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Re-Engineering the Immune System 175

destinyland notes a microbiology professor describing "Immunity on Demand" (or "Immunity 2.0") and wonders whether we could genetically engineer all the antibodies we need. "...there's a good chance this system, or something like it, will actually be in place within decades. Caltech scientists have already engineered stem cells into B cells that produce HIV-fighting antibodies — and an NIH researcher engineered T cells that recognize tumors which has already had promising clinical trials again skin cancer. Our best hope may be to cut out the middleman. Rather than merely hoping that the vaccine will indirectly lead to the antibody an individual needs, imagine if we could genetically engineer these antibodies and make them available as needed?"
Hardware Hacking

Hardware TPM Hacked 327

BiggerIsBetter writes "Christopher Tarnovsky has pulled off the 'near impossible' TPM hardware hack. We all knew it was only a matter of time; this is why you shouldn't entrust your data to proprietary solutions. From the article: 'The technique can also be used to tap text messages and email belonging to the user of a lost or stolen phone. Tarnovsky said he can't be sure, however, whether his attack would work on TPM chips made by companies other than Infineon. Infineon said it knew this type of attack was possible when it was testing its chips. But the company said independent tests determined that the hack would require such a high skill level that there was a limited chance of it affecting many users. ... The Trusted Computing Group, which sets standards on TPM chips, called the attack "exceedingly difficult to replicate in a real-world environment."'"

Submission + - Send a Valentine's Day card to your system admin? (

JerseyTom writes: Sure, there's plenty of jokes about the "office IT guy" that everyone hates, but the truth is that the majority of us are respected and appreciated. The organizers of a system administrators conference in New Jersey are encouraging people to send a Valentine's Day card to their system administrator. Time to show your SA some love?

Submission + - Delay in new releases cause MS partners to bail (

Frosty Piss writes: "A new study says past delays in Microsoft Corp.'s products are causing some businesses to think twice about renewing the long-term service agreements that include rights to upgrade to future versions of its programs. 26 percent of the 61 information technology professionals surveyed by Forrester Research said they had decided not to renew their Microsoft Software Assurance agreements when they expire, opting instead to buy the software as needed."

Submission + - 300mpg! and street legal - the Enertia Motorcycle (

An anonymous reader writes: Brammo launches the Enertia, world's first production electric motorcycle FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Brammo Launches the Enertia, World's First Production Electric Motorcycle Ashland, Oregon — July 10th — Brammo Motorsports today announced the Enertia, the world's first production, zero-emissions and battery powered plug-in electric motorcycle. ( ) With the goal of creating momentum for change in the way vehicles are conceived and created, Brammo has delivered this groundbreaking motorcycle. The Enertia's range of 45 miles significantly exceeds the daily commute for the average U.S. consumer of 29 miles. Battery charge time is 3 hours to full re-charge. Borrowing from racing technology, the Enertia utilizes a carbon fiber chassis producing an ultra strong, light-weight vehicle platform of just 275 lbs. The chassis integrates six lithium-phosphate batteries from supplier Valence Technology that together produce the power to propel the Enertia to a top speed of over 50 mph. Paul Seredynski, MSN autos said, "For those looking to make a lifestyle change, or for a cool "green" machine to get around town on, few options exist that can compete on so many levels." "We believe consumers are eager to adopt vehicles that have a fraction of the carbon footprint of a today's cars", says Craig Bramscher, Chairman & CEO of Brammo Motorsports, "Our Enertia electric motorcycle empowers people to make this choice today." Brian Wismann, Brammo Director of Design said, "It is extremely satisfying to design a vehicle that people can both feel good about using and appreciate the way it looks." Brammo's Enertia is the first of a line of plug-in electric commuter, commercial and recreational vehicles under development. About Brammo Brammo ( is a premier specialty vehicle manufacturer developing sustainable performance products for the next generation of transportation. Through integration of digital engineering and high impact design, Brammo transforms ideas into compelling products. Located in Ashland, Oregon the company was founded in 2002 and is a privately held. PR contact — press@brammo.comThis e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it — (888) 201-6204 Brammo Motorsports

Submission + - Microsoft demands conformity from its biz partners (

christian.einfeldt writes: "Are you planning to start or expand a new line of business based on Microsoft products? If so, be prepared to 'drink the cool-aid' when you travel to Redmond for meetings with Microsoft staff. Despite its recent public claims to be interested in enhancing 'interoperability,' Microsoft favors business partners who are 100% devotees of all things Microsoft, according to Lee Pender's recent column in the July issue of RedmondMag. Mentioning how Vista has helped increase your productivity will increase your chances of landing favorable promotional treatment, as will dropping references to anything "Live". Using products by Microsoft competitors hurts your chances of inking a good deal with Microsoft (leave the iPod at home), and don't even think about mentioning Google. In fact, you might want to practice saying 'searching' rather than 'googling' before your visit, so as to not loose a deal over a slip of the tongue."

Submission + - Top 10 IT products of the past 40 years (

Ian Lamont writes: "Computerworld has compiled a list of the ten most important IT technologies and products of the last 40 years. Some of them are no surprise — Ethernet, Linux, the PC — but others are unexpected, such as Netscape Navigator, which was picked over Mosaic for inclusion in the list because of cookies. There are a few obscurities that many /. readers have probably never heard of — IBM System/370 and an early 90s SAP accounting package."

Submission + - for Mac OS X Released! (

An anonymous reader writes: Nearly 6 years after announcing a Mac port, has released the first release of for Mac OS X that can finally run without X11!! An alpha is available for download today, but a lot of help is still needed to make available for Mac OS X. Visit the Mac team to figure out how you can help today!

Submission + - New Quality Footage of Loch Ness Monster

jcgam69 writes: story: "I was minutes from going home and I had only gone up there to relax and enjoy the view when I saw something moving on the surface of the water so I dashed to get the camera. "It wasn't a wave because it was going in the opposite direction to the waves that I could see and the top half of it seemed to be black. "My camcorder was on a black and white setting and it took me a while to find it again in the water, but I've got two-and-half-minutes of footage which I have shown to experts and they think it is definitely a living creature." 3523 video: lay.html?id=opencms:/news/north_scotland/Man_belie ves_he_has_filmed_nessie

Google Wins Nude Thumbnail Legal Battle 204

eldavojohn writes "Google is currently fighting many fronts in its ability to show small images returned in a search from websites. Most recently, Google won the case against them in which they were displaying nude thumbnails of a photographer's work from his site. Prior to this, Google was barred from displaying copyrighted content, even when linking it to the site (owner) from its search results. The verdict: "Saying the District Court erred, the San Francisco-based appeals court ruled that Google could legally display those images under the fair use doctrine of copyright law." This sets a rather hefty precedence in a search engine's ability to blindly serve content safely under fair use."
Data Storage

Submission + - Holographic storage to be commercialized this fall

prostoalex writes: "The Guardian takes a look at the current developments in the world of holographic storage. Despite being available in research for over 40 years, the technology is getting commercialized only now, with InPhase Technologies launching its 600 GB write-once disk and a drive this fall. What avout the price? "The first holographic products are certainly not mass-market — a 600GB disc will cost around $180 (£90), and the drive costs about $18,000. Potential users include banks, libraries, government agencies and corporations.""

A Robotic Cable Inspection System 65

Roland Piquepaille writes "In a short article, Popular Science reports that researchers at the University of Washington have built a robotic cable inspection system. This system should help utility companies to maintain their networks of subterranean cables. The robot, dubbed Cruiser, is about 4-feet-long and is designed like a snake. When it detects an anomaly on an underground cable, it sends a message to a human operator via Wi-Fi. The first field tests took place in New Orleans in December 2006. But a commercial version should not be available before 2012."
Data Storage

The First Terabyte Hard Drive Reviewed 495

mikemuch writes "ExtremeTech has a review and benchmarks of the Hitachi Deskstar 7K1000 1TB Hard Drive, which ushers in the terabyte age. It performs well on HDTach and PCMark benchmarks, though not as speedily as professional-grade drives. It could be just the ticket for digital media junkies. 'One of the first issues to note is that you may not see an actual one terabyte capacity on your system. First, the formatted capacity is always less than the raw space available on the drive. Directory information and formatting data always take up some space. Second, the hard drive industry's definition of a megabyte differs from the rest of the PC business. One megabyte of hard drive space is 1,000,000 bytes: 10^6 bytes. Operating systems calculate one megabyte as 2^20 bytes, or 1,048,576 bytes. Once installed and set up, Hitachi's 1TB hard drive offers up an actual formatted capacity of about 935GB, as measured by the OS. That's still a lot of space, by anyone's definition.'" Update: 05/17 21:52 GMT by Z : Adding '^s' missing from article.

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