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AACS Revision Cracked A Week Before Release 346

Posted by Zonk
from the damned-time-traveling-pirates dept.
stevedcc writes "Ars Technica is running a story about next week's release of AACS, which is intended to fix the currently compromised version. The only problem is, the patched version has already been cracked. From the article: 'AACS LA's attempts to stifle dissemination of AACS keys and prevent hackers from compromising new keys are obviously meeting with extremely limited success. The hacker collective continues to adapt to AACS revisions and is demonstrating a capacity to assimilate new volume keys at a rate which truly reveals the futility of resistance. If keys can be compromised before HD DVDs bearing those keys are even released into the wild, one has to question the viability of the entire key revocation model.'"
Mars

Enormous Amount of Frozen Water Found on Mars 442

Posted by CowboyNeal
from the or-at-least-way-more-than-before dept.
schweini writes "Space.com is reporting that the Mars Express probe's MARSIS (Mars Advanced Radar for Subsurface and Ionospheric Sounding) experiment has detected and measured an enormous amount of water ice near Mars' south pole, which would be sufficient to submerge the whole planet's surface underneath approximately 10m of water on average."
Science

Yellowstone Supervolcano Making Strange Rumblings 411

Posted by Zonk
from the if-you-need-me-i'll-be-in-the-netherlands dept.
Frosty Piss writes "Supervolcanoes can sleep for centuries or millennia before producing incredibly massive eruptions that can drop ash across an entire continent. One of the largest supervolcanoes in the world lies beneath Yellowstone National Park. Significant activity continues beneath the surface. And the activity has been increasing lately, scientists have discovered. In addition, the nearby Teton Range of mountains is somehow getting shorter. The findings, reported this month in the Journal of Journal of Geophysical Research, suggest that a slow and gradual movement of a volcano over time can shape a landscape more than a violent eruption."
Networking

+ - Linksys switches require Windows

Submitted by Mikael Hakali
Mikael Hakali (1074508) writes "This is a story about a Linksys SRW224G4. After almost one year of well functional network I decided to update the firmware to the latest 1.2.1b.

After the update I quickly realized that both FireFox and Opera rendered the web management interface incorrectly. I sat down with their online support (full transcript here) that and concluded that they had no support for other browsers than Internet Explorer (surprise...) and they failed to give me the older firmware which worked fine.

They even agreed on that the only option for me to access the management was to purchase a Microsoft Windows licence.

The web browser support would not have been a problem if they would have included featurability and configuration options through their serial CLI menu interface. Though the CLI is designed only to support dummy L2 (No VLAN/SNMP/ACLs/QoS etc) switching functionality options.

I have verified that this is the case with their 48 port gigabit ethernet switch aswell.

I'm posting this article primarily to discourage users in the same situation as me from using their product and secondarily to send a message to management of LinkSys to work towards supporting open platforms for atleast products such as switches. If it's by improving their CLI or making their web interface more compatible would both be a satisfactory solution."

Throwable Game Controllers 92

Posted by Zonk
from the klonk-owww dept.
dptalia writes "In trolling recent patents, Barry Fox found one for a throwable game controller. This controller would be shaped like a football or a frisbee and be connected wirelessly to a console. The user could then play digital games like catch, or have a distance throwing competition. The controllers have embedded GPS, an altimeter, and an accelerometer to be able to determine the accuracy of the throws."

World of Warcraft and UDE Point System Fiasco 251

Posted by Hemos
from the going-to-get-a-lot-of-backlash dept.
Richard Manley writes "A report on the card game trinket fiasco. When the UDE (Upper Deck Entertainment) point system finally went live, I would imagine most of the people that logged in felt the same fury I did. Blizzard knows the lengths that its fans will go to get trinkets (look at the price of Murloc cards on eBay), but their arrangement with Upper Deck simply takes advantage of the good will many fans have shown." From the article: "This means that in order to get these trinkets, one would have to purchase 9 BOXES of cards for the fireworks and 21 BOXES of cards for the ogre. What does this mean? Want a fireworks trinket? Sure, it is only going to cost you $900.00. Want an Ogre trinket? No problem, it is only going to cost you $2,100.00. Bear in mind that these items are purely for show off purposes and give no in-game advantage to players." Having been through the Magic: The Gathering addiction twice, I've decided staying away from this Collectible Card Game is a good idea.
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