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+ - Steve Jobs proposes spaceship campus in Cupertino ->

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "Yesterday, Steve Jobs attended a city council meeting in Cupertino with a proposal to expand Apple‘s campus by putting 12,000 people in one new building.

While Jobs looked a little frail at the stand, he was on form to give a well-planned presentation (keynote?) trying to convince Cupertino to let him build a brand new campus down the road from Apple’s existing headquarters. The land is around 150 acres and used to belong to Hewlett-Packard. But Apple bought it as HP downsized and has had architects come up with a rather futuristic, spaceship-like building.

As you can see from the drawings in the video, this is a rather unique and special building. Apple has used its growing expertise in glass production to create a structure with no flat surfaces. It is one big curve. Also commendable is the fact the site will have its vegetation increased from 20% to 80% even though a huge building is being added.

The reason for the new building proposal is because Apple is growing fast. The current campus can hold 2,600 people, but Apple has gone way beyond that and rents several buildings in the surrounding area. The company wants and needs that to change that situation, but they also want to stay in Cupertino, so this new campus is the solution."

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Space

+ - Twitter Helps Astronomers Zero-In On M51 Supernova->

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astroengine
astroengine writes "It's simple. You see news pop up on the web about a supernova and you tweet about it. But in the case of last week's M51 (the "Whirlpool Galaxy") 14-magnitude bright stellar explosion, one tweet was picked up by University of California, Berkeley, astronomers... who just so happened to be enjoying some observing time on one of Keck Observatory's monster telescopes. Although the weather wasn't perfect, the Berkeley team were able to quickly observe a spectrum from the M51 brightening to quickly confirm that it was a Type II supernova — the core collapse of a massive star, some 8-times the mass of the sun.

"This is the first time that we've been alerted via a tweet," Alex Filippenko, lead astronomer of the UC Berkeley team, told Discovery News. "We've been alerted many times via email, and in a sense, I was alerted via an email message, but it was from a colleague who was alerted through a tweet."

"To my knowledge, that is unprecedented.""

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Microsoft

+ - Software cracks Microsoft,eBay,Yahoo audiocaptchas->

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coondoggie
coondoggie writes "Researchers have figured out how to to crack captchas, making it possible to launch automated attacks against sites such as Microsoft, eBay and Digg where opening phony accounts could be turned into cash.

Software written by researchers at Stanford University and Tulane University can interpret human speech well enough to crack audio captchas between 1.5% and 89% of the time — often enough to make sites that use them vulnerable to setting up false user accounts, the researchers say."

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Android

+ - Android security practices? 1

Submitted by Soft
Soft (266615) writes "Smartphone security recommendations seem to boil down to Windows-like practices: install an antivirus, run updates, and don't execute apps from untrusted sources. On my own computers, running Linux, I choose to only install (signed) packages from the distribution's or well-known repositories, or programs I can check and compile myself, or run them as a dedicated user--and I don't bother with an antivirus.

What rules should I adopt on my soon-to-be-bought Android device? Can I use it purely with open-source apps and still make the most of it? Are Android's fine-grained permissions (accessing the network, contacts...) reliable? Can apps be trusted not to scan your files and keyboard for passwords and emails? What precautions do security-conscious Slashdotters take to keep control of their phones?"
The Internet

+ - Netflix Isn't Swamping the Internet->

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itwbennett
itwbennett writes "Remember the Sandvine report from earlier this week that said that Netflix gobbles up 30% of Internet traffic during peak hours? It needs clarification on a couple of important points, says blogger Kevin Fogarty. First, yes, Netflix traffic spikes during prime time, but only across the last mile. Second, ISPs underestimate what a 'normal' level of Internet use really is. 'When AT&T announced its data caps – 150GB per month for DSL users and 250GB for broadband – it called the data levels generous and said limits would only affect 2 percent of its customers. It turns out Netflix users take up an average of 40GB per month just from streaming media, according to a different Sandvine report (PDF),' says Fogarty."
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Comment: Re:Kinda useless link. (Score 2) 45

by sixfive0two (#36174614) Attached to: An Apple TV-Based Webserver
Quote from the first link if you didn't RTFA:
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- SSH in and change the root password
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- Within /usr/sbin/ run lighttpd-angel -f /etc/lighttpd.conf to start lighttpd
- Write a plist file in /Library/LaunchDaemons to launch lighttpd on boot

+ - SPAM: Why Are Geoexchange Heat Pumps Ignored Often?

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "While reading a recent copy of the Audubon's magazine there was a brief article about geothermal heat pumps or geoexchangers. [spam URL stripped] I was intrigued by this technology and have seldom heard it discussed either by the engineering community or the entrepreneurial community. What prevents this technology from being adopted widely? It seems to have fewer technical hurdles than solar or wind power."
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Privacy

+ - How intercept calls on new Cisco phones->

Submitted by mask.of.sanity
mask.of.sanity (1228908) writes "Researchers have demonstrated a series of exploits that turn Cisco IP phones into listening bugs, and could allow a denial of service attack capable of silencing a call centre.

It allows internal staff and competitors with a little publicly-available information to hijack the phones, wiretap calls and eavesdrop on confidential meetings.

The attacks work through a sequence of exploits against the latest Cisco phones enabled to run off the shelf.

Most people are vunerable, the researchers say, because they do not harden their systems in line with recommended security requirements."

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Microsoft

+ - PlayStation Network Down, Xbox 360 Up-> 1

Submitted by Daniel_Lee
Daniel_Lee (2057836) writes "The Sony PlayStation Network (PSN) outage has angered and frustrated Sony fans into rushing to retail stores and trading in their PlayStation3 (PS3) consoles for rival Microsoft Xbox 360 systems. Reports from retail stores indicated that more customers have been trading in their entire PlayStation3 set including both console and games for the Xbox 360, mostly for Call of Duty online gamers."
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