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Television

Submission + - FCC Planning Rules to Open Cable Market (nytimes.com)

quanticle writes: According to the New York Times, the FCC is planning to unveil new regulations for the cable market that will lower barriers to entry for independent programmers.

The rules would be aimed at stopping the growth of existing cable giants like Comcast and Time Warner, while seeking to encourage more small companies to get into the field. Also, earlier this month, the FCC struck down the practice of having exclusive contracts between cable providers and apartment owners.

All in all, this looks like a welcome infusion of competition into an otherwise stagnant market. The impact that this will have on the network neutrality debate is unclear.

Security

Submission + - Stop the botnets!

Roland Piquepaille writes: "This is the intention of Paul Barford, a computer scientist at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He wants to build a new line of defense against malicious traffic which has become today a billion-dollar 'shadow industry.' As one of 'the most menacing aspects of botnets is that they can go largely undetected' by a PC owner, he developed a new computer security technique for detecting network intrusions. His system has a 99.9% detection rate of malicious signatures, roughly equivalent to some of the best commercial systems. But it has zero false positives when commercial systems have high numbers. This new system could soon be available commercially. But read more for additional details and a figure describing how network intrusions were detected by this new system."
The Internet

Submission + - Demonoid Shut Down - Again!

mi5key writes: "http://www.demonoid.com/ The CRIA threatened the company renting the servers to us, and because of this it is not possible to keep the site online. Sorry for the inconvenience and thanks for your understanding."
Cellphones

Submission + - Carrying Solutions (cellkeeper.com)

Sara writes: "Hey Slashdot! I am submitting a new scoop for you. I am interested in starting a discussion about how consumers carry their beloved tech gadgets, such as cell phones, iPhones, iPods, digital cameras, PDAs, etc. Our company CellKeeper, produces multifunctional carrying solutions for these issues, as we have become a world with multi-gadets. I am interested in what other peoples issues are and what solutions they currently are using or have used. Thanks Slashdot!"
Graphics

Submission + - The most powerful microscope in the world

Roland Piquepaille writes: "A new microscope developed by the TEAM Project (Transmission Electron Aberration-corrected Microscope), supported by the U.S. Department of Energy, has recorded the highest-resolution images ever seen (0.05 nanometer and below). This is equivalent to a quarter of the diameter of a carbon atom. This microscope will be delivered to the Berkeley National Laboratory in 2008 and will be fully operational in 2010. To achieve this resolution, this microscope mixes two technologies, SEM (Scanning Electron Microscope) and TEM (Transmission Electron Microscope). Such a microscope will allow to 'study how atoms combin Read more for additional details and exclusive pictures of a high resolution TEM image of a structure (0.14nm) of Germanium and of the microscope that was able to record this image."
Biotech

Submission + - Robin Hood Impulse Found in Humans (telegraph.co.uk)

Debello writes: "From the article: "A pioneering experiment by an American team suggests that people will spend their own money to make the rich less rich and the poor less poor. They do so without any hope of personal gain, acting, it seems, out of a taste for equality and sense of fair play.... A total of 120 volunteers took part over six sessions, playing the game five times in groups of four. Group composition changed with each game and players' game histories did not follow them. In other words, reputation and retribution were not allowed to play a role. Participants were randomly allocated different sums of money. They were shown what each player got and presented with a choice to do nothing and maintain the (unequal) status quo or to reduce their own real takeaway pay by one monetary unit in order to either increase or reduce another player's income by three units." http://www.telegraph.co.uk/connected/main.jhtml?xm l=/connected/2007/04/12/echood12.xml"

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