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Submission + - State Dept Warns Students Not to Discuss Wikileaks (huffingtonpost.com)

Maestro485 writes: Talking about WikiLeaks on Facebook or Twitter could endanger your job prospects, a State Department official warned students at Columbia University's School of International and Public Affairs this week... Students who will be applying for jobs in the federal government could jeopardize their prospects by posting links to WikiLeaks online, or even by discussing the leaked documents on social networking sites, the official was quoted as saying.

Submission + - Windows Attack Now Public (pcworld.com)

Maestro485 writes: "Hackers have publicly released new attack code that exploits a critical bug in the Windows operating system, putting pressure on Microsoft to fix the flaw before it leads to a worm outbreak.

The vulnerability has been known since Sept. 7, but until today the publicly available programs that leverage it to attack PCs haven't been able to do more than crash the operating system. A new attack, developed by Harmony Security Senior Researcher Stephen Fewer, lets the attacker run unauthorized software on the computer, in theory making it a much more serious problem. Fewer's code was added to the open-source Metasploit penetration testing kit on Monday."

It's funny.  Laugh.

Submission + - Bangadeshi Paper Apologizes for Fake Moon Landing (bbc.co.uk)

Maestro485 writes: Two Bangladeshi newspapers have apologised after publishing an article taken from a satirical US website which claimed the Moon landings were faked.

The Daily Manab Zamin said US astronaut Neil Armstrong had shocked a news conference by saying he now knew it had been an "elaborate hoax".

Neither they nor the New Nation, which later picked up the story, realised the Onion was not a genuine news site.

Both have now apologised to their readers for not checking the story.

"It took only a few hastily written paragraphs published by this passionate denier of mankind's so-called 'greatest technological achievement' for me to realise I had been living a lie," the fake article "quoted" Mr Armstrong as saying.


Submission + - The Death of Gallium (asimovs.com)

Maestro485 writes: There's an article on Asimov's titled The Death of Gallium. The author describes that, despite our awareness of extinction and the limits of fossil fuels, we are fast approaching the limits of certain elements themselves. Some elements, already rare, are quickly being used up in production of microchips, flat-screen TV's, and a variety of other technical components.

Submission + - Linux powered PS3's simulate blackhole collisions (reghardware.co.uk)

Maestro485 writes: Astrophysicist Gaurav Khanna is using 16 Playstation 3's running Linux to simulate collisions between two black holes. From TFA:

"Overall, a single PS3 performs better than the highest-end desktops available and compares to as many as 25 nodes of an IBM Blue Gene supercomputer," Khanna noted.

Project details available here.

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This is clearly another case of too many mad scientists, and not enough hunchbacks.