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Google Releases Street View Images From Fukushima Ghost Town 63

mdsolar writes in with news that Goolge has released Street View pictures from inside the zone that was evacuated after the Fukushima disaster. "Google Inc. (GOOG) today released images taken by its Street View service from the town of Namie, Japan, inside the zone that was evacuated after the Fukushima nuclear disaster in March 2011. Google, operator of the world's biggest Web search engine, entered Namie this month at the invitation of the town's mayor, Tamotsu Baba, and produced the 360-degree imagery for the Google Maps and Google Earth services, it said in an e-mailed statement. All of Namie's 21,000 residents were forced to flee after the March 2011 earthquake and tsunami crippled the Fukushima Dai-Ichi nuclear plant, about 8 kilometers (5 miles) from the town, causing the world's worst nuclear accident after Chernobyl. Baba asked Mountain View, California-based Google to map the town to create a permanent record of its state two years after the evacuation, he said in a Google blog post."

Submission + - Fomalhaut's Exoplanets Have Orbits That Defy Theory (discovery.com)

astroengine writes: "Astronomers believe they have found a second distant planet around Fomalhaut, a bright young neighbor star, and that the far-out world — like its sister planet — is shepherding and shaping the star's ring of dust. If confirmed, theorists have some work to do explaining how the planet, believed to be a few times bigger than Mars, ended up 155 times as far away from its parent star as Earth is to the sun. "We're learning a lot about planets that are close to their stars, but that is not the full picture. We also want to know about systems where planets are very far out. By considering near-, far- and mid-range, we can get a complete picture of planet formation,” University of Florida astronomer Aaron Boley told Discovery News."

Submission + - Google Demonstrates 5s cold-boot using Coreboot at IDF (geek.com)

DeathPenguin writes: "Google recently demonstrated an upcoming Chromebook at IDF which is getting closer to the ever-elusive promise of instant-on functionality. The video demonstrates amazingly fast ~5s cold boot to login prompt time using Coreboot, a fully open-source x86 firmware implementation, without using suspend or hibernate tricks. The Coreboot portion takes roughly 650ms, the remainder is Linux kernel, system services, and X. Additionally, all stages of boot are verified for integrity to prevent malware and rollback attacks.

This follows the check-in of thousands of lines of Intel Sandy Bridge and and Panther Point support code to the Coreboot code repository."


Submission + - iPhone users sue AT&T for letting thieves re-activate their stolen devices (forbes.com)

An anonymous reader writes: Following on the heels of the FCC and U.S. mobile carriers finally announcing plans to create a national database for stolen phones, a group of iPhone users filed a class action lawsuit against AT&T on Tuesday claiming that it has aided and abetted cell phone thieves by refusing to brick stolen cell phones.

AT&T has “[made] millions of dollars in improper profits, by forcing legitimate customers, such as these Plaintiffs, to buy new cell phones, and buy new cell phone plans, while the criminals who stole the phone are able to simply walk into AT&T stories and ‘re-activate’ the devices, using different, cheap, readily-available ‘SIM’ cards,” states their complaint.

AT&T, of course, says the suit is "meritless."


Submission + - SPAM: Nintendo's E3 2011 Press Conference: Five Most Wan

youowemelunch writes: Both Sony and Microsoft also have E3 presentations, but the Nintendo event is without question the hottest ticket in town. Not only will the company reveal new games for the 3DS (as well as show off some old ones), but this will also be the first time the press will catch a glimpse of the publisher's upcoming console, Project Cafe.
That said, we expect Nintendo to make multiple announcements in this jam-packed hour and change, many of which will shape the rest of 2011 and future years to come. On that note, these are the top five we're most interested in.

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Submission + - Google Chrome has been hacked (vupen.com)

CPE1704TKS writes: From the site:

"We are (un)happy to announce that we have officially Pwnd Google Chrome and its sandbox.

While Chrome has one of the most secure sandboxes and has always survived the Pwn2Own contest during the last three years, we have now uncovered a reliable way to execute arbitrary code on any installation of Chrome despite its sandbox, ASLR and DEP."

Operating Systems

Submission + - ReactOS 0.3.13 Released (reactos.org) 1

An anonymous reader writes: A new release of the ReactOS, the free windows compilation, now 0.3.13 to the next versions, the 0.4.x. Many issues over the memory, graphical and audio management are now fixed. More SATA drives are supported. Programs as Skype, Thunderbird, FlashPlayer, Mono of VLC work now.

Submission + - Supercomputers Model Nuclear Future (hpcwire.com)

An anonymous reader writes: What would a core meltdown look like in reactor x if it happened today? How is it possible to minimize nuclear waste and create more efficient nuclear facilities? These are a few questions being visualized on Oak Ridge National Lab's supercomputer...
Open Source

Submission + - Open Source Programming Tools on the Rise (infoworld.com)

snydeq writes: "InfoWorld's Peter Wayner takes a look at 13 open source development projects making waves in the enterprise. From Git to Hadoop to build management tools, 'even in the deepest corners of proprietary stacks, open source tools can be found, often dominating. The reason is clear: Open source licenses are designed to allow users to revise, fix, and extend their code. The barber or cop may not be familiar enough with code to contribute, but programmers sure know how to fiddle with their tools. The result is a fertile ecology of ideas and source code, fed by the enthusiasm of application developers who know how to "scratch an itch".'"

Hubble Confirms Nature of Mysterious Green Blob 140

An anonymous reader writes "In 2007, Dutch secondary school biology teacher Hanny van Arkel spotted something mysterious in the night sky. Combing through Galaxy Zoo, an online database set up to enlist the public's help in classifying galaxies, she came across a glowing green smudge of light approximately 650 million light-years away. The object, which became known as Hanny's Voorwerp (Dutch for 'object'), is one of the most mysterious in the universe. Now, detailed Hubble Space Telescope images and new x-ray observations presented here today at the 217th meeting of the American Astronomical Society may finally confirm what it is."
Open Source

Submission + - LSE delayed Linux system finally launches Feb 14 (computerworlduk.com)

DMandPenfold writes: The London Stock Exchange’s delayed Linux-based trading system has finally been given a go-live date of 14 February, for the exchange’s main cash markets.

The launch date announcement comes as the LSE put the highly-publicised December outage of the system — which already runs on its Turquoise anonymous trading venue — down to “human error”. It declined to give more details.


Submission + - Fedora 15 To Get MySQL 5.5; In Rawhide Already! (digitizor.com) 1

dkd903 writes: It has now been confirmed that Fedora 15, codenamed LoveLock will ship two database packages: MySQL 5.5 and PostGreSQL 9. Tis was first brought out on identi.ca by one of the Fedora team leads. MySQL 5.5 was recently announced by Oracle. This new version of MySQL — MySQL 5.5 has a lot of performance improvements over it's previous version 5.1.

Submission + - Sony's PS3 Jailbroken Forever (psgroove.com) 1

ReportedlyWorking writes: It appears that Sony's PS3 has been fatally compromised. At the Chaos Communication Congress in Berlin, a team named "fail0verflow" revealed that they had calculated the Private Keys, which would let them or anyone else, generate signed software for the PS3. Additionally, they also claim to have a method of jailbreaking the PS3 without the use of a Dongle, which is the current method. If all these statements are true, this opens the door to custom firmware, homebrew software, and OtherOS! Assuming that Sony doesn't take radical action and invalidate their private keys, this could mean that Jailbreaking is viable on all PS3, regardless of their firmware!

"Approximately a half hour in, the team revealed their new PS3 secrets, the moment we all were waiting for. One of the major highlights here was, dongle-less jailbreaking by overflowing the bootup NOR flash, giving complete control over the system. The other major feat, was calculating the public private keys (due to botched security), giving users the ability to sign their own SELFs Following this, the team declared Sony's security to be EPIC FAIL!"


Submission + - OSI Refers Novell Patent Deal To Authorities (computerworlduk.com)

WebMink writes: "Worried that the unholy alliance of Microsoft, Apple, Oracle and EMC — hardly known for their collaboration — is establishing a patent troll called CPTN to attack open source software, the Open Source Initiative has announced that they have referred the Novell deal over to the German competition authorities."

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