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Submission + - Frankenfish or Cheap Yummy Salmon? (

Grendel_Prime writes: It's not exactly "free as in beer" but salmon that grows twice as fast must be cheaper in the end right? What would be the ramifications of this GM fish getting out in the wild anyway? Bears would get fatter and have more babies? Would the smaller lifeforms that salmon eat in the wild be devastated, or would their ocean predators grow in numbers, thereby causing other calamities? I'm not sure it's all downside on this one, but there are some possibilities for bad things to happen. On the other hand, whatever you want to call it, human have been "genetically modifying" plants and animals through selective breeding for millenia. Just because the technology is way more advanced than before, that doesn't make it any more dangerous than before.

Submission + - 5 Out Of 6 Users Don't Want to Switch to Windows 7 ( 1

An anonymous reader writes: With Microsoft planning to fully withdraw official support for Windows XP, it will be not a very good option for enterprises to continue running their infrastructure on Windows XP. Microsoft’s revenue reports indicate that the adoption to Windows 7 is catching up fast among both professionals and home users. However, many enterprise Windows users are happy to upgrade to Windows XP SP3 instead and not to Windows 7.
The Military

Submission + - Navy drone goes rogue, heads for capital ( 1

An anonymous reader writes: In what can only be classed as a “Skynet moment“, one of the U.S. Navy’s flying drones went rogue earlier this month.

The Northrop Grumman MQ-8B Fire Scout is a 31-foot-long unmanned helicopter which was being flown on August 2nd out of Naval Air Station Patuxent River on the Chesapeake Bay. But something malfunctioned and operators lost control of it mid-flight. Did the drone just hover waiting for a command? Or even go to a fail-safe and land itself? No, it headed for the nation’s capital instead.


Submission + - 91.9 percent of email is crap (

billandad writes: It's easy to pretend that spam has vanished, now that things like GMail do such a good job of hiding it from view, but a new report shows the problem is just getting worse — with 91.9 percent of all email traffic by volume actually being spam. Hundreds of billions of unwanted messages clogging up and slowing down the online plumbing, every day.

Submission + - 25% of New Worms Designed to Spread by USB Devices (

techinsider writes: n 2010, 25 percent of new worms have been specifically designed to spread through USB storage devices when connected to computers.

These types of threats can copy themselves to any device capable of storing information such as cell phones, external hard drives, DVDs, flash memories and MP3/4 players.

So far, these types of infections are still outnumbered by those that spread via email, but it is a growing trend. "There are now so many devices on the market that can be connected via USB to a computer: digital cameras, cell phones, MP3 or MP4 players," adds Corrons. "This is clearly very convenient for users, but since all these devices have memory cards or internal memory, it is feasible that your cell phone could be carrying a virus without your knowledge."


Submission + - Amazon allows email address hijacking

Grendel_Prime writes: Recently Amazon started sending me emails confirming purchases — for things I never bought. My first reaction was this might be a phishing scam of some sort, so I ignored the emails. Then more came, and I got really concerned, so I contacted Amazon customer support, only to have them tell me that another user has signed up using my email address as their account name.

When I asked the customer support rep how this could happen, they suggested that I change my email address in my account. After trying to explain to the rep that this would not solve the problem — since the emails are coming to at my genuine email address — I spoke with a manager only to get an apology that there was nothing they could do about this.

I have no idea what to do but to complain to the FTC, but this seems a bit extreme since it was probably simple idiocy on the other user's part, but Amazon — the only party that can really solve this problem — is either unwilling or unable to do anything about this.

Is this a known issue for other Amazon users? If so, how is everyone else dealing with this?

IEEE Says Multicore is Bad News For Supercomputers 251

Richard Kelleher writes "It seems the current design of multi-core processors is not good for the design of supercomputers. According to IEEE: 'Engineers at Sandia National Laboratories, in New Mexico, have simulated future high-performance computers containing the 8-core, 16-core, and 32-core microprocessors that chip makers say are the future of the industry. The results are distressing. Because of limited memory bandwidth and memory-management schemes that are poorly suited to supercomputers, the performance of these machines would level off or even decline with more cores.'"
The Media

Online Reporters Now the Journalists Most Often Jailed 147

bckspc writes "The Committee to Protect Journalists today released the results of its annual survey of journalists in prison. For the first time, they found more Internet journalists jailed worldwide than journalists working in any other medium. CPJ found that 45 percent of all media workers jailed worldwide are bloggers, Web-based reporters, or online editors. Their chart of journalists jailed by year is also interesting."

Players Furious Over Buggy GTA IV PC Release 384

Jupix writes "It took Rockstar most of a year to port Grand Theft Auto IV to the PC, and while they claim this was because they wanted polish and quality with their PC release, it appears the result has been less than satisfactory. Players all over the internet are furious over numerous bugs in the release, ranging from nonfunctional internet registration and graphics glitches to completely inoperative installations. One of the game's largest retailers, Steam, has reportedly gone so far as to start handing out refunds to hordes of unsatisfied (and no doubt uncomfortably noisy) customers."
The Internet

Submission + - Dumping loved ones via text messaging all the rage (

coondoggie writes: "It seems heartless and gutless to me but a survey out in the UK today says one in seven people have had their relationship end via text, email or instant messaging. While hiding behind such digital technology might appear a cowardly way of splitting up, it contrasts with the four percent who simply drop all communication with their lovers without notice."

Submission + - Earning an "A" playing videogames in high (

Grendel_Prime writes: "In the interest of full disclosure, I work for the company that developed the game for Deloitte and Touche.

From the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette:

Tuesday wasn't too shabby for Bishop Canevin High School, either, thanks to a team of student business whizzes who won a virtual-world fund-raising challenge sponsored by Deloitte. The Canevin team, one of seven winning groups among some 500 nationwide, was presented with certificates and gained plenty of national recognition while earning the school $500 and furthering United Way goals.

The chances of them earning "A" grades from their accounting teacher were pretty fair, too.

View the full story here."

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