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Submission + - Playstation Network Hacked (playstation.com)

An anonymous reader writes: The Playstation network servers were taken offline on April 20th due to a outside network attack in order to verify the security of their servers.

Submission + - Leaked memo shows CERN small Higgs (plos.org)

An anonymous reader writes: A leaked memo from the CERN's ATLAS experiment servers shows a paper that claims to have seen evidence for a non-Standard Model 115GeV Higgs boson (a very light Higgs). Despite the paper being on the CERN servers, the party line is, “This is not an official result of the ATLAS experiment.” Author's include Wisconsin physicist, Sau Lau Wu, who has been on the hunt for the light Higgs for quite some time.

Submission + - HBGary Federal CEO Aaron Barr Steps Down (threatpost.com)

Gunkerty Jeb writes: Embattled CEO Aaron Barr says he is stepping down from his post at HBGary Federal to allow the company to move on after members of the online mischief making group Anonymous hacked into HBGary Federal's computer network and published tens of thousands of company e-mail messages on the Internet. In an interview with Threatpost, Barr said that he is stepping down to allow himself and the company he ran to move on in the wake of the high profile hack.

Submission + - Are ARM Chips Better than Intel and AMD? (codingfuture.com) 1

future.nerd writes: The companies like Intel and AMD have dominated the microprocessor market since the evolution of computer but these companies have not come up with a solution to their heating problem. It is likely that these companies will face tough competition in near future when companies look to save cost because there are low cost alternatives available from companies that originally provide low cost chips for devices like cell phones and other mobile devices. ARM is one of those companies that provide that kind of processor.

Submission + - Anonymous commentators protected under Swiss Law (tagesanzeiger.ch)

sjau writes: According to the Zurich based newspaper the Swiss Federal Court (=Supreme Court) rendered a judgment which protects the anonymity of commentators. The Swiss Federal Court ruled that online comentators on websites shall get the same level of protection as media confidential sources. In the case the online website of the swiss tv station SF1 contained foul-mouthed comments about other people. Towards the police and prosecution SF1 refused to hand over details of those commentators. The Swiss Federal Court protected SF1's stance under the Swiss Data Protection act — however a comment must contain at least a certain degree of information.

Considering that the Swiss Federal Court protected just two months ago filesharers from being logged by Logistep, the privacy in Switzerland has been blostered once more with this decision.

Submission + - Was the Wheel of Fortune 'Miracle' Really a Hack? (esquire.com)

mattnyc99 writes: By now everyone's seen the video of Caitlin Burke's one-letter solve on Wheel of Fortune last Friday. But not everyone knows how easy it is to game the system of game shows, how easy it is for an addicted viewer to prepare for a big on-air win. Esquire writer Chris Jones pulled back the curtain a bit on the Price Is Right's perfect showcase, but now he's got something of an investigation into America's latest gamebreaker. From the article: "At a remarkably fast rate — "I wanted to show everyone what I've got," Burke says — she can cycle through her shortened lists of possibility. As more letters are guessed and either lit up or discarded, she can permanently drop those from contention, too. Her brain has a one-way valve built into it. Eventually, everything gets distilled, each puzzle boiled down to its most likely combination — two-letter words, three-letter words, and so on. Burke has trained her brain so that the impossible falls away, never to return, and eventually, out of the crowded ether, only a handful of solutions emerge."

Submission + - Retina Implant Restores Vision, Adds IR Spectrum (singularityhub.com) 1

kkleiner writes: Retina Implant AG, has developed an array of 1500+ photodiodes (roughly 38×40 pixels) that is surgically placed within the retina. Light that enters the eye stimulates the photodiodes which send electric currents through the underlying neurons. Researchers describe how blind patients (mostly suffering from retinitis pigmentosa) were able to see light and dark areas and discern basic shapes only a week after their surgeries. One man was even able to see the difference between objects, and read large letters! That would be remarkable enough, but implanted patients also reported a sensitivity to infrared light. That’s right, the retina implant could not only provide very basic vision, but it did so in an extended spectrum.

Submission + - iPad: a games console, controlled by iPhone? (gamepron.com)

dotarray writes: The Incident describes itself as a “fast-paced, retro-style action game”, from developers Big Bucket Software. It’s been created for the iPhone and iPad – both separately and together... Version 1.2 of the game unlocks the ability to use your iPhone as a wireless controller while the action unfolds on the iPad (nifty, huh?).
Sounds like the developers are taking it one step further with v1.3 (expected to be released “very soon”) – utilising new technology to allow you to play the game on your tv.

Feed Ars Technica: IEA: last year's inaction on climate goals cost us $1 trillion (arstechnica.com)

Each year, the International Energy Agency produces a report in which it considers trends in energy use and makes projections for the future. Usually, these reports simply take recent trends and project them forward, but this year's is somewhat different: its author uses a mixture of current trends and the projected impact of countries' pledges for reducing greenhouse gas emissions and subsidies for fossil fuels. This results in some eye-popping figures. Globally, we're subsidizing fossil fuel use to the tune of hundreds of billions of dollars, at a rate of over five times the subsidies going to renewable energy. And our inaction on climate goals has tacked $1 trillion onto the cost of reaching themin 2009 alone.

We'll start with the subsidies. In 2009, the total subsidies were $312 billion, which may seem high until you hear the 2008 figure: $558 billion, boosted by countries' responses to the high fossil fuel prices that year. Most of the subsidies went to help cut the costs of using oil and natural gas products; another substantial chunk went to electricity use.

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Submission + - E Ink unveils first color e-reader (newscientist.com)

Kensai7 writes: E Ink, the firm behind the monochrome displays on the Amazon Kindle and Sony Reader, launched its first colour ebook-reader display this week. Unlike LCDs that constantly draw power, electronic ink uses power to change the image – but not to display it – increasing battery life from hours to weeks. Electronic ink works by attracting black or white powders to the front of a clear pixel capsule.

Submission + - Google Seeks Patent on SSID-Based User Challenges

theodp writes: Did Google have more planned uses for its Street View car-collected data than it let on? In a pending patent application that won't thrill privacy watchdogs, Google lays out plans for using SSIDs captured by vehicles to conduct user challenges for access to 'one or more features of an online service running on a host server.' From Google's patent application for User Challenge Using Information Based on Geography Or User Identity: "Computing equipment configured to detect wireless networks and record the SSIDs of those networks may be placed in vehicles. The vehicles may then travel through the various geographies to collect the SSID information, including the geographic locations of the associated wireless networks. Once collected, the SSID information for the various geographies may be included in the geographic information and used to conduct user challenges as described herein.' In addition to SSIDs, the patent app also discusses capturing local radio, TV, cell tower, and GPS signals for user challenges. In April 2010, Google issued a statement reassuring 'national data protection authorities' that 'data about wifi access points...is not tied to any particular user.' Still, some might find the statement a tad disingenuous in light of the USPTO's subsequent disclosure that Google's had a patent pending for essentially doing so since February 2009.

Feed Engadget: Sprint axes Huawei, ZTE telecom bids due to security fears in Washington? (engadget.com)

Huawei might be making inroads into the US consumer smartphone market, but the Chinese telecom supplier's attempts to break into big business have been stonewalled. Now, the Wall Street Journal reports that Sprint is excluding both Huawei and competitor ZTE from a multi-billion dollar contract -- where they would have been the lowest bidders -- primarily because of national security concerns. The US Secretary of Commerce reportedly called Sprint CEO Dan Hesse to voice concerns about letting firms with possible ties to the Chinese government supply local communications infrastructure, a perspective also penned by eight US senators back in August. "DoD is very concerned about China's emerging cyber capabilities and any potential vulnerability within or threat to DoD networks," the Department of Defense told the publication, without naming Huawei or ZTE directly. We're not doctors, but it sounds like someone's got a serious case of supercomputer envy.

Sprint axes Huawei, ZTE telecom bids due to security fears in Washington? originally appeared on Engadget on Sat, 06 Nov 2010 15:33:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Submission + - End of Net Neutrality? Old crop of neutralists out (cnn.com)

Coldeagle writes: Interesting tidbit from CNN, it appears as if all 95 members of the House and Senete who had previously pledged support for Net Neutrality have all been replaced in yesterday's election. According to CNN, most Republican's oppose Net Neutrality. Interest facts about how the FCC is also attempting to gain the right from Congress to apply Net Neutrality.

Submission + - 3-D holographic telepresence created (w/video) (insidescience.org)

Flash Modin writes: Eventually you'll be able to project a holograph of Princess Leia into your own living room, thanks to a device announced today by the journal Nature. The physicists who created the device claim that their holographic 3-D display can refresh color images every two seconds without the need for glasses and say it's the closest thing to a real time holographic projection ever created. The breakthrough was possible because of a material called a photorefractive polymer film, on which a 3-D image can be recorded and erased, and then replaced with a new image. The holograph still exists inside of a flat frame rather than being projected into thin air, but like a sheet of magical glass it allows you to see all sides of an image as the frame is rotated. This sets it apart from seemingly 3-D projections like those used by CNN in its election night coverage, which still only show one perspective. The group plans to make a much improved version that they expect to have marketable applications in the entertainment industry, telemedicine, manufacturing and the military.

Flash Comes To the iPhone Via App 182

An anonymous reader writes "While the HTML5 and Flash standard debate rages, Apple, a major promoter of HTML5, has allowed its iOS devices to run Flash videos. Apple has given approval to an app developed by Skyfire that translates Flash code into HTML5. According to CNN, when a user clicks on a Flash video the Skyfire app downloads the Flash video on Skyfire's server where the video is decoded and then encoded in HTML5 and is delivered to an iOS device. The app is embedded in the Safari browser."

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