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Submission + - Gates returns to Windows 7 after being unable to install the Windows 8.1 upgrade 3

Artem Tashkinov writes: According to rumors Bill Gate's first day at his office in Redmond turned out to be a complete disaster mixed with ostensibly curse words no one had expected from him. He tried to install the Windows 8.1 upgrade but the updater failed continuously asking to reboot the PC. Microsoft's new C.E.O. Satya Nadella who came to help resolve the situation couldn't sort it out. In the end Gates said he would be returning to Windows 7 for the foreseeable future.

Submission + - Mars Astronauts will drink a lot of pee (

Andy Prough writes: Thanks to ambitions of humans going to Mars one day, technology that turns wastewater into drinking water is improving. Conserving water all the way to Mars and back will be vital, and so NASA is working overtime to make pee-drinking far more efficient. NASA's “first generation forward osmosis secondary treatment system” is being tested at Johnson Space Center in Houston, and pee-drinking technology is currently in use onboard the Space Station and at NASA’s Sustainability Base in Silicon Valley. The systems recover more than 95% of water from wastewater, which includes other water sources such as laundry water.

Don't be surprised to see Wall Street investing in pee soon. Not only is pee being churned into a tasty beverage to parch an interplanetary thirst, but yesterday one company announced that they are developing a pee-powered fuel cell for our soldiers to charge their smartphones on the battlefield.

Submission + - Amazon Review as Pepper Spray Cop Meme (

ThatsNotPudding writes: Some wags figured out the pepper spray used by the now-infamous UC-Davis police officer is also available through Amazon. The reviews are a treasure to behold — and a sad comment on what modern-day United States has become.

Comment Mitnick's computer setup (Score 1) 161

He runs a hacked version of CP/M on a DEC PDP-11 (on an upgraded Fonz-11 chipset) and a 300 baud modem for internet access. After being locked up for so long, he's had a hard time adjusting to all the newfangled gear running around.

Rumor has it the news of his setup emerged when he brought in a fried Qbus board to a local Radio Shack looking for some replacement ICs. Since it wasn't an RC car or Cell phone, he had to explain what the board was what it did. Alas, they had no ICs in stock.


Submission + - iPhone thief slips, IDs himself via Photobucket (

alphadogg writes: Photobucket has a cool mobile application that allows users to automatically upload mobile pictures to the company's photo-sharing website. That's something that Korey Heess is unlikely to forget anytime soon, after allegedly snapping a picture of himself that was used by police to identify him as a smartphone thief. Police in Salinas, Calif., had been investigating a rash of purse snatchings at local stores when one of their victims uncovered some new evidence a few days ago. Not long after her phone was stolen, a picture of a young man with a goatee and earrings popped up in her Photobucket picture-sharing account. The man was staring intently at the camera — her camera — as he snapped a self-portrait on a wall-sized mirror.

Submission + - iPhone Jailbreak Exploit Spurs Fears of New Attack (

Trailrunner7 writes: The clock is ticking for Apple to issue a patch for the iOS operating system that powers iPhones, iPods and iPads following the release of a remote exploit that uses specially crafted PDF files to defeat iOS's content protection mechanisms and "jailbreak" mobile devices like the iPhone and iPad.

Echoing warning issued around previous iOS jail breaks, security experts said this week that the PDF-based exploit that is the basis of the iOS JailbreakMe 3 exploit released this week could be used in a malicious, drive by attack on iOS devices, and that users should exercise caution when clicking on Web links until Apple has a chance to patch the hole in iOS version 4.3.

The exploit, developed and released by the iPhone hacker known as "Comex" was praised as exceptionally powerful and seamless: allowing users to bypass both iOS's Address Space Layout Randomization (ASLR) and Data Execution Prevention (DEP) features. The packaging of the PDF-based exploit also allows users to jailbreak their phone simply by pointing their mobile Safari browser to the Web site.

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