should_be_linear writes: Czech-Army spokesman today announced they found botnet which already infected many homes and small businesses around the globe. It is extremely difficult to detect or destroy, because it infects modems rather then computers. "Chuck Norris" intercepts sensitive data, like banking accounts. It is assumed that botnet is preparing for massive DDoS attack(s). Link to Original Source
should_be_linear writes: New research on meteorite Allen Hills ALH 84001 using advanced High Resolution Electron Microscopy seems to bring strong chemical and fossil evidence of ancient microbial life on Mars. From the article: "Sources tell Spaceflight Now that the more detailed data on magnetite crystals and carbonate discs now available largely counter a wide range of opposing theories as to why the finding should not be supported as biological in origin. Now, 13 years after the Martian meteorite life story emerged, the science team finally feels vindicated. Their data shows the meteorite is no smoking gun but is full of evidence that supports the existence of life on the surface of Mars, or in subsurface water pools, early in the planet's history." Link to Original Source
should_be_linear writes: New Sony Ericsson smartphone Xperia X10 may suggest major revamp of way not only Sony Ericsson but Sony Corp. in general is doing business. Basically, all long-standing proprietary stuff are ditched at once: 3,5mm audio jack instead of SE port, microSD card instead of M2, Android instead of Windows Mobile. Unlike any other previous Sony or SE product, as far as I can remember, this phone is following open standards. Perhaps they learned their lesson from rootkit debacle and underwhelming rate of Blu-ray adoption.
should_be_linear writes: Nano-technology company Elmarco claims major braketrough in photovotaics with transparent cells capable of "functioning very well also when it is cloudy or even raining". From TFA: "Due to their transparency it would be possible to use the cells, for example, on the windows of buildings, without the need to build complex structures on rooftops,". In article (Google translation) for Czech daily newspaper, company claims mobile phones and laptops can be constantly charged from ambient light. Link to Original Source
should_be_linear writes: After many delays of Google Chrome for Linux it seems it is slowly becoming Duke Nukem Forever of Web browsers. It certainly wont feel alone among Windows-only Google desktop applications. Picasa, Google Talk and Google Earth are most visible examples of rather sad state of Google Applications/Linux Desktop relationship. Given that this company built its (entire?) fortune around Linux OS, is established image of geeky "do no evil" company in danger or is it only another sign of economy recession and cutting budgets?