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Submission + - Firefox 3 Antiphishing sends your URLs to Google 1

iritant writes: "As we were discussing, Gran Paradiso or the latest version of Firefox, is nearing release. Gran Paradiso includes a form of malware protection that checks every URL against a known list of sites. It does so by sending each URL to Google. In other words, if people enable this feature, they get some malware protection, and Google gets a wealth of information about which sites are popular (or, for that matter, which sites should be checked for malware). Fair deal? Not to worry — the feature is disabled by default."

Submission + - RF Cure for Cancer? (wkyc.com)

jtabernik writes: "John Kanzius from Erie, PA claims to have a promising method of destroying tumors with nanotechnology and radio waves. Is this really possible? Wouldn't we have heard more about this if it was as promising as it seems? The story on Kanzius is pretty interesting — he is suffering from leukemia, so obviously he has a personal interest in the cure. Also, he is adamant about not selling out to someone who would not bring the idea to market."

Submission + - Vibrations on the Sun may 'shake' the Earth (newscientist.com)

mencomenco writes: "What do dropped mobile phone calls, mysterious signals in undersea communications cables, and tiny tremors on the Earth have in common? They are all caused by vibrations on the Sun, according to one team of scientists, reported in New Scientist. But other researchers question the claim, arguing that the pulsations may never escape the Sun's surface in the first place."

Submission + - CBC promises lots more robots in our future

grouchyDude writes: "CBC, the Canadian Broadcasting Company, has a feature on consumer robots on their on-line edition today. It includes articles discussing the destiny and state of consumer robotics, as well as the need for investment in robotics research and the robotics industry to stay in competition. Their listing of both consumer robots and fictional robots is quite incomplete, but they get to most of the important ideas and issues in the multiple parts of the feature. It also covers bit on robot lore (i.e. notable robots from fiction) as well as a popular robotics quiz."

Submission + - Searching for The World's Tallest Trees with LIDAR

SoyChemist writes: The Save-the-Redwoods League is leading an effort to map all of Redwood National Park with light detection and ranging equipment. LIDAR simultaneously creates a 3D "point file" of the forest floor and canopy. Calculating tree heights is a simple matter of subtraction. Among other things, the maps will be used to locate immense redwood trees. Hyperion, the tallest known tree in the world, stands 378.1 feet tall and was recently discovered in that same park. The conservationists believe that they will find even taller trees. Wired is running a story that includes pictures and details about the twin-engine 1968 Aero Commander and the LIDAR equipment. Perhaps the coolest thing about this is that all of the map data will be released into the public domain.

Submission + - Source of Ancient Egypt's Gold Discovered? (livescience.com)

TheProspector writes: Archaeologists at Chicago's Oriental Institute have discovered what seems to be an ancient gold-processing and panning camp along the Nile River. It is thought to have been operated by the Kushites, and to have been the source of ancient Egypt's gold.

Submission + - SciTalks - The YouTube for Science Geeks (zeropaid.com)

Jared writes: "Billed as the "YouTube for Geeks," the YouTube-style site offers streaming science lectures. Segments range from a series of hour-long lectures by the late Richard Feynman, to a short, hilarious Ali G interview with Noam Chomsky, and a fascinating talk on designing a semiconductor-based brain, by up-and-coming Stanford researcher Kwabena Boahen. Users can also submit links to additional lectures to be listed on the site, search for upcoming science conferences, and even upload their own video content. "It's like crack for science geeks," says founder Lee Vodra.
http://www.zeropaid.com/news/8856/YouTube+for+Geek s+-+'SciTalks'+launches%2C+offers+streaming+scienc e+lectures"


Submission + - Pandora.com no longer supports foreigners

skogula writes: Anyone who does not live in the United States, no longer has access to the pandora.com music service. Instead, everyone is re-directed to http://www.pandora.com/restricted which gives the following text Dear Pandora Visitor, We are deeply, deeply sorry to say that due to licensing constraints, we can no longer allow access to Pandora for most listeners located outside of the U.S. We will continue to work diligently to realize the vision of a truly global Pandora, but for the time being we are required to restrict its use. We are very sad to have to do this, but there is no other alternative. We believe that you are in Canada (your IP address appears to be If you believe we have made a mistake, we apologize and ask that you please contact us at pandora-support@pandora.com If you are a paid subscriber, please contact us at pandora-support@pandora.com and we will issue a pro-rated refund to the credit card you used to sign up. If you have been using Pandora, we will keep a record of your existing stations and bookmarked artists and songs, so that when we are able to launch in your country, they will be waiting for you. We will be notifying listeners as licensing agreements are established in individual countries. If you would like to be notified by email when Pandora is available in your country, please enter your email address below. The pace of global licensing is hard to predict, but we have the ultimate goal of being able to offer our service everywhere. We share your disappointment and greatly appreciate your understanding. Sincerely, Tim Westergren Founder
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Submission + - what can a gamer do to resist Vista?

DragonTHC writes: "I've been a gamer since 1985. I'm also a huge fan of Shadowrun as a pencil and paper RPG. Following the news that Shadowrun is going to be Vista only, and Pay for play, what can a gamer do to resist Vista? With the new "Games for Windows" program, which is just a way to force users to pay a subscription fee to play online, and since the game isn't even DX10, why should I upgrade to Vista so I can play it? Why should I pay for alky so I can play it on XP?"

Wreck of Australian Warship HMAS Sydney Found? 193

Mendy writes "Tim Ankers, a British archaeologist, claims to have found the wreck of the HMAS Sydney, lost with all hands in the Indian Ocean during World War II. He says that he's done this from the comfort of his home using software he wrote called Merlindown, which can analyze satellite photographs at different wavelengths to 'peer 75 meters into the earth and 16,000 meters beneath the seas.'"

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