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Submission + - Chinese Communist hackers steal Coca-Cola formula :) (

An anonymous reader writes: FBI officials quietly approached executives at Coca-Cola Co. (KO) on March 15, 2009, with some startling news. Hackers had broken into the company’s computer systems and were pilfering sensitive files about its attempted $2.4 billion acquisition of China Huiyuan Juice Group (1886)

Submission + - Man-Made Material Pushes the Bounds of Superconductivity

An anonymous reader writes: A multi-university team of researchers has artificially engineered a unique multilayer material that could lead to breakthroughs in both superconductivity research and in real-world applications. The researchers can tailor the material, which seamlessly alternates between metal and oxide layers, to achieve extraordinary superconducting properties — in particular, the ability to transport much more electrical current than non-engineered materials.

Submission + - 4D Printing: Objects That Make Themselves (

iONiUM writes: "From the article: "Many are only just getting their heads around the idea of 3D printing but scientists at MIT are already working on an upgrade: 4D printing.
At the TED conference in Los Angeles, architect and computer scientist Skylar Tibbits showed how the process allows objects to self-assemble."
There could be many applications for this. Definitely a cool step forward."

Submission + - Music industry first revenue increase since 1999, thanks to digital distribution (

Zaatxe writes: The music industry, the first media business to be consumed by the digital revolution, said on Tuesday that its global sales rose last year for the first time since 1999, raising hopes that a long-sought recovery might have begun. The increase, of 0.3 percent, was tiny, and the total revenue, $16.5 billion, was a far cry from the $38 billion that the industry took in at its peak more than a decade ago. Still, even if it is not time for the record companies to party like it’s 1999, the figures, reported Tuesday by the International Federation of the Phonographic Industry, provide significant encouragement. “At the beginning of the digital revolution it was common to say that digital was killing music,” said Edgar Berger, chief executive of the international arm of Sony Music Entertainment. Now, he added, it could be said “that digital is saving music.”

Submission + - A meteor enters the atmosphere over the north of Kazakhstan (

Mr Pt writes: The biggest piece of the space rock that broke apart over Russia to make it to the ground is believed to have made this gaping hole in Chebarkul Lake about 60 miles west of Chelyabinsk, according to a Russian government news television network.
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Submission + - "Six Strikes" Copyright Alert System Debuts Today (

bughunter writes: "After months of delay, the “Copyright Alert System,” (also known as “six strikes”) is ready for its “implementation phase.” Participating ISPs will be rolling out the system “over the course of the next several days.” According to TorrentFreak, Today the controversial “six-strikes” anti-piracy system kicks off in the United States. Soon the first BitTorrent users will receive so-called copyright alerts from their Internet provider and after multiple warnings subscribers will be punished. But, what these punishments entail remains a bit of a mystery. None of the participating ISPs have officially announced how they will treat repeat infringers and the CCI doesn’t have this information either. Is your ISP on the list of participating providers? Also, should casual, occasional users of BitTorrent who download this week's Breaking Bad or Game of Thrones be concerned, or is this primarily aimed at detecting large-scale copyright infringers?"

Submission + - Horse Meat Found in IKEA's Swedish Meatballs

guttentag writes: Last month we discussed the implications of horse meat in European foods that were labelled as beef. The Czech State Veterinary Administration has now reported finding horse meat in IKEA's 1-lb packages of Swedish meatballs, which are sold in the retailer's stores and served in its restaurants around the world. IKEA has only one supplier for these meatballs, a family owned company in southwestern Sweden, and has pulled meatballs from shelves in Sweden, Slovakia, Hungary, France, Britain, Portugal, the Netherlands, Belgium, Spain, Italy, Greece, Cyprus and Ireland out of concern for "potential worries among our customers." However, it said it saw no reason to extend that action to other countries, including the U.S., where deceptive trade practices involving horse meat have not been as prominent in the news.
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Submission + - Muslims demand murder of more bloggers (

An anonymous reader writes: Days after the killing of leftist blogger Thaba Baba, mosques throughout Bangladesh called for a popular uprising to demand the killing of other bloggers who had held a rally calling for the death of Jama'at-e-Islami leaders convicted of war crimes. This happens in an atmosphere of ongoing tension between Left and Right, with the leftist government threatening to outlaw rightist parties while the right uses violence to quiet selected enemies.

Submission + - Buying Their Way Onto The NY Times Bestsellers List 4

Freshly Exhumed writes: An endorsement from Oprah Winfrey. A film deal from Steven Spielberg. A debut at the top of The New York Times bestsellers list. These are the things every author craves most, and while the first two require the favor of a benevolent God, the third can be had by anyone with the ability to write a check — a pretty big one to ResultSource, a San Diego-based marketing consultancy what Forbes says is essentially a laundering operation aimed at deceiving the book-buying public into believing a title is more in-demand than it is. Soren Kaplan, a business consultant and speaker, hired ResultSource to promote his book “Leapfrogging.” Responding to the WSJ article on his website, Kaplan breaks out the economics of making the list.“It’s no wonder few people in the industry want to talk about bestseller campaigns,” he writes “Put bluntly, they allow people with enough money, contacts, and know-how to buy their way onto bestseller lists.”

Submission + - Minix 3.2.1 Released (

kthreadd writes: Minix, originally designed as an example for teaching operating system theory which was both inspiration and cause for the creation of Linux has just been released as version 3.2.1. Major new features include full support for shared libraries and improved support for USB devices such as keyboards, mice and mass storage devices. The system has received many performance improvements and several userland tools have been imported from NetBSD.

Submission + - Ride a Russian mechanostrider to work, only $1500 (

An anonymous reader writes: A group of four Russian scientists calling themselves "Konstantin Ivanov" have taken it upon themselves to beat ASIMO, not only that, but it`s rideable too. Working with a budget of only $1500 USD they put this beautifully insane contraption together, weighing in at around 400 lbs and able to balance on one leg this is very cool robot. Shades of WOW?

Submission + - Japan Probe Finds Miswiring of Boeing 787 Battery (

NeverVotedBush writes: TOKYO — A probe into the overheating of a lithium ion battery in an All Nippon Airways Boeing 787 that made an emergency landing found it was improperly wired, Japan’s Transport Ministry said Wednesday.

The Transport Safety Board said in a report that the battery for the aircraft’s auxiliary power unit was incorrectly connected to the main battery that overheated, although a protective valve would have prevented power from the auxiliary unit from causing damage.

Flickering of the plane’s tail and wing lights after it landed and the fact the main battery was switched off led the investigators to conclude there was an abnormal current traveling from the auxiliary power unit due to miswiring.


Submission + - The Rise of the Mirror Internet or Darknet ( 1

Orion Blastar writes: "With governments taking away freedoms, rights, and liberties on the Internet, alternatives are coming up called Darknets. Not just for file sharing, but for anonymity, and keeping away censorship and allowing privacy. It will one day resemble the Internet once someone finds a way to make money off it, and administer it to keep order."

Submission + - MARS Curiosity Rover Confirms First Sample Collected From Interior Of A Rock on (

littlesparkvt writes: NASA’s Mars rover Curiosity has relayed new images that confirm it has successfully obtained the first sample ever collected from the interior of a rock on another planet. No rover has ever has drilled into a rock beyond Earth and collected a sample from its interior.

Submission + - Dealing with an Advanced Wi-Fi Leech? 8

An anonymous reader writes: Recently, I had found out (through my log files) that my wireless router was subject to a Wi-Fi Protected Setup (WPS) brute force PIN attack. After looking on the Internet and discovering that there are indeed many vulnerabilities to WPS, I disabled it. After a few days, I noticed that I kept intermittently getting disconnected at around the same time every day (indicative of a WPA deauthentication handshake capture attempt). I also noticed that an evil twin has been setup in an effort to get me to connect to it. Through Wi-Fi monitoring software, I have noticed that certain MAC addresses are connected to multiple WEP and WPA2 access points in my neighborhood. I believe that I (and my neighbors) may be dealing with an advanced Wi-Fi leech. What can I do in this situation? Should I bother purchasing a directional antenna, figuring out exactly where the clients are situated, and knocking on their door? Is this something the local police can help me with?

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