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Submission + - SPAM: Hollywood Stops Financing Obama Campaign After Whi

Defenestrar writes: Individuals and groups within the wealthy Hollywood circles have stopped their previously generous financial support for Obama's campaign after the White House responded to yesterday's blackouts, petitions, and protests with assurances that they “will not support legislation that reduces freedom of expression, increases cybersecurity risk, or undermines the dynamic, innovative global Internet.”

In a telling response about pay-for-favor American politics, "the moguls are reminding Obama et al that, in the words of one studio chief, 'God knows how much money we’ve given to Obama and the Democrats and yet they’re not supporting our interests.'"

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Submission + - Screensaver lock useless in X.Org 1.11 (by default (aeroxteam.fr)

MojoMax writes: Currently the default setup for X.Org Server 1.11 as used by Fedora 16 and Debian Wheezy renders the screensaver lock entirely ineffective. All that is required for a user with malicous (or pranktastic) intent is to enter the CTRL+ALT+Keypad-Multiply key combination and they would be immediately returned to the desktop. Obviously this takes all the fun out of hacking, which we all know involves guessing anywhere between 10 and 15 passwords before ultimately gaining access to the target system. However, do not fear it seems that the fix is very simple and it shouldn't take long for the major distros to close this little hole in security.

Submission + - VMware vSphere5 changes licensing, customers upset (vmware.com)

fluor2 writes: vSphere 5.0 is announced to be released in Q3 2011. vSphere introduces a new licensing model that is no longer bound to just the number of CPUs your hosts have. You now have to pay up for the for the amount of RAM as well. This change is, of course, very unwelcome in a currently 17 page long forum thread at vmware communities, showing consultants and resellers that are shocked upon this change.

Submission + - Japan turning into a nuclear-free society (bbc.co.uk)

jojo_it writes: In a television interview, Japan's Prime Minister Naoto Kan declared today that his country should and will develop into a nuclear-free society after the crisis at the Fukushima plant, although he did not lay out a real timescale for his plan.

Submission + - New PS3 model wont output HD over component cable (geek.com)

An anonymous reader writes: Whenever Sony announces a new games console hardware model it means the company has found a way to manufacture the machine for less, usually by combining or removing components. Sometimes, that also means a few features disappear like the removal of backwards compatibility with PS2 games when the 80GB console and then PS3 Slim arrived on the market.

Well, Sony is releasing another model of the PS3 and it is losing a feature that may be quite important to a number of gamers. The new 160GB PS3 console set to arrive in stores next week will no longer be capable of sending HD output down a component cable. If you want HD, you must use a HDMI cable.

Confirmation of this fact comes in the form of a memo sent to GameStop stores which you can see below:

A component cable is fully-capable of supplying your TV with a 720p or 1080i signal, but Sony has changed something in the machine that no longer makes that possible. We don’t have official confirmation of what that change is, but expect it to be to comply with the latest AACS content protection system which places new restrictions on analog video outputs. More specifically, image resolution is limited to 540p.


Submission + - 12TB open connectome project: neurosci alg-sourced

jovo writes: "The Open Connectome Project (OCP) recently launched: an open-science, open-source, open-data effort to collectively reverse engineer the brain one synapse at a time. OCP is currently hosting a 12TB dataset of serial electron microscopy images of a mouse visual cortex as described by Bock et al (2011). The full resolution data can be viewed using a Google Maps-like web app. Because the data are so massive, fully exploring the brain by hand is infeasible; as such, OCP will provide an API for "alg-sourcing" (algorithm out-sourcing) the third-party machine vision tools necessary to annotate such a large data set.
app. Because the data is so massive, fully exploring the brain by hand is infeasible; as such, OCP will provide an API for "alg-sourcing" (like out-sourcing) the third-party machine vision tools necessary to annotate such a large data set."

Submission + - Facebook to be 'biggest bank' by 2015 (techworld.com.au)

angry tapir writes: "The explosion of social networking commerce will lead to the unlikely candidate of Facebook becoming the world's biggest bank by the middle of the decade, according to a technology observer and entrepreneur. People who don't have a Facebook account should get one or risk having a financial profile created for them says founder and president of Metal International, Ken Rutkowski."

Submission + - Is there life inside black holes? (arxiv.org)

jamax writes: From TFA: "Inside the rotating or charged black holes there are bound periodic planetary orbits, which not coming out nor terminated at the central singularity. The advanced civilizations of the third kind (according to Kardashev classification) may inhabit the interiors of supermassive black holes, being invisible from the outside and basking in the light of the central singularity and the orbital photons. "

That's a preprint from arxiv.org, of an article by Vyacheslav Dokuchaev, a russian physisist, working at Institute for Nuclear Research at Russian Academy of Sciences..

While no actual proof (even theoretical) is provided for the existence of life, author argues that under certain circumstance, some black holes may indeed harbour stable planetary systems, even if planetary orbits are a far cry from ellipse-shaped orbits we see everywhere else.


Submission + - How indie developers stop pirates (twitter.com)

chronodev writes: An Indie game creator — Garry Newman (Garry's Mod) found a creative way of dealing with pirates. He put in an error in his game that triggered when running a pirated version of the game. He then asked in his tweeted if anyone was "unable to shade polygon polynomials". Soon responses flowed in, unveiling those users who pirated the game.

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