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Jurassic Spiders web

theodp writes “It wasn’t so large ago, but Slate’s Farhad Manjoo notes that The Internet of 1996 is practically unrecognizable compared with what we from today. No YouTube, Digg, Huffington Stake, Gawker, Google, Cheep, Facebook, or Wikipedia. In 1996, Americans with Internet access burnt- fewer than 30 minutes a month surfing the Snare and were paying suited for the Internet near the hour. Today, Nielsen says we invest with 27 hours a month online Read the rest of this entry »




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  • MS Excel Users Susceptible To New Vulnerability

    nandemoari writes “Microsoft has warned users that so far another depreciatory vulnerability has been establish in its in favour Task spreadsheet program Surpass. The mar could permit slight hackers to bare and scurry malicious code on an unsuspecting user’s computer through an infected spreadsheet file. Products affected include Office 2000, Office 2002, Office 2003, Office 2007, Office 2004 for Mac, Office 2008 for Mac, and the Open XML File Format Read the rest of this entry »




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  • Murray crushes Clement in Dubai

    British number one Andy Murray beats Arnaud Clement 6-2 6-3 to set up a quarter-final meeting with Richard Gasquet in Dubai.

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  • Robinson named as Sale coach

    Sale name Jason Robinson as their new head coach for next season, with Kingsley Jones as director of rugby.

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  • Strange, Covert Conficker B++ Worm Discovered

    nandemoari writes “A revitalized variable of the Conficker/Downadup worm has been detected. The worm opens a backdoor on an infected contrivance and allows hackers god-forsaken handle of infected PCs. Dubbed Conficker B++ (and not to be put off with Conficker B), the chic distinct of the worm opens a backdoor with auto-update functionality, allowing a hacker to categorize malware to infected machines. It’s naughty to discern word for word how protracted Read the rest of this entry »




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  • Plane that crashed near Buffalo was on autopilot

    BUFFALO, N.Y. — The commuter plane that crashed near Buffalo was on autopilot until just before it went down in icy weather, indicating that the pilot may have ignored federal safety recommendations and violated the airline’s own policy for flying in such conditions, an investigator said Sunday.

    Federal guidelines and the airline’s own instructions suggest a pilot should not engage the autopilot when flying through ice. If the ice is severe, the company that operated Continental Flight 3407 requires pilots to shut off the autopilot.

    “You may be able in a manual mode to sense something sooner than the autopilot can sense it,” said Steve Chealander of the National Transportation Safety Board, which also recommends that pilots disengage the autopilot in icy conditions.

    Automatic safety devices returned the aircraft to manual control just before it fell from the sky, Chealander said.

    During a Sunday briefing, Chealander described the flight’s frantic last moments, which included a steep drop and rollercoaster-like pitching and rolling.

    Chealander said information from the plane’s flight data recorder indicates that the plane pitched up at an angle of 31 degrees, then pitched down at 45 degrees.

    The plane rolled to the left at 46 degrees, then snapped back to the right at 105 degrees _ 15 degrees beyond vertical.

    Radar data shows Flight 3407 fell from 1,800 feet above sea level to 1,000 feet in five seconds, he said. Passengers and crew would have experienced G-forces up to twice as strong as on the ground.

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  • 2012 Games events could be moved

    London 2012 officials are considering proposals to move some events to save money, BBC London has learned.

    It is believed officials are looking at moving the badminton event to the 6,000-capacity Wembley Arena instead of constructing temporary venues.

    The economic downturn has put pressure on the Games’ planners to stick to the £9.3bn budget, prompting the rethink.

    The London Organising Committee of the Olympic Games (Locog) said it is examining all options.

    BBC London’s Olympics Correspondent Adrian Warner has learned officials have been looking for some time at scrapping their original plans to build a temporary arena near to the 02 in Greenwich, south-east London, to stage badminton and rhythmic gymnastics competitions.

    Limited space

    There had been proposals to move the two sports to ExCel indoor arena in Docklands, east London, which is already staging a variety of 2012 events, but lack of space ruled out the move.

    Now officials are considering taking badminton to Wembley Arena, where the All-England championships were staged between 1957 and 1993.

    Mr Warner said: “This temporary arena was due to cost around £40m.

    “There are a few problems with limited space for back-of-house facilities which the Olympics needs but the arena is perfect for sports like badminton because it holds around 6,000.”

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    Although the later stages of the Olympic football finals will be played at Wembley Stadium, the adjacent indoor arena in north-west London was originally dismissed as a 2012 venue during the original bid.

    The arena’s distance from the Olympic village in Stratford, east London, and its lack of space for hospitality facilities led to its rejection.

    The one-hour travel time from the village to Wembley remains an issue but Olympic officials believe they may be able to find solutions on the back-of-house issues.

    BBC London understands international badminton officials are likely to look favourably on the venue, if there is enough lounge space for players to rest between games, as it hosted the All-England championships.

    A spokesman from Locog said: “Clearly in the current economic climate it is prudent to look at our temporary venues to see what other alternatives may exist using permanent structures.

    “This process is under way. No decisions have been made and it is by no means definite that these sports will move but, in the current economic climate, examining all options is the sensible thing to do.”

    Any change of venue has to be approved by the International Olympic Committee (IOC).

    But Mr Warner said he believed the IOC may not oppose the move in the current economic climate.




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