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Security

Submission + - Where to report attempted break-ins?

tomscott writes: I run Linux and have opened port 22 on my cable modem so that I can SSH into my system from work. Being able to SSH into my system also gives me the oppurtunity to monitor my system and I noticed while running top that there were a lot of SSH connections begining and ending quickly. So I took a look at my /var/log/messages file and saw: Feb 26 02:33:05 tsc64 sshd[8115]: Did not receive identification string from 65.107.44.150 Feb 26 02:34:19 tsc64 sshd[8119]: Failed password for root from 65.107.44.150 port 4407 ssh2 Feb 26 02:34:20 tsc64 sshd[8121]: Invalid user admin from 65.107.44.150 Feb 26 02:34:20 tsc64 sshd[8121]: Failed password for invalid user admin from 65.107.44.150 port 44127 ssh2 ... Feb 26 07:04:06 tsc64 sshd[11384]: Invalid user test from 219.239.98.111 Feb 26 07:04:06 tsc64 sshd[11384]: Failed password for invalid user test from 219.239.98.111 port 59963 ssh2 So I am seeing two unauthorized systems try to gain access to mine via SSH. As far as I have seen in the logs no one has actually gained access to my system which is good. I would like to know if there is an organization or group or even if I should contact the police to report such things?
Portables

Submission + - The decline and fall of the Palm empire

PetManimal writes: "According to Computerworld, Palm is doomed to decline and failure, thanks to a series of bad business decisions including Palm's acquisition by U.S. Robotics back in 1995 and the musical chairs with PalmSource/PalmOne earlier in this decade. There's also been a lack of innovation — Palm's own corporate timeline has tons of references to innovation and development milestones from 1995 to 2000, but since then it's been mostly boring corporate marketing speak about partnerships, new markets, and product releases. Now the Treo has tons of new competitors, and when the iPhone comes out, it will be game over for Palm, says the Computerworld article: '... Last month, [the] iPhone changed everything. Jobs' Macworld keynote was like a nuclear bomb in the world of smart-phone enthusiasts. The "key influencers" who gave Treos visibility and cachet a year ago — Hollywood types, gadget freaks and absolutely everyone who's anyone in Silicon Valley — have stopped talking about Treos and are simply waiting for the iPhone to come out, at which time they will unceremoniously dump their Treos and embrace the new innovation leader. Meanwhile, it looks like Palm isn't even trying to innovate. [Palm CEO Ed] Colligan said in an interview recently that the company is focused on ease of use, rather than design, and that the company doesn't want to "follow design fads." In other words, Palm is not only failing to set trends, it's not even following them anymore.'"
Announcements

Submission + - Stable Open Source NTFS After 12 Years of Work

irgu writes: "Open source NTFS development started in 1995 by Martin von Loewis under Linux, which was taken over by Anton Altaparmakov in 2000. Two years ago Apple hired Altaparmakov to work on Mac OS X and made a deal with the team to relicense the code and return the new one, soonest in the spring of 2008. But the team also continued the work and Szabolcs Szakacsits announced the read/write NTFS-3G driver for beta testing last year. Only half year passed and NTFS-3G reached the stable status and has been already ported to FreeBSD, Mac OS X, BeOS, Haiku, 64-bit and big-endian architectures, and new CPU's!"
Classic Games (Games)

Submission + - High Score Obsession 80 Million or bust

Brady the Anonymous Coward writes: Taken from site — "Although technology continues to evolve, a group of die-hard gamers refuses to abandon the classic arcade games of yesteryear. The 80's live on for these enthusiasts, who compete against each other and history to record the world's highest scores. Portland gamer Bill Carlton is one of the most brazen, fearlessly taking on some of the toughest records on the books. HIGH SCORE follows Bill as he attempts to take down the Atari classic Missle Command and its twenty year-old record. To get the 80 million points he'll have to play the game on one quarter for over two days straight. There is no pause button. There will be no sleep. There can be only one victor in this classic story of Man versus Missle Command."
The Courts

Submission + - Developments in the Julie Amero case

Arrogant-Bastard writes: Julie Amero has a new attorney who is requesting a postponement of sentencing. Steve Bass of PC World has summarized the case. There are at least two blogs covering this: State v. Amero and Julie Amero. The latter is run by Julie's husband, Wes Volle, and is accepting donations to help with her defense. Please spread the word, and please contribute: this woman is facing 40 years in prison over pop-ups.
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Submission + - Interview from Hell

Griffin writes: I went for a job interview recently. Not that I was particularly looking to move from contracting back into full-time work, but I came upon the role completely by accident and thought:
Microsoft

Submission + - Microsoft slapped with $1.52 billion payout in MP3

Ice.Saoshyant writes: "Those federal juries in San Diego do seem to frown on MP3 patent infringement. They just ordered Microsoft to fork over $1.52 billion (yes, with a "b") to Alcatel-Lucent for infringing on two MP3 audio patents with its Windows Media Player, the largest patent ruling in history. Naturally, Alcatel-Lucent seems to like this turn of events.

I guess that's what they get for not using non-proprietary patent-free formats like Vorbis and FLAC. Software patents are a nightmare."
Robotics

Submission + - Modular robot adept at wriggling

MattSparkes writes: "A modular robot that transforms itself into different shapes in order to walk, crawl and clamber up inclines has been demonstrated in the US. Each "Superbot" module is effectively a robot in its own right. The modules can move independently, flip over and rotate like wheels, and have 3D accelerometers that let them know their precise orientation. The six sides of each module can dock with any other module. Once connected, the modules can communicate, coordinate shape changes and even transmit power."
Businesses

Submission + - Interviewed by a genuine PHB

Golygydd Max writes: "There are times when we wonder whether Dilbert's pointy-haired boss is perhaps a little too far-fetched. And then we read something like this. Although this tale of a techie's attempt to fathom the mind of a boss, who has read one management article too many, is from the UK, I suspect that it strikes a chord with interviewees everywhere."
It's funny.  Laugh.

Submission + - TopGear turns 3 wheeled car into a space shuttle

ahaveland writes: "I found this to be one of the most Nerd-entertaining things I've ever seen, and thought that it deserves a wider audience. Of course, launching a real space shuttle takes huge resources as lives are at stake, but this mock-up of a space shuttle using an old car as the orbiter strapped to a booster rockets with over 8 tons of thrust really shows what one can do with a modest budget in the name of a bit of silliness, while also becoming the biggest non-commercial rocket launch in European history. The presenters of the program really know how to have fun, and entertain their audience!
Video clips may be found on youtube.com, search for "topgear shuttle". Whole program is about 20 minutes in duration.
Production notes are on the TopGear website, http://www.bbc.co.uk/topgear/show/production_notes /shuttle.shtml"
Businesses

Submission + - Selling Homeowners a Solar Dream

slugo writes: "Instead of making you spring for $25,000 or more in gear, Citizenr says it will loan you a complete rooftop solar power system, install it for free and sell you back the power it generates at a fixed rate below what your utility charges. The company hopes to make back its investment with those monthly payments, augmented by federal tax credits and rebates."
United States

Submission + - Inflatable mirrors may make solar power very cheap

rhettb writes: "Inflatable mirrors for capturing sunlight could reduce the cost of solar power 90% by 2010, making sun energy cost competitive with traditional fossil fuels. CoolEarth Solar, based in Livermore, California, believes its technology could make solar farming economically competitive within three years by making solar cheaper than coal and allowing farmers to become net suppliers of electricity. The technology essentially uses a string of balloons to concentrate and capture the sun's energy without occupying valuable real estate or using large amounts of silicon."
Biotech

Submission + - Liposuctioned fat stem cells to repair bodies

stemceller writes: "Expanding waistlines, unsightly bulges: people will gladly remove excess body fat to improve their looks. But unwanted fat also contains stem cells with the potential to repair defects and heal injuries in the body. A team led by Philippe Collas at the University of Oslo in Norway has identified certain chemical marks that allow him to predict which, among the hundreds of millions of stem cells in liposuctioned fat, are best at regenerating tissue."

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