anthemaniac writes: LiveScience is reporting that a huge comet impact — actually an air burst — wiped out the mammoths and many other creatures about 13,000 years ago. Evidence includes nanodiamonds and iridium (signs of an extraterrestrial object) at 50 spots across a wide area from California to Canada and Europe. Lack of a crater suggests the objects exploded above the surface, like the 1908 Tunguska event in Siberia.
An anonymous reader writes: A press release from EPFL as well as other sources are reporting that an international team has factored a 1024 bit product of primes using the special number field sieve. Once again time to increase your GPG key lengths.
Russian Art Buyer writes: "CNet is reporting that GMail is now open for all, no longer restricting to "invitees only." From the article: "Google on Wednesday said its Gmail service is now open to anyone who wants an account. Previously the service, which provides users with 2.8GB of e-mail storage space, has been by invitation only.""
Not Straight writes: NVIDIA has issued an official response to the widespread complaints about the gaming performance of their GeForce cards under Vista. They're 'aware' of and monitoring nvidiaclassaction.org, but they have no plans to remove the Designed for Vista and Ready for Vista labeling from their products as requested by the site. Furthermore, they don't have a firm timeframe for delivering fully-compatible drivers. 'Over the coming weeks NVIDIA and our partners, along with the industry will continue to update Windows Vista drivers to ensure maximum performance on 3D applications and add feature support.' Until then, it looks like most gamers with GeForce cards will be best served by sticking with Windows XP.
inaneframe writes: "While trying out Vista for myself, I came across a strange interaction. When Firefox 2.0 was installed and then set as the default browser I found that url links from applications or within the OS, like in the help program, would not open up at all.
Has anyone else had this issue? I find it odd that no one else would have caught this. Is this another ploy by MS? Or does it have something to do with the fact that I was running the 64bit version of Windows Vista and Firefox is a 32bit app? Perhaps it has something to do with security "features" not allowing it?"
mrfantasy writes: "Novell and Messaging Architectsannounced that Messaging Architects will be taking over administration of the Hula Project and the NetMail retail product upon which it was based. MA is also using the Hula codebase for their commercial anti-spam and anti-virus gateway. MA has hired the NetMail/Hula developers and many will be working out of Novell's complex in Provo, Utah. Hula was originally under the close supervision of Nat Friedman."