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+ - Pogoplug Becomes Printer Server->

Submitted by DeviceGuru
DeviceGuru (1136715) writes "Cloud Engines, maker of the Pogoplug, will soon add a new feature to users’ devices free of charge. Once the firmware update is rolled out later this summer, the low cost gadgets will be usable as low-power printer servers, accessible from anywhere via the Internet. Among other options, you'll be able to email files to the Pogoplug.com web service for printing on a designated Pogoplug-attached printer for which you have password-protected access. Initially 'all HP and Epson printers released in 2005 or later' will be supported. Incidentally, the Pogoplug is a tiny, low-power, relatively inexpensive ($129) device that runs a customized Linux-based operating system, and was previously positioned as a device used for remote access of content stored in attached USB media. The device can also be outfitted with a community-supported alternative OS, known as PlugBox Linux and based on Arch Linux."
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+ - EU search engines to spy for gov't

Submitted by tad001
tad001 (147243) writes "According to an article up over at World Net Daily,

The European Parliament has adopted a proposal to collect citizens' private search queries and store them for up to two years — framing the controversial plan as a measure to crack down on pedophiles. Under Written Declaration 29, law-enforcement authorities may store all search-engine queries for possible analysis. Critics are warning that Written Declaration 29 will undermine the privacy of more than 500 million law-abiding EU citizens.

The article goes on to say

While a declaration is not a legal document, it is a statement of the parliament's formal opinion, and the European Commission may act upon it. More than 100 organizations from 23 European countries have urged for the repeal of the EU requirements for data retention in favor of more targeted collection of traffic data."

+ - Mobile zoo for Q/A?

Submitted by macguys
macguys (472025) writes "I work for an organization that supplies automation to a large group of libraries. While we have a robust Q/A process for our sites, it's all done on desktop machines using Firefox, IE, Safari, Chrome, etc. As more and more of our end users are accessing our assets via mobile devices, it seems to me that we should have a formal process for doing Q/A on those devices. I'm working on a proposal that includes buying (and regularly refreshing) a "petting zoo" of mobile devices for developer testing and q/a of our web assets. While my management agrees that this is a good idea, there is concern that we will end up having lots of cell phone contracts for devices that are only used a few times a year.

I'd appreciate knowing how other organizations handle mobile device q/a. How do you decide which devices to test on, and how do you handle having to buy a 1 or 2 year service contract for each device purchased for testing?"
AMD

+ - Build guide outlines cheap quad-, six-core PCs ->

Submitted by J. Dzhugashvili
J. Dzhugashvili (1007075) writes "Slapping together a lean, mean gaming machine has never been easier, especially with the trend of bargain-basement pricing in the CPU market. The latest edition of The Tech Report's build guide outlines a hexa-core gaming rig that costs only $850 to put together, not to mention a quad-core hot rod for $550. Both configurations have DirectX 11 graphics, bells and whistles like 6Gbps Serial ATA and USB 3.0, and quiet, highly efficient power supplies with equally discreet enclosures. Considering what you can get with careful component selection, a Phillips-head screwdriver, and some elbow grease, it's a wonder anyone still buys overpriced gaming PCs from Dell or HP."
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+ - Adobe Finally Fixes Remote Launch 0-Day->

Submitted by Trailrunner7
Trailrunner7 (1100399) writes "Adobe today shipped a critical Reader/Acrobat patch to cover a total of 17 documented vulnerabilities that expose Windows, Mac and UNIX users to malicious hacker attacks. The update, which affects Adobe Reader/Acrobat 9.3.2 (and earlier versions), includes a fix for the outstanding PDF "/Launch" functionality social engineering attack vector that was disclosed by researcher Didier Stevens.

As previously reported, Didier created a proof-of-concept PDF file that executes an embedded executable without exploiting any security vulnerabilities. The PDF hack, when combined with clever social engineering techniques, could potentially allow code execution attacks if a user simply opens a rigged PDF file."

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+ - The .XXX domain is about money not porn control->

Submitted by ChiefMonkeyGrinder
ChiefMonkeyGrinder (1459991) writes "Lock up your Internet filters, another useless Internet domain is about to hit the world. Its advocates call it the Internet's 'Red Light district' but in truth the .XXX domain, finally approved by ICANN last week, is probably more akin to the top shelf of the newsagents nobody wants to be seen reaching towards."
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+ - LHC smashes beam collision record-> 2

Submitted by siloko
siloko (1133863) writes "The world's highest-energy particle accelerator has produced a record-breaking particle collision rate — about double the previous record. The collider is now generating around 10,000 particle collisions per second, according to physicist Andrei Golutvin. Ramping up the funding rhetoric Mike Lamont told BBC News "It's clear that the LHC is the new boy in town, but in two years running we're going to put Fermilab out of business". As a neutral all I can say is the more collisions the better!"
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Believing You Are Very Good Or Evil Boosts Your Physical Capabilities 192

Posted by samzenpus
from the strength-of-heart dept.
Research by Kurt Gray, a doctoral student in psychology at Harvard, shows that a person's capacity for willpower and physical endurance increases if they perceive themselves as good or evil. "Evil" acts in particular give a person a large boost in physical strength. From the article: “'People perceive those who do good and evil to have more efficacy, more willpower, and less sensitivity to discomfort,' Gray said. 'By perceiving themselves as good or evil, people embody these perceptions, actually becoming more capable of physical endurance.' Gray’s findings run counter to the notion that only those blessed with heightened willpower or self-control are capable of heroism, suggesting instead that simply attempting heroic deeds can confer personal power."
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Doctors Seeing a Rise In "Google-itis" 368

Posted by samzenpus
from the sounds-like-rickets-to-me dept.
It's one of the fastest-growing health issues that doctors now face: "Google-itis." Everyone from concerned mothers to businessmen on their lunch break are typing in symptoms and coming up with rare diseases or just plain wrong information. Many doctors are bringing computers into examination rooms now so they can search along with patients to alleviate their fears. "I'm not looking for a relationship where the patient accepts my word as the gospel truth," says Dr. James Valek. "I just feel the Internet brings so much misinformation to the (exam) room that we have to fight through all that before we can get to the problem at hand."

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