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Adobe Download Manager Installing Software Without Consent 98

"Not all is worth cheering about as Adobe turns 20," writes reader adeelarshad82, who excerpts from a story at PC Magazine's Security Watch: "Researcher Aviv Raff has found a problem in ADM (Adobe Download Manager) and the method through which it is delivered from The net effect of the problem is that a user can be tricked into downloading and installing software using ADM without actual consent. Tonight Adobe acknowledged the report and said they were working on the issue with Raff and NOS Microsystems, the company that wrote ADM."

Australian Astronomers Make Interstellar Hologram 22

KentuckyFC writes "Australian astronomers say the way a beam of light from a pulsar is scattered by interstellar dust is analogous to the way a hologram is made. But to reconstruct an image of this dust, you've got to know what the light was like before it was distorted. With an impressive piece of computer optimization, these astronomers have worked out the 8000 coefficients that determine the light field and so have been able to produce an image of the interstellar medium (abstract on the physics arXiv)."

Submission + - Nortel and Vonage settle patent disagreement. (

Yaztromo writes: " is reporting that Nortel and Vonage have decided to settle their patent dispute amicably. According to the story, Digital Packet Licensing originally filed the suit, but after Vonage picked up some of their patents, they continued the suit against Nortel. Nortel (predictably) countersued. This agreement provides a cross-licensing solution for all the patents involved, with no money changing hands. Too bad Vonage hasn't been able to reach such agreements in other patent cases, but at least this is one less pending patent suit against them."
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Submission + - Lifesaving hospital hygiene checklist banned ( 2

An anonymous reader writes: From the article:
Johns Hopkins University published a simple five-step checklist designed to prevent certain hospital infections. It reminds doctors to make sure, for example, that before putting large intravenous lines into patients, they actually wash their hands and don a sterile gown and gloves.

The results were stunning. Within three months, the rate of bloodstream infections from these I.V. lines fell by two-thirds. The average I.C.U. cut its infection rate from 4 percent to zero. Over 18 months, the program saved more than 1,500 lives and nearly $200 million.

Yet this past month, the Office for Human Research Protections shut the program down.


Submission + - Governor orders return of Nativity scenes to parks

An anonymous reader writes: In apparent disregard for the separation of church and state, Ohio's governor, Ted Strickland has ordered that nativity scenes removed from two state parks be put back up.

Strickland spokesman Keith Dailey says the governor decided last week that the Nativity scenes should be restored to the state parks because they're appropriate and traditional.

Submission + - DoJ sides with RIAA on damages in Capitol v Thomas (

Alberto G writes: As Jammie Thomas appeals the $222,000 copyright infringement verdict against her, the Department of Justice has weighed in on a central facet of her appeal: whether the $9,250-per-song damages were unconstitutionally excessive and violated the Due Process Clause of the Constitution. The DoJ says that there's nothing wrong with the figure the jury arrived at: '[G]iven the findings of copyright infringement in this case, the damages awarded under the Copyright Act's statutory damages provision did not violate the Due Process Clause; they were not "so severe and oppressive as to be wholly disproportioned to the offense or obviously unreasonable."' The DoJ also appears to be impressed with the RIAA's argument that making a file available on a P2P network constitutes copyright infringement. 'It's also impossible for the true damages to be calculated, according to the brief, because it's unknown how many other users accessed the files in the KaZaA share in question and committed further acts of copyright infringement.'

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