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+ - Giant 'crystal' balls with auto tracking collectors the future of solar?-> 1

Submitted by yakumo.unr
yakumo.unr (833476) writes "The Rawlemon solar ball lens clams that "Rawlemon can reach up to 70% yield surplus compared to a conventional PV panel" using a giant water filled ball to concentrate the sun's rays, and solve panel alignment issues by using a roving collector on a dual axis tracking system."
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Apple

+ - Ask Slashdot: Applecare drive data policies? 10

Submitted by yakumo.unr
yakumo.unr (833476) writes "Applecare (UK) took my friend's Powerbook in for servicing as his hard drive was being faulty, and incredibly slow, but was still accessible.

They swapped the drive out over three days, and once he travelled for an hour to pick it up, on asking about his old drive as it had his degree work on it he was told

'you can have your faulty hard drive back OR the fixed one, we can't let you have both'
It was also claimed they now couldn't get the data back off the old one.

At no point previously had they warned him they would not return his disk, or his data, though when he had asked about his old drive on the phone before travelling he was told the disk would not be destroyed until after the customer had picked up their machine, implying he had an option to NOT have it destroyed.

Certainly if policy is to destroy it why was he not allowed to do so himself!?

  I've certainly heard of many cases of less ethical employees saying this is far too often just to make the customer drop it and go, less work than finding the drive in question let alone going through the data recovery options available to the customer unless the customer made a real fuss.

I basically feel his data was held to ransom over a working machine, and I have been unable to find out about their drive destruction policies so also fear over the security of his lost data.

How do people feel about this? (other than the obvious 'he should have backed up everything!!', a lot of his data is on Dropbox, but he found not everything was).

What is his legal position over attempting to get his old drive back to recover or destroy himself?"
Windows

+ - XP randomly vulnerable, Vista and Server 2kX safe

Submitted by yakumo.unr
yakumo.unr (833476) writes "Computerworld has a follow up from Microsoft to the Loophole in Windows Random Number Generator covered on slashdot last week.

"Microsoft responded to further questions and acknowledged that Windows XP is vulnerable to the complex attack that Pinkas, Gutterman and Dorrendorf laid out in their paper"

"Windows Vista, Windows Server 2003 and the not-yet-released Windows Server 2008, however, apparently use a modified or different random number generator; Microsoft said they were immune to the attack strategy.""

C for yourself.

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