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Submission + - House Rejects $700B Bailout Bill

EvilIntelligence writes:;_ylt=AryKiVLPR.V1wZw5SycI9p6yBhIF The House on Monday defeated a $700 billion emergency rescue package, ignoring urgent pleas from President Bush and bipartisan congressional leaders to quickly bail out the staggering financial industry. Is this good or bad? But really, the question is, what's the next step?
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Submission + - Malware 2.0's Going to Be Murder

An anonymous reader writes: A hacker warns that malware, computational linguistics, social networks, image analysis, and data mining are coming together to create highly-targeted attacks that, unlike today's trojans, are very difficult to distinguish from safe messages. He says such data mining techniques can find information in our Facebook profiles, for example, then locate another member in our social network with similar information, and use that person as the sender of a highly-targeted message, matching this friend's capitalization, grammar, and spelling habits.
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Submission + - SPAM: How SEOs are infecting web spiders

Ep0xi writes: I'm trying to analyze the alterations that SEO practices produce in those
markets not related to the advertising industry.
I was looking for information related to "near death experiences survivors" and the Google
gave me at least the 50 first links pointing to newspapers, blogs, and other "realtime" sources
most of those 50 pointing at the death of Paul Newman which are sad news btw.

How can we access a web spider in a form that web searches are not infected by
the "importance" of the websites related to the search but directly in line
with the precise list of words we put in for the search itself?

Is that a function of the browsers to be Advertising friendly? thnx

Submission + - Censored in Finland (

k33l0r writes: "The web site of W3C, or, was briefly censored (Google Translation) by at least some of the local ISPs. For an unknown reason the URL was mistakenly entered into the Federal Police's censor database. Some of the Finnish ISPs use the database to filter out questionable content such as child pornography. The censor database is itself already highly questionable and largely ineffective, as online activist Matti Nikki writes:

For example a document that goes by the name "Railaksen Selvitys" and dated 2005-12-16 lists several critical problems and unanswered questions regarding the censorship. These problems are listed in the very beginning of the document and include things like effectiveness of the filtering solutions, the problem of collateral damage when censorship affects more material than it should, freedom of speech, what kind of crimes the censorship should exactly target, etc. Most of these went unanswered and the problems are seen with the current implementation of the censorship. Some of the issues were only addressed partially, for example the freedom of speech regarding reception of illegal material was touched but the police has now been found censoring even sites that do not contain illegal material themselves. What is being practiced now isn't what was planned.

This isn't the first time that a site has been wrongly blocked; at least for a period in the past the site protesting against the filtering, maintained by Matti Nikki, was blocked. (NB. 'Lapsiporno' is 'child pornography' in Finnish, but the site has nothing to do with pornography, or indeed any other sordid materials)"


Submission + - SPAM: Unix challenged as never before by HPC 2008

Ep0xi writes: After testing the stability, performance, scalability and backward support of the Microsoft Windows Server 2008
my first thought is, Unix systems are being challenged by this Microsoft product as never before.

I usually support both, open and closed source technologies because my of clients, but i ask
you to compare it and put the oncoming HPC Server 2008 on the table against any other Unix
and tell if the whole system availability is challenging the entire industry?

Mainly the Unix came from Military and Universities around the globe in development,
but this is the first time that a closed company has dealt the user desktop with so much
acuracy in terms of user needs of a stable Server/Desktop platform twice as a whole.

Any different experiences?

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Submission + - Academic applications of OCR 4

kg1794 writes: "In my recent PhD research, I've been looking at a 1,200 page typed but unpublished manuscript from a (unfortunately now deceased) political science professor. The end goal is to eventually bring this work to publication, but I don't have the original file he created this manuscript with (it was completed back in 1979). The document needs a degree of editing and re-arranging, but what's the best way of getting these pages into digital form that doesn't involve typing the whole lot out? How and who can do such a large scale OCR task for a nominal (read: university humanities research grant) fee? How feasible is a home-brew system with some kind of auto-document feeder? Any academics or researchers who have digitized source collections in the past would be very welcome to assist. I'm in the UK, but understand solutions for this may be more efficient from across the pond. Thanks."

Submission + - SPAM: drivers pac207 for vista64?

Ep0xi writes: "does anyone knows about a driver for Pac207 usb webcams? aka "noganet"
i ask myself why a usb webcam needs a kernel mode driver?
any info on porting xp drivers to vista64? tnx"

Submission + - SPAM: How to draw Penrose Tessells

Ep0xi writes: "I've found quite simple and interesting this article about how
the math involved in Penrose Tessells
[spam URL stripped]

This other one has some great computer generated art which
is one of my areas of best interest.
[spam URL stripped]

btw, do you know software titles for teaching children how to generate and
integrate chaotic attractors?


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Submission + - SPAM: No antivirus for 2008 Server?

Ep0xi writes: "There is no antivirus for Windows Server 2008 Enterprise trial?
it wont survive a week more this way,
Is not quite funny to live like nomads on the technologic age
just because you got hacked every 20 days and you have to reinstall
everything going from one OS to another just to keep out of viruses
give us your opinions slashdotters."

Submission + - SPAM: Montana awarded after succesful policy

Ep0xi writes: "The Gambling Control Division's Video Gambling Machine Service was recognized for allowing businesses with gambling machines to submit meter readings, enter tax payments, submit permit applications, enter letters of withdrawal, and renew annual permits online. The service is accessible through Montana's official Web site at [spam URL stripped]"
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Submission + - SPAM: Question about MS Server 2008

Ep0xi writes: "What can i assume that could be the most "jailed" aproach for testing
new applications like Chrome in Windows Server 2008 Enterprise?

I can assume that using "anonymous" priviledges could be one way, or "user" priviledges
inside an administrator account?

or i should completely stop using administrator for any purposes and assume
that using Chromium under "User" priviledges i am being more secure when a untrusted
site opens PDF, QTime, or even heavy flash or Ajax?

Can anyone define how could i improve security by using "Anonymous" and not just User?

i just ended setting up my development desktop, and i found out of purpose keeping
as administrator since /. is a boiler as we all know.

I went quite afraid of using the Chromium since that "Manager.exe" thing shown up a few days ago.


Submission + - SPAM: New high level assembler under diagram process.

Ep0xi writes: ""I know many "semantic" languages, but im quite interested in research
about "high level assembler".
That should look something like:
Push #D3D10.Window Onto X11.Main
        Set As (X:43,Y:12) and ([spam URL stripped]])
        Set As ([spam URL stripped]) and ([spam URL stripped])
        Set Last.Window.interface From "c:/interface.xml"
Push #Ogre.recall from "c:/ogre.ogre" Onto This.last.content
Push Onto This.last.Ogre
        Set for This.last At (X:45,Y:45,Z:45)
        Set for This.last.Ogre At (X:0,Y:0,Z:0)
Push #Ogre.light Onto This.last.Ogre
Set #Ogre.light.parm as "Omni"
Set #This.light.parm "On"
Push #Ogre.render Onto This.last.Window
Execute Last.Window
im open for working on it in a proyect several hours a week.
support the proyect, contactme!"

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