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cphilo (768807) writes "Hacker Barnaby Jack, perhaps best known for discovering insecurities in pacemakers that could be exploited with fatal results, has died in San Francisco, Reuters reports. He was 35. His death comes just a week before he was scheduled to present more information on his pacemaker hack at an information security conference. Reuters did not have any details about the cause of death." Link to Original Source top
cphilo (768807) writes "Scientists in China have developed a method to print flexible electronic circuits on paper using liquid metal ink, which paves the way for a simple, low-cost method for printing paper electronics." Link to Original Source top
cphilo writes "Google fiber is starting up in my neighborhood, and folks are coming here from all over the country. A local man is setting up a Craig's list type matching service to match available homes and basements to entrepreneurial hackers who want to develop apps and/or can see advantages to to lightning fast fiber cable. I have a basement bedroom. Is it a good idea to sponsor/rent this out to someone unknown or should I give it a pass?" Link to Original Source top
cphilo (768807) writes "The founder and editor of the whistle-blowing website WikiLeaks, Julian Assange, has been charged in Sweden with rape and molestation, a spokeswoman for the Swedish prosecutor's office told CNN Saturday. Anyone else question the timing of this charge?" Link to Original Source top
cphilo writes "So you aced last year's Geek IQ Test and partied hearty with the Mensa Mommas. Big deal. Bona fide geek-ery requires persistent know-it-all-ism of Oort proportions. So put down your stuffed penguin, answer these 20 new questions, and prove how smart you still are where it counts. — Oliver Rist
1. When was the Internet born and what was its original name?
a. 1967, DARPANET
b. 1976, NUDIENET
c. 1969, ARPANET
d. 1991, World Wide Web" Link to Original Source top
cphilo writes "http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2008/03/24/AR2008032402969.html
In an unusually aggressive step, Fox Broadcasting yesterday refused to pay a $91,000 indecency fine levied by the Federal Communications Commission for an episode of a long-canceled reality television show, even as the network fights two other indecency fines in the Supreme Court.
Have we become a nation where lawlessness is the norm? Where, to misquote Leona Helmsley "Only the little people pay taxes or obey laws?"" top
Led Zeppelin to Make Its Songs Available Digitally
cphilo writes "It's been a long time, but Led Zeppelin, one of the last superstar acts to refrain from selling its music online, is finally offering its catalog to digital-music fans. Their hits include "Stairway to Heaven" and "Rock and Roll."
The agreement to publish digitally includes increased royalties for the band members.