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Submission + - Android ported to iPhone (

anethema writes: iPhone hacker planetbeing, from the iPhone Dev Team has successfully ported the Android OS over to the iPhone. He is doing it on a first generation iPhone, but others may be possible. The port is pretty functional, with data, voice, and many apps working, although it is running a bit sluggish and buggy at the moment, since there appears to be much work left.

Any donations of time, money, or code I'm sure would be appreciated.

The Almighty Buck

Submission + - Treasury Goes High Tech with Redesigned $100 Bills

Hugh Pickens writes: "AP reports that as part of an effort to stay ahead of counterfeiters, the Department of the Treasury has designed a high-tech makeover of the $100 bill with a disappearing Liberty Bell in an inkwell and a bright blue security ribbon composed of thousands of tiny lenses that magnify objects in mysterious ways. The new blue security ribbon will give a 3-D effect to the micro-images that the thousands of lenses will be magnifying. Tilt the note back and forth and you will see tiny bells on the ribbon change to 100s as they move. Tilt the note side to side and the images will move up and down. "We wanted the changes to be very obvious, visible and easy to see," says Larry Felix, director of the Bureau of Engraving and Printing. The $100 bill is a favorite of foreign counterfeiters says US Secret Service spokesperson Edwin Donovan. “It’s in the most exotic, far away and non-domestic locales abroad where this activity goes on most." While the added security features should thwart counterfeits of the new note for the time being, the old note will remain in circulation and can still be counterfeited, “While the old notes get retired, counterfeiting becomes more difficult," says Scott J. Dressler. Assistant professor of economics at Villanova University’s School of Business. "Therefore, you can think of this as the beginning of the end for counterfeiters — until they can successfully pass off a counterfeit of the new bill.”"

Submission + - Gnome to Split Off from GNU Project? (

blozza2070 writes: According to a recent posting from Philip Van Hoof, he suggests that Gnome split off from the GNU Project and proposes a vote. He has been informed he will need 5% of members to agree for there to be a vote put forth. At the same time David Schlesinger (on the Gnome Advisory Board) has agreed on a vote. Stormy Peters claims she doesn’t agree with this but then gives everyone instructions on how to achieve this goal. She mentions that roughly 20 members are needed to agree.

Submission + - What is the state of Linux security DVR Software?

StonyCreekBare writes: I am wondering what slashdotters have to offer on the idea of Linux based security systems, especially DVR software. I am aware of Zoneminder, but wonder what else is out there? Are there applications that will not only monitor video cameras, but motion sensors and contact closure alarms? What is state of the art in this area, and how do the various Linux platforms stack up in comparison to dedicated embedded solutions? Will these "play nice" with other software, such as Asterisk, and Misterhouse? Can one server host three or four services applications of this nature, assuming CPU/memory/disk resources are sufficient?

Comment Re:The most important unit of measurement (Score 1) 245

Quoth the wiki...

"It is estimated that the print holdings of the Library of Congress would, if digitized and stored as plain text, constitute 17 to 20 terabytes of information.[citation needed] This leads many people to conclude that 20 terabytes is equivalent to the entire holdings of the Library, but this is misleading because the Library contains many items in addition to books, such as photographs, maps, and sound recordings. The Library currently has no plans for systematic digitization of any significant portion of its books."

I do tend to agree with you on this perhaps a change is in order. A little off the cuff calculation is in order. Assuming 250 words per page with an average of 6 characters used per word give us approximately 1500 bytes per page in plain text. Also assuming that a 1 megabyte image be used per page instead of that 1500 bytes then we get something like the following.

20TB*(1048576/1500) ~= 14 Petabytes

Submission + - How To Find And Connect To WiFi Networks (

Anonymous Coward writes: "WeFi software makes it easy for you to find and connect to WiFi networks. With WeFi, each user contributes to the rest of the community by using the client and discovering more networks around. All this is reported to a centralized server and shared seamlessly among all users, resulting in easy connection. With the software you can also map your favorite hotspots, find your friends, share your WiFi with other WeFi members and do many other cool things."
PC Games (Games)

Submission + - The PC is still the best games machine!

An anonymous reader writes: Here's an interesting feature that says the PC is still the best games platform, despite the strong Xbox 360 showing and the potential of Sony's PS3. Yes the latest batch of consoles are good, but will we ever really see anything that can match Crysis visually or WoW for sheer user support? PC gaming may be expensive, but this guy reckons it's still worth every penny.

Submission + - How do you find new non-RIAA music? 4

burgundysizzle writes: Hey this is /. (almost) everyone hates the RIAA and a lot of people say that they don't buy anything from the companies that are part of that trade group. What alternatives do you use or more importantly what methods do you use to discover alternative sources of music?

I use (some free legal music available) and (new music is free and most music really cheap) to find new music, but I'm always on the lookout for new and interesting places to discover new music. Tell me about your experiences and any other interesting places you get new music from (that's inexpensive and legal).

Submission + - Guitar Hero's Publishers Got Sued By A Rock Band (

XueCast writes: "The Romantics, a classic rock band from the United States has just filed a lawsuit against the popular Guitar Hero's developer and publishers, which are : Harmonix Music Systems, Activision and RedOctane. In Guitar Hero Encore: Rocks the 80s game title, Harmonix used sound-alike musicians in recording a song from the Romantics rock band in order to reduce cost, but according to the members of the rock band, the sound-alike musicians sound too much like them."

Submission + - Portraits of the Homeworld (

Riding with Robots writes: "Two space probes have delivered striking new images of Earth in the past few days. Yesterday, Japan's space agency released still frames from new HDTV videos that capture stunning vistas of Earth rising and setting over the lunar horizon. Today, the European Space Agency has posted the first shots from the Rosetta probe's latest encounter with its home planet as that spacecraft swung by to get a speed boost on its way to a distant encounter with a comet. These first views come from Rosetta's navcam — the full-color views will be up soon."

Submission + - IBM's Blue Brain project simulates a "rat brai (

Brian Mingus writes: "Yesterday at the Supercomputing 2007 Conference, Dharmendra Modha of IBM's Blue Brain project reported that, "we represented a rat-scale cortical model (55 million neurons, 442 billion synapses) in 8TB memory of a 32,768-processor BlueGene/L." (pdf) This model is seven times larger than their previous simulation of half a mouse brain earlier this year, making it the largest cortical model in history. While it doesn't have the large-scale anatomical connectivity of a rat brain, which give rats their smarts, this model of neuron soup is significant in size, speed and efficiency. They were able to simulate one second of rat brain in nine seconds of real time using their C2 cortical simulator."

Submission + - Microsoft underplays severity of DNS vulnerability

An anonymous reader writes: Tuesday's Microsoft security bulletin MS07-062 describes a possible DNS pharming attack on Microsoft DNS servers (reported by Scanit's Alla Berzroutchko and Trusteer's Amit Klein). Microsoft assigned this issue an "important" severity rating. However, security experts argue that it should be ranked "critical" instead. It is unclear why Microsoft underplayed the severity of this issue. One thing is known — this issue was scheduled for release in October, and for some reason was postponed to November.

Submission + - Ballmer Amuses With Hilarious Vista Comments (

An anonymous reader writes: Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer continues to amuse journalists and readers alike with amusing comments. In his latest interview, he said: "The exchange continues with the fact that the mother involved with this Vista upgrade quickly dumped Vista and went back to XP. Why? It appears to be hardware related issues. Again, this is someone using a machine designed for XP, but still. Ballmer's response? This will blow your mind... "Let's start with the end user. Your daughter saw a lot of value." Keeping in mind that this is regarding a 13-year old kid that thought gadgets are cool.

Submission + - Pop-up Ad Points to Storm Worm Botnet Members

An anonymous reader writes: If your Windows PC served you with a pop-up ad on Tuesday urging you to buy a particular penny stock (Hemisphere Gold Inc. [HPGI.PK]) there's a good chance it's infected with the Storm worm. The Washington Post's Security Fix blog explains: "Criminal groups that control the pool of Storm-infected computers have traditionally used those systems to pump out junk e-mail ads touting thinly traded penny stocks as part of an elaborate and ongoing series of "pump-and-dump" schemes. But today, according to security researchers, the Storm worm authors went a step further by causing a pop-up ad for a particular penny stock to be shown on all infected machines. According to the story, there are more than 200,000 Storm-infected PCs currently.

Submission + - Earthrise/earthset ( 1

GSGKT writes: The iconic "Earthrise" photo taken during Apollo 8 mission has been hailed as "the most influential environmental photograph ever taken". Japanese lunar explorer, Kaguya (a moon princess in Japanese folklore), has entered lunar orbit on Oct 19. It has been sending back pictures/movies of the moon taking with its high-resolution camera before that. Movies of earthrise and earthset taken by the Kaguya are now available. This is the first of such a movie since NASA's 1969 Appolo 11 mission, and the first taken using HD camera, according to Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency's press release.

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