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Submission + - What has happened to Eric Snowden? 1

MouseTheLuckyDog writes: Some mysterious going ons on the web is causing people to ask if everything is alright with Eric Snowden. His last two tweets, since deleted, were a cryptic message "it's time" followed a few days later by a 64 character hex string. This combined with the recent move against torrents sites has the more sonpiratorially oriented people speculating that perhaps he is dead and various agencies are slamming torent sites to slow the spread of more Snowden leaks.

So what is up?

Submission + - Kid kicked out of school for having bad DNA.

MouseTheLuckyDog writes: Colman Chadam turns out to be one unlucky kid. He turns out to be born with a congenital heart disease, During treatment he was tested genetically and found to have several marker genes for cystic fibrosis. However, he did not have the disease itself.

Eventually his school found out and kicked him out. Kids with cystic fibrosis are not supposed to be near each other due to the increased risk of spreading contagious diseases.

In some sense this story is old, because the school let him back in. The parents sued and their case was dismissed. Now the case is working it's way through the federal court system and could become a major case for determining how genetic information can be used.

Submission + - SPAM: Christmas Science Fiction Recommendations

MouseTheLuckyDog writes: it being Christmas, I like to read ( actually listen as I prefer audiobooks ) light Christmas based fiction. In recent years it has been books by Mary Higgins Clarke. But they seem a bit too cheesy for me.

So does anyone know any good Christmas SF? It doesn't have to be hard SF but certainly serious enough to be published in Analog, for example.

Submission + - Have you seen the creepy youtube video?

MouseTheLuckyDog writes: There is a strange youtube video that is going viral.

Originally on a CD sent to gadgetzz [1], this video is of a person wearing robes and a conical mask. Watch and litening to the video itself is kind of errie. Something about it just makes your hairs stand on end. But there is more.

Imbedded in the video are all sorts of "cryptographic puzzles". For example, there are frames where morse code appears in the left hand window. Looking at a spectrogram reveals a message "you are already dead". Also an image of a skull. Looking deeper people have found distrubing images of torture. WANRING IMAGES NSFW . Someplace in the video, the GPS coordinates of the White House appear.

This video has been mentiond in Gizmodo and even the Washington Post . So what is this video?
  • A cryptographic puzzle.
  • A viral marketing video ad.
  • A crazy serial boasting, possible copycating Dan Browns Inferno.
  • A terrorist announcing his planes
  • Something else.

[1] Gadgetzz has made public an iso of the CD ,/A> the video CAME IN. He labels the isp 11B-X-1371.

Submission + - Was Carly a failure at HP? 7

MouseTheLuckyDog writes: With Carly Fiorina, now running for President, her tenure at HP is once again under a microscope. A recent article claims that her stay wasn't as bad as it seemed. The main argument is a graph of HP, IBM,, Dell and Sun's stock performance.

My own take is the graph is "cooked". Sun, for the most part, never generic desktops or laptops. Furthermore Sun mostly depended on Sparc chips which were on their last legs at the time. The end result is that the graph looks like one you would expect of three French vintners and one California vintner. Sun's 200% peak ( due to java ) makes variations in the other 3 companies performances look small.

Furthermore, Apple is glaringly missing. If Apple were included, the graph would be a flatline clearly showing the graph was cooked. With Apple in, they would have to cut the graph off at 2007 showing a more realistic view of Carly's performance.

So what do you think. Was the article correct? What do you think of Fiorina's job at HP? ( From what I remember "worst CEO ever" about sums it up. ) Links from that period of time would be appreciated, since I think it is going to be a long election season and the issue will not go away anytime soon.

Submission + - Linux Mint Debian Edition 2 released ( "LDME Betsy" )

MouseTheLuckyDog writes: The latest version of Linux Mint Debian Edition 2 released ( "LDME Betsy" ) the web page offering ther MATE version describe Mint as

LMDE (Linux Mint Debian Edition) is a very exciting distribution, targeted at experienced users, which provides the same environment as Linux Mint but uses Debian as its package base, instead of Ubuntu. LMDE is less mainstream than Linux Mint, it has a much smaller user base, it is not compatible with PPAs, and it lacks a few features. That makes it a bit harder to use and harder to find help for, so it is not recommended for novice users. LMDE is however slightly faster than Linux Mint and it runs newer packages. Life on the LMDE side can be exciting. There are no point releases in LMDE 2, except for bug fixes and security fixes base packages stay the same, but Mint and desktop components are updated continuously. When ready, newly developed features get directly into LMDE 2, whereas they are staged for inclusion on the next upcoming Linux Mint 17.x point release. Consequently, Linux Mint users only run new features when a new point release comes out and they opt-in to upgrade to it. LMDE 2 users don’t have that choice, but they also don’t have to wait for new packages to mature and they usually get to run them first. It’s more risky, but more exciting.

Downloads available are:

Mate edition Downloads available are:

For those wanting different window managers, other can be downloaded and installed from the repositories.

Submission + - Linux Mint Debian Edition 2 released ( "LDME Betsy" )

MouseTheLuckyDog writes: The latest version of Linux Mint Debian Edition 2 released ( "LDME Betsy" ) the web page offering ther MATE version describe Mint as

LMDE (Linux Mint Debian Edition) is a very exciting distribution, targeted at experienced users, which provides the same environment as Linux Mint but uses Debian as its package base, instead of Ubuntu. LMDE is less mainstream than Linux Mint, it has a much smaller user base, it is not compatible with PPAs, and it lacks a few features. That makes it a bit harder to use and harder to find help for, so it is not recommended for novice users. LMDE is however slightly faster than Linux Mint and it runs newer packages. Life on the LMDE side can be exciting. There are no point releases in LMDE 2, except for bug fixes and security fixes base packages stay the same, but Mint and desktop components are updated continuously. When ready, newly developed features get directly into LMDE 2, whereas they are staged for inclusion on the next upcoming Linux Mint 17.x point release. Consequently, Linux Mint users only run new features when a new point release comes out and they opt-in to upgrade to it. LMDE 2 users don’t have that choice, but they also don’t have to wait for new packages to mature and they usually get to run them first. It’s more risky, but more exciting.

Downloads available are:

For those wanting different window managers, other can be downloaded and installed from the repositories.

Submission + - CSI:Cyber leaked early to torrent sites. 2

MouseTheLuckyDog writes: In a major piece of irony, the first episode of the new version of CSI:Cyber, a new CSI dealing with cybercrimes, has been leaked to torrent sites " before it has been shown by CBS.

PS: Ars is reporting it too.

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