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Medicine

Submission + - New drug could cure nearly any viral infection (mit.edu)

wiredmikey writes: An interesting development from Researchers at MIT’s Lincoln Lab who have developed technology that may someday cure the common cold, influenza and other ailments.

As the article explains, most bacterial infections can be treated with antibiotics such as penicillin, discovered decades ago. But, such drugs are useless against viral infections, including influenza, the common cold, and deadly hemorrhagic fevers such as Ebola.

Now, in a development that could transform how viral infections are treated, the MIT researchers have designed a drug that can identify cells that have been infected by any type of virus, then kill those cells to terminate the infection.

In fact, in a paper published July 27 in the journal PLoS One, the researchers tested their drug against 15 viruses, and found it was effective against all of them.

Submission + - SPAM: Nikon D5100, Nikon D5100: Worth All the Hype?

An anonymous reader writes: Nikon D5100 Review: Worth All of the Hype? One of the most in demand DSLR cameras is the Nikon D5100. It has gotten tons of media attention in regards to its outstanding photo quality and high definition shots.
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Ubuntu

Submission + - Ubuntu TV unveiled (pcpro.co.uk)

Barence writes: "Canonical has unveiled the first screenshots and details of Ubuntu TV. Plans for versions of the Linux distro for tablets, smartphones and TVs were unveiled last year, and now the television is — perhaps surprisingly — the first of those to arrive. "It's a simple viewing experience for online video, both your own and routed over the internet," Jane Silber, Canonical's CEO told PC Pro. Movie streaming services will be supported as well as live television broadcasts. Ubuntu TV will be integrated into television sets, but Canoncial was unable to confirm any manufacturers. It will be released later this year."

Submission + - New slow-motion DoS attack: just a few PCs, little (arstechnica.com)

An anonymous reader writes: The attack is new in that it uses reading rather than POST, and limits the server response, filling up the write buffer on the server end. There are other recent attack tools that do something similar, but this tool achieves it just by limiting the response with an ACK that sends a low or zero window value. Sockstress does this, but it uses raw sockets; this attack is simpler because it only uses the TCP Sockets API. So, the vulnerability isn't new; the attack style is an evolution of the slow attack approach. It's still worth noting because of the large number of websites that are potentially vulnerable to this and the relatively low bandwidth requirements of the attack.
Movies

Submission + - Crowd Sourced Test Film About Fictional Short Trac (miningjournal.net)

jtc.carr writes: Over the past year, a group of actors, filmmakers, musicians, and speedskaters have been collaborating on a movie concept to present to Amazon Studios, the same people who brought you Amazon.com.

The story is about a brash speedskater who is challenged by returning to competition if he trains a high-functioning autistic struggling to get into an Olympic short track speedskating program.

The fruits of their effort, considered a "test film" can be watched at:
http://studios.amazon.com/movies/10282?

A trailer can be seen at the same location. The purpose of a test film is to give an audience the feel of the story and allow potential producers to have a visual reference to make decisions on what more can be done to make it a better feature film. Many groups within the Amazon Studios community have test films already constructed or are in production.

What makes this story unique is the action scenes use helmet cams (VIO POV 1.5) on speedskaters to capture races from their perspective.

Science

Submission + - Faster-than-Light Neutrino Mystery Likely Solved

Hugh Pickens writes writes: "It's now been three weeks since the extraordinary news that neutrinos travelling between France and Italy had been clocked moving faster than light and more than 80 papers have appeared attempting to debunk or explain the effect. Now Ronald van Elburg at the University of Groningen has made a convincing argument that he has found the error. The OPERA team says it can accurately gauge the instant when the neutrinos are created and the instant they are detected using clocks at each end but the tricky part is keeping the clocks at either end exactly synchronized using GPS satellites, which each broadcast a highly accurate time signal from orbit some 20,000km overhead. But there are two frames of reference: the experiment on the ground and the clocks in orbit. If these are moving relative to each other, then under special relativity "from the perspective of the clock, the detector is moving towards the source and consequently the distance travelled by the particles as observed from the clock is shorter," writes van Elburg. How big is this effect? Van Elburg calculates that it should cause the neutrinos to arrive 32 nanoseconds early but this must be doubled because the same error occurs at each end of the experiment accounting for 64 nanoseconds, almost exactly what the OPERA team observes. "If it stands up, this episode will be laden with irony," according to the Physics arXiv Blog. "Far from breaking Einstein's theory of relatively, the faster-than-light measurement will turn out to be another confirmation of it. ""
Windows

Submission + - Windows 8 Will Run From USB Thumb Drive (computerworld.com) 1

CWmike writes: "Windows 8 will include a new feature that lets IT administrators provide workers with a portable Windows environment on a USB thumb drive. Called 'Windows To Go,' the feature seems aimed at enterprises that want to equip employees with 'complete managed Windows images' that they can use to turn a PC into a doppelganger of a secured in-house machine. It's not known whether individuals will be able to use Windows To Go for the same purpose. It's also unclear whether Windows to Go comes with a price tag: One report, based on a briefing with reporters at BUILD on Monday, said that the feature will cost about $50 per seat. Microsoft declined to provide more information about the feature, other then to refer to its a two-and-a-half-hour demonstration of some of the operating system's key components and changes that left many questions about Windows 8 unanswered, analysts said."
Windows

Submission + - Windows 8 Metro UI Will be Mandatory (networkworld.com) 1

An anonymous reader writes: The Metro UI in Windows 8 is not an option. You're going to boot into it whether you like it or not, according to Network World. If you want Explorer, then you launch it like any other app. This might not be such a bad thing if it does not consume a lot of resources, but it might also make people balk at upgrading.
Apple

Submission + - Samsung Galaxy S2 banned in Europe (cnet.co.uk)

Warlord88 writes: A Dutch court has sided with Apple and banned the sale of Samsung Galaxy smart phones in Europe — prompting Samsung to quickly change the phones in question. It's the latest salvo in the current war over mobile phone design and patents between various companies.
Linux

Submission + - Linux 20 years - from hobby to world dominantion (slashdot.org)

a_n_d_e_r_s writes: "Today its 20 years ago. On 1991-08-25 Linus Torvalds send a little message to a Minix diskussions group that would change the world:

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I'm doing a (free) operating system (just a hobby, won't be big and professional like gnu) for 386(486) AT clones. This has been brewing since April, and is starting to get ready. I'd like any feedback on things people like/dislike in minix, as my OS resembles it somewhat (same physical layout of the file-system (due to practical reasons) among other things).

I've currently ported bash(1.08) and gcc(1.40), and things seem to work. This implies that I'll get something practical within a few months [...] Yes — it's free of any minix code, and it has a multi-threaded fs. It is NOT portable (uses 386 task switching etc), and it probably never will support anything other than AT-harddisks, as that's all I have :-(.
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Linus had a dream to be able to run UNIX like operating system on his home computer. But since none was available he did like many before and after him has done — he started to program it himself. Andra såg vad han hade gjort, gillade det och bÃrjade hjÃlpa till att utveckla Linux.

Other saw what he did and liked it and helped him create the world class operating system of today. Every day nearly 1 million new CPUs for the first time start to run Linux. From the super computers of today to the Linux-distrubution Android in cell phones — they all run Linux. World domination in nearly all ways — well except for the desktop so far."

The Military

Submission + - Micro-Satellite Arms Race Looms Between US and Chi (mobile.co.nz)

An anonymous reader writes: Now that both the US and China have demonstrated their ability to shoot down satellites. Bither are desperate to get their own fleet of micro satellite swarms

Submission + - Sony BMG Greece Hit By Hacker (computerworld.com)

Batblue writes: "For the fourth time in about a month, hackers have broken into a Sony network. In the latest intrusion, hackers hit the website of Sony BMG in Greece and pilfered a database containing the usernames, real names and email addresses of people who had registered with the site, according to security firm Sophos.

The stolen data was passed on to Hacker News, which posted a copy of it on PasteBin.com, Sophos said. Chester Wisniewski, senior security adviser at Sophos, today said that the intrusion was made possible by a SQL injection flaw that allowed the intruders to inject malicious code into the Greek Sony BMG site.

According to Wisniewski, the attacker appears to have used an automated SQL injection tool that searched for vulnerabilities in the site. "This looks like it was an old-school hacking," Wisniewski said. "It surprised me that Sony missed this one, considering how easy it was to find. This was not sophisticated at all.""

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