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Submission + - 50 years of James Bond (brisbanetimes.com.au)

tqft writes: "50 classic James Bond scenes
Do we have a count of the number of times Q gear saved Bond, James Bond ?
As I recall no computer was ever inappropriately used in a Bond movie, normally they were just shot or blown up as we are all tempted to do."

Submission + - Need a better font for coding i? Thanks Adobe (boingboing.net)

tqft writes: "From the sourceforge page
"Source Sans is a set of monospaced OpenType fonts that have been designed to work well coding environments. This family of fonts is a complementary design to the Source Sans family."
http://sourceforge.net/projects/sourcecodepro.adobe/

License
Open Font License 1.1 (OFL 1.1)

Hope to see it Debian (& other) repository's soon."

Math

Submission + - User Journal Quantum Random Numbers (anu.edu.au)

tqft writes: "What the world needs is more truly random sources of numbers. Here are some more:

" We do this by splitting a beam of light into two beams and then measuring the power in each beam. Because light is quantised, the light intensity in each beam fluctuates about the mean. Those fluctuations, due ultimately to the quantum vacuum, can be converted into a source of random numbers. Every number is randomly generated in real time and cannot be predicted beforehand. So if you need some really random numbers, use the link below!"

http://photonics.anu.edu.au/qoptics/Research/qrng.php

http://150.203.48.55/Matrix.php"

Submission + - Ultra-capacitors in use in airships (cryptogon.com)

tqft writes: "http://www.spacewar.com/reports/HALE_D_Demonstrated_During_Abbreviated_Flight_999.html
"The U.S. Army and Lockheed Martin launched the first-of-its kind High Altitude Long Endurance-Demonstrator this morning, demonstrating a number of key technologies critical to development of unmanned airships."

http://cryptogon.com/?p=23937
"Now, pay close attention to what Joe Myers, Harrison County Sheriff, says in this video starting at 1 minute 37 seconds:

        You know it’s top secret through the military, but the batteries was a big thing.[sic] T"
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CdSeyR6H7zs&feature=player_embedded"

Submission + - The truth is out there? ha ha (nationalarchives.gov.uk) 1

tqft writes: ""One Ministry of Defence (MoD) note refers to a 1999 letter stating that a Royal Air Force plane returning from a mission in Europe during World War II was "approached by a metallic UFO". The unidentified author of the letter says his grandfather attended a wartime meeting between Mr Churchill and US General Dwight D Eisenhower during which the two expressed concern over the incident and "decided to keep it secret". " The highlights of the August 2010 releases http://filestore.nationalarchives.gov.uk/pdfs/aug-2010-highlights-guide.pdf [pdf warning]"

Submission + - I am a bastard but not an uber-nerd 2

tqft writes: Have been reading journals but not really keeping up — the /. front page could have announced an alien invasion and I wouldn't know. So I am bastard now asking for help. Am looking for a new monitor to replace the getting old 17in CRT. Am also buying some reading glasses (they are being made and I will have them in a week or so). Do I need a DVI port in the monitor? Current graphics (onboard Intel 945 chipset) has no DVI output, but graphics card will be next purchase. Is DVI useful/the future? Am looking at this one http://www.mymuch.com.au/product_info.php?cPath=52_55&products_id=4595 $259 24in (61cm) with VGA, DVI and HDMI port. Just a monitor. and this one — bigger (and more expensive) http://u.lasoo.com.au/Offer/rank-arena-full-high-definition-lcd-tv-with-built-in-hd-tuner/10722 $500 a 25.6in (64cm) with HDMI and VGA port. a HD TV with ports. Both are 1900x1080, 1080p. The amount of crappy monitors out there is amazing — and dodgy salespeople who wouldn't know full hd spec from VGA. But I am not an uber-nerd — got the latest Star Trek movie on DVD which includes the model Enterprise for Xmas. Am going to open the package watch the movie and put the mdoel up in the study. PS: I still suck at guitar, a bit less because I have been practicing, but more importantly I now suck loud. PPS: it appears the answer to one of Tom H's puzzle sites is not landlord.com or stupidpeople.com which are the two I have tried.
Media

Submission + - Philip Jose Farmer - RIP (pjfarmer.com)

tqft writes: ""February 25th:

Philip José Farmer passed away peacefully in his sleep this morning.

He will be missed greatly by his wife Bette, his children, grandchildren, great-grandchildren, friends and countless fans around the world.

January 26, 1918 — February 25, 2009. R.I.P. ""

Security

Submission + - Sonic firewall suckage

tqft writes: "Email filtering working?

http://isc.sans.org/diary.html?storyid=5419
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Sonicwall License Manager Failure
Published: 2008-12-02,
Last Updated: 2008-12-02 21:16:21 UTC
by Deborah Hale (Version: 2)
0 comment(s) Details are still sketchy as to the cause of a failure overnight of the Sonicwall License Manager Server. We are receiving reports from Sonicwall users that the server "reset" (meaning invalidated) the licenses on all of their email security products. The customers are reporting that this is causing them to be unable to login to their own systems. It is reported that the support calls are not being answered and are going straight to voicemail.

It appears that Sonic Wall users received an email overnight indicating that the Email Security licenses have been reset and says that the filtering will not be working. The email recommended that the customer contact Tech Support (which could be why the calls are going straight to voicemail). One of our readers who is also a Sonic Wall customer sent us this information from correspondence with Sonic Wall : "The issue is on our backend server who stores the registrations, some ES appliances got licences resetted. The exact cause is still being analized with high priority. In those cases entering the mysonicwall credentials or uploading file solve the issue. Kind Regards Ivan" ...
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Oh dear. All paid up subscribers to. Maybe it would have been better if you hadn't paid and then you may have got left of the deactivation list.

No access to your own system is bad."
Announcements

Submission + - Elsevier journal fraud?

tqft writes: "John Baez former moderator sci.physics.research takes Elsevier to task
http://golem.ph.utexas.edu/category/2008/11/the_case_of_m_s_el_naschie.html#more
"But here's where things get interesting: this journal also lists 322 papers with El Naschie as an author! "

Chaos, Solitons and Fractals
El Naschie is editor in chief of the journal Chaos, Solitons and Fractals. This journal is published by Elsevier, one of the biggest players in the science publishing business.

and has some questions
"This case raises plenty of other questions:

Why did Elsevier let El Naschie become the editor in chief of this journal?
Who is El Naschie? What's his connection with getCited? ...
Why is he also an editor for International Journal of Nonlinear Sciences and Numerical Simulation, and why does this journal flaunt its high 'impact factor'?
""
GNU is Not Unix

Submission + - Eee pc source code - now available here & now

tqft writes: "Would you like source with that?

http://eeepc.asus.com/us/news11272007.htm
"ASUSTek is committed to meet the requirements of the GNU General Public License

The open source code for EeePC is available here. To download the source code of all open source software packages that are included in the product, follow the steps listed below."

http://support.asus.com/download/Download.aspx?SLanguage=en-us

Coming soon:
"Asus is also pleased to announce the upcoming release of the Eee PC SDK""
Businesses

Submission + - Jimmy Wales - Prophet, sellout or slavemaster? (myminicity.com)

tqft writes: ""Wikipedia isn't about human potential, whatever Wales says"
http://www.guardian.co.uk/technology/2008/sep/25/wikipedia.internet
Proselytisation of the cult of Wikipedia has reached new heights. Jimmy Wales, co-founder of Wikipedia, has joined a speaker's agency (amusingly, he's advertised just above Karl Rove). Note that he keeps all fees, which can exceed $50,000 (£27,000), maintaining that such engagements "are inviting me in my personal capacity"
http://bit.ly/seth8
A recent article
http://bit.ly/seth14
in Trader Monthly Magazine provides a particularly blunt business analysis, one that contrasts strikingly with the evangelist glurge often found in press articles. It describes Wales's previous failed entrepreneurial ventures, leading to "... his effort to take the success — and, indeed, the underlying philosophy — of Wikipedia, and commercialise the hell out of it". "

More available here:
http://sethf.com/infothought/blog/

Would wikipedia be better of without him?"

Software

Submission + - NYSE bad at math (technologyreview.com)

tqft writes: "Looks like someone borked the stress test
http://www.technologyreview.com/Wire/20347/page1/
"At its worst levels of the day, the Dow was down 546 points, or 4.3 percent. It ended the day down 416.02, or 3.29 percent, at 12,216.24.

Part of the Dow's drop turned out to be not a decline, but a miscalculation. According to Dow Jones' account to Congress, high volume that day"

"The documents are letters explaining what happened on Feb. 27, 2007, that were requested by members of the House Financial Services Committee. Copies of the letters, which have not been publicly released, were provided to the AP by Rep. Deborah Pryce, R-Ohio."

Gotta love the system, can't even screw you over without getting it wrong.

I wonder what the trading would have looked like with the real numbers?
"describes a backlog of more than 500,000 undelivered messages carrying trades and other information from the trading floor. The order flow system, called Superdot, could handle only 17,000 messages per second at the time."

"Asked by members of Congress whether the Feb. 27, 2007, problems caused any damage to investors, Dow Jones, now a division of News Corp., described the Dow industrials as a ''news item created by the editors of the Wall Street Journal'' and not a listed security. Dow Jones also said it received no complaints from licensees of its indexes."

Oh sorry my mistake. No damage done — no problem."

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