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Comment Re:Nostalgia isn't what it used to be... (Score 1) 274

He could always just cook up some VR helmet system that creates experiences of books and then plop in copies of Steven Levy's Hackers and the Little Kingdom and relive it through his eyes.

Or he could, get off his butt and go work at Apple.. He's still employed there.

Come on, Woz. Make a super iMac or even... a.. Nano mac, I mean Woz is the master of shrinkage. I mean come on, this is guy who made Breakout and they couldn't use his board, it was too small for them!

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Submission + - Married men play the field online

gingerbread-girl writes: "A new study published by Null Hypothesis, the Journal of Unlikely Science, claims our whole evolutionary history could be laid bare on MySpace. Authors found that men using the community site racked up female friends at a startling rate after getting hitched, whilst women stopped shopping around. Dr Mark Steer said, "When you consider the conflicting interests of the sexes, these results really start to make sense. From a man's point of view, the best way to make sure his genes get passed on might be to help one woman bring up the kids whilst sneakily sowing a few extra seeds elsewhere and hoping for the best." ut-true/profs-probings/myspace_sex_married_relatio nship_evolution"

New Way to Patch Defective Hardware 238

brunascle writes "Researchers have devised a new way to patch hardware. By treating a computer chip more like software than hardware, Josep Torrellas, a computer science professor from the University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign, believes we will be able to fix defective hardware by a applying a patch, similar to the way defective software is handled. His system, dubbed Phoenix, consists of a standard semiconductor device called a field programmable gate array (FPGA). Although generally slower than their application-specific integrated circuit counterparts, FPGAs have the advantage of being able to be modified post-production. Defects found on a Phoenix-enabled chip could be resolved by downloading a patch and applying it to the hardware. Torrellas believes this would give chips a shorter time to market, saying "If they know that they could fix the problems later on, they could beat the competition to market.""
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Submission + - Image Analyzer detects porn in data transmissions

thefickler writes: Visual analysis software that was originally created in 2000 has recently expanded to include the detection of pornography within digital data transmission. The detection method and software have been in place for some time, but the recent release of Image Analyzer 3.0 offers significant improvements that will allow its practical use in future applications in real time.
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Submission + - to showcase web-based virtual computer

thefickler writes: The Global Hosted Operating System,, will be showcased at this year's Web 2.0 Expo. It's simply a Virtual Computer that runs in any Internet browser. acts like a regular PC with limited functionality; the only difference is that data and applications can be accessed from any browser in the world.

With currently in the proof-of-concept stage, it can be tried at the website, but it does not yet have any useful applications; however, says that this will change within the coming months.

Feed Security Firm Says It Can't Fight Phishing, So Banks Should Move To A New Domain (

Our friends at anti-virus firm F-Secure have managed to combine two of our favorite things -- security FUD and useless top-level domains -- in a single story. The company says that ICANN should create a ".safe" TLD as a way to stop phishing. It contends that the domain could only be made available to registered banks and financial services firms, then users would know that they should only use sites from such companies that are hosted in the domain. It also contends that such a domain "would allow security providers to create better software to protect the public". The flaws in this concept are pretty obvious. Not only would it require every bank, credit-card company and financial services provider in the world to buy a new domain name and transfer their sites to it, but it doesn't do anything to get around the actual problem with phishing -- that people enter their personal information into sites they think are legitimate. Plenty of phishing attempts use domain names that are fairly obviously fake, but they're either masked by phishers some how, or victims simply don't pay enough attention to notice. Trying to move banks to a new domain won't help stop this at all, and won't provide any advantages over the current system. F-Secure says the change is needed to help security firms fight phishing, but that seems like little more than a comment about its own inadequacies rather than a convincing argument.

Submission + - Australian ISP blacklists GMail - blames Google

BigLug writes: "The Age reports that Australia's largest ISP has blacklisted GMail. "BigPond has slammed Google's spam fighting credentials". Why? Because "Google's mail servers were blacklisted by BigPond". BigPond attempts to lay the problem at Google's feet, claiming that Google didn't act fast enough to de-list themselves after they were incorrectly listed. BigPond uses Trend Micro's anti spam solutions, but even Trend Micro think BigPond got it wrong and even "praised Google's handling of the issue". Should a service such as GMail be responsible for monitoring every ISP's blacklist for incorrect listings?"

Submission + - Google Mail blocks a large amount of users!

An anonymous reader writes: Some Google Mail users are having a hard time. Some can't access their mail at all, some can't download nor send any attachments. Some even can't blog.

Google claims that the problems are due to the battle against Spammers but the fact that they have chosen to bury the issue and haven't notified the users (whom are blisfully unaware of the problem until they try the banned action), can it be possible that Google Mail is trying to bury the story? Since it was Easter holiday on most of the Christian World, not a lot of people have realised that they are affected. Especially since there are people running their businesses and personal lifes using Google Mail, how widely are the Google users being affected, it is not really known.

One theory is Google's servers are overloaded and they are trying to bump the heavy users of the service.

The problem has been affecting Google Mail users for 4 days now and counting.

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