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Iran Says Siemens Helped US, Israel Build Stuxnet

CWmike writes “Iran’s Brigadier General, Gholam Reza Jalali, accused Siemens on Saturday with helping US and Israeli teams craft the Stuxnet worm that attacked his country’s nuclear facilities. ‘Siemens should explain why and how it provided the enemies with the information about the codes of the SCADA software and prepared the ground for a cyber attack against us,’ Jalali told the Islamic Republic News Service. Siemens did not reply to a request (more…)

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  • OpenOffice.org To Be Given Back To the Community

    An anonymous reader writes “Oracle has stated they will give back the OpenOffice.org productivity suite to the community. Edward Screven, Oracle’s Chief Corporate Architect, said the company intends upon ‘working immediately with community members to further the continued success of Open Office.’ Because there was a ‘breadth of interest in free personal productivity applications,’ the company believes the OpenOffice.org project would be ‘best managed (more…)

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  • Garry’s Mod Catches Pirates the Fun Way

    UgLyPuNk writes “A few hours ago, Garry Newman – the creator of Garry’s Mod – asked, quite innocently, whether anyone was unable to shade polygon normals. He received a few comments, mostly jokes, but a quick look at Google suggests that there are indeed a few people who are experiencing problems with their game. You can hear Newman’s chuckling from here — not the normal response to a wide-spread bug report, but this is no normal (more…)

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  • A Reader notes, Steven Levy’s latest book, ‘In The Plex: How Google Thinks, Works and Shapes Our Lives,’ lifts the lid on the secretive world of Google, revealing how the founders fell out with Apple’s Steve Jobs and what happened in the search engine’s exit from China. Levy claims that when Google founders Sergey Brin and Larry Page were on the hunt for a chief executive they wanted Steve Jobs to take the job. Obviously, he didn’t, and later the (more…)

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  • Amazon Named the “Most Reputable Company”

    An anonymous reader writes “Amazon has been named the most reputable company in the US this year (up from 21st place last year), according to the sixth annual list of the 150 Most Reputable Companies from advisory firm Reputation Institute (RI), in partnership with Forbes Media. The list is based on RI’s US RepTrak Pulse Study, which measures trust, esteem, admiration, and good feelings consumers have towards the largest 150 companies based on revenue (more…)

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  • A Multitasking GUI, Circa 1982

    autospa points out a post (with video) showing off the multi-tasking abilities of the Blit terminal, developed in 1982 by Rob Pike and Bart Locanthi. Before Windows, before X, and before the Mac (but somewhat later than the Xerox Alto), the Blit terminal provided a multitasking, mouse-driven graphical interface; it took a Unix server on the other side to do the heavy lifting, though.

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  • itwbennett writes “The creators of ‘Zodiac Island’ say they lost an entire season of their syndicated children’s television show after a former employee at their Internet service provider wiped out more than 300GB of video files. eR1 World Network, the show’s creator, is suing the ISP, CyberLynk of Franklin, Wisconsin, and its former employee, Michael Jewson, for damages, saying CyberLynk should have done a better job of protecting its data.”

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  • Wikipedia Wants More Contributions From Academics

    holy_calamity writes “University professors don’t feel their role as intellectuals working for the public good extends to contributing to the world’s largest encyclopedia, the Guardian reports. Wikimedia foundation is currently surveying academics as part of a search for ways to encourage them to pitch in alongside anonymous civilians and raise quality. The main problem seems to be the academic ego: papers, talks and grant proposals build reputation (more…)

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  • Samsung Galaxy Ad Misleads With Fake Interviews

    unassimilatible writes “A Samsung ad campaign for the latest Galaxy Tab is misleading, to say the least. Actors pretending to be real people in fake interviews in a fake magazine misquoting a bad first-gen Galaxy tab review, are exposed — by the actual review writer. Netizens ‘are having fun pointing out other curious things about the interviews, such as the fact that “leading New York real-estate CEO Joseph Kolinski” raves about the 8.9-inch (more…)

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  • Crowd-Sourced Radiation Maps In Asia and US

    kkleiner writes “In the past few weeks, several crowd-sourced radiation maps have arisen that attempt to give up to the minute looks at the threat level in the areas most likely to be affected by a catastrophe: Japan, Asia, and the US. These maps, available to the public for free online, are a timely example of how user-enabled systems are revolutionizing the way we solve problems. Tracking radiation levels is just the beginning. This is a preview (more…)

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