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Submission + - Greatest Phone Freak Action To Date (

Bartlet writes: A recent IEEE Spectrum article details how an Athens phone system was compromised.
"... unlike the Cuckoo's Egg, the Athens affair targeted the conversations of specific, highly placed government and military officials. ... Though the scope of the activity is to a large extent unknown, it's fair to say that no other computer crime on record has had the same potential for capturing information about affairs of state."

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Minisode Network Condenses TV Shows to Under Six Minutes 160

CNN is reporting on a (relatively) new website called the Minisode Network that allows users to watch popular television shows that have been strategically condensed down to somewhere between four and six minutes. "Don't think of the Minisode Network as a brand-new Web site. Think of it as a long-overdue public service. That is, who among us hasn't felt the double-edged sword of our media age: So much video from TV, DVDs, the Internet and even cell phones ... but too little time to watch it all? The Minisode Network has a solution. Launched in June as a broadband channel on the MySpace site, it offers, for our streaming pleasure, episodes of vintage Sony Pictures Television series like 'Silver Spoons,' 'Starsky & Hutch,' 'Diff'rent Strokes' and even Ricki Lake's talk show."

Submission + - Flash Player for Windows Mobile

sensationull writes: I was looking at the new Microsoft labs project Deepfish and noticed that lots of people were complaining about the lack of flash support for Windows Mobile and how they had better get to it. So this is just a reminder to everyone that there is already support provided directly by Adobe for Flash on Windows Mobile here for Windows Mobile 2003 at least.

Submission + - AV company has 4th of July giveaway (

An anonymous reader writes: "NullBound has announced that for one day only they will be giving away their services to customers absolutely free. In honor of our nations' Independence Day, NullBound is offering the chance for users to sign up for their 1-year license, a $3,200.00 value, at no cost."

Submission + - Red Hat will talk to MS about interop, not patents

An anonymous reader writes: Red Hat is willing to work with Microsoft on the interoperability front, but it wants to limit those talks to pure interoperability between Windows and Red Hat Linux, with the goal of solving real customer problems and without attaching any unrelated strings, such as intellectual property, Paul Cormier, Red Hat's executive vice president of engineering, told eWEEK in this article(,1895,21545 21,00.asp). He also ruled out doing a deal with Microsoft like the controversial patent agreement and covenant not to sue that Redmond penned with Novell last year, especially after viewing the limited information that is publicly available on that deal. But Bob Muglia, Microsoft's senior vice president for server and tools, says the issues of interoperability and intellectual property are not completely separate, and have to be considered together, meaning there is a de facto standoff between it and Red Hat on this issue.
The Almighty Buck

Submission + - Some in Silicon Valley Begin to Sour on India

theodp writes: "The WSJ reports that some Silicon Valley tech companies are beginning to turn away from India for low-cost labor to do sophisticated tech work. Faced with 50% wage inflation, 25% turnover, higher management costs and time zone complications, companies are stepping up U.S. hiring, bringing Indian employees to the States on visas, or finding other lower-wage foreign locales. 'The wage inflation rate for engineers in India is four times what it is here' in America, complained CEO Paul Otellini of Intel (and Google), which is stepping up hiring in Vietnam."

Submission + - HortiBot, a weed-removing robot

Roland Piquepaille writes: "According to the Ludington Daily News, Michigan, Danish agricultural engineers have built a robot to help farmers with weeds. The Hortibot is about 3-foot-by-3-foot, is self-propelled, and uses global positioning system (GPS). It can recognize 25 different kinds of weeds and eliminate them by using its weed-removing attachments. It's also very environmentally friendly because it can reduce herbicide usage by 75 percent. But so far, it's only a prototype and the Danish engineers need to find a manufacturer for distribution. Read more for additional details and pictures of the HortiBot."

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