from the good-thing-their-engineers-bailed-them-out dept.
dfdashh writes "A former Fannie Mae contractor has been indicted by a federal grand jury in Baltimore, MD for computer intrusion. He attempted to propagate a malicious script throughout the company's 4,000 servers. The DC Examiner has details of the incident: 'Had this malicious script executed, [Fannie Mae] engineers expect it would have caused millions of dollars of damage and reduced if not shutdown operations at [Fannie Mae] for at least one week. ... The virus was set to execute at 9 a.m. Jan. 31, first disabling Fannie Mae's computer monitoring system and then cutting all access to the company's 4,000 servers, Nye wrote. Anyone trying to log in would receive a message saying "Server Graveyard." From there, the virus would wipe out all Fannie Mae data, replacing it with zeros, Nye wrote. Finally, the virus would shut down the servers.'"
mcgrew writes "New Scientist reports that a British team has overcome the obstacles to cheap LED lighting, and that LED lamps as cheap as CFLs will be on the market in five years. Quoting: 'Gallium nitride cannot be grown on silicon like other solid-state electronic components because it shrinks at twice the rate of silicon as it cools. Crystals of GaN must be grown at 1000C, so by the time a new LED made on silicon has cooled, it has already cracked, rendering the devices unusable. One solution is to grow the LEDs on sapphire, which shrinks and cools at much the same rate as GaN. But the expense is too great to be commercially competitive. Now Colin Humphreys's team at the University of Cambridge has discovered a simple solution to the shrinkage problem. They included layers of aluminium gallium nitride in their LED design... These LEDs can be grown on silicon as so many other electronics components are. ... A 15-centimetre silicon wafer costs just $15 and can accommodate 150,000 LEDs making the cost per unit tiny.'"
Chris Gondek writes: "A passenger jet preparing to land at Heathrow had a near-miss with a UFO. MoD experts launched a top-secret inquiry into the 22,000ft incident during the flight from Milan but never traced what the UFO was. Details of the bizarre close encounter over Lydd, Kent, have only emerged now — 17 years after it took place.
The April 21 1991 sighting is one of 19 between 1986 and 1992 being made public by the UK's National Archive today. They include a USAF pilot's account of being told to shoot down a UFO over East Anglia. One file even contains a letter from a woman claiming to be from the Sirius system — who said her spacecraft crashed here during the Second World War.
It seems we've all lost interest in UFO's and the number of "abductions" which seemed to occur so often in the 80's has been seriously reduced since we now all own video phones."