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+ - 24 Hours of IPv6: World IPv6 Day is Now On-> 1

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An anonymous reader writes "24 Hours of IPv6: World IPv6 Day is Now On

Starting at midnight UTC on June 8, 2011, a whole bunch of companies enabled AAAA records for their primary web sites. This corresponded to 5 PM PDT, 8 PM EDT, etc., and will continue until 23:59 UTC. A small list of sites that are usually dual-stacked (e.g., FreeBSD.org) as well as participating sites (Cisco, Juniper, Huawei) is available from RIPE NCC. There's also an IPv6-only site of the list which you can check out if you're dual stacked (or IPv6 only). If you would like to participate, but don't have a router that supports IPv6, ARIN has a list of CPEs that supports it out of the box, so you don't have to flash your device with third party firmware: D-Link and Netgear appear well represented; Cisco's Linksys, not so much."

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United States

+ - Homeowner Foreclosures on Bank of America->

Submitted by suraj.sun
suraj.sun (1348507) writes "Homeowner Foreclosures on Bank of America (Yes, You Heard That Right):

In 2009, retired police officer Warren Nyerges and his wife, Maureen Collier, paid $165,000 cash for their 2,700 square foot home in the Golden Gate Estates subdivision, and never took a mortgage out on it. So imagine their surprise when, in Februrary of 2010, Bank of America initiated foreclosure proceedings against them. The Nyerges hired an attorney, Todd Allen, to defend them against the wrongful foreclosure, and the Bank eventually abandoned the matter.

But not before the Nyerges incurred $2,534 in attorney's fees, which they requested informally from Bank of America multiple times before resorting to the courts, which ordered the bank to make the couple whole. When B of A still had not paid the judgment after five months of phone calls and letter writing by Allen and the Nyerges to the bank insisting that the court order be obeyed, Allen took the next step in the legal collection process, obtaining an order of foreclosure against the bank.

Allen then reported to a local branch of the bank with sheriff's deputies, who he instructed to remove cash from the tellers' drawers, furniture, computers and other property. Approximately one hour later, the Naples News reports, the bank manager produced a check for $5,772.88 to satisfy Allen's fees and additional costs.

Yahoo News: http://news.yahoo.com/s/time/20110606/us_time/httpmoneylandtimecom20110606homeownerforeclosesonbankofamericayesyouheardthatrightxidrssfullnationyahoo"

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AI

+ - Just Months After Jeopardy!, Watson Wows Doctors-> 2

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kkleiner
kkleiner writes "Following its resounding victory on Jeopardy!, IBM’s Watson has been working hard to learn as much about medicine as it can with a steady diet of medical textbooks and healthcare journals. In a recent demonstration to the Associated Press Watson demonstrated a promising ability to diagnose patients. The demonstration was a success, and it is the hope of IBM and many medical professionals that in the coming years Watson will lend doctors a helping hand as they perform their daily rounds."
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Stats

+ - Average gamer is 37 years old->

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kolbe
kolbe writes "A new study from the Entertainment Software Association (ESA) suggests that a majority of gamers today range between the ages of 37 and 41 years old. If true, does this mean that game studio's should be adjusting their demographics accordingly, is Generation X the next "baby boomer" market for the gaming industry?"
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Sci-Fi

+ - Nautilus-X: The Space Station, With Rockets->

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astroengine
astroengine writes "So we have a space station, now what? We've heard some rather outlandish ideas, but this is one concept a research group in NASA is taking seriously. By retrofitting the ISS with rockets, Nautilus-X will act as an interplanetary space station of sorts, including room for 6 astronauts, an artificial gravity ring, inflatable habitats and docking for exploration spaceships. When can we take a luxury cruise to Mars? 2020 by the project's estimate. It all sounds very 2001, but the projected costs of retrofitting the space station seem a little on the low side."
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The Internet

+ - Pro-union website blocked in Wisconsin state Capit->

Submitted by rockandrolldoctor
rockandrolldoctor (978909) writes "CNN is reporting that the Wisconsin State Capital Wi-Fi network is blocking a pro-union website protesters are using to help organize themselves.
Wisconsin Democratic Party press secretary Graeme Zielinski blamed Gov. Scott Walker and Republican lawmakers — who returned to work Tuesday — for causing the outage.

"In a direct assault on the First Amendment, Scott Walker's administration is blocking access in the Wisconsin Capitol to opposition websites," Zielinski said.

State Department of Administration spokeswoman Carla Vigue responded, saying, "DOA's security software automatically blocked the site, as it does all new websites."

"No one here at DOA decided to block it or took action to do so," he said. "The website is handled like any other website."

The Capitol internet service, which restricts access to certain websites considered inappropriate for lawmakers, revealed a "blocked page" when users tried to access the site using the building's wireless system."

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Facebook

+ - Public Data & Private Lives On A Collision Cou->

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jfruhlinger
jfruhlinger writes "Breakup notifier, which automatically emails you when an object of your affection changes their Facebook relationship status from taken to single, may seem like just another silly social media app. But as blogger Dan Tynan points out, it illustrates a more important point: The nature of publicly available information changes when you automate its collection. This fact has been at the heart of many of the the transformations the Internet has wrought on society; as we make more personal info public and semipublic on social networks, it's about to apply to us in much more personal ways."
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Social Networks

+ - The HB Gary email that should concern us all-> 1

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bstender
bstender writes "According to an embedded MS Word document found in one of the HB Gary emails, it [speaks of] creating an army of sockpuppets, with sophisticated "persona management" software that allows a small team of only a few people to appear to be many, while keeping the personas from accidentally cross-contaminating each other. Then, to top it off, the team can actually automate some functions so one persona can appear to be an entire Brooks Brothers riot online.

Persona management entails not just the deconfliction of persona artifacts such as names, email addresses, landing pages, and associated content. It also requires providing the human actors technology that takes the decision process out of the loop when using a specific persona. For this purpose we custom developed either virtual machines or thumb drives for each persona. This allowed the human actor to open a virtual machine or thumb drive with an associated persona and have all the appropriate email accounts, associations, web pages, social media accounts, etc. pre-established and configured with visual cues to remind the actor which persona he/she is using so as not to accidentally cross-contaminate personas during use.
And all of this is for the purposes of infiltration, data mining, and (here's the one that really worries me) ganging up on bloggers, commenters and otherwise "real" people to smear enemies and distort the truth."

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+ - HBGary Hearts Apple->

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An anonymous reader writes "Journalists, researchers, and concerned citizens continue to scour the more than 70,000 HBGary Federal emails that were obtained by Anonymous and published on the web. As they do, we are learning not only about HBGary Federal and its CEO, Aaron Barr, but also about the various companies with which HBGary Federal has done business over the last several years.Perhaps surprisingly, Apple seems to have been among the companies that Barr at least attempted to recruit for one of his top secret projects."
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+ - Feds' Cloud Ambitions, Harsh Reality ->

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1sockchuck
1sockchuck writes "Last week the federal government outlined plans to close 800 data centers and shift $20 billion in IT spending to a cloud computing model. Meanwhile, one of the governments most critical data center projects is n deep trouble. Nearly two years after $500 million in stimulus funding was earmarked to build a new data center for the Social Security Administration, the project a year behind schedule and won’t be ready until 2016. Meanwhile, SSA's existing 30-year-old data center is on the brink of disaster."
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+ - CIA Shows Off SuperSecret Spy Goodies-> 1

Submitted by Velcroman1
Velcroman1 (1667895) writes "In a world where Russian femme fatales become international brands and an iconic British spy franchise has made a culturally resurgent reboot, it seems only fitting that the notoriously secretive Central Intelligence Agency is giving the world an insider’s look at some of its wackier exploits.

Last week, the U.S. spy organization launched a revamped website with links to YouTube and Flickr containing Agency historical videos and picture galleries.

“The idea behind these improvements is to make more information about the agency available to more people, more easily,” Director Panetta said in a statement. “The CIA wants the American people and the world to understand its mission and its vital role in keeping our country safe.” In terms of pure coolness the Flickr stream takes the cake — including never-before-seen gallery of special agent supergadgets."

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Android

+ - Android Shining, RIP Meego 1

Submitted by shreshtha
shreshtha (1609099) writes "With giants backing each of these Open source software for Smartphone and Tablets. What went wrong with MeeGo that first NOKIA left MeeGo and then Intel (internally halting some projects).
Moreover Intel CEO Paul Otellini has said Nokia made a mistake choosing Windows Phone 7, and should have gone with Android. What about MeeGo? Why to abandon it?"
Patents

+ - White House consults public on innovation->

Submitted by ciaran_o_riordan
ciaran_o_riordan (662132) writes "Ever wanted to tell Obama's policy advisers what you think of software patents? For this week only, the White Houses' policy advisors are taking input on the topic of innovation and the "digital highway". You can draft your responses on End Software Patents' wiki page, and you'll find info and arguments there too that might be useful. Getting a foothold for pushing software patent abolition in the USA is difficult, so let's make the most of this. A good submission has already been posted on Techdirt."
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Open Source

+ - SourceForge Launches Web Redesign During Outage->

Submitted by thib_gc
thib_gc (730259) writes "SourceForge, whose services have been partially crippled for two weeks after an intrusion previously discussed on Slashdot, surprised thousands of developers eagerly awaiting the end of the protracted outage of CVS with an e-mail announcing the immediate launch of a "shiny new look". The announcement boasts that "The use of HTML5/CSS3 has played a huge role in both the visual appearance and enabling performance improvements", in contrast with the exploit disclosure which pledged that "Our immediate priorities are to prevent further exposure and ensure data integrity. We have all hands on deck working on identifying the exploit vector or vectors, eliminating them, and restoring the impacted services." (SourceForge and Slashdot are both part of Geeknet, Inc.)"
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