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Submission + - Fake certificate for * in Iran ( 1

An anonymous reader writes: Dutch CA DigiNotar has issued a certificate for * (which was revoked a few hours ago), that some Iranian ISPs used to do SSL MITM.

Submission + - The Star Wars Kid is back (

An anonymous reader writes: It was eight years ago that Ghyslain Raza slashed his way into our hearts with his Star Wars Kid video. Sadly, Raza suffered from severe bullying and abuse for his video and eventually ended up in a psychiatric ward for children. However, his video was seen 1 billion times and multiple thousands of geeks came immediately to his defense. While those must have been the worst years of his life, things are now looking up.

Comments focus on bullying.

Submission + - arXiv vs. snarXiv (

David Simmons-Duffin writes: "The arXiv is a free online repository of academic papers that's particularly widely used in the high energy physics community. I recently implemented a site called the snarXiv that randomly generates plausible sounding high energy theory paper titles and abstracts and posts them like on the arXiv. I also turned it into a game arXiv vs. snarXiv that presents the player with one randomly generated title and one title from the real arXiv. The player has to figure out which one is real. ArXiv vs. snarXiv turns out to be kind of addictive, and it's become pretty popular in the physics community. Over the last few days, people have guessed on over 400,000 pairs of titles (, and are averaging about 60% accuracy in identifying which title is real. More information about the implementation, along with suggested "applications" for the snarXiv is here. Through all this, I'm collecting a lot of data about the real arXiv. After people have played the game for a while, I'll have statistics on which papers people most think are fake, which authors tend to write fake-sounding papers, etc. Of course, all of this data is a bit arbitrary since it depends as much on the implementation of the snarXiv as on the actual papers, but it's still amusing and interesting to have a rudimentary sense of the public's reaction to the kind of research physicists are doing these days."

Submission + - New Google Search Index 50% Fresher with Caffeine 1

Ponca City, We love you writes: "When Google started, it would only update its index every four months, then around 2000, it started indexing every month in a process called the "google dance" that took a week to 10 days and would provide different results when searching for the same term from different Google data centers. Now PC World reports that Google has introduced a new web indexing system called Caffeine, that delivers results that are closer to "live" by analyzing the web in small portions and updating the index on a continuous basis. "Caffeine lets us index web pages on an enormous scale," writes Carrie Grimes on the official Google Blog. "Caffeine takes up nearly 100 million gigabytes of storage in one database and adds new information at a rate of hundreds of thousands of gigabytes per day." Now not only does Caffeine provide results that are 50 percent fresher than Google's last index, adds Grimes, but the new search index provides a robust foundation that will make it possible for Google to build a faster and more comprehensive search engine that scales with the growth of information online."

Submission + - 66% Misunderstand Gas Mileage. Here's Why (

thecarchik writes: OK, so here's a little test: Which saves more gasoline, going from 10 to 20 mpg, or going from 33 to 50 mpg? If you're like most Americans, you picked the second one. But, in fact, that's exactly backwards. Over any given mileage, replacing a 10-mpg vehicle with one that gets 20 mpg saves five times the gasoline that replacing a 33-mpg vehicle with one that gets 50 does. Last summer, Duke University’s Fuqua School of Business released a study that shows how much damage comes from using MPG instead of consumption to measure how green a car is. Management professors Richard Larick and Jack Soll's experiments proved that consumers thought fuel consumption was cut at an even rate as mileage increased.

Submission + - Researchers Build Neuron Circuits (

bendodge writes: "Elisha Moses and his students at the Weizmann Institute of Science in Rehovot, Israel have developed a method of scratching glass to grow neurons into shapes that can be used for circuits.

The starting point is a glass plate coated with cell-repellent material. The desired circuit pattern is scratched into this coating and then coated with a cell-friendly adhesive. Unable to gain purchase on most of the plate, the cells are forced to grow in the scratched areas.

The scratched paths are thin enough to force the neurons to grow along them in one direction only, forming straight wire-like connections around the circuit.

Using this method the researchers built a device that acts like an AND logic gate, producing an output only when it receives two inputs.



Submission + - Web censor critics gagged by Australian Government (

AcidAUS writes: The Federal Government is attempting to silence critics of its controversial plan to censor the internet, which experts say will break the internet while doing little to stop people from accessing illegal material such as child pornography. Internet providers and the government's own tests have found that presently available filters are not capable of adequately distinguishing between legal and illegal content and can degrade internet speeds by up to 86 per cent.
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Submission + - Comcast Will Offer 22Mbps, 50Mbps Within Weeks ( 4

An anonymous reader writes: Broadband Reports notes that Comcast is getting ready to drop DOCSIS 3.0 upgrades in a handful of new markets sometime during the next few weeks. In addition to offering customers new 22Mbps/5Mbps ($62.95) and 50Mbps/10Mbps ($139.95) tiers to better compete with FiOS, Comcast is effectively doubling their existing tiers (from 6Mbp to 12Mbps, and from 8Mbps to 16Mbps). All but the 50Mbps tier will apparently see slightly more speed due to Powerboost. The cable company says 20% of their markets will be updated by the end of this year, and all customers should see these faster speeds by the end of 2010.

Submission + - What is a Good Programming Font? 1

Jhyrryl writes: My new laptop needs a good font for programming. While I prefer small, I'll sacrifice some size to maximize readability. Obviously each character need to be unique to avoid mistaking O for 0, an l for 1, but it can't be too busy either. Oh, and free (as in beer) is a requirement.

Submission + - Secret Scientology documents published (

hansguckindieluft writes: reports:
The internet group Anonymous that recently declared war on Scientology has published documents and instruction videos (Link to the german newssite with downloads (in english)) reserved for high ranking Scientologists. This has reportedly been made possible by the hack of a scientology server a week ago.
Translated from german:
"The documents include handbooks for the highest OT-levels that normally require investments of hundreds of thousands of dollars into scientology"
"Furthermore CD's for selfindoctrination at 900$ a piece have been 'liberated'"
"Other 'hot stuff' are the OECs (Organization Executive Courses). That tell Org-leaders how to keep, acquire and financially exploit followers"

Other documents contained in the download bear titles like "All about radiation", "Child Dianetics", "The OT Levels" (800 pages), "The Axioms of Scientology" (6 pages), "Advanced Procedures and Axioms" (58p).

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