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Submission + - 50% of Electricity Generated by Wind Scenario (

jeroen8 writes: Would a "50% of electricity generated by wind scenario" work in North America by 2030? In the article A North American Wind Energy Scenario of Neil Howes, who has recently retired from his position as an Associate Professor at the University of Sydney, a rough cut estimate of what might be required to make such a transition in about 20 years time can be found. Most proposals that are being made rely on a very big increase in carbon free energy, both to charge electric vehicles (EV's) and to replace oil and natural gas (NG) presently used for hot water and space heating. In this article, he lays out a path by which 50% of North American energy might come from wind by 2030, including replacement of a large share of oil and natural gas use by electricity.

Submission + - Dell says Windows 7 pricing may be a 'problem'

ausekilis writes: On Tom's Hardware is a brief article concerning the price for the upcoming Windows 7

The director of product management for Dell's business client product group, Darrel Ward, thinks that the price for the upcoming Windows 7 operating system may potentially be an obstacle for early adopters.

Considering Dell sells Ubuntu-equipped Inspiron 15n for ~$350, and Vista Equipped Inspiron 15 for ~$399, and "If there's one thing that may influence adoption, make things slower or cause customers to pause, it's that generally the ASPs (average selling price) of the operating systems are higher than they were for Vista and XP", it makes you wonder exactly what they hidden "Windows 7 fee" will be on machines later.

Let the flames begin.

Social Networks

Submission + - Israel warns of spy recruitment via Facebook (

Yehuda Berlinger writes: "The Israeli government is warning that terrorism groups are using Facebook and other social networks to recruit citizens for spying and other such nefarious reasons. Worse, if you travel internationally to meet these recruiters, you may be subject to kidnap. In other words, as the later part of the story confirms, one person was approached by one group with an offer of cash for information. The fact that Facebook was involved somehow makes this important to the Israeli government, where the standard rules of caution apply, like: don't go off alone to a foreign country to sell secrets to some anonymous enemy."

Submission + - SPAM: Did AI cause the financial crisis?

destinyland writes: ""One of the many interesting aspects of the current global financial crisis is the role that AI and advanced computer software has played in it." An AI company's CEO is pointing to the "narrow AI" software that recognizes subtle nonlinear patterns in financial data, and asks what's learned from its performance leading up to the global financial crisis. "The root of the problem really came down to the ways people chose to use this software to serve their own ends," he argues. "On the other hand, it's hard to say exactly how long it will take for AI to achieve the needed understanding of context, to avoid this sort of 'minor glitch.'""
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Submission + - fMRI Shows Man Loves Wife More Than Angelina Jolie ( 1

An anonymous reader writes: We've discussed (at length) functional MRI technology as it pertains to marketing and virtual reality, but now Esquire writer A.J. Jacobs has become the first person to go inside the controversial machine to test the science behind his sex drive. As in, he has fMRI experts read his mind as to whether he's actually more turned on by his young wife or Angelina Jolie. The results, unsurprisingly, are both geeky and hilarious. Would you subject yourself to this kind of reality check?

Submission + - Time to Repeal the PATRIOT ACT? ( 1

A non-mouse Coward writes: Ashton Lundeby, a 10th grade home schooler with no criminal record, was arrested in his North Carolina home by the FBI replete with tactical gear, suspected of bomb threats made from a Skype account on his IP address. During the raid, no bomb-making paraphernalia was found. Arrested under the PATRIOT ACT, Lundeby was not allowed access to an attorney during initial interrogation and has been imprisoned for over 60 days without an official indictment. Lundeby has what appears to be a valid alibi and his mother believes his Skype account was hijacked by a hacker who has harassed the family for months. Many are calling this a prime example to repeal the PATRIOT ACT.

Submission + - "Little Brother" Comes to Life (

ProteusQ writes: "Sixteen-year-old Ashton Lundeby's bedroom in his mother's Granville County home is nothing, if not patriotic. But according to the United States government, the tenth-grade home-schooler is being held on a criminal complaint that he made a bomb threat from his home on the night of Feb. 15. 'There were no bomb-making materials, not even a blasting cap, not even a wire,' his mother, Annette Lundby, said. 'We have no rights under the Patriot Act to even defend them, because the Patriot Act basically supersedes the Constitution. It wasn't intended to drag your barely 16-year-old, 120-pound son out in the middle of the night on a charge that we can't even defend.'"
The Courts

Submission + - Court Sets Rules for RIAA Hard Drive Inspection ( 2

NewYorkCountryLawyer writes: "In a Boston RIAA case, SONY BMG Music Entertainment v. Tenenbaum, the Court has issued a detailed protective order establishing strict protocols for the RIAA's requested inspection of the defendant's hard drive, in order to protect the defendant's privacy. The order (PDF) provides that the hard drive will be turned over to a computer forensics expert of the RIAA's choosing, for mirror imaging, but that only the forensics expert — and not the the plaintiffs or their attorneys — will be able to examine the mirror image. The forensics expert will then issue a report which will describe (a) any music files found on the drive, (b) any file-sharing information associated with each file, and any other records of file-sharing activity, and (c) any evidence that the hard-drive has been 'wiped' or erased since the initiation of the litigation. The expert will be precluded from examining 'any non-relevant files or data, including ...emails, word-processing documents, PDF documents, spreadsheet documents, image files, video files, or stored web-pages.'"

Submission + - Microsoft just got into the Medical Records biz.

An anonymous reader writes: Well, it looks like the End of Days has begun folks... Microsoft has just gotten into the business of becoming a medical records repository, called "HealthVault". I'm sure that everything about my health care history that ends up in this database will be just as accurate and trustworthy as all my credit history stuff is in the credit reporting agency databases. Sigh.

Submission + - XEN rooted (

Anonymous writes: ""A remote code execution security issue has been identified that could allow a user who has root access to a virtual machine running on that server to execute arbitrary commands within Domain 0.""

Submission + - Warning of a web 'super worm' pandemic (

negsss writes: "Security specialists have warned that internet users could be facing a major worm outbreak spread via weaknesses in current browser technology. A 'creative hacker' organisation known as GNU Citizen has published details of cross-site scripting (XSS) flaws that could be used to inject malware into computers via a web browser."

Submission + - Burma Shuts Down Internet 3

Hugh Pickens writes: "MIT Technology Review reports that in the aftermath of pro-democracy protests, Burma's military rulers have physically disconnected their country from the internet:

Last week — after images of the beatings of Buddhist monks and the killing of a Japanese photographer leaked out via the Internet — Burma's military rulers took the ultimate step, apparently physically disconnecting primary telecommunications cables in two major cities, in a drastic effort to stop the flow of information from Burma to the rest of the world. It didn't completely work: some bloggers apparently used satellite links or cellular phone services to get information outside the country.
One Burmese blogger reported last week that "Myanmar main ISP has been shut down by so-called "maintenance reasons" and most of the telecommunication services have been cut off or tapped. ""
Data Storage

Submission + - Whether to go with online or local backup (

Lucas123 writes: "With EMC purchasing online backup service, Mozy, buzz has swept through the IT industry about when and why IT should Web-based backup services. Computerworld's Jim Damoulakis points out that online backup can be useful, to fill gaps at the edge, but a determining factor will always be weighing acceptable service levels with cost."

Submission + - Adding Capsaicin Improves Anesthetic Treatment (

eldavojohn writes: "It's no secret what capsaicin, the fiery molecule of peppers, does to cell walls. In fact, it's now being used to open cells up to local anesthetics. Combine it with a new drug that works only from the insides of cells and you have a great system for relieving pain. From the article, 'QX-314 is known to reduce the activity of pain-sensing neurons in the nervous system and theoretically heighten pain thresholds. But there's a catch: Researchers found that "it wouldn't work from outside a nerve cell but it would work if you could get it inside," says Bruce Bean, a professor of neurobiology at Harvard Medical School and co-author of the new study.' Next time just reach for some (CH3)2CHCH=CH(CH2)4CONHCH2C6H3-4-(OH)-3-(OCH3)C18H27NO3."

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