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Submission + - Arise SIR Jonathan Ive (bbc.co.uk) 1

mariocki writes: Steve Jobs' go-to design man Jonathan Ive, the creator of modern computer design classics such as the iMac, MacBook Pro and iPod/iPhone/iPad, has been awarded a knighthood in the New Year's Honours list taking him from plain old "Mr" straight to "Sir" in one fell swoop. This now puts him in the same league as Paul McCartney, Michael Caine, Bob Geldof and Bill Gates.
Ive said "I discovered at an early age that all I've ever wanted to do is design" and even for Apple haters his designs have done more for personal computer design than the mainstream PC manufacturers could imagine, taking the PC from the geek den into the living room of even the most painfully trendy fashionista.


Blizzard Authenticators May Become Mandatory 248

An anonymous reader writes "WoW.com is reporting that a trusted source has informed them that Blizzard is giving serious consideration to making authenticators mandatory on all World of Warcraft accounts. The authenticators function the same as ones provided by most banks — in order to log in, you must generate a number on the external device. Blizzard already provides a free iPhone app that functions as an authenticator. The source stated, 'it is a virtually forgone conclusion that it will happen.' This comes after large spates of compromised accounts left Bizzard game masters severely backlogged by restoration requests."

NASA To Cryogenically Freeze Satellite Mirrors 47

coondoggie writes "NASA said it will soon move some of the larger (46 lb) mirror segments of its future James Webb Space Telescope into a cryogenic test facility that will freeze the mirrors to -414 degrees Fahrenheit (~25 K). Specifically, NASA will freeze six of the 18 Webb telescope mirror segments at the X-ray and Cryogenic Facility, or XRCF, at NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Alabama, in a test to ensure the critical mirrors can withstand the extreme space environments. All 18 segments will eventually be tested at the site. The test chamber takes approximately five days to cool a mirror segment to cryogenic temperatures."

Ocean-Crossing Dragonflies Discovered 95

grrlscientist writes "While living and working as a marine biologist in Maldives, Charles Anderson noticed sudden explosions of dragonflies at certain times of year. He explains how he carefully tracked the path of a plain, little dragonfly called the Globe Skimmer, Pantala flavescens, only to discover that it had the longest migratory journey of any insect in the world."

Antarctic's First Plane, Found In Ice 110

Arvisp writes "In 1912 Australian explorer Douglas Mawson planned to fly over the southern pole. His lost plane has now been found. The plane – the first off the Vickers production line in Britain – was built in 1911, only eight years after the Wright brothers executed the first powered flight. For the past three years, a team of Australian explorers has been engaged in a fruitless search for the aircraft, last seen in 1975. Then on Friday, a carpenter with the team, Mark Farrell, struck gold: wandering along the icy shore near the team's camp, he noticed large fragments of metal sitting among the rocks, just a few inches beneath the water."
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Submission + - Credit crunch the shot in the arm Linux needed? (pcauthority.com.au)

An anonymous reader writes: Half of senior IT executives surveyed by IDC said they intend to make Linux their primary server platform within five years, as the economic downturn spurs interest in open source. A survey of over 300 senior IT professionals from organisations with more than 100 people found that nearly three quarters (72 per cent) are either actively evaluating, or have already decided to increase, their adoption of Linux on the server this year, and more than two thirds (68 per cent) made the same claim for the desktop. But it seems Linux is still having trouble cracking the notebook market, with a separate study saying businesses prefer Windows, even on netbooks.

Submission + - The Inizio Electric Supercar Takes Aim at Tesla (inhabitat.com)

Karim writes: "The New York International Auto Show is coming up, and the incredible prototypes are out in full force. First in line is EV Innovations, who will be showing off their gorgeous fully-electric Liv Inizio supercar. The vehicle has a scorching top speed of 150mph and a 200 hundred mile range, which places it in direct competition with the Tesla Roadster."

Submission + - Cool New Movito Electric Scooter Wins NASA Awards (inhabitat.com)

Karim writes: "The Movito is an eco-friendly electric scooter that recently took top honors in NASA's Create the future Design Contest. Designed by Tai Chiem, the vehicle is propelled by a carbon-cutting in-wheel electric motor located within a modular base that can be detached to form a two-seat vehicle."

Submission + - Cybercriminals Are Working Faster Than Ever (net-security.org)

An anonymous reader writes: While malware authors have always moved quickly — releasing code as soon as an exploit is discovered — Trend Micro threat researchers witnessed faster-than-ever malware exploits in 2008, partly due to the "in-the-cloud" threat models and architectures cybercriminals have repurposed for profit, and making the Internet the major vector used in the dissemination of malware. For the security industry, this means traditional methods of protection are inadequate.
Hardware Hacking

Submission + - Magnetic sensor allows satellite-free GPS

holy_calamity writes: Using the Earth's magnetic field as a back up to satellite GPS is possible using a new magnetic sensor developed at Virginia Tech. Unlike previous SQUID-based sensors it doesn't require liquid nitrogen cooling so it can be carried around. To work out where you are field measurements are compared with a database compiled by the US Geological Survey.

Submission + - OOXML critic fired from Finnish Standards Board (tietokone.fi)

Shirke writes: "A Finnish computer magazine reports (in Finnish) that Finnish Standards Association has fired Mr. Lassi Nirhamo. Mr. Nirhamo was chairing the OOXML standard proposal meeting. During the meeting Mr. Nirhamo asked other board members to be excused of his duties and voice his opinion as a private citizen. Afther this was granted he criticized the standard proposal and resumed his duties as chairman. Independent observers have assessed his chairmanship as "excellent" and "one of a kind". Mr. Nirhamo has now been laid of due to "lack of trust". The Association is also accepting applications for the position. Anyone interested?"

Submission + - How can 200,000 galaxies point the same way? (arxivblog.com) 1

KentuckyFC writes: "Does the universe have a preferred direction — an axis of evil as some astrophyscists have called it? It certainly looks that way with the publication today of a survey of 200,000 elliptical galaxies that indicates they are all aligned in the same direction. What's more, this axis is the same as the controversial alignment found in the cosmic microwave background by the WMAP spacecraft"

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