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Comment Re:Sounds to me... (Score 1) 182

From reading the patent, it could pertain to IRC or a BBS. Those would definitely be prior art. Let's hope the judge has some common sense and denies the lawsuit. Although with how technologically savvy judges appear to be, it will be a long drawn out court case with a plethora of experts trying to explain the technologies involved.

Submission + - WikiLeaks Issue Prompts Fed to Boost Data Security (

Batblue writes: Prompted by fallout from the WikiLeaks debacle, the White House Office of Management and Budget has asked all federal agencies and departments handling classified data to shore up efforts to identify untrustworthy and discontented employees.

The latest memo asks agency officials to submit detailed information on access control mechanisms and the processes in place for monitoring and auditing data access. The officials were also asked to describe counter-intelligence activities that have been implemented and what measures have been taken to identify and protect information that is of "priority interest to adversary collectors."

Data Storage

Submission + - NSA Building One Million Square-Foot Data Center (

Orome1 writes: The National Security Agency and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers broke ground on a $1.2 billion data center at Camp W.G. Williams National Guard Post. The massive, one million square-foot facility currently is the largest U.S. Department of Defense project in the nation. "This will bring 5,000 to 10,000 new jobs during the construction and development phase," Sen. Orrin Hatch, R-Utah, said at the event. "Once completed, it will support 100 to 200 permanent, high-paid employees."

Submission + - Engineering Team Invents Inexpensive Blood Tests

An anonymous reader writes: While most blood tests require shipping a vial of blood to a laboratory for analysis and waiting several days for the results, a new device invented by a team of engineers and students at the University of Rhode Island uses just a pinprick of blood in a portable device that provides results in less than 30 minutes. "This development is a big step in point-of-care diagnostics, where testing can be performed in a clinic, in a doctor's office, or right at home," said Mohammad Faghri, URI professor of mechanical engineering and the lead researcher on the project. "No longer will patients have to wait anxiously for several days for their test results. They can have their blood tested when they walk into the doctor's office and the results will be ready before they leave."

Submission + - Browser Exploit Kits Using Built-in Java Feature (

tsu doh nimh writes: Security experts from several different organizations are tracking an increase in Windows malware compromises via Java, although not from a vulnerability in the widely installed software: the threat comes from a feature of Java that prompts the user to download and run a Java applet. Kaspersky said it saw a huge uptick in PCs compromised by Java exploits in December, but that the biggest change was the use of this Java feature for social engineering. Brian Krebs writes about this trend, and looks at two new exploit packs that are powered mainly by Java flaws, including one pack that advertises this feature as an exploit that works on all Java versions.

Submission + - Bacteria Work as Hard Drives (

disco_tracy writes: Scientists have found a way to store, encrypt and retrieve complex data in the DNA of E. coli. This opens up a new way for saving text, images, music, and even video within living cells. And just one gram of bacteria could store the same amount of information as 450 2,000-gigabyte hard disks.

Submission + - Indonesia to ask internet providers to block porn

oxide7 writes: Indonesia, the world's most populous Muslim country, is planning use a controversial anti-pornography law to restrict porn websites in the next few months, a communications ministry spokesman said on Wednesday. The ministry had received many complaints, including from Indonesia's child protection commission and Islamic group Muhammadiyah, about pornographic content on the internet, he said.
Wireless Networking

Submission + - "Smart-grid" protects RTO from default & theft (

johnyjb writes: Leveraging T-Mobile USA's robust network, IContain's 'smart' devices enable machine-to-machine (M2M) communications that empower the user with remote management over any electrical device. From the web or a smart-phone, one can enable or disable any electrical device and can locate missing or stolen assets.

Submission + - Data Mining to Spot Cybercrime Patterns (

wiredmikey writes: Fighting web fraud is a game of cat and mouse between fraud analysts and cybercriminals where the odds are stacked against fraud analysts. With certain web transaction traffic data, a window into behaviors that can be useful in identifying patterns that tip off cybercrime hot spots still in formationâ½Â½Â½Ââa system fraud analysts can use to thwart scammers before they strike by tuning the rules that examine transactions looking for risk.

Submission + - Facebook virtual currency to roll out in September (

Dzonatas writes: Facebook Credits, announced after the news of Facebook Gift Shop being shut down in August, is being made ready for the public this September. The credits will initially be good for online games, yet they also plan to allow purchase of physical products. Jonathon Lyon, social media strategist at marketing agency Wunderman, said brands would find the best opportunity if the currency is used in Facebook Connect. “The real opportunity is within Facebook Connect. If it can integrate with that, it will mean a much broader network of sites can implement the currency. With other virtual currencies that have real world physical good transactions, it seems there needs to be tradable assets across markets (i.e. Linden Dollars and LindeX). Will this allow people to buy a new fashion outfit from Perfect World to trade for bonus points in Mafia Wars? Seriously, what about taxes in the global market?

Submission + - Intel Eyes Tablet Market

goG writes: Yesterday, Intel announced its best earnings quarter ever based on the strength of enterprise customers loading up on PC spending. But Chief Executive Officer Paul Otellini said the company is looking at the tablet market also, especially in the wake of explosive iPad sales.

Comment Re:Install before update ok? (Score 1) 739

So I store the data from the other partition off to a flash drive. Now how do I retrieve the 10GB used for the drive back without having to reformat? If I reformat then I lose all my saved game data, downloaded games, demos, themes, etc. If I back up everything and reinstall it then the partition remains. I didn't use the other OS option that often so it's not that big of a deal with me to not have it anymore. However, I should be able to retrieve the 10GB on the other OS partition and join it to the main partition without much hassle. This is beginning to sound as if I'll just lose the 10GB, unless I want to reformat and lose all my saved game data.

Role Playing (Games)

Looking Back At Dungeons & Dragons 189

An anonymous reader sends in a nostalgic piece about Dungeons & Dragons and the influence it's had on games and gamers for the past 36 years. Quoting: "Maybe there was something in the air during the early '70s. Maybe it was historically inevitable. But it seems way more than convenient coincidence that Gygax and Arneson got their first packet of rules for D&D out the door in 1974, the same year Nolan Bushnell managed to cobble together a little arcade machine called Pong. We've never had fun quite the same way since. Looking back, these two events set today's world of gaming into motion — the Romulus and Remus of modern game civilization. For the rest of forever, we would sit around and argue whether games should let us do more or tell us better stories."

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