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Submission + - Even Computers Agree: Physics is Hard (sciencemag.org)

sciencehabit writes: Students and researchers alike have long understood that physics is challenging. But only now have scientists managed to prove it. It turns out that one of the most common goals in physics—finding an equation that describes how a system changes over time—is defined as "hard" by computer theory. That's bad news for physics students who hope that a machine can solve all their homework problems, but at least their future jobs in the field are safe from automation.
Hardware

Submission + - Best Buy display TVs show porn to shoppers (geek.com)

An anonymous reader writes: No one at Best Buy Greenville knows how to change the security settings on a router. Shoppers at the store were subjected to several minutes of hardcore porn on a number of 55" smart TVs after two individuals gained access to the store WiFi and uploaded the video. All the manager could do was turn the TVs off, then admitted the same thing had happened the day before. Hopefully Greenville is the exception, and other Best Buy stores know how to set router passwords and limit access.
Programming

Submission + - Coding tricks of game developers (dodgycoder.net)

damian2k writes: Game developers often experience a horrific "crunch" (also known as a "death march"), which happens in the last few months of a project leading up to the game's release date. Failing to meet the deadline can often mean the project gets cancelled or even worse, you lose your job. So what sort of tricks do they use while they're under the pump, doing 12+ hour per day for weeks on end?

How about changing the background story of a game to suit a bug, or even just leaving the bug in there and making it a humorous feature of the game! There's also the game studio who keep a pair of white gloves handy, just in case you need to code up some particularly nasty hack and you don't want to feel dirty when you do it! Read more at the article here: http://www.dodgycoder.net/2012/02/coding-tricks-of-game-developers.html

Idle

Submission + - Syrian President's email hacked... Password was 12345 (talkingpointsmemo.com) 1

Nominei writes: The Israeli newspaper Haaretz reports that the Syrian President, aides and staffers had their email hacked by Anonymous, who leaked hundreds of emails online. Reportedly, many of the accounts used the password "12345" (which their IT department probably warned them to change when the accounts got set up, of course).

Link to original news article: http://www.haaretz.com/print-edition/news/bashar-assad-emails-leaked-tips-for-abc-interview-revealed-1.411445

Your Rights Online

Submission + - RIAA chief whines that SOPA opponents were "unfair" (nytimes.com)

shoutingloudly writes: "In a NY Times op-ed today, RIAA chief Cary H. Sherman accuses the opponents of SOPA of having engaged in shady rhetorical tactics. He (wrongly) accuses opponents such as Wikipedia and Google of having disseminated misinformation about the bills. He lashes out at the use of the term "censorship," which he calls a "loaded and inflammatory term." Most /. readers will get the many unintentional jokes in this inaccurate, hypocritical screed by one of the leaders of the misinformation-and-inflammatory-rhetoric-wielding content industry lobby."

Submission + - Psychic Cephalopod Predicts Super Bowl Winner

squidflakes writes: Who knew that marine invertebrate cephalopods were so good at determining the outcome of major sporting events? Hot on the sucker pads of Paul the World Cup predicting octopus comes Paula, the Super Bowl predicting octopus.

Are we ready to accept our new eight armed psychic overlords? Or is this just random chance, researcher bias, or further proof that like us, octopuses have a handedness?

Submission + - Do accountants even use computers?

newslash.formatblows writes: In the US, at least, your employer has a full month to provide you with the small amount of information you need to file your taxes. If you happen to hold stocks, brokerage firms can get extensions to Feb. 15th before they send you anything. I'd like to know why, now that computers are doing the calculating (and it's not exactly rocket science) it takes 4-6 weeks to send someone the information about their total pay, taxes withheld, etc. Shouldn't a single Pentium be able to do those calculations for the whole country in a month?

Submission + - Anonymous intercepts FBI conference call (telegraph.co.uk)

DrDevil writes: A member of the computer hacking group Anonymous has hacked into a telephone conference between the FBI and Scotland Yard (London Police) and posted it on the internet.

The Daily Telegraph has a comprehensive article on the hack at http://www.telegraph.co.uk/technology/news/9059580/Anonymous-hackers-intercept-conversation-between-FBI-and-Scotland-Yard-on-how-to-deal-with-hackers.html.

The audio of the call can be heard at http://t.co/vrdop7No.

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