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Submission + - Weight Loss Protein Found (smh.com.au)

Whiteox writes: "SYDNEY researchers have discovered how to switch on and off a molecule which controls hunger. The protein, MIC-1 which is created in the body of cancer patients, targets the brain to switch off appetite. The MIC-1 antibody would improve appetite in patients with weight loss from chronic renal failure or anorexia nervosa. Scientists expect the synthetic protein could be on the market within six years. Professor Sam Breit, one of the researchers from St Vincent's Centre for Immunology stated, "Once the MIC-1 is turned off with the antibody, weight gain can be quite rapid, enabling people to tolerate and survive treatment," ... "A synthetic version of MIC-1 would also allow morbidly obese people to lose weight rapidly." he said. Is this the end of obesity as we know it?"

Submission + - Perfect NOC Consolidation Storm

An anonymous reader writes: On Friday, November 2, while most of us were out having a good time, 300 web hosting companies, with 895 dedicated servers, watched as the AlabanzaNaviSite server migration began. Four days later, an estimated 100,000+ web sites are down, including Linux Web Host. "Navisite, the US web hosting firm, is scrambling to fix an extended outage that is believed to have rendered tens of thousands of websites inoperable for more than three days. The company hopes to completely resolve the problem by Tuesday morning at the latest." — UK Register. The Perfect Noc Consolidation Story starring Matt Damon & George Clooney in theaters Summer 2008.

Submission + - Importance of /dev/null (novell.com)

An anonymous reader writes: Novell Coolsolutions, explains the importance of /dev/null with examples. The article talks about STDERR/STDOUT, and the style of capturing/ignoring the same. It also talks about the sendmail alias, and how the email account nobody is laid?. It explains the way of opening handle to /dev/null with a Perl code.

Submission + - Oz state govt launches SIX: Google Earth take note

Stony Stevenson writes: The New South Wales state government in Australia has launched a mapping service that rivals Google Earth for resolution and features. Dubbed the new Spatial Information Exchange (SIX) it uses over 60 years of archival aerial footage to map the entire Sydney and surrounding NSW region in much higher-res images than Google offers. But best of all it can be overlaid with multiple forms of information and can even be used to look at maps that document the areas in question from 60 years ago.

Is this a project that all state/local governments should get into? Especially considering that they have the resources and archival footage on hand to provide the type of indepth information for not only public use but also the emergency services as SIX was created to do?

Submission + - Windows Home Server Available (news.com)

drewmoney writes: A CNET article announces the availability of Microsoft's Home Server, announced by Bill Gates last January. It should be available right of the shelves in some CompUSA stores, and online through retailers Circuit City, and BestBuy.

Also mentioned, is HP's MediaSmart server, available later this month. [WARNING: Article may contain evil hidden portals. Hint: Watch out for those underlined words]


Submission + - Windows Users Bitten by Macrovision Zero Day (eweek.com)

eweekhickins writes: "Microsoft told customers about a vulnerability present in the Macrovision secdrv.sys driver on supported editions of Windows Server 2003 and Windows XP. The affected product is Macrovision SafeDisc, a copy-protection application written for Windows. The vulnerability can be used by local attackers to gain so-called Ring 0 privileges and take complete control of an affected system. That's bad. The term "Ring" refers to a protection ring of one or more hierarchical levels of privilege, with Ring 0 being the level with the most privileges and interacting the most directly with physical hardware, including the CPU and memory."

Submission + - Australian Researcher Boosts ADSL Speeds (smh.com.au)

sea_stuart writes: "Like your ADSL connection to go 100 times faster? Despite the grim state of Australian mathematics and science, there is still exciting original work being done Down Under. John Papandriopoulos, a Research Fellow with the ARC Special Research Centre for Ultra-Broadband Information Networks (CUBIN), in the EEE department at the University of Melbourne has developed a method to reduce crosstalk interference in 9Mbps (ADSL), 25Mbps (ADSL2+), and 250Mbps (VDSL2) to bring speeds up the theoretical maxima possible. With an Australian Federal election due in a few weeks, and both parties promising improved broadband speeds and access, (despite technical limitations in both parties offerings) this is a welcome development, hopefully enabling higher speeds without huge expenses."

Submission + - US consumers clueless about online tracking (computerworld.com.au)

Arashtamere writes: A study on consumer perceptions about online privacy undertaken by the Samuelson Clinic at the University of California and the Annenberg Public Policy Center, found that the average American consumer is largely unaware that every move they make online can be, and often is, tracked by online marketers and advertising networks. Those surveyed showed little knowledge on the extent to which online tracking is happening or how the information obtained can be used. More than half — about 55 percent — of those surveyed falsely assumed that a company's privacy polices prohibited it from sharing their addresses and purchases with affiliated companies. Nearly four out of 10 online shoppers falsely believed that a company's privacy policy prohibits it from using information to analyze an individuals' activities online; and a similar number also assumed that an online privacy policy meant that a company they're doing business with wouldn't collect data on their online activities and combine it with other information to create a behavioral profile.

Submission + - High-Capacity Bandwidth Testing Software

An anonymous reader writes: I work for an ISP which specializes in high bandwidth (100+ megabit) fiber-based delivery solutions. As with any other ISP we sometimes have to perform troubleshooting with customers whom are reporting slow throughput. We currently have a home-grown bandwidth testing server in order to point-to-point test the throughput across our own network. Unfortunately (fortunately), customers have begun purchasing amounts of bandwidth that are capable of exceeding our testing capacity. Given a multi-gigabit network infrastructure and an on-net server with a gigabit Ethernet port, what software packages are available which can reliably test throughput approaching one gigabit? Cross-browser compatibility and 'click-here-to-test' usability should be considerations.

Submission + - NASA's AIM Spacecraft Launched

Anonymous Engineer writes: "Riding on top of an Orbital Sciences Corporation Pegasus XL launch vehicle, NASA's AIM spacecraft successfully achieved orbit today. Launch occurred at 1:26 PM PDT about 100 miles NNW of Vandenberg Air Force Base in California. The AIM mission is a 2-year study of the highest clouds in Earth's atmosphere. Called Polar Mesospheric Clouds, or PMCs, these clouds form about 81 kilometers above the surface of the Earth — on the edge of space. These clouds have been seen in increasing numbers, increasing brightness, and at lower latitudes over the last 100 years. The AIM mission seeks to answer why and is the first ever direct orbtial study of PMCs."

Submission + - Internet Speed Record Broken. Twice. Again?

imamac writes: Researchers using a modified transfer protocol have reached almost 10 Gbps transfer rate over a 20,000 mile path. They are already building a network with the goal transfer rate of up to 100 Gbps. That kind of speed opens up a lot of possibilities. I won't be holding my breath to get that at my house, however.

Feed UK scientists building robot village -- can we come? (engadget.com)

Filed under: Robots

We've had it with all these sucky carbon-based lifeforms we have to smell and talk to every day. Some scientists at University of Abertay in the UK are setting up a four-year study of 60 miniature robots in a "village" setting, and we're hoping they've got room for a blogger or two. The bots will be split into groups and programmed to observe and imitate one another performing different tasks. Since the imitations will be slightly different each time, the scientists hope to be able to develop a sort of robot "culture" to try and understand how culture emerges in natural and artificial societies. Then things will get really crazy, nerd style. The scientists will alter conditions -- don't say we didn't warn you -- to see how the robots will adapt, and will alternate between states several times over a period of months to see just how much they can screw with the hapless bots. Perhaps this doesn't sound like so much fun after all, we're out. If you see a small, disgruntled army of 60 or so miniature bots wandering around your corner of England in the next few months, we suggest you run.

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Submission + - Help Make Firefox on MAc Not Suck

bluephone writes: "Colin Barret, one of the new Mac geniuses, an Adium dev also, has posted this entry on his blog offering an open call to all the Firefox on Mac users asking them, 'What sucks about Firefox on the Mac?' He says he already knows about and is trying to solve things like 'Native Form Widgets (currently scheduled for Firefox 3), Keychain Integration, Firefox should have a Unified toolbar (not completely hopeless, it turns out), Performance...', but he wants to hear what else Mac users want from Firefox. So please, if you're a user of Macs and the interwebs, then RTFA, unclog your tubes, and send him your ideas."

Submission + - Watch out Superman - scientists discover kryponite

Funkymatic writes: from http://www.smh.com.au/news/science/watch-out-super man/2007/04/24/1177180624013.html Kryptonite is no longer the stuff of comic books and Superman movies — it really exists. A newly-discovered mineral has been found to contain the same elements as the large green crystals that rob the superhero of his powers. Unlike fictional kryptonite, the real thing is white and powdery, emits no radiation, and comes from Serbia rather than outer space. But scientists at London's Natural History Museum, who've analysed the find, were astonished to discover its chemical composition matches a description of kryptonite in the film Superman Returns.

Submission + - 'Kryptonite' discovered in mine

keeboo writes: According to the this article:
A new mineral matching its unique chemistry — as described in the film Superman Returns — has been identified in a mine in Serbia.
Researchers from mining group Rio Tinto discovered the unusual mineral and enlisted the help of Dr Stanley when they could not match it with anything known previously to science.
Once the London expert had unravelled the mineral's chemical make-up, he was shocked to discover this formula was already referenced in literature — albeit fictional literature.

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