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Submission + - LEGO is in trouble with feminists (foxnews.com)

Bravoc writes: "The new “LEGO Friends” rolled out in December featuring LadyFigs, curvier takeoffs on the traditional boxy LEGO men. Construction sets include a hot tub, a splash pool, a beauty parlor, an outdoor bakery and a “cool convertible," as well as an inventor's workshop.
But the SPARK Movement objects to the "LadyFigs," the female version of the little figures who man the spaceships, trucks and forts children create. "Ladyfigs" are somewhat anatomically correct, which hypersexualizes girls, according to the group.
"They have little breasts and they have fancy hair," the organization's executive director, Dana Edell, told FoxNews.com. "And it just disturbs us that this is the image that they want girls to see."
(as opposed to mostly anatomically incorrect BIG breasts and fancy hair — ala Barbi. Maybe they are just upset at fancy hair?)"


Submission + - Computer Science at University of Florida being demolished (wordpress.com)

goodguynews writes: The dean of college of engineering at University of Florida has decided to destroy the long standing Computer Science department.
In the pretext of budget cuts she is all set to put forward a proposal that will cut down all research from the department, fire most professors and staff and distribute the remaining faculty to either Industrial Engineering, Electrial engineering or Biomedical engineering. She confidently states in public that Databases belongs to Industrial Engineering, thereby making a mockery of herself and her position.
The Computer Science department is amongst most revenue generating department and attracts THE MOST international and american students.
Despite these facts the dean is misrepresenting the budget and vital figures and has given a less than a week's ultimatum before she finalizes this. Watch videos and for more info visit the website.


Submission + - Malicious Websites Can Initiate iPhone Calls (sans.org)

An anonymous reader writes: In this article, security researcher Nitesh Dhanjani shows how iOS insecurely launches 3rd party apps via registered URL handlers. Malicious websites can abuse this to launch arbitrary applications, such as getting the Skype.app to make arbitrary phone calls without asking the user. Dhanjani lists what developers of iOS apps can do to design their software securely and what Apple can do to help out. Great read!

Submission + - IMDb Reverses Decision to Reject Torrent Movie (torrentfreak.com)

TheyreNotTheir writes: The creators of the BitTorrent-only movie The Tunnel are celebrating today. After being refused an IMDb listing on several occasions, the makers wrote an open letter to the Amazon-owned company which was featured in dozens of news articles. Today, the horror movie, which was funded by people buying individual frames of the production, has been accepted into the IMDb databases.

Submission + - The binary code in Canada's Gov-Gen coat of arms (www.cbc.ca)

Lev13than writes: Dr. David Johnston, formerly the president of the University of Waterloo, was installed as Canada's new Governor-General on Friday. As de facto head of state and the Queen's representative in Canada he is required to design a personal coat of arms. One modern detail has attracted particular attention — a 33-digit palindromic binary stream at the base. Efforts to decode the meaning of the number using ASCII, Morse, grouping by 3/11 and other theories has so far come up empty (right now it's a toss up between random, the phone number 683-077-0643 and Morse code for "send help — trapped in a coat of arms factory"). Is 110010111001001010100100111010011 the combination to his luggage, or just a random stream of digits?
Open Source

Submission + - Nmap Developers release a picture of the Web (nmap.org)

iago-vL writes: The Nmap Project recently posted an awesome visualization of the top million site icons (favicons) on the Web, sized by relative popularity of sites. Once again proving that they're the kings of scanning, this project used the Nmap Scripting Engine, which is capable of performing discovery, vulnerability detection, and anything else you can imagine with lightning speed. We saw last month how an Nmap developer downloaded 170 million Facebook names, and this month it's a million favicons. I wonder what they're going to do next?

Submission + - Russian SORM Email Archive Leaked ( 2

An anonymous reader writes:
username adm
password admin

SORM is russian agency that monitor internet use, spy on people, connect with the other government agencys
now emails are leaked. site is slow but please send this to many people. some russians take big risk to make this
this is thing that should be knowed by many


Submission + - Supercomputing: There's an App for That (utexas.edu)

aarondubrow writes: Researchers at MIT have created an experimental system for smart phones that allows engineers to leverage the power of supercomputers for instant computation and anaylsis. The team performed a series of expensive high-fidelity simulations on the Ranger supercomputer to generate a small “reduced model” which was transferred to a Google Android smart phone. They were then able to solve engineering and fluid flow problems on the phone and visualize the results interactively. The project proved the potential for reduced order methods to perform real-time and reliable simulations for complicated problems on handheld devices. [Watch the awesome demo to see the full potential of the system.]

Submission + - Man arrested for expressing opinion. (google.com)

An anonymous reader writes: "Connecticut police say they arrested a man at a management company after he mentioned the shooting rampage across the state that killed nine people and said he understood the killer's mindset."

Thoughtcrime, anybody?


Submission + - Windows 7 Service Pack 1 Beta Goes Public (h-online.com)

suraj.sun writes: At its Worldwide Partner Conference in Washington, Microsoft has announced, a little earlier than scheduled, the release of the first beta version of Service Pack 1 for Windows 7 and Server 2008 R2.

Service Pack 1 will include all patches previously released via Windows Update and several additional hot-fixes. There is no new functionality for Windows 7, although interaction between Windows 7 and Server 2008 R2 sees the addition of features including RemoteFX and Dynamic Memory. Further details about those features can be found on the Microsoft server division blog ( http://blogs.technet.com/b/windowsserver/archive/2010/07/12/available-for-download-windows-server-2008-r2-sp1-beta.aspx ).

Microsoft is expressly not making the pre-release version available to home users and will not support it in any way. As with all pre-release versions, use in production environments and on mission critical systems is not advised.

To download ( http://technet.microsoft.com/en-gb/evalcenter/ff183870.aspx ) the pre-release version, you will first have to overcome the usual Microsoft hurdles. Firstly, you'll need a Windows Live ID. Once logged in, to proceed you need to answer the question "which best describes your activity" with 'Developer' or 'IT manager'. Answering 'consumer', 'student' or 'technology enthusiast' will get you booted out.

H-online: http://www.h-online.com/security/news/item/Public-beta-of-Windows-7-Service-Pack-1-now-available-1037282.html


Submission + - Texas Approves Conservative Textbook Curriculum (dallasnews.com) 2

suraj.sun writes: In a landmark move that will shape the future education of millions of Texas schoolchildren, the State Board of Education on Friday approved new curriculum standards for U.S. history and other social studies courses that reflect a more conservative tone than in the past.

Split along party lines, the board delivered a pair of 9-5 votes to adopt the new standards, which will dictate what is taught in all Texas schools and provide the basis for future textbooks and student achievement tests over the next decade.

Texas standards often wind up being taught in other states because national publishers typically tailor their materials to Texas, one of the biggest textbook purchasers in the country.

Approval came after the GOP-dominated board approved a new curriculum standard that would encourage high school students to question the legal doctrine of church-state separation --a sore point for social conservative groups who disagree with court decisions that have affirmed the doctrine, including the ban on school-sponsored prayer.

Dallas Morning News: http://www.dallasnews.com/sharedcontent/dws/dn/education/stories/DN-sboe_22tex.ART0.State.Edition2.140f306f.html

Submission + - Wesnoth 1.8 Released (wesnoth.org)

An anonymous reader writes: After more than a year since 1.6 came out, a new stable release of Wesnoth — an addictive and cross-platform turn-based strategy game — has been released. From the game's website: 'You can look at the (translated) release notes to get an idea about what has changed since 1.6. For those who just want to play, the new release is available for download.'

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