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Submission + - Researchers invent inkjet that prints out skin (

shougyin writes: If you’ve ever seen the lesser-known Sam Raimi movie Darkman, you probably remember that the plot involved the main character, Dr. Westlake, trying to figure out a way to “print” liquid skin to help burn victims. Westlake never did figure out how to keep the synthetic skin from destabilizing past the 98 minute mark, but luckily, Wake Forest Instititute for Regenerative Medicine researchers seem to have mastered it, showing off their amazing skin printer that uses living cells instead of ink.

Submission + - How Google is Solving its Book Problem (

Pickens writes: "Alexis Madrigal writes in the Atlantic that Google's famous PageRank algorithm can't be deployed to search through the 15 million books that Google has already scanned because books don't link to each other in the way that webpages do. Instead Google's new book search algorithm called "Rich Results" looks at word frequency, how closely your query matches the title of a book, web search frequency, recent book sales, the number of libraries that hold the title, how often an older book has been reprinted, and 100 other signals. "There is less data about books than web pages, but there is more structure to it, and there's less spam to contend with," writes Madrigal. Yet the focus on optimizing an experience from vast amounts of data remains. "You want it to have the standard Google quality as much as possible," says Matthew Gray, lead software engineer for Google Books. "[You want it to be] a merger of relevance and utility based on all these things.""

Submission + - China Reverse Engineered Classified NSA OS 2

Pickens writes: "Seymour M. Hersh writes in the New Yorker that China has managed to reverse-engineered a Classified NSA operating system, estimated at between thirty and fifty million lines of computer code, giving China a road map for decrypting the US Navy’s classified intelligence and operational data. The story begins after an American EP-3E Aries II reconnaissance plane on an eavesdropping mission collided with a Chinese interceptor jet over the South China Sea in 2001 and landed at a Chinese F-8 fighter base on Hainan Island, the 24 member crew were unable to completely disable the plane’s equipment and software. Hersh writes that crew of the EP-3E managed to erase the hard drive—“zeroed it out”—but did not destroy the hardware, which left data retrievable: “No one took a hammer.” The Navy’s experts didn’t believe that China was capable of reverse-engineering the plane’s NSA-supplied operating system, but over the next few years the US intelligence community began to “read the tells” that China had gotten access to sensitive traffic and in early 2009, Admiral Timothy J. Keating, then the head of the Pacific Command, brought the issue to the new Obama Administration. "If China had reverse-engineered the EP-3E’s operating system, all such systems in the Navy would have to be replaced, at a cost of hundreds of millions of dollars," writes Hersch. "After much discussion, several current and former officials said, this was done.""
The Almighty Buck

Submission + - Digital camera costs to go crazy in Europe

Brad Binglinton writes: In the unlikely event that you're planning to buy a digital camera in Europe, think again. According to, the European Comission is going to increase taxes on certain cameras with certain video recording capabilites. "At the moment, all digital cameras are manufactured outside Europe. They're all imported. All of them. Currently, there's a European Commission-imposed 4.9 per cent import tariff on camcorders, but not on cameras, whatever their video-recording abilities. "

Submission + - Do "Illegal" Codecs Actually Scare Linux U ( 1

jammag writes: "In this article, Adrian Kingsley-Hughes says that "Despite strong points that go far beyond price, Linux falls short when it comes to legally supporting file formats such as MP3, WMA/WMV and DVDs." He talks about using Ubuntu and booting up Totem Movie Player, only to be confronted with a burst of legalese about what a hardened criminal he'll be if he uses Totem without a license. (Gasp!) This problem is "a deal breaker" for him."

Submission + - All Humans Evolved from a Single Origin in Africa (

Invisible Pink Unicorn writes: "Researchers at the University of Cambridge have combined studies of global human genetic variations with skull measurements worldwide to conclusively show the validity of the single origin hypothesis. The alternative hypothesis contended that different populations independently evolved from Homo erectus to Home sapiens in different areas. The lead researcher explains, 'The origin of anatomically modern humans has been the focus of much heated debate. Our genetic research shows the further modern humans have migrated from Africa, the more genetic diversity has been lost within a population. However, some have used skull data to argue that modern humans originated in multiple spots around the world. We have combined our genetic data with new measurements of a large sample of skulls to show definitively that modern humans originated from a single area in Sub-saharan Africa.' The article abstract is available from Nature."

Submission + - DARPA Urban Challenge - self driving vehicles 1

Colin Smith writes: The DARPA Urban Challenge L.A. to Vegas race is heating up. Qualification is due in October for the November 3rd race.

"On a quiet university campus across the water from San Francisco, an enthusiastic bunch of young computer boffins are working on what could be the car of the future."

Here's a question though. If cars can drive themselves, why would I bother to own one? Why not just call one when required, like a taxi. The primary cost of a taxi ride is the driver's wage, without that a taxi ride would be cheaper than a bus or train ride. Ironically this may sound the death knell for the taxi, rail, bus and large scale car industries world wide.

Submission + - How exclusivity contracts define games (

athloi writes: "Game companies many times can't wait to sign exclusivity contracts, especially if the console is the current market leader, sitting pretty in the fact that they will be able to produce lines of games until the next gaming generation comes around. Other smaller companies, sometimes are pressured into exclusivity, and have to make a choice as to what console they really want their game on. Non-exclusivity or multi-platforming allows more games to be made, in much slower time. The reduction of exclusivity in today's market reflects the consoles that are on the market today. For the first time ever, we have three consoles that not only have varied specs and system capabilities, but also very different control schemes and internet capabilities. At this point, developing for more consoles, and appealing to the markets in all three, may be more important than developing for one console exclusively. This may show that companies may be afraid gamers won't buy consoles specifically for a big release anymore, or it may show that they want to take advantage of the new innovations offered by the systems. Either way, what this means is games will become more varied as time goes on, and the ties of the third parties shift and change. It's these changing loyalties the mold the game market into what it is today."

Submission + - Cheap Solar Cells that can be Painted on Plastic (

Invisible Pink Unicorn writes: "Researchers at New Jersey Institute of Technology have developed an inexpensive solar cell that can be painted or printed on flexible plastic sheets. According to the lead researcher, "Someday homeowners will even be able to print sheets of these solar cells with inexpensive home-based inkjet printers. Consumers can then slap the finished product on a wall, roof or billboard to create their own power stations." The team combined carbon nanotubes with tiny carbon buckyballs (fullerenes) to form snake-like structures. Add sunlight to excite the polymers, and the buckyballs will grab the electrons. The article abstract is available through the Journal of Materials Chemistry, with an illustration of the technology."

Submission + - Become a security guru in five simple steps (

ramboando writes: "It's not difficult to become a security expert ... you know, the person others look to when they need network resources secured, the person they point to when they want to source someone in their attempts to reform security policy, and the person organisations like ZDNet ask to write about security. There are really only five simple steps to it."
Linux Business

Submission + - Corporate America embraces F/OSS (

athloi writes: "Wal-mart is selling a $300 PC using a VIA chip and OpenOffice under Windows Vista. The two centerpieces of the Everex offering are the inclusion of 2.2 and the absence of crapware typically bundled with low-cost PCs. Including instead of Microsoft Office or even Microsoft Works allowed the PC manufacturer to shave a few additional dollars off of the PC's price, and according to marketing project lead John McCreesh, the open-source office suite passed all of Everex's tests "with flying colors." Corporate America is clearly ready to sell F/OSS on clone chipsets however they can, because they're sick of the wIntel monopoly! ml"
Internet Explorer

Submission + - Open Addict blocks Internet Explorer users ( 2

derrida writes: "The popular website Open Addict, is now blocking Internet Explorer users from viewing the newly designed front page due to IE rendering bugs: "I'm tired of hacking workarounds for IE's bad implementations of standard technologies; Try to validate Internet Explorer's home page and see if you think Microsoft cares about standards". And the site admin goes one step further: "I'm going to take this a step further. Since IE sucks so much and actually hurts the adoption and use of web standards, I'm asking each of you that run a website to block IE.". Here is how you can do it."
User Journal

Journal SPAM: Does the iPhone have a built-in spyware module? 2

The underground hacker team "web-Hack" from Russia released a whitepaper with results of iPhone firmware research where they reverse-engineered embedded functions. They claim discovery of a built-in function which sends all data from an iPhone to a specified web-server. Contacts from a phonebook, SMS, recent calls, history of Safari browser - all your personal information - can be stolen. Researchers as

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