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Submission + - Thunderstorms produce large amounts of antimatter (

dtjohnson writes: Scientists have been looking for anti-matter deep in space but now it appears that there is a source much closer to home...thunderstorms. Scientists looking at terrestial gamma ray flashes (TGFs) produced in thunderstorms have discovered that the gamma ray energy transforms into a pair of electron and a positron...which then sprays out into space as an anti-matter beam. This happens as many as 500 times each day. Perhaps it will not be much longer until anti-matter is harnesses as a source of energy for interstellar warp drive.

Submission + - Microsoft slams Google over HTML5 video decision ( 2

jbrodkin writes: Microsoft is accusing Google of some heavy-handed tactics in the battle over HTML5 video standards. In an attempt at humor, a clearly peeved Microsoft official wrote "An Open Letter from the President of the United States of Google," which likens Google's adoption of WebM instead of H.264 to an attempt to force a new language on the entire world. Internet Explorer 9, of course, supports the H.264 codec, while Google and Mozilla are backing WebM. The hyperlinks in Microsoft's blog post lead readers to data indicating that two-thirds of Web videos are using H.264, with about another 25% using Flash VP6. However, the data, from, was released before the launch of WebM last May. One pundit predicts the battle will lead to yet another "years-long standards format war."

Submission + - Crypto-Cracking Tool To Be Unleashed At Black Hat (

Batblue writes: A European researcher will release an open-source tool at Black Hat DC that uses Amazon's powerful GPU processing services to crack SHA1-based passwords at breakneck speeds.

Thomas Roth, a researcher and consultant for Lanworks AG, last fall revealed how he was able to crack SHA1 encryption using Amazon EC2's newest cloud computing service-for-hire that uses Graphics Processing Units (GPU) processors, which typically are used to execute calculations for graphics-intensive applications.

Roth for the first time will release his so-called Cloud Cracking Suite (CCS) tool at next week's gathering. He says he was able to successfully crack 400,000 passwords per second using eight Amazon Nvidia GPU instances, and 45,000 to 50,000 passwords per second with just one GPU instance, he says.

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