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Submission + - Where could we find aliens, and why haven't they found us?

An anonymous reader writes: The Fermi paradox contrasts high forecast probabilities of alien civilizations existing with their absence from our experience. In a series of four videos prominent physicists Joe Silk and Mario Livio discuss this paradox and the defining galactic habitability zones, signatures of life and the role of the multiverse, as part of the Oxford University Physics of Fine-Tuning Project
News

Submission + - Wonder carbon pioneers win Nobel Physics Prize (google.com)

suraj.sun writes: Two Manchester University scientists won the 2010 Nobel Physics Prize Tuesday for their pioneering work on a form of carbon touted as the wonder material of the 21st century.

Russia-born Andre Geim, of the Netherlands, and Russian-British national Konstantin Novoselov were awarded for research on graphene, hailed by the Swedish Academy of Sciences as "the perfect atomic lattice" for its glittering potential in computers, home gadgets and transport.

The Academy lauded Geim, 51, and Novoselov, 36, for having "shown that carbon in such a flat form has exceptional properties that originate from the remarkable world of quantum physics."

The prize honours a breakthrough that paved the way to graphene, a form of carbon touted as the next-generation super-material. Just one atom thick, it is the world's thinnest and strongest nano-material, almost transparent and able to conduct electricity and heat. As a result, graphene is described as the candidate material to replace silicon semi-conductors.

Graphene transistors would in theory be able to run at faster speeds and cope with higher temperatures than today's classic computer chips.

AFP: http://www.google.com/hostednews/afp/article/ALeqM5j1_foqK-zcRLrHxrA7X1IdZg0MTA?docId=CNG.29fa01d16fcde30cb5d406b0b6b63005.581

Submission + - Avast having problems with false positives

NotSoHeavyD3 writes: So just today Avast anti-virus is going nuts claiming I have win32:delf-mzg [trj] infecting pretty much everything. I should have googled it first before going nuts scanning everything but it looks like this is actually a false positive that pretty much cripples my machine. At this point apparently there isn't much to do but disable avast and wait for a fix to come out. Anyway hopefully this can prevent other Slashdot'ers from trying to clean out their entire machine of viruses that don't actually exist.
Announcements

Submission + - Steve Furber gets a CBE (bbc.co.uk)

bjorniac writes: Steve Furber, one of the creators of the legendary BBC Micro computer and innovator behind the revolutionary ARM processor received a CBE in the New Year's Honours List. He now joins the revered ranks of Kylie Minogue and Michael Parkinson.
Media

Submission + - RIAA Suing User for Copying CDs to Hard Drive 2

tigerhawkvok writes: "Everyone has some gripe about the the RIAA. Well, here's one that we can all partake in, more than usual: The RIAA has officially started suing people for copying CDs to their hard drive. Yes. You read that right. They want you to fill up your PMPs with just content downloaded from their label websites, Microsoft's marketplace, iTunes, or what have you. No CDs allowed.
No, this is not just the famous side-comment of "when an individual makes a copy of a song for himself, I suppose we can say he stole a song." Copying a song you bought is "a nice way of saying 'steals just one copy' " as said by the Sony/BMG chick. This is an actual lawsuit.

This disgusting trend brought to your attention courtesy Engadget."
It's funny.  Laugh.

Police Busted When Tracking Device Found On Car 367

uh oh notes a story from Down Under where a police investigation came to a screeching halt as a man being investigated by the police found tracking devices in two of his cars, ripped them out, and listed them on an auction site. "Ralph Williams, of Cromwell, said he found the devices last week in his daughter's car, which he uses, and in his flatmate's car after the cars were seized by police and taken away for investigation."
Privacy

Submission + - EU: Telcos don't have to identify p2p users (elpais.com)

ccguy writes: According to El Pais (article in Spanish), Promusicae, yet another Spanish IP rights association sued Telefónica -largest telco- because it refuses to identify users. The Spanish law is clear: Non profit sharing is not a crime. The judge however, asked the European Union whether there's any directive on this. Answer: If there's no crime personal information must be kept private.
Operating Systems

Submission + - Stealing Versus Sharing (kerneltrap.org)

An anonymous reader writes: KernelTrap has some fascinating coverage of a recent rift between the OpenBSD developers and the Linux kernel developers. Proponents of the GPL defend their license for enforcing that their code can always be shared. However in the current debate the GPL is being added to BSD-licensed code, thereby preventing it from being shared back with the original authors of the code. Thus, a share-and-share-alike license is effectively preventing two way sharing.

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