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[H] Enthusiast Archives: August 2009Archive Listing


Monday August 31, 2009

Skype Spy Trojan Escapes into Wild

It is mildly amusing when someone releases the source code for a Trojan, giving the entire planet free access to it, only to act astounded when it ends up being used by scumbags to craft new Trojans. The title says "escapes" but I think they meant "set free."

Unteregger posted the code on his website under a GLPv3 license, presumably in the hope that its publication would make it impossible to use against real users, having had second thoughts about the morality of his creation. He wrote the program in 2006 for a private company, ERA IT Solutions, which alledgedly sold it on to an agency of the Swiss government to use in remote surveillance activities.

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[H] Public Service Message

ATTENTION: ALL CAPS E-MAILS WILL GET YOU FIRED. BOLD TYPEFACE IS BAD TOO!

ProCare told the authority Walker - who was fired in December 2007 after two years of employment - had caused disharmony in the workplace by using block capitals, bold typeface and red text in her emails.

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Homemade Jet Pack

Some dude is selling homemade jetpacks. If the idea alone wasn’t enough to scare the crap right out of you, the item description sure will:

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Handcrafted by myself Using Car and Airplane parts. I spent 15 years as a mechanic. Can Use for 2 High Jumps 10 feet in the air with a safe landing before overheating, takes about an hour to cool down after that.

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A Hired Gun for Microsoft, in Pursuit of Google

I’m such a sucker for headlines that say stuff like "hired gun for Microsoft" but I always end up disappointed when the guy doesn’t have a bald head with a barcode on the back of his noggin.

Mr. Lu, who is 47, left Yahoo 14 months ago, but now finds himself once again leading the charge against Google. This time, he is backed by a patron that vows to spend even more than Yahoo did on the mission: Microsoft.

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Enriching the Living Room Experience

The combination of mobile devices and consumer electronics equipment can deliver a rich living room entertainment experience when they are aware of and interact with each other in new and unique ways. Researchers at the recent Research@Intel Day demonstrated how Mobile Internet Devices (MIDs) and notebooks can be used with a set top box running Intel technology to wirelessly show photos and videos, interact with applications, and play games.

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Gaming News

Ghostbusters PS3 Patch Doesn't Deliver 720P @ Eurogamer

God of War I & II Pack Coming to PS3 @ Shacknews

Jade Raymond Heading Up Ubisoft Toronto @ VE3D

Shadow Complex Sets Xbox Live Sales Record @ Kotaku

Stupid Invention of the Day

Ladies and gentlemen, I give you (without a doubt) the dumbest idea I have ever seen all day.

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IBM, which employs about 10,500 in the Raleigh-Durham area, has applied for a patent on a network-enabled smart remote control that sends out a message to Twitter, Facebook or a blog when you start watching a TV show.

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Awesome Carbon Fiber Desk

Move over $10k desk, I found a new favorite…the Hexa carbon fiber desk by Nuru. Now all I need is a price and a street date and I’ll be all set.

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Eee Keyboard Spotted at the FCC

The crew at Engadget spied pictures of the upcoming Eee Keyboard on the FCC website. Anyone plan on getting one of these and, if so, what do you plan on doing with it?

The new-age C64 has just arrived at the FCC for a little government work. Interestingly, the test reports indicate the presence of a UWB radio in addition WiFi and Bluetooth, so it looks like we'll see the planned wireless HDMI model even after the spec pretty much hit the skids earlier this summer.

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Mobile Phone Towers Killing The Bees

Quick, someone call Mark Wahlberg, electromagnetic waves emitted by mobile phone towers and cell phones are killing all the bees! I knew M. Night Shyamalan was right!

The electromagnetic waves emitted by the towers crippled the "navigational skills" of the worker bees that go out to collect nectar from flowers to sustain bee colonies, said Dr. Sainuddin Pattazhy, who conducted the study, the Press Trust of India news agency reported.

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Apple: The New Microsoft

Say what you will about this article, call it Apple "hate" and so on, the fact of the matter is that this guy has a damn good point.

In a decade, Apple (AAPL) has gone from niche-market roadkill to a company whose growing dominance and competitive tactics in a booming market are thrilling investors, angering competitors, and drawing regulatory scrutiny.

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Breathalyzer Test Detects Lung Cancer

Scientists have developed a breathalyzer that can detect lung cancer 86% of the time. In other news, unnecessary chemotherapy treatments in healthy people have risen 14%.

Scientists in Israel have devised a portable breath tester that detects lung cancer with 86 percent accuracy, according to a study released Sunday. The device could provide an early warning system that flags the disease before tumours become visible in X-rays, the researchers reported in the journal Nature Nanotechnology. "Our results show great promise for fast, easy and cost-effective diagnosis and screening of lung cancer," they said.

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