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pilsner.urquell writes "UK's largest collection of Anglo-Saxon treasure ever found. A cache of gold and silver pieces was discovered and is thought to date to between 675 and 725. The total could rise to about 1,500 pieces.
Terry Herbert, 55-year-old unemployed metal-detecting enthusiast, made the discovery on July 5 while scouring a friend's farm in the western region of Staffordshire.
Kevin Leahy, the archaeologist who cataloged the find, said the stash includes dozens of pommel caps — decorative elements attached to the knobs of swords — and appeared to be war loot. He noted that "Beowulf," the Anglo-Saxon epic poem, contains a reference to warriors stripping the pommels of their enemies' weapons as mementos.
"It looks like a collection of trophies, but it is impossible to say if the hoard was the spoils from a single battle or a long and highly successful military career," he said.
pilsner.urquell (734632) writes "In what could prove to be a landmark discovery, a leading paleontologist said scientists have dug up the 47 million-year-old fossil of an ancient primate whose features suggest it could be the common ancestor of all later monkeys, apes and humans.
Based on previously limited fossil evidence, one big debate had been whether the tarsidae or adapidae group gave rise to monkeys, apes and humans. The latest discovery bolsters the less common position that our ancient ape-like ancestor was an adapid, the believed precursor of lemurs.
pilsner.urquell (734632) writes "A newly released NASA report warns that the word has forgotten the power of the sun, creating a technological society susceptible like never before to large infrastructure damage from solar storms.
According the report, the world has grown so dependent on modern technologies without respect of what the sun can and has done, that it's risking major communications, finance, transportation, government and even emergency services disruptions." top
Well folks, it's that time to announce a new stable Slackware release again. So, without further ado, announcing Slackware version 12.2! Since we've moved to supporting the 2.6 kernel series exclusively (and fine-tuned the system to get the most out of it), we feel that Slackware 12.2 has many improvements over our last release (Slackware 12.1) and is a must-have upgrade for any Slackware user.
Runs the 184.108.40.206 version of the Linux kernel from ftp.kernel.org. — System binaries are linked with tGNU C Library, version 2.7. This version of glibc also has excellent compatibility with existing binaries. — Web browsers galore! Includes KDE's Konqueror 3.5.10, SeaMonkey 1.1.13 (this is the replacement for the Mozilla Suite), and the immensely popular Firefox 3.0.4, as well as the Thunderbird 220.127.116.11 email and news client with advanced junk mail filtering. Read the rest of the release announcement for more details."
pilsner.urquell (734632) writes "Federal Communications Commission Chairman Kevin Martin testified before Congress that no new Internet regulation is needed. Mr. Martin said "I do not believe any additional regulations are needed at this time," The hearing was in response to Comcast's admission of slowing traffic on the Internet." top
pilsner.urquell (734632) writes "Reuters has a story out of the United Kingdom about a camera that can "see" through cloths.
The T5000 camera, created by a company called ThruVision, uses what it calls "passive imaging technology" to identify objects by the natural electromagnetic rays — known as Terahertz or T-rays — that they emit.
The high-powered camera can detect hidden objects from up to 80 feet away and is effective even when people are moving. It does not reveal physical body details and the screening is harmless, the company says." top
pilsner.urquell (734632) writes "So can you find Chuck Norris on Google? WorldNetDaily.com, yea I know some peoples favorite web site, has a story about a funny prank Google is currently running. If you put in "find Chuck Norris" and press the "I'm feeling lucky button." Google lets you know exactly how it feels about finding Chuck Norris. Quite funny actually and a joke worthy of Google." top
pilsner.urquell writes "Prison Planet has a ground breaking story on possible "Criminal Enterprise" involving voting machines in New Hampshire.
Fresh from her confrontations in New Hampshire during which public officials were grilled about slapdash chain of custody and ballot box tampering issues, Bev Harris of Black Box Voting.org is now convinced that a "criminal enterprise" is running the primary recount.
Harris was fundamental in the vetting and production of the HBO special Hacking Democracy (watch on Google Video — 1 hr 22 min), and has contributed towards bringing charges against vote fraudsters who cheated in Ohio in 2004.
Microsoft finally admitted defeat in its nine-year battle with the European Commission on Monday, agreeing to allow competitors access to technology that Brussels said would create more innovation in the software market.
A ground-based interceptor missile, (pdf warning) designed to protect the United States against a limited long-range ballistic missile attack, successfully intercepted a threat-representative target missile
pilsner.urquell writes "Two butterflies and five orchids are among 11 new species found in Vietnam by scientists.
The Worldwide Fund for Nature said:
"You only discover so many new species in very special places, and the Green Corridor is one of them,"You only discover so many new species in very special places, and the Green Corridor is one of them"
pilsner.urquell (734632) writes "Apples own interests to defend the rights of consumer has cost them a lot of grief in the ringtone market.
Ask Not For Whom the Ring Tones.
Writing about Apples iTunes ringtones, John Gruber of the Daring Fireball cited Engadget, which reported that the RIAA wanted to be able to distribute ringtones of its artists without having to pay them big money to do so (surprised?), and it won a decision last year before the Copyright Office saying that ringtones werent derivative works, meaning they didnt infringe on the copyright of the songwriter.
Just a continuation of just how evil that RIAA really is." top
The PLA has demonstrated the ability to conduct attacks that disable our system...and the ability in a conflict situation to re-enter and disrupt on a very large scale, said a former official, who said the PLA had penetrated the networks of US defence [sic] companies and think-tanks.
AT&T Inc. spokesman Mark Siegel said the company had no comment, and referred questions to Apple. A call to Apple was not immediately returned. Hotz said the companies had not been in touch with him.
Both hacks leave intact the iPhone's many functions, including a built-in camera and the ability to access Wi-Fi networks. The only thing that won't work is the "visual voicemail" feature, which shows voice messages as if they were incoming e-mail.