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Emulation (Games)

Submission + - All PSP Consoles Open To Homebrew

Croakyvoice writes: Sony have done everything to thwart Homebrew on the PSP with multiple firmware releases designed to stop Hackers from using the handheld for means other than what Sony intended. The release of the PSP Slim was supposed to slow down the exploitation of the console but recently releases of Unbricking Software, Custom Firmwares , Firmware Downgraders and a new Homebrew Loader mean that any one who owns either the PSP Slim or Original can use Homebrew Games, Emulators and Applications and worse of all for Sony the full speed Playstation Emulator and ISO loader that they made.
Space

Submission + - Powerful Blast Confuses Astronomers (physorg.com)

eldavojohn writes: "Astronomers are still speculating as to what could have caused an abnormally strong five millisecond burst to be detected six years ago when it completely saturated the recording equipment. From the article, 'The burst was so bright that at the time it was first recorded it was dismissed as man-made radio interference. It put out a huge amount of power (10exp33 Joules), equivalent to a large (2000MW) power station running for two billion billion years.'"
Editorial

Submission + - Death 'Raises Questions' About Gene Therapy (functionalisminaction.com)

IConrad01 writes: "Not too long ago, a woman died tragically and unexpectedly. Her name was Jolee Mohr. A detailed report can also be found here. In short, she died of a fungal infection that became developed, acutely, the day after she received her second injection of a gene-therapy trial viral vector for rheumatoid arthritis. This death is tragic. But given that it was a trial, and that the company involved is doing everything in its power to act responsibly, do we really need to "question" Gene Therapy, or is this just luddist activism encompassing one family's tragic loss? Watch this video, and form your own opinions."
The Internet

Submission + - The .name Domain: Haven for Cyber-criminals (wired.com)

Billosaur writes: "In the war on cyber-crime, the bad guys have a new ally: the registrar running the .name domain. According to a Wired report, Global Name Registry (GNR), the registrar contracted by ICANN to run the .name domain, is charging money to do Whois lookups, frustrating security researchers who are attempting to trace zombie networks back to their source. ICANN normally requires registrars to make Whois data publicly available, but GNR's contract allows the to create tiered data, so that a public search reveals very little data and to find out who actually owns a .name domain requires a fee. Security researchers are balking at the fees, claiming it hampers their efforts if they have to pay to get at what should be publicly available data."
AMD

Submission + - Pedal to the Metal: Overclocking the Athlon (pcper.com)

Vigile writes: "Even with processors well exceeding the performance needs of most, overclocking is still a practice used by hardware enthusiasts. And even though the art of the overclock has improved dramatically, with all the new options, settings and considerations that go into overclocking a system beyond its rated speeds, the task can be daunting for anyone new to the game. A new educational article over at PC Perspective starts from the beginning with detailed descriptions of the how's and why's behind overclocking. A walk through of picking the right CPU, motherboard, memory and even power supply is included as is a typical BIOS setup and configuration process. This is really a great article for anyone that new, or rusty, to overclocking."
Education

Submission + - 'Floating Bridge' Property of Water Found (physorg.com)

eldavojohn writes: "When exposed to high voltage, water does some interesting things. From the article, ' When exposed to a high-voltage electric field, water in two beakers climbs out of the beakers and crosses empty space to meet, forming the water bridge. The liquid bridge, hovering in space, appears to the human eye to defy gravity. Upon investigating the phenomenon, the scientists found that water was being transported from one beaker to another, usually from the anode beaker to the cathode beaker. The cylindrical water bridge, with a diameter of 1-3 mm, could remain intact when the beakers were pulled apart at a distance of up to 25 mm.'"
Music

Submission + - Apple's aims to stop second-hand iPod trading (cnet.co.uk) 4

An anonymous reader writes: CNet is running a story that highlights how Apple's apparently generous offering of free iPod engraving, is actually an effort to curb any resale of used iPods. This stops any second-hand trading and forces buyers to seek brand-new models, full-price, directly from Apple. One commenter notes that this engraving also voids any option of replacement iPods through AppleCare.
The Internet

Submission + - Publishers Join Forces Against Open Access (linux.com)

Xenographic writes: "The American Association of Publishers announced the creation of the Partnership for Research Integrity in Science and Medicine. This new partnership, PRISM, will lobby against open access to scientific research on the grounds that science has less integrity when you don't have to pay outrageous fees for access to important journals. They are especially against bills like the Federal Research Public Access Act which could cause a decline in their sales numbers and an "undermining of copyright holders." Y'arr, matey."
Software

Submission + - The Software Awards Scam (abcarticledirectory.com)

blue234 writes: I put out a new product a couple of weeks ago. This new product has so far won 16 different awards and recommendations from software download sites. Some of them even emailed me messages of encouragement such as "Great job, we're really impressed!". I should be delighted at this recognition of the quality of my software, except that the 'software' doesn't even run. This is hardly surprising when you consider that it is just a text file with the words "this program does nothing at all" repeated a few times and then renamed as an .exe. The PAD file that described the software contains the description "This program does nothing at all". Even the name of the software, "awardmestars", was a bit of a giveaway. And yet it still won 16 'awards'. Software Awards Scam
Businesses

Why AnywhereCD Failed 184

An anonymous reader writes "In an obituary for AnywhereCD, which closes in one week, founder (and MP3.com founder) Michael Robertson chronicles how at least one record label wanted him to embed credit card numbers of buyers into songs. A fascinating story about how at least some of the labels still don't get it and why AnywhereCD is about to be buried."
Privacy

WordPress 2.3 Does Not Spy On Users [UPDATED] 229

Marilyn Miller writes "Popular open-source blogging engine WordPress has been upgraded to 2.3 — with some unexpected nasties in the mix. As of version 2.3, WordPress now periodically (every 12 hours) sends personally identifying information (blog name & URI) to the mothership, along with an alarming amount of information including $_SERVER dumps, a list of installed plugins, and your current PHP/MySQL settings. Most unfortunately, it does not provide any way of disabling this functionality, and WordPress does not have any privacy policy protecting this information. In a thread about the issue, lead developer Matt Mullenweg defends his actions and staunchly refuses to add an opt-in interface, telling users to 'fork WordPress' if they aren't willing to put up with this behavior." Update: 09/25 17:52 GMT by KD : This article is misleading enough to be called "just wrong." Matt Mullenweg writes: "As mentioned in our release announcement, the update notification sends your blog URL, plugins, and version info when it checks api.wordpress.org for new and compatible updates. It does not include $_SERVER dumps, or any settings beyond version numbers (for checking compatibility), or your blog name, or your credit card number. We do provide a way of disabling this feature; in fact I link to one of the plugins in the release announcement and in my original response to Morty's thread."
Google

Google Testing "My World" Second Life Rival? 195

Tjeerd writes "Rumors of Google's plans to create a virtual world that rivals that of Second Life have popped up once again over the weekend. The company could now be collaborating with Arizona State University to test the 3D social network, which may be tied into Google's current applications of Google Earth and Google Maps."
Google

GoogHOle Exploits GMail, Picasa and 200K Other Sites 167

Giorgio Maone writes "Multiple Google-targeted exploits disclosed in the past 3 days could compromise your GMail account, steal your pictures from Picasa or impersonate you on almost 200,000 big sites which outsourced their search engines (vulnerabilities included in the price). If even Google, a very reactive company when web security matters, does face this kind of problems, how serious is the threat and what can you do, as a "normal" web user, to protect yourself?"
Links

Submission + - FT article on brain research (ft.com)

BethEllen writes: "Hi — The Financial Times wrote an article on Friday about the McGovern Institute for brain research at MIT. Founded by IDG's Pat McGovern, the institute recently bought two magnetic resonance imaging machines, which are so powerful that Robert Desimone, institute director, has likened their impact to that of the telescope on astronomy. http://www.ft.com/cms/s/2/285b6558-6855-11dc-b475-0000779fd2ac.html -Beth"

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