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Submission + - Bee disease breakthrough (bbc.co.uk) 1

moorhens writes: The BBC is describing new research that could save honeybees from the deadly Varroa mite. Unlike other treatments that have to balance the prospect of killing the mites against killing the bees themselves, this uses a genetic switch to turn the mites into their own worst enemy. Worldwide, the Varroa mite has been ravaging honeybee populations, either as a result of direct parasitism or by transmitting viruses. If this research does result in a practical medicine for bees, perhaps this will provide an answer to colony collapse disorder that has been decimating US bees. In Europe, we haven't had CCD (whatever you may read elsewhere), but Varroa alone is enough to wipe out an untreated colony in three years.
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Submission + - DickiLeaks data loss saga exposes Oz sportsmen (sophos.com)

An anonymous reader writes: A young woman has published nude photos of football players from high-flying Australian Football League club St. Kilda, rapidly accumulating thousands of Twitter followers as a result.

Varying accounts exist of how she came by the photos. The youngster is reported to have claimed that she took the photos herself. Another report documents a counterclaim by the manager of team captain Nick Riewoldt, one of the pictured players. In the counterclaim, the photos were copied from the laptop of a teammate who snapped the photos on a club trip to the USA last year.

The whole sorry mess also brings into question current laws about who gets the rights to a photo. In many countries, the law comes from a time when photographs were comparatively difficult to take, develop, publish, index and search.

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Submission + - Passwords Are The Weakest Link In Online Security (net-security.org)

Orome1 writes: It's not surprising to find that 79% of consumers use risky password construction practices, such as including personal information and words. The recent Gawker breach and a detailed analysis of breached passwords show undeniably that passwords continue to be the Achilles' heel of the average Internet user. This insecure trend sadly doesn't shift as 26% of users reuse the same password for important accounts such as email, banking or shopping and social networking sites while 29% had their own email or social network account hacked, and over half (52%) know someone who has had a similar problem.

Submission + - Microsoft Windows for ARM (bloomberg.com)

randallman writes: According to this article an article on Bloomberg.com, Microsoft will be presenting an ARM version of Windows. "The new product will debut at the Consumer Electronics Show in January, said the people, who asked not to be identified because Microsoft's plans are confidential. The software would be tailored for battery-powered devices, such as tablet computers and other handhelds, the people said." Will Windows on ARM be able to compete with iOS, Andriod and the other operating systems already in the ARM handlheld market?

Submission + - Any competent hosting companies for e-mail? 2

cpm99352 writes: I've had my domain for 10 years, and the hosting company was doing a pretty good job — all we needed was POP3 e-mail for five accounts. However, as of the past six months, they've gone rapidly downhill. I tried looking at older slashdot submissions, but I see a ton of articles from 2003 and before, which doesn't do me a lot of good.

What I'm looking for is POP3 e-mail, ideally with a secure method of transmitting the userID/password.

Does such a thing exist in the United States? Googling hasn't proved useful, either, since it appears a ton of dubious outfits have gamed the Google search results.

I'm not looking for any discount fly-by-night outfit. I want secure reliable e-mail for a small business. Are there any out there?

For that matter, is there a website to get reasonably unbiased reviews of domain hosting companies?

Comment Re:You can protect yourself from the ADS (Score 1) 406

The EM radiation is generated in pulses. The human body involuntarily reacts to the sensation generated by this device. This means unless you have an abnormal nervous system, your eyelids will automatically close and shield your eyes from any damage.

Because eyelids can effectively shield against microwave radiation.

Comment Re:uhhhhh (Score 1) 6

I had a clean netbook directly connected to the modem with no other machines connected physically. Wireless was off. The gateway was 192.168.0.1, my netbook's ip was 192.168.0.2. There were two other addresses 192.168.0.101, and 192.31.80.30. I do not know where they come from. It was not from any of the family's machines, because they were not connected (wireless was off). My netbook is clean, and it had never been connected to their network until I visited. We are monitoring the IPCop box remotely, and there are still attempts by 192.168.0.101 to connect to an address (the attempts are recorded by IPCop's intrusion detection module and blocked.)

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