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 particles...an 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
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 Encoding.com, was released before the launch of WebM last May. One pundit predicts the battle will lead to yet another "years-long standards format war."
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.
mcneely.mike writes: Could a simple EEG find other causes (such as seizures) for dysfunctions such as autism? My son is autistic (or has autism as i'm supposed to say) and the EEG would be interesting to try... Link to Original Source