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Sci-Fi

Submission + - Australian boffins find way to teleport atoms (news.com.au)

An anonymous reader writes: AUSTRALIAN physicists have discovered a method that could see atoms being teleported between Sydney and Perth and pave the way for possible Star Trek-like travel in the future. The method involves cooling down a group of atoms and shooting lasers at them, making them "appear to disappear" before using transporting them along optic fibres at light speed to another location where they can be reconstructed.
Wireless Networking

Submission + - Ricochet pulls the plug in San Diego

ScottFree2600 writes: "The first wireless internet internet service that really worked is finally dying. While living in San Diego, I enjoyed it 128-150k (wow!) transmission speed and the fact that it was the only high spped internet available to Enlisted Squids who lived in the barracks. It was my first taste of wireless netwoking, and it worked pretty well. There are still "poletops" around San Francisco and San Jose that don't work, and a nearly completed LA system existed for a time. Here's the letter I got: Dear Ricochet Customer: Ricochet will be ceasing to operate the Ricochet(R) wireless network in the San Diego metropolitan area effective July 31, 2007. This notice is in addition to the mail you should have recieved last week. This includes all Ricochet account services (wireless access, dial up access, email and web hosting) for all San Diego users. If you use a Ricochet email address, you will need to forward any email you wish to keep to another program prior to July 31st. Customers who are on a six month or one year contract will be let out of their contract as of July 31, 2007, with no cancellation penalty. The final billing against your account was on or before July 1st, 2007. Customers on month to month plans also received the final billing against your account on or before July 1st, 2007. It has been a pleasure serving you over the past several years. Should you have any questions regarding your account please contact our Customer Care team at 1-888-RICOCHET (1-888-742-6243). Regards, Ricochet Networks Customer Care"
Biotech

Submission + - Craig Venter, Hype, and Collateral Damage

An anonymous reader writes: Forbes has a story about J. Craig Venter, the scientist known for mapping the human genome and, more recently, transplanting genomes between bacteria. "Gene celeb Craig Venter is making new breakthroughs at a new institute," the article says. "Let's hope it doesn't end up like his last one."

http://www.forbes.com/free_forbes/2007/0723/040.ht ml?partner=yahoomag

The article continues: "At Venter's former genetics lab, the not-for-profit Institute for Genomic Research, managers battled over control of grant money and equipment while his 23-year marriage to renowned genomic scientist Claire Fraser (who ran the place) fell apart. Of the 28 highest-ranking scientists, 23 departed, mostly for better jobs. What's left of the institution (referred to everywhere as TIGR, like the predator) has been consumed by his new Venter Institute."

In a blog entry, Wired grabs onto another piece of news from the Forbes article with the headline "Craig Venter Is Engaged To His Publicist."
http://blog.wired.com/wiredscience/2007/07/craig-v enter-is.html
Operating Systems

Submission + - I typically run my computer as:

An anonymous reader writes: 1) root
2) administrator
2) user
3) guest
4) CowboyNeal
Music

Submission + - Why Apple doesn't need Universal Music (last100.com)

mrspin writes: The New York Times is reporting that Vivendi-owned Universal Music Group has decided against renewing its licensing deal with Apple's iTunes. Instead, Universal will license its music to Apple "at will", meaning that the company can remove its songs from the iTunes store at short notice, which it hopes will put the company in a stronger position when negotiating pricing and other terms in the future. However, will such strong-arm tactics help Universal? Or could it be that Apple doesn't needs Universal nearly as much as Universal needs Apple? From last100: if users can't buy Universal music for their iPods from iTunes, then they'll either purchase on CD and rip it, or more likely, download it illegally elsewhere. Remember, on average, music bought from iTunes only accounts for 3% of songs on every user's iPod. Either way, it won't impact on iPod sales, which is where Apple makes most of its music-driven revenue, anyway. Instead, Universal should embrace DRM-music, if it really wants to create a level playing field.
Businesses

Submission + - An Emission-Free Recycling Machine

usacoder writes: New Scientist Magazine has a story about a company that has developed a process to convert automobile and truck tires into diesel quality fuel and other byproducts. Global Resources process basically uses a microwave oven, a vacuum chamber and condenser to break down the tires into their original manufactured components.

So what's next turning methane back into cows?
Biotech

Submission + - Truly Open Source Biology? (plosjournals.org)

An anonymous reader writes: Recent posts in Slashdot have dealt with "open source" synthetic biology http://science.slashdot.org/article.pl?sid=07/06/3 0/1927205
In an article in PloS Biology, James Boyle and Arti Rai claim that synthetic biology may be the "perfect storm" for intellectual property — allowing the courts to combine the dumb things they have done with both software patents and gene patents, and apply them to an immature technological field — like patenting Boolean algebra right at the birth of computer science. One response? An attempt to build a truly open source synthetic biology — standard biological parts, perhaps even covered by a GPL style license. Viral licensing indeed.
http://biology.plosjournals.org/perlserv/?request= get-document&doi=10.1371/journal.pbio.0050058
(Interestingly, they argue a public domain approach might work better.)

The Almighty Buck

Submission + - H1-B Abuse: the smoking gun (dailykos.com)

MsGeek writes: "Ever gotten suspicious about IT want ads? Ever thought that they aren't really looking for IT workers in good faith, but are looking to justify hiring people from Russia or India or China via the H1-B program? Guess what: you're right! The Programmer's Guild has released a video from a seminar held by an immigration law firm about how to game the job search process to make sure that no American IT worker can ever be qualified enough to fill the sham position.

This makes it possible for the firm to go to the Immigration and Naturalization Service and say, "Gosh, we ran an ad for a month and we got no qualified applicants...can we look for H1-B workers to fill this position?" H1-B visas are being abused. This is the smoking gun. They don't want qualified American IT workers to fill the position, they want foreign slave labor that they can pay peanuts to and bully around.

IT jobs are not going begging. IT jobs are not being offered to American IT professionals in good faith, so that companies don't have to pay prevailing American wages. Write your congresscritter and senators. This is an outrage."

Republicans

Submission + - ABC news and What happened to the 10th candidate?

isotope23 writes: Regardless of your political stripe, this country is supposed to be about freedom of speech and ideas. There were 10 candidates in the Republican debates last night, so why did ABC only list 9 in their "who won the debate last night" poll? It's kind of hard IMO to "overlook" the Only Republican candidate who voted AGAINST the Iraq war from the start. Is it any wonder people are looking to the internet for alternate news sources as opposed to the "Mainstream Media"??? Perhaps a quick comment to ABC is in order?
Security

Submission + - USB key breaks OS X security

thoughtlover writes: Need to get access to someone's Mac but don't have the awesome hacking skills necessary to bust through their passwords? Just get a MacLockPick, a USB thumb drive that'll cut through any Apple Computer's security like a hot knife through butter.
The Almighty Buck

Submission + - E-Gold Taken Down by Feds for Money Laundering

loqi writes: Citing child pornographers and online scammers as the beneficiaries of an effectively anonymous payment system, the U.S. Department of Justice has filed charges of conspiracy and money laundering against the online payment system E-Gold. With advances in cryptographic techniques like Brands credentials and transparent servers, will money laundering laws continue to be enforceable?
Networking

Submission + - 5 Basic Mistakes Not to Make With DNS

blackbearnh writes: "An article on O'Reilly's Sysadmin Site today has a list of 5 basic mistakes you can make setting up a DNS server, and that can contribute to the onslaught of bogus DNS queries arriving at the Root servers. These may represent as much as 98% of the total traffic. From correctly reverse-mapping your private network IP addres to making sure your domain doesn't suffer from Lame Delegation, these are quick and easy fixes that can make a big difference to the overall health of the DNS universe."

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