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Space

Submission + - NASA looms large in Houston Chronicle's endorsement of Mitt Romney (examiner.com)

MarkWhittington writes: "In its Friday edition on Oct 19, 2012, the Houston Chronicle officially endorsed Mitt Romney for president. President Barack Obama’s policy toward NASA loomed large in determining this decision. The Chronicle had endorsed Obama in 2008. This and a similar endorsement in Space News has elicited some vehement reactions."
News

Submission + - Hieroglifs Translations supporting racing teams in Lithuania, Utena 25/08/2012 (hieroglifstranslations.ro)

Hieroglifs_RO writes: "On 25/08/2012 our assisted racing teams took part in competition in Lithuania, Utena. Uldis Kalejs (Hieroglifs RC Team) was proud of his 4th place while due to technical problems Kaspars T., Raitis A. (RC Tiger Team) and Egons J. (Hieroglifs RC Team) got 6th, 7th and 13th place.

Teams were sent for learning and improving purposes and we are glad that young sportists are pushing themselves to go higher to obtain new levels of success.

Best wishes for you guys in next competitions from Hieroglifs Translations

http://www.hieroglifstranslations.ro/"

The Internet

Submission + - The Fastest ISPs in the U.S.

adeelarshad82 writes: For a second year in a row PCMag partnered with Speedtest to find out the fastest ISPs in the U.S. The results were a product of 110,000 tests ran between January 1, 2012 and September 19, 2012. Collecting data for both download and upload speeds for each test, Speednet was able to calculate an index score for a better one-to-one comparison, where downloads counted for 80 percent and uploads 20 percent. Moreover, rather than testing the upload and download speed of a single file, the tests used multiple broadband threads to measure the total capacity of the "pipe." While the results at the nationwide level were fairly obvious with Verizon FiOS crushing its opposition, the results at regional level were a lot more interesting and competitive.
China

Submission + - Washington confirms Chinese hack attack on White House computer 3

clam666 writes: White House sources partly confirmed an alarming report that U.S. government computers — reportedly including systems used by the military for nuclear commands — were breached by Chinese hackers.

I mostly submitted it because I just loved the phrase "The attack originated in the form of a spear phish, which involves a spoofed inbound email with either a link to a malicious website or a weaponized document attachment such as a .pdf, Microsoft Excel file or Word document"

Damn those weaponized Excel files.
Android

Submission + - Android phone 'wipeout' security flaw exposed (bbc.co.uk)

carvell writes: A weakness that can cause all the data stored on Android smartphone handsets to be erased has been found.

Websites tricked users into activating malicious code by clicking on-screen phone numbers, Ravi Borgaonkar, from the Technical University Berlin, said.

No Android could tell the difference between actual phone numbers and USSD codes recognised by handsets as instructions to re-set or wipe its memory card, he wrote in a blog post.

Android maker Google has issued a fix.

Mr Borgaonkar is urging Android phone owners to ensure they have the latest updates.

Data Storage

Submission + - Gas Shortage Could Pop WD's Helium-Drive Plans (computerworld.com)

Lucas123 writes: U.S. federal reserves of helium gas are at an all-time low after a 15-year wholesale sell off, which could effect WD's plans to begin manufacturing hard drives filled with the second lightest element. The U.S. reserves, created after WWI, are stored in natural underground rock formations in the Texas Panhandle. Those reserves feed the majority of the world's annual demand of 6.2 billion cubic feet. As supply dwindled, the government had hoped private industry would explore and bring its own sources of helium on line, but that has yet to happen. As a result, the price of helium, which is used in manufacturing semiconductors and cooling super magnets in MRIs and even CERN's Large Hadron Collider, has doubled in the past 10 years.
The Military

Submission + - The US Navy's awesome electromagnetic railgun programme (naval-technology.com)

RougeFive writes: Imagine a warship weapon that can launch projectiles at Mach 10 without explosives (more than three times the muzzle speed of an M16 rifle), that has a range 220 miles and that uses the enormous speed to destroy the target by causing as much damage as a Tomahawk missile. Meet the US Navy's electromagnetic railgun programme.
Apple

Submission + - EU says Apple's Warranty Advertisements are Unacceptable (tekgoblin.com) 1

An anonymous reader writes: The European Union believes that Apple should be investigated for the way that it advertises warranties on their products. EU Justice Commissioner Viviane Reding wrote to the member countries which is 27 to ask them to check whether Apple retailers failed to let buyers know about the right to a minimum 2-year warranty for products such as the iPhone and iPad under EU law.
Japan

Submission + - Japan set to punish illegal downloads (bbc.co.uk)

Dupple writes: Such activity has been illegal since 2010, but until now had not invoked the penalties.

In theory the new download punishments can be enforced if a user is found to have copied a single pirated file.

The Recording Industry Association of Japan had pushed for the move, suggesting that illegal media downloads outnumbered legal ones by about a factor of 10.

The figure is based on a 2010 study which suggested that people in the country downloaded about 4.36 billion illegally pirated music and video files and 440 million purchased ones that year.

Submission + - Skynet close to becoming self-aware (bbc.co.uk)

Thorodin writes: "A robot named Nico could soon pass a landmark test — recognising itself in a mirror.

Such self-awareness would represent a step towards the ultimate goal of thinking robots.

Nico, developed by computer scientists at Yale University, will take the test in the coming months.

The ultimate aim is for Nico to use a mirror to interpret objects around it, in the same way as humans use a rear-view mirror to look for cars."

Are we ready for self-aware robots?

Submission + - Droid Razr HD details and images surface online (tapformobile.com)

billpalmer writes: "Footage claiming to be of the upcoming Motorola Droid Razr HD surfaced on YouTube this morning, but only briefly before it was yanked, suggesting that the footage was posted by the company in error two weeks ahead of the September 5th press event during which it’s widely expected to unveil the device..."
Microsoft

Submission + - The Enterprise Datacenter OS War is Over: Linux, Microsoft at Stalemate (slashdot.org)

Nerval's Lobster writes: "Moor Insights & Strategy analyst Paul Teich argues that Linux will never gain significantly more share of enterprise datacenters; it’s at a market standoff with Windows, that is, until advances in cloud services make owning your own enterprise datacenter obsolete.

The Linux portion of public cloud installed infrastructure is today mostly a collection of proprietary and non-public modifications to public distributions, he argues, which means that current Linux enterprise distributions (like RHEL) are not selling much into this market."

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