Stolen Identity writes: "An attack by a single trojan variant compromises thousands, circumvents SSL, and uploads the results to a Russian dropzone server. A unique blow-by-blow analysis reveals evidence of cooperation between groups of malware specialists acting as service providers and points to the future of malware's growing underground economy."
robacarp writes: "After three years of dedicated work researchers at MIT solved the 110 year old E8 math problem — thus simplifying the 248th dimension. The solution "took researchers two years of 'pencil and paper' work and one more for software writing before the solution could be tackled by computer" and produced "a file 60 gigabytes in size" in "77 hours on the Sage supercomputer." Sadly the article also puts it in terms we can understand: "The calculation created a file 60 gigabytes in size, enough to store music that could play for 45 days in the MP3 format."
Neola writes: "http://www.goodluckfinder.com/ , a mystical search engine described as follows:
"Supreme forces always influenced people's choice. In the present-day world it is getting more and more difficult for the Providence to help people make their choices — the Spirit of Luck is unable to influence search engine results. However, the weather and solar activity are still entirely at the mercy of the supreme forces.
GoodLuckFinder.com picks a word out of your list according to unique weather conditions (the data comes from weather stations in real-time mode) or solar activity. The Spirit of Luck sees the words entered by you, insignificantly changes the weather (for instance, temperature changes by a few fractions of a grade) and tells you what your luck lies in."
Source: http://www.readwriteweb.com/archives/weird_search_ engines_2.php"
sarahbau writes: "Silverbrook's new Memjet technology can print 60 full-color pages per minute. Instead of having a print head that moves side to side like current inkjets, the print head spans the full width of the page, containing 70,400 nozzles in the A4 version. They also have a large format printer (51") that prints 6" to 1 foot per second. Products are expected to start shipping in late 2007."
holden writes: "Graphics programming is seen as the cool thing by a large number of people. A lot of confusion arizes when people attempt to do 3d graphics programming without the proper mathematical background in basic linear algebra. Christopher Evensen recently gave a talk covering covering the important fundamentals. The math is also accompanied by a real world programming example."
dampeal writes: "A comprehensive review of the world's first 3D gaming mouse, it features six degrees of freedom of movement, plus is fully programmable. The 3DGame O' mouse also features a laser sensor, with adjustable dpi up to 2000, and software that allows you to create and save profiles for games or applications as well. Link HERE"
carvalhao writes: "Microsoft has pledged to offer 107 000 (that's right, 107k) Windows vista licences to Portuguese college students, without a copy limit as long as it's for academic/research use (portuguese article here). This offer will be made to scientific, engineering and technology universities across Portugal.
Got a better way to lock the next generation of IT users to your OS?"
Watt's up writes: A new study shows an alarming increase in server power consumption over the past five years. In the US, servers (including cooling equipment) consumes 1.2% of all the electricity in 2005, up from 0.6% in 2000. The trend is the similar worldwide. 'If current trends continue, server electricity usage will jump 40 percent by 2010, driven in part by the rise of cheap blade servers, which increase overall power use faster than larger ones. Virtualization and consolidation of servers will work against this trend, though, and it's difficult to predict what will happen as data centers increasingly standardize on power-efficient chips.