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Submission + - WHMCS data compromised by good old social engineering (softpedia.com)

howhardcanitbetocrea writes: WHMCS has had 500k records leaked, credit cards included, by hackers calling themselves ugnazis. Apparently ugnazis succeeded in obtaining login details from the billing software's host by using social engineering Ugnazis accuse WHMCS of knowingly offering services to fraudsters.

After almost 24 hours ugnazis still seems to have control of WHMCS twitter account @whmcs and is regularly updating their exploits. These tweets are also feeding into WHMCS software.


nwoow writes: The galaxy’s central bulge is just out of the image on the bottom left.

The galaxy, spanning some 100,000 light-years, is seen exactly edge-on, and reveals its thick plane of dust and interstellar gas. While initially thought to look like our own Milky Way if seen from the side, more detailed surveys revealed the existence of filaments of dust and gas escaping the plane of the galaxy into the halo over hundreds of light-years. They can be clearly seen here against the bright background of the galaxy halo, expanding into space from the disk of the galaxy.

Astronomers believe these filaments to be the result of the ejection of material due to supernovae or intense stellar formation activity. By lighting up when they are born, or exploding when they die, stars cause powerful winds that can blow dust and gas over hundreds of light-years in space.

A few foreground stars from the Milky Way shine brightly in the image, while distant elliptical galaxies can be seen in the lower right of the image.

NGC 891 is part of a small group of galaxies bound together by gravity.

A version of this image was entered into the Hubble’s Hidden Treasures Image Processing Competition by contestant Nick Rose. Hidden Treasures is an initiative to invite astronomy enthusiasts to search the Hubble archive for stunning images that have never been seen by the general public.

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Submission + - Bungie's Next Huge Game is an Xbox-First "Sci-Fantasy, Action Shooter," Court Re (kotaku.com)

TheGift73 writes: "The court case between Activision and developers Jason West and Vincent Zampella has brought all kinds of ugliness to light. But filings for the case have also made the details of the April, 2010 contract between Bungie, developers of Halo, and Activision a matter of public record, revealing Bungie's upcoming game development plans.

The L.A. Times reports that the 27-page contract outlines Bungie's agreement to develop four "sci-fantasy," action shooter games to be released every other year starting in 2013, under code name "Destiny." The agreement also includes DLC plans, with four expansion packs code-named "Comet" due in the alternating years, beginning in 2014.

The contract also specifies that the first game is a timed Xbox exclusive, created for the Xbox 360 as well as potentially for its still-unnamed successor, called the "Xbox 720" in the documentation. It could then later be released for PlayStation in 2014. In addition to the Xbox, later games could also be released for the PS3 or its successor console, as well as for PC.

In 2011, word leaked that Bungie was working on Destiny. The developer then confirmed at GDC 2011 that they were developing a MMO title.

The contract also specifies that Bungie is working on a Marathon title, based on its 1994 Mac sci-fi first-person shooter.

We have reached out to Activision to find out how much of the 2010 agreement is still planned, and will update if we hear back."


Submission + - Doctors Print Replacement Jaw from 3D printer (fellowgeek.com)

An anonymous reader writes: An 83 year old woman was diagnosed with progressive osteomyelitis, a condition that causes inflammation in bones. In this case, the condition affected her jaw, and the doctors decided the only safe course was to remove it. Normally, this would have left the woman horribly disfigured. The only way to repair such damage is through complex, highly precise and slightly dangerous bone and soft tissue transplants, to rebuild the jaw from existing structures.

But times have changed. Collaborating with a 3D printing company called Xilloc, the team modeled and printed a complete replacement jaw made of titanium.


Submission + - Australian government e-health sites pushed back due to "technical problems" (itnews.com.au)

howhardcanitbetocrea writes: "The Australia Government's decision to halt work at preliminary sites testing components of the personally controlled electronic health record have cost the project a further six weeks delay due to "technical incompatibilities across versions" of the specifications provided to the sites in November last year.

Though none of the software affected by the issue had been pushed live to patients at the time, one report suggested that there was a "potential clinical risk" if work went ahead using the specifications supplied."

Submission + - Email account was key to arrest in 'bomb' case (dailytelegraph.com.au)

howhardcanitbetocrea writes: 'AN email account accessed at a Central Coast library was allegedly the major breakthrough that set police on the trail of the man they believe is the Maddie Pulver extortionist.

Telegraph.com.au understands the suspect, Paul "Douglas" Peters, 50, was identified after allegedly logging in to a gmail account at the Kincumber Library.'

He likely created the account on his home computer and then thought "I know, they'll never track me if I log into the same account from the library"


Submission + - Bono hands on at Palm

howhardcanitbetocrea writes: Palm announced a strategic stock sale to private equity firm Elevation, a five way partnership between musical genius Bono, Apple iPod pioneer Jon Rubinstein, and three other executives.

"We believe investors will respond well to the news. Shareholders will retain 75% ownership of the company and receive a $9 per share distribution financed by a $325 million cash infusion from Elevation and a $400 million debt offering. Elevation is acquiring preferred stock convertible at a 16% premium over recent trading levels."

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