hypnosec writes: When you're the President of the United States, sometimes certain activities you're involved in can be hard to keep secret — and yesterday was no exception, after Twitter let it slip that Obama was secretly in Kabul. On Tuesday, the White House released a fabricated itinerary — consisting of all-day meetings in the Oval Office to cover up the fact that Obama was secretly flying to Afghanistan. Whilst only a few US journalists were aware of this event, by mid-morning, a lot more people were suddenly in on the revelation courtesy of Twitter. The first tweet to let the virtual cat out of the bag was Afghanistan news site TOLOnews which reported: "United States President Barack Obama has arrived in Kabul to meet Afghan President Hamid Karzai." To the innocent public, it sounds like a great opportunity for the US President to become better acquainted with Afghanistan. To the not-so-innocent public? The perfect opportunity to launch a terrorist act.
judgecorp writes: "The ten-year legal quagmire surrounding Gary McKinnon, who hacked into US military and NASA computers in 2001 and 2002, must end this year, a British High Court Judge has ordered. McKinnon has been appealing against extradition to the US, and two medical experts must report in 28 days on hist mental state, ruling whether he would be a suicide risk if deported. This ruling could short-circuit an extradition appeal hearing ni July."
An anonymous reader writes: Even with SOPA/PIPA, we forget how good we have it. An Iranian citizen has been sentenced to death for developing a piece of software that ended up running on a porn site. His crime? Insulting the sanctity of Islam. The worst part? He didn’t even know that the porn site was using his software.
coondoggie writes: "There have been some challenges for the alternative energy world this year as the economies of many countries continue to be sluggish, keeping some large projects on the back burner. Still, a number of interesting developments took place this year, here’s a look at some of them."
inject_hotmail.com writes: I just caught wind of a story over at the Huff. Bell Canada has written a letter to the CRTC indicating that it will end traffic shaping on March 1, 2012. Although Bell says that this is due to "increasing popularity of streamed video and other traffic" and "P2P file-sharing, as a proportion of total traffic, has been diminishing", it's far more likely that they are interested in higher revenue. In all likelihood, the change of heart is based on the fact that Bell has moved most of their customer base to, and offer no alternative to, low-usage-cap UBB packages, which would ultimately generate more income or deter full usage of their service (and thus require less infrastructure investment).
MikeTheGreat writes: Ian McCallister has another insightful article (print version here), this time discussing how HP has announced their intention to open source the ill-fated WebOS tablet operating system. He brings up some good points about whether HP is simply trying to "offload the cost of developing and maintaining" WebOS, and how committed HP is to ensuring the success of an open source WebOS.
An anonymous reader writes: Jimbo Wales has suggested that English Wikipedia restrict its services for a period to protest against the anti-piracy SOPA bill in the United States. This follows a similar action by the Italian Wikipedia last month.
ManicMechanic writes: A researcher at University of Glasgow claims he has created living cells made of metal instead of carbon, and he thinks he can make them evolve during his next seven month experiment.
An anonymous reader writes: For the first time ever, Windows 7 has overtaken Windows XP in global use. China is still the dominant user of XP with 74.02% with the highest use of Windows 7 found in Luxembourg.
AtomicAdam writes: "It looks like TI is offering free access of articles written by their engineers. I'm not sure if this is a new site or if it's just TI trying to Rehash an old site as a new thing for PR. I was notified by TI via email. you can see the site in question here.
XxtraLarGe writes: A study by Michigan State University finds that kids who play video games are more creative. FTA: "Not only are (video games) not all bad, there's some 'intellectual' good to be found in playing them," says the project's lead investigator Linda Jackson, a professor of psychology at Michigan State. "We are the first to look at creativity and technology use, finding that no other technologies except video games was positively related to creativity."