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Comment Apples and Oranges (Score 2, Insightful) 250

Facebook and MySpace are not computing clouds they are applications

The google and amazon clouds are not applications(sort of). You can always move your data from one cloud to an other just back it up and restore it.

I would not expect to move cloud configuration from one cloud to another. That would be like moving from Windows to Linux, or Solaris to HP, they may be similar but work using different mechanisms.

Steve

Comment Re:Why still depend on observation? (Score 1) 186

Never mind that you have to actually get a sample of the creature to test. While it is possible to extract DNA from feces it is difficult to say whos it is, the DNA and feces. Usually, you need to catch the thing, this is of course hard for rare creatures and it may also incure the rath of the endagered speices act.

Portables (Games)

Nintendo DSi Software Will Be Region Locked 148

aliquis writes with news that software made for the recently announced Nintendo DSi will be region-locked. Nintendo's reasoning is that the DSi "embeds net communication functionality within itself and we are intending to provide net services specifically tailored for each region." It's also been discovered that accounts with the DSi's online store won't be linked with the Wii store, so points for one won't work with the other. Nintendo has stated that they don't intend for digital distribution to replace retail sales. We discussed the DSi's announcement last week.
NASA

Submission + - Biofuels Deemed a Greenhouse Threat

gandhi_2 writes: The NYT is reporting that some studies published in Nature are detailing how most Biofuels release more atmospheric carbon than conventional fossil fuels:

Almost all biofuels used today cause more greenhouse gas emissions than conventional fuels if the full emissions costs of producing these "green" fuels are taken into account, two studies being published Thursday have concluded. The benefits of biofuels have come under increasing attack in recent months, as scientists took a closer look at the global environmental cost of their production. These latest studies, published in the prestigious journal Science, are likely to add to the controversy.

www.nytimes.com
Cellphones

Submission + - SPAM: Kodak wants to purge crappy cell phone pictures

coondoggie writes: "The photography experts at Kodak must be tired of those awful pictures you get from your camera phones too. Today the rolled out new chips that promise to make even the smallest cameras take better, more detailed photos. Kodak says its KAC-05020 Image Sensor is a 1.4 micron, 5-megapixel device that allows capture of high quality images in small cameras, with resolution that equals what is available from current devices using larger, 1.75 micron pixel CMOS designs. [spam URL stripped]"
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Announcements

Submission + - FileFront bans Knights of the Force content

Awatemono-san writes: "Serdar Guney AKA "Master Tim" is the developer for Knights of the force,(KOTF) a very ambitious mod for Jedi Knight: Academy.(JKA) KotF includes 100 new Star Wars characters, 150 skins, 70 lightsabers, 40 vehicles, 50 new stages, 130 NPCs and 70 multi-player maps. The mod is designed allow you to reenact your favorite movie battles in epic detail.

Don't get to excited though because it was supposed to be released on the first of the year... and November 5th 2007... and October 31th 2007... Many people question if it will ever be released. He has announced the released over 25 times over the past 5 years and has failed give his fans what they paid for. He asked for donations so he could buy a new computer to continue developing the mod. The donations added up to over $3000. It turns out that much of the content he said he developed was actually stolen from various members of the JKA modding community and used without their permission.

FileFront has hosted KOTF media for Serdar since he has begun this mod and they have been following the issue closely. Due to a recent announcement that Serdar will send copies of the mod on a cd to people who donate $100 to him, FileFront has decided to remove all KOTF related content indefinitely.

Quote From jediknight3.filefront.com
"We have decided that the author's most recent endeavor — offering to illegally sell the mod for $100 US currency via DVD — is the last straw and that the site will no longer support his work in any way. This type of fee is much too high to simply cover shipping and handling." ... "Please remember that selling mod content — especially when it is not yours — is illegal! "

You can read the story here
http://jediknight3.filefront.com/news/Knights_of_the_Force_Mod_Content_Removed_from_JKFiles;36708x#1442797

and see what other people have to say about mr. Guney and his mod here
http://www.google.com/search?hl=en&safe=off&client=firefox-a&rls=org.mozilla%3Aen-US%3Aofficial&hs=ssd&q=kotf+scam&btnG=Search"
Cellphones

Submission + - t-mobile won't block numbers or disable voicemail

Frustrated T-mobile customer writes: I have been receiving threatening voice mails and calls from two people and a handfull of marketing text messages all of which I am unable to block. When I asked T-Mobile, I was told they could not do that but they could block my cell from receiving all calls. I asked them to shut my voice mail off, which they said they couldn't. Same for text messages, it's part of the phone they can't turn it off, but I can get text messages that I don't want and have not choice but to accept them and get charged for them. With a phone call I have the ability to not answer the phone, and I should be able to either not have that number call me and/or disallow them from leaving voice mail as well. If I wanted to pay for a second service 3rd party, I could, but t-mobile's call forwarding won't allow you to have the phone ring 3-4 times then forward to another number, it will only forward if your number is called and you have to pick up on the 2nd number instead. Again, useless, and it seems that all providers are like this!!!!!! If someone could implement these features, it would be such a valuable asset!
Privacy

Submission + - NSA has real-time access to Hushmail servers

An anonymous reader writes: A frequent source 'A' sending updated NSA-Affiliated IP resources to Cryptome's Web site has reported the following new information:

"Certain privacy/full session SSL email hosting services have been purchased/changed operational control by NSA and affiliates within the past few months, through private intermediary entities."

Reportedly the following services are controlled:

Hushmail / Canada (http://www.hushmail.com/ ), Guardster / USA (http://www.guardster.com/ ), and SAFe-mail.net / Israel (http://www.safe-mail.net/ )

Link: NSA Controls SSL Email Hosting Services: http://cryptome.org/nsa-ssl-email.htm

SecuriTeam Blogs: http://blogs.securiteam.com/?p=1052

Additionally, there is more information about NSA's role on Windows security software industry provided ('further details regarding which publishers and their means of facilitation' mentioned by Cryptome post on 1st Nov, link mentioned in Bugtraq post referenced below).

Cryptome: NSA has access to Windows Mobile smartphones http://www.securityfocus.com/archive/1/483129
Programming

Submission + - Competition entrants deprived of prizes by nVidia (thegamecreators.com) 1

DavidR1991 writes: "Following a competition at The Game Creators (TGC) (makers of DarkBasic) , nVidia has deprived several prize-winners of their prizes for what has now been several months — for no explicable reason. Most of the prizes were "full PC systems", which arrived as merely scattered component pieces: Most prizes didn't arrive at all.

Obviously nVidia aren't going to feel threatened by a few community members raising their voices, so hopefully by posting this here, the issue can get a bit of attention, and nVidia can get their act together.

See here for the full issue as it still rages on: http://forum.thegamecreators.com/?m=forum_view&b=2&t=105678&p=0 Just to note, the prizes quoted by the competition have been _confirmed_ to not be misquotes, so why nVidia haven't delivered upon them is still unknown. Please help these poor people against the evil of nVidia!"

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