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Comment: Re:Keepass (Score 1) 445

by natslovR (#46309461) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: How Do You Manage Your Passwords?

Just about everything, but unfortunately does not include ChromeOS. Rather than converting to some other tool I'm holding out that a ChromeOS version will come along some day soon, and for the moment, since I don't take my Chromebook outside of my home I'm ok to just RDP to my main PC and use it there.

Science

+ - Alan Alda Challenges Scientists to Explain: What Is Time?->

Submitted by sciencehabit
sciencehabit (1205606) writes "What is time? And how would you explain it to an 11-year-old? That's the question actor Alan Alda has posed to scientists in the second Flame Challenge—so named because the question in last year's competition was, "What is a flame?" The challenge aims to spur scientists to think about how they can better communicate with the public. Scientists have until 1 March to submit their answers, which will be judged by 11-year-olds around the world. Organizers will announce the winner at the World Science Festival in New York City on 1 June."
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Security

+ - IT Pros Get Rowdiest At Company Holiday Parties?->

Submitted by ericatcw
ericatcw (1194651) writes "According to ChannelWeb UK, IT guys (and gals) are the most likely "to embarrass themselves" at Christmas and holiday parties this season. Nearly 40% of the 2,000 workers surveyed by Avaya — admittedly, in the UK — admitted to drinking too much while 27% said they "snogged" (kissed) their boss during holiday gatherings."
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Power

+ - Is it worth investing in a high-efficiency power supply?->

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MrSeb
MrSeb writes "If you’ve gone shopping for a power supply any time over the last few years, you’ve probably noticed the explosive proliferation of various 80 Plus ratings. As initially conceived, an 80 Plus certification was a way for PSU manufacturers to validate that their power supply units were at least 80% efficient at 25%, 50%, 75%, and 100% of full load. In the pre-80 Plus days, PSU prices normally clustered around a given wattage output. The advent of the various 80 Plus levels has created a second variable that can have a significant impact on unit price. This leads us to three important questions: How much power can you save by moving to a higher-efficiency supply, what’s the premium of doing so, and how long does it take to make back your initial investment? ExtremeTech investigates."
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The Military

+ - No One Is Totally Sure How North Korea Sent a Rocket to Space->

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pigrabbitbear
pigrabbitbear writes "How did North Korea take a rocket design that failed just 90 seconds into launch and turn it into something that works in only eight months? As Robert Beckhusen noted at Wired, "Still, rocketry is an extraordinarily difficult engineering task. It’s not uncommon for developed countries with advanced rocket programs to fail at it."

According to rocketry experts, North Korea's program is based on reverse-engineering old Soviet technology, which isn't exactly the most reliable place to start. But for such an impoverished country, it's easier than starting from scratch. On Monday, David Wright at All Things Nuclear wrote a an excellent post explaining why it didn't seem realistic for North Korea to finish engineering a working rocket in just eight months, noting that the U.S. and Japan were still crunching telemetry data to figure out why the April rocket failed at least into October. If it took those two countries at least that long to figure out what went wrong, Wright argues, then a December launch seemed too soon to be realistic."

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Comment: Re:Dressed People (Score 1) 278

by natslovR (#40082075) Attached to: Depressed People Surf the Web Differently

I read it the same, and wondered how they could tell if people were dressed or not. And what constituted dressed, and whether there were different behaviours based on the state of dress. Do people surf the internet differently if completely naked compared to just wearing socks on their feet?

The world needs to know!

Image

Australian Visitors Must Declare Illegal Porn To Customs Officers 361

Posted by samzenpus
from the don't-blunder-down-under dept.
Australian Justice Minister Brendan O'Connor has advised visitors to take a better safe than sorry policy when it comes to their porn stashes, and declare all porn that they think might be illegal with customs officers. From the article: "The government said it changed the wording on passenger arrival cards after becoming aware of confusion among travellers about what pornography to declare. 'People have a right to privacy and while some pornography is legal and does not need to be disclosed, all travellers should be aware that certain types of pornography are illegal and must be declared to customs,' Mr O'Connor said."
Windows

Windows 7 Hits Build 7600 (Possible RTM) 671

Posted by timothy
from the all-aflutter dept.
An anonymous reader writes "One Microsoft Way is reporting that Microsoft has significantly incremented the build number of both Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2: 'Reports across the Web are pointing to a build 7600 for both Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2. This is significant because the bump in the build number would suggest that Microsoft has christened this build as the Release to Manufacturing (RTM) build. The RTM is expected to be given out to Microsoft partners sometime later this month and launched on October 22, 2009, the day of General Availability (GA). The build string is "7600.16384.090710-1945," which indicates that it was compiled just a few days ago: July 10, 2009, at 7:45pm. Microsoft only increments the build number when it reaches a significant goal, and the only one left is the RTM milestone. The last builds that were leaking were all 72xx builds, so such a large bump is suspicious but at the same time it is something Microsoft would do to signify that this is the final build.'"
Medicine

Swine Flu Kills Obese People Disproportionately 661

Posted by timothy
from the super-size-someone-else-please dept.
Philip K Dickhead writes "Bloomberg is reporting that the World Health Organization discovered a single, surprising characteristic that's emerged among swine flu victims who become severely ill: They are all fat. Infected people with a body mass index greater than 40 suffer respiratory complications that are harder to treat and can be fatal. The virus appears to be on a collision course with the obesity epidemic. WHO officials are gathering statistics to confirm and understand this development. 'It's very likely that if we went back retrospectively and looked at people who did poorly during seasonal flu, what would shake out is that obesity would be one of the risks.' Fat cells secrete chemicals that cause chronic, low-level inflammation that can hamper the body's immune response and narrow the airways, says Tim Armstrong, a doctor working in the WHO's chronic diseases department in Geneva."
Encryption

New Elliptic Curve Cryptography Record 43

Posted by Soulskill
from the feistel-would-be-impressed dept.
deian writes "Cryptography researchers Joppe W. Bos, Marcelo E. Kaihara, Thorsten Kleinjung, Arjen K. Lenstra and Peter L. Montgomery have just announced that they have set a new record for the elliptic curve discrete logarithm problem (ECDLP) by solving it over a 112-bit finite field. The previous record was for a 109-bit prime field and dates back from October 2002. Their calculation was done on the EPFL cluster of more than 200 PS3s (same one used to create the Rogue CA certificates and demonstrate a reproducible attack on MD5 algorithms). On the PS3, the effort is equivalent to about 14 full 56-bit DES key searches!"
Medicine

Swearing Provides Pain Relief, Say Scientists 230

Posted by Soulskill
from the take-two-$#&!@-and-call-me-in-the-%!#@!$& dept.
Hugh Pickens writes "Scientific American reports that although cursing is notoriously decried in the public debate, scientists have discovered that swearing may serve an important function in relieving pain. 'Swearing is such a common response to pain that there has to be an underlying reason why we do it,' says Richard Stephens of Keele University in England. A study measured how long college students could keep their hands immersed in cold water. During the chilly exercise, they could repeat an expletive of their choice or chant a neutral word. When swearing, the 67 student volunteers reported less pain and on average endured about 40 seconds longer. How swearing achieves its physical effects is unclear, but the researchers speculate that brain circuitry linked to emotion is involved. Earlier studies have shown that unlike normal language, which relies on the outer few millimeters in the left hemisphere of the brain, expletives hinge on evolutionarily ancient structures buried deep inside the right half like the amygdala, an almond-shaped group of neurons that can trigger a fight-or-flight response in which our heart rate climbs and we become less sensitive to pain."

Korean DDoS Bots To Self-Destruct 501

Posted by timothy
from the someone-needs-a-little-hanging-before-bed dept.
tsu doh nimh writes "Several news sources are reporting that the tens of thousands of Microsoft Windows systems infected with the Mydoom worm and being used in an ongoing denial of service attack against US and S. Korean government Web sites will likely have their hard drives wiped of data come Friday. From The Washington Post's Security Fix blog, the malware is 'designed to download a payload from a set of Web servers. Included in that payload is a Trojan horse program that overwrites the data on the hard drive with a message that reads "memory of the independence day," followed by as many "u" characters as it takes to write over every sector of every physical drive attached to the compromised system.' ChannelNews Asia carries similar information."
GNUStep

Chinese "Web Addicts" Get Boot Camp, Therapy 279

Posted by timothy
from the wait-until-this-hits-your-block-committee dept.
itwbennett writes "A large number of Chinese parents are finding their teenagers to be exhibiting such psychological symptoms as depression, antisocial behavior, and slipping grades. The cause: Internet addiction. World of Warcraft and Counter-Strike rank beside Chinese role-playing games as those that hook the most patients, says Tao Ran, the founder of a youth rehabilitation center on a Beijing army base. Online chat programs more often hook girls, who make up a handful of Tao's current 70 patients. The teens are subjected to a 'strict regimen of military drills, martial arts training, lectures and sessions with psychiatrists.' And, most importantly: no Internet."
Google

Google Reveals Chrome Hardware Partners 343

Posted by CmdrTaco
from the because-they-can dept.
nk497 writes "Google has announced the hardware partners for the Chrome OS — so we can expect to see netbooks running the operating system next year from the likes of Asus, Acer, and HP, as well as Toshiba. Dell didn't seem to make the list, at least yet. Google also said it had teamed up with Adobe, which could mean Google is looking to include the Acrobat.com web-based software suite in some way."
Security

Homemade PDF Patch Beats Adobe By Two Weeks 238

Posted by kdawson
from the p-d-q dept.
CWmike writes "Sourcefire security researcher Lurene Grenier has published a home-brewed patch for the critical Adobe Reader vulnerability that hackers are exploiting in the wild using malicious PDF files, beating Adobe Systems Inc. to the punch by more than two weeks. Grenier posted the patch on Sunday with the caveats that it applies only to the Windows version of Adobe Reader 9.0 and comes with no guarantees. Also, PhishLabs has created a batch file that resets a Windows registry key to de-fang the hack by disabling JavaScript in Adobe Reader 9.0, giving administrators a way to automate the process."

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