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Drunken Employee Shoots Server 309

Target Practice writes "A drunken mortgage worker at RANLife Home Loans decided for unknown reasons to take out the company's $100,000 server with a .45-caliber automatic, blaming the damage on an imagined assailant who: mugged him, assaulted him with his own weapon, drugged him, and then broke into his office to shoot said server. According to acquaintances, he had threatened earlier that day to shoot the server and maybe himself."

Submission + - Skynet Invades Washington Airspace (

fatassengineer writes: The NY Times is reporting that a MQ-8B Fire Scout Vertical Takeoff and Landing UAV "which looks like a small windowless helicopter and was flying at 2,000 ... got within 40 miles of Washington before operators were able to re-establish communication and guide it back to its base in southern Maryland". They just say they lost communication, but that may just be a cover story for machine rebellion.

Submission + - PlayStation Network Is A Bit Ridiculous (

Buffalo55 writes: This past Tuesday, I finished work and hopped on PSN to download Shank, except Shank wasn’t available yet. The problem? It was 6:00PM ET, and I had to wait until at least 9:00PM until the game was released, except I didn’t get a chance to download it until after 11:00PM. At that point, with one foot already in bed, I was met with the worst message of the day: Shank would finish downloading in two hours. At midnight, I could no longer hold out, and fell asleep.

Submission + - Security Concerns Put Brakes on Mobile App Dev (

wiredmikey writes: Concerns about security issues are preventing companies from implementing features on mobile applications that are commonly available for the desktop. For mobile applications that feature transaction-based capabilities, these concerns are particularly acute.

More than 50 percent of the companies surveyed that had not deployed transactional applications ranked security as one of their top three concerns, the other two being cost and ease-of-use. More than 40 percent of companies that had deployed these applications continued to rank security as a key concern.

Submission + - Facebook says it owns "book." ( 2

An anonymous reader writes: The Chicago Tribune is reporting that Facebook has sued a tiny start-up called over the use of “book” in its name. The start-up, which has two employees, aims to provide tools for teachers to manage their classrooms and share lesson plans and other resources. “Effectively they’re bombing a mosquito here, and we’re not sure why they want to do that,” co-director Greg Shrader told the Tribune. Facebook said its use of “book” in its name is “highly distinctive in the context of online communities and networking websites.” Facebook apparently is alleging that no other online “network of people” can use the word “book” in its name without violating its trademark. Book 'em, Marko.

Submission + - Drunken Employee Shoots Server (

Target Practice writes: A drunken mortgage worker at RANLife Home Loans decided for unknown reasons to take out the company's $100,000 server with a .45-caliber automatic, blaming the damage on an imagined assailant who: mugged him, assaulted him with his own weapon, drugged him, and then broke into his office to shoot said server. According to acquaintances, he had threatened earlier that day to shoot the server and then himself.

Submission + - Japanese Machine Converts Plastic To Oil ( 2

Nick writes: "Rather than burning the plastic using flame, which generates CO2, the machine uses a temperature-controlled electric heater to convert plastic into crude gas, which can then be used to power gas-based household appliances like stoves, boilers and generators or, if refined, can even be pumped into a car or motorcycle. Small yet highly efficient, the machine produces nearly one liter of oil – gasoline, diesel or kerosine – from every kilogram of plastic, requiring only 1 kilowatt of electricity for the conversion.

A five minute YouTube demonstrates the process"

Comment Re:Does that make sense ? (Score 2, Insightful) 426

How will the student then apply his knowledge to modern languages such as Java, C# ? He'll have to optimize his code by doing a bunch of tests, just as he would have did without that class. With a flags and the time (in ms) required by each of the different methods, he will understand, for example, that quick sort is faster than bubble sort. And so it goes.

Submission + - Buckeye Bullet Racer Breaks EV Speed Record (

An anonymous reader writes: Ohio State’s lithium ion-powered Buckeye Bullet 2 just shattered the world land speed record for a battery-powered vehicle. The streamlined electric racer averaged 291 miles per in back-to-back tests this week in the Utah Salt Flats. The Bullet, which was designed by students at Ohio State University, may not be coming to a dealership near you anytime soon, but its battery comes from A123 Systems, whose products will also power Chrysler cars and Eaton trucks.

Submission + - Yahoo completes switch to Microsoft-powered search (

suraj.sun writes: A week after it began shifting to Bing for its search results, Yahoo says it has finished the transition--at least for its main search results in the U.S. and Canada. The move comes more than a year after Microsoft and Yahoo reached a deal to partner on search.

In a blog post, Yahoo noted that Bing is now powering Web, image, and video search for both desktop and mobile searches. "The speed in which this was completed is a testament to the great work and partnership between a number of Yahoo and Microsoft employees, the ranks of which are numerous," Yahoo senior vice president Shashi Seth said in a blog post.

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Submission + - Possible Treatment For Ebola (

RedEaredSlider writes: Researchers at the U.S. Army Medical Research Institute of Infectious Diseases have found a class of drugs that could provide treatment for Ebola and Marburg hemorrhagic fever.

The new drugs are called "antisense" compounds, and they allow the immune system to attack the viruses before they can do enough damage to kill the patient. Travis Warren, research scientist at USAMRIID, said while the work is still preliminary — the drugs have been tested only on primates — the results are so far promising. In the case of Ebola, five of eight monkeys infected with the virus lived, and with Marburg, all survived.

The drugs were developed as part of a program to deal with possible bioterrorist threats, in partnership with AVI Biopharma.

Hardware Hacking

Submission + - Grad Student Invents Cheap Laser Cutter (

An anonymous reader writes: Peter Jansen, a PhD student and member of the RepRap community, has constructed a working prototype of an inexpensive table-top laser cutter built out of old CD/DVD drives as an offshoot of his efforts to design an under $200 open-source Selective Laser Sintering (SLS) 3D printer. Where traditional laser cutters use powerful, fixed-focus beams, this new technique dynamically adjusts the focal point of the laser using a reciprocating motion similar to a reciprocating saw, allowing a far less powerful and inexpensive laser diode to be used. The technique is currently limited to cutting black materials to a depth of only a few millimeters, but should still be useful and enabling for Makers and other crafters. The end-goal is to create a hybrid inexpensive 3D printer that can be easily reconfigured for 2D laser cutting, providing powerful making tools to the desktop.

Submission + - Wikileaks releases CIA document (

Somewhat Delirious writes: Wikileaks has just released a document from the CIA which expresses worries that the perception of the United States as an exporter of terrorism may lead to barriers to extrajudicial judicial activities of the American intelligence services abroad: "If the US were seen as an exporter of terrorism, foreign partners may be less willing to cooperate with the United States on extrajudicial activities, including detention, transfer, and interrogation of suspects in third party countries."

It also shows how the US forces other countries into bilateral agreements to insure immunity for US citizens from International Criminal Court prosecutions: "Foreign perception of the US as an “exporter of terrorism” also raises difficult legal issues
for the US, its foreign allies, and international institutions. To date, the US is not a signatory to the International Criminal Court (ICC) and instead, has pursued Bilateral Immunity Agreements (BIAs) with other countries to ensure immunity for US nationals from ICC prosecution. The US has threatened to terminate economic aid and withdraw military assistance with countries that do not accede to BIAs."

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