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The Military

+ - British nukes protected solely by bicycle locks

Submitted by StationM
StationM (927182) writes "Newsnight at BBC2 has revealed that British were secured only by a bicycle lock and 'trust' in the integrity of the officers in charge of the weapons. "Newsnight has discovered that until the early days of the Blair government the RAF's nuclear bombs were armed by turning a bicycle lock key...The Royal Navy argued that officers of the Royal Navy as the Senior Service could be trusted:

"It would be invidious to suggest... that Senior Service officers may, in difficult circumstances, act in defiance of their clear orders".

Neither the Navy nor the RAF installed PAL (Permissive Active Link) protection on their nuclear weapons.

The RAF kept their unsafeguarded bombs at airbases until they were withdrawn in 1998."

sure makes me feel safe!"

+ - Ham Radio Operator Finds Cure For Cancer-> 5

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CirReal writes "John Kanzius, K3TUP, himself suffering from cancer with nine months to live, used nanotechnology and a radio transmitter to kill cancer cells. "Kanzius did not have a medical background, not even a bachelor's degree, but he knew radios. He had built and fixed them since he was a child, collecting transmitters, transceivers, antennas and amplifiers, earning an amateur radio operator license. Kanzius knew how to send radio wave signals around the world. If he could transmit them into cancer cells, he wondered, could he then direct the radio waves to destroy tumors, while leaving healthy cells intact?" Reseachers "recently killed 100% of cancer cells grown in the livers of rabbits, using Kanzius' method.""
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+ - Hushmail spills mail to Feds

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "A September court document reveals that Hushmail turned over emails to American authorities of targeted individuals, suspected in illegal steroid trafficking. Due to the fact that Hushmail saves their clients' emails encrypted using standard public key cryptography, they had to actively cache their customers' private keys and use them to send the Feds decrypted emails."

+ - After Ubuntu, Windows Looks Increasingly Bad

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mrcgran writes "An interesting article with some advantages of using Ubuntu over Windows: After Ubuntu, Windows Looks Increasingly Bad, Increasingly Archaic, Increasingly Unfriendly. From the article: "My recent switch to a single-boot Ubuntu setup on my Thinkpad T60 simply floors me on a regular basis. Most recently it's had to do with the experience of maintaining the software. Fresh from a very long Windows 2000 experience and a four-month Windows XP experience along with a long-time Linux sys admin role puts me in a great position to assess Ubuntu. Three prior attempts over the years at using Linux as my daily desktop OS had me primed for failure. Well, Ubuntu takes Linux where I've long hoped it would go — easy to use, reliable, dependable, great applications too but more on that later. It has some elegance to it — bet you never heard that about a Linux desktop before.""

NVIDIA's Andy Ritger On Linux Drivers 269

Posted by kdawson
from the straight-dope dept.
tykev writes "The Director of Unix Software at NVIDIA talks about Linux drivers, planned features, development cycle, and the open source Nouveau driver. (The interview is in English but all the comments are in Czech.) Quoting: 'NVIDIA's stance is to neither help nor hinder Nouveau. We are committed to supporting Linux through a) an open source 2d "nv" X driver which NVIDIA engineers actively maintain and improve, and b) our fully featured proprietary Linux driver which leverages common code with the other platforms that NVIDIA supports.'"

Hackers are just a migratory lifeform with a tropism for computers.