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Ancient Ecosystem Found In Ice Pocket 49

ApharmdB writes "Beneath a glacier in Antarctica, scientists have discovered a community of microbes growing in frigid pools of salty water. It's a particularly tough environment, with no light, no oxygen, and extremely cold temperatures. But the microbes appear to live — and thrive — off a combination of iron and sulfur, according to a new study. The result of that strange metabolism is a brilliant red streak of cascading ice called Blood Falls."
Security

The Secret History of the FBI's Classified Spyware 133

An anonymous reader writes "A sophisticated FBI-produced spyware program has played a crucial behind-the-scenes role in federal investigations into extortion plots, terrorist threats and hacker attacks in cases stretching back at least seven years, according to newly declassified documents obtained by Wired.com. The so-called 'computer and internet protocol address verifier,' or CIPAV, is delivered through links to websites controlled by the FBI, and it silently reports back to a government server in Virginia. Among other cases, the FBI used it to track a Swedish hacker responsible for cracking thousands of computers at national labs and NASA's JPL in 2005."

Comment Ok so how much did apple pay them? (Score 1) 243

I've got two apple xserve servers, one old dual G4 with regular 4 ATA drives, and the new one with 3 SATA drives. I bought them both with smallest/cheapest drives, and then replaced the drives with off the shelf bigger drives. Absolutely no difference in reliability/performance. I can say that cause older Xserve drives were still running good for 5 years when I replaced them with bigger drives, and new xserve is still running good. Drives modules is no different every manufacturer has their own custom drive trays, which fit their servers only, Apple is doing nothing different here. Even our Mac's have had drives and other hardware replaced with off the shelf parts, and they work just as good, drives ironically were replaced from some Mac's cause original Apple ones failed.

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