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Submission + - Alcohol Disrupt Conscious Emotional Memory but Leaves Unconscious Memory Intact

An anonymous reader writes: Alcohol is known to often impair explicit memory, however new research demonstrates that it leaves implicit memory unharmed. The study, which was conducted by Suchismita Ray, an assistant research professor at the Center of Alcohol Studies at Rutgers University, examined whether acute alcohol intoxication disrupts memory for emotionally valenced and neutral images using explicit recall and an implicit repetition task.

Submission + - Nintendo Power to shut down (arstechnica.com)

stillnotelf writes: Ars Technica is reporting that the official Nintendo magazine, Nintendo Power, is shutting down after 24 years. The gaming magazine has been run by independent publisher Future US since 2007, but Ars Technica's source and deleted Twitter posts say that Nintendo is uninterested in continuing the paper magazine in today's digital age, and also unwilling to convert it into a primarily digital experience. There's been no official confirmation of the cancellation or word of how many issues remain of this bit of childhood nostalgia for so many gamers.

Submission + - Dell's profit falls 18% as PCsales slump. (wsj.com)

SternisheFan writes: "By NATHALIE TADENA (WSJ) Dell Inc.'s fiscal second-quarter earnings fell 18% as the computer giant recorded weaker revenue, led by declines in its consumer segment.
        Dell, which in recent years has looked to move beyond its core personal-computer business and broaden its own portfolio of products for corporate customers, faces stiff competition across its business lines. Dell has noted that some consumers were putting off computer purchases and instead focusing their attention on mobile devices. Faced with soft PC sales, Dell has attempted to boost both revenue and profit by acquiring higher-margin businesses, including data-storage, security and networking technologies. The company has made a number of acquisitions in recent months, unveiling in July plans to buy business-software maker Quest Software Inc. for $2.36 billion."


Submission + - After Hacker Exposes Hotel Lock Insecurity, Lock Firm Asks Hotels To Pay For Fix (forbes.com)

Sparrowvsrevolution writes: In an update to an earlier story on Slashdot, hotel lock company Onity is now offering a hardware fix for the millions of hotel keycard locks that hacker Cody Brocious demonstrated at Black Hat were vulnerable to being opened by a sub-$50 Arduino device. Unfortunately, Onity wants the hotels who already bought the company's insecure product to pay for the fix.

Onity is actually offering two different mitigations: The first is a plug that blocks the port that Brocious used to gain access to the locks' data, as well as more-obscure Torx screws to prevent intruders from opening the lock's case and removing the plug. That band-aid style fix is free. A second, more rigorous fix requires changing the locks' circuit boards manually. In that case, Onity is offering "special pricing programs" for the new circuit boards customers need to secure their doors, and requiring them to also pay the shipping and labor costs.


Submission + - RIM killing off BlackBerry enterprise servers due to BB10 incompatibility (bgr.com)

brocket66 writes: We received word from a trusted source that RIM will be stopping development on the current BlackBerry Enterprise Server platform. We were told RIM plans to end development with version 5.0.3 — and only security patches will be issued after that — but RIM has publicly announced at version 5.0.4. Once that version is released, or soon after, RIM’s existing BlackBerry Enterprise Servers will not receive further updates. And here is where things get tricky

Submission + - Trip Advisor Hacked (tripadvisor.com)

studarus writes: Got an email this morning that Trip Advisor has been hacked and that "an unauthorized third party has recently stolen part of TripAdvisor's member email list." It's unclear how many information was stolen and if it impacts user names and passwords.

Submission + - P2P Music Downloads At All-Time Low (ibtimes.com) 1

RedEaredSlider writes: Peer-to-peer music sharing, the type of service which helped create the digital music industry, is at an all time low.

According to research group NPD Group, the shuttering of Limewire's music file sharing service has led to a similar decline in the usage of such services throughout the U.S. The number has gone from a high of 16 percent in the fourth quarter of 2007 to just nine percent in the fourth quarter of 2010, right after Limewire shut down its file-sharing services due to a court order, when a federal judge sided with the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA).


Submission + - GeForce GTX 590 and Radeon HD 5990 Face Off (pcper.com)

Vigile writes: "Both NVIDIA and AMD have recently released new extreme-high-end graphics cards with dual-GPU configurations and PC Perspective has compared them to each other with some standard SLI/CrossFire comparisons for good measure. The GTX 590 is a pair of 512 shader processor GF110 GPUs which had the potential to be the fastest combination available, but the clock speeds were lowered to such a level that is has trouble keeping up with AMD's Radeon HD 6990. Sound levels were noticeably better on NVIDIA's option though the Radeon card provided better frame rates at the highest resolutions. So, while the $700 video card market just got a pair of new competitors, the best investment for that money might still be two less expensive Radeon or GeForce single-GPU cards."

Submission + - HBGary CEO Speaks Out on Anonymous Hack (threatpost.com) 1

Gunkerty Jeb writes: HBGary CEO, Greg Hoglund speaks out about the Anonymous hack, or lack there of. In a two part interview, he blames a Google call center and his own corporate futility, while deriding Anonymous for what he calls "cyber-thuggery," and claiming Anonymous is not what they say, but rather a small collection of criminal hackers and and propaganda peddling pseudo-journalists.

Submission + - Yahoo Rolls Out Search To Challenge Google (eweekeurope.co.uk)

jhernik writes: Yahoo Search Direct predictive-search technology is geared to help searchers find answers, not links, faster

Yahoo on 23 March launched Search Direct, a feature that retrieves immediate search results to rival the Google Instant predictive-search technology.

Like Google Instant, Search Direct brings users search results as they type characters, and before they complete a query, hit the search button, or go to a search results page.

The idea is to shave several seconds off all search queries, coaxing users to search more and, ideally for Yahoo, see and click on more ads.


Submission + - X Prize $30 million private race to the moon is on (networkworld.com)

coondoggie writes: The master competition masters at X Prize Foundation are at it again. Today the group announced the 29 international teams that will compete for the $30 million Google Lunar X Prize, the competition to put a robot on the moon by 2015. To win the money, a privately-funded team must successfully place a robot on the Moon's surface that explores at least 500 meters and transmits high definition video and images back to Earth. The first team to do so will claim a $20 million Grand Prize, while the second team will earn a $5 million.

Submission + - National Broadband Map Shows Digital Divide

Hugh Pickens writes writes: PC Magazine reports that the Commerce Department has unveiled a national broadband inventory map, which will allow the public to see where high-speed Internet is available throughout the country. Users can search by address, view data on a map, or use other interactive tools to compare broadband across various geographies, such as states, counties or congressional districts. Commerce officials say the information can help businesses decide if they want to move to a certain location, based on broadband availability. The map costing about $200 million and financed through the 2009 Recovery Act shows that 5-10 percent of Americans lack broadband access at speeds that support a basic set of applications. Another 36 percent lack access to wireless service. Community anchor institutions like schools and libraries are also "largely underserved," the data finds and two-thirds of surveyed schools subscribe to speeds lower than 25 Mbps and only 4 percent of libraries subsribe to speeds greater than 25 Mbps. "The National Broadband Map shows there are still too many people and community institutions lacking the level of broadband service needed to fully participate in the Internet economy," says Larry Strickling, assistant secretary of the National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA). "We are pleased to see the increase in broadband adoption last year, particularly in light of the difficult economic environment, but a digital divide remains."

Submission + - Scientists build the world's first anti-laser (bbc.co.uk) 1

beschra writes: Physicists have built the world's first device that can cancel out a laser beam — a so-called anti-laser.

The device, created by a team from Yale University, is capable of absorbing an incoming laser beam entirely.

But this is not intended as a defence against high-power laser weapons, the researchers said.

Instead they think it could be used in next-generation supercomputers which will be built with components that use light rather than electrons.


Submission + - Survey: IT pros cheating more, tattling more (networkworld.com) 1

Julie188 writes: Incidents of cheating on IT certifications are on the rise, a trend that experts say is an outward sign of the desperation felt by out-of-work and under-employed IT professionals. In a survey of 200 IT professionals on IT Ethics conducted by Network World, 58% said they felt that using "braindump" training materials was unethical yet 72% of respondents think that IT professionals use braindump materials on a regular-to-frequent basis. And 12% have directly witnessed someone cheating on a certification exam. Also interestingly: the survey reports that cheating on software licenses is equally rampant. But whistleblowing by IT pros on their company's license abuses is also on the rise. IT pros are getting fed up with being forced to violate licenses (and their own ethics) by business managers.

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