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Wednesday, October 19, 2005  


Secret code 'traces copies'

19/10/2005 12:37 - (SA)

San Francisco - A secret code embedded in many colour laser jet printers allows the US government and any other organisation capable of reading the cipher to identify when the copies were made and on which particular machine, according to research conducted by the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF).

The San Francisco-based privacy organisation said it had detected almost invisible patterns of yellow dots on every document printed on the affected machines that could indicate when and where the print was made.

Among the copiers found to include the secret yellow dots are ones made by Brother, Canon, Dell, Epson, HP, Konica/Minolta, Kyocera, Lexmark, Ricoh, Tektronix/Toshiba and Xerox.

The foundation cautioned that though it had deciphered the code on Xerox machines, it had not done the same for the yellow dots found on other copiers, but that it was likely that they too represented a sophisticated document tracking system.

posted by Gary Williams at 8:24 AM | link |

Monday, October 17, 2005  


Small Galaxy Punches Hole In Andromeda

By Ker Than
Staff Writer
posted: 17 October 2005
06:20 am ET

Sometime in the distant past, the dwarf galaxy M32 hurled itself at its much larger neighbor Andromeda, delivering an explosive uppercut punch that left a jagged hole nearly 10,000 light-years across in Andromeda's plane of stars, one that millions of years later has yet to fully heal.

New infrared images from NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope recently revealed the hole, which is hidden to optical telescopes behind Andromeda's veils of cosmic dust and gas.

The Spitzer images also revealed other features of Andromeda that have never been seen before, including bright, new stars and spiral arcs swirling out from the galaxy's center.

'Andromeda is a far more exciting, dynamic place than we ever thought,' said Karl Gordon, an astronomer at the University of Arizona's Steward Observatory and lead author of a new study detailing the findings.

posted by Gary Williams at 1:38 PM | link |

[Doctorow] Clarion sf workshop instructors announced,taking applications now!

By Cory Doctorow

I've joined the Board of Directors of the Clarion Foundation, a new
nonprofit that will manage the Clarion Writers' Workshop, a "boot-
camp for sf writers" at Michigan State University that I graduated
from in 1992 and taught this past summer. The workshop runs every
summer for six weeks, and accepts some 17 students each year. The
format is intensive writing and daily critiquing, with tutelage from
six instructors. Past grads include Octavia Butler, Bruce Sterling,
Nalo Hopkinson, Kathe Koja, Jeff Vandermeer, Pat York, Lucius
Sheppard and innumerable other leading lights of the field. You may
recall my review of Kate Wilhelm's amazing memoir/writing instruction
book about her 25+ years teaching Clarion.

The workshop is open for applications for next year, and we've just
announced our instructor roster:

> Plans have been announced for the 2006 workshop, which will run
> from June 26 to August 4 and will be taught by Samuel R. Delany,
> Gardner Dozois, Nancy Kress, Joe and Gay Haldeman and, as the
> traditional anchor team, Kelly Link and Holly Black. The workshop
> will be returning to Owen Hall where it was held from 1990-2003.
> The application deadline for the 2006 workshop is April 1, 2006.
> Application information is available online at
>, by email, or by writing to the Clarion Workshop, 112 Olds
> Hall, Michigan State University, Lansing, MI 48824-1047.


My review of Kate's book:


Cory Doctorow

posted by Gary Williams at 12:24 PM | link |

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