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Mars

Submission + - Asteroid to hit Mars ?

mbone writes: "Apparently the Near Earth Object (NEO) program has found an asteroid that may impact Mars on January 30th. The current probability is one in 75, which is pretty high a month out. Estimated energy release if it does impact Mars is in the multiple megaton range.

If it does hit Mars, then we should have quite a show, with all of the spacecraft orbiting and landed on the planet. Of course, it is possible that this is an old, failed, spacecraft from decades ago, which would also be interesting, if not as spectacular."
Security

Submission + - Thief Uploads His Pic to Flickr from Stolen iMac (flickr.com)

DM420 writes: I work in a building in Gastown in Vancouver, BC. About a week ago (Wednesday) people broke into our building and stole a bunch of iMac computers from a shared workspace/coffee bar a floor above us. There were few leads and as usual nothing was excepted to happen. Vancouver cops don't seem to follow up much in this area due to high property crime and not enough resources. This was until this morning when the so called thief uploaded a picture of himself and his tattoos to Flickr from the one of the stolen iMacs. It was setup to autoupload so patrons of the workspace/coffee bar could share their pictures online. Funnily enough, you get a dialog box that asks you to confirm the upload and the would be criminal clicked YES! Just goes to show you have to computer savvy these days if you want to be part of the underworld. Enjoy the pictures:

Mugshot

Tattoo Shot

Google

Submission + - Google results invaded by .cn domains

vcygnus writes: "Today I needed to acces my guitar's truss rod, so I went to Google in order to search the way to acces it and make some adjusts.

I searched for "ovation tangent 357 truss rod" and Google came out with only three possibly useful results at the top, followed by seven results from .cn domains, featuring nonsense titles and descriptions made of random words.

I didn't care too much about it, so I went to the next results page, but there they were again. A whole page full of those useless .cn domains. Went to the next page, and the next one, and so on. I was on page 95 (10 results per page) and every single page lacked of results from domains other than .cn

I also found out the URLs of the results (those in green, before the "Similar pages" link) contained invalid characters such as U+FF0E and U+FF43, which render as characteres identical to "." and "c", respectively, but not the standard "." (U+002E) and "c" (U+0063) characters. i.e.: d39[\uff0e]1xacb.[\uff43]n/ (visually, d39.1xacb.cn/).

Seems like all of those domains were registered early this month.

Yahoo and Altavista behave in a similar way with the same search keywords, but they give only three result pages. Microsoft Live Search does not show any of those .cn domain in their results, though.

What could be the goal of spamming a search engine? To avoid the visitor to find what he/she looks for? Those are just randomly named domains and they don't sell or advertise anything."
Biotech

Submission + - Radio Frequencies Help Burn Salt Water (yahoo.com)

grumpyman writes: Radio frequencies act to weaken the bonds between the elements that make up salt water, releasing the hydrogen. Once ignited, the hydrogen will burn as long as it is exposed to the frequencies.
Power

Submission + - Saltwater burned as fuel (engadget.com)

EzRider writes: A gentleman from Erie named John Kanzius made a somewhat "shocking" discovery while he was working on a radio-wave generator he had developed for the treatment of cancer. While attempting to desalinate sea water using radio frequencies, he noticed flashes, and within a few days, had saltwater burning in a test-tube as if it were a candle. The discovery spawned interest from the scientific community, mostly concerned with whether or not the water could be used as a fuel, and of course, healthy doses of disbelief. Last week, a Penn State University chemist named Rustum Roy held a demonstration proving that the science is sound, noting that the water doesn't burn, though the radio frequencies weaken the bonds holding together the salt, releasing hydrogen which is ignited when exposed to the RF field. Mr. Kanzius and Dr. Roy say the question now is the efficiency of the energy, and are presenting the technology to the US Department of Defense and Department of Energy to investigate how useful the technology will be. Of the plentiful maybe-fuel (which apparently burns so hot it can melt test-tubes) Dr. Roy says, "This is the most abundant element in the world. It is everywhere," and (without recognition of the poetic irony, as far as we can tell), "Seeing it burn gives me chills." Check the TV report after the break to see the water in action.
PC Games (Games)

Submission + - Y2K says Bioshock is licensed per user not per PC (2kgames.com) 2

ScaredOfTheMan writes: According to the Y2K forums a Bioshock PC install is only valid per one user (the one you were logged in as when you installed it). Any attempt to play the game from a different user account will require further activation. All I can say is Weak! Check out the metaphor of why your brother should not play the game you purchased.
AMD

Submission + - AMD to Open R500 Specs 1

tbcpp writes: "A quick report from the kernel summit: AMD's representative at the summit has announced that the company has made a decision to enable the development of open source drivers for all of its (ATI) graphics processors from the R500 going forward. There will be specifications available and a skeleton driver as well; a free 2D driver is anticipated by the end of the year. The rest will have to be written; freeing of the existing binary-only driver is not in the cards, and "that is better for everybody." Things are looking good on this front. More in the kernel summit report to come."
Windows

Submission + - Automated Bartender Runs Windows

DeviceGuru writes: Linux might have WINE (Wine is Not an Emulator), but Windows now has the automated wine bar, known as the MyFountain. The device, which contains an 'embedded PC' running Windows XP Embedded, is meant for both home and institutional users. It can automatically pour hot, cold, and both alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages, and some models will feature a 'wine preservation system' that allows wine to be dispensed by the glass without spoiling. It checks IDs too, thus keeping the kiddies away from the good stuff.
Portables

Submission + - WD Scorpio Drive, 250 Gigs For Notebooks (hothardware.com)

MojoKid writes: "Mobile hard drives don't get nearly as much exposure as their more common 3.5 desktop counterparts, but there have been significant advances made in this space that warrant some attention. Western Digital, for example, has released a high-capacity 250GB 2.5" SATA hard drive, the Scorpio WD2500BEVS, that sports a few proprietary technologies dubbed WhisperDrive, ShockGuard, and SecurePark, that improve the drive's acoustic profile, power consumption, and durability. And despite being a 5400RPM drive, its performance characteristics put it well ahead of most other 2.5" drives with similar spindle speeds and just behind a full-sized desktop hard drive running at 7200RPM. With hard drive speeds being the limiting performance factor in many instances, a drive like this could make for a worthwhile notebook upgrade."
Announcements

Submission + - Artificial life likely in 3 to 10 years... (cnn.com)

teambpsi writes: "Around the world, a handful of scientists are trying to create life from scratch and they're getting closer.

Experts expect an announcement within three to 10 years from someone in the now little-known field of "wet artificial life."

"When these things are created, they're going to be so weak, it'll be a huge achievement if you can keep them alive for an hour in the lab," Mark Badau said. "But them getting out and taking over, never in our imagination could this happen."

Never in our imagination? Clearly this guy doesn't get enough sci-fi in his diet :)"

The Internet

Submission + - Pssst...Wanna buy a data center? (networkworld.com)

coondoggie writes: "So what do you do with 250 servers and thousands of terabytes of data storage when nobody else wants it? Auction it online what else? High-tech online asset liquidator Rasmus Auctioneers is prepping $15 million worth brand new — still in the box data center gear that was dumped in its lap from a Department of the Interior lease cancellation. The entire lot, which includes Egenera blade servers, EMC Centera Servers and ADIC Digital Tape Libraries is online today to be sold to the highest bidder regardless of price. The inventory will be sold by internet-only auction at 2 pm eastern time on Wednesday, September 12, 2007. "The liquidation will be like an e-bay sale on steroids," Rasmus said on a statement. http://www.networkworld.com/community/node/18901"

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