Xemu (50595) writes "In Sweden, a recent judgement from the Supreme Administrative Court, has declared that anyone arranging a LAN game must seek permission from the Swedish Gaming Board. Such a permission carries a 35 kSEK (5000 USD) administrative fee. Failure to register your LAN game with the authorities may result in penalties, and a criminal record, preventing a young gamer from getting a driver's license, US work visa and potentially causing problems with employers with strict hire policies." Link to Original Source top
T-rex revived from fossil DNA by Chinese Academy of Sciences
Xemu writes "The feared T-Rex have been successfully cloned by Chinese researchers by inserting missing pieces of bird DNA into the fossil DNA. The technology to use bird genes was pioneered by american researcher Jack Horner. The research will be soon be published in Nature, reveals Swedish popular science magazine Illustrerad Vetenskap" Link to Original Source top
Etch-a-Sketch inventor Andre Cassagnes, has died at 86
Xemu writes "Humans can locate an odour source thanks to a feature called stereo sniffing, says researchers in an article just published in Nature Communications. To further enhance odorant location capabilties, mammals combine serial sampling with bilateral nasal cues. Much like your average teenager in a dark basement would locate that smelly sock. Blocking one nostril makes it harder." Link to Original Source top
Xemu writes "Norwegian oil company Statoil has just moments ago closed down all it's customer portals in Norway, Sweden and Denmark after a computer intrusion was detected on Wednesday. According to Bård Standal, a Director at Statoil Fuel & Retail, there are indications that customer data has been compromised and steps have been taken to increase the monitoring of Statoil debit and credit cards fraud." Link to Original Source top
Xemu (50595) writes "Swedish TV star Bobo Krull was supposed to drive half a million dollars worth of Batmobile between New York and Los Angeles. Now the 550 horsepower Batmobile is missing. When asked, Mr Krull says it's "between two garages". The full scale replica was built over many years by Stockholm long-time Batman fan Leif Garvin. Use google translate to read the article." Link to Original Source top
Italian team successfully demonstrates Cold Fusion
Xemu (50595) writes "Today, an italian team of researchers from the University of Bologna has demonstrated Cold Fusion together with a peer-reviewed paper. The demonstration was made using a kilowatt cold fusion reactor using nickel and hydrogen that can produce up to 10 kilowatts. There's only one catch: They refuse to show how the blue box works, citing patent concerns. What does our esteemed slashdot readership say, has the dream come reality, or is this a scam? Hard facts welcome." Link to Original Source top
Xemu (50595) writes "Don't keep manga on your hard drive if you travel to Sweden. Swedish manga translator Simon Lundström had four million manga pictures on his hard drive, downloaded from the net in large packages. He was found guilty of posessing 50 cartoons depicting child pornography, after he was reported to the police by his ex-wife in a custodial fight." Link to Original Source top
Xemu (50595) writes "A team of brain researchers at Sweden's Karolinska Institutet warns that a newly published compilation of more than one hundred scientific studies — based on over 130,000 individuals — show a strong connection between violent computer games and aggressive behavior and decreased empathy." Link to Original Source top
Xemu (50595) writes "A brash website allowing users to rate Swedish teenage girls as "ugly" or "hot" has caused an outroar in Swedish media. The images of the girls, the majority of whom were 16 to 18 years old, were copied from their Facebook sites without permission. According to Anders Ahlqvist from the IT-crimes department of Sweden's National Bureau of Investigation (Rikskriminalpolisen), the site violates Sweden's law governing the use of personal information (Personuppgiftslagen – PUL)." Link to Original Source top
Xemu (50595) writes "European parliament is issuing a written declaration about the need to set up an ”early warning system” to combat sexual child abuse. However, the substance of the declaration is to extend the EU Data retention directive to search engines, so that all searches done on for example Google will be monitored. If you are a citizen concerned about the right to privacy and freedom on the Internet, you can help by sending a mail to the MEPs from your country, and explaining the issue to them." Link to Original Source top
Xemu (50595) writes "The district court in Hamburg ordered bandwidth provider CB3ROB to discontinue service to one of it's customers, the Pirate Bay, on grounds of copyright violations. This has caused the infamous torrent site to go offline. Spokesmen for the site has said that they have a backup plan and expect to come back online within hours." Link to Original Source top
Swedish Cabinet Office attacked by Chinese hackers
Xemu (50595) writes "In a leaked report, the Swedish Secret Service, SÄPO, claims a 2005 computer attack on Cabinet Office computers were perpetrated by Chinese hackers working for the Chinese government." Link to Original Source top
Xemu (50595) writes "Computer's don't make children fat, but watching TV for the same lenght of time does. This is shown by a recent Swedish study of all school children in Lund's county conducted by RN Pernilla Garmy. The results were clear: The child's obesity was directly affected by placing a TV in the child's room, but placing a computer in the room had no effect at all. One theory is that it's common to have a snack in front of the TV, while a computer requires a more active user, for example when chatting or playing games." Link to Original Source top
Xemu (50595) writes "A web computer game called 'Hit The Bitch!' created by a Danish anti-violence advocacy group has stirred controversy. The game's objective is to use your computer's mouse to move a male hand so that it repeatedly strikes a female model in the face until it shows bruises. The site then rates each hit on a scale beginning at "100% pussy" and ending at "100% gangsta." Once enough blows are struck and the user reaches "100% gangsta," the woman falls down on the floor in agony. The computer game has caused an outrage in feminist media around the globe, despite it's noble intentions. What does slashdotters think about video games possible effects on increasing or reducing domestic violence against women?" Link to Original Source top
Xemu writes "On a special shareholders meeting on Thursday, shareholders of Global Gaming Factory gave the CEO, Hans Pandeya the green light to proceed with the acquisition of The Pirate Bay. The big question on how the 5.5 million ($7.5 million) acquisition is to be financed was still left unanswered. Last week trading of GGF was halted at the equity marketplace Aktietorget. Just hours before the shareholders meeting in Stockholm, Aktietorget said that they considered delisting of the GGF stock share from the exchange, because 'GGF lacks the ability to inform its stockholders in a correct, relevant and credible way'." Link to Original Source top
Xemu writes "Global Gaming Factory X (GGF), the company that plans to purchase Swedish file-sharing site The Pirate Bay,
has encountered an additional setback. Last week trading in GGF stock were suspended due to suspected insider trading. On Friday, Magnus Bergman, GGF chairman, submitted his resignation to the Swedish Companies Registration Office. Bergman's resignation is the latest in a series after the previous departures of board member Johan Sällström and adviser Wayne Rosso. The CEO of GGF, Hans Pandeya, is being pursued by the Swedish enforcement service for mounting unpaid debts. In an interview with Swedish the business daily "di.se" today, CEO Hans Pandeya says that the deal is still on." Link to Original Source top
Xemu writes "Travelers beware! All Airports in Saudi Arabia have new rules regarding arriving and departing overseas travelers effective today.
All Electronic devices (including laptops, cellphones and mp3 players) must be submitted for inspection. A special instrument is used to scan all contents of the traveler's device and interesting data is copied. No technical details are known about the system at this time.
All devices found to have nude pictures in it will be confiscated immediately.
There will be no fines but the person will be sent to jail, deported and
black-listed from the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. Laptops with pirated software
will also be confiscated.
This policy has not yet been announced to the public, but the airport authorities have already implemented the new rule. This rule is being practiced in Riyadh, Dammam
and Jeddah Airports.
The security concerns of allowing a foreign government to execute its own software on your devices can not be overstated."