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Submission + - Senators Skip Out of Classified Briefing on NSA Surveillance Program

terrymaster69 writes: According to The Hill, only 47 out of 100 senators attended a classified briefing by senior intelligence officials regarding recently exposed surveillance programs. Director of National Intelligence James Clapper, NSA Chief Keith Alexander and others were on hand to give the briefing but most of the Senate had already left Washington. "Danielle Pletka, vice president of foreign and defense policy studies at the American Enterprise Institute, said lawmakers would be better equipped to scrutinize the claims of senior intelligence officials if they attended briefings more regularly. 'If members were more diligent about attending briefings they would be far better informed about what’s going on, and they would also be far more willing to challenge the intelligence community on the conclusions that they come to,' she said. "

Submission + - SPAM: Makes a strong and moving case for simplifying our lives by Vapor Cigarettes

ramandeep2 writes: "believe the most profound and deepest form of wealth simply knows this: I already have enough. Now, some of you may be thinking, ha! That's easy for you to say — you're rich! So let's talk about that. Most of my family's money went into foundations and to charity, because father wanted his sons to work. He worried we wouldn't work if we had a lot of money, so he did not leave us much."
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Submission + - SpaceX's Falcon9 Successfully Reaches Orbit (

terrymaster69 writes: After an aborted launch attempt last week, SpaceX successfully launched its Falcon9 rocket Tuesday at 3:44 am EST. SpaceX's founder Elon Musk tweeted: "Falcon flew perfectly!! Dragon in orbit, comm locked and solar arrays active!! Feels like a giant weight just came off my back :)" The Dragon capsule is scheduled to dock with the ISS on May 25th.

Submission + - Microsoft Close to Acquiring Skype, Says WSJ (

terrymaster69 writes: The Wall Street Journal is reporting that Microsoft is close to completing a nearly $8 billion acquisition of Skype. This would make it Microsoft's largest acquisition in its 36-year history. Will this spell the end of development for the Linux client? Perhaps a better question is what will Microsoft *do* with Skype? It seems a better fit for them than it was for eBay, but not by much.

Submission + - Will Large Hadron Collider help us travel into pas (

Anonymous Coward writes: "Researchers at Vanderbilt University propose in their "long shot" theory that the Large Hadron Collider — a particle accelerator to study the smallest known particles — could be used as a time machine. If the world’s largest atom smasher ever finds the elusive Higgs boson particle, the LHC could be the first machine capable of causing matter to travel backwards in time, they say."

Comment Re:Data Posioning.... (Score 1) 312

There's got to be a better way to confirm the existence or non-existence of such must-avoid intersections.

Live traffic data I suppose. Traffic signals will calculate degree of saturation from dwell times on induction loop vehicle detectors. In most systems that data is passed up the chain to the software which does strategic traffic management. I have been out of the area for a while but I assume the live data is extracted at this point and aggregated into these live traffic data sets.

This is done in Japan actually - a system called VICS feeds live traffic data back into navigation systems. Granted they have the advantage of standardization and a much smaller traffic network, but I don't see why it couldn't work in the states.

Role Playing (Games)

Submission + - R.I.P.: Dungeons & Dragons Co-creator Dave Arn ( 1

Dave Knott writes: "Dave Arneson, one of the co-creators of the Dungeons and Dragons role-playing game passed away on Tuesday at the age of 61 after a long struggle with cancer. Arneson, along with Gary Gygax, drafted the original rules for D&D and, after failing to get any interest from mainstream publishers, formed Tactical Studies Rules (better known as TSR), jump-starting the role-playing games genre and publishing industry. Arneson left TSR in 1979 under the cloud of a lawsuit, the full details of which were never disclosed. He also founded the still active computer games company 4D Interactive, and spent much of the latter part of his life teaching role-playing game design."

Submission + - MacFUSE: write to NTFS partitions from OS X

Beiden Baeren writes: "After an announcement at MacWorld, Amit Singh from Google has released the code for MacFUSE While FUSE has been available to Linux users for a while, MacFUSE means that OS X users have now support for a variety of filesystems:
  • Windows NTFS includes write support
  • FTP includes write support
  • WebDAV
  • BeagleFS
  • etc... (PicasaFS, GoogleFS)
While installing and configuring the software requires use of the command line and compiling from source, users are quickly stepping forward to provide more user-friendly installation packages such as this one by Jeff McCune of The Ohio State University's mathematics department. Personally, as a switcher to Mac from Windows, I find the ability to write to Windows NTFS invaluable, but MacFUSE provides significantly more than this. Thanks to Amit Singh and his team!"

Submission + - Apache 2.2.4 Released

wangpenghui writes: "Apache Httpd Server project has released a new version of Apache Web Server — 2.2.4.

Here is the words from Apache Httpd Server Offical Website:

The Apache HTTP Server Project is proud to announce the release of version 2.2.4 of the Apache HTTP Server ("Apache"). This version is principally a bugfix release.

This version of Apache is a major release and the start of a new stable branch, and represents the best available version of Apache HTTP Server. New features include Smart Filtering, Improved Caching, AJP Proxy, Proxy Load Balancing, Graceful Shutdown support, Large File Support, the Event MPM, and refactored Authentication/Authorization.

Here is the Changelog for this version.

You could download the package from the mirrors of Apache Httpd Server."

Submission + - Woman dies from drinking water to win a Wii

An anonymous reader writes: CNN reports that a woman in Rancho Cordova, California, died of water intoxication after drinking a large amount of water in a contest held by radio station KDND 107.9 called "Hold Your Wee for a Wii". She was trying to win a Wii for her children.

Submission + - Agere Systems' BluOnyx rocks open-source insides

An anonymous reader writes: The Agere Systems BluOnyx Personal Server was announced a month ago but ThoughtFix, an Internet Tablet blogger, had an interview with Agere at CES in which drills he the engineers over the use scenarios and hackability of the device. Apparently the whole pocket sized device is open-source (Linux and VxWorks) and can serve media to multiple clients over multiple platforms at once over Bluetooth, WiFi, USB, and SDIO. We'll have to keep an eye on this.

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