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Submission + - The flying wing concept aircraft takes flight (

coondoggie writes: "Looking a little bit too much like an F-117 Night Hawk fighter on steroids Boeing's blended wing unmanned test aircraft flew for the first time last week. Designed and engineered by Boeing, NASA and the U.S. Air Force Research Laboratory at Wright Patterson Air Force Base, the aircraft are said to be able to carry greater amounts of equipment, burn less fuel and run quieter than traditional aircraft. Ultimately its designers say it will become a manned multi-role, long-range, high-capacity military aircraft."

The Trouble With TiVo 369

BobCratchit writes "Multichannel News has an interesting take on TiVo: The DVR company has incredible mindshare but is totally dependent on cable providers to survive. Cable does not have many good reasons to let TiVo thrive. As a result, TiVo is destined to fade away unless it can carve out a niche as the cool kids' DVR (a la Macintosh) with products like the $299 HD DVR it just announced. From the article: 'TiVo has long been a darling of consumer-tech reviewers -- check out, for example, these happy hosannas from BusinessWeek, New York Times and Wall Street Journal. These guys are constantly befuddled that TiVo hasn't been more successful. Yes, TiVos make cute little popping noises when you click the remote. And they definitely provide cool features, like suggesting shows you might be interested in. But the cognoscenti enamored with TiVo's whizziness ignore a certain reality. It's easier to get a DVR from your cable company. And most people prefer to rent, not own, a set-top.'"

Submission + - University of Kansas will not forward RIAA letters

Bonewalker writes: Looks like the University of Kansas may not be as pro-RIAA (or anti-student) as initially assumed last week from this recent Slashdot story. Of course, this doesn't make that "one-strike" policy any less flawed, but it shows that they aren't simply throwing their students under the RIAA bus, as one poster put it. As an alum, I am happy to see this. I wonder if they needed to get a story like this out to help combat the backlash and stigma from that previous article, though?

Intern Loses 800,000 Social Security Numbers 492

destinyland writes "A 22-year-old intern said today he's the 'scapegoat' for the loss of over 800,000 social security numbers - or roughly 7.3% of the people in the entire state of Ohio. From the article: 'The extent of my instructions on what to do after I removed the tapes from the tape drive and took the tapes out of the building was, bring these back tomorrow.' Three months into his $10.50-an-hour internship, he left the tapes in his car overnight — unencrypted — and they were stolen. Interestingly, the intern reports to a $125-an-hour consultant — and was advised not to tell the police that sensitive information had been stolen, which initially resulted in his becoming the prime suspect for the theft. Ohio's Inspector General faults the lack of data encryption — and too many layers of consultants. But their investigation (pdf) revealed that Ohio's Office of Management and Budget had been using the exact same procedure for over eight years."

Submission + - Leonard Nimoy to play Spock in next Star Trek movi 1

mcgrew writes: "The AP (via the Chicago Tribune) is reporting that Leonard Nimoy will 'don his famous pointy ears again' in the next Star Trek movie, due out Christmas of next year.

"This is really going to be a great movie. And I don't say things like that lightly," Nimoy told a gathering of 6,500 fans Thursday at Comic-Con, the nation's largest pop-culture convention.

He greeted the crowd with a Vulcan salute.

Nimoy was joined by the newly named young Spock, "Heroes" star Zachary Quinto, who bears an uncanny resemblance to Nimoy.

Both Spocks were introduced by the film's director and co-producer, J.J. Abrams.
I've lost track, is this an even numbered Trek movie or an odd numbered one?"

Submission + - Nanotubes fluid used to clean nuclear plant (

Adrian Balan writes: "A supercritical fluid containing nanotubes was used to clean Cruas nuclear plant . On 16 June 2007, 2 of the reactors of the Cruas nuclear plant (France) were halted. A third one on 13 July. The whole plant was not in service for 65h. This is the longest halt since its inauguration in 1983. Briefly, the heat produced by the reactor core , is transferred from the primary water cooling circuit to the secondary cooling circuit, where the water, transformed in vapors, will turn the turbines of the electric generators. The exchange between the primary and secondary circuits is made using U shaped tubes. In this case, one of the tubes was fissured because of residual deposit accumulated, aging of the material and vibrations. A constant monitoring of this leakage imposed that the plant halted 3 times — in February 2004, 1 November 2005, and February 2006.The analysis made by EDF were followed by a decision of the Nuclear Safety Authority to begin a cleaning of the concerned tubes. This cleaning was made using a supercritical fluid containing nano-tubes created on the Trimatec Platform. (Supercritical fluid — a liquid brought to those conditions in temperature and presure at which the liquid state of the matter ceases to exist). The details of the cleaning process and the exactly use of nanotubes in the cleaning solution are not public (yet). Still, sources claim that this process presented dangers to the personnel charged with cleaning and the neighboring area (Cruas, Le Teil, Montélimar, Valence). Le Daubé affirms : "The capacity of the nanotubes to cross biological barriers, notably between blood and brain, combined with its non-biodegradability can have a serious negative impact on health." This supercritical fluid should be used also for other applications. Some additional information can be found here on the NanosScience Network"
Operating Systems

A Historical Look At The First Linux Kernel 173

LinuxFan writes "KernelTrap has a fascinating article about the first Linux kernel, version 0.01, complete with source code and photos of Linus Torvalds as a young man attending the University of Helsinki. Torvalds originally planned to call the kernel "Freax," and in his first announcement noted, "I'm doing a (free) operating system (just a hobby, won't be big and professional like gnu) for 386(486) AT clones." He also stressed that the kernel was very much tied to the i386 processor, "simply, I'd say that porting is impossible." Humble beginnings."
The Internet

Submission + - Wikipedia infilitrated by intelligence agents?

An anonymous reader writes: International Humanitarian Law professor Ludwig Braeckeleer thinks so. In an article published yesterday in the Korean newspaper OhMyNews, he reveals a discovery he made while researching a story on the bombing of Pan Am Flight 103 over Scotland. It turns out that a Wikipedia administrator named "SlimVirgin" is actually Linda Mack, a woman who as a young graduate in the 1980s was hired by investigative reporter Pierre Salinger of ABC News to help with the investigation. Salinger later came to believe that Mack was actually working for Britain's MI5 on a mission to investigate the bombing and to infiltrate and monitor the news agency. Shortly after her Wikipedia identity was uncovered, many of her edits to articles related to the bombing were permanently removed from the database in an attempt to conceal her identity. This discovery comes only months after another Wikipedia admin was caught lying about his credentials to the press. What can Wikipedia do about those who would use it for their own purposes?

Submission + - Kameraflage a Unique Display Technology

Gary writes: "A new technology could revolutionize the way we look through our digicam. Quite contrary to removing the rosy-glasses, here you need to view the world through the digital camera. With the Kameraflage technology, one can view concealed texts and images printed on T-Shirts or billboards only via the digicam. It works by using colors that are invisible to the naked eye but easily picked up by the silicon chips in digital cameras."

Submission + - Move 10000s of Attorney E-mails away from Outlook?

nz17 writes: Some longtime customers of mine are a pair of county attorneys. Part of their job includes receiving and replying to thousands of e-mails every month. As might probably be easily guessed, they use Microsoft Outlook Express. However over time they have become unhappy. While this application might work for some people with small amounts of e-mail, the sheer volume of all this is too overwhelming for Microsoft's e-mail client to handle.

As a result, they must make their almost daily e-mail backups to rewritable DVD media (it is now too large to be stored on ZIP disks or CD-R) to store all of their messages for at least three years. The reason: it is a requirement as part of their occupation, and Outlook Express crashes easily once too many e-mails are stored within it. The e-mails seem to take a large amount of storage space on the HDD as well. Perhaps as a result of OE?

Part of the problem is the POP method used to get their e-mail. Besides choosing Microsoft, they also chose to use a small town ISP that doesn't use IMAP, but rather POP for their e-mail. They don't want to change e-mail addresses because so many people rely on easily and quickly contacting them. However, instead of sitting on a nice server with comfortable growing room, their POP e-mail account is limited to 10 MB. This results in the constant download of e-mail, and difficulty in sharing e-mail between their computers.

They don't care what they move to, but of course they want to perfectly preserve their past communiques. Equal or superior mail filtering of both the message contents and attachment names in comparison to Outlook Express in speed and flexibility is warranted as well. Simple or automated backup is a requirement. A database backend of some sort might be necessary. But the question is "What to use?" Surely there must be a solution to this dilemma.

Submission + - Open source harder to compile on Windows?

MoJo writes: "On a Linux system, you download the source and type 'make'. All the compilers and tools are pre-installed and ready to go. On Windows, there are no standard dev tools and many projects need a significant amount of work just to compile them (e.g. Firefox/Thunderbird) — is this holding open source on Windows back?

As a developer, sometimes I feel like contributing to a project. If I could just download the source and a library or two, hit compile and go from there, I probably would. But invariably there are hoops to jump through, issues to resolve, and in the end it often looks like too much work just to get started, let along develop the patch."

Submission + - Electronics buffs face a new danger!

An anonymous reader writes: The Register ( _rough_brutes_say_brit_spooks/) is reporting the results of a recently released enquiry in which the UK Security Service complain that, while they monitor possible suspects and let them exonerate or incriminate themselves, the US routinely detain, kidnap or torture suspects on little or no evidence. The IT angle comes with the story that UK agents noted four persons carrying improvised electrical equipment and informed the US, who promptly moved them to Afghanistan and Gitmo. The equipment in question was a battery charger, and one person has now been imprisioned without charge for five years. No evidence of any illegality has been uncovered. Technical slash-dotters should note that transporting harmless home-made electronics in the modern world can result in a life-changing experience!

Submission + - Review roundup: Dumping Microsoft Office (

SplatMan_DK writes: Computerworld is running an article about Microsofts dominance in the world of office suites, and pointing to strong alternatives for both Mac and Windows — even if you need MS Office compatibility. Under the title "Review roundup: Dumping Microsoft Office for an alternative suite" Ryan Faas and David Haskin explain that:

there are alternatives out there — all cheaper than Microsoft's standard, and a couple that are even free. We sorted through nine contenders, some for Mac and some for PC (and a couple for both), to find out the best non-Office office suites available.
The article contains a good analysis of 9 non-web Office products for the PC.


Submission + - Sixpack from sitting at the computer (

Clock writes: "The secret dream of all computer geeks has come true. Surfing the Internet can now have similar positive effect on bodily attractivity as surfing Waikiki or Malibu. Twibright Labs have developed Exciter, a cheap open source DIY exercise bike that is to be used while sitting at a computer. Running as a three-phase self-excited induction machine, it generates electricity to power the computer, the LCD screen or at least a desk lamp. This arrangement both saves time and provides additional motivation and fun in exercise. And if you tweak the excitation capacitors, you can draw over 500 volts!"

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