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The Real Risks of Obama's BlackBerry 273

An anonymous reader writes "When the mainstream media first announced Barack Obama's 'victory' in keeping his BlackBerry, the focus was on the security of the device, and keeping the US president's e-mail communications private from spies and hackers. The news coverage and analysis by armchair security experts thus far has failed to focus on the real threat: attacks against President Obama's location privacy, and the potential physical security risks that come with someone knowing the president's real-time physical location. In this article, a CNET blogger digs into the real risks associated with the President carrying around a tracking device at all times."
Emulation (Games)

Submission + - Tux Racer Arcade Game?!?!

Hawkeye05 writes: "I was at a local Casino and I went to the Arcade because i couldn't find any $3 Blackjack tables and guess what I found, A TUX RACER ARCADE GAME! Now I haven't checked into it that deeply but I would assume that this is some violation of the GPL. But I do find it rather sad how nowhere on it did it mention even who Tux is or what he stands for. Sorry for the poor image quality.

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Submission + - Gehrig's Discovery Sparks Hope (

Raver32 writes: "Hunched over her microscope at the University of Toronto, Janice Robertson is focused on innocuous-looking brown blobs. She's been hunting for life-saving clues into the mystery of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), the muscle-destroying killer known as Lou Gehrig's disease. It has perplexed researchers for nearly 140 years and it is a mystery that has captivated Robertson as she watches the microscopic round cells — motor neurons in minuscule sections of human spinal cord and brain. In ALS, these motor neurons are killed by mutant genes that make defective proteins, she explains, causing paralysis and death usually within five years. Named for the New York Yankees player killed by the disease in 1941, Lou Gehrig's has also laid waste to physicist Stephen Hawking and claimed the lives of Sesame Street director Jon Stone, jazz legend Charlie Mingus, actor David Niven, composer Dimitri Shostakovich, and Chinese Communist leader Mao Zedong. Effective treatment and a cure do not exist. But Robertson and a Toronto team of scientists have developed the world's first antibody to the abnormal protein derived from the mutant superoxide-dimutase-1 (SOD1) gene, the only known cause of Lou Gehrig's, and responsible for 2 per cent of all cases. This antibody could be used to detect and remove the abnormal forms of the protein. The scientists say their findings, published in the June edition of Nature Medicine, open the door to ways for better treatments, prevention and earlier diagnosis."

Submission + - Chernobyl Mushrooms Feeding on Radiation

cowtamer writes: According to a National Geographic Article certain fungi can use ionizing radiation to perform "radiosynthesis" using the pigment melanin (the same one in our skin that protects us from UV radiation). It is speculated that this might be useful on long space voyages where energy from the Sun is not readily available.
Operating Systems

Submission + - Is it time to try Linux again?

Last_Available_Usern writes: I've been using and supporting Microsoft OS's and products for most of my working life, but like most techies, I've always been drawn by new alternatives. About 8 years ago my then boss wanted to explore the feasability of using Linux as a low cost alternative to our small business customers. I was tasked with getting it up and running and seeing how it worked. I muddled my way through getting Redhat installed, Samba functioning, and even handshaking credentials with our NT network and it's clients. I of course found it clumsy, but was still impressed with some of what it offered. I'm sure I'm not the only one that has dabbled with it in the past, and then crawled back to their comfort zone though.

My question is this: How far has Linux come in the last 8-10 years? The new Ubuntu distro looks neat, along with several other offerings. What do folks like myself who experimented with it in the past have to look forward to nowadays? Is it worth reexamining?

Feed Xbox 360 Elite coverage roundup -- are you getting one? (

Filed under: Gaming

Unless you're a die-hard Target customer you can't get your Xbox Elite until this Sunday, but if you were at all curious about the thing, we hope we delivered the goods yesterday with our coverage of the HDMI-totin' console. In case you missed any of the action, check out the links below.

The faceoff
Xbox 360 Elite vs. classic: the test

The hands-on, drive kit, and vote
Xbox 360 Elite arrives - unboxing, comparison ensues
Xbox 360 Hard Drive Transfer Kit hands-on
Black on black: Xbox 360 Elite vs PS3, which is more 1337?

Other coverage
Xbox 360 Elite: new, black limited edition Xbox with HDMI and 120GB drive
Xbox 360 Elite and 120GB drive now official
Xbox 360 Elite hands-on video
First Xbox 360 Elite pre-order ready for your cash
Mod your 360 with an off-the-shelf 120GB HDD, save $100

So, you think you're gonna get one? Vote!

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Feed IBM servers get 10 Gig boost (

TCP offloaders aim to sharpen BladeCenter

10 Gig Ethernet specialists Chelsio and NetXen are targeting IBM servers - and in particular IBM's BladeCenter systems - for network acceleration and virtualisation.

Feed Review: Illustrator CS3 (

Upgrading to Adobe Illustrator CS3 is a no-brainer for longtime Illustrator users. I was hoping that some of the older tools would get some tweaksespecially the 3-D tools and the color picker, and I'd love to see the ability to create multiple-page documents.

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Submission + - A Tin Foil - It's not just for Slashdot anymore!

Strudelkugel writes: The Daily Mail has an interview with a woman who is shielding herself from EM radiation: "Before knocking on Sarah Dacre's door, I take the precaution of checking my mobile phone. It's switched off, as she has requested." "Last time someone came to visit," she warns, "I started feeling awfully nauseous. It turned out he had a picture phone with him and had left it switched on. A picture phone!" She pauses, looking genuinely horrified. Apparently, this type of mobile automatically sends signals to a local base station every nine minutes — "No wonder I felt so sick." Also: "But beneath the coats of magnolia paint, she points out, the walls are lined with a special paper that contains a layer of tin-foil; and upstairs, the windows are hung with a fine, silvery gauze."

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