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Comment Sony's CSO has invented time travel! (Score 3, Interesting) 247

TFA claims that Sony's new CSO, Brett Wahlin, "served as a counter-intelligence officer in the US Military for eight years during the Cold War." The final year of the cold war is generally agreed to be 1991, when the Soviet Union dissolved. This suggests he started working as a C-I officer no later than 1984. Yet the photo in his recent bio suggests he's in his early 40s now. So either 1) he's a prodigy and worked for the US military during high school, or 2) he can travel in time. Either way, the hacktivists might have met their match! Well played, Sony.


Submission + - Second Google Desktop vulnerability uncovered

zakkie writes: "According to InfoWorld, Google's Desktop indexing engine is vulnerable to an exploit (the second such flaw to be found) that could allow crackers to read files or execute code. By exploiting a cross-site scripting (XSS) vulnerability on, an attacker can grab all the data off a Google Desktop. Google is said to be "investigating"."

Submission + - Upside down Rainbow

bennett77 writes: What looks like an upside-down rainbow is actually a rare atmospheric spectacle called a circumzenithal arc. According to the San Francisco Chronicle: its an unusual phenomenon caused by sunlight shining through a thin, invisible screen of tiny ice crystals high in the sky and has nothing at all to do with the rain.

Submission + - Microsoft loses Fraunhofer lawsuit

bunder writes: "The Associated Press SEATTLE (Feb 24, 2007) A U.S. federal jury's ruling that Microsoft infringed on two MP3 patents and must pay $1.52- billion US in damages could turn into a major sour note for other technology companies in the digital music business. The victory for France's Alcatel-Lucent SA could embolden the telecommunications equipment maker to pursue claims — or seek royalties — from other companies that it believes infringe on the technology, experts said yesterday. The two patents in question cover the encoding and decoding of audio into the digital MP3 format — a popular way to convert music from a CD into a lightweight file on a personal computer and vice versa. Microsoft said it paid for the technology from Germany-based Fraunhofer Institute, which licences it to hundreds of companies, including Apple Inc. and RealNetworks Inc. When the software maker decided to add MP3 decoding and encoding capabilities to its Windows Media Player, it paid Fraunhofer $16-million US for the relevant intellectual property licences and source code."

Submission + - The Hidden Engineering Gender Gap

ifindkarma writes: "Joyce Park, CTO of invitation site [1], has
written a two-part essay exploring why there is no pipeline of self-taught
female engineers entering the tech industry via Open Source or other
individual efforts. In "The Hidden Engineering Gap" [2], she asks why
there are so many self-taught male software engineers in startups, but
no similar pool of women. In "A Modest Proposal" [3], she discusses a
potential short-term fix to the problem.


    2. /the-hidden-engineering-gender-gap/
    3. /a-modest-proposal/"

Submission + - NASA Slashing Observation of Earth

mattnyc99 writes: A new report by the National Research Council warns that, by 2010, the number of NASA's Earth-observing missions will drop dramatically, and the number of operating sensors and instruments on NASA spacecraft will decrease by 40 percent. From the report: "The United States' extraordinary foundation of global observations is at great risk." So what does it all mean? Popular Mechanics asks an MIT professor involved in the findings.

Submission + - Cancer cured.....again

supermegadope writes: From the article. at s/20070116/cancer_dca_070116/20070116?hub=Canada

""I think DCA can be selective for cancer because it attacks a fundamental process in cancer development that is unique to cancer cells," said Dr. Evangelos Michelakis, a professor at the University of Alberta department of medicine and a key study author.

The molecule appears to repair the damage that cancer cells cause to mitochondria, the units that convert food into energy."

"In addition, because DCA has been used in both healthy people and ailing patients with mitochondrial diseases, researchers know it is a relatively non-toxic molecule that can be immediately tested in patients with cancer.

The compound, which is sold both as powder and as a liquid, is widely available at chemistry stores.

Furthermore, the compound is not patented, nor is it owned by any drug firm, so it would be an inexpensive drug to administer.

However, because DCA is not patented, Michelakis expressed concern that it may be difficult to find funding from private investors to test the compound in clinical trials. "
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Submission + - Linux = Male, 93% of Linux users are male

dgiik writes: "Most people think Linux users are all geeks. That is not true. I know many artists and ordinary people who enjoy using Linux and nobody would ever call them geeks. But it is true that most Linux users are males. I'm running a little poll at my website and the results confirmed my general belief that Linux users are almost all males. 93% of all responders were males. While I knew that most Linux users were males, the wide margin was a surprise to me. Any thoughts on why linux is so overwhelmingly a guy thing?"

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