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Submission + - Read fingerprints from 6 meters away 1

Burdell writes: A new startup has technology to read fingerprints from up to 6 meters away. IDair currently sells to the military, but they are beta testing it with a chain of 24-hour fitness centers that want to restrict sharing of access cards. IDair also wants to sell this to retail stores and credit card companies as a replacement for physical cards. Lee Tien from the EFF notes that the security of such fingerprint databases is a privacy concern.

Submission + - Dennis Ritchie has died

Burdell writes: I haven't found an obituary in English yet, but Dennis Ritchie has died at the age of 70 He was the creator of the C programming language and a codeveloper of Unix. Much of modern computing comes from his work.
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Submission + - Duke Nukem ForNever?

Burdell writes: GameSpy is among sites reporting that 3D Realms is shutting its doors. Apparently, the pre-orders of Duke Nukem Forever were not enough to pay the bills.

Submission + - Sci-Fi Channel is no more 1

Burdell writes: "Effective July 7, they are rebranding themselves "SyFy". They chose the new name because it "made us feel much cooler, much more cutting-edge, much more hip"."

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