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+ - Glenn Greenwald: Edward Snowden Gave Me Up To 20,000 Documents->

Submitted by dryriver
dryriver (1010635) writes "The journalist involved in the publication of leaks provided by whistleblower Edward Snowden said in a testimony to the Brazilian government that he possesses up to 20,000 secret US government files. Glenn Greenwald testified before a Brazilian Senate foreign relations committee on Tuesday. The Brazil-based American reporter – who was approached by Snowden while the whistleblower still worked as a contractor for the NSA — has published details of US electronic surveillance programs taking place domestically and abroad. "I did not do an exact count, but he gave me 15,000, 20,000 documents. Very, very complete and very long," Greenwald told Brazilian lawmakers. "The stories we have published are a small portion. There will certainly be more revelations on the espionage activities of the US government and allied governments...on how they have penetrated the communications systems of Brazil and Latin America," he said. In addition to his reporting for Britain’s Guardian newspaper, Greenwald has also been a fixture on O Globo, where the journalist shared the alleged details of US electronic surveillance of Brazil and virtually all of Latin America."
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+ - Ask Slahdot: Computing Summer Camps

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "I've just finished running a 3D animation summer 'studio' for pre-uni students. The students seemed to have a good time and learnt a lot (check the videos!). There are plenty of summer schools (camps for our american friends) popping up in the UK at the moment. Do you have any good summer school experiences to share? From a learning perspective, what makes a good summer school?"

+ - Building a full-auto Gauss gun->

Submitted by Okian Warrior
Okian Warrior (537106) writes "Adding to the 3-d printed gun/rifle controversy, Delta-V Engineering built a Full-auto Gauss gun (aka "machine gun"), capable of firing 15 steel bolts from its magazine in less than two seconds. At 3% the muzzle velocity of a .22 it's still in the prototype stage, bullets are made from turned-down nails and the gun uses no chemical propellants. The builder has posted the design notes online. Video of the gun in action is pretty interesting."
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+ - Math Advance Suggest RSA Encryption Could Fall Within 5 years->

Submitted by holy_calamity
holy_calamity (872269) writes "The two encryption systems used to secure the most important connections and digital files could become useless within years, reports MIT Technology Review, due to progress towards solving the discrete logarithm problem. Both RSA and Diffie-Hellman encryption rely on there being no efficient algorithm for that problem, but French math professor Antoine Joux has published two papers in the last six months that suggest one could soon be found. Security researchers that noticed Joux's work recommend companies large and small begin planning to move to elliptic curve cryptography, something the NSA has said is best practice for years. Unfortunately, key patents for implementing elliptic curve cryptography are controlled by BlackBerry."
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Google

Google's Free Satnav Outperforms TomTom 242

Posted by CmdrTaco
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Barence writes "A real-world road test of several different satnav systems has found that the free Google Maps Navigation outperformed TomTom's premium GPS unit. PC Pro put the satnavs through four different real-world tests, covering country roads, inner-city traffic and motorway driving. The Google satnav finished the four tests more than half an hour ahead of the top of the range TomTom Go 950 Live. 'For those in rural areas or people who spend hours in their car every day, we believe the investment in a dedicated satnav device or software will still pay off,' PC Pro concludes. 'But for the recreational user, it's amazing what you can get for free.'"
Government

+ - British Village Requests Removal from GPS Maps-> 6

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longacre
longacre writes "The tiny village of Barrow Gurney, England has asked GPS map publisher Tele Atlas to remove them from the company's maps. The reason: truck drivers using GPS navigation devices are being directed to drive through the town despite the roads being too narrow for sidewalks, and causing numerous accidents. At the root of the problem lies the fact that the navigation maps used by trucks are the same as those used by passenger cars, which don't contain data on road width or no truck zones. Tele Atlas says they will release truck-appropriate databases at some point, but until then they advise local governments to make use of a technology dating back to the Romans: road signs."
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Space

+ - Russia plans own moon base->

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Socguy
Socguy writes "After being rebuffed by NASA, Russia now plans to build it's own moon base by as early as 2027.

Russia plans to send a manned mission to the moon by 2025 and establish a permanent base shortly thereafter, the head of the Russian space agency Roskosmos said Friday.

"According to our estimates, we will be ready for a manned flight to the moon in 2025," Roskosmos chief Anatoly Perminov told state news agency RIA Novosti. A station that could be inhabited could be built there between 2027 and 2032, he said.

While Russia will be refurbishing existing spacecraft, the U.S. is taking a different approach after the space station is finished and plans to scrap the space shuttle program in favour of a new kind of spaceship to be called Orion.

http://www.cbc.ca/technology/story/2007/08/31/scie nce-russia-moon.html"

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Television

+ - File share users play fair in trade for bandwidth

Submitted by RJEsak
RJEsak (1074663) writes "Researchers have created a peer-to-peer system called Tribler in which selfless sharers earn faster upload and download speeds but leechers are penalised. The technology is being assessed by a European broadcasting body looking at ways of piping TV across the net. Tribler has also been used to turn Sony's PlayStation 3 into a video-sharing device. What's more, Tribler uses social networking to police the system — an idea encouraged by Dr. Pouwelsa who got the idea while doing research in 1999 on "an abscure website called Slashdot"."
Nintendo

+ - Wii breaks records in the UK->

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pluke
pluke writes "According to the Daily Telegraph, the Wii has sold 1,000,000 units during 38 weeks in the UK. This makes it the UK's fastest selling console ever, beating the Playstation 2 (50 weeks) and the XBOX 360 (60 weeks). Some industry analysts are also reporting that the Wii has overtaken the XBOX 360 to now become the worlds market leader across console and handheld fields. http://www.vgchartz.com/"
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+ - US Senator to support iPod ban

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CautionaryX
CautionaryX writes "A New York state senator, Sen. Carl Kruger, will " propose a bill that would ban using an iPod — and any other electronic device that is a distraction — while crossing traffic, he told FOX News on Wednesday." http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,250644,00.html "The bill would levy a $100 fine against those who use iPods, cell phones and BlackBerrys while in a crosswalk in all of New York's major cities."


The senator says that the legislation is mainly to create public awareness of the growing problem of using your iPod while walking across busy intersections. Here's the really funny part: "If you want to listen to your iPod, sit down and listen to it," Kruger told WCBS-TV. "You want to walk in the park, enjoy it. You want to jog around a jogging path, all the more power to you, but you should be crossing streets and endangering yourself and the lives of others." (emphasis added) Is the public really in danger of pedestrians using iPods?"
Wii

+ - Next Gen Console War: Report 1

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John Callaham
John Callaham writes "It's been two and a half months since that hectic November when the entire world's attention was focused on the video game industry. Despite what certain financial analysts have predicted the truth is that this current console conflict is still up for grabs. However, never let it be said that we at FiringSquad aren't helpful to all three sides in this war. In this feature we take a look at current state of the console war and give our recommendations to all three companies so they can come out on top. Check it out at http://www.firingsquad.com/features/next_gen_conso le_war/"

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