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Submission + - M-Carbon: 50yro mystery solved ( 1

slew writes: Unlike its more famous carbon cousins: diamonds and fullerenes, you've probably never heard of M-Carbon, but this form of compressed graphite which is as hard as diamonds has baffled researcher for half a century. Over the past few years, many theoretical computations have suggested at least a dozen different crystal structures for this phase of carbon, but new experiments showed that only one crystal structure fits the data: M-carbon.
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Submission + - FBI Wants a Database of Your Tattoos ( 2

quantr writes: ""The FBI is consulting local police and vendors about technology currently in use that can spot crooks and terrorists by interpreting the symbolism of their tattoos, according to government documents.
The inquiry follows work already underway at the bureau and Homeland Security Department to add iris and facial recognition services to their respective fingerprint databases.""

Submission + - Scientology powerful enough to squash a FBI raid? More likely than you think (

An anonymous reader writes: After talking with more than half a dozen of the people who gave information to the FBI, we gleaned these details of the FBI's plans about raiding the base to free the executives held against their will in the "The Hole" as the summer of 2010 began:

-- The FBI had gathered high resolution images of the base using drone aircraft that were so detailed, informants were able to identify individuals in the images for the agency.

-- Expecting David Miscavige to flee the base once he, in all probability, got tipped to the raid, his various avenues of escape were evaluated, including the possibility that he'd make for Tom Cruise's private hangar in Burbank. The tail numbers on Cruise's aircraft were even gathered, one informant says.

-- At least three informants were asked if they'd be willing to go along on a raid of the base in a black, unmarked van, from which they could relay instructions to agents as they apprehended people.

-- Another informant was asked if he'd be willing to pretend to recant his defection from the church, and then go back to work at the base as an undercover plant.

-- One informant says raids were planned not only for the International Base, but also for each of the Church of Spiritual Technology locations, the vaults where Hubbard's works are being archived that we wrote about last month.

Then, something happened. We've heard a few different stories from informants about incidents on the local level which may have motivated FBI officials in Washington to kill the investigation, but Rathbun and Rinder both tell me they believe those local incidents were merely excuses for what both of them had expected would happen.

Some time before October 6, 2010, word came from Washington that the the probe was finished.

Here's how we know that. [more @ link]

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Submission + - Imminent "six strikes" Copyright Alert System needs antitrust scrutiny ( 3

suraj.sun writes: Eight months ago, content owners and Internet service providers (ISPs) agreed to the Copyright Alert System, a "six-strike" plan to reduce copyright infringement by Internet users( ). Under the system, ISPs will soon send educational alerts, hijack browsers, and perhaps even slow/temporarily block the Internet service of users accused of online infringement (as identified by content owners). At the time it was announced, some speculated( ) that the proposed system might not be legal under the antitrust laws.

Just what is antitrust law?( ) If I had to explain antitrust in a single word, it would not be "competition"—it would be "power." The power to raise prices above a competitive level; the power to punish people who break your rules. Such power is something society usually vests in government. Antitrust law is in part concerned with private industry attempting to assert government-like power.


Submission + - 'Big Data' Shifting IT Work To Business Users (

snydeq writes: "The big data revolution is creating a new breed of business-IT jobs — and threatening to destabilize dyed-in-the-wool IT careers, InfoWorld's Dan Tynan reports. Among the new jobs being created by 'big data' are those that 'blend business knowledge and powerful IT tools to the benefit of tech-savvy line-of-business professionals — and the possible detriment of IT pros oblivious to the big data trend,' Tynan writes, detailing five hybrid data-driven jobs born of the big data revolution — and one in danger of being sidelined by the deluge, as yesterday's "superusers" transform into tomorrow's business-IT professionals."

Submission + - DIY augmented reality head-up display (

mkwan writes: A PhD student in Melbourne, Australia, has built an augmented reality head-up display using a baseball cap, an Android smartphone, and off-the-shelf optics. It won't win any awards for style or practicality, but it's a fun way to use Wikitude. All we need now is a Terminator-vision smartphone app.
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Submission + - Petition to stop Richard O'Dwyer being extradited (

stop.extradition writes: Richard O'Dwyers' Mother [Julia O'Dwyer] has set-up a petition to halt the extradition of her son [TV Shack Admin] Richard O'Dwyer to the USA for an alleged copyright offence.
I think this story and petition could do with some slashdot style/size support.

Please, everyone who reads this go and sign the petition now!


Submission + - NoScript awarded $10,000 (

An anonymous reader writes: NoScript having been chosen as the recipient of the DRG Security Innovation Grant. This is a great honor and a spur to keep making the Web a safer place. I feel the urge to thank the committee for recognizing NoScript as a pioneering force in browser security, and the community of contributors, researchers, translators, beta testers, and loyal users who keep this project alive day after day. The grant will fund the effort to merge the current two development lines, i.e. “traditional” NoScript for desktop environment.

Submission + - K-computer: What made it the fastest in the world? ( 3

AustinAlert writes: The Japanese K-computer supercomputer took the world title for the fastest computer in the world, after the latest TOP500 list was announced Monday morning at the International Supercomputing Conference in Hamburg, Germany. In this article, the author sets out to understand why this computer is fast as well as energy-efficient. Apparently, the microprocessor chips that were used are very energy efficient. Thus, the author, being a microprocessor architect, explores the chip architecture in great depth.

There are five unique features about the Sun VIIIfx processor including ISA extensions, software controlled caches, software predication, a deep pipeline, and a lack of threading. I particularly liked his analysis of why this chip did not do threading. A must read for anyone interested in this kind of stuff!

Submission + - Pickens Plan comes to a wimpering end (

Spy Handler writes: In 2008, billionaire T. Boone Pickens unveiled his "Pickens Plan" on national TV, which calls for America to end its dependence on foreign oil by increasing use of wind power and natural gas. Over the next two years, he spent $80 million on TV commercials and $2 billion on General Electric wind turbines. Unfortunately market forces were not favorable to Mr. Pickens, and in December 2010 he announced that he is getting out of the wind power business.

What does he plan to do with his $2 billion worth of idle wind turbines? He is trying to sell them to Canada, because of Canadian law that mandates consumers to buy more renewable electricity regardles of cost.

Submission + - Waveguides make quantum computers more reliable (

JDRucker writes: Quantum computing is one of the current big things in both physics and computer science circles. But there is a serious divide between what we think might be possible and what we can, in fact, do. There are theorists out there working themselves into a frenzy, trying to show that quantum computing will make a smoother latte. On the experimental side, many researchers are still in various stages of single gate operations. It is like the difference between trying to make a valve and knowing what you can do with lots of valves once you have them.

Submission + - Self-Destructing Bacteria Create Better Biofuels (

MikeChino writes: Researchers at Arizona State University have genetically engineered cyanobacteria to dissolve from the inside out, making it easy to access the high-energy fats and biofuel byproducts located within. To do this they combined the bacteria's genes with genes from the bacteriaphage — a so-called “mortal enemy” of bacteria that cause it to explode. Cyanobacteria have a higher yield potential than most biofuels currently being used, and this new strain eliminates the need for costly and energy intensive processing steps.

Submission + - New Linux kernel flaw allows null pointer exploits ( 6

Trailrunner7 writes: A new flaw in the latest release of the Linux kernel gives attackers the ability to exploit NULL pointer dereferences and bypass the protections of SELinux, AppArmor and the Linux Security Module. Brad Spengler discovered the vulnerability and found a reliable way to exploit it, giving him complete control of the remote machine. This is somewhat similar to the magic that Mark Dowd performed last year to exploit Adobe Flash. reports: "The vulnerability is in the 2.6.30 release of the Linux kernel, and in a message to the Daily Dave mailing list Spengler said that he was able to exploit the flaw, which at first glance seemed unexploitable. He said that he was able to defeat the protection against exploiting NULL pointer dereferences on systems running SELinux and those running typical Linux implementations."

Submission + - CBO: Federal Budget is on an Unsustainable Path (

artemis67 writes: The Director of the Congressional Budget Office writes in his blog, "Under current law, the federal budget is on an unsustainable path, because federal debt will continue to grow much faster than the economy over the long run. Although great uncertainty surrounds long-term fiscal projections, rising costs for health care and the aging of the population will cause federal spending to increase rapidly under any plausible scenario for current law." Notice he said CURRENT law? Health care reform and a second stimulus are not law yet.

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