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Submission + - Study shows that wifi signals are making trees ill (

wiggles writes: Radiation from Wi-Fi networks is harmful to trees, causing significant variations in growth, as well as bleeding and fissures in the bark, according to a recent study in the Netherlands. The study exposed 20 ash trees to various radiation sources for a period of three months. Trees placed closest to the Wi-Fi radio demonstrated a "lead-like shine" on their leaves that was caused by the dying of the upper and lower epidermis of the leaves. This would eventually result in the death of parts of the leaves. The study also found that Wi-Fi radiation could inhibit the growth of corn cobs.

Submission + - U.S. Plans Cyber Shield for Utilities, Companies ( 1

wiggles writes: The federal government is launching an expansive program dubbed "Perfect Citizen" to detect cyber assaults on private companies and government agencies running such critical infrastructure as the electricity grid and nuclear-power plants, according to people familiar with the program.The surveillance by the National Security Agency, the government's chief eavesdropping agency, would rely on a set of sensors deployed in computer networks for critical infrastructure that would be triggered by unusual activity suggesting an impending cyber attack, though it wouldn't persistently monitor the whole system, these people said.

How do we feel about NSA spyware in all of our infrastructure?


Submission + - Google ditching Windows completely (

wiggles writes: Citing several Google employees, the FT said the decision to move to other operating systems including Apple Inc's Mac OS and open-source Linux began in earnest in January after Google's Chinese operations were hacked. "Getting a new Windows machine now requires CIO (chief information officer) approval."

Submission + - What happens when your implant gets a virus? (

wiggles writes: A scientist at the University of Reading has become the first human to be “infected” with a computer virus, as part of research into the potential risks associated with electronic devices implanted into humans.

Dr Mark Gasson, of the School of Systems Engineering, said the study had important implications for devices such as heart pacemakers and cochlear implants, which have now developed to the point where they could be attacked by computer viruses.


Submission + - Google engineer Blair-Goldensohn in freak accident (

wiggles writes: A "Google genius" (NY Post's words) was in a coma Wednesday night after a rotting branch snapped off a tree in Central Park and smashed him in the head. Sasha Blair-Goldensohn was walking to work through the park when a 100-pound limb came crashing from a massive pin oak tree near W. 63rd St. The 33-year-old computer engineer and father of two was taken to New York-Presbyterian Hospital Weill Cornell Medical Center after the 8 a.m. accident and was in intensive care. Read more:
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Submission + - Midway Games Faces Possible De-Listing, Sale ( 1

wiggles writes: The Chicago-based video game publisher, which hasn't posted a quarterly profit since the end of 2004, reported another loss for the third quarter last week. Midway's stock closed at 29 cents Friday, having tanked 90 percent this year. The NYSE told the company it has six months to fix the problem or face delisting.

"How much value is left in essentially a few development studios, the 'Mortal Kombat' brand and a library of classic games?" asked Ed Woo, an analyst at Wedbush Morgan.

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Submission + - Activision-Blizzard merger finalized (

wiggles writes: The merger was first announced in December of 2007. Through it, Blizzard and Sierra parent Vivendi becomes a wholly-owned subsidiary of Activision, scoring 295.3 new shares of Activision stock. It'll also buy 62.9 million new shares for a total of $1.7 billion — the result is that Vivendi owns a stake of about 52 percent in its new parent company.

Submission + - Nanotechnologists develop "Chemical Brain"

wiggles writes: According to the BBC: "A tiny chemical "brain" which could one day act as a remote control for swarms of nano-machines has been invented. The molecular device — just two billionths of a metre across — was able to control eight of the microscopic machines simultaneously in a test. "
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Submission + - Bioshock goes gold

wiggles writes: Title says it all. From the press release: "2K, a publishing label of Take-Two Interactive Software, Inc. (NASDAQ: TTWO), announced today that BioShock(TM) has gone to gold master exclusively for the Xbox 360(TM) video game and entertainment system and Games For Windows"

Submission + - Does the internet need a major capacity upgrade?

wiggles writes: According to the Chicago Tribune, the recent surge of video sites such as youtube and Google video are pushing the limits of the internet's bandwidth, or soon will be. Pieter Poll, chief technology officer at Qwest Communications, says that traffic volumes are growing faster than computing power, meaning that engineers can no longer count on newer, faster computers to keep ahead of their capacity demands. Further, a recent report from Deloitte Consulting raised the possibility that 2007 would see Internet demand exceed capacity. Admittedly, this seems sensationalistic, but are we headed for a massive slowdown of the whole internet?

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