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Submission + - Yoggie Gatekeeper Pro

hypermike writes: It looks more like an MP3 music player than a piece of high-tech computer hardware, but the Yoggie Gatekeeper Pro is a security device its Israeli creators claim took them two years of hard graft to fashion. For all that work, theyâ(TM)ve come up with a laptop security device that packs a long list of protection features into a plastic box still portable enough to sit in the palm of the hand. m?reviewid=499
Data Storage

Submission + - ReiserFS

halo5 writes: "Reiser Prosecution Jolt: Victim's Ex-Lover Confesses to Eight Killings:

"A former lover of the missing wife of Linux programmer and accused spouse killer Hans Reiser has confessed to killing eight people unrelated to the case, prosecutors informed the defense last week.

Sean Sturgeon, a one-time friend of Reiser's, had already been a focus of the defense team's efforts to shift suspicion off Reiser in the disappearance of his estranged wife, Nina Reiser. Sturgeon's alleged confession to a series of unrelated murders will likely complicate the trial, which is set to begin Monday." ser"
The Internet

Submission + - What do you do when a registrar rips you off?

RelievedSimpleton writes: After previously purchasing a domain from I decided to renew my domain as well as purchase two more. After adding $25.00 worth of funds to my account I attempted to buy two domains and renew the domain I previously purchased from them. After filing multiple complaints through the support ticket system as well as attempting to call all the numbers listed on their website, which were either disconnected or unavailable, I went to my credit union only to find that the credit union couldn't do anything except let me know they also fraudulently charged $19.98 to my account twice, now bringing the total to $64.96. I then went to the Better Business Bureau website to file a complaint only to find that there were multiple complaints before mine. Also, I attempted to file a complaint through InterNIC only to find that their ICANN accreditation is pending termination. So my question to you, the users of Slashdot, is what do you do when a registrar rips you off like this, while continuing to say they are an accredited registrar when it is untrue?

Submission + - Real ID Comment Period Drawing to a Close

Matthew Van Gundy writes: "There are only 4 days left to express your support or opposition to the Real ID regulations proposed by the Department of Homeland Security — which have grave privacy implications for every American. The regulations are strongly opposed by the ACLU, the EFF, EPIC, security professionals, and ordinary citizens. Yet the media has given the issue only scant attention. If you have an opinion, don't miss your chance to make your voice heard."

Submission + - Robert Love resigns from Novell

An anonymous reader writes: Robert Love who was the Chief Architect of Novell's Linux Desktop has resigned today. Robert is a prominent Linux kernel hacker, author and journalist in the Linux community (read more about him in his Wikipedia entry). His blog doesn't specify why he resigned. But after colleague and friend Jeremy Allison's departure from Novell in protest of the Microsoft-Novell deal, this might be the latest fallout from it.

Submission + - No emulation software for Dell's Linux machines

Anonymous Coward writes: "Dell will not include open-source software such as Wine, which lets users run Windows programs on Linux, with the PCs it plans to bundle with Ubuntu Linux, Mark Shuttleworth, the founder of Ubuntu and its commercial sponsor Canonical, told eWeek (,1895,2125848,00.a sp). He is quoted in the article as saying the reason for this is that he does "not want to position Ubuntu and Linux as a cheap alternative to Windows." While Linux is an alternative to Windows, it is not cheap Windows, he says, adding that Linux has its own strengths, and users should want it because of those strengths and not because it's a cheap copy of Windows."

Submission + - Scientists mash data up using Google Earth

An anonymous reader writes: New Scientist has an interesting story about the many different ways planetary scientists are using Google Earth, World Wind and other global mapping tools. As well as providing a simple way to visualise data, these programs let scientists combine their work. For example, check out this video combining Katrina's path with ocean temperature data.

Submission + - France opens secret UFO files spanning 50 years

Radon360 writes: PARIS (AFP) — France became the first country to open its files on UFOs Thursday when the national space agency unveiled a website documenting more than 1,600 sightings spanning five decades. The online archives, which will be updated as new cases are reported, catalogues in minute detail cases ranging from the easily dismissed to a handful that continue to perplex even hard-nosed scientists. Known as OVNIs in French, UFOs have always generated intense interest along with countless conspiracy theories about secretive government cover-ups of findings deemed too sensitive or alarming for public consumption.

Submission + - Orson Scott Card reveals truth behind IPCC numbers

An anonymous reader writes: The numbers behind the now famous IPCC report on global warming, apparently, are faked, and on purpose. The numbers have been cooked from the word go. From the article:

All in a Good Cause

Here's a story you haven't heard, and you should have.
An intelligence source, working for a government agency. He's not a spy, he's an analyst. He uses computers to crunch numbers and at the end of his work, out pops the truth that was hiding in the original data. Let's call him "Mann."
The trouble with Mann is, he has an ideology. He knows what he wants his results to be. And the original numbers aren't giving him that data. So the agency he works for won't be able to persuade people to fight the war he wants to fight.
Well, that's not acceptable.

Submission + - Space X Falcon 1 launch failure speculation

jafac writes: As discussed in this SpaceDaily article, the video footage from the launch, earlier this week (available at, of the Falcon 1 vehicle, seems to show a problem with the stage separation. I noticed this when I watched the video last night — it appears that the top of the first stage bumps the engine nozzle.

The upper stage guidance does a good job of setting the craft straight after this bump, but some odd things happen after that, including some kind of ring flying off the engine, and a wobble that gets progressively worse until the vehicle goes completely out of control. I've been fascinated by the availability of these kinds of videos more and more; but this is the first one I've seen that documents a failed launch — (Elon Musk's denials notwithstanding), and because of that, it's probably the coolest video I've seen all year.
Hardware Hacking

Submission + - How to Overclock the NVIDIA GeForce 8800 Series

Olin Coles writes: "How to Overclock the NVIDIA GeForce 8800 Series


Presently, the 640MB version of the GeForce 8800 GTS is the second-best video card available on the market. Gamers and computer enthusiasts alike have already speculated on how the GTS could be made to perform to the same level as the GeForce 8800 GTX with some tweaking. Unfortunately, this just isn't possible. What is possible though is taking a great product and making it even better; and do it all for free.

For this overclocking project I have selected the FOXCONN NVIDIA GeForce 8800 GTS as my test subject, which I reviewed back in November 2006. It should be noted that the older GeForce 6 and 7 generation video cards may also be overclocked using the same methods discussed here.

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Submission + - Who invented the GUI?

athloi writes: "To amuse co-workers, I found some screenshots of early versions of Windows, but they came with a surprise. I didn't remember that Windows began development in 1981, inspired by the Xerox Star project. That's before Lisa, Mac, Atari, Amiga, et al but not before the early graphical interfaces Apple II and Commodore programmers added to their war-dialers, compression algorithms and copy protection obliterators. I find myself reaching the frightening conclusion that M$ has been in this game since day one. Is anyone else unsettled by this?"

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