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Submission + - GTalk+PGP Encryption : First app for your privacy (BETA) (google.com) 5

techbugs writes: SecureIM is the first Secure-Chat application which is built to protect you from any possible or potential leak of privacy. These days organizations spy on our chats to target ads and Governments in the name of security, however there is no excuse of not demanding and having access to privacy when we want.

SecureIM secures your communication in 2 ways
1. Secure Transmission :- A chat message will be encrypted and only readable on the device it is sent to/from.
2. Single Use Keys :- The Keys generated while messaging are discarded when the application is closed, which means it is impossible to decode a message once the app is reloaded.

The application is extremely simple to use, no need to bother about the complexities of encryption and underlying privacy details, rest assured your messages will always be out of reach from snoopers.

This app uses Public Key Cryptography, each session generates its own private/public keys.
Keys are never stored but kept in memory until the app is running.

Submission + - Slashdot joins SOPA protest in last minute decisio (slashdot.org) 2

eparker05 writes: The well known tech news aggregator Slashdot made a late Tuesday decision to join the SOPA/PIPA blackout protest. Readers of the site overwhelmingly support the decision and see it as a necessary step to prevent pervasive censorship. Slashdot is known for it's continued support of anonymous posting by users and has come out strongly in opposition of internet censorship in the past. Still, this is the first time that Slashdot has closed it's doors in protest of a piece of legislation.

Note: this has not happened yet! Vote this story up and show the editors that we want them to show solidarity against SOPA/PIPA !

Submission + - Skynet (theatlantic.com)

Dainutehvs writes: The Atlantic has published an excerpt from David Weinbergers new book "Too Big to Know". Weinberger gives examples of large data amounts around and difficulties makes using these data . For example, Johannes Kepler examined the star charts and somehow gasped that if the planets orbit the Sun in ellipses rather than perfect circles, data starts making sense. It is unlikely that someone can comprehend big amounts of data that todays science produces and make astounding discoveries like Kepler did as it is simply beyound capabilities of human brain. So how can we deal with it?
Hod Lipson and Michael Schmidt at Cornell University designed the Eureqa computer program to find equations that make sense of large quantities of data and it looks like the results of programs work are impressive. So are we (humans) moving away from being primary interpretators and analysts and move to working on algorithms that look for sense in world around us using more capable devices than our brains? One thing is to suck at Jeopardy, another — loose the dominating role in science.

Businesses

Submission + - Undercover Boss role opens Airline CEO's eyes (usatoday.com)

suraj.sun writes: Undercover Boss' role opens Republic Airways CEO's eyes:

He went from head honcho of an airline company to the guy dumping the lavatory waste from the aircraft. It all happened when Republic Airways Holdings' Chairman, President and CEO Bryan Bedford disguised himself to work undercover on the front lines with employees at his Indianapolis-based company. He did it for an episode of the TV series "Undercover Boss" that will air at 9 p.m. Sunday on CBS.

He said he learned all sorts of things but perhaps most important, he learned what he was doing wrong as a boss. "What was eye-opening, the most noticeable thing was just the disconnect and (poor) communication between the management team and front-line employees," Bedford said.

While working in different roles for the company — including cleaning aircraft, checking baggage, dumping aircraft toilets and standing at the ticket counter — he asked fellow employees why they didn't take their complaints to management to implore change. The same response came time and time again: "No, I've talked to management about this stuff, and they never listen," Bedford said.

USA Today: http://www.usatoday.com/life/television/news/2010-10-16-undercover-boss_N.htm

Submission + - So, who built the Stuxnet worm? (thinq.co.uk)

Stoobalou writes: Insecurity firms are agreed that the Stuxnet worm is a crafty piece of work, built by well-resourced people who knew their onions.

The worm has reportedly attacked thousands of computers in Iran and was crafted to specifically attack software built by Siemens that just happens to be installed in Iran's Bushehr nuclear plant, whose systems are said to be riddled with the infection.

So, who crafted the worm?

Image

Doctors Save Premature Baby Using Sandwich Bag Screenshot-sm 246

Born 14 weeks early, Lexi Lacey owes her life to some MacGyver inspired doctors and a sandwich bag. Lexi was so small at birth that even the tiniest insulating jacket was too big, but she fit into a plastic sandwich bag nicely. ''The doctors told us they had never known a baby born as prematurely as Lexi survive. She was so tiny the only thing they had to keep her body temperature warm was a sandwich bag from the hospital canteen — it's incredible to think that saved her life," says her mom.
Idle

Submission + - Computer Model Explains Moses' Red Sea Parting

Ponca City, We love you writes: "Scientists and others have tried for decades to recreate the mystery of the Israelites' escape from the advancing cavalry of the Pharaohs. Now the Guardian reports that researchers at the National Centre for Atmospheric Research (NCAR) and the University of Colorado at Boulder (CU) claim to have used computer modelling to reconstruct the various wind and wave combinations that could have produced the dry land bridge described in Exodus and found that a strong east wind, blowing overnight, could have driven back the waters on a coastal lagoon in northern Egypt long enough for the Israelites to walk across the exposed mud flats before the waters rushed back in, engulfing the Pharaoh's cavalry. "The simulations match fairly closely with the account in Exodus," says Carl Drews, the study's lead author. "The parting of the waters can be understood through fluid dynamics. The wind moves the water in a way that's in accordance with physical laws, creating a safe passage with water on two sides and then abruptly allowing the water to rush back in." A steady 63 mph wind from the east over a digitally reconstructed lake along the Mediterranean near today's Port Said could have swept the waters back to the western shores exposing wide mud flats and creating a land bridge that would remain high and dry for four hours. "If you are going to match the biblical account, you need the wind from the east," adds Drews."
Open Source

Submission + - Stallman crashes World Computer Congress session (itnews.com.au)

schliz writes: Software freedom activist Richard Stallman briefly interrupted a European Patent Office presentation at the World Computer Congress in Brisbane, Australia today, with a placard that said: "Don't get caught in software patent thickets". He told journalists that the Patent Office was "here to campaign in favor of software patents in Australia", arguging that "there's no problem that requires a solution with anything like software patents". Stallman was accompanied by another protestor and distributed printouts of his article about intellectual property being a "seductive mirage".
Google

Submission + - Google Promises Docs Editing for iPad (computerworld.com)

CWmike writes: Google said on Monday that Apple iPad owners would soon be able to edit Google Docs files on their tablets. The announcement was made the same day as the company added two-factor authentication to its enterprise-oriented Google Apps suite. Currently, Google Docs users can view, but not edit files with the Apple tablet. iPad owners already have Google Docs access-and-edit options via the $17 apps sold by Quickoffice and DataViz. Google has not created its own app, but instead supports Google Docs viewing through the iPad's browser.
Firefox

Submission + - Mozilla Unleashes the Kraken (mozilla.com)

An anonymous reader writes: Mozilla has released the first version a new browser benchmark called Kraken. Mozilla's Robert Sayre writes on his blog, 'More than Sunspider, V8, and Dromaeo, Kraken focuses on realistic workloads and forward-looking applications. We believe that the benchmarks used in Kraken are better in terms of reflecting realistic workloads for pushing the edge of browser performance forward. These are the things that people are saying are too slow to do with open web technologies today, and we want to have benchmarks that reflect progress against making these near-future apps universally available.' On my somewhat elderly x86_64 Linux system Google Chrome 6.0.472.55 beta completes the Kraken benchmark in 28638.1 milliseconds, Opera 10.62 completes it in 23612.4 milliseconds, and the current Firefox 4 nightly build completes it in 19897.5 milliseconds.
Biotech

Submission + - Researchers On The Cusp Of Curing Aging (gizmag.com) 1

ElectricSteve writes: For many scientists who know about such things, the question isn’t whether the first person to live forever has been born, but how old they are. The basis for this belief is that, if a person can survive the next 20 or 30 years, then breakthroughs in biotechnology will easily allow them to extend their lifespan – not to mention their quality of life – to 125 years. From that point, the advances will keep coming to allow the prolonging of life indefinitely. One of the first steps towards such a reality has just been announced by a group of researchers who have discovered the first compound that activates an enzyme called telomerase in the human body.
Graphics

Submission + - NVIDIA Launches GeForce GTS 450 (hothardware.com)

MojoKid writes: "NVIDIA finally launched a new low-cost derivative of their GeForce 400 series graphics processor. As its GTS moniker denotes, NVIDIA's new GeForce GTS 450 is targeted at the mainstream market. That card's reference specifications call for a 783MHz GPU clock and 902MHz GDDR5 memory (3608MHz effective data rate). With those frequencies, stock GeFore GTS 450 cards offer 57.7GB/s of memory bandwidth with a 25.1GigaTexel/s textured fillrate. As is typically the case with mainstream NVIDIA GPU’s, however, board partners will be releasing cards clocked somewhat higher than the reference specifications recommend. Along with a $129 (give or take) price tag, the GeForce GTS 450 is more affordable than any other DX11-class GPU out there right now. Performance-wise, the cards measure up pretty well versus competitive offerings from AMD."
Medicine

Submission + - Scientists Find 2,700-year-old marijuana (grabi.co.cc)

An anonymous reader writes: Researchers say they have located the world's oldest stash of marijuana, in a tomb in a remote part of China. The cache of cannabis is about 2,700 years old and was clearly ``cultivated for psychoactive purposes," rather than as fibre for clothing or as food, says a research paper in the Journal of Experimental Botany.
The 789 grams of dried cannabis was buried alongside a light-haired, blue-eyed Caucasian man, likely a shaman of the Gushi culture, near Turpan in northwestern China.

Submission + - Which Android Phone is Less Evil? 2

An anonymous reader writes: My cellphone contract expired and I'm ready to splurge on an Android phone. It seems the four best models at this time are: HTC Nexus One, Samsung Galaxy S, Motorola Droid X, and HTC Evo.

Which is the best Android phone to buy to "vote with my wallet" for FOSS, unencumbered hardware ownership, and good telecom behavior?

HTC sold out to Microsoft. And so did Samsung. Motorola to my knowledge has not sold out to MS, but the Droid is on the network that wants to charge ridiculous amounts to do stuff like tethering on a supposed unlimited data plan. (And it's CDMA so I can't use it if I ever get to take vacations again and travel out of the US.)

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