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Programming

Submission + - 10 Procrastination Avoidance Tips for Techies

kierny writes: Dice.com runs an article on 10 tips for avoiding procrastination. According to researchers, almost everyone procrastinates, and up to 20% of people do so chronically. Overcoming the tendency to procrastinate is especially difficult for techies, give that technology — while boosting productivity — also leads us to distraction, and distractions — Flickr, Skype, IM'ing, BlackBerries — stoke our desire to procrastinate. To help, a leading industrial psychologist recommends a number of techniques to avoid honing your art of delay, from deactivating email notification and killing short-cut buttons, to banishing the Dew and getting separate PCs for work and home.
Security

Submission + - RSA Factoring Challenge is no more!

iplayfast writes: "RSA Factoring Challenge is no more. http://www.rsa.com/rsalabs/node.asp?id=2092
From the site Why is the RSA Factoring Challenge no longer active?

Various cryptographic challenges — including the RSA Factoring Challenge — served in the early days of commercial cryptography to measure the state of progress in practical cryptanalysis and reward researchers for the new knowledge they have brought to the community. Now that the industry has a considerably more advanced understanding of the cryptanalytic strength of common symmetric-key and public-key algorithms, these challenges are no longer active. The records, however, are presented here for reference by interested cryptographers.


I think they've realized that with cheap cpu's and modern OS's, these challenges are more at risk, and can be cracked more easily. They just don't want to pay the money :)"
The Courts

Submission + - Couple who catch cop speeding could face charges.

a_nonamiss writes: "A Georgia couple, apparently tired of people speeding past their house, installed a camera and radar gun on their property. After it was installed, they caught a police office going 17MPH over the posted limit. They brought this to the attention of the local police department, and are now being forced to appear in front of a judge to answer to charges of stalking.

from the article:

The Sipples allegedly caught Kennesaw police officer Richard Perrone speeding up to 17 mph over the speed limit. Perrone alerted Bartow authorities, who in turn visited the Sipples' home to tell them Perrone intended to press charges against them for stalking.
I have the utmost respect for most law enforcement. They have a difficult, dangerous and mostly thankless job to do, but shouldn't they be held accountable for casually breaking the very same laws they are supposed to be enforcing? Additionally, shouldn't we, as citizens, have the right to be able to bring this to someone's attention without having to face laughably bogus charges for our efforts?"
Security

Submission + - Citicard security or lack of

BikerMikey writes: I just had a few interesting conversations with the brain trust over at Citi Cards. I had not downloaded my statements since they had redesigned their site until last week. I should say that I tried to login. The login page was unsecured, I tried adding that little "s" to make it secure and got bounced out to an unsecured page again. I could find no links to a secured login page. I decided to give them a call and got Denise in support. She kept telling me that it was ok because there was a lock on the part of the page with the account login and I was on thier site. We went around and around and finally I asked to talk to her boss, she refused to pass me to her boss telling me that he would not take calls, gotta love that customer support. I tried to call again, this time pointing out that my "Identity Theft Protection Packet" that I got from them, for pure enjoyment, told me to "NEVER enter my account info onto an unsecured page". I kept pointing out info from thier packet on how to tell if a connection is secure, her response was that it is ok here on their site. Duh? I wonder how much they paid for the consultant that sold them this load of BS. Are there any responsible Credit Card Companies out that with things like Virtual Account Numbers and Direct Download of transactions?

Feed Fab Four: Analog to Digital (wired.com)

Recording The Beatles chronicles the gear, studios and personalities responsible for the legendary Beatles catalog. Now, for the digital debut. Commentary by Eliot Van Buskirk.


Space

Fermi Paradox Predicting Humankind's Future? 854

An anonymous reader writes "The Fermi paradox says that if extraterrestrial civilizations exist, at least one of them should have colonized the entire galaxy by now. But since there is no evidence of this, humankind must be the only intelligent life in the galaxy. The Space Review has an article on how the Fermi paradox can be applied to human civilization. It says that, like the extraterrestrials, humans have three choices: colonize the galaxy, remain on Earth, or become extinct."

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