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SC: 12/05 New Firefox flaw affects Mailto: tags A new vulnerability has surfaced in Mozilla Firefox that could be exploited to launch a Denial of Service attack; the SANS Internet Storm Centre reports that when exploited, the vulnerability permits JavaScript to generate image tags with the ‘mailto:’ link, which in turn will open the mail application automatically without any user interaction. As a result, many mail windows will be opened, and the system will become unresponsive. As users await a patch, the group recommended configuring the email application so it does not start up automatically ... From MCS Safe Computing Bulletins on May 12, 2006 at 2:30 p.m..


Bungie: What Happened Behind The Scenes At The Halo 3 E3 Announcement! Frankie dicusses what happened before, during and after the Halo 3 E3 Announcement. From digg on May 12, 2006 at 10:30 a.m..


Ballmer Says : 5 years to catch Google, Yahoo! Microsoft CEO says persistence, new technology will help close gap with online advertising rivals. From digg on May 12, 2006 at 10:30 a.m..


Yahoo CEO regrets not buying Google Terry Semel, the CEO of Yahoo, wishes he had pursued purchasing Google. "I couldn't and didn't buy this company and the rest is history," From digg on May 12, 2006 at 10:30 a.m..


Web 2.0 is just getting started "For those who are wondering, Web 2.0 is just getting started. Yeah, I said it. Witness the frenzy at marquee venture capital firms. Given the piles of money they're deploying, we've probably got three to five more years of new deals ahead of us." From digg on May 12, 2006 at 10:30 a.m..


ThinkGeek is selling lock pick sets! I don't know why, but something about this excites the mischievous kid in me: "Easy to slip into your pocket, this 14 piece lock pick set is a great first venture into the world of keyless entry. You'll get 9 different picks and rakes, 1 broken key extractor, and 4 tension tools." From on May 12, 2006 at 9:08 a.m..


ThinkGeek is selling lock pick sets! I don't know why, but something about this excites the mischievous kid in me: "Easy to slip into your pocket, this 14 piece lock pick set is a great first venture into the world of keyless entry. You'll get 9 different picks and rakes, 1 broken key extractor, and 4 tension tools." From on May 12, 2006 at 9:08 a.m..


Open Source AJAX Ruby on Rails Subversion (SVN) Browser BountySource.com today just released the first version of their web-based SVN browser, written in Ruby on Rails, under the GNU GPL license. Now you can browse your code repository with all the trendiness of a Web 2.0 application. From digg on May 12, 2006 at 8:30 a.m..


Documentary on Piracy Released (Free Download!) It's a nearly 2 hour documentary that discusses music & movie piracy. Topics include DRMs, TPMs, the DMCA, why people pirate, what everyone thinks of it, etc. Featuring interviews with industry execs, copyright lawyers, pirates, consumers, artists, the government, and everyone that's ever said anything about piracy in Canada. Free for the download! From digg on May 12, 2006 at 8:30 a.m..


Nintendo president Iwata explains the Wii's strange name. A good Q & A with Nintendo's Satoru Iwata that gives insight into the Nintendo game plan for this generation of consoles. He definitely shoots some of the rumors down. From digg on May 12, 2006 at 8:30 a.m..


Sony: PS3 is 'Too Cheap' Following Monday's pre-E3 press event, SCE head Ken Kutaragi spoke with Japan's IT Media and made a surprising statement regarding the PS3's price: "It's probably too cheap." Kutaragi said. From digg on May 12, 2006 at 8:30 a.m..


Solve the Rubiks Cube in 22 Turns The infamous Rubik’s cube is solvable from any mixed up position. In fact, there are mathematical theorems that say the cube can be solved from any mixed up position in 22 turns. However, no one has been able to prove this theorem…yet. So we will approach a much simpler method to solving the cube. From digg on May 12, 2006 at 8:30 a.m..


Immediate Hearings Over Controversial Bush Serveillance Report! Capitol Hill politicians reacted angrily on Thursday to a new report about how President Bush's eavesdropping program has secretly collected records of telephone calls made by tens of millions of Americans! From digg on May 12, 2006 at 8:30 a.m..


Cool gallery of soviet era gadgets Check out this Wist of Soviet gadgetry - particularly the folding helicopter. From digg on May 12, 2006 at 8:30 a.m..


Internet Explorer usage keeps going down worldwide OneStat.com today reported that Microsoft's browsers have a total global usage share of 85.17 percent. The total usage share of Microsoft Internet Explorer decreased 0.65 percent since January 2006. The total global usage share of Mozilla is 11.79 which is 0.56 percent more than at the of of January. From digg on May 12, 2006 at 8:30 a.m..


49% of MP3 player owners own an Apple iPod In-Stat consumer survey data shows 49 per cent of MP3 player owners own an Apple iPod. The rapidly growing worldwide market for Flash-based and hard disk drive (HDD)-based players is to jump from 140 Million units in 2005 to 286 Million by 2010. From digg on May 12, 2006 at 8:30 a.m..


New genus of African monkey found Scientists have described a new genus of monkey - the first for 83 years. The Rungwecebus kipunji sports a distinctive Mohawk stripe of hair, and is found in Tanzania, Africa. The monkey, first described from photographs last year, was originally thought to be a new species but tests reveal it is even more special. From digg on May 12, 2006 at 8:30 a.m..


Congress To Restrict Social Security Number Use To Stop ID Theft! Democratic and Republican politicians on Thursday both promised to enact new federal laws by the end of the year that would restrict some commercial uses of Social Security numbers, which are often implicated in identity fraud cases! From digg on May 12, 2006 at 8:30 a.m..


Spry framework for AJAX by Adobe Labs The Spry framework for Ajax is a JavaScript library for web designers that provides functionality that allows designers to build pages that provide a richer experience for their users. An AJAX framework by Adobe Labs. From digg on May 12, 2006 at 8:30 a.m..


Mini Machines (w/pics) today’s advanced micromachining techniques give scientists the ability to fabricate complex objects on a scale never before possible. And things just keep getting more interesting. See for yourself in this gallery of tiny wonders, from miniature submarines capable of sailing through your blood vessels to tiny eyeglasses for houseflies. From digg on May 12, 2006 at 8:30 a.m..


Will Wright: USD 600 PS3, Wii, Nintendo DS Lite Quotes: "I am working on a book right now." "Six hundred bucks; that is a lot of money. I'm rooting for Nintendo." "I am playing with my DS a lot. I am playing Brain Age and Sudoku." From digg on May 12, 2006 at 8:30 a.m..


Xbox 360 and Playstation 3 - Side By Side Images Here's what the Xbox 360 and Playstation 3 look like - side - by side. If the japanese thought the 360 was big, and supposedly didnt buy because of that - what will they make of the PS3? From digg on May 12, 2006 at 8:30 a.m..


USA Today: NSA Collecting Phone Records Since At Least 2001 O'BRIEN: "All right. And as far as we know, how long has this been going on?" CAULEY: "Since at least -- since at least 2001, with the 9/11 attacks. Possibly the groundwork was laid prior to that." From digg on May 12, 2006 at 8:30 a.m..


Finding "Hidden" Drug Side Effects A new technique could reveal the benefits and drawbacks of experimental drugs earlier in the discovery process. From digg on May 12, 2006 at 8:30 a.m..


First Man-Made Nanoscale Fractal Molecule Created A man-made, nanoscale structure developed by University of Akron researchers that could lead to new types of photoelectric cells, molecular batteries and energy storage options is being featured in the latest edition of the international journal Science. From digg on May 12, 2006 at 8:30 a.m..


7-Minute X-Men Sneak Peek The seven-minute preview of 20th Century Fox's X-Men: The Last Stand, aired on Fox now exclusively at Dell.com/X-Men! Check out Beast (Kelsey Grammer) and Angel (Ben Foster)!!!! From digg on May 12, 2006 at 8:30 a.m..


Civil Aviation Department Hong Kong (CAD) The CAD is responsible for the safe operation and regulation of the air transport system in Hong Kong. The site provides background information on the CAD's mission, values, and organisational structure, and includes a corporate video (requires RealPlayer 8 or above). Information on the site is arranged under a series of headings: topical issues, such as security, aircraft noise management, air traffic control safety, aircraft registration and licence and certificates; publications and press releases; which includes Airworthiness Requirement and Aircraft Accident Reports; Facts and Statis From EEVL New Learning Materials on May 12, 2006 at 7:30 a.m..


Departamento de Avia Ãf § Ãf £ o Civil (DAC) The Civil Aviation Department (DAC) of Brazil is part of the Aeronautical Command of the Ministry of Defense. DAC's mission is to study, guide, plan, control, stimulate and support the activities of public and private civil aviation in Brazil. Within the DAC structure there are four Sub-departments responsible for Planning, Infrastructure, Operations and Technical. DAC also includes the Civil Aviation Institute (IAC) and the seven Regional Services of Civil Aviation (SERAC), which are spread throughout the country. There are sections of the covering SERAC, the Civil Aviation Institute, an From EEVL New Learning Materials on May 12, 2006 at 7:30 a.m..


SC: 12/05 Apple releases security and system updates for Mac OSX Apple Computers has released Security Update 2006-003 for users of its Mac OSX 10 operating system. Amongst other programs, the security update addresses weakness in the Finder, the Keychain, Mail, Preview and Safari ... From MCS Safe Computing Bulletins on May 12, 2006 at 6:30 a.m..


SC: 12/05 Apple releases QuickTime Security Update 7.1 for Mac OSX and Windows Apple Computers has released an update to their QuickTime software for both Mac OSX and Microsoft Windows, taking the program to version 7.1 on both platforms. QuickTime 7.1 fixes a number of security issues that could have allowed malicious users to corrupt data on your computer ... From MCS Safe Computing Bulletins on May 12, 2006 at 6:30 a.m..


New Dutch Student Exchange Programme The Endeavour Duyfken Student Exchange Programme, will provide opportunities for 20 Australian students and 20 Dutch students to travel overseas for one semester of their undergraduate degrees under new institution-to-institution student exchange arrangements in the 2007-08 Northern academic year. This will provide students with cultural, language and professional experiences that will lead to increased collaboration between higher education institutions in Australia and the Netherlands. 12 May 2006 From EdNA Online on May 12, 2006 at 4:30 a.m..


ePortfolio 2006: Fourth International ePortfolio Conference This year's conference aims at exploring how the ePortfolio can contribute to the development of eStrategies for learning that result in empowered learners, providing them with greater control over their lifelong and lifewide learning journey. The ePortfolio 2006 conference organisers have the pleasure to invite all policy makers, human resource managers, teachers, trainers, education managers, school heads, school administrators, ICT providers, and members of organisations promoting the use of ePortfolio to submit their contribution to the 4th International ePortfolio conference - Oxford From EdNA Online on May 12, 2006 at 4:30 a.m..


Reading Assistance Voucher Programme The Australian Government's Reading Assistance Voucher programme will operate in 2007 and will provide Reading Assistance Vouchers worth $700 to the parents/caregivers of Year 3 students who do not meet a minimum standard of reading in 2006. Eligible parents/caregivers will have access to a voucher that will provide for one-to-one reading tuition for their child, arranged in partnership with parents and schools. Answers to common questions are provided on the website. From EdNA Online on May 12, 2006 at 4:30 a.m..


Australia Invests $41.5 Million to Secure World-class Researchers The Minister for Education, Science and Training, the Hon Julie Bishop MP, today awarded Australian Research Council (ARC) Federation Fellowships to 25 world-class researchers to retain 18 of our best home-grown researchers, bring five Australian research leaders back home and attract two foreign nationals to continue their cutting edge research in this country. "This $41.5 million investment over five years will enable Australia to maintain and build its international reputation as a leading research nation," Minister Bishop said. DEST Media Centre, 11 May 2006 From EdNA Online on May 12, 2006 at 4:30 a.m..


Teaching & Learning Conference 2006 Over two days, you'll be challenged and entertained by educators with international experience who know the teaching process is most definitely about people. The conference is designed with educators in mind. Anyone interested in education can benefit from the informative keynote presentations and breakouts. Teachers and tutors from both the tertiary and secondary sectors, managers in education and those involved in administration are particularly welcome to attend. From EdNA Online on May 12, 2006 at 2:30 a.m..


Sony’s President Backpedaling on PS3 From the Article - "The only difference is HDMI - and at this point, I don't think many people's TV's have that. The ultimate result, to my eyes anyway, is there's not a discernable difference between what you get between HDMI and other forms of high definition." From on May 12, 2006 at 12:53 a.m..


Video: The Line To Play Wii: E3 2006 This morning at E3 I walked the entire line of people waiting to get in and play the Wii. MUST SEE VIDEO. From on May 12, 2006 at 12:41 a.m..


setting up XGL in SuSE 10.1 Perhaps the most interesting eye-candy introduced to a mainstream Linux distribution is that of the Xgl 3D desktop environment. Naturally, when seen, it fosters the thought, "How can I do that on my own desktop?"... if you're interested in getting Xgl installed and running on your desktop, you've found the right place. From on May 12, 2006 at 12:41 a.m..


Live from E3: Fun Wii Facts Confirmed Smaller Wii tidbits confirmed, including info on the bundled remote, battery type, virtual console, third-party licensing, and more. From on May 12, 2006 at 12:41 a.m..


Light's Most Exotic Trick Yet: So Fast it Goes ... Backwards? In the past few years, scientists have found ways to make light go both faster and slower than its usual speed limit, but now researchers at the University of Rochester have published a paper today in Science on how they've gone one step further: pushing light into reverse. From on May 12, 2006 at 12:41 a.m..


SUSE 10.1 Package Management As well as XGL eyecandy todays release of SUSE 10.1 comes with new package management software. Its simply to setup and use, this guide shows you how. From on May 12, 2006 at 12:41 a.m..


Big Brother anyone? I thought this was illegal? Has it gotten to the point that the government can just rape the Constitution so freely? How is it in the interest of National Security to know when my Grandma called me to wish me a happy birthday? It's time for citizens to stand up against oppression and create some laws that mirror todays' technology and culture! From on May 12, 2006 at 12:41 a.m..


New Gmail Feature: Gmail Pictures Gmail Pictures (which isn't yet available) will be rolled out to accounts slowly very very soon. It lets users choose avatars for their email conversations with people, almost like avatars in instant messengers. From on May 12, 2006 at 12:41 a.m..


Policy Statement on the Uncollared Workforce (Australian Computer Society) Young Australians, Generation Y, aren't considering careers in ICT and this lack of interest is behind decreasing enrolments in ICT courses. This ACS policy includes a range of recommendations for employers wanting to keep pace with the new Uncollared Workforce. Three factors that will shift market power to employees for the first time in over two decades: the impact of new communications technologies such as wireless communications on the younger 'Gen Y' worker; the retirement of thousands of Australia's baby boomers in five to ten years, and ongoing, and increasing skill From EdNA Online on May 12, 2006 at 12:31 a.m..


WebTutor WebTutor is a CD Rom directory that accesses over 200 quality educational resources on the Internet. This provides a quick and easy timesaving reference to a diverse range of entertaining, challenging and interactive activities based on the Primary School Education curriculum. WebTutor specifically targets the educational needs of children aged 4 - 12 years in Preschool to Grade 6 and covers all Key Learning Areas. Limited availability. From EdNA Online on May 12, 2006 at 12:31 a.m..


Australian Biological Resources Study What plants, animals and other organisms occur in Australia? Where are they found? The Australian Biological Resources Study provides links to resources and information about Australian Flora and Fauna. From EdNA Online on May 11, 2006 at 11:30 p.m..


Rainforest Maths Rainforest maths is an interactive site with activities for students to year 7. It includes number & number systems, operations & calculations, strategies & processes, patterns & algebra, Measurement, space & geometry, chance & probability, data analysis and money. From EdNA Online on May 11, 2006 at 11:30 p.m..


For Australian Language Teachers: 2007 Endeavour Language Teacher Fellowships The Department of Education, Science and Training has advised that funding for the Endeavour Language Teacher Fellowships programme has been doubled to total of $2.0 million. The additional funding is to target practicing and pre-service teachers of Mandarin, Japanese and Indonesian. From EdNA Online on May 11, 2006 at 11:30 p.m..


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