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Google

Submission + - New Sandbox Framework for Chrome Released (threatpost.com)

Trailrunner7 writes: As applications have become more and more complex in recent years and Web browsers have evolved into operating systems unto themselves, the task of securing desktop environments has become increasingly difficult. And while there's been quite a bit of innovation on Windows security, advances in Unix security have been less common of late. But now, a group of researchers from Google and the University of Cambridge in England have developed a new sandboxing framework called Capsicum, designed specifically to provide better security capabilities on Unix and Unix-derived systems.

Capsicum is the work of four researchers at Cambridge and the framework extends the POSIX API and introduces a number of new Unix primitives that are meant to isolate applications and users and handle rights delegation in a better way. The research, done by Robert N.M. Watson, Ben Laurie, Kris Kennaway and Jonathan Anderson, was supported by Google and the researchers have added some of the new Capsicum features to a version of Google's Chromium browser in order to demonstrate the functionality.

Submission + - StarCraft II Video Card Performance Investigated (hardwarecanucks.com)

SKYMTL writes: StarCraft II is bound to be popular and sales of graphics cards are sure to spike as people look for the best possible solution to push this game to the limits. Hardware Canucks has tested today's most popular GPU upgrades' performance, price AND power consumption in order to see which cards are best suited fir StarCraft II.
Games

Submission + - Valve Delays Portal 2, Squashes Duke Nukem Rumors (hardwarecanucks.com)

SKYMTL writes: In a tongue-in-cheek commentary, Valve has announced the delay of Portal 2 and throws water on the rumour fires regarding their E3 “surprise”. This surprise was rumored to be either Half Life 3 or the revival of Duke Nukem and it looks like neither will happen anytime soon.

Submission + - Stanford researchers make fabric batteries

TheBobJob writes: According to a BBC news article, http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/technology/8471362.stm researchers from Standford University have published details on their carbon nanotube dye for making batteries on fabric. The article goes on to explain the application for this tech in wearable electronics. After the stories of late of exploding batteries I'm not sure this is a great idea, but it is a cool achievement none the less.
Cellphones

Submission + - Nexus One automatically sensors curse words 1

adeelarshad82 writes: One of the most innovative features of Google's new Nexus One is the built-in voice recognition. But there's one major limitation to it. While uttering a curse word into the Nexus One, the smartphone will replace the curse word automatically with a string of # symbols. While perhaps not as politically charged as Google's censorship of Internet search results in China, this censorship has more to do with precautionary measures.

Submission + - The world's most unique data centres (pcauthority.com.au)

An anonymous reader writes: Hidden in the forests of Kloetinge, at the end of a 126m long driveway is the unassuming entrance to one of the world's strangest locations for a data centre — the Cyberbunker facility in the Netherlands. Designed to house up to 72 people from a nuclear attack and for counter espionage, the facility was built at the height of Cold War paranoia in the mid 1950, and was later used (and redesigned) as part of the ASCORN early-warning system in the 1970s to monitor early missile strikes from the Soviet Union. Cyberbunker purchased the underground complex in 1998, turning it into a battle hardened data server that specializes in web hosting and secure data storage. This article about
five of the world's most unique data centres includes some interesting trivia about Cyberbunker, as well as the HavenCo facility and the Sybase/Sun facility in California.

Space

Submission + - Indonesian Asteroid (spaceweather.com)

zerosomething writes: Space Weather is reporting that on Oct. 8th around 11 am local time in the coastal town of Bone, Indonesia the planet was hit by a 10 meter wide astroid. It exploded in the atmosphere "with a yield of about 50 kton of TNT". "The explosion triggered infrasound sensors of the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty Organization (CTBTO) more than 10,000 km away,"

"The asteroid that caused the blast was not known before it hit and took astronomers completely by surprise."

Censorship

Submission + - Wikipedia Censored To Protect Captive Reporter (nytimes.com)

AI writes: For seven months, The New York Times managed to keep out of the news the fact that one of its reporters, David Rohde, had been kidnapped by the Taliban. But that was pretty straightforward compared with keeping it off Wikipedia....A dozen times, user-editors posted word of the kidnapping on Wikipedia's page on Mr. Rohde, only to have it erased. Several times the page was frozen, preventing further editing — a convoluted game of cat-and-mouse that clearly angered the people who were trying to spread the information of the kidnapping....The sanitizing was a team effort, led by Jimmy Wales, co-founder of Wikipedia, along with Wikipedia administrators and people at The Times.
Space

Submission + - Spirit Rover Begins Making Night Sky Observations (universetoday.com)

Nancy Atkinson writes: "Even though the Spirit rover is stuck in loose soil on Mars, she has an overabundance of electrical power due to a wind event that cleaned off her solar panels. While MER scientists and engineers are having the rover take pictures of her surroundings in an effort to figure a way to get her dislodged, there also is enough power (since the rover isn't moving anywhere) to do something extra: keep the rover "awake" at night and run her heaters so she can take images of the night sky on Mars. "Certainly, a month or more ago, no one was considering astronomy with the rovers," said Mark Lemmon, planetary scientist at Texas A&M University and member of the rover team. "We thought that was done. With the dust cleanings, though, everyone thinks it is better to use the new found energy on night time science than to just burn it with heaters.""
Biotech

Submission + - How do I donate and legally protect cord blood? 1

DigitalEntropy writes: I'm having a son (my first) in a few weeks, and have been toying with the idea of donating his cord blood. As I'm aware there are many medical benefits of utilizing the stem cells from cord blood, I would be more than happy to pitch into the community of public cord blood banking. However, I'm troubled by the recent trend of stem cell patents [nature.com]. Now, I don't think my child will be Superman, or anything like that, but in the highly distant chance that his stem cell line produces results that make it worth patenting, I would like to restrict the ability to patent it. I would prefer that the benefit and ability to use the line throughout all and any medical or scientific practice remains protected and not subject to the whims or fancy of any particular research firm. To be certain, I'm not opposed to the blood or cells being sold to recoup the cost of storing publicly donated blood; but I am opposed to the privatization or monopolization of the benefits derived therefrom. In essence, I'm asking to make the cord blood "open source". So my questions to Slashdot are these: What steps can I take to achieve this goal? Are there methods or regulations in place that the Slashdot community may be aware of to this end?
Idle

Submission + - Google Latitude helps catch robber

linuxwrangler writes: Janina Valiente was robbed by a purse snatcher while waiting for a bus in San Francisco. But she remembered that she had recently downloaded Google Latitude as a joke so she and her sisters could "stalk each other". Using a bystander's phone, she called her sister who told her the phone was at Fell and Ashbury which is exactly where police located and arrested the robber.
Graphics

Submission + - ATI vs. Nvidia on Linux - The State of Play Today (hexus.net)

Steve K writes: "Historically, Nvidia has been regarded as the better candidate for providing 3D acceleration in Linux. But with more people than ever dipping their feet into the desktop Linux pool, AMD/ATI has responded by increasing its Linux driver efforts. HEXUS's Jo Shields takes a look at a pair of beefy graphics cards, one Nvidia, the other ATI, taking a look not just at 3D performance, but also at accelerated video playback and their control panels. FTA:

So who is the winner of this heated battle then? You are — the consumer. Whilst NVIDIA still came out on top, it did so with only the smallest of margins in most cases — and you can feel confident that owning a Radeon is no longer a blocker to a decent experience in Linux.

Hooray for consumer wins."

Biotech

Submission + - Breast Cancer Gene-Free Baby About To Be Born (tinmankind.co.uk)

manoftin writes: "I'm interested to hear the /. reader's take on this story reported today by the BBC about the first British baby screened to be free of a gene for breast cancer. This seems at first glance like a fantastic evolutionary step, but if it were about when we were born most of us wouldn't be here."
Space

Simulations May Explain Loss of Beagle 2 Mars Probe 98

chrb writes "Researchers at Queensland University have used computer simulations to calculate that the loss of the US$80 million British Beagle 2 Mars probe was due to a bad choice of spin rate during atmospheric entry, resulting in the craft burning up within seconds. The chosen spin rate was calculated by using a bridging function to estimate the transitional forces between the upper and lower atmosphere, while the new research relies on simulation models. Beagle 2 team leader Professor Colin Pillinger has responded saying that the figures are far from conclusive, while another chief Beagle engineer has said 'We still think we got it right.'"
Announcements

Submission + - LHC Synchronisation Test Success

invisiblerhino writes: "CERN's LHC testing program began on the 8th of August, concluded on the 10th and has been announced as a success. Bunches of protons were injected from the Super Proton Synchrotron to a section of the LHC tunnel (roughly between 6 and 9 o'clock) successfully. Tests in the anticlockwise will be conducted on the 22nd of August ahead of the main startup on the 10th of September."

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