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Security

Submission + - Sophisticated Computer Crime Uncovered (reuters.com)

Ichabod writes: Sophisticated computer criminals stole data from UniSys, Booz Allen, L-3 Communications, Hewlett Packard and Hughes Network Systems. It sounds like they used a combination of social hacking, undetected low-profile malware (reportedly NTOS.exe), compromised Yahoo accounts to steal, encrypt and store sensitive data. An international investigation appears imminent. Yes, unfortunately Reuters calls the criminals "hackers" further blackening the once-revered title. http://www.reuters.com/article/domesticNews/idUSN1 638118020070717
Media

Submission + - Gillian Anderson Gets a Job!

mrnomas writes: X-who? Bust out the time machine it's time for another X-Files movie! Supposedly picking up where the series left off, David Duchovny hasn't even seen a script yet (he admitted during a Television Critics Association press tour) but he and Gillian Anderson are already "on board" for the film. It remains to be seen if the weak last season will be the starting point for the movie or if they'll decide to skip any idea of continuity and go with a whole new story that wraps up many of the loose ends (or ends that were tied up lamely). Of course, with a 4-5 year gap since the end of the series (not to mention production time) one wonders if the fan base is still there for this one.
The Internet

Submission + - Net addicted couple neglect, starve own kids (yahoo.com)

An anonymous reader writes: Yahoo is reporting in this story that "A couple who authorities say were so obsessed with the Internet and video games that they left their babies starving and suffering other health problems have pleaded guilty to child neglect"

According to a prosecutor on the case: " ... the Reno couple were too distracted by online video games, mainly the fantasy role-playing Dungeons & Dragons series, to give their children proper care ... they had food; they just chose not to give it to their kids because they were too busy playing video games ..."

Police said hospital staff had to shave the head of the girl because her hair was matted with cat urine. The 10-pound girl also had a mouth infection, dry skin and severe dehydration. Her brother had to be treated for starvation and a genital infection. His lack of muscle development caused him difficulty in walking.

Last month, experts at an American Medical Association meeting backed away from a proposal to designate video game addiction as a mental disorder, saying it had to be studied further. Some said the issue is like alcoholism, while others said there was no concrete evidence it's a psychological disease.

Biotech

Submission + - Mitochondria may hold secret to preventing death

H_Fisher writes: "Research into mitochondria — small parts within a cell that have their own DNA — are a cause of cellular death, Newsweek reports. The article from the most recent edition of the magazine, entitled "The Science of Death: Reviving the Dead," reports on people who have recovered from sudden death due to cardiac arrest through the use of medically-induced hypothermia. The cooling process may help stop the death of brain and heart cells caused by the mitochondria once they are deprived of oxygen. The next step: figuring out how to keep the brain from dying, and arguing for or against "the view that the mind is more than the sum of the parts of the brain, and can exist outside it.""
United States

Submission + - Robot aircraft crush worldwide enemies - from Nev. (networkworld.com)

coondoggie writes: "The first unmanned attack squadron in aviation history will arrive in Iraq today looking to deliver 500-pound bombs and Hellfire missiles to the enemy — all from the comfort of a US Air Force base in Nevada. The General Atomics MQ-9 Reaper can be controlled via satellite link thousands of miles away from operational areas. The planes are launched locally, in this case Iraq and Afghanistan, but can be controlled by a pilot and sensor operator sitting at computer consoles in a ground station, or they can be "handed off" via satellite signals to pilots and sensor operators in Nevada's Creech Air Force Base or elsewhere. http://www.networkworld.com/community/?q=node/1756 0"
Announcements

Submission + - Top 5 Really Alternative Home Energy Sources (inhabitat.com)

Inhabitat.com writes: "As solar panels and wind turbines become more and more commonplace in homes, it appears that green energy is finally moving into mainstream. But lest you fear that solar power is becoming too played out, there are still plenty of TRULY ALTERNATIVE energy sources to out there to sink your trendspotting teeth into. From kinetic energy to sound-power and even natural waste (yes, poo), there are more and more creative, weird, and super-promising ways to deliver all the power you need from renewable energy sources all around us. Here are our top 5 Really Alternative Energy Sources... (Cow Poop, Sound, Human Motion, Wind/Kinetics, Spinach)... see article for full descriptions. http://www.inhabitat.com/2007/07/16/top-5-weirdest -ways-to-power-your-home/"
United States

Submission + - Will Political FUD Motivate America? (latimes.com)

BobMcD writes: While we in the tech industry are used to recognizing FUD, will it work with the general public? For example, Michael Chertoff cites a 'gut feeling' that Al Qaeda could strike.

Chertoff said there were not enough indications of an imminent plot to raise the threat levels nationwide. He indicated that his remarks were based on "a gut feeling" formed by previous patterns of terrorist attacks, recent Al Qaeda statements and intelligence he did not disclose.
The motivation?

Chertoff predicts dire consequences if border crossings are not tightened with stricter document regulations because of opposition from business interests. ... He said there would be security repercussions from Congress' failure to pass immigration reform. Chertoff had hoped that granting a path to citizenship to illegal immigrants would cut away "the tall grass" hiding criminal elements among the undocumented workers.
Will it work? Are we to expect more of it in the future?

Censorship

Submission + - ASCAP at it again - going after Mom & Pop shop (floridatoday.com)

gordette writes: ASCAP is extorting money from mom & pop coffee shops that allow musicians to play covers of songs written by others. The music industry giant blackmailed a small Florida coffee shop even though the shop charged no cover and made no payment to the bands that played in the venu. One company even demanded money of one bar owner because a song aired on the bar's television preceding Monday Night Football.
Music

Submission + - Aussie Nightclubs 1500% increase in copyright fees

psy writes: "Nightclub promoters are outraged at a 1500 percent increase in the cost [to APRA] of playing copyrighted music to large crowds, saying customers will suffer along with proprietors and staff. Clubs used to pay a copyrighted music licence fee of 7c a person per night, but from today the figure will soar to $1.05 a person. The figure is based on capacity, so a club that holds 500 will pay $510 — even if only 100 people turn up. Organisers of dance parties have also been hit with the new fees, with the original charge of 20c per person jumping to $3.07. When DJs are meant to be the people helping to sell music and increase CD sales through free advertising, this seems like a backwards move.
Sci-Fi

Submission + - Scientists to Look for 'Wierd Life' (iht.com)

GapingHeadwound writes: Bypassing Slashdot (and going straight to the source?), "Scientists call for wider search for alien life".

Oh, and NASA's involved too...

A panel of scientists convened by America's leading scientific advisory group says the hunt for extraterrestrial life should be greatly expanded to include what they call "weird life": organisms that lack DNA or other molecules found in life as we know it.
[...]
NASA has long looked to life on Earth to guide its search for life on other worlds. Planets and moons that have hints of liquid water have been ranked high on the list of potential sites for life-detection missions. But there is good reason to suspect that other kinds of chemistry could support life as well, the authors of the new report argue. Weird life could differ from life as we know it in small or big ways.

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