uigrad_2000 writes "If this scoop from Arstechnica is accurate, then we are about to see the end of backscatter X-rays in airports in the U.S. Interestingly, it is not because a congressional committee found them to be unsafe, but because the manufacturer (Rapiscan Systems) failed to provide updated software by a previously agreed upon date." Link to Original Source top
IPv6 day: June 6. What's new this year? Leave it on.
uigrad_2000 writes "Last year's IPv6 day was extremely successful, in that there were only a few reported cases of surprises, many that resolved themselves after the first hour. So why did participating companies go back to their old ways after the day was completed?
This year, the plan is to make it "IPv6 launch day". Time Warner and Comcast promise to have have 1% of their customers on IPv6 by launch day this time. Many of the large websites that registered IPv6 addresses for just one day plan to keep them permanent this year. After 20 years of planning, it looks like it is finally going to happen!" Link to Original Source top
uigrad_2000 writes "Last week, we learned that one of the top members of LulzSec (Sabu) had been an FBI informant for almost 6 months, and that this confidant of the LulzSec leader 'anarchaos' had given the feds what they needed to take him down. More details have come out now, completing a picture of how the sting took place from start to finish. It turns out that the even the server space given from Sabu to anarchaos store the details of 30,000 credit cards (from the Stratfor hack) had been funded by the FBI." Link to Original Source top
Newfound Exoplanet is best yet candidate for supporting life
uigrad_2000 writes "With all the new exoplanets discovered recently with Kepler, it seemed a sure thing that the first exoplanet in the habitable zone of a star would be found soon. It's been found now, but the irony is that Kepler was not involved!
GJ 667Cc, is at least 4.5 times as massive as Earth, and lies in the habitable region of its host star, reports Scientific American. It was discovered by comparing public data from the ESO to recent observations from Hawaii and Chile. As opposed to the stars Kepler is watching, this is only 22 light years away, making it even more interesting." Link to Original Source top
uigrad_2000 writes "Viacom, who is known for trying to prosecute small publishers for copyright infringement, now finds itself in the odd position of using "fair use" as their own defense a case brought forward from "Brownmark", a two-person company that makes youtube videos.
Arstechinca reports that the judge's early dismissal of the case may have unintended consequences for Viacom. The threat of lawsuit against small publishers causes them to be conservative when approaching the fair use boundary, because of the costs of defending such cases, even if they are victorious, is so high. With this new precedent, defending in cases of fair use may now be much easier, and also much less costly." Link to Original Source
I think it is built into Windows 2003 Server and Vista, although an additional download may be needed to get some of the tools.
According to the wikipedia entry, it includes sed, awk, ksh, csh, grep, vi, gdb, and many other essential tools that make civilized computing possible. If I am ever forced onto a wintel machine again, I will definitely give these a try before downloading cygwin.