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FBI to block internet of 350,000 computers
« on: April 25, 2012, 08:23:25 PM »
FBI to block internet of 350,000 computers worldwide
    Wednesday, April 25, 2012
 LONDON: American agency FBI will block internet services in over 350,000 personal computers across the world - including 80,000 in US and 20,000 in Britain - after they were infected with an invisible and undetectable Trojan computer virus. The "internet blackout" will take place July 9, the Daily Mail reported Wednesday.

The computer virus called "DNSChanger" sends internet users to unintended and illegal sites. A report said the virus originally emerged in Estonia. The virus also blocks infected users from visiting secure sites that could help them rid of the worm.

The FBI detected the infection some time back and had set up temporary servers to keep the infected computers working. But reports said it was costing much. The temporary servers were created to allow companies to remove the worm from their infected servers. Those affected had 120 days to get rid of the malware.

After FBI warnings, the number of computers infected with the virus plunged, and now most are in the hands of private individuals, not companies.
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Now, your vintage typewriters can look modern
    Wednesday, April 25, 2012
WASHINGTON: Good news for those who are still sentimental about their typewriters. Nearly obsolete typewriters can now be upgraded into modern-day equipment by including a USB portal which will enable the clatter-making machines to be used on a computer, laptop or tablet, including an iPad.

For those who have not yet joined the computer age, preferring the clatter and ding of their inky typewriters, it might be the perfect solution, the Daily Mail reported.

The upgraded typewriters, which start at 445 pounds (about $720), can still be used the way it was intended -- with keys hitting the paper through an inky ribbon. As the original computer keyboard was based on the typewriter, nearly all of the keys are the same, allowing writers to type away and see their work on screen.

The makers, usbtypewriter.com built in a Control, Alt and Backspace keys onto the typewriter. The Enter button, which places the cursor on a new line, works in the same way by using the Carriage Return. Conversion kits are also on sale for around 50 pounds, which transforms old typewriters so that they can be used in the same way on modern computers.

It is the latest in a long line of technology that upgrades 'old-fashioned' and 'retro' devices so that they can be used with computers.
 
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India to launch satellite to monitor border
    Wednesday, April 25, 2012 - 18:30
NEW DELHI: India proposes to launch Radar Imaging Satellite (Risat-1) with cloud penetrating capability for imaging various parts of the country, including border areas, the Lok Sabha was informed Wednesday.

Replying to a question, Minister of State in the Prime Minister's Office V. Narayanasamy said that Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) is also planning to launch a geo-imaging satellite (Gisat) to provide near real time pictures of large areas of the country.

"The Gisat will provide the pictures of the areas of interest on near real time basis. That is, selected sector-wise imaging every five minutes and entire Indian landmass every 30 minutes at 50 metre spatial resolution," he said.

With 5.47 a.m. Thursday set for the blast-off of Risat-1 into space, the Indian space agency is fuelling the rocket's second stage with liquid propellant. "The major activity today (Wednesday) is the filling up of the liquid fuel in the rocket's second stage. The countdown is progressing well and every system in the rocket is normal," a source in the ISRO told IANS in Chennai.

The indigenous Risat-1 with a life span of five years would be used for disaster prediction and agriculture forestry, and the high resolution pictures and microwave imaging could also be used for defence purposes.

The rocket is ready to escape the Earth's gravity to put India's heaviest microwave satellite, Risat-1, weighing 1,858 kg at an altitude of 480 km at an inclination of 97.552 degree, ISRO sources said.
 
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