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Security

Submission + - Yet another rootkit for Windows via IE

AliasMarlowe writes: Yet another rootkit is being installed on Windows PCs via an Internet Explorer exploit which modifies the MBR to load malicious code on startup. Apparently originating in Russia, it is spreading mostly in Europe. The rootkit can download malware such as keyloggers, and can reinstall the malware if it is deleted by anti-virus programs. Typically, the purpose is to intercept login details for online banking (900 financial institutions), and send the harvested information to its originators.http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/technology/7183008.stm Windows Vista, XP, 2000, and 2003 may all be vulnerable.

Feed Schneier: Your Brain on Fear (schneier.com)

Interesting article from Newsweek: The evolutionary primacy of the brain's fear circuitry makes it more powerful than the brain's reasoning faculties. The amygdala sprouts a profusion of connections to higher brain regions -- neurons that carry one-way traffic from amygdala...
Power

Submission + - Scientists Able to Make Fuel from CO2 and Sunlight (wired.com)

An anonymous reader writes: Wired.com reports that scientists at Sandia National Laboratories are creating a prototype of a system that will be able to synthesize methanol and gasoline using sunlight and carbon dioxide: "The Sunlight to Petrol, or S2P, project essentially reverses the combustion process, recovering the building blocks of hydrocarbons. They can then be used to synthesize liquid fuels like methanol or gasoline. Researchers said the technology already works and could help reduce greenhouse-gas emissions, although large-scale implementation could be a decade or more away... Lab experiments have shown that the process works, Stechel said. The researchers hope to finish a prototype by April... The Sandia team envisions a day when CR5s are installed in large numbers at coal-fired power plants. Each of them could reclaim 45 pounds of carbon dioxide from the air daily and produce enough carbon monoxide to make 2.5 gallons of fuel. Coupling the CR5 with CO2 reclamation and sequestration technology, which several scientists already are pursuing, could make liquid hydrocarbons a renewable fuel, Stechel said."
The Courts

Submission + - Wired: RIAA's 'misspeaking' affected verdict

NewYorkCountryLawyer writes: David Kravetz of Wired.com, who covered the Capitol v. Thomas trial gavel-to-gavel and in person, writes that the RIAA's recent statement — that SONY BMG's top litigation lawyer "misspoke" during the trial when she said that making a copy from one's own cd is "stealing" — may have caused a major "miscarriage of justice". Wired points out that later on in the trial, during the RIAA's examination of Ms. Thomas, "On the hard drive she [turned] over were thousands of songs Thomas said she ripped from her CDs. The RIAA's Gabriel suggested to jurors that copying one's purchased music was a violation of the Copyright Act. Gabriel, for example, asked Thomas whether she had ever burned CDs, either for herself, or to give away to friends. "Did you get permission from the copyright owners to do that?" Gabriel asked. "No," Thomas responded." Gabriel, the RIAA's lead attorney, apparently misspoke too — prejudicing jurors along the way.
Movies

Submission + - Bloggers Already Giving Up On HD DVD

An anonymous reader writes: Mike over at Hacking Netflix is contemplating selling his "slightly used" HD DVD player while Robert Scoble apologizes for betting on the wrong format. And David Carnoy of Crave is of the opinion that selection trumps price even if HD DVD players could be half the price of Blu-ray: http://www.techconsumer.com/2008/01/05/hd-dvd-press-releases-before-after-blu-ray-warner-deal/
Linux Business

Submission + - Microsoft Paid Novell $356 Million in '07

Anonymous writes: At the end of this piece at Channelweb.com, it's reported that Microsoft paid Novell $355.6 million last year as part of their "interoperability" deal. It's no small wonder, then, that Novell executives are saying the deal has been a huge success so far.
Microsoft

Submission + - Xbox 360 Video Output failing (engadget.com)

An anonymous reader writes: Engadget.com is reporting that Xbox 360's video is failing for consumers. Some of the posts in this article are reporting that even replacements are failing as well and some consumers are on there 3rd or 4th Xbox 360.
IBM

Submission + - IBM's U.S. Operations Continue to Shrivel

theodp writes: "While you haven't seen any IBM press releases lately concerning U.S. layoffs or force reductions, Robert X. Cringely reports that IBM is getting leaner and meaner still. It's not that the company isn't continuing to lose U.S. workers, says Bob, they've just stopped talking about it. While the company boasted to Wall Street of its 20,000 additional hires in India last year, bringing IBM's Indian employment to 73,000 workers (100,000 in the 'BRIC' countries of Brazil, Russia, India, China), it took the fifth on how many workers it employs in the United States. The comments are also worth a gander, with tales from purported IBM and H-1B insiders. There's also a tip for Bob to check out an under-the-radar IBM subsidiary called GS Technical Services (aka GST Services), which apparently requires 'Immigration Partners' to conduct its business and allegedly pays abysmal salaries to IBM India employees located in the States according to tipster 'an ibmer.' On its cheesy website, GST advertises that it 'has U.S assignments available for global associates who possess highly specialized technical and applications development skills.'"
Media

Submission + - Fox stealing photo content off the blogs.

rasjani writes: Remember that company that tried to sue youtube for having some of their content online ? Remember that tv network who airs copyright warnings about every 5 minutes on NFL game ? Yep, its called FOX. And to show how they really feel about copyright laws an d "re-using" other peoples content, i'll let Tracey to describe how she felt when she spotted her dog on FOX.

Earlier this afternoon I was in our kitchen doing dishes, minding my own business. Jamie was in the living room, watching some NFL football.
It was quiet.
Too quiet.
Suddenly, Jamie called to me from the other room, claiming I had to come see something. When I entered the room, he unpaused the broadcast he had been watching (thanks, TiVo!), and immediately I saw the image of an adorable pug, dressed in festive Santa gear, pop up at the bottom of the screen beside FOX's Happy Holiday's ticker. I vaguely remember Jamie saying something to me to the effect of, "Gee, that dog looks a lot like Truman, doesn't it?"

Unix

Submission + - Linux / Unix boxes sweep Amazon's 'best of" 20 (businesswire.com)

christian.einfeldt writes: "Computers and handheld devices running default GNU Linux or Unix OSes have swept Amazon's 'best of' list for 2007, according BusinessWire.com for 28 December 2007. Best selling computer? The Nokia Internet Tablet PC, running Linux. Best reviewed computer? The Apple MacBook Pro notebook PC. Most wished for computer? Asus Eee 4G-Galaxy 7-inch PC mobile Internet device, which comes with Xandros Linux pre-installed. And last, but not least, the most frequently gifted computer: The Apple MacBook notebook PC. Microsoft makes only one appearance on the list, and it wasn't in games, but in the best selling software package: Microsoft Office Home and Student 2007. Microsoft fans will point out that 'all of these computers are capable of running Windows', but in years past, that line belonged to the Linux / Mac crowd."
XBox (Games)

Submission + - new 360 problem

wayne bosch writes: "There seems to be a lot of people experiencing a new death of their 360 consoles, as seen in this following post, there are many more like it) http://forums.xbox.com/13392007/ShowPost.aspx MS are currently charging in excess of $100 to get this fixed and often the machine returned is not lasting very long afterwards. MS are refusing to say anything about this error so far, so I am one of many spreading the word around the gaming community to hopefully get this problem included in MS's extended warranty for the RROD. Feel free to contact me for any more information or threads on the internet about this. Thanks, Wayne Bosch"

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