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+ - Goys With New Toys: Could Dreidels Be Hot?->

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Webb Roberts
Webb Roberts writes "My wife and I solved a problem that has been plaguing Jews for hundreds of years: the boring, yet ubiquitous Hanukkah dreidel. We crossed dreidel with Texas Hold'em poker to create No Limit Texas Dreidel. The game is sold in stores nationwide, including Bloomingdale's. This traditionally Jewish spinning top is capturing non-Jews attention. It was included in Newsweek in November and NPR's Only A Game Holiday Gift Guide, aired December 13th. You can hear my wife predicting that dreidels could be the next playing cards: "They are like dice but spinning... how fun is that?", she says."
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Security

+ - Watching Virus Behavior Far Better Than Signatures

Submitted by davecb
davecb (6526) writes "A prototype anti-virus system developed at the University of Michigan uses the "fingerprint" of virus activity to more effectively identify viruses. The system obtains such fingerprints by intentionally infecting a quarantined computer with viruses. Conventional anti-virus software monitors systems for suspicious activity and then tries to determine the source by checking for virus signatures, which makes it difficult to spot new pieces of malware and track different variations.

The University of Michigan team studied the files and processes malware created and modified on an infected computer, and developed software that uses the information gathered to identify malware. The prototype is capable of defining clusters of malware that operate in similar ways, and can create a kind of family tree that illustrates how superficially different programs have similar methods of operation. In tests on the same software, the prototype was able to identify at least 10 percent more of the sample than five leading anti-virus programs. The prototype also always correctly connected different pieces of malware that operate similarly, while the best anti-virus program was only able to identify 68 percent of such links. (Courtesy of ACM Technews)"
Businesses

+ - How Not to Find an American Programmer

Submitted by Amiga Trombone
Amiga Trombone (592952) writes "Immigration attorneys from Cohen & Grigsby explain how they assist employers in running classified ads with the goal of NOT finding any qualified applicants, and the steps they go through to disqualify even the most qualified Americans in order to secure green cards for H-1b workers. See what Bush and Congress really mean by a "shortage of skilled U.S. workers." Microsoft, Oracle, Hewlett-Packard, and thousands of other companies are running fake ads in Sunday newspapers across the country each week."
Security

+ - cingular voicemail hack

Submitted by
gomez
gomez writes "i have no idea where to let people know about this. but i'm loyal to slashhdot so why not here?

i'm an admin for a call center and i was messing around with caller id the other day. i remember dialing voicemail by pressing 1 on my cingular cell phone and getting straight in w/ out a verification of password. well i thought, what if i can change my outbound ISDN caller ID on my landline phone to a friends phone, figuring that if the mechanism is only checking caller ID why not fake it? it totally worked. i was in my friends voicemail checking his messages.

i thought, well who has the power to change caller id? only admins right? well i checked the client app for use with our PBX, and lo and behold they of course (with certain user privileges) have the power to change outbound caller ID on the fly. I think most phone systems these days in a business environment allow a user to do so, but again only if they have the privileges.

cingular has already been notified about this, i just thought i'd light the fire under their arses.

check your phone software to see if you can change your outbound caller id.. i bet you see the same result.

    — gomez"
Space

+ - A five-gear space rocket engine

Submitted by
Roland Piquepaille
Roland Piquepaille writes "Georgia Tech researchers have had a brilliant idea. Rocket engines used today to launch satellites run at maximum exhaust velocity until they reach orbit. For a car, this would be analog to stay all the time in first gear. So they have designed a new space rocket which works as it has a five-gear transmission system. This space engine uses 40 percent less fuel than current ones by running on solar power while in space and by fine-tuning exhaust velocity. But as it was designed with funds from the U.S. Air Force, military applications will be ready before civilian ones. Here is how this new rocket engine works."
The Almighty Buck

+ - Best Place to Sell Used Computer Equipment?

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pkcs11
pkcs11 writes "I have been trying to sell a PC I recently bought from Dell. I was a mac user prior and thought a pimped-out PC might be just as useful as a mac....needless to say I was wrong. The problem is, I listed it on Craigslist but only got 419 Scammer responses. I listed it on eBay but found more 419 Scammers and no serious bidders.
Is there a site that specializes in re-selling (or auctioning) PCs where good results are the norm?
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