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+ - Can we please rethink the mod lables? 2

Submitted by symes
symes (835608) writes "Of the "Normal, Offtopic, Flamebait, Troll, Redundant, Insightful, Interesting, Informative, Funny, Overrated, Underrated" options available, I can honestly say I have never used Reduntant, Overrated and Underrated. I will usually lump Interesting, Insightful and Informative together, but tend to default to Interesting. Same with Troll and Flamebait — these just force dross below the hiden threshold so serve the same purpose. I would like to use Banal or even Vapid, but nothing seems to come close."

+ - Portable security

Submitted by symes
symes (835608) writes "Most of us with a passport will likely find ourselves, at some time or other, somewhere that is not well covered by WiFi, 3G and so forth. Occasionally we might be tempted into an internet cafe or to use the local hotels publicly accessible pc, feeding grounds for those with malicous intent. While packing a hefty dose of common sense is probably the best way of protecting oneself, what apps would those on Slashdot stick on a memory stick to help secure oneself under such circumstances?"

+ - UK seeks next generation of cyber security pros->

Submitted by symes
symes (835608) writes "The UK is short of cyber police and an online competition has been launched to attract capable applicants, from the BBC: "A national competition has been launched to find the next generation of UK cyber security specialists. The Cyber Security Challenge will put entrants through a series of online and face to face competitions that will assess their abilities. The prizes on offer include bursaries towards university study as well as places on top training courses. The challenge is being run to help fill out the numbers of skilled computer security workers Britain can call on. "Defending all of our interests in cyberspace is a relatively small cadre of talented and highly skilled public sector and private sector cyber security professionals," said Baroness Neville-Jones, Minister of Security. Lady Neville-Jones said the pool of available professionals had to grow and the Cyber Security Challenge was an "innovative" way to attract people to take up the profession"

The challenge has been launched as schools in the UK close for the summer and kids everywhere are looking for something to do — the big question is how long the site will stay up?"

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+ - Spanish police arrest Mariposa masterminds->

Submitted by symes
symes (835608) writes ""Spanish police have revealed that they have arrested three men responsible for one of the world's biggest networks of virus-infected computers" the story suggests that the masterminds were far from leet "The first member of the gang was arrested in early February, when he inadvertently logged into the network without disguising the address of his computer.""
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+ - Perfect breasts-> 1

Submitted by symes
symes (835608) writes "In news that might greet some readers with a sour taste but others with quivering joy, reports in the English press suggest scientists have happened upon some truly unique research findings. In a display of how shallow and how badly informed UK readers are of real science, the Daily Mail writes how one man's obsession with staring at models' breasts in magazines and newsprint is really the true pinnacle of scientific endeavor. At last, the formula for the perfect breast can be laid bare — it is one where the nipples point skywards and are located slightly above the breast's centre of mass. Unfortunately, and unsurprisingly, the researcher was neither able to comment on texture nor firmness and could not offer any experimental manipulations to buttress against claims of methodological incompetency."
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+ - open access science

Submitted by symes
symes (835608) writes "The restrictive nature of academic publishing is sorely in need of a shake up. Bentham Science Publishers are doing just that. They are

launching more than 300 peer-reviewed open access journals during this year, under the banner of "Bentham Science OPEN". The journals will cover all major disciplines of science and are exclusively open access publications.
From the website blurb

* All articles are made freely and permanently accessible online immediately upon publication.
* All articles are, for you to read, download, copy, distribute, deposit in digital repositories and use (with attribution) any way you wish. No permission is required for distribution, copying or commercial use of published articles.
* Fast publication. All submitted articles undergo a fast but rigorous peer-review procedure and submission of an article to publication is done rapidly.
* Authors publishing with Bentham Science Open retain the copyright to their work.
* Authors can publish research, reviews and short communication articles.
* Affordable article processing fees. Article processing fees rank amongst the lowest compared to those of other open access journal publishers.
* Open Access to the broadest audience. Publishing in an open access journal allows anyone with an interest in your work to read it — and that translates into increased usage and impact.
* All articles are deposited in at least one major international open digital repository (such as PubMed Central).
Too good to be true?"

+ - QUALCOMM in Collaboration with Mozilla

Submitted by symes
symes (835608) writes "
QUALCOMM Incorporated (Nasdaq: QCOM), a leading developer and innovator of Code Division Multiple Access (CDMA) and other advanced wireless technologies, and the Mozilla Foundation, a public-benefit organization dedicated to promoting choice and innovation on the Internet, today announced that future versions of Eudora® will be based upon the same technology platform as the open source Mozilla Thunderbird(TM) email program. Future versions of Eudora will be free and open source, while retaining Eudora's uniquely rich feature set and productivity enhancements.

No problem is so large it can't be fit in somewhere.