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Submission + - Anonymous releases restricted NATO document (computerworld.com.au)

angry tapir writes: "Anonymous has released a document on marked "restricted" from the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO). The 36-page document, which is dated Aug. 27, 2007, appears to be budget and equipment outlays for what was termed a new "HQ ISAF JOINT CIS CONTROL CENTRE." NATO's press office could not be immediately reached. Anonymous claimed on its "AnonymousIRC" Twitter handle that it has 1GB of material from NATO but said that most would not be published because it would be "irresponsible.""

Submission + - Researchers create "transparent" computer chip (extremetech.com)

An anonymous reader writes: A breakthrough achieved by a world-spanning group of engineering professors has led to the creation of photonic computer chips that can propogate light without slowing it down and without changing phase. In the words of one of the researchers, Serdar Kocaman, "the light disperses through the material as if the entire space is missing." To do this, the researchers had to create photonic crystals with a negative refractive index out of nanostructures. These photonic crystals are then alternated with a positive refractive index dielectric to create a chip with zero refraction. In other words, light enters and leaves the chip at exactly the same speed and without losing phase.

Other than providing a huge boost to the telecommunications industry, Chee Wei Wong, the project's lead engineer, thinks this technology could lead to invisibility cloaks: "We can now control the flow of light, the fastest thing known to us. This can enable self-focusing light beams, highly directive antennas, and even potentially an approach to cloak or hide objects, at least in the small-scale."


Submission + - Facebook shuts down Page that exposes scams (sophos.com) 1

memojuez writes: In a bizarre and hard-to-understand move, a Facebook page which claims it helped countless Facebook members stay safe online on the social network has been shut down... by Facebook

The pages founder wonders, "What we can not understand is why Facebook removed a real help group and yet there are thousands of rogue applications, thousands of hate filled pages, thousand of fake profiles. We are as real as it gets and get shut down."


Submission + - Japan Nuclear Disaster Put on Par With Chernobyl (nytimes.com)

syngularyx writes: Here we are...
"TOKYO — Japan has raised its assessment of the accident at the crippled Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant to the worst rating on an international scale, putting the disaster on par with the 1986 Chernobyl explosion, the Japanese nuclear regulatory agency said on Tuesday. "


Submission + - Tractor beams are getting closer, sort of (arxiv.org)

xt writes: A recently submitted paper in arXiv claims that by using Bessel beams it is theoretically possible to pull particles towards the light source, opening up new avenues for optical micromanipulation (the direction of the force is size dependent, so it could be used for particle sorting). There is also a simpler article translated in English (original article in Greek).

Submission + - Why WikiLeaks' Fundraising Deceives Supporters (thinq.co.uk)

Stoobalou writes: Thinq has an interesting piece on WikiLeaks fund-raising and how it seems that cash intended to support the whistle-blowing site's day-to-day operation is being quietly diverted to support founder Julian Assange's legal battle against rape allegations.

Submission + - Amelia Earhart search mystery continues (ibtimes.com)

Anonymous Coward writes: "Researchers have reported that analysis of a bone fragment that could conceivably be from missing pilot Amelia Earhart’s finger are, to date, inconclusive. Cecil Lewis Jr. of the University of Oklahoma's Molecular Anthropology Laboratories said "the question of whether the bone is human must remain unanswered"."

Submission + - Google Pulls 21 Android Apps with Trojan Rootkits (switched.com)

suraj.sun writes: Thanks to a tip-off by a redditor, and some investigation by Android Police ( http://www.androidpolice.com/2011/03/01/the-mother-of-all-android-malware-has-arrived-stolen-apps-released-to-the-market-that-root-your-phone-steal-your-data-and-open-backdoor/ ), Google has pulled 21 Android Market apps that were infected with a backdoor Trojan rootkit. If you downloaded any of the infected apps, they will be automatically deleted from your phone.

The attack vector was ingenious, and plays on the Android Market's biggest weakness: the almost complete absence of app moderation. The nefarious developer crafted 21 apps that share the name of legitimate apps (such as 'Chess'), and into each of them he inserted some Trojan code. The apps then quietly report your sensitive data back to a remote server, while you play with your free app.

Download Squad: http://downloadsquad.switched.com/2011/03/02/google-pulls-21-android-malware-apps-with-trojan-rootkit-over-50000-infected/

Android Police: http://www.androidpolice.com/2011/03/01/the-mother-of-all-android-malware-has-arrived-stolen-apps-released-to-the-market-that-root-your-phone-steal-your-data-and-open-backdoor/

Submission + - U.S. Bans Marijuana Substitute 'Fake Pot' Chemical (ibtimes.com)

Anonymous Coward writes: "The United States Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) said it has temporarily banned five chemicals used to make so-called "fake pot" products, perceived as "legal" alternatives to marijuana. According to the DEA, these substances, known as synthetic cannabinoids, are biologically similar to THC, the active chemical in marijuana."

Submission + - SCO found no source code in 2004 (groklaw.net)

doperative writes: A consultant hired by SCO in 2004 to compare UNIX and Linux, with the thought he could be used as an expert at trial, says that, after days and days, his comparison tool found "very little correlation". When he told that to SCO, it paid him and he never heard from SCO again.

Submission + - World's Most Powerful Optical Microscope (sciencedaily.com)

gamricstone writes: Scientists have produced the world's most powerful optical microscope, which could help understand the causes of many viruses and diseases. Previously, the standard optical microscope can only see items around one micrometre — 0.001 millimetres — clearly. But now, by combining an optical microscope with a transparent microsphere, dubbed the 'microsphere nanoscope', the Manchester researchers can see 20 times smaller — 50 nanometres ((5 x 10-8m) — under normal lights. This is beyond the theoretical limit of optical microscopy. "Seeing inside a cell directly without dying and seeing living viruses directly could revolutionize the way cells are studied and allow us to examine closely viruses and biomedicine for the first time."
Open Source

Submission + - LibreOffice 3.3 released today (i-programmer.info)

mikejuk writes: Only four months after the formation of the Document Foundation by leading members of the OpenOffice.org community, it has launched LibreOffice 3.3, the first stable release of its alternative Open Source personal productivity suite for Windows, Macintosh and Linux.
Since the fork was announced at the end of September the number of developers "hacking" LibreOffice has gone from fewer than twenty to well over one hundred, allowing the Document Foundation to make its first release ahead of schedule.
The split of a large open source office suite comes at a time when it isn't even clear if there is a long term future for office suites at all. What is more puzzling is what the existence of two camps creating such huge codebases for a fundamental application type says about the whole state of open source development at this time. It clearly isn't the idealistic world it tries to present itself as.

Submission + - Will It Blend? The New Blender User Interface (linux.com)

jennifercloer writes: The 3D powerhouse Blender is arguably the most complicated piece of desktop software in the open source world. It handles every part of the workflow used to create a CGI film or a 3D game: creating objects, rigging them to move, animating them, controlling lighting, rendering scenes, and even editing the resulting video. Each release packs in more new features than most people can understand without consulting a textbook (or two). One of the down sides, though, is that over the years Blender has developed the reputation of being difficult to learn. Fortunately, the latest release takes on that challenge head-first, and makes some major improvements.

Submission + - Nvidia's Tegra 2 3D Details Leak

adeelarshad82 writes: A slideshow screenshot featuring snippets of a new Tegra 2 processor from Nvidia was leaked this weekend. The company is allegedly set to unveil its Tegra 2 3D processor at this year's Mobile World Congress in mid-February. According to the details, two editions of the processor are in the works: An AP25 version for mobile phones and a T25 for tablets. Both will ratchet up Tegra 2's dual-core ARM Cortex-A9 processor to 1.2 GHz instead of the common one GHz for Tegra 250-series CPUs. Nvidia expects that its processor will be able to hit 5,520 MIPS (million instructions per second).

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