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Submission + - 55,000 Twitter Accounts Hacked, Passwords Leaked ( 1

MojoKid writes: "Tens of thousands of Twitter accounts have been compromised in a recent hack attack in which more than 55,000 passwords were leaked and posted to Pastebin by anonymous hackers. Most of the accounts supposedly belonged to spammers, and there were many duplicate entries, Twitter officials pointed out. However, to play it safe, you should probably change your Twitter password ASAP."

Submission + - Humans have been performing skull surgery for 10,000 years (

derekmead writes: We oh-so-resourceful humans have been performing brain surgery — successfully, mind you — for up to 10,000 years. In fact, the act of cutting open the skull is likely the oldest surgical procedure humans have ever performed.

A paper by Dr. Giorgio Sperati in Italian medical journal ACTA Otorhinolaryngologica Italica which tracks craniotomies throughout history. According to Sperati, evidence suggests that craniotomies — surgeries involving removing a section of the skull in order to access the brain — were first being performed in the Neolithic Age, which lasted from 8000-5000 BC. It wasn’t until the late 1700s that anthropologists M. Prunières and Paul Broca suggested that the marks were the result of surgery, although they originally argued that such surgery was inspired by mystic, rather than medical, causes.

Sperati notes that nearly half of patients survived craniotomies — and with evidence of regrown bone around the incisions on some skulls, some of those patients must have lived for years. That’s a stunning fact considering neolithic surgeons didn’t have operating rooms, antibiotics, anything resembling sterile conditions — or even metal tools.


Submission + - The Universe is Digital, not Quantum (

xkr writes: Professor Craig Hogan, at Fermilab, says the universe is filled with intrinsic jitter. This jitter comes not from quantum physics, but rather space is made of "tiny chunks." "Hogan's noise would imply the universe is digital." So it appears we are in the Matrix after all, and the Matrix is a digital computer. His work is published in the Feb 2012 issue of Scientific American, available on line.

Submission + - Unicode Character-of-Death crashes GTK apps on Win (

Olipro writes: A long-standing, but until yesterday undiscovered bug in GTK for Windows has revealed that any application using GTK (such as X-Chat, Pidgin and Wireshark to name but a few) can be made to crash if any non-BMP character is sent for display resulting in much malicious fun across IRC and IM networks. As yet, no word from the GTK devs has been heard.

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