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Submission + - Ed Snowden leaves Hong Kong for Moscow 3

hazeii writes: Ed Snowden, the US whistleblower responsible for exposing the degree to which the US watches its own citizens (as well as the rest of the world) is reported as having left Hong Kong for Moscow. According to the South China Morning Post, he is on a commercial flight to Russia but intriguingly it seems this is not his final destination. It's not clear whether this move is in response to the US request to extradite him.

Submission + - US Hacked Chinese University Network 1

An anonymous reader writes: Hong Kong's South China Morning Post reports that Tsinghua University, widely regarded as the mainland’s top education and research institute, was the target of extensive hacking by US spies this year, according to information leaked by Edward Snowden. The information also showed that the attacks on Tsinghua University were intensive and concerted efforts. In one single day of January, at least 63 computers and servers in Tsinghua University have been hacked by the NSA. The university is home to one of the mainland’s six major backbone networks, the China Education and Research Network (CERNET) from where internet data from millions of Chinese citizens could be mined. Universities in Hong Kong and the mainland were revealed as targets of NSA’s cyber-snooping activities last week when Snowden claimed the Chinese University of Hong Kong had been hacked.

Comment Re:Apple shot themselves in the foot... (Score 0) 106

I own a Samsung smartphone, tablet computer and laptop. Each product was well priced, well designed and quality built and works flawlessly so far. I've had zero issues with any of these products. So yes, I appreciate the quality Samsung brings to the market. Does that make me a fanboy? Hardly.

I own an iPhone and a MacBook. Both products was well priced, well designed and quality built and works flawlessly so far. I've had zero issues with any of these products. So yes, I appreciate the quality Apple brings to the market. Does that make me a fanboy?

Comment Teaching (Score 1) 220

If you enjoy working with other people and don't have a problem explaining the same thing over and over again (hopefully not to the same person), then teaching at college/university is great. I easily spend 6h per day walking back and forth between students in the computer labs. And unlike tech support and similar, the questions you tend to get are actually intelligent and well though out :)

Comment Re:Did you read the story? (Score 1) 197

I take it the 20-25 mbps is down speed? What about up speed?

As a comparison, my carriers 3G network here in Sweden gives you 32/4.6 mbps (up/down) according to their claims. I haven't tried it, but I'd guess the actual down speed wouldn't be lower than 25 mbps or they'd be getting a lot of trouble from the regulating authority.

As for their 4G networks, their first and currently only plan is listed as 64/9 mbps.

Submission + - Only Firefox 3.6 is fully compatible with our site, says eBay ( 1

An anonymous reader writes: This is truly astonishing, one of the biggest online brands on the planet tells a customer that it should only be used with Firefox and warns them off of using IE, Chrome or Safari. A support chap is recorded as stating: "I suggest that you kindly use Firefox 3.6 (not IE 9.0, Safari or Google Chrome as they aren't compatible) and certainly you won't face any issues."

Submission + - Brown Dwarf Radio Emissions and the Hunt for Aliens ( 1

astroengine writes: "Penn State University researchers have detected flaring emissions from a very cool brown dwarf 33.6 light-years away called "J1047+21." The emissions detected were of radio wavelengths, suggesting some kind of interaction between a magnetic field and charged particles. This is a noteworthy discovery for two reasons: 1) It's the coolest radio-star detected to date and, 2) the method by which this brown dwarf was detected can be applied to large exoplanets that possess magnetospheres. Should the radio emissions from an exoplanet be discovered, this may indicate that an alien biosphere may be protected by a global magnetic field."

Submission + - Oracle Releases Java 7u4 - Their First JVM for OSX (

jensend writes: From the distant Mac OS 7 past until October 2010, Apple took charge of delivering their own Java Virtual Machine. They were slow to update their JVM, leaving security holes unpatched for long periods, and to get a major version upgrade you'd have to pay for a Mac OS upgrade. After a decade of treating it like a red-headed stepchild, they finally jettisoned their support for it, leaving Oracle to pick up the slack. It took a year and a half, but Oracle has finally delivered, releasing the 7u4 JDK&JRE for Linux, Solaris, Windows, and OS X simultaneously. (See also this FAQ regarding the OS X release). The new JVM also includes a new garbage collector and various performance improvements and bugfixes.

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