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Google

Submission + - Viacom obtains Youtube logfiles. (eff.org)

Poorcku writes: In the Viacom v. Google litigation, Viacom obtained "all data from the Logging database concerning each time a YouTube video has been viewed on the YouTube website or through embedding on a third-party website", which include "the unique "login ID" of the user who watched it, the time when the user started to watch the video, the internet protocol address other devices connected to the internet use to identify the user's computer ("IP address"), and the identifier for the video.".

EFF is protesting, but we all know resistance is futile. We will be assimilated.

Privacy

Submission + - You scare me, Sarah Marshall

ProfPanglos writes: "Access to the restricted area of the website for the movie "Forgetting Sarah Marshall", http://www.forgettingsarahmarshall.com/restricted, requires the entry of a first name, last name, zipcode, and birthdate. A note explains that you must have a valid US driver's license.

Entering various types of fake data did not work. Entering the actual info for my deceased father, who would have been 80 this year (and who would probably have loved the movie), granted me access to the site. Changing any aspect of the data did not.

How/where did these guys gain access to US driver's license data? How, exactly, is this a valid use of the data?

Personal experience dictates that getting access to all 50 states' information is complicated and difficult at best. Did someone harvest it, and is selling access to it?"
Math

Submission + - Neutral Charge of Atom and Neutron Tested

explosivejared writes: "Researchers from Stanford have devised a way to test the neutrality of the charge of an atom, and even a neutron, down to an extremely small fraction of elementary charge. The team of researchers likened the impressive accuracy of the test to "measuring the distance between the earth and the sun to an accuracy better than the size of a nucleus." The test is designed explore areas of the Standard Model concerning charge quantization, where there are considerable gaps in understanding. The researchers say that a new way of thinking about charge quantization is going to be required.

The instrument used to attain this impressive accuracy is a type of atom interferometer, which uses the properties of a particle's wavefunction to detect differences in atoms. The setup at Stanford, while involving complex physics, is comprised basically of a 10m cylinder, where rubidium atoms are streamed up through while being subjected to a series of laser pulses that induce measurable changes in the wavefuntions of the atoms."
Data Storage

Submission + - Western Digital Assumes Customers Are Criminals (theregister.co.uk)

KC7GR writes: "So how would you like to get a nice, network-attached 1TB of storage, billed as "the way" to share your photos, videos and music over your home network — and then discover that you can't use it that way because the manufacturer apparently thinks you can't be trusted? Western Digital, after releasing their new MyBook World Edition storage device and advertising it as "Anywhere, Anytime Access, Share Photos and Files," has thoughtfully pre-crippled the thing so that it will not store or share a long list of file types including AAC, MP3, AVI, and others.

I've seen companies shoot themselves in the foot before, but it seems to me that Western Digital has truly outdone themselves by designing a product to share files, and then disabling its ability to do so. This one truly deserves to (a); go down in flames, or (b); get cracked six ways from Sunday so that it doesn't care what gets stored or shared."

Security

Submission + - Fall 2006 may prove climate change models wrong (arxivblog.com)

KentuckyFC writes: "Many climatologist worry that climate models severely underestimate the effects of global warming. Now the extraordinary temperatures recorded in Europe in Autumn 2006 might just be the smoking gun that proves that these models really do get it wrong, big time. Between September and November 2006, the average temperature in some areas of Europe was 4 degrees C higher than usual. The Royal Netherlands Meteorological Institute has analysed the data and says the conditions cannot be reproduced by current climate models, probably because they do not allow for nonlinear feedback mechanisms that can drive conditions to extremes (abstract on the physics arXiv)."
The Courts

Submission + - Free Software Found. reaches out to RIAA victims 2

NewYorkCountryLawyer writes: "In what has been termed the "the RIAA's worst nightmare", the Free Software Foundation has announced that it is coming to the aid of the victims of RIAA lawsuits, by establishing an Expert Witness Defense Fund to assist defendants in RIAA cases. The purpose of the fund is "to help provide computer expert witnesses to combat RIAA's ongoing lawsuits, and to defend against the RIAA's attempt to redefine copyright law." The funds will be used to pay fees and/or expenses of technical expert witnesses, forensic examiners, and other technical consultants assisting individuals named as defendants in non-commercial, peer-to-peer file sharing cases brought by the RIAA, EMI, SONY BMG, Vivendi Universal, and Warner Bros. Records, and their affiliated companies, such as Interscope, Arista, UMG, Fonovisa, Motown, Atlantic, Priority, and others."
Security

Submission + - Russian Business Network goes *POOF* (trendmicro.com)

koaschten writes: "The Trendmicro blog at http://blog.trendmicro.com/rbn-goes-poof/ reports, the Russian Business Network, see http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Russian_Business_Network , known for offering Bullet Proof Domains, spreading the Storm Worm and similar activities, has been taken offline. Seems like most known Autonomous Systems were dropped from the Routing Tables (RBN-AS, SBT-AS, MICRONNET-AS, OINVEST-AS, AKIMON-AS, CONNCETCOM-AS and NEVSKCC-AS)."
Supercomputing

Submission + - Aussies advance on silicon-based quantum computer

An anonymous reader writes: Australian researchers have taken another step towards creating a silicon-based quantum computer, according to a ZDNet report.

By embedding phosphorus atoms in pure silicon, the Centre for Quantum Computing hopes to build transistors on the scale of a single atom — helping to extend Moore's Law well into the future. The organisation has used silicon to create a single quantum bit, or "qubit", which earned them a nomination for this year's Australian Museum Eureka Science Prize.
Biotech

Submission + - New results from Fight AIDS@Home (isgtw.org)

An anonymous reader writes: New results from the Fight AIDS@Home project allow faster and more reliable classification of molecules potentially able to bind to the HIV virus, and should speed the goal of finding new HIV therapeutics effective in the face of drug resistance. FightAIDS@Home is the first biomedical distributed computing project ever launched. It is run by the Olson Laboratory at The Scripps Research Institute in La Jolla, California. We provide free software that you download and install. The software uses your computer's idle cycles to assist fundamental research in discovering new drugs, building on our growing knowledge of the structural biology of AIDS.
Republicans

Submission + - Rumsfeld Charged With Torture (ccrjustice.org)

An anonymous reader writes: Donald Rumsfeld has been charged with torture on his visit to France. Rumsfeld's presence on French territory gives French courts jurisdiction to prosecute him for having ordered and authorized torture and cruel, inhuman and degrading treatment of detainees in Guantanamo, Abu Ghraib and elsewhere. In addition, having resigned from his position of U.S. Secretary of Defense a year ago, Rumsfeld can no longer try to claim immunity as a head of state or government official. Nor can he claim immunity as former state official, as international law does not recognize such immunity in the case of international crimes including the crime of torture. Former U.S. Army Brigadier General submitted written testimony to the Paris Prosecutor for the plaintiffs' case on Rumsfeld's responsibility for the abuse of detainees.
Space

Submission + - NASA to Search Documents for '65 UFO Incident (physorg.com)

eldavojohn writes: "NASA has agreed to probe its documents for information regarding an object that streaked across the sky and crashed near Kecksburg, Pa., 40 miles southeast of Pittsburgh. This comes following a NYC journalist's (Kean) four year old lawsuit to open relevant documents up to the public. From the article, 'The agency has turned over several stacks of documents which Kean says are not responsive to the request, an argument that U.S. District Judge Emmet Sullivan agreed with. In March, Sullivan rejected NASA's request to throw the case out of court, resulting in negotiations that led to the agency promising last week that it will conduct a more comprehensive search.' The witness accounts fall right into the classic government/military cover up style descriptions."
The Military

Submission + - Nuclear war would trigger global starvation

willatnewscientist writes: "A regional nuclear conflict, between India and Pakistan for example, could trigger an environmental disaster that leads to starvation for a billion people worldwide, reports New Scientist. A new study maps out the global consequences of India and Pakistan exploding 100 Hiroshima-sized nuclear warheads. It suggests that the resulting pollution would cause temperatures to drop suddenly around the world. This, in turn, would lead to widespread famine, food-hoarding by nations and trigger epidemics of cholera, typhus and other diseases."
Privacy

Submission + - 'Opt Out' soon or Verizon will sell your CPNI 1

Rothfuss writes: "I actually opened and read one of the 'Updates to my Customer Agreement Terms and Conditions' that I received from Verizon today. I have no idea why. This one explains that they will be upgrading my service by assuming (unless I tell them otherwise) that I am willing to let them sell my Customer Proprietary Network Information or give it to anyone they choose. Apparently that will help me. However, the FCC won't let them do this without your permission — like, for example *not* calling them and opting out. If you are a Verizon customer and would like to opt out, you can do so by calling 1-800-333-9956. Ask to speak to Mr. Prosser."

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