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Sharks Seen Swimming Down Australian Streets 210

As if the flood waters weren't bad enough for the people of Queensland, it now appears that there are sharks swimming in the streets. Two bull sharks were spotted swimming past a McDonald’s in the city of Goodna, Butcher Steve Bateman saw another making its way past his shop on Williams street. Ipswich councillor for the Goodna region Paul Tully said: "It would have swam several kilometres in from the river, across Evan Marginson Park and the motorway. It’s definitely a first for Goodna, to have a shark in the main street."

Submission + - HDCP master key is legitimate. Blu-ray is cracked.

adeelarshad82 writes: Intel has confirmed that the leaked HDCP master key protecting millions of Blu-ray discs and devices that was posted to the Web this week is legitimate. The disclosure means, in effect, that all Blu-ray discs can now be unlocked and copied. HDCP (High Definition Content Protection), which was created by Intel and is administered by Digital Content Protection LLP, is the content encryption scheme that protects data, typically movies, as they pass across a DVI or an HDMI cable. According to an Intel official, the most likely scenario for a hacker would be to create a computer chip with the master key embedded it, that could be used to decode Blu-ray discs.

Submission + - Edison2 Wins 100 mpg Automotive X-Prize (

Ponca City, We Love You writes: "AP reports that the Edison2, an ultralight, gas-powered car that can get 102 miles per gallon, is among the winners of the $10 million Automotive X Prize and while it's not likely to go on sale in its current form, Edison2's "Very Light Car No. 98" was cited for its innovative use of lightweight materials, its superior aerodynamics and its very low production cost. Oliver Kuttner, a real-estate developer and race-car driver, says a team of around 100 people — including many racing veterans — developed the car opting for a one-cylinder, ethanol-capable engine instead of an electric car because batteries add weight and gas is readily available. "We've been working on these types of solutions, really, all our lives," says Kuttner. "In racing, fuel is a precious resource. One less pit stop is the difference between winning and losing." The Edison2 seats four and is built on a steel frame of mostly aluminum parts keeping the weight at 830 pounds, around a quarter of the weight of an average car."

Submission + - Evolution Of A Linux User (

mix77 writes: During the past year, the scientists in Humorix's Vast Research Lab Of Doom have studied the behavior and attitude of the typical Windows and Linux user. They have found that the average Linux user goes through ten stages of development from a "Microserf" to an "Enlightened Linux User". An eleventh stage, "Getting A Life", has also been observed, but only on extremely rare occasions.

The 11 stages of evolution are summarized below. Note, however, that this life cycle is not universal. Many pundits, Microsoft stock holders, and PHBs never advance beyond Stage 0 ("Microserf"). Moreover, many extreme Slashdot addicts are stuck between Stages 6 and 7 ("Linux Zealot") and never evolve to Stage 9 ("Enlightened Linux User"). And, unfortunately, far too many people are unable to leave Stage 8 ("Back to Reality") and achieve Geek Self-Actualization due to problems outside of their control.

Submission + - Stallman calls for file-sharing to be legalised (

An anonymous reader writes: The chairman of the Free Software Foundation, Richard Stallman, has called for internet file-sharing to be legalised in order that people could benefit from sharing material that they should rightly be able to

Comment Re:what do we want again? (Score 1) 363

It says on the "Public XMPP Services" page that it's just a list of servers that have been registered. I do think most XMPP deployments have enabled talking to other servers (aka federation).

Spectrum is an server component that acts as a gateway to other networks (MSN, ICQ, AIM etc), so contacts on those networks appears as regular jabber contacts. You do need an account on those networks thou. It's pretty much server side Pidgin, same backend at least.

Comment Re:what do we want again? (Score 1) 363

So, do Jabber servers all talk to each other like email servers?

They do actually.

I thought that was the last bit of the equation that didn't take off....I know all ISPs run email servers, but few-to-none run XMPP servers...

There's a bunch. And GTalk is Jabber.
And there's Facebook chat, but it doesn't talk to other servers .. yet.

And you can run your own if you want. Which I do, and I can can talk to people on MSN (and other networks if I had contacts on those).

Currently there's only a OSW-plugin for one of the server implementations, but that will probably come.

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