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Programming

21st International Olympiad of Informatics Opens, In Bulgaria and Online 74

Kostadin Vodenicharov writes "The International Olympiad in Informatics is considered one of the most prestigious programming contests in the world. Currently the 21st IOI is being held in Plovdiv, Bulgaria (which was the country that also hosted the 1st IOI), from 8th to 15th August. High school students from all over the world have gathered to put their programming skills to the test. Everyone else who wishes to participate can do it in the online contest which will run in parallel with the real one and will present the same tasks to be solved. The competition itself is going to take place on Monday 10th August and Wednesday 12th August from 9:00 to 14:00 EEST (UTC+3)."
Biotech

Submission + - Is a Particularly Nasty Cold Going Around? (wired.com)

Epidemical writes: In the midst of flu season, Aaron Rowe explains that we will all be screwed in the event of a viral epidemic. Unfortunately, effective antiviral medications are in the realm of science fiction and developing new ones isn't cheap. They cost about $800 million each — if researchers are successful. Since drugs that treat chronic maladies are more lucrative, big pharma has little incentive to give it a try. But hey, at least some people are safe, the government is spending over $6.1 billion on the presidential helicopter program.
Censorship

Submission + - Wikileaks under attack after Swiss banking leak (wikinews.org)

An anonymous reader writes: From Wikinews:

The website wikileaks.org has been taken off line in many parts of the world. Wikileaks is a website dedicated to leaking documents that are "anonymous, untraceable, uncensorable."

Several factors have taken the site off line including DDoS attacks, which was followed by a fire which took out the main servers hosting the site in Sweden, and a restraining order on the domain name 'WikiLeaks.org' issued in the United States.

According to the website HongPong.com, Wikileaks experienced "a 500Mbps distributed denial of service attack" before the fire, but it is not known if the DDoS attack is connected to it.

After the attack, a fire was reported in the Uninterruptible Power Supply of the servers which host the site.

The third and final factor taking the site off line is a permanent injunction granted in the California Northern District Court in San Francisco, California to Bank Julius Baer, a Swiss Bank, which has caused the domain to be taken off line in the U.S.. Wikileaks previously published hundreds of documents obtained from a whistleblower of the Swiss Bank, "purportedly showing offshore tax evasion and money laundering by extremely wealthy and in some cases, politically sensitive, clients from the US, Europe, China and Peru."

According to a Wikileaks press release received by e-mail, the injunction issued by the court states, "Dynadot [Wikileaks host] shall immediately clear and remove all DNS hosting records for the wikileaks.org domain name and prevent the domain name from resolving to the wikileaks.org website or any other website or server other than a blank park page, until further order of this Court."

"The order was entirely written by Cayman Island's Bank Julius Baer lawyers and was accepted by judge White without amendment, or representations by Wikileaks or amicus. The case is over several Wikileaks articles, public commentary and documents dating prior to 2003. The documents allegedly reveal secret Julius Baer trust structures used for asset hiding, money laundering and tax evasion. The bank alleges the documents were disclosed to Wikileaks by offshore banking whistleblower and former Vice President the Cayman Island's operation, Rudolf Elmer. Unable to lawfully attack Wikileaks servers which are based in several countries, the order was served on Wikileaks's California registrar Dynadot ("the power company"). The order also enjoins every person who has heard about the order from from even linking to the documents," said Wikileaks in the release.

Despite the injunction, Wikileaks states that they will "keep on publishing, in-fact, given the level of suppression involved in this case, Wikileaks will step up publication of documents pertaining to illegal or unethical banking practices."

The Media

Submission + - How PR Uses Slashdot 1

theodp writes: "Having received sufficient Karma from her Slashdot submissions to gain access to The Firehose, PR firm owner Alice Marshall observes that negative stories which are hot and appear headed to the front page are often suddenly rated down. Is that because readers spontaneously decide stories are not the best, wonders Marshall, or are corporate flacks down-rating the stories as a form of damage control? Slashdot is a valuable public square, concludes Marshall, and it's inevitable that PR flacks will be attracted to it, leaving Slashdot editors with the challenge of finding ways to prevent them from taking over."
Patents

Submission + - Barracuda Networks seeks help in definding ClamAV 3

taoman1 writes: Trend Micro has accused ClamAV of infringing a patent it owns, #5,623,600. It specifically has named Barracuda Spam Firewall, the Barracuda Web Filter, and the Barracuda IM Firewall as infringing. Trend Micro has been trying to get Barracuda to either pay license royalties for including ClamAV or stop using ClamAV in its products. Barracuda is an Open Invention Network licensee, and it decided to stand up and defend ClamAV against what it views as a bogus claim. Barracuda believes the patent is questionable, at best, and believes there is prior art to be found and is seeking assistance to find it.
Government

China Anti-Corruption Web Site Crashes On First Day 169

An anonymous reader tips us to news out of China that the Web site of the National Bureau of Corruption Prevention crashed on Tuesday, just hours after its launch, as droves of people logged on to complain about corruption among officials. "The number of visitors was very large and beyond our expectations," an anonymous NBCP official said.

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