Entropy98 writes "Army Pfc. Bradley Edward Manning pleaded guilty Thursday to 10 charges that he illegally acquired and transferred highly classified U.S. government secrets, agreeing to serve 20 years in prison for causing a worldwide uproar when WikiLeaks published documents describing the inner workings of U.S. military and diplomatic efforts in Iraq, Afghanistan and around the globe.
The 25-year-old soldier, however, pleaded not guilty to 12 more serious charges, including espionage for aiding the enemy, meaning that his criminal case will go forward at a general court-martial in June. If convicted at trial, he risks a sentence of life in prison at Ft. Leavenworth, Kan." Link to Original Source top
Supreme Court Approves Search Warrants Issued by Dogs
Entropy98 writes "Today the U.S. Supreme Court unanimously ruled that "a court can presume" an alert by a drug-sniffing dog provides probable cause for a search.
The Supreme Court has not yet issued a ruling in Florida v. Jardines, the other drug dog case it heard last October. Jardines raises the question of whether police need a warrant to use a drug-sniffing dog at the doorstep of a home.
The police can now search anyone anywhere as long as their dog "alerts". Soon coming to your front door as well." Link to Original Source top
Entropy98 writes "Windows Live Messenger will be shutdown by March 2013 after nearly 13 years so that Microsoft can focus on Skype its recent $8.5bn acquisition. No word on whether users will be able to transfer their WLM accounts to Skype." Link to Original Source top
Entropy98 writes "MIT physicists have managed to build a light-emitting diode that has an electrical efficiency of more than 100 percent, without breaking the laws of physics. The LED produces 69 picowatts of light using 30 picowatts of power, giving it an efficiency of 230 percent. That means it operates above "unity efficiency" — putting it into a category normally occupied by perpetual motion machines.
However, while MIT's diode puts out more than twice as much energy in photons as it's fed in electrons, it doesn't violate the conservation of energy because it appears to draw in heat energy from its surroundings instead. When it gets more than 100 percent electrically-efficient, it begins to cool down, stealing energy from its environment to convert into more photons." Link to Original Source top
Entropy98 writes "Someone using the name "Shit Jack Kruse Says" on Twitter recently tweeted "security confiscated dynamite. talk won't be as explosive as one at PaleoFx. still have vial of Legionnaires for epic biohack."
Unfortunately for the real Dr Jack Kruse he was searched, detained, and not allowed to re-board the ship "to err on the side of caution"." Link to Original Source top
Entropy98 writes "Doctors who carried out a stem cell transplant on an HIV-infected man with leukaemia in 2007 say they now believe the man to have been cured of HIV infection as a result of the treatment, which introduced stem cells which happened to be resistant to HIV infection.
The man received bone marrow from a donor who had natural resistance to HIV infection; this was due to a genetic profile which led to the CCR5 co-receptor being absent from his cells. The most common variety of HIV uses CCR5 as its ‘docking station’, attaching to it in order to enter and infect CD4 cells, and people with this mutation are almost completely protected against infection.
The case was first reported at the 2008 Conference on Retroviruses and Opportunistic Infections in Boston, and Berlin doctors subsequently published a detailed case history in the New England Journal of Medicine in February 2009.
They have now published a follow-up report in the journal Blood, arguing that based on the results of extensive tests, “It is reasonable to conclude that cure of HIV infection has been achieved in this patient.”" Link to Original Source top
Entropy98 writes "Slovakian Police have planted explosives on 8 unsuspecting air travelers. Seven were stopped by airport security, including one man arrested and held upon arriving at a Dublin airport. Unbelievably one innocent traveler made it home with 90 grams of explosives, and had his flat surrounded by the police/bomb squad." Link to Original Source top
Entropy98 writes "FTA: 'Howard Schmidt, a former eBay and Microsoft executive was appointed after others turned the post down.
"I bring to this challenge lessons learned during 40 years of experience in government, business and law enforcement," said Mr Schmidt.
"In our digital world the information technologies we depend on every day present us with great opportunity and great danger — for our national security, public safety and economic competitiveness as well as our personal privacy," added Mr Schmidt in a video broadcast posted on the White House's website.
Mr Schmidt served under President George W Bush for three years, where his tasks involved reviewing how to improve network security for government agencies, the private sector and citizens.
Some in the industry warn of the political pitfalls ahead as Mr Schmidt tries to pull together a number of government agencies and their various cybersecurity issues.
"I think it will be a very tough job. He's going to have to herd some cats," said Roger Thornton, CTO and founder of security vendor Fortify Software.'
Finally, the internet is safe, I'm going to uninstall my security software, downgrade my browser and flash, look at some porn and then do some online banking." Link to Original Source top
Entropy98 writes "Firefox Mobile, in development for the last 1.5 years, could be released before the end of the year.
It will initially be available for the Nokia N900, to be followed by other handsets, but not the iPhone (Apple doesn't allow 3rd party browsers)
FTA: The open-source browser will be able to synchronise with the desktop version.
Software will mean that any web pages open in a user's desktop browser will automatically open in the mobile version.
"At the end of the working day you can walk away from your computer and keep on going on your phone," Mr Sullivan told the BBC.
"It encrypts all of the information and sends it back through the cloud between your desktop and mobile."
Entropy98 writes "Autism disorders increased by 57% in just four years, the CDC today reported.
By the end of 2006, one in 110 U.S. kids had an autism disorder diagnosed by age 8: one in 70 boys and one in 315 girls, reflecting a nearly fivefold higher risk for males.
Are today's kids really more likely to have autism, or are doctors and parents just getting better at recognizing this family of developmental disorders?
'At this point it is hard to say how much is a true increase and how much is improved identification,' CDC behavioral health scientist Catherine Rice, PhD, said at a news conference. Rice is the lead author of the CDC report.
Rice admits that no single factor or simple explanation can account for the increase. And advocates for autism research say the size and rapidity of the increase can't be explained away.
'Two decades ago we were looking at a prevalence of one in 5,000 children. Now we're looking at one in 100. That really is a staggering increase,' says Geraldine Dawson, PhD, chief science officer of advocacy group Autism Speaks" Link to Original Source top
Entropy98 writes "Nearly a year ago, General Motors announced it was putting Saab on the block so it could concentrate on developing — or salvaging — its core brands.
On Friday, GM announced it failed to find a buyer for the Swedish maker of luxury sports sedans and was, regrettably, working "closely with the Saab organization to wind down the business in an orderly and responsible fashion."
Translated: GM is abandoning the smoldering hulk of a perfectly fine car company it bought for all the wrong reasons. Saab was a trophy acquisition, funded by an era of cheap gasoline and booming SUV sales back home that lined GM's pockets and gave it a reckless sense of entitlement.
Saab aficionados worldwide warned at the time that GM would destroy the brand. They were right.
The news hit Sweden like a bomb Friday, crowding other stories off the top of all its main newspapers and Websites. In a nation of only 9 million, losing one of its biggest manufacturers hurts the economy every bit as much as the loss of an American car company here in the U.S.. Probably more." Link to Original Source top
Entropy98 writes "FTA: Iranian troops have entered southern Iraqi territory and taken control of an oil well, reports say.
Iranian soldiers crossed the border and raised an Iranian flag over the Fakkah oil field, a US military spokesman told the AFP news agency.
Deputy Interior Minister Ahmed Ali al-Khafaji confirmed the incursion had taken place, and said 11 Iranians had dug-in at the oil well and had not left.
'At 3:30 this afternoon, 11 Iranian soldiers infiltrated the Iran-Iraq border and took control of the oil well. They raised the Iranian flag, and they are still there until this moment,' he told the Reuters news agency.
He said there had been no military response from Iraqi forces..
'We are awaiting orders from our leader,' he said." top
Entropy98 writes "From the article: "Scientists have unlocked the entire genetic code of two of the most common cancers — skin and lung — a move they say could revolutionise cancer care.
Not only will the cancer maps pave the way for blood tests to spot tumours far earlier, they will also yield new drug targets, say the Wellcome Trust team. The scientists found the DNA code for a skin cancer called melanoma contained more than 30,000 errors almost entirely caused by too much sun exposure.
The lung cancer DNA code had more than 23,000 errors largely triggered by cigarette smoke exposure.
From this, the experts estimate a typical smoker acquires one new mutation for every 15 cigarettes they smoke.
Although many of these mutations will be harmless, some will trigger cancer."
Yet another step towards curing cancer. Though it will probably take many years to study so many mutations. My moneys still on viruses as the cure for cancer." Link to Original Source top
Entropy98 writes "As reported here and here.. It seems that the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement Cyber Crimes Center, known as C3 have replaced their "$8,000 Tableau/Dell server combination" with more efficient and much cheaper $300 PS3s. Each PS3 is capable of 4 million passwords per second, and C3 currently has 20 PS3s with plans to buy 40 more.
Naturally this is only being used to break encryption on computers seized with a warrant and suspected of harboring child pornography." Link to Original Source