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Comment Re:charge for email (Score 3, Insightful) 211

Let me know when you find a reliable way to...
a) Charge for email
b) Prevent unpaid mail from being sent
c) Prevent botnets from sending 30 free messages then stopping for the day
d) Prevent botnets from sending a ton of paid messages using financial info on the host computer
e) Prevent spammers from setting up a mail server that charges for messages, repeating d) and then collecting all the money.

etc, ad nauseum.


Submission + - NMap 5.20 released. 10k + signatures included. (ostatic.com)

ruphus13 writes: NMap has a new release out, and it is a major one. It includes a GUI front-end called Zenmap, and, according to the post, "Network admins will no doubt be excited to learn that Nmap is now ready to identify Snow Leopard systems, Android Linux smartphones, and Chumby's, among other OSes that Nmap can now identify.This release also brings an additional 31 Nmap Scripting Engine scripts, bringing the total collection up to 80 pre-written scripts for Nmap. The scripts include X11 access checks to see if X.org on a system allows remote access, a script to retrieve and print an SSL certificate, and a script designed to see whether a host is serving malware. Nmap also comes with netcat, Ndiff, and a GUI frontend for Nmap called Zenmap. Source code and binaries are available from the Nmap site, including RPMs for x86 and x86_64 systems, and binaries for Windows and Mac OS X. "

Submission + - Litigious Rambus wins again

An anonymous reader writes: Memory technology company Rambus rounded out the week with another legal dispute ending in its favor as it fights to defend its patent portfolio.

On Friday U.S. International Trade Commission ruled that graphics chip maker Nvidia infringed upon Rambus patents, according to statements released by the two companiesvol Friday. Rambus has been filing lawsuits against various technology companies for the past decade, claiming they violate patents held by the memory chip designer.

Submission + - Colliding Particles Can Make Black Holes After All (sciencemag.org) 1

cremeglace writes: Particle physicists predict the world's new highest-energy atom smasher, the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) near Geneva, Switzerland, might create tiny black holes, which they say would be a fantastic discovery. Some doomsayers fear those black holes might gobble up Earth--physicist say that's impossible--and have petitioned the United Nations to stop the $5.5 billion LHC. Curiously, though, nobody had ever shown that the prevailing theory of gravity, Einstein's theory of general relativity, actually predicts that a black hole can be made this way. Now a computer model shows conclusively for the first time that a particle collision really can make a black hole. No need to stock up on canned beans for doomsday though--the black holes still require energies vastly exceeding what the LHC is capable of.

Submission + - Skype gets multi Party Video with VuRoom (nytimes.com)

johannes_factotum writes: This cool plugin from ViVu makes Skype a multi party video conferencing system, which has long been missing from Skype. This plugin provides interesting opportunities for small and medium business that are looking for video conferencing solutions and cannot afford hardware solutions which cost on the upside of 10,000 $. What's more advantageous is that only the host needs to have the plugin installed and all other users can join in using their browser, making it more accessible to users. The participants, along with sharing their video, can also share their powerpoint presentations and desktop.

Submission + - Skydiver to Break Sound Barrier During Freefall 4

Hugh Pickens writes: "Over fifty years ago American Joe Kittinger made history by leaping from a balloon at 102,800 ft and although many have sought to repeat the feat all have failed. Now BBC reports that Austrian extreme sportsman Felix Baumgartner will try to break the long-standing record for the highest ever parachute jump, skydiving from a balloon sent to at least 120,000 ft and it is likely that in his long freefall of more than five minutes, he will exceed the speed of sound about 35 seconds into his descent — the first person to do so without the aid of a machine. "No-one really knows what that will be like," says Baumgartner. Although challenges in the endeavour include coping with freezing temperatures and ultra-thin air, a key objective for Baumgartner will be to try to maintain a good attitude during the descent and prevent his body from going into a spin and blacking out. "The fact is you have a lot of different airflows coming around your body; and some parts of your body are in supersonic flow and some parts are in transonic flow. What kind of reaction that creates, I can't tell you," adds Baumgartner."

Submission + - Creation of the Wordpress Foundation (wordpressfoundation.org)

benuski writes: Wordpress has created the Wordpress Foundation, an institution whose goal is to "further the mission of the WordPress open source project: to democratize publishing through Open Source, GPL software." Also a part of the Foundation's task will be to protect the trademarks associated with WordPress. Their foundation is inspired after the Free Software Foundation, Open Source Applications Foundation, and the Mozilla Foundation. Hopefully this will ensure the stability and longevity of WordPress.

Submission + - Electromagnetic Pulse Gun To Help In Police Chases (motorauthority.com) 4

adeelarshad82 writes: In an attempt to put an end to dangerous police high speed chases, scientists at Eureka Aerospace have developed an electromagnetic pulse gun called the High Power Electromagnetic System, or HPEMS. It develops a high-intensity directed pulse of electricity designed to disable a car's microprocessor system, shutting down all of its systems. Right now the prototype seen in a video fills an entire lab, but they have plans to shrink its size to hand-held proportions. Some form of this is already featured in OnStar-equipped vehicles though the electromagnetic signal used to disable the vehicle is beamed via satellite, and doesn't cripple the in-car computer, but rather puts it into a mode that allows police to easily catch and then stop the fleeing criminal.

Submission + - Former Alienware Execs Start-up Origin PC, Review (hothardware.com)

MojoKid writes: "There's a new company joining the ranks of boutique system builders with customization options that could turn the head of even the most die-hard DIY-er. The paint is scarcely dry on Origin's logo--the business opened on November 17th but the corporation's three founders each spent a decade as execs over at Alienware (now owned by Dell). Their collective expertise is already evident. Origin offers unique customization options that seemingly set bar for what constitutes a "customizable" system. Origin offers all of the typical custom options you'd expect from an enthusiast-oriented manufacturer, but then takes the design process a step further. Potential customers are invited to select their own chassis if they don't like Origin's options, or alternately have the option of shipping their current personal chassis directly to the company. The system's exterior can be customized in a similar manner. In addition to the metallic and solid-color finishes available, would-be artists can submit their own visual themes or designs. Performance-wise, they appear to know to build a killer gaming system or workstation as well."

Submission + - 15 Year Old Student Discovers New Pulsar (nrao.edu) 1

ScuttleMonkey writes: "For the second time in as many years a student has made a discovery while participating in the Pulsar Search Collaboratory (PSC), a joint program between the National Radio Astronomy Observatory and West Virginia University designed to get students and teachers involved in analyzing data from the Robert C. Byrd Green Bank Telescope (GBT). This time it was high school sophomore Shay Bloxton who discovered a brand new pulsar. "For Bloxton, the pulsar discovery may be only her first in a scientific career. "Participating in the PSC has definitely encouraged me to pursue my dream of being an astrophysicist," she said, adding that she hopes to attend West Virginia University to study astrophysics. Late last year, another West Virginia student, from South Harrison High School, Lucas Bolyard, discovered a pulsar-like object called a rotating radio transient. His discovery also came through participation in the PSC.""

Submission + - Full body scanners see all EXCEPT bomb components

pcause writes: Bruce Schneier points us to a video from Germany that shows the new, invasive full body scanners don't seem to be able to show/detect bomb components. Surprised? Of course this isn't the first time that TSA has rushed to embrace a new, high tech gadget that didn't work in the real world. Remember the failed sniffer technology? Perhaps it is time to reconsider the entire theatre of security and political correctness that TSA provides and get some folks in there that are actually concerned with real security.

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