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Submission + - CentOS releases the Xen4CentOS project returning Xen support to CentOS 6. (

dustwun writes: From the announcement

We are pleased to announce the immediate availability for the Xen4 virtualisation stack for CentOS-6/x86_64 The software is delivered as a dedicated repository under and were developed with the help of the Xen Project, the Citrix Xen open-source team,'s Cloud Engineering team and Rackspace Hosting.

This should help a large number of hosters more easily migrate their aging systems to a more recent version of CentOS, as well as take advantage of newer features. There have been some rumblings in the CentOS world, and this announcement seems show that they've been busy.

Submission + - Introducing the NSA-Proof Crypto-Font ( 1

Daniel_Stuckey writes: At a moment when governments and corporations alike are hellbent on snooping through your personal digital messages, it'd sure be nice if there was a font their dragnets couldn't decipher. So Sang Mun built one.

Sang, a recent graduate from the Rhode Island Schoold of Design (RISD), has unleashed ZXX—a "a disruptive typeface" that he says is much more difficult to the NSA and friends to decrypt. He's made it free to download on his website, too.

"The project started with a genuine question: How can we conceal our fundamental thoughts from artificial intelligences and those who deploy them?" he writes. "I decided to create a typeface that would be unreadable by text scanning software (whether used by a government agency or a lone hacker)—misdirecting information or sometimes not giving any at all. It can be applied to huge amounts of data, or to personal correspondence."

He named it after the Library Congress's labeling code ZXX, which archivists employ when they find a book that contains "no linguistic content."


Submission + - Element 113 Synthesized ( 1

DevotedSkeptic writes: "After nine years of painstaking experiment, researchers in Japan reported yesterday that they have created a third atom of the element 113. That success, according to experts in the field, could see the element officially added to the periodic table. It would be the first artificial element to be discovered in East Asia, potentially giving the Japanese team the right to name it.

But that privilege is not assured. US and Russian researchers have also been hard at work on element 113, and say that they have created 56 atoms of it since 2003.

None of these sightings has been confirmed by the independent committee of experts appointed to rule on such matters. That shows how hard it is to prove the creation of new superheavy elements, although it also highlights the bureaucratic nature of the process set up to approve findings."


Submission + - Iran's News Agency Picks Up Onion Story ( 2

J053 writes: "FARS, the Iranian news agency, ran a story about a Gallup poll which showed that "the overwhelming majority of rural white Americans said they would rather vote for Iranian president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad than U.S. president Barack Obama. “I like him better," said West Virginia resident Dale Swiderski, who, along with 77 percent of rural Caucasian voters, confirmed he would much rather go to a baseball game or have a beer with Ahmadinejad". Only problem was, it was a story from The Onion. Not only that, they took credit for it! The Onion responded by stating that "Fars is a subsidiary and has been "our Middle Eastern bureau since the mid 1980s"."

Submission + - 13 years old hacker Esteban is announced developer of the month! ..and the Cinna (

Rzarector writes: "Some great news come from Mint camp this month. First, Mint has been ranked “Best Distro 2012 by Linux Format! Then, Mint is proud to have in his side one of the most talented hackers, the just 13 years old Esteban -esteban1uy- who was announced as the developer of the month (in Mint).

Finally, Cinnamon towards version 1.6 is doing great and I think it is the perfect solution for the people that like a more traditional (than GS) environment yet modern and fancy."


Submission + - Fiber optic "magic carpet" network could help predict injuries ( 1

coondoggie writes: "Scientists have demonstrated a fiber optic-based "magic carpet" that can detect when someone has fallen and could be used to help predict health problems that lead to other accidents in the future. Scientists at the University of Manchester in the UK last week showed their magic carpet made of plastic optical fibers, that bend when anyone treads on it and relay the activity to a computer which in turn can map, in real-time, their walking patterns."
Role Playing (Games)

Submission + - Middle-Earth Skyrim mod shut down by WB (

dotarray writes: The death bells have rung for MERP, an ambitious Middle Earth Roleplaying Project (geddit?) designed as a mod for Skyrim. The mod's developers have received a cease-and-desist letter, but not from Bethesda, owners of The Elder Scrolls. Instead, the notification came from Warner Bros., who owns the rights to various works by J.R.R. Tolkien — including, of course, names and events used in MERP.

The independent development team had been working on MERP for more than eight years, but following the C&D request, has decided to completely stop development on the mod.

Submission + - First evidence of gravity waves ( 1

gewalker writes: "This is supposed to be published soon in "The Astrophysical Journal Letters", but in short researchers claim they have detected gravity waves from the husks of 2 stars 3000 light years away. They are losing energy and circling each other faster over time as the gravity waves remove energy from the orbits of the pair. This energy loss agrees with the prediction of general relativity — not a direct observation of gravity waves."

Submission + - AVX Client database leaked ( 1

Tastecicles writes: Rare metal mining and components concern AVX Corporation is the latest victim of the group Anonymous, who have just announced a successful hack of the company's client database. The Anonymous hackers have published the database on several file dumps, stating that AVX "has been involved in the illegal mining and export of coltan from the war torn Democratic Republic of the Congo" Coltan is a dark ore consisting of niobium and tantalum and a vital component of most electronic devices on Western markets. Since AVX Corp. has previously given its assurances that it does not source conflict minerals for its component manufacture, what does this mean for it and its parent company Kyocera Electronics Corporation (71% ownership), should the assertions of Anonymous prove accurate?

Submission + - Journalists Targeted and Harassed by Chicago PD During NATO Protest (

phx_zs writes: Numerous "citizen journalists" who have been streaming live video of the NATO and G8 meeting protests in Chicago have reported being followed, harassed, unlawfully detained and searched by the Chicago Police.
Video has surfaced showing one of these incidents occurring, during which the journalists say they were handcuffed, interrogated, and had their equipment destroyed.

United States

Submission + - In Nothing We Trust 1

Hugh Pickens writes writes: "Ron Fournier and Sophie Quinton write in the National Journal that seven in 10 Americans believe that the country is on the wrong track; eight in 10 are dissatisfied with the way the nation is being governed, only 23 percent have confidence in banks, and just 19 percent have confidence in big business. Less than half the population expresses “a great deal” of confidence in the public-school system or organized religion. “We have lost our gods,” says Laura Hansen. "We’ve lost it—that basic sense of trust and confidence—in everything.” Humans are coded to create communities, and communities beget institutions. What if, in the future, they don’t? People could disconnect, refocus inward, and turn away from their social contract. Already, many are losing trust. If society can’t promise benefits for joining it, its members may no longer feel bound to follow its rules. But history reminds us that America’s leaders can draw the nation together to solve problems. At a moment of gaping income inequality, when the country was turbulently transitioning from a farm economy to a factory one, President Theodore Roosevelt reminded Americans, “To us, as a people, it has been granted to lay the foundations of our national life.” At the height of the Great Depression, President Franklin Roosevelt chastised the business and political leaders who had led the country into ruin. “These dark days will be worth all they cost us if they teach us that our true destiny is not to be ministered unto but to minister to ourselves and to our fellow men," said FDR. “Restoration calls, however, not for changes in ethics alone. This Nation asks for action, and action now.""

Submission + - Millions in China Live in Energy Efficient Caves

Hugh Pickens writes writes: "Barbara Demick reports in the LA Times that more than 30 million Chinese people live in caves, many of them in Shaanxi province where the Loess plateau, with its distinctive cliffs of yellow, porous soil, makes digging easy and cave dwelling a reasonable option. The better caves protrude from mountains and are reinforced with brick masonry and some are connected laterally so a family can have several chambers. Electricity and even running water can be brought in. "Most aren't so fancy, but I've seen some really beautiful caves: high ceilings and spacious with a nice yard out front where you can exercise and sit in the sun," says Ren, who works as a driver in the Shaanxi provincial capital, Xian. "It's cool in the summer and warm in the winter. It's quiet and safe." In recent years, architects have been reappraising the cave in environmental terms, and they like what they see. "It is energy efficient. The farmers can save their arable land for planting if they build their houses in the slope. It doesn't take much money or skill to build," says Liu Jiaping, director of the Green Architecture Research Center in Xian and perhaps the leading expert on cave living. Liu helped design and develop a modernized version of traditional cave dwellings that in 2006 was a finalist for a World Habitat Award, sponsored by a British foundation dedicated to sustainable housing. Meanwhile a thriving market around Yanan means a cave with three rooms and a bathroom (a total of 750 square feet) can be advertised for sale at $46,000. "Life is easy and comfortable here. I don't need to climb stairs. I have everything I need," says 76-year-old Ma Liangshui. "I've lived all my life in caves, and I can't imagine anything different.""
United Kingdom

Submission + - Hobbit home in Wales ( 1

MonsterTrimble writes: "From the article: "Simon Dale is a family man in Wales, the western part of Great Britain. His interest in self-sustainability and an ecological awareness led him to dig out and build his own home—one of the loveliest, warmest, most inviting dwellings you could ever imagine. And it cost him only £3,000, about $4,700 American dollars!""

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