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Submission + - Groklaw Closes Over Email Security Fears (techweekeurope.co.uk) 3

judgecorp writes: Groklaw, the blog that covered patent law for the open source community has closed over fears of email interception by the US government. Pamela Jones, who has won awards from the Electronic Frontier Federation and others for Groklaw, says, for her "the Internet is over". The site relies on private email communication, which she says is now impossible
Science

Submission + - Einstein@home set to reach 1 petaflop/sec. (uwm.edu)

hazeii writes: Einstein@home, the distributed computing project searching for the gravitational waves predicted to exist by Albert Einstein looks set to breach the 1 Petaflop barrier around midnight UTC tonight. Put into context, if it was in the Top500 Supercomputers list, it would be in at number 24. I'm sure there are plenty of Slashdot readers who can contribute enough CPU and GPU cycles to push them well over 1,000 teraflops — and maybe even discover a pulsar in the process.
China

Submission + - India Tests Nuclear-Capable Missile That Could Reach Beijing 2

guttentag writes: The New York Times reports that India said Thursday it had successfully launched a missile with nuclear capability and a 3,100-mile range, giving it the ability to strike Beijing and Shanghai. It is suggested that this intended as a "deterrent" against attack by China. One hopes that China will not respond by announcing plans to deter India from using this.
Japan

Submission + - Researchers predict major earthquake risk in Tokyo (mainichi.jp)

yumesbooms writes: Scientists at the University of Tokyo's Earthquake Research Institute have projected that there is a 70% chance that a M7.0 earthquake will occur directly beneath Tokyo within the next four years, and that there is a 98% chance that such an earthquake will occur within the next 30 years. According to another article by the Asashi Shinbun, the projection is based on the frequency of seismic events in the greater Tokyo area with magnitudes of over M3.0. Researchers say that after the 2009 Thoku earthquake, such seismic events have increased by a factor of about 5.5.
The Military

Submission + - Pentagon Hardens Bunker Buster

Hugh Pickens writes writes: "Pentagon war planners have concluded that their largest conventional bomb, the 30,000-pound "bunker-buster" bomb known as the Massive Ordnance Penetrator, specifically designed to take out the hardened fortifications built by Iran and North Korea, isn't yet capable of destroying Iran's most heavily fortified underground facilities and are stepping up efforts to make it more powerful by diverting $82 million to refine the MOP, taking the money from other defense programs. The decision to sidestep the normal budget request process suggests the Pentagon deems the MOP upgrades to be a matter of some urgency. The Pentagon is particularly concerned about its ability to destroy bunkers built under mountains, such as Iran's Fordow site and some war planners believe conventional bombs won't be effective against Fordow and that a tactical nuclear weapon may be the only military option if the goal is to destroy the facility. Fordow is designed to hold 3,000 centrifuges: too few to provide fuel for a civil nuclear power program, but just enough to produce weapons-grade uranium for nuclear bombs. According to Air Force officials, the 20.5 foot-long MOP is designed to penetrate up to 200 feet underground before exploding however the mountain above the Iranian enrichment site at Fordow is estimated to be at least 200 feet tall. Last year, Iran began transferring centrifuges from its established enrichment plant in Natanz into the new facility. This was a highly significant move as Fordow is a far harder target for military attack. "Once things go into the mountain, then really you have to have something that takes the mountain off," says one official."
Android

Submission + - Recent Android Malware Warning Overblown (securityweek.com)

wiredmikey writes: Last Friday, Slashdot posted a snippet on a “massive Android malware campaign” that was said to possibly be responsible for duping as many as 5 million users into downloading the Android.Counterclank infection from the Google Android Market.

As word of the Android malware started to spread, Symantec’s rival in the mobile protection space – Lookout Mobile Security – disputed their claims as hype. According to Lookout, while the Apperhand SDK observed by Symantec is aggressive, it isn’t malware; it’s an advertising platform.

So then, what is Android.Counterclank? Symantec said that the malicious code has been observed in 13 applications that have had wide distribution. Symantec focused on the code that is packaged with the application itself called Apperhand.

While the average Android user probably doesn’t want applications that contain they see no evidence of malicious behavior. Moreover, most if not all of the capabilities attributed to Apperhand, can also be assigned to similar aggressive ad networks.

Earth

Submission + - America Doesn't Want Electric Cars 3

theodp writes: 'You are not alone,' writes Jalopnik's Joel Johnson. 'America hates electric cars.' More from the rant: 'Modern electric cars make about as much sense as rooftop airports. They're fairy tickets to a more-or-less inevitable future that hasn't actually arrived. For most of the American market, the only advantage electric cars offer over gasoline-powered vehicles is the permission to daydream about a time when their decision to drive in the first place doesn't hurt the environment.' Oh, and if you're keeping score, Johnson adds that Americans bought a grand total of just 20,000 electric vehicles in 2011. Non-electric vehicles? Almost 14 million.
China

Submission + - 300 Chinese Foxconn Workers 'Threaten Mass Suicide (huffingtonpost.co.uk) 1

Daevad writes: The Huffington Post UK is reporting: Around 300 Chinese workers who manufacture XBox consoles took to a factory roof and threatened bosses with mass suicide over a dispute about pay, unconfirmed reports have claimed. According to the reports the employees had asked bosses for a raise but in response were told to either quit with compensation or keep their jobs at their usual salary. Most workers apparently decided to leave, but the company did not hand over the money as promised.
Piracy

Submission + - Music Industry Sues Irish Government for Piracy (activepolitic.com)

bs0d3 writes: The music industry has initiated a lawsuit against the Irish government for not having blocking laws on the books; on the theory that if blocking laws were in place then filesharing would go away. On Tuesday the music industry issued a plenary summons against the Irish government which is the first step towards making this litigation possible. This all began in October 2010 (EMI v. UPC), when an Irish judge ruled that Irish law did not permit an order to be made against an ISP requiring blocking of websites. Recently several ISPs across the European Union have been ordered by courts to block thepiratebay.org through strange legal maneuvers. Countries whose laws have enough loopholes to abuse may be able to fend off US interference for now.
Privacy

Mass. Data Security Law Says "Thou Shalt Encrypt" 510

emeraldd writes with this snippet from SQL Magazine summarizing what he calls a "rather scary" new data protection law from Massachusetts: "Here are the basics of the new law. If you have personally identifiable information (PII) about a Massachusetts resident, such as a first and last name, then you have to encrypt that data on the wire and as it's persisted. Sending PII over HTTP instead of HTTPS? That's a big no-no. Storing the name of a customer in SQL Server without the data being encrypted? No way, Jose. You'll get a fine of $5,000 per breach or lost record. If you have a database that contains 1,000 names of Massachusetts residents and lose it without the data being encrypted, that's $5,000,000. Yikes.'"

Submission + - What Turns A Sperm On; Why Potheads Shoot Blanks (bbc.co.uk)

rubycodez writes: It has long been known that the internal pH of a spermatazoa governs how active it is, a sperm most increase its alkalinity to start swimming furiously. This normally happens deep in the female reproductive tract, and University of California scientists have found mechanism for the response. When a sperm encounters anandamide, which is a known neuron affecting endocannabinoid, it releases positively charged hydrogen ions, protons, from its pores. This raises the internal pH and triggers aggressive swimming. Interestingly, they hypothesize that cannabinoids in marijuana might have the same effect, causing sperm to prematurely become active and exhaust their energy reserves long before they reach egg territory. While not mentioned in the article it would seem that goddamned hippie-dad wannabes are advised to forgo the reefer for a time to ensure production of quality baby batter.

Submission + - Geoengineering Snow in Moscow, Fail! (globalpost.com)

dinoyum writes: Moscow Mayor Yury Luzhkov's promise of a winter without snow in the capitol city has fallen short. While cloud seeding is not a new concept for Russia, often used on major holidays, geoengineering snow has never been done to that magnitude. Carrying off the $6 million procedure required Jets to spray silver iodide into coming clouds, ensuring that all precipitation fall before it reached the capital. However a combination of disrupted radar, wind control, and faulty weathermen have been blamed by Luzhkov's for his failed attempt at playing mother nature. For now, Russia can go back to enjoying snow.

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