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Droid X Gets Rooted 97

Posted by Soulskill
from the root-root-root-for-the-home-team dept.
An anonymous reader writes "The Droid X forums have posted a procedure to root the new Motorola Droid X, putting to rest Andoid fans' fears that they would never gain access to the device's secrets due to a reported eFuse that would brick the phone if certain boot files were tampered with. Rooting the phone is the first step in gaining complete control over the device."

+ - Am I and/or my company liable for breached system? 2

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "I'm a new hire (not even out of college) for a company that uses a customized, publicly accessible, search page to search a proprietary database for information that concerns our products. The search page and database are hosted and developed by a third-party company that offers access to this proprietary information/service for a fee, and my company is one of the biggest clients. The search page is really counter-intuitive, so I (having a background in web development) was tasked with figuring out how to make it easier for people to use (without asking the third-party company to redesign it; i.e. using things like GreaseMonkey, etc). I quickly determined (just by looking at the GET URLs, the HTML source, visual inspection) that it was obviously coded by someone who had limited or no experience with web-based coding. While poking around, I discovered several ways to easily improve the search from our end — but I accidentally stumbled on some sensitive material. Namely that, due to a lack of error handling and those helpful messages PHP displays giving you the path to the otherwise hidden includes (not to mention no protection against SQL injection, and lots of other major and minor security holes), I am able to get into the PHP source code of the search system, and get admin-level access to restricted areas. It wasn't my intention to do this, but now I am worried that both myself and my company could be legally liable for breaching the third-party company's system. Who I should tell, or should I tell anyone? But when that company looks through their server logs and sees my company's IP.... I just don't know what to do. Help me Slashdot."
AMD

+ - New AMD Graphics Drivers Improve HD Video, Gaming->

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MojoKid
MojoKid writes "AMD is poised to release a new Catalyst drive package, v10.6, that incorporates a number of new features and performance enhancements. While there are a handful of game-specific performance enhancements, it's the new video-related features that are potentially the most interesting. Some older revisions of AMD's Catalyst driver suite supported GPU acceleration of H.264 video using Adobe Flash Player 10.1, to offload video processing to the GPU, but this new release also offers enhanced playback quality when video post-processing features are enabled."
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+ - San Francisco requires cell phone radiation labels->

Submitted by Lord Ender
Lord Ender (156273) writes "Poor phone reception may soon be a selling point in San Francisco. A city ordinance was just approved which requires those selling phones to indicate the "specific absorption rate" (SAR) caused by the radio transmitters of the phones. Cell phone industry groups opposed the law. The FCC already requires phones sold in the US to have SAR levels below 1.6 W/kg, though adverse health effects from such levels of radio exposure have never been conclusively demonstrated."
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Graphics

+ - 3D Blu ray arrives on the PC thanks to NVIDIA->

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "If you are looking to get into 3D Blu-ray on your PC, NVIDIA has released the beta version of its long awaited version 256 driver, which finally enables 3D Blu-ray support for its 3D Vision glasses. While this seems a straightforward move considering that NVIDIA has been selling 3D Vision for over a year, it is significant because it isn't supported on some of the monitors commonly used with the 3D Vision kit. 3D Vision requires monitors capable of outputting at 120Hz, double the common refresh rate of 60Hz. There are only a handful of such monitors, largely because the only thing requiring 120Hz on a computer monitor is the 3D Vision kit. Which means that despite the fact some monitors can happily handle the latest video games in 3D, they cannot handle 3D Blu-ray playback. Unfortunately for those who own these monitors there won't be any kind of magic that can be pulled to get them working with 3D Blu-ray."
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+ - 1 Molecule Computes 1000s Times Faster Than PC-> 1

Submitted by alexhiggins732
alexhiggins732 (1385009) writes "A Single Molecule Computes Thousands of Times Faster than Your PC

A demo of a quantum calculation carried out by Japanese researchers has yielded some pretty mind-blowing results: a single molecule can perform a complex calculation thousands of times faster than a conventional computer.

A proof-of-principle test run of a discrete Fourier transform — a common calculation using spectral analysis and data compression, among other things — performed with a single iodine molecule transpired very well, putting all the molecules in your PC to shame."

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