer's, it could affect literally billions of lives, for people with Alzheimer's, their caretakers and loved ones, and the many who consider the possibility of Alzheimer's one of the most dreaded possible consequences of aging."
Lord of the Rings

+ - Peter Jackson to direct the HObbitt->

Submitted by AssTard
AssTard (684911) writes "There you go, that dude who directed the movies about the Leprechauns running around from the Druids, and also the King Kong movie (much better than Lord Of The Rinds IMHO), he's gonna direct the Hobbitt Movie, where they tell about the muppetts crafting The Ring out of titanium/gold alloy back in the days before Jesus. Here's the story from Yahoo! NEW YORK — Peter Jackson and New Line Cinema have reached agreement to make J.R.R. Tolkien's "The Hobbit," a planned prequel to the blockbuster trilogy "The Lord of the Rings." ADVERTISEMENT Jackson, who directed the "Rings" trilogy, will serve as executive producer for "The Hobbit." A director for the prequel films has yet to be named. Relations between Jackson and New Line had soured after "Rings," despite a collective worldwide box office gross of nearly $3 billion an enormous success. The two sides nevertheless were able to reconcile, with Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Studios (MGM) splitting "The Hobbit" 50/50, spokemen for both studios said Tuesday. "I'm very pleased that we've been able to put our differences behind us, so that we may begin a new chapter with our old friends at New Line," Jackson said in a statement. "We are delighted to continue our journey through Middle Earth." Two "Hobbit" films are scheduled to be shot simultaneously, similar to how the three "Lord of the Rings" films were made. Production is set to begin in 2009 with a released planned for 2010, with the sequel scheduled for a 2011 release. New Line Cinema is owned by Time Warner. Sony and Comcast are among the owners of MGM. (ADDS detail, quotes, background. SUBS overline to CORRECT that Jackson will produce, sted direct, films.)"
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+ - Tiger Team: Penetration Testing TV Series Dec 25->

Submitted by ChazeFroy
ChazeFroy (51595) writes "CourtTV (TruTV) has a new series starting Dec 25 at 11 pm called Tiger Team. It follows a group of elite penetration testers hired to test organizations' security using social engineering, wired/wireless penetration testing, and physically defeating security mechanisms (lock picking, dumpster diving, going through air vents/windows). They do all of this while avoiding the organizations' various security defenses as well as law enforcement. The stars of the show also did a radio spot this morning in Denver, and its MP3 is here."
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Lord of the Rings

+ - Peter Jackson Will Produce "The Hobbit"->

Submitted by Soldrinero
Soldrinero (789891) writes "After years of bitter fighting with the studio and nail-biting by the fans, the word has come out that there will be a "Hobbit" movie and it will be produced by Peter Jackson. Actually, the story will be split into two movies, to be released in 2010 and 2011. Time to start getting your costumes ready for the premier!"
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Lord of the Rings

+ - PJs making The Hobbit->

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "Peter Jackson has announced that The Hobbit is being made. The story will be in 2 films, and shot simultaneously like Lord Of The Rings. Filming is set for 2009 with the first part expected for release in 2010. "A decision still has to be made on who will direct the films, who will be cast and where they will be filmed.""
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+ - Virus, not cell phones, killed 1 in 4 U.S. bees->

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Lucas123 writes "Colony Collapse Disorder is characterized by the rapid disappearance of a colonies' bees, even if there are adequate stores of food in the hive, MSNBC is reporting. The bees just seem to fly off into oblivion — hinting that the malady somehow affects the insects' navigational sense or learning ability. Some scientists had proposed that cell-phone radiation was disrupting bee colonies."
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+ - Complete Quakecon '07 Coverage: id Tech 5 Unveiled->

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bigwophh writes "Top to bottom coverage of Quakecon 2007 has just been posted at HotHardware. The article includes a multitude of images and information from all of Quakecon's events, including id's keynote address in which John Carmack revealed details of the id tech 5 engine, NVIDIA's kick-off event, and all of the vendor displays. They also have pictures of all of the case mod contest winners, the lovely Frag Dolls, and news about a handful of yet to be released titles including Rage, Left 4 Dead, John Woo's Stranglehold, and Quake Wars: Enemy Territory. There's even a bit of information regarding the upcoming movie based on id's Wolfenstein franchise."
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+ - 365main releases root-cause of data-center outage

Submitted by linuxwrangler
linuxwrangler (582055) writes "365main has issued a root cause report and FAQ about the failure that took out prominent sites like Craigslist. It was not, as initially reported, a drunk employee but rather two failures. The generator failure was caused by a setting in the Detroit Diesel Electronic Controller that wasn't allowing memory to be reset correctly resulting in engine misfires and failed engine-starts. The problem has been duplicated and is reportedly now fixed. 365main has updated controllers on all its Hitec rotary UPS systems and shared its findings with other Hitec users. Meanwhile, the half-second outage in colo-7 was caused when a brief power-surge hit it's primary side causing it to attempt to switch to secondary power. Unfortunately, the secondary side was already powering three other colo-rooms so the transfer was refused and the PDU switched back to primary 490ms later."

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