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Submission + - New site analyzes IP using numerology

hypersubtext writes: Have you ever wondered what's the significance of your dynamic IP?
This website suggests it can detect the true nature of your internet connection using IP numerology.

It finds out what your current surfing is all about, and sends you to a website that you may find interesting, based on the numerological sum of your IP address.

Very useful.

Feed First interview: Sam Hocevar, new Debian Project Leader (

Sam Hocevar recently became the next Debian Project Leader (DPL), defeating seven other candidates while running on a platform that emphasized ways to improve how project members interact. Hocevar's election comes at a time when Debian may be losing mindshare among both users and developers to Ubuntu, and looking for ways to improve its efficiencies and to mend internal divisions. Recently, discussed these challenges with Hocevar via email in his first interview since his election.

Submission + - Quantum Cryptography Hacked

An anonymous reader writes:
A team of researchers has, for the first time, hacked into a network protected by quantum encryption. Quantum cryptography uses the laws of quantum mechanics to encode data securely. Most researchers consider such quantum networks to be nearly 100% uncrackable. But a group from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in Cambridge was able to 'listen in' using a sort of quantum-mechanical wiretap. The trick allowed them to tease out about half of the data, in a way that couldn't be detected by those transmitting or receiving the message.
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Submission + - Astroglide data breach

laejoh writes: If you've ever tried Astroglide, you know it's some of the slipperiest stuff ever made. Astroglide suffered a data breach this week. People who ordered the company's products from their Web site from 2003 to the present may have had their names and email and shipping addresses published on the Internet.
Operating Systems

Submission + - Solaris 10 as a Desktop OS

An anonymous reader writes: This article reviews Solaris 10 — one of the most robust Unix operating system out there. The review is writen in the perspective of a desktop user and points to various solaris related resources where one can get more help in the day to day running of Solaris on your desktop. The article concludes ...

I believe this is an operating system which holds a lot of promise as a Desktop OS. And if the people steering Sun Microsystems take the right decisions (hint: GPL ???), it just might take the fancy of a large section of IT savvy public, enough to motivate many of them to start developing Free software for Solaris
PC Games (Games)

Submission + - Hacked DX10 for Windows appears

Oddscurity writes: According to The Inquirer someone managed to write a wrapper allowing DirectX 10 applications to run on platforms other than Vista. The Alky Project claims to have reverse-engineered Geometry Shader code, allowing Windows games to run on Windows XP, MacOSX and Linux. The Inquirer is understandably cautious about these claims, urging readers to investigate the releases themselves to assertain whether or not it's a hoax.

Submission + - ZX Spectrum is 25 years old today.

JaJ_D writes: The BBC has got a nice little piece of history.

25 years ago today the ZX Spectrum was released (in the UK), and for £125 (250 USD at todays excahnge rate) you could get a 16 kB of RAM or with 48 kB for £175 (350 USD)

This was my first introduction to computing, and I still have my 16k (almost mint) and my 48k (not so mint) at home in the loft, and I can still remember the first program I wrote!

Looking back it is amazing the performance improvement of computing, in fact the standard size of an empty Word XP document couldn't be loaded into the memory of this little thing.

In the UK at least, this computer, more than anything else kicked off the whole home computing market, and triggered the first geeks sat at home in their bedrooms writing some fantastic code on this little thing.


Submission + - Antec Notebook Cooler S Review @

Nathan writes: "Article Url: oler_s/
Article PIC: oler_s/img/email.jpg

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"At last, a notebook cooler that is actually practical. If anyone is in the market for a notebook cooling solution, your searching is over. This product is small, simple, ergonomic and actually useful. Finally someone realizes that you don't have to use a huge metal pad to cool a laptop accordingly.""
Operating Systems

Submission + - Linspire to be based on Kubuntu

FliesLikeABrick writes: "The Ubuntu Weekly Newsletter has unveiled that Linspire announced that they will be switching to base their distribution off Ubuntu. With their polished KDE desktop this makes Linspire the latest in the impressive list of operating systems based off Kubuntu.

It was also announced that Linspire's Click and Run install programme would be added to the Ubuntu archive, giving users of all Ubuntu distributions easy access to a large range of free and proprietary software."
Input Devices

Submission + - Cool interface technology

Tom writes: Defense Tech and have a video demonstrating use of "Perceptive Pixel"'s interface technology. They don't want you to call it "The Minority Report" tech, but that's probably the easiest way to describe it to mainstream users. Either that or "a touchscreen that doesn't suck". Looks like a cool way to organize your photos. (Or it would be, without the 6-figure price tag.)

Submission + - Scientists Threatened For "Climate Denial"

Forrest Kyle writes: A former professor of climatology at the University of Winnipeg has recieved multiple death threats for questioning the extent to which human activities are driving global warming. From the article, "'Western governments have pumped billions of dollars into careers and institutes and they feel threatened,' said the professor. 'I can tolerate being called a sceptic because all scientists should be sceptics, but then they started calling us deniers, with all the connotations of the Holocaust. That is an obscenity. It has got really nasty and personal.' Richard Lindzen, the professor of Atmospheric Science at Massachusetts Institute of Technology...recently claimed: 'Scientists who dissent from the alarmism have seen their funds disappear, their work derided, and themselves labelled as industry stooges. Consequently, lies about climate change gain credence even when they fly in the face of the science.'"

Submission + - Intel's Top Dog Ate His Own Homework

theodp writes: "Top Intel execs — including Chairman Craig Barrett, CEO Paul Otellini, and sales chief Sean Maloney — are believed to have deleted e-mails relevant to an antitrust lawsuit filed by AMD. Otellini reportedly was under the impression that IT was responsible for backing up his e-mails, so he didn't need to retain them. Intel has admitted to a series of mistakes in preserving e-mail, including the failure of some employees to comply with a company directive to perform manual document retention procedures."

Submission + - Making Sense out of Census Data with Google Earth

mikemuch writes: "Irman Haque has developed a mashup of Google Earth with data from the U.S. Census Bureau, called gCensus. The app uses the XML format known as KML (Keyhole Markup Language), which can create shapes and colors on the maps displayed by GE. Haque had to build custom code libraries (which he's made available as open source) that could generate KML for the project. He also had to extract the relevant data from the highly counter-intuitive Census Bureau files and store them in a database that could handle geographic data. gCensus lets you do stuff like create colorful overlays on maps showing population ages, race, and family size distributions."

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