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Government

Submission + - British Village Requests Removal from GPS Maps (nytimes.com) 6

longacre writes: "The tiny village of Barrow Gurney, England has asked GPS map publisher Tele Atlas to remove them from the company's maps. The reason: truck drivers using GPS navigation devices are being directed to drive through the town despite the roads being too narrow for sidewalks, and causing numerous accidents. At the root of the problem lies the fact that the navigation maps used by trucks are the same as those used by passenger cars, which don't contain data on road width or no truck zones. Tele Atlas says they will release truck-appropriate databases at some point, but until then they advise local governments to make use of a technology dating back to the Romans: road signs."
Media (Apple)

Submission + - Klausner sues iPhone for $360M over voicemail

Stony Stevenson writes: Klausner Technologies said on Monday the company had filed a $360 million suit against Apple and AT&T over voicemail patents that Klausner claims the Apple iPhone infringes. New York-based Klausner said the lawsuit also names Comcast, Cablevision Systems and eBay's Skype as infringing its patent for "visual voicemail." The plaintiff seeks an additional US$300 million from the three. The suit alleges asserts that the defendants' Internet-based voicemail products and services violate a Klausner patent. It seeks damages and future royalties estimated at $300 million, according to the press release.
Security

Submission + - Sen McCain's MySpace page gets hacked

An anonymous reader writes: http://www.computerworld.com/action/article.do?com mand=viewArticleBasic&articleId=9014483&intsrc=hm_ list Visitors to Sen. John McCain's MySpace page were likely surprised today by a statement that the Senator has reversed his position on gay marriage and "come out in full support of gay marriage ... particularly marriage between passionate females." Most won't be surprised that the statement was apparently posted as a prank. The co-founder of an online news site, who said he designed the MySpace template used for McCain's page, claimed responsibility for changing the site . Mike Davidson, cofounder of Newsvine, said on his Web site that he commandeered the MySpace page because McCain's office used a design template of his without providing him credit. Davidson also said his imagery was used on the page and his server is used serve up McCain's MySpace images.
Google

Submission + - Second Google Desktop vulnerability uncovered

zakkie writes: "According to InfoWorld, Google's Desktop indexing engine is vulnerable to an exploit (the second such flaw to be found) that could allow crackers to read files or execute code. By exploiting a cross-site scripting (XSS) vulnerability on Google.com, an attacker can grab all the data off a Google Desktop. Google is said to be "investigating"."
Software

Software Deletes Files to Defend Against Piracy 544

teamhasnoi writes "Back in 2004, we discussed a program that deleted your home directory on entry of a pirated serial number. Now, a new developer is using the same method to protect his software, aptly named Display Eater. In the developers's own words, 'There exist several illegal cd-keys that you can use to unlock the demo program. If Display Eater detects that you are using these, it will erase something. I don't know if this is going to become Display Eater policy. If this level of piracy continues, development will stop.'"
The Internet

Submission + - German Universal unaware of own artist's marketing

CazazzaKid writes: The band Nine Inch Nails have been running an Alternate Reality Game called "Year Zero" to promote their upcoming album. As part of the campaign, they have distributed MP3s of songs from the album, containing hidden codes that can be used as clues in the game. A German fan, who helped distribute the intentionally leaked music on his blog, has now received a ceise and desist order from Universal, as well as a $670 fine.
Mozilla

A Bad Month for Firefox 195

marty writes "Februrary is not a good month for Mozilla developers. Infoworld reports about the efforts of Polish researcher Michael Zalewski, who apparently kept finding new vulnerabilities in the popular browser on a daily basis through the month, first postponing the 2.0.0.2 update, and then finding a remotely exploitable flaw in it immediately after its release."
Windows

Submission + - XP on 8MHz Intel Pentium and 20MB RAM

swehack writes: "The germans over at Winhistory.de managed to get their Windows XP Professional to run on an Intel Pentium clocked down to 8MHz and 20MB RAM. Here is the english version of their article, with plenty of pictures. On a related note they also won the golden hourglass for 'extreme waste of time'. What obscure hardware configurations have you managed to get Windows running on?"
The Internet

Submission + - Pendulum swinging toward privacy

netbuzz writes: "The New York Times reports this morning on a gathering movement to remove Social Security numbers from online public records. While justifiable, given the reality of and concerns about identity theft, it also doesn't take much to imagine how such concerns will be abused by public officials who are strapped for cash and/or ethically challenged.

http://www.networkworld.com/community/?q=node/1180 6"
Announcements

Submission + - Dell Responds to the Storm

hedgefighter writes: One week after Dell launched its new user feedback site Dell IdeaStorm, the PC manufacturer has made its first reply. Changes for several suggestions, including bolstering the "Plant a Tree" program and easier bloat-ware removal, have already been made or are on the way. In regards to the overwhelming request for GNU/Linux, Dell is entertaining the idea, but seems hesitant to make any breakthrough changes. Though the acknowledgment is promising to the many petitioners, the "Dell recommends Windows Vista(TM) Business." tag at the top of the page is less than encouraging.
Robotics

Voltron-Like Modular Robot Demonstrated 84

MattSparkes writes "The 'Superbot', a modular robot that transforms itself into different shapes in order to walk, crawl and clamber up inclines, has been demonstrated in at the University of Southern California. Each bot module is effectively a robot in its own right, and can move independently, flip over and rotate like wheels. They also have 3D accelerometers that let them know their precise orientation. The six sides of each module can dock with any other module. Once connected, the modules can communicate, coordinate shape changes and even transmit power. The bot's creators hope it will make a great working companion for places like, say, the Moon. Or Mars."
Printer

Submission + - www.inkisit.com

Cameron Harris writes: "Kodak is launching a new all-in-one printer that will significantly reduce the price of ink. It's black Ink cartridges will sale for as low as $9.99 and only $14.99 for the color cartridges. These new line of printers from Kodak are capable of printing 7.0 megapixel images full page in less than 28 seconds. Soon their will be no need for fooling around with ink cartridge refills and refill stations.

Kodak also has a new site to help promote the new line of printers, on this sites their are episodes of "Nathan & Max" the printer gurus, and there are also fun and games on the site. check it out www.inkisit.com
Link to Episode 2 of "Ink is it" with Nathan and MAX

More resources: www.inkisit.com Story from Reuters"
Graphics

Submission + - Overclocking Notebook At SubZero Temps!

Searching4Sasquatch writes: "The gang over at Hot Hardware managed to get ahold of a new Dell XPS M1710 notebook and attempted to overclock the system in the subzero temperatures of New Hampshire. Thanks to -9*F winter temperatures, they were able to overclock the system from the stock 2.33GHz speed all the way up to 3GHz with solid stability. There's also some great shots of the notebook's internals, for those who like seeing hardware instead of just reading specifications."
Data Storage

Recovering a Wrecked RAID 175

Dr. Eggman writes "Tom's Hardware recently posted an article specifying how the professionals at Kroll Ontrack recover data from a RAID array that has suffered a hard drive failure, allowing for recovery of even RAID 5 arrays suffering two failures. The article is quick to warn this is costly, however, and points out the different types of hard drive failures that occur, only some of which are repairable. Ultimately the article concludes that consistent backups and other good practices are the best solution. Still, it provides an interesting look into the world of data after death."

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