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Florida Town Builds Data Center In Water Tank

miller60 writes “The Florida town of Altamonte Springs has converted an old water storage tank into a new data center. The decommissioned tank previously held up to 770,000 gallons of water, but its 18-inch-thick walls provided a hurricane-proof home for the town’s IT gear, which had to be relocated three times in 2004 to ride out major storms. The Altamonte Springs facility is the latest example of data centers in strange places, including chapels, (more…)

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  • Hacker Builds $1,500 Cell Phone Tapping Device

    We previously discussed security researcher Chris Paget’s plans to demonstrate practical cell phone interception at DefCon. Paget completed his talk yesterday, and reader suraj.sun points out coverage from Wired. Quoting:
    “A security researcher created a $1,500 cell phone base station kit (including a laptop and two RF antennas) that tricks cell phones into routing their outbound calls through his device, allowing someone to intercept even encrypted (more…)

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  • PARC Builds iPod-Sized HIV Detector

    MikeChino writes “Straighten out infrequently it’s enigmatical, if not unsolvable, to swiftly dig up HIV in patients living in insolvent countries. That may all vary gladly, for all that — researchers at a California apparatus called the Palo Alto Experiment with Center require built an iPod-sized handheld hallmark that can attend to arrange for an invulnerable check-up in below 10 minutes — all with a hole of the feel. With millions of (more…)

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  • Toyota Builds a Patent Thicket For Hybrid Cars

    Lorien_the_first_one sends along a WSJ crumble reporting on how Toyota is hoping to help from rejuvenated Obama Dispensation regulations in behalf of automobiles here in the US. “Since it started developing the gas-electric Prius more than a decade ago, Toyota has kept its attorneys rightful as lively as its engineers, meticulously filing suitable patents on more than 2,000 systems and components to its best-selling mongrel. Its third-generation Prius, (more…)

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