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Submission + - Natural fluorine does exist...in smelly rocks (nature.com)

scibri writes: Chemists have proved that a smelly rock is the only known place on Earth where fluorine exists in its elemental form, F2 (Abstract). The rock is antozonite, a calcium fluoride (fluorite) mineral that is dark violet or even black in colour, also known as fetid fluorite or stinkspar. Needless to say, this rock stinks. The pungent smell is given off when antozonite is crushed, and chemists and mineralogists have argued over the origin of the stench since the early nineteenth century. It turns out French chemist Henri Moissan, who first isolated fluorine in 1886, was right. The rock contains pockets of fluorine that are released on crushing.

Submission + - Australian military conducts OpenOffice.org trial (delimiter.com.au)

daria42 writes: It looks like Microsoft might not quite have the free reign over government desktops that it would like to. In Australia, it was revealed this week that the country's Department of Defence has recently conducted a trial involving 100 users of the OpenOffice.org productivity suite, which recently found a home at the Apache Foundation. It's not yet clear whether the department will progress with the trial to a broader rollout, but if it did, it could have significant implications for Microsoft in the Australian government.

Submission + - Nokia get hacked, developer data leaked (nokia.com)

An anonymous reader writes: "During our ongoing investigation of the incident we have discovered that a database table containing developer forum members' email addresses has been accessed, by exploiting a vulnerability in the bulletin board software that allowed an SQL Injection attack. Initially we believed that only a small number of these forum member records had been accessed, but further investigation has identified that the number is significantly larger. The database table records includes members’ email addresses and, for fewer than 7% who chose to include them in their public profile, either birth dates, homepage URL or usernames for AIM, ICQ, MSN, Skype or Yahoo. However, they do not contain sensitive information such as passwords or credit card details and so we do not believe the security of forum members’ accounts is at risk. Other Nokia accounts are not affected.

We are not aware of any misuse of the accessed data, but we are communicating with affected forum members, though we believe the only potential impact to them may be unsolicited email. Nokia apologizes for this incident.
Though the initial vulnerability was addressed immediately, we have now taken the developer community website offline as a precautionary measure, while we conduct further investigations and security assessments. We hope to get the site back online as soon as possible and will post developments here in the meantime."
Except it has been used maliciously, I've seen an increase, from none, of very targeted phishing attempts using Nokia Developer details against an email address I used specifically for the account.


Submission + - 3D Gaming Coming To Chrome (conceivablytech.com)

An anonymous reader writes: Video gaming is a big topic for web browsers as well as HTML5, but there are few enthusiast gamers who are taking this scenario serious. Can a Joystick API and a 3D Client change the perception?

Submission + - The Reactable! - Musical Instruments Of The Future (freeturbine.com)

An anonymous reader writes: Several simultaneous performers share complete control over the instrument by moving and rotating physical objects on a luminous round table surface. By moving and relating these objects, representing components of a classic modular synthesizer, users can create complex and dynamic sonic topologies, with generators, filters and modulators, in a kind of tangible modular synthesizer or graspable flow-controlled programming language.

Submission + - Wikileaks took advice from media outlets (google.com) 1

formfeed writes: According to the AP (through Google News), Wikileaks isn't just sitting on the recent material so they can release it bit by bit to the press, as many people implied. On the contrary, it's quite the other way around: "only after considering advice from five news organizations with which it chose to share all of the material" are they releasing it themselves. These Newspapers "have been advising WikiLeaks on which documents to release publicly and what redactions to make to those documents"

AP questions whether Wikileaks will follow these redactions, but nevertheless seems quite impressed by this "extraordinary collaboration between some of the world's most respected media outlets and the WikiLeaks organization"

Submission + - Lockpicks by Open LockSport (kickstarter.com)

ChristW writes: If you've always wanted to own a good set of lockpicks, but haven't been able to get any, here's your chance! There's a project on Kickstarter to fund a project by Schuyler Towne to make sets of lockpicks. As I'm writing this, the project has been funded up to 1100%, but I'd love to see what a Slashdotting can do to a Kickstarter project...

Submission + - Yahoo opens its greenest data center (idg.com.au)

angry tapir writes: "Yahoo is opening a data center in upstate New York that uses a radical new design to reduce energy costs by 40 percent. The data center in Lockport, near Niagara Falls, is cooled almost entirely by outside air that blows through the long data center halls to keep server equipment cool. That means the data center doesn't need a chiller to provide cold water for cooling. The IT gear will be run primarily by hydroelectric power from the local utility, New York Power Authority. Yahoo says it’s the most eco-friendly data center it has built."

Submission + - Chrome 7 just got full GPU acceleration (conceivablytech.com)

An anonymous reader writes: Well, that did not take long: Just one week after the company said it would take a month or two to provide GPU acceleration in Chrome, the company is offering this feature now in its nightly and canary builds. If you apply a few switches, you can activate full GPU acceleration and achieve a performance that is similar to IE9 Beta and Firefox 4 Beta. It is ironic that Chrome 7 was the last of the three to reveal this feature, but it may be the first final browser to provide GPU acceleration due to Google’s short release cycles.

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