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Submission + - SPAM: Earth Hour 2012

ravindra.joisa writes: "This Earth Hour 2012, now in its sixth year, encourages people to turn off their lights for 60 minutes one day a year. It’s celebrated annually on March 31 between 8:30 and 9:30 p.m. This year, the campaign is hoping its impact will last more than one hour. From its inception as a single city initiative — Sydney, Australia in 2007, Earth Hour has grown into a global symbol of hope and movement for change. Earth Hour 2011 created history as the world's largest ever voluntary action with people, businesses and governments in 135 countries across every continent coming together to celebrate an unambiguous commitment to the one thing that unites us all — the planet."
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Submission + - The Phantoms of Google+

theodp writes: Engadget reports that Google wants a patent on its System and Method for Generating a Ghost Profile for a Social Network. The brainchild of five Googlers, the invention is designed to convert anti-social-networking types to the joys of Google+ and its ilk. From the patent: 'A problem arises when users of social networks are friends with people that are opposed to social networks. The second group misses out on an important social component. For example, many users only share their photos on a social networking site. As a result, users that do not want to join the social network are forced to either join with reservations or miss out on the social component, such as viewing pictures.' By generating an unsearchable 'ghost profile' when a member of the social network invites a Google+ adverse friend to join, Google explains, non-believers get to participate in social networking activities without providing user information.

Submission + - Prince of Persia Source Code Found

jones_supa writes: In his blog, the game developer Jordan Mechner rejoyces the findings of his father's spring cleaning. It includes some 3.5" disk boxes which happen to contain the Apple II source code for the original Prince of Persia! Jordan writes: 'So, for all fifteen of you 6502 assembly-language coders out there who might care... including the hardy soul who ported POP to the Commodore 64 from an Apple II memory dump... I will now begin working with a digital-archeology-minded friend to attempt to figure out how to transfer 3.5" Apple ProDOS disks onto a MacBook Air and into some kind of 21st-century-readable format.'
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Submission + - Seigniorage Hack to Prevent Debt Limit Crisis (firedoglake.com) 4

UltraOne writes: With the US Senate voting to table the Boehner debt limit bill, the US is only a few days away from running out of cash to pay for all its obligations. Slate reported on a fascinating legal hack, described by blogger 'bewulf' back in January 2011. Seigniorage is the extra value added when government mints a coin with a face value greater than the value of the precious metal contained in the coin. The statute governing the minting of coins contains a section (31 USC 3112(k) ) that authorizes the Secretary of the Treasury to mint and issue platinum coins in any denomination or quantity. To keep the government from running out of money, Timothy Geithner could order 5 One Trillion Dollar platinum coins struck and deposited at the Federal Reserve. The money could then be used to fund Federal Government operations (blog post contains legal details).

Submission + - No Set-Top TV Device Market Domination for Google (itworld.com) 2

itwbennett writes: "According to a report in the Wall Street Journal, returns of the Logitech Revue (Google's set-top box) exceeded sales in the first quarter. Explaining why sales were so poor, Logitech Chairman Guerrino De Luca went way out on a limb, saying: 'There was a significant gap between our price and the value perceived by the consumer.' So significant that 'Logitech must take a $34 million charge in the first quarter, which more than comprises the company's Q1 net loss of $30 million,' writes blogger Chris Nerney. 'In other words, Google TV is pushing Logitech into the red!'"

Submission + - Why/How Wall Street Programmers Earn Top Salaries (adtmag.com) 2

msmoriarty writes: With the interest/discussion on our highest-paid programmers article, our reporter decided to do a follow-up looking into the languages and skills needed to work on high-frequency trading (HFT) systems. There's actually a pretty wide range of languages/tools used, but Linux is the "default" OS and, not surprisingly, the "ability to work under pressure when the traders are screaming at you" is a must-have skill.
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Submission + - 4-Chan user Anon takes down PayPal.com (tekgoblin.com)

tekgoblin writes: PayPal has been under attack ever since they stop taking payments for Wikileaks donations. This time a 4-Chan user called Anon has actually succeeded in taking the site down. As of right now they PayPal site is not responding. MasterCard and Visa have also been under DOS attacks all day as well. The user Anon had been blocked on Twitter.com and Facebook earlier today which he then proceeded to attack Twitter. Twitter never went down in the attack.

Submission + - Wikiwar: blow by blow (securecomputing.net.au)

An anonymous reader writes: While the northern hemisphere media outlets slumber, SC Magazine in Australia keeps updating the unfolding cyber civil war that pitches Anonymous against those arrayed against Wikileaks and its publisher, Julian Assange.

Submission + - Goodbye, VGA (intel.com)

jones_supa writes: "Leading PC companies have expressed their will to finally start kicking out legacy display interfaces. Intel plans to end support of LVDS in 2013 and VGA in 2015 in its PC client processors and chipsets. While the large installed base of existing VGA monitors and projectors will likely keep VGA on PC back panels beyond 2015, PC and display panel makers are in strong support of this transition. The DisplayPort connector interface provides backwards and forwards compatibility by supporting VGA and DVI output via certified adapters, while also providing new capabilities such as single connector multi-monitor support."

Submission + - Air Force sets date to fly Mach-6 scramjet (networkworld.com)

coondoggie writes: The US Air Force said it was looking to launch its 14-foot long X-51A Waverider on its first hypersonic flight test attempt May 25. The unmanned X-51A is expected to fly autonomously for five minutes, after being released from a B-52 Stratofortress off the southern coast of California. The Waverider is powered by a supersonic combustion scramjet engine, and will accelerate to about Mach 6 as it climbs to nearly 70,000 feet. Once flying the X-51 will transmit vast amounts of data to ground stations about the flight, then splash down into the Pacific. There are no plans to recover the flight test vehicle, one of four built, the Air Force stated.

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