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Submission + - Wikileaks took advice from media outlets ( 1

formfeed writes: According to the AP (through Google News), Wikileaks isn't just sitting on the recent material so they can release it bit by bit to the press, as many people implied. On the contrary, it's quite the other way around: "only after considering advice from five news organizations with which it chose to share all of the material" are they releasing it themselves. These Newspapers "have been advising WikiLeaks on which documents to release publicly and what redactions to make to those documents"

AP questions whether Wikileaks will follow these redactions, but nevertheless seems quite impressed by this "extraordinary collaboration between some of the world's most respected media outlets and the WikiLeaks organization"

Submission + - Dell knew about computer failures (

CrossChris writes: "Freedom of information" has revealed details of a lawsuit against Dell where they admit that they knew about a high failure rate of their products, but hid it from their corporate customers!

Chip Allows Blind People To See 231

crabel writes "3 blind people have been implanted with a retinal chip that allowed them to see shapes and objects within days of the procedure. From the article: 'One of the patients surprised researchers by identifying and locating objects on a table; he was also able to walk around a room unaided, approach specific people, tell the time from a clock face, and describe seven different shades of gray in front of him.'"
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US Military Eyes the Glow of Fireflies 98

GarryFre writes "According to the AP: 'Someday, the secrets of fireflies or glowing sea plankton could save an American soldier in battle, a Navy SEAL on a dive, or a military pilot landing after a mission. That's the hope behind a growing field of military-sponsored research into bioluminescence, a phenomenon that's under the microscope in laboratories around the country. This phenomenon is noteworthy because this produces light without wasting energy because it does not generate any heat. A possible military use of bio-luminescence would be creating biodegradable landing zone markers that helicopters can spot even as wind from their rotors kicks up dirt.'"

Submission + - Does Global Warming Contribute to Chaotic Weather? (

pickens writes: Seemingly disconnected disasters, like floods in New England, Arkansas, and Pakistan, fires in Russia, and drought in Africa, are reviving the question of whether global warming is causing more weather extremes. Theory suggests that a world warming up because of increasing greenhouse gases will feature heavier rainstorms in summer, bigger snowstorms in winter, more intense droughts in at least some places and more record-breaking heat waves and scientists and government reports say the statistical evidence shows that much of this is starting to happen. "The climate is changing," says Jay Lawrimore, chief of climate analysis at the National Climatic Data Center in Asheville, N.C. "Extreme events are occurring with greater frequency, and in many cases with greater intensity." Climate-change skeptics dispute such statistical arguments, contending that climatologists do not know enough about long-range patterns to draw definitive links between global warming and weather extremes. "It's not the right question to ask if this storm or that storm is due to global warming, or is it natural variability," says Dr. Kevin Trenberth. "Nowadays there's always an element of both."

Submission + - Intel buys TI's cable modem chip division ( 1

angry tapir writes: "Intel will expand the use of its Atom microprocessors in consumer electronic devices with the purchase of Texas Instruments' cable modem chip division. The deal highlights Intel's struggle to compete against Arm Holdings as the processor company of choice in consumer electronics devices. Intel has worked hard to get its Atom microprocessors into smaller devices where energy efficiency and cost are more important than raw computing power, but it lags behind Arm. TI's Puma 5 family of chips for cable modems currently use Arm processing cores."

Submission + - Query the 100+ million Facebook names... (

An anonymous reader writes: Last week news spread of a researcher who downloaded over 100 million Facebook user's data. If you don't want to download the almost 3 GB torrent of the "leaked" Facebook names, but are curious if you were included, check out You can search the entire list for your name.

Submission + - US accuse scientist of foreign trade espionage (

ChiefMonkeyGrinder writes: US has accused fired Dow Chemical scientist of stealing $100 million worth of trade secrets about organic pesticides for China. Data leakage of the highest order is at the centre of an unfolding story that finds a Massachusetts scientist under indictment for allegedly conveying trade secrets about organic pesticides developed by Dow Chemical to a university in China.

Palm Pre "iTunes Hack" Detailed By DVD Jon 338

CNETNate writes "As the reviews of the Palm Pre start to roll in, DVD Jon expands on previous coverage of the Pre showing up in iTunes as some sort of an iPod, by publishing the offending code Palm has used to enabled the feature. As suspected, in regular USB mode, the phone addresses itself as a standard peripheral. But in 'Media Sync' mode, it claims to be an iPod ... from a vendor known as Apple."

Submission + - A Nuclear Renaissance, in Germany (

gormanw writes: "The German government was looking to decommission nuclear plants in favor of building 17 wind farms. However, Platts reported "Germany's RWE to build new nuclear plants at home, abroad." The CEO, Juergen Grossman stated the following to the German newspaper, Sueddeutsche Zeitung,: "RWE will engage in projects in Germany as well as abroad. An exact number will depend on the financing options available and possible partners, but we reckon about three to five new builds." It looks like Germany is going to stay nuclear after all, though it should be interesting to see what they will do with their wind projects."

Submission + - Secrets within planets pave way for cleaner energy (

Matt_dk writes: "Research that has provided a deeper understanding into the centre of planets could also provide the way forward in the world's quest for cleaner energy.
An international team of scientists, led by the University of Oxford, working alongside researchers at the Science and Technology Facilities Council's (STFC) Central Laser Facility, has gained a deeper insight into the hot, dense matter found at the centre of planets and as a result, has provided further understanding into controlled thermonuclear fusion."


Submission + - A webcam for Earth (

Matt_dk writes: "CNES has come up with an innovative satellite remote-sensing system capable of generating a high-resolution picture of Earth on the Web, refreshed every week. Four patents have already been filed for the concept, called e-CORCE.

Since 2006, CNES engineers engaged in long-term research have been mulling an idea: might it not be possible, with tomorrow's technologies, to take pictures of the entire globe in unrivalled detail and disseminate them directly over the Internet? For although Google Earth works very well, its resolution varies greatly from one region to another and its imagery is updated randomly."


Submission + - Cell Phone Spam (

cholokoy writes: Last night I got a call from 866 496 6996 on my cell but I was in a class so did not take the call. After class I called the number thinking it was maybe from my credit card company or other legitimate business. When I called they want you to say "yes" if you want their service so I said "no" considering I did not know what it was about. A few seconds later I got a text message on my phone asking to respond "Y" to 25434 for some kind of "Number Lookup Information Service" giving a web site of I called Sprint when I reached home and asked them to block this service on all cell phones in my plan. How bad is this going on and are there other similar dubious sites providing this service? Their web page is at for reference and I called the Customer Service number 800-589-9900 (a lady answered the call) to make sure I was not a customer, and she was not apologetic of the service they provide and how they do it. Maybe its time for the Slashdot effect to teach these people a lesson.

Submission + - Run Mac OS X on a PC (

detroitindustrial writes: The Register has posted a guide to installing Mac OS X on a PC". [Disclaimer: I wrote it.] "If you miss the good old days when installing an OS took real effort, or you're an Apple fan who can't afford a Mac, or if you're just intensely curious and have plenty of free time, installing Mac OS X on a standard PC is a good project for you. The rest of us are better off sticking to Linux or Windows. If you really want the Mac experience, then buy a Mac."

Submission + - India's moon mission liftoff (

TheAmit writes: "- India launched its first unmanned moon mission on Wednesday following in the footsteps of Asian rival China, as the country celebrated its space ambitions and scientific prowess.The project cost $79 million, considerably less than the Chinese and Japanese probes in 2007 a"

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