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Submission + - Firefox and IE still not getting along (heise-security.co.uk)

juct writes: "A new demo shows how Firefox running under Windows XP SP2 can be abused to start applications. For this to work, however, Internet Explorer 7 needs to be installed. This severe security problem promises another round in the "who-is-to-blame-war" between Mozilla and Microsoft. Mozilla currently is leading the race for a patch, as they have one ready in their bugzilla database."

Submission + - BitTorrent Comes to the Cell Phone (slyck.com)

An anonymous reader writes: Finally, a BitTorrent interface for the mobile phone. Dubbed uTorrent mUI, the web user interface allows the end user to control torrent downloads remotely. The interface still lacks the ability to add torrents, however bringing BitTorrent capabilities to the cell phone is a giant step forward.

Submission + - "Cat Scanning" death (bbc.co.uk)

BWJones writes: "An article in the New England Journal of Medicine that describes a cat in Providence, Rhode Island that appears to be able to detect when a patient in a nursing home is about to die. BBC link here. CBS link here. The cat following cues or small molecular signals goes into the room of a dying patient, curls up next to them and begins to purr in the hours before the patient dies. Cats may be better detectors of metabolomic status than we give them credit for."

Submission + - Running Vista Without Antivirus (extremetech.com)

mikemuch writes: "Does Vista's User Access Control — you know, all those dialogs and dark screens that appear when you try to do anything system-altering in Vista — make antivirus software unnecessary? Here's an article that makes the claim that savvy users who keep their noses clean in terms of downloading and installing suspicious code and pay attention to UAC prompts don't need to run antivirus software."

Submission + - Why Upright Walking Evolved (msn.com)

InvisblePinkUnicorn writes: "There have been various explanations for the evolution of upright walking, such as the need to get above tall grass and look across longer distances. Now a study published in the PNAS points to a simpler explanation — efficiency. According to the study, humans walking on two legs consume only a quarter of the energy that chimpanzees use while 'knuckle-walking' on all fours. The energy saved by walking upright gave our ancient ancestors an evolutionary advantage over other apes by reducing the costs of foraging for food. The abstract is available from PNAS."

Submission + - The OpenGate, A GNU/Linux Computer For Dummies

An anonymous reader writes: Gran'pa and gran'ma now have their own custom made computer: a French ISP (Neuf Cegetel) has released a beta version of the OpenGate, a mini-PC specifically designed for its technophobic users. It uses the x86 plateform, integrates a modem-router to directly connect to an ADSL line, and runs most of the commonly used applications using a very simple interface — a new GNU/Linux distribution called EasyOS. An application form is online; selected beta-testers will receive it for free.

Submission + - Linux Setup for x86 now available in C (myspace.com)

butchcassidy1717 writes: "Recently H. Peter Anvin released some patches replacing the old Linux Startup code (assembly) with a new C.

" He went on to explain why he did this, 'the new code is vastly easier to read, and, I hope, debug. It should be noted that I found a fair number of minor bugs while going through this code, and have attempted to correct them.' "

"Linus Torvalds reacted favorably, "I can't really argue against this on any sane grounds — not only is it removing more lines than it adds, but moving from mostly unreadable assembly to C seems a good idea.""
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Submission + - Man almost sent to jail for bad jokes on web site 3

An anonymous reader writes: In Scotland, a 22 year old man was sentenced to 160 hours of community service for posting really tasteless jokes on his web site. The judge indicated that he considered sending him to jail, but since it was a first offence, and the man plead guilty early on, he felt community service was warranted.

Submission + - Six-Stroke Gasoline/Steam Hybrid Engine (autoweek.com)

An anonymous reader writes: Bruce Crower has made a fascinating modification to traditional internal combustion engines: a fifth and sixth stroke. His six-stroke engine injects water into the hot cylinder to achieve a second power stroke with the expanding steam. The engine "burns" equal amounts of gasoline and water, thereby reducing fuel consumption by a whopping 40%. Could this technology the future of petroleum powered vehicles? More information is available on Wikipedia.

Submission + - Sophisticated Computer Crime Uncovered (reuters.com)

Ichabod writes: Sophisticated computer criminals stole data from UniSys, Booz Allen, L-3 Communications, Hewlett Packard and Hughes Network Systems. It sounds like they used a combination of social hacking, undetected low-profile malware (reportedly NTOS.exe), compromised Yahoo accounts to steal, encrypt and store sensitive data. An international investigation appears imminent. Yes, unfortunately Reuters calls the criminals "hackers" further blackening the once-revered title. http://www.reuters.com/article/domesticNews/idUSN1 638118020070717
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Submission + - OpenMosix dies

paleshadows writes: OpenMosix dies. The MOSIX project (which more or less makes a Linux cluster resemble an SMP system) was started at the early 1980s and is still going strong. A few years ago it was GPLed for a short while, but in late 2001 it went proprietary again. Moshe Bar, a former student of Prof. Amnon Barak (which heads the MOSIX project) decided to keep the GPLed version alive, and dubbed it OpenMosix. The latter become quite popular and (according to its homepage) "enjoyed tens of thousands of installation". On July 15, 2007, Bar announced plans to end the OpenMosix project effective March 1, 2008, stating that "the increasing power and availability of low cost multi-core processors is rapidly making single-system image (SSI) clustering less of a factor in computing."

Submission + - Psychiatry from a Geek's Perspective?

An anonymous reader writes: Slashdot has covered articles about Asperger's syndrome, autism, and how it might relate to the (somewhat stereotypical) geek mindset. I've been diagnosed as borderline autistic, so in a similar vein, I've found myself in an unusual position when it comes to getting therapy. I'm very analytical, investigative, and detail-oriented, so when I'm the patient of a psychiatrist, psychologist, or therapist, I feel like I'm coming in at a very different angle than other patients. I want to fully grok the pharmacology of the medications prescribed to me and how they interact with my nervous system. I analyze all of the methods and suggestions my therapist offers. I'm told that working with me as a patient is quite interesting (and often enjoyable), contrasted against many patients who are unaware of the therapy process or have no interest in it or its effects. I see the brain as the machine that coordinates my life, therapists as debuggers, and pharmaceuticals as hardware tweaking.

I'm extremely curious to know if other geeks have this mindset, or have any interesting experiences or viewpoints. There are other questions that can be considered, as well: are you very self-analytical? Perhaps you avoid therapists and attempt to diagnose and debug your own mis-programming?

There's a book online about hacking your body's energy management system. Meditation is also along the lines of hacking your psyche, and there's the OpenEEG project, which is worth noting.

I think there's a lot of unexplored territory here, at least considering that it hasn't been explored by people with a coding/hacking mindset. Do you hack your own mind? If so, then how?

Providing a lot of detail would probably generate the best discussion, so be careful; anything that you might not want future employers to know about you, post anonymously!

Submission + - FBI Investigates Online 'Hitman' Scams

Billosaur writes: "CNN is reporting that the FBI is looking into a new breed of on-line scam: 'The Hitman Scam'. The FBI has received more than 100 complaints about the scam, which involves the target receiving an email stating that one of their "friends" has put out a contract on them, and for a sum (anywhere from $30K to $80K dollars), the "hitman" will instead leave them alone.

FBI special agent James Burrell says some people have fallen for the scam, sending criminals tens of thousands of dollars. The FBI says they have some leads in the case, but they wouldn't provide specific details.

Given that the emails can be sent from anywhere, especially overseas, tracking the scammer becomes more difficult. It is believed to be merely a scam, as the email rarely contains any personal or specific information that would lead them to believe it was real. However, that is not always the case — in at least one instance, a victim received a follow-up email that did contain personal data."

Submission + - Hidden Images On Windows Vista DVD

bigwophh writes: "A blog post at Spanish-speaking website inicia.es shows a hidden image of three men standing side-by-side on a Windows Vista Business DVD. So, we decided to investigate further and slapped a Windows Vista Ultimate DVD down on a scanner to see if we could verify the original image and to see if there were any other hidden images to speak of. Well, we were able to verify the hidden image of the three men and found another picture of what appears to be two more faces, and another that looks like a view of Earth from the Moon. A fourth image is also visible, but we haven't been able to make out the details."

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