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Submission + - Rocket Flown Through Northern Lights to Help Unlock Space Weather Mysteries (

Zothecula writes: The northern lights are more than one of nature's most awe inspiring sights, they are an electromagnetic phenomena that can adversely affect power grids and communications and navigation systems. Researchers from the University of Oslo have flown a rocket through the phenomena to take a closer look with the aim of gathering data that will help in predicting space weather.

Submission + - m0n0wall project shut down (

jrronimo writes: Those of us in the market for an open source router operating system have one less option: As of 15 February 2015, Manuel Kasper has officially ended the m0n0wall project.

In the ending announcement he states "...the world keeps turning, and while m0n0wall has made an effort to keep up, there are now better solutions available and under active development.

Therefore, today I announce that the m0n0wall project has officially ended. No development will be done anymore, and there will be no further releases." He goes on to say that "m0n0wall has served as the seed for several other well known open source projects, like pfSense, FreeNAS and AskoziaPBX. The newest offspring, OPNsense (, aims to continue the open source spirit of m0n0wall while updating the technology to be ready for the future. In my view, it is the perfect way to bring the m0n0wall idea into 2015, and I encourage all current m0n0wall users to check out OPNsense and contribute if they can."

Thanks for all of your hard work Manuel!

Submission + - Could fossils of ancient life from Earth reside on the Moon? (

MarkWhittington writes: Does the moon contain fossils of billions of years old organisms from Earth? That theory has been laid out in recent research at the Imperial College of London, reported in a story in Air and Space Magazine by Dr. Paul Spudis, a lunar and planetary geologist. The implications for science and future lunar exploration are profound.

Submission + - Is quantum cryptography the key to thwarting the NSA? (

An anonymous reader writes: It has already been proven that when the quantum computer is realized it will be able to easily break RSA encryption, one of the fundamental means of protection for bank transactions as well as many other forms of communication online. (Why will quantum computers make short work of RSA? Here's a brief explanation.)

Reading that, it’s tempting to think quantum computers spell the end of encryption. And, considering Edward Snowden’s leak that the NSA is working on a quantum computer, that fear isn’t entirely unfounded. However, quantum physics may offer hope for privacy advocates as well. Some scientists believe quantum cryptography may soon offer Internet users privacy protections that even the NSA won’t be able to skirt.

Submission + - Fedora 21 Linux is a 'Null' ( 1

darthcamaro writes: What follows in the footsteps of a Heisenbug, Spherical Cow and a Beefy Miracle? Apparently the answer is 'null' as is nothing. Fedora Linux 21 could well have no funky new name as its past predecessors have all had, thanks to a recent vote by the Fedora board to move away from the existing naming practices. Fedora 21 itself will not be out in the first half of 2014 either, instead the plan is now for a release sometime around August. A delayed release however doesn't mean somethign is wrong, it actually could mean that something is very right, and Red Hat's community Linux distro aims to re-invent itself.

Submission + - Australian Bureau of Statistics doesn't like direct downloads of census data (

Bismillah writes: The ABS has released the census data for the country under a Creative Commons license, but instead of making it easy to get, they've put in Javascript to obfuscate file paths and more.,abs-hobbles-census-data-downloaders.aspx All commented in the source code of course.

Submission + - Mozilla is considering revoking TeliaSonera trust for sales to dictators (

ndogg writes: Mozilla is considering pulling TeliaSonera from its list of root certificate SSL providers. They have asked for comments on this on their mailing list. They're concerned about the use of the certificates by those governments for spying on its citizens, particularly in Azerbaijan, Kazakhstan, Georgia, Uzbekistan and Tajikistan — where TeliaSonera operates subsidiaries or is heavily invested. Mozilla's concern is that TeliaSonera has possibly issued certificates that allow hardline government servers to masquerade as legitimate websites — so-called man-in-the-middle (MitM) attacks — and decrypt web traffic. This alleged activity would contradict Mozilla's policy against "knowingly issuing certificates without the knowledge of the entities whose information is referenced in the certificates".

Submission + - Pirate Bay Founder Charged For Hacking (

coolnumbr12 writes: Gottfrid Svartholm, one of the co-founders of the file-sharing website The Pirate Bay, has been charged with several cases of fraud by a Swedish prosecutor, who alleges that Svartholm hacked several companies and a bank to illegally transfer nearly 5.7 million Swedish Krono.

Submission + - 90% of Game Hacks and Cracks Contain Malware

An anonymous reader writes: Computer and online gaming is big business for companies creating the games, but a considerable drain on the finances of gamers, so it should not come as a surprise that many of the latter decide against buying games and add-ons, choosing instead to download cracked games, keygens, patches and more from torrent or file-sharing sites. But, according to AVG, that decision could cost them much more in the long run, as the company's recent research proved that over 90 percent of "hacks and cracks" found via metasearch services such as FilesTube and FileCrop contained malicious code or malware.

Submission + - Quantum gas goes below absolute zero (

mromanuk writes: It may sound less likely than hell freezing over, but physicists have created an atomic gas with a sub-absolute-zero temperature for the first time. Their technique opens the door to generating negative-Kelvin materials and new quantum devices, and it could even help to solve a cosmological mystery.

Submission + - Nvidia Employee Asks How They Can Improve Linux Support (

sfcrazy writes: It seems that recent comments made by Linus Torvalds has made the people at NVIDIA to take Linux more seriously. Recently an Nvidia employee Stepen Warren asked in the Kernel Summit mailing list what could be done differently to make the Linux support better. "In a Google+ comment, Linus noted that we have mainly been contributing patches for Tegra SoC infra-structure details. I'm curious what other areas people might expect me/NVIDIA to contribute to. I assume the issue is mainly the lack of open support for the graphics-related parts of our HW, but perhaps there's some expectation that we'd also start helping out some core area of the kernel too? Would that kind of thing help our image even if we didn't open up our HW?“

Submission + - Sexy Female Scientist Video Draws Fire (

sciencehabit writes: A new video released by the The European Commission--ostensibly aimed at getting girls interested in science--is drawing widespred condemnation from around the web for its depiction of female scientists as sexy models strutting into the frame in high heels and short skirts. A male scientist watching them from behind his microscope doesn't seem to mind that none of them are wearing safe lab attire—he just pops his glasses on for a better look. The rest of the video is a mish-mash of heels, nail polish, lipstick, and sexily smoldering Erlenmeyer flasks, arbitrarily punctuated by girly giggles.

Submission + - All Your Internets Belong to US, Continued: The Case ( 1

An anonymous reader writes: Michael Geist reports that last week State of Maryland prosecutors were able to obtain a warrant ordering Verisign, the company that manages the dot-com domain name registry, to redirect the website to a warning page advising that it has been seized by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. The message from the case is clear: all dot-com, dot-net, and dot-org domain names are subject to U.S. jurisdiction regardless of where they operate or where they were registered. This grants the U.S. a form of “super-jurisdiction” over Internet activities since most other countries are limited to jurisdiction with a real and substantial connection.

Submission + - Coverity: Open Source Code Has Less Defects than Commercial One (

An anonymous reader writes: A Coverity study concludes that open source code using static analysis has on average a lower number of defects than commercial code, but they are on par when it comes to code of similar sizes.

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