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Submission + - Formerly Respected Medical Journal Publishes Junk for Profit (

geekmansworld writes: The Ottawa Citizen reports that "Experimental & Clinical Cardiology", a formerly respected Canadian medical journal that was sold to offshore owners last year, is now printing junk science, provided that authors are willing to pay. What's worse, the junk articles are trading on the (previously) good name of the journal.

Submission + - Thieves Rob Cash Machines With Malware Delivered Via USB (

geekmansworld writes: The BBC reports that thieves robbed a number of ATMs by cutting open a panel to reveal a USB port, through which they delivered a malware payload. From the article:

"The researchers added the organisers displayed "profound knowledge of the target ATMs" and had gone to great lengths to make their malware code hard to analyse. However, they added that the approach did not extend to the software's filenames — the key one was called hack.bat."

Comment SEDAR System (Score 1) 410

Oi... 6 years ago at most, the Canadian Securities Administrators (the rough equivalent of America's SEC), was using dial-up to submit filings. A lot of Canadian public companies are resources companies, and thus required to file technical reports (usually 10-20 MB PDF docs) over a 56K modem connection. Yeah. You do the math.

They eventually replaced it with an internet-based VPN (thank God) but the filing application itself is still largely a NT4.0-based program, with lots of Win95-esque interface elements. A year and a half after Win7 was released, they announced a Win7-compatible version... that could only run on the 32-bit OS. What's more, the program requires admin privs to run... for no particularly good reason.

A new group has finally taken over the project with the goal of eventually overhauling everything. Canadian sysadmins breathe a sigh of relief at the prospect of leaving the 1990s.

Submission + - Manitoba Telecomm Sells Allstream to Accelero (

geekmansworld writes: MTS has agreed to sell its business services unit, Allstream, to Accelero Capital Holdings. Accelero is a Cairo-based investment group co-founded by Naguib Sawiris, an Egyptian telecomm business magnate. Allstream is notable in Canada for it's nationwide fibre internet backbone. MTS says it wants to focus on being a "pure play" telecom provider.

Comment Switching to Chrome (Score 1) 224

Sysadmin for an SMB here. We develop our own browser-based app in Flash/Flex that we use for a big part of our work. It's also computationally intensive, and I was often being asked how we could improve the performance of the application on the client-platform side. Sure, we have decent hardware, but we were developing for the standard Firefox build, and that meant 32-bit and the restrictions that go with it.

Eventually I convinced the development team that since they had moved the backend to 64-bit code, that the client runtime environment should be there too, and so we optimized the frontend for Chrome (which obviously, is 64-bit, with Flash built in). The speed increase wasn't phenomenal, but it WAS noticeable. Now I'm even more glad we made this change.

Comment Re:What sphere of Uranium? (Score 1) 356

Yeah, I must admit to being a bit perturbed by the "definite" language used by that statement. Theories involving geophysical fission at the core of the Earth are intriguing, but they're just theories, and kind of on the fringes of the discipline. Saying "there exists" is scientifically kind of insulting.


Submission + - Chinese want to capture an asteroid (

geekmansworld writes: "Dvice reports that the Chinese want to capture an asteroid into earth's orbit and mine it. From the article: "At first glance, nudging an asteroid closer to Earth seems like one of those "what could possible go wrong" scenarios that we generally try and avoid, and for good reason: large asteroid impacts are bad times. The Chinese, though, seem fairly optimistic that they could tweak the orbit of a near-Earth asteroid by just enough (a change in velocity of only about 1,300 feet-per-second or so) to get it to temporarily enter Earth orbit at about twice the distance as the Moon.""

Comment Rolling Stone (Score 5, Informative) 148

Those interested in the particulars might also want to check out a recent Rolling Stone article by Matt Taibbi. Basically, the SEC feels that until an actual case is opened, it is not required to store files for "matters under investigation". Definitely worth a read.

Comment Re:really intel? (Score 1) 246

Yeah, no doubt. For Intel to lecture about "open" technology is the pot calling the kettle black. They way they aggressively hold the x86 platform to their chest, a lawsuit always waiting to drop on AMD or NVidia if either company does something they don't like.

Open up the x86 platform to a few other chip makers, then we can talk about "open systems".


Sharks Seen Swimming Down Australian Streets 210

As if the flood waters weren't bad enough for the people of Queensland, it now appears that there are sharks swimming in the streets. Two bull sharks were spotted swimming past a McDonald’s in the city of Goodna, Butcher Steve Bateman saw another making its way past his shop on Williams street. Ipswich councillor for the Goodna region Paul Tully said: "It would have swam several kilometres in from the river, across Evan Marginson Park and the motorway. It’s definitely a first for Goodna, to have a shark in the main street."

Submission + - Save the Xserve posts open letter to Apple ( 1

geekmansworld writes: The Save The Xserve campaign has posted an open letter to Apple and Steve Jobs outlining the importance of the XServe and requesting that the company reconsider their decision to discontinue the device. Since its inception in November, the site has collected over 4,600 signatures from concerned Mac sysadmins around the world. Signatories include sysadmins for universities and public schools, IT consultants, enterprise users, and even the administrator of a XServe-based supercomputing cluster at the NASA JPL.

Thousands of Blackbirds Fall From Sky Dead 577

Dan East writes "In a fashion worthy of a King or Hitchcock novel, blackbirds began to fall from the sky dead in Arkansas yesterday. Somewhere between 4,000 and 5,000 birds rained down on the small town of Beeb, Arkansas, with no visible trauma. Officials are making wild guesses as to what happened — lightning strike, high-altitude hail, or perhaps trauma from the sound of New Year's fireworks killed them."

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