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In this issue:
    * Quantifying, and Dealing With, the Deepwater Spill
    * Mysterious Radio Station UVB-76 Goes Offline
    * Qualcomm Ships Dual-Core Snapdragon Chipsets
    * Google-Backed Wind-Powered Car Goes Faster Than the Wind
    * Time For Universal Data Plans?
    * Restraining Order On Commercial Spyware Lifted
    * Apple's HTML5 and Standards Gallery Not Standard
    * Why Some Supermassive Black Holes Have Big Jets
    * <em>EVE Online</em> PVP Tournament Streamed Live
    * Australian Police To Investigate Google Over Wi-Fi Scanning
    * University Networks Block Student Project
    * California Judge Routes Campaign Robocalls Through Colorado
    * Gizmodo Not Welcome at 2010 WWDC
    * Prosecuting DDoS Attacks?
    * Australian Police Ask Facebook For Police Alarm Button
    * Plotting a Coup In the Internet Age

| Quantifying, and Dealing With, the Deepwater Spill                                           |
|   from the nothing-nice-to-say-so-speak-up dept.                                             |
|   posted by timothy on Saturday June 05, @21:24 (Earth)                                      |
|   https://news.slashdot.org/story/10/06/06/0050203/Quantifying-and-Dealing-With-the-Deepwater|

Gooseygoose writes with a link to this analysis by Boston University
professor Cutler Cleveland. "Some reports in the media attempt to
downplay the significance of the release of oil from the Deepwater
Horizon accident by arguing that natural oil seeps release large volumes
of oil to the ocean, so why worry? [0]Let's look at the numbers." Read on
for a few more stories on the topic of the [1]Deepwater Horizon spill.

This story continues at:

Discuss this story at:

    0. http://www.theoildrum.com/node/6552
    1. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Deepwater_horizon

| Mysterious Radio Station UVB-76 Goes Offline                                                 |
|   from the fired-that-dj dept.                                                               |
|   posted by timothy on Sunday June 06, @00:21 (Communications)                               |
|   https://tech.slashdot.org/story/10/06/06/032235/Mysterious-Radio-Station-UVB-76-Goes-Offlin|

leathered writes "Tinfoil hatters around the world are abuzz that
[0]UVB-76, the Russian shortwave radio station that has been broadcasting
its monotonous tone almost uninterrupted since 1982, [1]has suddenly gone
offline. Of course no one knows what the significance of this is, but
best brush up on your drills [2]just in case."

Discuss this story at:

    0. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/UVB-76
    1. http://www.abovetopsecret.com/forum/thread579556/pg1
    2. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C0K_LZDXp0I

| Qualcomm Ships Dual-Core Snapdragon Chipsets                                                 |
|   from the phones-now-beat-my-computer dept.                                                 |
|   posted by timothy on Sunday June 06, @03:32 (Cellphones)                                   |
|   https://hardware.slashdot.org/story/10/06/06/0454209/Qualcomm-Ships-Dual-Core-Snapdragon-Ch|

rrossman2 writes "Qualcomm has issued a press release revealing it has
[0]started shipping new dual-core Snapdragon chipsets. These chipsets run
each core at up to 1.2GHz, include a GPU that supports 2D/3D acceleration
engines for Open GLES 2.0 and Open VG 1.1, 1080p video encode/decode,
dedicated low-power audio engine, integrated low-power GPS, and support
for 24-bit WXGA 1280x800 resolution displays. These chipsets come in two
variants, the MSM8260 for HSPA+ and the MSM8660 for multi-mode
HSPA+/CDMA2000 1xEV-DO Rev B. The press release also lists QSD8672 as a
third-gen chipset like the two mentioned, but doesn't go into any detail
of what its role is. With this announcement of shipping chipsets, how
long until HTC makes a super smartphone?"

Discuss this story at:

    0. http://www.qualcomm.com/news/releases/2010/06/01/qualcomm-ships-first-dual-cpu-snapdragon-chipset

| Google-Backed Wind-Powered Car Goes Faster Than the Wind                                     |
|   from the duh-it's-pushed-by-the-google dept.                                               |
|   posted by timothy on Sunday June 06, @06:40 (Google)                                       |
|   https://tech.slashdot.org/story/10/06/06/0518216/Google-Backed-Wind-Powered-Car-Goes-Faster|

sterlingda writes "A wind-powered car has been clocked in the US
[0]traveling downwind 2.85 times faster than the 13.5 mph wind. The
definitive research by Rick Cavallaro of [1]FasterThanTheWind.org is
being funded by Google and Joby Energy. The run should now settle the
[2]DWFTTW (downwind faster than the wind) debate that has been raging for
some time on the Internet about whether or not such a feat was possible."

Discuss this story at:

    0. http://www.physorg.com/news194851568.html
    1. http://www.fasterthanthewind.org/
    2. http://peswiki.com/index.php/Directory:Directly_Downwind_Faster_than_the_Wind

| Time For Universal Data Plans?                                                               |
|   from the bits-is-bits-you-see dept.                                                        |
|   posted by timothy on Sunday June 06, @08:29 (The Almighty Buck)                            |
|   https://mobile.slashdot.org/story/10/06/06/1045221/Time-For-Universal-Data-Plans           |

theodp writes "Between multiple cell phones and their add-ons, high-speed
Internet connections, and digital TV subscriptions, most households are
paying for data delivery at least three times over, often paying the same
provider twice. [0]It's time for a universal data plan, [CNET columnist
Molly] Wood declares. 'I want to pay once for data, I want that data to
be unlimited, and I want to be able to use it in any fashion I choose.'
Still, she has hopes that the-times-they-will-be-a-changin'. 'It's only a
matter of time before regulators catch wind of just how many times we're
being charged for the exact same thing.'"

Discuss this story at:

    0. http://news.cnet.com/8301-31322_3-20006667-256.html?tag=pop

| Restraining Order On Commercial Spyware Lifted                                               |
|   from the sketchy-enough-for-government-work dept.                                          |
|   posted by Soulskill on Sunday June 06, @09:37 (Security)                                   |
|   https://news.slashdot.org/story/10/06/06/1218209/Restraining-Order-On-Commercial-Spyware-Li|

Back in 2008, the US Federal Trade Commission [0]filed a restraining
order against CyberSpy Software, makers of a commercial spyware program
that logged keystrokes, took screenshots, monitored IM conversations, and
sent all the collected data back to the company's servers. Reader
suraj.sun tips news that the order has now been lifted, [1]allowing
CyberSpy to sell its software, but with a few restrictions. "According to
the US District Court settlement, the company [2]must not provide users
with the means to disguise the software as an innocent file or email
attachment. Users must also be advised that doing so may violate US state
or federal law. Additionally, all recorded information sent over the
Internet must be encrypted and older legacy versions of the software must
be removed from computers on which it was previously installed. ...
RemoteSpy is said to employ rootkit techniques to hide from virus

Discuss this story at:

    0. http://www.h-online.com/newsticker/news/item/US-court-stops-sale-of-commercial-spyware-738201.html
    1. http://www.h-online.com/security/news/item/Restraining-order-on-CyberSpy-lifted-1015591.html
    2. http://www.ftc.gov/opa/2010/06/cyberspy.shtm

| Apple's HTML5 and Standards Gallery Not Standard                                             |
|   from the par-for-the-course dept.                                                          |
|   posted by Soulskill on Sunday June 06, @10:42 (The Internet)                               |
|   https://apple.slashdot.org/story/10/06/06/1344256/Apples-HTML5-and-Standards-Gallery-Not-St|

[0]snitch writes "Apple has created an [1]HTML5 Showcase that presents
its vision for the next generation of the WWW. The fact that this page is
[2]only accessible using the Safari browser, while Apple advocates about
web standards, has caused many to [3]criticize the company's lack of
broader platform support. The showcase demonstrates several HTML5
capabilities and features that have to do with video, typography,
transitions, audio, etc. Further, on the front page the company states
that 'Standards aren't add-ons to the web. They are the web. And you can
start using them today.' The [4]latter statement falls short by the fact
that the featured examples only work with the Safari browser, and in the
case of the CSS 3D transforms demonstration, require Mac OS X Snow
Leopard (Safari PC or plain Leopard won't do)."

Discuss this story at:

    0. http://snitch.name/
    1. http://www.apple.com/html5/
    2. http://www.infoq.com/news/2010/06/apple-html5-gallery
    3. http://www.0xdeadbeef.com/weblog/2010/06/intellectual-honesty-and-html5/
    4. http://www.webmonkey.com/2010/06/apples-html5-showcase-less-about-web-standards-more-about-apple/

| Why Some Supermassive Black Holes Have Big Jets                                              |
|   from the too-many-stellar-burritos dept.                                                   |
|   posted by Soulskill on Sunday June 06, @11:49 (Space)                                      |
|   https://science.slashdot.org/story/10/06/06/1431227/Why-Some-Supermassive-Black-Holes-Have-|

[0]astroengine writes "Some of the supermassive black holes at the
centers of galaxies have powerful jets blasting from their poles, and
others have weak jets, but many don't have jets at all. Why is this the
case? In new simulations carried out by astronomers at NASA and MIT, it
would appear that [1]the way in which the black hole spins relative to
its accretion disk may be a contributing factor. Strangely enough, the
results indicate that if the black hole rotates in the opposite direction
to its accretion disk, the most powerful jets form. The region between
the black hole event horizon and the accretion disk still baffles
scientists, so these simulations are very speculative, but the results
seem to match what radio astronomers are seeing in the cores of active
galaxies. Perhaps it's [2]time to fire up that event horizon telescope!"

Discuss this story at:

    0. http://www.astroengine.com/
    1. http://news.discovery.com/space/how-to-make-a-bigger-black-hole-jet.html
    2. http://news.discovery.com/space/can-a-black-hole-have-an-aurora.html

| <em>EVE Online</em> PVP Tournament Streamed Live                                             |
|   from the enemy's-gate-is-down dept.                                                        |
|   posted by Soulskill on Sunday June 06, @12:21 (Games)                                      |
|   https://games.slashdot.org/story/10/06/06/1525258/EVE-Online-PVP-Tournament-Streamed-Live  |

infinitevalence writes "Every few months the good Viking programmers of
the north organize and present one of the most geeky e-sports out there.
Thanks to them, for three weekends in a row we get to [0]watch
player-controlled spaceships fight it out for accolades and unique
in-game items available only to the first, second, and third place
winners. This year CCP has all of the content [1]live online and
streaming in HD for your viewing pleasure. So find a drink, whip up some
snacks, watch the shiny explosions, and listen to the soothing words of
player experts as they walk you through the action!"

Discuss this story at:

    0. http://www.eveonline.com/devblog.asp?a=blog&bid=764
    1. http://www.eveonline.com/events/alliances/tournament/t8/viewerSD.asp

| Australian Police To Investigate Google Over Wi-Fi Scanning                                  |
|   from the hopping-on-the-bandwagon dept.                                                    |
|   posted by Soulskill on Sunday June 06, @12:55 (Privacy)                                    |
|   https://yro.slashdot.org/story/10/06/06/1537231/Australian-Police-To-Investigate-Google-Ove|

daria42 writes "Those who thought the brouhaha over Google's [0]scanning
of Wi-Fi networks by its Street View cars was over (whether you believe
it was deliberate or not) are destined to be disappointed. News comes
from Australia over the weekend that the Australian government has
[1]referred the matter to the Australian Federal Police for
investigation. The country's Attorney General, Robert McClelland, was
quoted saying, 'Obviously I won't pre-empt the outcome of that
investigation but they relate in substantial part to [2]possible breaches
of the Telecommunications Interception Act, which prevents people
accessing electronic information other than for authorized purposes.'"

Discuss this story at:

    0. http://yro.slashdot.org/story/10/04/23/0522228/Google-Street-View-Logs-Wi-Fi-Networks-MAC-Addresses
    1. http://delimiter.com.au/2010/06/06/attorney-general-refers-google-wi-fi-issue-to-afp/
    2. http://www.abc.net.au/news/stories/2010/06/06/2919491.htm

| University Networks Block Student Project                                                    |
|   from the be-less-creative-next-time dept.                                                  |
|   posted by Soulskill on Sunday June 06, @14:00 (Censorship)                                 |
|   https://yro.slashdot.org/story/10/06/06/162253/University-Networks-Block-Student-Project   |

An anonymous reader writes "A computer science student at University
College London put together FitFinder as a bit of a joke ??? it's been
described as a cross between Twitter and personal ads, and it rapidly
became very popular. The university took exception to this and started by
[0]blocking the site from being accessed on campus. Not content with
this, a few weeks later it [1]fined the student ??300 and had him take the
site down completely. Currently, the site is still offline, although
there is a petition with several thousand signatures requesting its
return. In the meantime, a site called [2]PhitFinder has appeared,
claiming to have no link to the original."

Discuss this story at:

    0. http://www.metro.co.uk/news/824705-fitfinder-blocked-mobile-internet-revolution-mooted
    1. http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/news/uk/article7140721.ece
    2. http://www.phitfinder.com/

| California Judge Routes Campaign Robocalls Through Colorado                                  |
|   from the parsing-the-point-finely dept.                                                    |
|   posted by timothy on Sunday June 06, @14:58 (Privacy)                                      |
|   https://politics.slashdot.org/story/10/06/06/1739255/California-Judge-Routes-Campaign-Roboc|

Thomas Hawk writes "Victoria Kolakowski, a current sitting law judge at
the California PUC, is running for Alameda Superior Court judge in
California. As part of her campaign she is [0]robodialing people in
California with a pre-recorded message. The only problem is that in
Califorina robodials are actually illegal unless first introduced by a
non-recorded natural person who gains consent to play the call.
Ironically, the agency set up to protect our privacy and enforce this
law, the California PUC, is the very agency where Kolakowski works today.
Kolakowski originally apologized for the calls but then later deleted
messages on her Facebook account from people objecting to her use of
these calls. Now Kolakowski is trying to argue that because 'technically'
she is routing her calls through Colorado from outside the state that her
robodials are actually legal."

Discuss this story at:

    0. http://thomashawk.com/2010/06/victoria-kolakowski-the-unethical-choice-for-alameda-county-superior-court-judge-tries-to-argue-that-california-campaigns-can-hire-out-of-state-telemarketers-to-do-illegal-robodialing.html

| Gizmodo Not Welcome at 2010 WWDC                                                             |
|   from the not-until-you-apologize-mister dept.                                              |
|   posted by timothy on Sunday June 06, @16:01 (The Media)                                    |
|   https://apple.slashdot.org/story/10/06/06/1932247/Gizmodo-Not-Welcome-at-2010-WWDC         |

recoiledsnake writes "Gizmodo is reporting that Apple has [0]refused to
answer its request to attend the company's big Worldwide Developers
Conference keynote this Monday. Apple's move to ban Gizmodo seems a
direct repercussion of [1] Apple's prototype leak by Gizmodo and
subsequent actions of Apple to get the prototype back. Meanwhile, Gizmodo
said that it would resort to a live blog to cover the event in case of
the ban. This comes a few days after San Mateo County authorities
announced that a 'special master' had been appointed to assist in the
search of Gizmodo editor Jason Chen's belongings: goods seized as part of
a police investigation into the disappearance (and Gizmodo acquisition)
of one of Apple's prototype iPhones. It's the very device that's rumored
to be announced at the Monday keynote."

Discuss this story at:

    0. http://www.pcmag.com/article2/0,2817,2364707,00.asp
    1. http://apple.slashdot.org/story/10/04/19/1436233/This-Is-Apples-Next-iPhone?from=rss

| Prosecuting DDoS Attacks?                                                                    |
|   from the secret-prisons-too-good-for-'em dept.                                             |
|   posted by timothy on Sunday June 06, @17:04 (Botnet)                                       |
|   https://ask.slashdot.org/story/10/06/06/2051226/Prosecuting-DDoS-Attacks                   |

dptalia writes "We all have heard of major DDoS attacks taking down
countries, companies, and organizations. But how many of them are ever
prosecuted? And how many prosecutions are even successful? I've done some
research and it appears the answer is very few (Well duh!). And those
that are successfully prosecuted tend to have teenagers as the
instigators. Does this mean DDoS is a fairly safe crime to conduct? Are
the repercussions nonexistent? Does anyone have some knowledge an insight
into this that I don't have? How would you go about prosecuting a DDoS
attacker? What's your experience with getting the responsible parties to

Discuss this story at:

| Australian Police Ask Facebook For Police Alarm Button                                       |
|   from the assisted-living-facility dept.                                                    |
|   posted by timothy on Sunday June 06, @18:07 (Google)                                       |
|   https://tech.slashdot.org/story/10/06/06/2150212/Australian-Police-Ask-Facebook-For-Police-|

littlekorea writes "The Australian Federal Police (AFP) has requested
social networking site Facebook install a law enforcement representative
in Australia and introduce some sort of button in which users can
[0]immediately report online crime to the police in a single click. It is
National Cyber-Security Awareness Week in Australia, so the AFP is on an
all-out offensive ??? announcing it is also investigating [1]whether Google
committed offences under Australia's Telecommunications Interception Act
when it harvested Wi-Fi data." Something like this has been [2]in the
works for a while.

Discuss this story at:

    0. http://www.itnews.com.au/News/214258,afp-demands-facebook-offer-one-click-police-alarm.aspx
    1. http://www.itnews.com.au/News/214259,federal-police-investigate-google-wifi-privacy-breach.aspx
    2. http://www.smh.com.au/technology/technology-news/panic-button-plan-to-beat-cyberpredators-20091125-jr1k.html

| Plotting a Coup In the Internet Age                                                          |
|   from the just-become-mayor-via-foursquare dept.                                            |
|   posted by timothy on Sunday June 06, @19:11 (Government)                                   |
|   https://politics.slashdot.org/story/10/06/06/234233/Plotting-a-Coup-In-the-Internet-Age    |

chrb writes "The Guardian is reporting on the attempts of an exiled
Sheikh to [0]regain power in a bloodless coup. The plot, led by British
solicitor Peter Cathcart, involves the use of Washington political
lobbyists, PR agencies writing fake blogs and Twitter accounts, and a
newspaper advertising campaign in the US. The coup attempt is remarkable
in its choice of modern communications and political lobbying, rather
than the traditional resort to violence."

Discuss this story at:

    0. http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2010/jun/06/peter-cathcart-prince-coup

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