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Comment Re:So long, Usenet. (Score 1) 204

It looks like Virgin Media at least still do run NNTP servers in the UK if this page is to be believed, although I have not used them in years: http://help.virginmedia.com/system/selfservice.controller?CMD=VIEW_ARTICLE&ARTICLE_ID=3525. Most ISPs were in the habit of dropping the binary groups even 10 years ago on storage and bandwidth grounds, which would also reduce the exposure to copyright issues.

Power

Submission + - Quantum entangled batteries could be the perfect power source (extremetech.com)

MrSeb writes: "Two European theoretical physicists have shown that it may be possible to build a near-perfect, entangled quantum battery. In the future, such quantum batteries might power the tiniest of devices — or provide power storage that is much more efficient than state-of-the-art lithium-ion battery packs. In a quantum system, some quantum states have energy that can be extracted, reducing the system to a passive, neutral energy state. Robert Alicki of the University of Gdansk in Poland, and Mark Fannes of the University of Leuven in Belgium, theorize that it should be possible to build a quantum battery that is full of energy-rich quantum states — and then, somehow, recharge it when you run out of juice. Better yet, the physicists also theorize that quantum entanglement could be used to create an even more efficient quantum battery. In essence, Alicki and Fannes say that you can link together any number of quantum batteries, allowing you to extract all of the stored energy in one big gulp. Their research paper goes on to say that with enough entanglement, these batteries would be perfect — with no energy lost/wasted during charge or discharge."
Security

Submission + - Zero-day PDF exploit reportedly defeats Adobe Reader sandbox protection (itworld.com)

concealment writes: "Cybercriminals are using a new PDF exploit that bypasses the sandbox security features in Adobe Reader X and XI, in order to install banking malware on computers, according to researchers from Russian security firm Group-IB.

The zero-day exploit — an exploit for a previously unknown and unpatched vulnerability — has been integrated into a privately modified version of Blackhole, a commercial Web-based attack toolkit, the Group-IB researchers announced Wednesday."

Comment Re:Shouldn't Apache be blasted for ignoring DNT to (Score 1) 558

If I had any mod points, I'd have modded you Insightful for that. I was wondering myself why Apache itself should care about the header at all, since DNT should not affect the server's access or error logging. Unless the Apache developers intend to track every visitor by default, of course, in which case I can see nginx and the like becoming popular on scaling grounds...

Submission + - RIPE region runs out of IPv4 adresses, now allocates from last /8 (ripe.net) 1

8-Track writes: The RIPE NCC, the Regional Internet Registry (RIR) for Europe, the Middle East and parts of Central Asia, distributed the last blocks of IPv4 address space from the available pool. This means that we are now distributing IPv4 address space to Local Internet Registries (LIRs) from the last /8. This means that an ISP may receive one /22 allocation (1,024 IPv4 addresses), even if they can justify a larger allocation. This /22 allocation will only be made to LIRs if they have already received an IPv6 allocation from an upstream LIR or the RIPE NCC. Time to move to IPv6!
Science

Submission + - First Evidence that Insects Rely on Photosynthesis (vice.com)

tedlistens writes: The idea that aphids may use photosynthesis, as plants do, is based on the recent finding that the bugs are able to synthesize pigments called carotenoids. These pigments are common and necessary for many animals (for non-photosynthesis uses, like maintaining a healthy immune system), but the animal must consume them from outside sources. So far, only plants, algae, fungi, and bacteria are known to be able to synthesize carotenoids themselves, and, in all of those organisms, carotenoids are a key part of photosynthesis. While the co-author of the study, published in Nature's open-access journal Scientific Reports, cautions that more research is needed before we can determine if aphids are photosynthesizing like non-animals, it stil could be one of the more remarkable findings in biology in recent memory, and may hold promise for helping address humanity’s food crisis.

Comment Re:Needing PEAP-TLS-MSCHAPv2 (Score 1) 71

Cisco's VPN client definitely has this in password form, where you have a group user/password plus additional username/password. It also has certificate authentication, but I don't know if it allows certificates to be used in place of passwords while retaining the group+user authentication though. The open-source vpnc client apparently does not support certificate authentication either.

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