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Cats "Exploit" Humans By Purring 503

An anonymous reader notes a BBC report on research recently published in the journal Current Biology, indicating that cats manipulate humans by adding a baby-like cry to their purring. "Cat owners may have suspected as much, but it seems our feline friends have found a way to manipulate us humans. Researchers at the University of Sussex have discovered that cats use a 'soliciting purr' to overpower their owners and garner attention and food. Unlike regular purring, this sound incorporates a 'cry,' with a similar frequency to a human baby's. The team said cats have 'tapped into' a human bias — producing a sound that humans find very difficult to ignore."

Girl Turns Out To Be Hide-and-seek Phenom 4

2-year-old Natalie Jasmer put her phenomenal hide-and-seek game on display for her family, neighbors, police and firemen Tuesday evening. The little girl remained undetectable for over an hour after authorities started searching the neighborhood. Eventually, the family dog found Natalie asleep in a drawer underneath the washing machine.

Submission + - The lower atmosphere of Pluto revealed ( 1

Matt_dk writes: "Using ESO's Very Large Telescope, astronomers have gained valuable new insights about the atmosphere of the dwarf planet Pluto. The scientists found unexpectedly large amounts of methane in the atmosphere, and also discovered that the atmosphere is hotter than the surface by about 40 degrees, although it still only reaches a frigid minus 180 degrees Celsius. These properties of Pluto's atmosphere may be due to the presence of pure methane patches or of a methane-rich layer covering the dwarf planet's surface."

EVE Devs Dissect, Explain Massive Economic Exploit 139

In December we discussed news that a major exploit in EVE Online had just been widely discovered after being abused by a few players for up to four years, creating thousands of real-life dollars worth of unearned in-game currency. Representatives from CCP Games assured players that the matter would be investigated and dealt with; a familiar line in such situations for other multiplayer games, and often the final official word on the matter. Yesterday, CCP completed their investigation and posted an incredibly detailed account of how the exploit worked, what they did to fix it, how it affected the game's economy, and what happened to the players who abused it. Their report ranges from descriptions of the involved algorithms to graphs of the related economic markets to theatrically swooping through the game universe nuking the malfunctioning structures. It's quite comprehensible to non-EVE-players, and Massively has summarized the report nicely. It's an excellent example of transparency and openness in dealing with a situation most companies would be anxious to sweep under the rug.

Submission + - German Bundeswehr recruiting hackers (

bad_alloc writes: " tells us about the German Bundeswehr's Idea of recruiting hackers in order to "penetrate, manipulate and damage hostile networks". (Note: The following passage ha been translaten from German into English)

The Regiment is stationed in Rheinbach near Bonn and consists of several dozen graduents from Bundeswehr universities. They're training at the moment but the "hackers in uniforms" are supposed to be operational by next year. This regiment officially belongs to the "Kommando Strategische Aufklärung" (strategical reconnaissance) and is commanded by Brigadegeneral Friedrich Wilhelm Kriesel. The Bundeswehr has not said anything to this regiment yet.

You can find the full article in German here."

Comment Re:Deposits and core fees. (Score 1) 249

Put a 50$ tax on 100$ Notebooks? That'll doom Projects like OLPC and Netbooks. And btw where does a computer start? The grey box under your desk for 500$ or the MP3 player for 30$? Since low-end computers and consumer electronics are dirt cheap a huge tax would kill the market. A tax based on the price of the product (lets say 5%) would go almost unnoticed.

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