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Cisco Linksys Routers Still Don't Support IPv6
Julie188 writes "It's 2011, IPv4 addresses are officially exhausted, and the world's largest router maker, Cisco, still doesn't support IPv6 in its best-selling line of Linksys wireless routers. This is true even for the new E4200 router released just...
2011-02-09 17:43:00

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Rediscovering WWII's Top-Secret Computing 'Rosies'
An anonymous reader writes "Women were recruited to do ballistics calculations and program computers during WWII. Half a century later, their work is only beginning to get recognition." Some of that recognition is in the form of a documentary film...
2011-02-09 01:53:00

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Feds Settle Case of Woman Fired Over Facebook Posts
Mr.Intel writes "Employers should think twice before trying to restrict workers from talking about their jobs on Facebook or other social media. That's the message the government sent on Monday as it settled a closely watched lawsuit against a...
2011-02-08 23:30:00

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House Fails To Extend Patriot Act Spy Powers
schwit1 writes "The House failed to extend three key expiring provisions of the Patriot Act on Tuesday, elements granting the government broad and nearly unchecked surveillance power on its own public. The failure of the bill, sponsored by Rep. James F....
2011-02-08 22:50:00

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Java Floating Point Bug Can Lock Up Servers
An anonymous reader writes "Here we go again: Just like the recently-reported PHP Floating Point Bug causes servers to go into infinite loops when parsing certain double-precision floating-point numbers, Sun/Oracle's JVM does it, too. It gets better:...
2011-02-08 22:06:00

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1Gbps Wi-Fi Coming Soon To a Billion Devices
MojoKid writes "Not only is 1Gbps technology heading for your Wi-Fi network by next year, it will be instantly über popular. The new 802.11ac 1G Wi-Fi standard hasn't even been ratified by the IEEE yet and In-Stat predicts that by 2015, consumers...
2011-02-08 21:20:00

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CouchOne, Membase Merge, Form NoSQL Powerhouse
Julie188 writes "CouchOne and Membase, two of the most popular noSQL projects, have merged in an attempt to become an open source database powerhouse. Even the company's new name is merged: Couchbase. The founders of the new Couchbase say they will...
2011-02-08 21:15:00

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Spinach Could Be Used For Hydrogen Fuel
An anonymous reader writes "If Popeye had made alternative fuels, he'd have probably come up with something like this. Researchers from Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) have developed a system that converts solar energy directly into hydrogen using...
2011-02-08 20:35:00

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Verizon iPhone Is Now Jailbreakable
An anonymous reader writes "The Chronic Dev Team have rolled out Greenpoison RC5_4 aka Greenpois0n RC5 b4 for both the Mac and Windows platform, which brings untethered jailbreak for the Verizon iPhone." Since 500k iPhones were sold on the first day...
2011-02-08 11:44:00

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61.9% of Undergraduates Cybercheat
RichDiesal writes "A recent study of 1222 undergraduates found that 61.9% of them "cybercheat," which involves using the Internet illicitly to get higher grades. Some of the quotes from students are a bit troubling. As one 19-year-old engineering...
2011-02-08 11:00:00

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The Notable Decline of Identity Fraud
Orome1 writes "In 2010 the number of identity fraud victims decreased by 28 percent to 8.1 million adults in the United States, three million fewer victims than the prior year. Total annual fraud decreased from $56 billion to $37 billion, the smallest...
2011-02-08 10:16:00

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Intel Resumes Shipping of Faulty Sandy Bridge Chip
arcticstoat writes "After causing chaos among motherboard makers by revealing a flaw in its 6-series motherboard chipsets, Intel has announced plans to recommence shipments of the faulty silicon, before the fixed chips have even started shipping. Intel...
2011-02-08 09:34:00

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Designers Create Meat Eating Furniture
Sonny Yatsen writes "NPR's Robert Krulwich explores the work of several designers who are working on carnivorous furniture. These creations, include a clock that feeds on dead flies, and a table that lures mice into a guillotined death. 'We want robots...
2011-02-08 09:16:00

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LG Wants PlayStation 3 Banned From US Market
FlorianMueller writes "On Friday LG filed a complaint against Sony with the US International Trade Commission, claiming the PlayStation 3 infringes four Blu-ray Disc patents and demanding a permanent ban of the PS3 (and possibly other products) from the...
2011-02-08 08:50:00

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Sony Lawyers Expand Dragnet, Targeting Anybody Posting PS3 Hack
markass530 writes with this excerpt from Wired: "Sony is threatening to sue anybody posting or 'distributing' the first full-fledged jailbreak code for the 4-year-old PlayStation 3 gaming console. What's more, the company is demanding that a federal...
2011-02-08 08:14:00

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EA Simulation Correctly Picked Super Bowl Champs in September
Just_Say_Duhhh writes "Before the NFL Season started, the guys at EA Sports simulated the entire season using Madden 2011. The sim told them the Packers would win the Super Bowl. If only we had listened. What's even more interesting is that according to...
2011-02-07 08:04:00

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Aboriginal Sundial Pre-Dates Stonehenge
brindafella writes "Look out, Stonehenge, here come the Wurdi Youang rocks in the Australian state of Victoria. The semi-circle of stones has been examined by an astrophysicist from Australia's premier research group, the Commonwealth Scientific and...
2011-02-07 05:01:00

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Android Tablets Were Born Too Soon
adeelarshad82 writes "When you look at the Apple iPad's sales figures, it's not hard to see why every technology company on the planet is jumping on the tablet bandwagon, a lot of which are Android tablets. Unfortunately though, some of these Android...
2011-02-07 03:08:00

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RoboEarth Teaches Robots to Learn From Peers
mikejuk writes "A world wide web for robots? It sounds like a crazy idea, but it could mean that once a task is learned, any robot can find out how to do it just by asking RoboEarth. From the article: 'It's not quite war-ready, but a new Skynet-like...
2011-02-07 00:05:00

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Internet Is Easy Prey For Governments
Hugh Pickens writes writes "Douglas Rushkoff writes on CNN that the revolution in Egypt starkly reveals the limits of our internet tools and the ease with which those holding power can take them away. 'Old media, such as terrestrial radio and...
2011-02-06 21:02:00


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