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Houston Police Test Unmanned Surveillance Aircraft
They might as well have said it costs from nothing to Brazilians of dollars.
The aircraft has a wingspan of 10 feet and is said to cost from $30K to $1M
Artificial Life Coming Soon (possibly by Monday)
kbox writes "Craig Venter, the controversial DNA researcher involved in the race to decipher the human genetic code, has built a synthetic chromosome out of laboratory chemicals and is poised to announce the creation of the first new artificial life form on Earth.
The announcement, which is expected within weeks and could come as early as Monday at the annual meeting of his scientific institute in San Diego, California, will herald a giant leap forward in the development of designer genomes. It is certain to provoke heated debate about the ethics of creating new species and could unlock the door to new energy sources and techniques to combat global warming.
Mr Venter told the Guardian he thought this landmark would be "a very important philosophical step in the history of our species. We are going from reading our genetic code to the ability to write it. That gives us the hypothetical ability to do things never contemplated before"."
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googtube writes "According to W3counter.com, The website statistics provider, Firefox usage has reached an all time high of almost 25%. For those of you who suck at maths, that is nearly one in four internet users using Firefox. Go Firefox!
W3counter.com have based these numbers on the last 31,612,302 unique visits to 4,511 websites, So it should be a fairly accurate representation of the internet as a whole, Even though figures may be skewed on industry specific sites, Such as slashdot."
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kbox writes "Some of TiVo's patents have obvious applications and some of them are really held more for defensive purposes, but it's the bizarre ones that I find most interesting and on Tuesday, TiVo was issued a patent for a method of locking down hard drives, that involves creating a password, that is so hard to guess, it would take longer than the expected life of your hard drive for someone to crack. According to the patent document, the method is described as the following.
kbox writes "An Australian scientist has proposed a link between the solar cycle of sunspots, and rainfall in the eastern region of his native land. He says that data going back 100-years show a correlation between solar activity, the polarity of the sun's magnetic field, and periods of drought.
An authentication system for securing information within a disk drive to be read and written to only by a specific host computer such that it is difficult or impossible to access the drive by any system other than a designated host is disclosed.
If he is right, this winter (summer, up here in the North) should see significant rainfall going into 2008, breaking the hundred-year drought the continent is currently suffering.
Professor Robert Baker said: "The sun is now in a similar position in terms of its magnetic field as it was in the 1920s. If it keeps tracking...we would therefore expect average and above rainfall for eastern Australia.""
kbox writes "A two-year old boy is in hospital today having become critically ill after his father received a smallpox vaccination.
According to reports, the boy's father is a US soldier, who was was due to deploy to Iraq, but was unexpectedly kept home after having his vaccination. Doctors say the child must have touched the site of the vaccination — a closely related virus is scratched into the surface of the skin — and has developed a potentially fatal response called eczema vaccinatum.
Although the disease has been eradicated since 1979, the US resumed its vaccination programme in 2002, in response to the fears that someone could use the virus as a biological weapon. Military personnel and around 40,000 civilian health workers have been given the jab."
kbox writes "Mention trash incineration to most people and the image that usually springs to mind is a dirty, smelly practice that is about as far from 'green' as you can get. However, this isn't the case with a technology called Plasma Gasification, which is not only very eco-friendly, it's also powered by the very garbage that it processes. It also produces clean energy and commercially useful byproducts.
While the technology of processing materials with plasma has been around for some time now, Joseph Longo, CEO and founder of Startech Environmental Corporation has developed a device that can handle pretty much any type of waste put into it and turn it into a clean source of energy."
Pro-SEO writes "In a story which could be described as delicious irony, the repository of defaced websites, Zone-H, Has been defaced by a group of Saudi hackers.
zone-h is a website which collects and collates information on what sites have been defaced, who defaced them and their motives. So it shouldn't have come as much of a surprise that they were on someones hit list themselves. The hackers, Devil Hacker & Unix Web, Struck at sometime on the 27/1/07 (uk) and replaced the zone-h homepage with a classic defacement suggesting zone-h "see more security next time"."
Matt writes "If one of your new years resolutions was to be greener in 2007, this article can give you some tips that will not effect your life too much but will have a positive impact on people around you and the environment. Most of these simple tips will not only be better for planet earth but will also help you keep some money in your pocket, Like switching to energy saving light bulbs, Drying your clothes on a line , Not in a washer and my favorite, Sharing a bath with your partner.
It's important that we start taking our environment seriously and start making an effort."
GoogTube writes "yesterday a "story" was submitted to digg.com. But unlike most stories this one didn't intend on providing useful information, Breaking news or a funny video. the intention of this story was to initiate a DDoS attack against the site godhatesfags.com by using the digg community as a botnet.
A user posted a story entitled "Make GodHatesFags pay for their bandwidth" with the description "It's time to stop this shit. Feel free to use as much bandwidth as possible. Try downloading a few podcasts."
The story then rapidly received many diggs, 2139 at the time of this post, And soon found it's way onto the front page, At which point digg users started posting links to audio files in comments and soon knocked godhatesfags.com offline."
Dr phil writes "Over the last couple of days the popular search engine surch.com has been parked at GoDaddy.
So what is the cause of this DNS catastrophe? Did surch.com not pay the bills? Are they moving server? Is this done while they make updates to the site? It's actually none of these reasons. The reason is more like something out of jerry Springer.
It turns out John, the owner of surch, Fell out with his father, Who owns the domain surch.com and funded surch.com's creation, over competing business plans when both men decided to start up a restaurant search engine. When Johns father found out he pulled the plug on surch.com"
GoogTube writes "Jeremy Hammond, Xec96, Whooka, and whatever other nick you may have known him as was convicted in September, and was sentenced to 24 months in federal prison, followed by 3 years of no contact with HackThisSite.org, similar sites, or anarchy related groups in the Chicago area.
He was accused of accessing ProtestWarrior.com's database with a reverse PHP shell, and getting a list of credit card numbers that totalled into the thousands. The prosecutors tried to get Jeremy nailed for 2.5 million in damages, but there was no actual damage done. It was said that Jeremy planned "to make donations to humanitarian and charity groups opposed by the Protest Warrior Web site.""
Dogg writes "A few days ago Dean hunt got a very interesting Email in which an angry webmaster insisted that Dean remove his blog from Google because it ranked above his own site in the SERPS on the grounds that "we make our living from this, and you are just writing a blog".
Of course, This made Dean laugh, This has to be a joke, Right?. So dean sent a reply asking if the webmaster was serious. A little later dean recieved another Email informing him that the webmaster had contacted both Google and his lawyer. I bet Dean is quaking in his boots.. Either that or rolling around the floor in hysterical fits of laughter."
GoogTube writes "Microsoft frontpage have announced what we have all be hoping for, And that is the death of microsoft frontpage.
After nine years of being an award-winning Web authoring tool, FrontPage will be discontinued in late 2006. We will continue to serve the diverse needs of our existing FrontPage customers with the introduction of two brand-new application building and Web authoring tools using the latest technologies: Office SharePoint Designer 2007
for the enterprise information workers and Expression Web
for the professional Web designer.
With personal pages dying out and the average PC user turning to things like blogging it makes sense that Microsoft should ditch thier "web design for average joe" idea and move onto more professional webdesign tools and suites."
GoogTube writes "Search engine giant Yahoo! have issued a press release confirming what many bloggers have been Speculating. And that is that Yahoo are in the process of re-organizing both their payroll and thier strategy which may see the discontinuation of employment for both Lloyd Braun and Dan Rosensweig.
Yahoo have said they are going to "align its operations with its key customer segments — audiences, advertisers and publishers — and more effectively leverage Yahoo!'s significant strengths to capture future opportunities for growth." — Sounds like managment speak to me.
GoogTube writes "US space agency Nasa has said it plans to start work on a permanently-occupied base on the Moon after astronauts begin flying back there in 2020. The base is likely to be built on one of the Moon's poles and will serve as a science centre and possible stepping stone for manned missions to Mars. The US has already said it plans to build a new lunar spacecraft to succeed the last Apollo mission in 1972.
"We're moving aggressively to deliver the most possible value to our key customers — audiences, advertisers and publishers — and seize the major new opportunities we see ahead for the Internet," said Terry Semel,
Funds will be moved from space shuttle flights, due to be scrapped in 2010.
Personally i would prefer it to be an interational effort rafther than an American one."
Pro-SEO writes "There was recently a story on slashdot claiming Google de-indexed Talk.Origins and wouldn't say why.
Matt Cutt, Googles captain spam, Read the post on slashdot and various other forums and posted a full frank account of the reasons why talk.origins was de-indexed by google.
Okay, ready for my side of the story? Here's the timeline of how things happened:
— talkorigins.org was hacked on November 18th. I know this because Wesley says so in his blog post.
— By November 27th, Google had detected spammy links and text on talkorigins.org.
It turns out the reason talk.origins was removed from the google index is because thier site was hacked and the person who done it put many many hidden links to rape and beastiality porn, Which of course google wouldn't like."
GoogTube writes "Scientists have combined two molecules that occur naturally in blood to engineer a molecular complex that uses solar energy to split water into hydrogen and oxygen, says research published today in the Journal of the American Chemical Society.
This molecular complex can use energy from the sun to create hydrogen gas, providing an alternative to electrolysis, the method typically used to split water into its constituent parts. The breakthrough may pave the way for the development of novel ways of creating hydrogen gas for use as fuel in the future.
Professors Tsuchida and Komatsu from Waseda University, Japan, in collaboration with Imperial College London, synthesised a large molecular complex from albumin, a protein molecule that is found at high levels in blood serum, and porphyrin, a molecule which is used to carry oxygen around the body and gives blood its deep red colour. Porphyrin molecules are normally found combined with metals, and in their natural state in the blood they have an iron atom at their centre. The scientists modified the porphyrin molecule to swap the iron for a zinc atom in the middle, which completely changed the chemistry and characteristics of the molecule."
Pro-SEO writes "An official document (PDF) today summarizes an agreement between the U.S. and Russia in which Russia has agreed to close down AllofMP3.com, and any sites that "permit illegal distribution of music and other copyright works."
The agreement is dated November 19 and posted to the Web site for the Office of the United States Trade Representative. It summarizes the joint efforts of the two countries to fight content piracy, an issue known to be centered in Russia and Eastern Europe.
Pro-SEO writes "In comments confirming the open-source community's suspicions, Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer Thursday declared his belief that the Linux operating system infringes on Microsoft's intellectual property.
"This agreement sets the stage for further progress on IPR issues in Russia through the next phase of multilateral negotiations, during which the United States and other WTO members will examine Russia's IPR regime,"
In a question-and-answer session after his keynote speech at the Professional Association for SQL Server (PASS) conference in Seattle, Ballmer said Microsoft was motivated to sign a deal with SUSE Linux distributor Novell earlier this month because Linux "uses our intellectual property" and Microsoft wanted to "get the appropriate economic return for our shareholders from our innovation.""
GoogTube writes "A Japanese inventor unveils what he calls the "next generation of eco-friendly energy sources" — batteries powered by water.
Susumu Suzuki, the president of Tokyo-based building material maker TSC (Total System Conductor), has invented water-powered batteries, which have an electric current as powerful as that of a standard manganese dioxide battery.
Suzuki says these batteries would be cheap to produce and can be recycled several times, making them an essential tool for the future.
(check story link for a video)"
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