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Submission + - How To Build a Hackintosh

Otter Escaping North writes: Just came across this little guide on building your own PC that you can run a patched (aka hacked) copy of Leopard on. I love my mini, but hobbyist that I am, I might give this a go when it's time to trade up.

Submission + - A First Look At The 45nm Intel Penryn (

Techwarelabs writes: "TechwareLabs has a first look at the new Intel 45nm Penryn Processor complete with screenshots and a preliminary benchmark. The mobile Penryn chip is faster than a pair of dual Xeon 5150 server cpu's due to several enhancements including Intels new high-k transistor material based on Hafnium. Intel has kept to its release of a new processor every 2 years and feels that the new high-k transistor material will assist it in keeping up with Moore's Law."

Submission + - 'Shooting Star' Trails Narrower Than A Pencil Lead

Mundocani writes: Meteor trails begin about 75 miles (120 km) above Earth's surface, a region that is not typically focused on by ground-based telescopes or satellites. Using detailed images, snapped by the Subaru Telescope at the Mauna Kea Observatory in Hawaii and focused on this region of the upper atmosphere, astronomers measured the streaks to discover that they can be as thin as a few millimeters across, or about as thin as a pencil lead.

Submission + - SHA-1 cracking on a budget (

cloude-pottier writes: One thing that is always amazing is what people manage to pull off on absolutely minimal resources. One enterprising individual went on eBay and found boards with more than half a dozen Virtex II Pro FPGAs, nurse them back to life and build a SHA-1 cracker with two of the boards. This is an excellent example of recycling, as these were originally a part of a Thompson Grass Valley HDTV broadcast system. As a part of the project, the creator wrote tools designed to graph the relationships between components using JTAG as to make reverse engineering the organization of the FPGAs on the board more apparent. More details can be seen on the actual project page. If an individual is able to pull this off for under 500 dollars, it almost makes one wonder what resources the government has available to them to do the same thing...

Submission + - Is PDF Spam Not Working For Spammers? (

BaCa writes: HNS is running a story about a dramatic decrease in the amount of spam emails using PDF file attachments. According to research compiled by SophosLabs, levels of PDF spam have dropped from a high of close to 30 percent of all spam earlier this month, to virtually zero. Levels of PDF spam spiked on 7 August 2007 when a single campaign, designed to manipulate stock prices of Prime Time Group Inc, accounted for a 30 percent increase in overall junk email levels. Since then, however, PDF spam has shown a sharp decline.

Submission + - "Viacom hit me for infringing my own copyright ( 2

Chris Knight writes: "Long story short: I ran for school board where I live this past fall and created some TV commercials including this one with a "Star Wars" theme. A few months ago VH1 grabbed the commercial from YouTube and featured it in a segment of its show "Web Junk 2.0". Neither VH1 or its parent company Viacom told me they were doing this or asked my permission to use it, but I didn't mind it if they did. It was great to see the commercial was being enjoyed by a far wider audience than I'd expected. I was honored that they chose to use it and thought that Aries Spears's commentary about it was pretty hilarious, so I posted a clip of VH1's segment on YouTube so that I could put it on my blog. This morning I got an e-mail from YouTube saying that the video has been pulled because Viacom is claiming that I'm violating its copyright. Viacom used my video without permission on their commercial television show, and now says that I am infringing on THEIR copyright for showing the clip of the work that Viacom made in violation of my own copyright! Talk about chutzpah! Needless to say, I would like to fight this: not for any kind of monetary compensation, but just for the right to employ my own self-created material per Fair Use."

Submission + - Chewie Hands off Lightsaber to NASA (

bonniegrrl writes: "Luke Skywalker's original Jedi lightsaber makes its way into space (for real) with NASA astronauts on the space shuttle Discovery in October. To commemorate the historic event, Star Wars characters visited the Oakland International Airport where Chewbacca handed the lightsaber over to NASA's Space Center Houston during a special ceremony on Aug. 28, 2007.

Arriving by Escalade and Hummer stretch limos (the Falcon's in the shop) Boba Fett, Jango Fett, Princess Leia, Luke Skywalker, X-Wing pilots, Jedi and stormtroopers (from the Golden Gate Garrison of the 501st Legion) accompanied Chewie for the fun-filled press event which took quite a few travelers and tourists in baggage claim by surprise. NASA's Space Center Houston Director of Marketing Roger Bornstein greeted the intergalactic guests and warmly thanked everyone's favorite Wookiee for bringing him Luke's lightsaber.

Behind the scenes photos here of the event as well."


Submission + - Budget motherboard keeps up with high-end models

EconolineCrush writes: "Motherboard makers are pushing expensive products loaded with extra features, elaborate heatpipe arrays that snake between multiple heatsinks, and showy port collections bursting with connectivity. But Biostar makes a Core 2 board with 1333MHz bus support, Intel's latest P35 chipset, and performance that matches high-end offerings — for just $90. The Tech Report reviews it, taking an in-depth look at application and game performance, overclocking, and power consumption, and says there may be no need to spend more."
Hardware Hacking

Submission + - Via Unveils 1-Watt x86 CPU

DeviceGuru writes: Taiwanese chip and board vendor Via Technologies has introduced a new ultra-low voltage (ULV) processor aimed at industrial, commercial, and ultra-mobile applications. Touted as the world's most power-efficient x86-compatible CPU, the 500MHz 'Eden ULV 500' processor debuted at an Embedded Systems Conference in Taipei this week. Via says its chip draws a minimum of 0.1 Watts, when idle, and a maximum of 1 Watt, making it a great candidate for consumer electronics devices such as UMPCs, PVRs, and such.

Submission + - Scientists Induce Out-of-Body Sensation 2

Mundocani writes: The NY Times reports about research in out-of-body experiences. From the article: "Using virtual reality goggles, a camera and a stick, scientists have induced out-of-body experiences — the sensation of drifting outside of one's own body — - in healthy people, according to experiments being published in the journal Science."
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Submission + - Why No High-MPG Diesels For The U.S.?

gbulmash writes: "While looking for a high-MPG minivan, wagon, or SUV, I've been finding that the pickings in the U.S. are pretty slim, but that there are plenty of fuel-efficient diesel models in Europe that get even better mileage than some of the larger hybrids for sale in the U.S. With the U.S. having so many people driving so many miles, it seems ridiculous that even Ford is offering highly fuel efficient diesels in Europe that they don't/won't offer here. Is there an actual plausible reason why these models aren't being brought to American markets aside from "marketing objectives"?"

Submission + - Brian May gets PHD

wellingtonsteve writes: Slashdot reported last month that Queen guitarist Brian May was planning to submit his PHD thesis in astrophysics ( 28/0557236).

BBC news is reporting ( stm) that having yesterday passed his Viva in which he had to explain, defend and dicuss his work with other astrophysicists for over three hours, he has now been awarded the PHD.

Brian's official website has more ( l)

Submission + - Sun to change stock symbol from SUNW to JAVA

flanksteak writes: In a move that seems to make no sense (even after a long explanation), Sun's CEO Jonathon Schwartz announced on his blog today that Sun will be changing their NASDAQ stock trading symbol from SUNW to JAVA.

Initial reaction in the comments of the blog appears to be mostly negative.

Submission + - Smart Image Resizing Cuts Out Useless Pixels ( 1

FsG writes: Wouldn't it be useful if you could make images smaller by selectively removing the least important pixels? New research in computer science makes it possible to do just that, thereby shrinking images without either distorting them or making the important elements too small.

Submission + - Nearly 900K US Troops health care records exposed

blueser writes: Military Times reports that "personal health care records of nearly 900,000 troops, family members and other government employees stored on a private defense contractor's nonsecure computer server were exposed to compromise". Exposed information includes social security numbers, names, addresses and coded health data. The contractor has been aware of the data breach since May 29, when USAFE notified them about an insecure data transmission. The Petangon and FBI have already been involved, and the contractor is already notifying those that have been affected.

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