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Sony

Sony Lawsuits Target PS3 Jailbreak Authors 205

Posted by Soulskill
from the sounds-more-expensive-than-admitting-they-were-stupid dept.
StikyPad writes "PS3News is reporting that Sony's latest legal salvo is targeting the creators of PS JailBreak, PSFreedom and PSGroove-related PS3 hacks, citing numerous court documents for those interested. From one of the documents: 'Having considered the Motion for Expedited Discovery of Plaintiff Sony Computer Entertainment America LLC (oeSCEA) [...] the Court hereby grants SCEA's Motion. IT IS HEREBY ORDERED that [...] SCEA has leave to serve similarly targeted subpoenas or deposition notices to any other third party who SCEA learns may be involved in the distribution or sale of the oePS Jailbreak software, known as, for example, "PSGroove," "OpenPSJailbreak," and "PSFreedom," or who may have knowledge of the distribution or sale of this software.'"
Handhelds

The Coming Onslaught of iPad Competitors 497

Posted by timothy
from the let's-back-off-from-the-k-word dept.
harrymcc writes "The iPad is selling as well as it is in part because no large manufacturer has had a direct rival out yet. But boy, is that going to change in the next few months. Over at Technologizer, I rounded up known information on 32 current and future tablet computing devices, from potentially worthy iPad competitors to wannabees to interesting specialty devices. By early 2011 these things are going to be everywhere, and it'll be fascinating to see how they fare." Related: the tablet-type device I've been watching most eagerly, Notion Ink's Adam, seems to finally have a realistic manufacturing prediction and price range (by November; up to $498 for the version with 3G and Pixel Qi screen).
Space

First Pulsar Discovery By an @Home Project 70

Posted by timothy
from the turn-off-that-stupid-blink-tag dept.
pq writes "In a paper published today (abstract) in Science, astronomers are reporting the discovery of a radio pulsar in data acquired at the world's largest radio telescope and analyzed by hundreds of thousands of volunteers in 192 countries for the Einstein@Home project. This is the first scientific discovery by a distributed computing project, and specific credit is being given to Chris and Helen Colvin of Ames, Iowa, and Daniel Gebhardt of Germany." The claim that this is the first discovery to be made through distributed computing is hard to swallow; there are quite a few distributed projects out there, several of which have reported positive results, such as the discovery of the 47th known Mersenne number.
The Media

Wikileaks To Publish Remaining Afghan Documents 711

Posted by timothy
from the post-processing dept.
Albanach writes "WikiLeaks spokesman Julian Assange has been quoted by the Associated Press as stating 'the organization is preparing to release the remaining secret Afghan war documents.' According to Assange, they are halfway through processing the remaining 15,000 files as they 'comb through' the files to ensure lives are not placed at risk."
AMD

AMD Multi-Display Tech Has Problems, Potential 138

Posted by Soulskill
from the emptying-my-bank-account-is-a-problem dept.
EconolineCrush writes "While AMD's Eyefinity multi-display gaming tech is undeniably impressive at first glance, digging deeper reveals key limitations. Some games work well, others not at all, and many are simply better suited to specific screen configurations. A three-way setup looks to be ideal from a compatibility perspective, and given current LCD prices, it's really not all that expensive. But would you take that over a single high-resolution display or a giant HDTV?"

Comment: Re:Finally a cure for DHMO poisoning (Score 1) 102

by querky (#31323894) Attached to: Tracking Water Molecules Could Unlock Secrets
I've been addicted to DHMO for several years now, I'm trying to quit but the withdrawal symptoms are so intense. Can anyone direct me to a local DHMO addiction center? On a more serious note, did you know that over 99% of Americans have been addicted to DHMO atleast once in their life? It's a global problem and hundreds of millions of people suffer withdrawals on a daily basis.
Google

+ - Google.cn Still Remains in China->

Submitted by hackingbear
hackingbear (988354) writes "Google appears to be content to remain in China doing business as usual while it finds a way to work within the system, according to one of the search giant’s founders. This despite a strong statement 30 days ago that it would stop censoring search results in China and possibly pull its business out of that country. And the company is still unwilling to confirm or deny if the alleged attacks were carried out by the Chinese government. "I don't actually think the question of whether [the attacks were performed by] the Chinese government is that important," Brin said. (That's the difference between state-sponsor vs individual hacking. Why is that not important?) At the mean time, shortly after we celebrated google.cn lifted censorship, the exact same censorship has been quietly re-enabled as proved by this Chinese search query on June 4, despite the lack of any concrete actions by the Chinese government who has so far made only useless general and standard statements on the matter."
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Bug

Microsoft Finally To Patch 17-Year-Old Bug 251

Posted by timothy
from the not-quite-barely-legal dept.
eldavojohn writes "Microsoft is due for a very large patch this month, in which five critical holes (that render Windows hijackable by an intruder) are due to be fixed, in addition to twenty other problems. The biggest change addresses a 17-year-old bug dating back to the days of DOS, discovered in January by their BFF Google. The patch should roll out February 9th."
OS X

+ - Would Someone Please Release a MacOS X Virus!-> 3

Submitted by Shannon Love
Shannon Love (705240) writes "Would Someone Please Just Release a Mac OS X Virus Already? For eight plus years we've been told that Mac OS X is just as easy to subvert in the real world as Windows. For eight plus years, I've waited for the predicted malware tsunami to hit the Mac. Yet, it's never happened and the suspense is killing me!

Some intrepid hacker needs to put an end to this debate and put Mac users out the misery of eight plus years of waiting for the other shoe to drop.

Unless of course, they can't. After all this time, with Apple being the highest profile computing company in the world and with tens of millions of supposedly bare assed Macs out there why hasn't anyone actually succeeded at making a Mac OS X virus or worm? Shouldn't someone have done so by now at least as a prank or a proof of concept?

At what point do we begin to suspect that we've misunderstood something important about Macs and self-reproducing malware?"

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Power

Physicists Discover How To Teleport Energy 365

Posted by ScuttleMonkey
from the scott-me-up-beamy dept.
MikeChino writes "A physicist at Tohoku University in Japan has figured out how to teleport energy from one point in the universe to another. The technique is based upon prior research that shows it's possible to teleport information from one location to another, and involves making a measurement on each [of] an entangled pair of particles. The measurement on the first particle injects quantum energy into the system, and then by carefully choosing the measurement to do so on the second particle, it is possible to extract the original energy. Heady stuff, but essentially it means that you can inject energy at one point in the universe and extract it from somewhere else without changing the energy of the system as a whole."
Programming

+ - C++programmable Linux humanoid robot going on sale->

Submitted by JoshuaInNippon
JoshuaInNippon (1635315) writes "A small programmable humanoid robot named Palro is going on sale in Japan next month. The robot, manufactured by Fujisoft, runs on a Linux (UBUNTU) system, and contains specs that are very similar to many current laptops and netbooks. Palro features a number of sensors and movable parts that allow it to navigate on its own through rooms. It has a digital camera, as well as a speaker and microphone system, allowing it to recognize individual users and communicate directly with them. The robot can communicate with other household products, such as TVs, and access the internet to retrieve information via a wireless system. Palro can even communicate and cooperate with other Palro units. Fujisoft says one of the robot's characteristic features is its open architecture — Palro can be programmed in C++! While Palro is still slightly on the expensive side, the initial asking price for educational institutes will be ¥298,000 (~$3,300 USD), it does seem like a good start for getting quality programmable robotics in hands of everyday people."
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Privacy

De-Anonymizing Social Network Users 88

Posted by kdawson
from the know-what-groups-you-joined-last-summer dept.
An anonymous reader writes "The H has an article about some researchers who found a new way to de-anonymize people. Compared to the EFF's Panopticlick, the goal of this experiment is not to identify a user's browser uniquely, but to identify individual users. The test essentially exploits the fact that many social network users are identifiable by their membership of various groups. According to the researchers, it's very unlikelly that two people on any social network will belong to exactly the same groups. A 'group fingerprint' can thus allow websites to identify previously anonymous visitors. They describe the setup and all details and the results look very interesting. They also have a live demo for the social network Xing that was able to de-anonymize me."

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