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Submission + - Einstein's notorious bee declaration untrue

gelfmag writes: "In all of the hullabaloo generated by the recent honeybee disappearance, one continuously-cited fact has been completely overlooked by the press — it wasn't Albert Einstein who predicted mankind's demise within 4 years of a bee extinction. Gelf Magazine recently published a story on the infamous, ominous quote about honeybees wrongly attributed to the immortal physicist:



Einstein was not, however, an alien visitor, nor a professional basketball player, nor president of the United States. Nor a biologist. Nor an entomologist. Nor an ecologist. Nor a beekeeper. Roni Grosz, curator of the Albert Einstein Archives of the Hebrew University in Jerusalem, tells Gelf, "There is no proof of Einstein ever having said or written it." While Grosz notes that it is extremely difficult to disprove a quote, he "could not remember even one reference to bees in Einstein's writings."
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Space

Could Black Holes Be Portals to Other Universes? 277

David Shiga writes "Astronomers have identified many objects out there that they think are black holes. But could they be portals to other universes called wormholes, instead? According to a new study by a pair of physicists, we wouldn't be able to tell the difference. They have discovered that wormholes with the right shape would look identical to black holes from the outside. But while a trip into a black hole would mean certain death, a wormhole might spit you out into a parallel universe with its own stars and planets. Exotic effects from quantum physics might produce wormholes naturally from collapsing stars, one of the physicist says, and they might even be produced in future particle accelerator experiments."
Caldera

Submission + - SCO Given Delisting Notice

SCO Delenda Est writes: "The SEC has given SCO notice that they will be delisted from the NASDAQ if they cannot keep their share price above $1 sometime in the next 180 days. Although they may be able to avoid delisting for a while, their small market capitalization will hinder their efforts. Given their other financials, this just goes to show how desperate their current financial situation is."
Education

Student Attempting To Improve School Security Suspended 282

TA_TA_BOX writes "The University of Portland has handed a one-year suspension to an engineering major after he designed a program to bypass the Cisco Clean Access (CCA). According to the University of Portland's Vice President of Information Systems, the purpose of the CCA is to evaluate whether the computers are compliant with current security policies (i.e., anti-virus software, Windows Updates and Patches, etc.). Essentially the student wrote a program that could fool the CCA to think that the computers operating system and anti-virus were fully patched and up to date. 'In the design of his computer program, Maass looked at the functions CCA provides and identified vulnerabilities where it could be bypassed. He wrote a program that emulated the same functions as CCA and eliminated some security issues. He says that the method he chose is "one of six that I came up with." Maass says his intent was not malicious. Rather, the sophomore says he was examining vulnerabilities so that they could be fixed. "I was planning on going to Cisco with the vulnerability this summer," Maass says. '"
OS X

Submission + - Apple delays Leopard to get iPhone done on time

mrZ0g writes: "Apple released this tid-bit today in regards to the iPhone and Leopard release dates

iPhone has already passed several of its required certification tests and is on schedule to ship in late June as planned. We can't wait until customers get their hands (and fingers) on it and experience what a revolutionary and magical product it is. However, iPhone contains the most sophisticated software ever shipped on a mobile device, and finishing it on time has not come without a price — we had to borrow some key software engineering and QA resources from our Mac OS X team, and as a result we will not be able to release Leopard at our Worldwide Developers Conference in early June as planned. While Leopard's features will be complete by then, we cannot deliver the quality release that we and our customers expect from us. We now plan to show our developers a near final version of Leopard at the conference, give them a beta copy to take home so they can do their final testing, and ship Leopard in October. We think it will be well worth the wait. Life often presents tradeoffs, and in this case we're sure we've made the right ones.
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Media

Submission + - Blogger spurs US radio host's firing

jas_public writes: The Wall Street Journal reports on the controversial events which ultimately led to the firing of radio shock jock Don Imus.

At 6:14 a.m. on Wednesday, April 4, relatively few people were tuned into the "Imus in the Morning Show" when Don Imus referred to the Rutgers women's basketball team as "nappy-headed ho's."

Ryan Chiachiere was. A 26-year-old researcher in Washington, D.C., for liberal watchdog organization Media Matters for America, he was assigned to monitor Mr. Imus's program. Mr. Chiachiere clipped the video, alerted his bosses and started working on a blog post for the organization's Web site.
The Courts

Submission + - Ex-CEO of Computer Associates to pay $52M

B. Galliart writes: "USAToday article states:

'A judge has signed off on a restitution agreement requiring the former chief executive of Computer Associates International (CA) to pay at least $52 million — including proceeds from the sale of his yacht and pair of Ferraris — to victims of a huge accounting fraud at one of the world's largest software companies.'
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Submission + - Ebayers iphone "Scam"

charley kane writes: "The entrepreneurial spirit is alive and well at Ebay. Take for instance this listing: http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&ih=0 19&sspagename=STRK%3AMEWA%3AIT&viewitem=&item=2900 88305764&rd=1&rd=1 This fella figures he's gonna get the jump on Jobs and start making some cash on this iphone gadget right now! Of course unlike the wifi phone being offered by Apple Computer starting this summer, this crafty Ebayer is selling what he refers to as the "papercraft" version (see gizmodo:http://gizmodo.com/gadgets/cellphones/appl e-iphone-papercraft-model-227902.php)and it comes with a "fully charged battery" to boot ! Last I looked (2/28/07) bidding was up to $127.50 with 2 days to go, plus $10.00 shipping for the winner. Who knows, this "papercraft" wifi phone might catch on, maybe Apple could give everyone an iphone on the back of a cereal box ! (rechargeable battery not included)"
Wireless Networking

Submission + - WiFi a DirectTV Antenna

QuantumCrypto writes: "I always wonder what people do with their DirectTV dish antennas when they no subscribe for service. Of course, they WiFi it! This project converts a DirectTV dish into a high performance wireless network antenna. Perhaps if enough ex-DirectTV subscribers got together, the world might be a better place to link up."

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