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Comment Re:Let the SCi FI Channel Make it (Score 1) 304

What little charm remains to Doctor Who is entirely lost to the American monster that is the American television industry - just look at that awful test pilot and you'll see what you Americans deserve when it comes Doctor Who. Anyone who suggest that the Sci-Fi channel can make it deserves another twenty years of Star Trek with continual Nazi episdodes and/or trapped in the Holodesk stories. If it wasn't for the last film, I'd say that you didn't deserve Batman after what you've done to him!

It would end up as a cross between McGuiver and Start Trek. There'd be a alien love affair in every episode, compulsory self congratualtory moral superiority and all problems would be solved by reversing the polarity on the sonic screwdriver. Bad guys would have the doctor pontify against them in each episode before sending them to space jail and the Tradis would become a flying sports car.

Submission + - EMI, YouTube Strike Music Video Deal (bbc.co.uk)

eldavojohn writes: "Despite initial complaints of copyright infringement, EMI is now striking a deal with YouTube. Perhaps they've noticed that Warner's deal has boded well or they've finally come around to free marketing? From the article, "EMI and YouTube have agreed to work together to develop ways in which EMI-owned recordings can be incorporated into user generated content by YouTube users. News of the deal comes just 10 days after EMI agreed to be taken over by private equity group Terra Firma for £2.4bn." YouTube is slowing building a cadre of friends on the playground while Viacom continues to bully the new kid."

Submission + - One of World's Top Ten Spammers Arrested (msn.com)

Tyler writes: "From MSNBC

"A 27-year-old man described as one of the world's most prolific spammers was arrested Wednesday, and federal authorities said computer users across the Web could notice a decrease in the amount of junk e-mail. Robert Alan Soloway is accused of using networks of compromised "zombie" computers to send out millions upon millions of spam e-mails. "He's one of the top 10 spammers in the world," said Tim Cranton, a Microsoft Corp. lawyer who is senior director of the company's Worldwide Internet Safety Programs. "He's a huge problem for our customers. This is a very good day.""

PC Games (Games)

Submission + - NFS Pro Street Announced (needforspeed.com)

An anonymous reader writes: EA just announced their latest Need For Speed game, NFS Pro Street. With a new emphasis on physics and damage, EA has taken the street racing scene to the next level, legalized street racing events around the world. EA invited several NFS community sites to preview a pre-alpha version of the game and interview many of the producers. Here are some of the write ups from around the web.

NFS Cars
NFS Garage
NFS Unlimited


City Almost Loses 450K to Keylogger 158

SierraPete writes "The city of Carson, California (a suburb of Los Angeles) was the target of a 6-digit theft of cash. The LA Times reports that information taken from a keylogger was used to attempt to steal $450K from the city's treasury. Quick work by the city froze most of the funds, but it drives home the importance of keeping good anti-spyware and anti-virus software updated on both corporate systems as well as systems being used from home."

Submission + - Google is on a buying spree (networkworld.com)

jbrodkin writes: "Google bought two companies this week, may soon buy a third, and that's not even including the pending DoubleClick acquisition. It's a continuation of a busy 12 months in which Google has agreed to 11 acquisitions of companies and technologies, several of which have bolstered the search engine leader in its competition with Microsoft. http://www.networkworld.com/news/2007/053107-googl e.html"

Submission + - The Ignorance of Crowds (strategy-business.com)

sounil writes: From the abstract: "The open source model, which relies on contributions from many individuals, can be an important factor in innovation, but it comes with limitations. Although this approach can be effective at refining programs or ideas that already exist, it is less successful when used to generate new ideas or to complete a project." The article provides some very interesting insights into why certain open source projects succeed and why others falter and how one can take advantage of these insights for future projects.

Submission + - 10 Anti-Phishing Firefox Extensions

An anonymous reader writes: 10 anti-phishing Firefox extensions list was published at Security-Hacks: "For most Internet users, defending against phishing attacks is a top priority. One popular way to combat phishing attacks is to maintain a list of known phishing sites and to check web sites against the list. This hack highlights 10 anti-phishing Firefox extensions that can be used to mitigate the risk of being a victim of a phishing attack."
The Internet

Submission + - Dotster Hijacks Their Customers' Subdomains

mo writes: Recently, Dotster's DNS service has made a massive, potentially illegal change that has gone largely unnoticed. They now redirect DNS queries for any of their customer's unused subdomains to a spam page that serves up ads. For example, www.asterisk.org is a popular open source PBX project who gets it's DNS from Dotster, but bogus.asterisk.org redirects to Dotster's page of ads. This policy has been imposed on all of their customers without informing them. Any domain who has ns1.nameresolve.com as their primary nameserver is being subjected to it.

Submission + - AMD Releases Detailed Phenom Die Photo (hothardware.com)

MojoKid writes: A few weeks ago, AMD released information on new branding for their desktop derivatives of the Barcelona core, now dubbed the Phenom FX, X4 and X2. If you're unfamiliar with Phenom, the processors will be based on AMD's K10 architecture and will feature a faster on-die memory controller, support 64-bit and 128-bit SSE operations, and they'll be outfitted with 2MB of on-chip L2 cache (512KB dedicated per core) in addition to 2MB of shared L3 cache. Today,instead of revealing some more of the juicy details regarding those enhancements, AMD just sent over a tasty photo of a Phenom die. Click the image for a high-res version.

Submission + - Microwulf: A Personal, Portable Beowulf Cluster (calvin.edu)

Joel Adams writes: "Tim Brom and I recently completed Microwulf — a personal, portable Beowulf cluster measuring just 11" (W) x 12" (D) x 17" (H), making it small enough to sit on one's desk and be easily transported. The total cost of the system (using January 2007 prices) was $2470. The design consists of a "double-decker sandwich" of four MicroATX motherboards and AMD64 X2 CPUs, providing a total of 8 processing cores that communicate via Gigabit Ethernet. Software includes Ubuntu Linux, OpenMPI, MPICH, and assorted free high performance apps that run on top of MPI. The system is air-cooled and draws just 450 watts of power under load, so it can be plugged into a wall outlet.

Microwulf produces 26.25 Gflops of measured, double-precision performance on the standard supercomputing benchmark HP Linpack (using Goto BLAS). That gives Microwulf a price/performance ratio of $94.10/Gflop, or less than $0.10/Mflop. These ratios reflect measured performance for double-precision floating point operations, not (sales hype) peak performance or (rarely used in high performance computing) single-precision floating point operations. Microwulf's power/performance ratio is a fairly efficient 17.14 watts/Gflop under load.

At this size and price, a person can afford to have a personal Beowulf cluster on his or her desk. For those who want to build one, the design details and pictures are available at the project website. The design is easily tweaked to incorporate quad-core and many-core CPUs, as they become available and affordable. It will be fun in the coming years to see how low people can drive the price/performance and power/performance ratios by building similar systems using these new CPUs. Microwulf costs under $0.10/Mflop; who will be the first to build a general purpose cluster for under $0.01/Mflop?"

Role Playing (Games)

Submission + - Mindark to Create Largest (Entropia) Universe ever

WhitePaper writes: Get past the hype here http://www.marketwire.com/mw/release_html_b1?relea se_id=259436 and it seems that Mindark has broken through the Government Controlled Firewall at the Chinese border and signed one massive deal!

The When and How may be sketchy, but the why is clear...
— to create a cash-based virtual economy for China.
— to permit up to 7 million concurrent users logged into the virtual universe with an overall aim to attract some 150 million users from all over the world.
— Entropia Universe to generate over $1 billion annually from this partnership
— The project will enable other companies within media, film, music and gaming industries, or other content providers, to acquire their own planet within Entropia Universe

David Liu (CEO of Cyber Recreation Development Corp} says, "It is estimated that the project will generate some 10,000 qualified job opportunities in China"

Jan Welter Timkrans (CEO of MindArk PE AB) boasts, "...the structure running the Entropia Universe will be one of the fastest on Earth"

With 580,000 registered accounts Entropia Universe has been on a record breaking streak via the sale of Virtual Assets.
— Virtual Treasure Island ~ US $26,500
— Asteroid-based space resort ~ US $100,000
— Five virtual banking licenses ~ US $400,000
— Content Controlled Planet ~ Watch this space!

Submission + - Innocent man sets up internet GPS to track himself

gurps_npc writes: Hasan Elahi is an American of Bangladesh birth. He is not arabic and not a terrorist. But someone accused him (or someone with a similar name) of being one. After he escaped from the clutches of Homeland Security, he decided to make sure he had evidence to free himself if it happened again. Beyond the normal precautions (calling up the FBI and telling them he is planning on traveling before he books his ticket), he did something a bit more extreme. He hacked his cell phone and set up a web site that tracked his GPS position. It is broadcast live to his website, here: tracking website. Then he routinely takes lots of pictures with that same cellphone, sending them to the website as well. Before you start thinking he is paranoid, you might check his web logs. Computers at government agencies have looked visited his site.

More can be read at this wordpress article.

Cure spooky music. How long before they start "asking" "people of interest" to do this?
Wireless Networking

Submission + - More Details on Michigan Wireless Bust (foxnews.com)

Paul Wagenseil writes: "FOXNews.com's Sara Bonisteel talks to Sam Peterson II, the Michigan man recently busted by local police for sitting in his car using a coffee shop's password-free wireless network.

Because he never bought a cup of coffee, the D.A.'s office threatened to prosecute Peterson for fraudulent access to a computer network, which is a felony charge carrying up to 5 years in prison. After talking to lawyers, he opted to pay a $400 fine and perform 40 hours of community service.

The cop: "We came back and we looked up the laws and we figured if we found one and thought, 'Well, let's run it by the prosecutor's office and see what they want to do.'"

The D.A.'s office: "When you buy a Wi-Fi equipped device, it's your responsibility to find out what you can and can't legally do with that device."

The bustee: "They don't happen to tell you that [wireless piggybacking] is illegal. And I guess obviously you're just supposed to know that."

The coffee-shop owner: "He could have just come in the cafe — even if he didn't have any money, I would let him get on it.""

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