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Science

Submission + - Researchers boast first programmable nanoprocessor (itnews.com.au)

schliz writes: Harvard University researchers have assembled nanowires into tiny 'logic tiles' that can perform adder, subtractor, multiplexer, demultiplexer and clocked D-latch functions. While the 960-square-micrometre chips are not currently as dense as 32nm CMOS technology, the researchers say future versions could be up to 100 times more efficient than current electronics, and could yield low-power, application-specific 'nanocontrollers' for use in tiny embedded systems and biomedical devices.
Data Storage

Submission + - Wall Street Hedge Fund Smashes Hard Drive Evidence (wsj.com)

An anonymous reader writes: We all know Slashdotters love debating the best way to wipe a hard drive clean. Looks like tech-savvy Wall Street Hedge Fund managers also know the best way to do it. From the WSJ article:

"F—in' pulled the external drives apart," Mr. Longueuil told Mr. Freeman during their meeting, according to the criminal complaint. "Put 'em into four separate little baggies, and then at 2 a.m. 2 a.m. on a Friday night, I put this stuff inside my black North Face jacket, and leave the apartment and I go on like a twenty block walk around the city and try to find a, a garbage truck and threw the s—t in the back of like random garbage trucks, different garbage trucks four different garbage trucks."

Networking

Submission + - Cisco Linksys routers still don't support IPv6 (networkworld.com)

Julie188 writes: It's 2011, IPv4 addresses are officially exhausted, and the world's largest router maker, Cisco, still doesn't support IPv6 in its best-selling line of Linksys wireless routers. This is true even for the new E4200 router released just last month (priced at $180). The company has promised to add IPv6 to the E4200 by the spring. But it has not been specific about if and how it will offer an IPv6 upgrade to the millions of other Linksys routers currently running in homes and small businesses.
Security

Submission + - Microsoft Sounds Alert on Massive Web Bug (computerworld.com)

CWmike writes: Microsoft has warned users that a critical bug in ASP.Net could be exploited by attackers to hijack encrypted Web sessions and pilfer usernames and passwords from Web sites. The vulnerability went public that same day when a pair of researchers outlined the bug and attack techniques at the Ekoparty Security Conference in Buenos Aires. , the flaw exists in all versions of ASP.Net, the company's Web application framework used to craft millions of sites and applications, according to Microsoft's advisory. It will have to patch every supported version of Windows, from XP Service Pack 3 and Server 2003 to Windows 7 and Server 2008 R2, as well as other products, including its IIS and SharePoint server software.

Submission + - SPAM: Buying a Telescope for Beginners

Astromic writes: So, you intend to buy a telescope, my belief that there are three primary concerns a beginner should have when buying a first scope: cost, size (& type), and reliability. Those three aspects are very common when you decide to buy whatever you put in mind, so we will try to follow them from a amateur point of view or just a father who want to get his son the scope he always dreamed of.
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Music

Submission + - Leonard Skinner, Namesake of Rock Band, Dies (nytimes.com)

pickens writes: The NY Times reports the death at age 77 of the most influential high school gym teacher in American history, whose enforcement of a draconian classroom policy against long hair inspired some of his students to name their Southern rock band Lynyrd Skynyrd. Skinner taught gym at Robert E. Lee High School in Jacksonville in the 1960s, whose students included Ronnie Van Zant. Seeking a new name, the group recalled Skinner, who was said to have sent Van Zant and his bandmates to the principal’s office for wearing their hair too long in his class so in a mocking tribute the fledgling band changed its name to Leonard Skinnerd and then, more memorably, to Lynyrd Skynyrd. Skinner seemed not to be bothered by his association with the band. "They were good, talented, hard-working boys," Skinner said. "They worked hard, lived hard and boozed hard."

Submission + - Oracle Debuts Unbreakable Enterprise Kernel (oracle.com)

An anonymous reader writes: Oracle has announced the availability of the Unbreakable Enterprise Kernel for Oracle Linux, a fast, modern, reliable kernel that is optimized for Oracle software and hardware. "Today's hardware innovations are fast and frequent, making it very important that the Linux distributions evolve quickly to leverage the latest hardware," said Wim Coekaerts, senior vice president of Linux and Virtualization Engineering at Oracle.

The new Unbreakable Enterprise Kernel is the result of the combined efforts of Oracle's Linux, database, middleware, and hardware engineering teams, and is:

Fast—More than 75 percent performance gain demonstrated in OLTP performance tests over a Red Hat Compatible Kernel; 200 percent speedup of Infiniband messaging; 137 percent faster solid state disk access

Modern—Provides optimizations for large NUMA servers; improved power management and energy efficiency; fine-grained CPU and memory resource control

Reliable—Supports the Data Integrity Extensions and T10 Protection Information Model, to stop corrupt data from being written to storage; hardware fault management improves application uptime; low overhead performance counters for tracing

Optimized for Oracle—Built and tested to run Oracle hardware, databases, and middleware with the best Linux performance and reliability available

Linux

Submission + - Open source tools for Video Editing (linuxaria.com)

linuxaria writes: As seen in a previous article on audio, there are many excellent open source tool to create professional solutions. Today I want to do a roundup on the video editing and show you some of the best open source software available for Linux to do video editing. if you know other software, feel free to drop me a note on the comments.
OpenShot
  Kino
Cinellera
Lives
Kdenlive
Pitivi
VideoLan Movie Creator

Submission + - BBC News - Pi record smashed as team finds two-qua (bbc.co.uk)

gregg writes: A researcher has calculated the 2,000,000,000,000,000th digit of pi — and a few digits either side of it. Nicholas Sze, of technology firm Yahoo, determined that the digit — when expressed in binary — is 0.
Robotics

Submission + - NASA Global Hawk over Hurricane Karl now! (suasnews.com)

garymortimer writes: A fantastic advert for civil use of UAS, the NASA Global Hawk is on scene and gathering data!

In December 2007, two Global Hawks were transferred from the U.S. Air Force to NASA's Dryden Flight Research Center at Edwards Air Force Base. Initial research activities beginning in the second quarter of 2009 will support NASA's high-altitude, long-duration Earth science missions.The two Global Hawks were the first and sixth aircraft built under the original DARPA Advanced Concept Technology Demonstration program, and were made available to NASA when the Air Force had no further need for them. Northrop Grumman is an operational partner with NASA and will use the aircraft to demonstrate new technologies and to develop new markets for the aircraft, including possible civilian uses.
According to an article in the March 2010 issue of Scientific American (p. 25-27), the Global Hawk aircraft belonging to NASA were in use for testing purposes as of October 2009, with science missions expected to start in March 2010. Initial science applications included measurements of the ozone layer and cross-Pacific transport of air pollutants and aerosols. The author of the Scientific American piece speculates that the aircraft could be used for Antarctic exploration while based in and operated from Chile.
In August and September of 2010 one of the two Global Hawks was loaned for NASA's GRIP Mission (Genesis and Rapid Intensification Program), with its long-term on station capabilities and long range it was the best aircraft for the mission to monitor the development of Atlantic basin Hurricanes. It was modified to equip weather sensors including Ku-Band Radar, Lightning sensors and Dropsondes. It successfully flew into Hurricane Earl off the United States East Coast on September 2nd.

Submission + - Sikorsky beats helicopter speed record, again.

gilgsn writes: 250 knots might not seem a whole lot compared to any jet, but for a helicopter, it is truly incredible. Sikorsky today successfully achieved a speed of 250 knots true air speed in level flight with their X2 Technology demonstrator, and even pushed it to 260Kts in a shallow dive. Most commercial helicopters fly at half that speed.

Submission + - A portable, laser backpack for 3D mapping (spacemart.com)

wooferhound writes: "A portable, laser backpack for 3D mapping has been developed at the University of California, Berkeley, where it is being hailed as a breakthrough technology capable of producing fast, automatic and realistic 3D mapping of difficult interior environments.
The backpack is the first of a series of similar systems to work without being strapped to a robot or attached to a cart. At the same time, its data acquisition speed is very fast, as it collects the data while the human operator is walking; this is in contrast with existing systems in which the data is painstakingly collected in a stop and go fashion, resulting in days and weeks of data acquisition time.
Utilizing novel sensor fusion algorithms that use cameras, lasers range finders and inertial measurement units to generate a textured, photo-realistic, 3D model that can operate without GPS input and that is a big challenge.

http://www.spacemart.com/reports/Portable_Laser_Backpack_Revolutionizes_Interior_3D_Mapping_999.html"

Submission + - The 110MPG X-prize Car Was Built In Rural Virginia (pbs.org)

tcd004 writes: Instead of using Detroit engineers or Silicon Valley bitheads, Virginia-based Edison2 relied on retired Formula 1 and Nascar engineers to build its entry for the X-prize. Relying on composite materials and titanium, the team assembled an ultra-lightweight car that provides all the comforts of a standard 4-passenger vehicle, but gets more than 100 mpg. The custom engineering goes all the way down to the car's lug nuts, which weigh less than 11 grams each. Amazingly, they expect a production version of the car should cost less than $20,000.
Security

Submission + - Polish hacker hits US Defence site (techeye.net)

bossanovalithium writes: There is one movie every Polish person knows. It's a cult comedy from the 80s called "Mi" — meaning "Teddy Bear". Now, thanks to a hacker going by a name "Porkythepig", everyone can see it — but not on YouTube where you would expect it, but on the USA military Defence Logistics Agency website.

If you go the site and just type "porkythepig", a fragment of a movie begins to play. It's in Polish, of course — for those not fluent in Polish the man with a guitar sings: "I'm a Happy Romek..." * It's funny but the story is much more serious.

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