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Submission + - Scorpions may have lessons to teach aircraft designers (

elloGov writes: ""THE north African desert scorpion, Androctonus australis, is a hardy creature. Most animals that live in deserts dig burrows to protect themselves from the sand-laden wind. Not Androctonus. It usually toughs things out at the surface. Yet when the sand whips by at speeds that would strip paint away from steel, the scorpion is able to scurry off without apparent damage."
Dr Han Zhiwu of Jilin University and colleagues have found that surface irregularity in aircraft design could substantially minimize atmospheric dust damage that aircrafts endure. What implications if at all significant would such design have on drag and lift?"


Submission + - The Dark Side of Apple's Mobile Dominance (

GMGruman writes: "Although it sold just 9 percent of mobile phones globally last quarter, Apple made 75 percent of all the mobile phone profits. Android sales stalled, allowing the iPhone 4S to outsell all Android phone sales in the same period. And each iPhone sale costs the carriers more due to higher iPhone subsidies, hurting their bottom lines. It's a nightmare scenario for many not he mobile industry: Apple is sucking the money out of the market, much as we saw with iTunes and iPods. Apple's success is due to its own innovations, as well as to the continual stumbles of others, but the result is nonetheless a discomforting dominance by a company users love but that has a dark side tendency to control and obstinance. The joke "It's Steve Jobs' world and we just live in it" may not turn out to be so funny."

Submission + - TomTom satnavs to set insurance prices ( 1

nk497 writes: "TomTom has signed a deal with an insurance firm that will see its satnavs used to monitor drivers. Fair Pay Insurance, part of Motaquote, will use monitoring systems built into the TomTom PRO 3100 to watch for sharp braking and badly managed turns, rewarding "good" drivers with lower premiums and warning less skilled motorists when they aren't driving as they should. "We've dispensed with generalisations and said to our customers, if you believe you're a good driver, we'll believe you and we'll even give you the benefit up front," said Nigel Lombard of Fair Pay Insurance."

Submission + - Fake Google Analytics Code Redirecting Victims to Black Hole Exploit Kit (

Trailrunner7 writes: Injecting malicious code into the HTML used on legitimate Web sites is a key part of the infection lifecycle for many attack crews, and they often disguise and obfuscate their code to make it more difficult to analyze or so it appears to be legitimate code. The latest instance of this technique has seen attackers employing code that is meant to look like Google Analytics snippets, but instead sends victims off to a remote site that's hosting the Black Hole Exploit Kit. Not the desired result.

Researchers at Websense discovered the ongoing attack recently, and found that the code being used to hide the fake Google Analytics tags is heavily obfuscated, making analysis quite difficult. The malicious code, which is being injected into benign pages on legitimate sites, is designed to look just like actual Google Analytics code and to appear as though it's referring to common domains. But there are some tell-tale signs that this isn't the case.

Comment Re:really?! (Score 1) 117

"why are judges not elected instead of appointed?"

Because elections require campaigns which require funds which then tend to influence the candidates in favor of those who provided the funds, which hurts the impartiality required of judges. The best system is one in which judges are appointed but then have to run for retention every so often (4 years is typical). That means the electorate can get rid of the really bad judges but it's not a popularity contest to choose a successor.

Comment Re:The argument is miscast. (Score 3, Interesting) 807

It was the people's demands following 9/11 that gave Congress the nerve to pass the "Uniting and Strengthening America by Providing Appropriate Tools Required to Intercept and Obstruct Terrorism Act of 2001." And, for anyone who hasn't read the USA PATRIOT ACT, I sincerely recommend that you set aside some time to read through it at: and then we can all chat again about the Constitution.

Comment Re:The actual damages... (Score 3, Insightful) 647

Bits and bites in a particular combination are recognized by law as an object worthy of legal protection in the form of copyright and/or patent. Taking, without my permission, all of the bits and bytes that I have arranged in a particular unique combination is theft in just the same way that copying down various bits and bytes of information about you (the information regarding your birth, your social security number, and your driving privileges) is theft of your identity. You may not recognize the theft until I start using those bits and bytes by cleaning out your bank account or getting credit cards in your name, but it was truly theft all the time.

Comment Re:Yeah right. (Score 5, Insightful) 434

Someone needs to tell these dreamers:
1. Read the terms of the document giving you the shares to see when they vest;
2. Figure out where you'll get the money to buy the shares so you can sell them (sometimes you can do a cashless exchange but you have to know
a. who will arrange this for you, and
b. how much money it's going to cost you to have someone make the exchange
3. Realize that there are insider lock out periods after the IPO and before and after every quarterly report (any employee with options is an insider)
4. Profit? ?

Comment Re:Does not violate the Fourth Amendment? (Score 1) 560

IMHO, the USA PATRIOT ACT (not shouting, that's the acronym for the ridiculously long name of the Act) is just as constitutional as the Alien and Sedition Acts, which were also rushed through in the guise of protecting US citizens. If only our congress-folk had spent as much time thinking about the constitution as they did about the acronym!

Comment Re:Could be fixed with a simple law. (Score 1) 120

In my experience, it hasn't been the merchants doing these add-ons; it's the credit card companies themselves. For instance, I call BigBank, the issuer of my Visa card, to make sure that my last payment was credited on time. I'm transferred to a customer rep who answers the question and then says, "By the way, I see that you're entitled to join our travel savings plan ... [blah, blah, blah about the great features of the plan]. You can have a free trial starting tomorrow." If you say anything except, "No, no, no," they automatically sign you up and then, after 10 or 25 days, X Travel Co. starts adding a "nominal fee" of $29.95 ("only pennies a day") to your card. If X Travel Co. is an "affiliate" of BigBank and you failed to opt out when BigBank sent you the notice of its privacy policies, then you don't really have much recourse except to call BigBank, talk someone into giving you the contact information for X Travel Co., and then contacting them to stop charging you.

Submission + - Project Management for IT Departments

spectre_240sx writes: I'm looking for success stories regarding project management in IT. There's a lot of talk about project management, but it all seems to be geared towards developers. I'm looking for methods and potentially software that would help in rolling out upgrades to our environment as well as implementation of new applications and expansion of infrastructure. What's the IT world's answer to Agile, Scrum and all of these other buzzwords I keep hearing about?

Submission + - Uproar as MW2's IW announces No Dedicated Servers

An anonymous reader writes: Infinity Ward's Robert Bowling (aka fourzerotwo), in an interview with on October 17th has announced that one of the mainstays of PC multiplayer gaming, dedicated servers, won't be in IW's upcoming sequel to Call of Duty 4. Instead, players will use the unknown "IW Net" for matchmaking purposes. No dedicated servers means no player mods, no player maps, no organized competitive play, no clan servers, etc and strips away from what makes PC gaming unique from console gaming. Many vocal gamers have cancelled their preorders. IW has deleted most of the threads and petitions on IW's forums, however one petition lives on. As of the time of this writing, there are over 76,000 signatures and counting.

Submission + - 32 Exoplanets Discovered by Chilean Telescope (

the4thdimension writes: An article on CNN describes that 32 exoplanets have been discovered using a new Chilean telescope. The telescope is capable of detecting movement 2.1mph (comparable to a slow walking pace). These 32 new planets gives the telescope a total of 75 planets its discovered out of the 400 discovered using all methods employed by astronomers. This places the HARPS system as the worlds foremost exoplanet hunter.

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