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by | Feb 2, 2009 12:00 AM ET

Insider plot to take down Fannie Mae's servers thwarted - "On October 29, 2008, a vigilant senior Unix engineer happened across a "logic bomb" that was allegedly planted by a contractor, Rajendrasinh Babubhai Makwana, who had worked in their Urbana, MD facility until October 24, 2008 when his contract was terminated. The script was set to activate on January 31, 2009 and would completely wipe all of Fannie Mae's 4,000 servers. According to engineers, had it done so it would've caused "millions of dollars in damage, and possibly shut down operations for a week.""

Open Questions on the Origins of Life - "The overall idea behind this workshop is to tackle a number of key questions about the origin of life that still remain unanswered, attempt to clarify why it is so, and to discuss how to progress in our efforts to answer these questions..."

Ebola's ability to evade the immune system identified - "Since its discovery in 1976, Ebola has been a deadly efficient enigma in the world of health care, killing with rapidity and with no warning or an outbreak. Though the disease is currently quarantined to the African continent, researchers are racing to find a treatment to not only aid those who are afflicted, but to stop its spread to the rest of the world..."

$10 laptop display on Feb 3 - "The $10 laptop project, first reported in TOI three years ago, has come as an answer to the $100 laptop of MIT's Nicholas Negroponte that he was trying to hardsell to India. The $10 laptop has come out of the drawing board stage due to work put in by students of Vellore Institute of Technology, scientists in Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore, IIT-Madras and involvement of PSUs like Semiconductor Complex. “At this stage, the price is working out to be $20 but with mass production it is bound to come down,” R P Agarwal, secretary, higher education said..."

All I Wanna Do Is Zoom Zoom Zoom Zoom - "Microsoft's Photosynth, the best thing to happen to photography since the digital camera..."

History Of Servers in Pictures, from 1981 to today - Starting in 1981...

Apple's Next iPhone Will Rule at Gaming - "Iphone The next upgrade to Apple's iPhone will have a strong focus on gaming, analysts and developers agree..."

Full-frame DSLR shootout: How good are they? - "How do six current full-frame DSLRs compare when put through a battery of objective lab tests for image quality? has conducted these tests, based on the Raw image data, to determine ISO accuracy, low-light high ISO image quality performance, color accuracy and depth, and dynamic range. Today, we're going to geek out, pixel peep, and go mind-numbingly high-tech to find out the answers..."

Energy scale

TED 2009 Program

NASA probing trouble with long-running Mars rover - " NASA scientists are putting together diagnostic tests to find out why one of the space agency's two Mars rovers began failing to respond to instructions over the weekend..."

Why Nothing's New in Windows - "Might it be the case that the inside of Windows hasn't changed very much because there is nothing to invent in operating systems?"

Google begins effort to find Internet blockers - "Google Inc on Wednesday unveiled a plan aimed at eventually letting computer users determine whether providers like Comcast Corp are inappropriately blocking or slowing their work online..."

I Am Here: One Man's Experiment With the Location-Aware Lifestyle - "Simply put, location changes everything. This one input—our coordinates—has the potential to change all the outputs. Where we shop, who we talk to, what we read, what we search for, where we go—they all change once we merge location and the Web..."

Trust your gut: Too much thinking leads to bad choices - "Don't think too much before purchasing that new car or television. According to a new study in the Journal of Consumer Research, people who deliberate about decisions make less accurate judgments than people who trust their instincts..."

Anatomy of a program in memory - "Memory management is the heart of operating systems; it is crucial for both programming and system administration. In the next few posts I'll cover memory with an eye towards practical aspects, but without shying away from internals. While the concepts are generic, examples are mostly from Linux and Windows on 32-bit x86. This first post describes how programs are laid out in memory...."

Wikipedia survives research test - "The free online resource Wikipedia is about as accurate on science as the Encyclopedia Britannica, a study shows..."

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