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Submission + - DHS chief: What we learned from Stuxnet (computerworld.com.au)

angry tapir writes: "If there's a lesson to be learned from last year's Stuxnet worm, it's that the private sector needs to be able to respond quickly to cyber-emergencies, according to the head of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. When Stuxnet hit, the U.S. Deparment of Homeland security was sent scrambling to analyze the threat. Systems had to be flown in from Germany to the federal government's Idaho National Laboratory. In short order the worm was decoded, but for some time, many companies that owned Siemens equipment were left wondering what, if any measures, they should take to protect themselves from the new worm."
Android

Submission + - Re-think the four hardware buttons on Android (tumblr.com)

An anonymous reader writes: Previously people have discussed about the button layout varies on different phones. Let’s take one step back here, do we really need four hardware buttons?
Science

Submission + - Neutrons could test Newton's gravity and string th (bbc.co.uk)

NotSanguine writes: A pioneering technique using subatomic particles known as neutrons could give microscopic hints of extra dimensions or even dark matter, researchers say.

The idea rests on probing any minuscule variations in gravity as it acts on slow-moving neutrons in a tiny cavity.

A Nature Physics report outlines how neutrons were made to hop from one gravitational quantum state to another.

Japan

Submission + - TEPCO Unveils Plan To Deal With Fuksuhima Crisis (ibtimes.com)

RedEaredSlider writes: Tokyo Electric Power Co. unveiled its plan for dealing with the crisis at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant, the worst nuclear disaster since Chernobyl.

TEPCO said the radiation levels should drop over the next three months. It will take about six months for the reactors to achieve "cold shutdown" in which the temperature of the water inside the reactor is less than 100 degrees Celsius (212 F).

The current plan for cooling the reactors will mean injecting nitrogen into the reactor pressure vessel. All four damaged reactors experienced hydrogen explosions when water, heated by nuclear fuel, turned to steam and reacted with the zirconium alloy cladding of the fuel rods. Hydrogen, when exposed to oxygen, combusts. Nitrogen is an inert gas, so TEPCO hopes that it will prevent further explosions.

Editorial

Submission + - Gamers Don't Know Their Own Consoles (arstechnica.com)

deadmantyping writes: Ars Technica reports on a survey of 6,260 responses which indicates that only 40 percent of PS3 owners knew that their console included Bluray. Apparently a large portion of gamers aren't aware of the non-gaming capabilities of their systems. Ars speculates that this might help explain Nintendo's apparent dominance in the console market since their introduction of the Wii.
Censorship

Submission + - Sweden shuts down The Pirate Bay again

larkly writes: "(From the i-told-you-so-dept) The Swedish Pirate Party released a press statement today, claiming that the Swedish police authorities have classified the torrent site The Pirate Bay as a distribution site for child pornography. The filter has not been subject of much national criticism, as it was only intended for blocking child pornography sites, but its usage now seems to drift in a different direction."
Technology (Apple)

Submission + - iPhone Hacked to be Used Without Activation (techlogg.com)

Jason Ferguson writes: "'DVD Jon' has found a way to activate the Apple iPhone without using the AT&T 2-year service contract. In his blog, So Sue Me, he has found out the information the iPhone uses to activate itself via the iTunes software. Using this hack, consumers are able to use the iPod and WiFi features of the phone without being forced to sign a contract."
Censorship

Submission + - NYC man Arrested for Reciting First Amendment

CWRUisTakingMyMoney writes: 'Reverend Billy' — a cross between a street-corner preacher and an Elvis impersonator (but blond) — was arrested on harassment charges last week while reciting the First Amendment through a megaphone in Manhattan's Union Square. Have we reached the point where we can't even (rather uniquely) recite from our own Constitution without being arrested or shouted down?
Security

Submission + - British Bomb Scare Prompts U.S. Camera Call (thehill.com)

mattnyc99 writes: Senator Joseph Lieberman is riding the successful capture of several terror suspects by British authorities in an alleged car bomb plot this weekend as ammunition to call for wider use of surveillance cameras in the U.S. It turns out the U.K. is already testing new flying police drones equipped with closed-circuit TV cameras. So is constant urban surveillance on the horizon? Or is Britain just ready to foil the next threat even faster, with better tech than we have back in the States?
Microsoft

Submission + - Microsoft Update Now Lying to Users?

rgagnon writes: Upon visiting the Microsoft Update website recently (and selecting the "Custom" option) I was greeted with a generic message "Software Upgrade for Some Windows Components Required". The text following describes the update as required in order to speed-up your download and to help you. In fact this is a lie, as the only thing it wants to download to your computer is the latest version of the "Windows Genuine Advantage Validation Tool (KB892130)", otherwise known as Microsoft's "I don't ever trust any of my legitimate customers so I will check on them all the time" tool.

Is this form of deceit legal? I have legitimate keys installed on all of my computers, but I choose not to let Microsoft continue to install this tool normally — Mainly due to their past history of disabling perfectly valid keys by accident. There is no way to disable this download and proceed to get the regular pile of their fixes.
Privacy

Submission + - Wikipedia knew about murder before police (go.com)

An anonymous reader writes: The death of the wife of a professional wrestler was listed on wikipedia before the police knew about it. A man in Connecticut has had his computer confiscated by the police. He claims that he knew nothing of the murder and that his vandalism of the web site was just a bizarre coincidence.
Education

Submission + - University of Washington to identify infringers

tor528 writes: "I received the following letter from the Vice Provost for Student Life at my school:

Dear Student:

        I am writing to inform you of a development that could become a serious issue
for some of our students — the law governing downloading and sharing of music and
video from the internet. Under copyright law, it is illegal to download or share
copyrighted materials such as music or movies without the permission of the
copyright owner. The Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) in recent
years has taken an aggressive approach to stopping this illegal downloading and
file sharing. This has put many students at the nation's colleges and
universities at some legal risk. I write first to caution you against illegally
downloading or sharing files. Your actions when you do so are traceable and
could result in a significant financial penalty to you. Second, I want to inform
you about a new process the RIAA has initiated and the University's role in this
process.

        The RIAA is now sending colleges and universities a letter for each instance
they find of a student illegally downloading material from the internet and
requesting the university to identify the individual student and forward the
letter to him or her. The letter, called an "Early Settlement Letter" notifies
the student that he or she has 20 days to settle with the RIAA by going to a
designated website, entering identifying information, and paying a set amount,
usually between $3,000 and $5,000, but sometimes considerably more. If the
recipient chooses not to settle, the RIAA will file a lawsuit and the offer to
settle for the amount stipulated is no longer an option.

        The University has been notified by the RIAA that we will be receiving a number
of these early settlement letters. After careful consideration, we have decided
to forward the letters to the alleged copyright violators. We do so primarily
because we believe students should have the opportunity to avail themselves of
the settlement option if they so choose. Not forwarding the RIAA letter to
students could result in their being served with a lawsuit, with no chance to
settle it beforehand.

        The University is unable to provide legal services to students who have
violated copyright law through illegal downloading or sharing. If you receive a
letter from the RIAA, we encourage you to engage a personal attorney. If you
have questions, please let us know.

        We know how tempting it is to download music or movies and share files with
your friends. But you need to know that it is illegal to do so and that the
consequences can be severe. Please inform yourself of the requirements of the
law and please obey it. Otherwise, it may prove costly for you and your family.

Sincerely yours,

Eric S. Godfrey
Vice Provost for Student Life
OVPSL@u.washington.edu
"
Privacy

Submission + - Newspaper publishes salary info for state workers (lansingstatejournal.com)

Volksweasel writes: A newspaper in Lansing Michigan used the FOIA to get the names, job classifications, salaries and starting dates for nearly all 53000 State of Michigan employees. This newspaper then set up a searchable database where anyone can search on these fields and get this information. The only explanation for creating this database was given as "At a time when the state is facing severe budget problems, spending of taxpayer dollars is under increased scrutiny. The State Journal is providing readers with access to information that is public but not readily available."

At this point, their salary website (based on php and mySQL) appears to be down. Looks like there's more than one idea that they didn't think all the way through.

Censorship

Submission + - Help. American Idol is going after me. (gk2gk.com)

Geek 2 Geek writes: "Hi, I was referred to slashdot as a place where I might get help for a problem I'm having. A while ago, I devised a contest for my web site — Geek 2 Geek. It is a "talent" show for geeks in which they submit humorous videos. I called it "Geek Idol". We received a letter from a law firm representing American Idol regarding our contest contest. A complete copy of the letter can be seen at www.gk2gk.com/topten/template20.asp . They express the concern that "... your use of GEEK IDOL will most likely cause confusion, mistake, and/or deception among the consuming public regarding the source or sponsorship of your services, and will give the false impression that your services are associated with ... 'American Idol' in violation of our client's rights. They also say that "... since AMERICAN IDOL is a famous mark, ... your use of GEEK IDOL would also constitute dilution of our client's marks and unfair competion. If we do not withdraw our use of "GEEK IDOL", they say they will seek remedies including, "without limitation, immediate and permanent injunctive relief, compensatory and punitive damages, and an award for attorney's fees and costs incurred in obtaining such remedies. I asked our members whether anyone who read about the contest got the impression that it was somehow affiliated with American Idol. Of course, no one would, it was described in a humorous, satirical way, for one thing. The word "IDOL" is hardly a new word. And, having seen the American Idol show a few times, I don't see that anybody who performs as a "geek" will win their contest, although, I guess, Clay Aiken started out that way, but it was bred out of him by the time he was a finalist. Are there any lawyers out there? Any advice from anyone as to how we should respond? Thanks."

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