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Comment: Re:Plenty of Wiis here (Score 1) 440

by achtzwerge (#21631171) Attached to: Where are Wii?
If you get a modded WII about 50% of ntsc games will work. Of course if you ever hit 'ok' and flash you wii with a new NTSC game its bricked. The power supply should be able to go from 120v/60hz to 240/50hz without problems, as most powersupplies in recent years do. Guess most modern tv would also accept pal without a problem, atleast all our european tvs do ntsc without problems. If its not modded, your a sol - wii has region coding
Privacy

+ - Stasi 2.0 - insurance debuts gps tracked insurance->

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ubersonic (943362) writes "While insurance companies never seem to respect the privacy of their customers, European insurer Uniqua reached a new low with the introduction of PAYD (pay as you drive) recently. Uniqa's customers who choose the PAYD-model are going to have a NaviBox called "SafeLine" installed in their cars. The small box contains a GPS receiver and a GSM unit, which forwards once daily real-time information to a central computer. The users premiums are then calculated on the base of this data. The personal data protecting organization ARGE-Daten (Arbeitsgemeinschaft Daten, Engl.: Working group "Data Protection") is deeply concerned about the fairness of the new appliance. No one knows for what else this data might be used in the future."
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Security

+ - Al Gore's climatecrisis.net cracked->

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ape writes "Drive-by infections are common these days. Crackers use outdates blog and forum software to enter a server and install automated browser exploits frameworks, infecting visitors with trojans and adware. Earlier today reports about Al Gore's site, climatecrisis.net (source cleaned up already), being hacked surfaced. Someone managed to place stealth links on the site, linking to cracked blogs on .edu servers. These cracked blogs in turn, redirect you to a pharmacy site, but only if your referrer is Google or ask. If you type in the UTL by hand you will be greeted by a normal blog post about pharmaceuticals. Read Symantecs full report on the incident, or view a screenshot of the cracked sites source code. No one knows how long this links have been there, but according to Symantec the technique worked, placing those spam sites on top spot with Google for their respective keywords."
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Spam

+ - An Inconvenient Truth->

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primadd
primadd writes "Drive-by infections are common these days. Crackers use outdates blog and forum software to enter a server and install automated browser exploits frameworks, infecting visitors with trojans and adware. Earlier today reports about Al Gore's site, climatecrisis.net, being hacked surfaced. Someone managed to place stealth links on the site, linking to cracked blogs on .edu servers. Those cracked blogs in turn, redirect you to a pharmacy site, but only if your referer is google or ask. If you type in the url by hand you will be greeted by a normal blog post about pharmaceuticals. Read Symantecs full report on the incident, or view a screenshot of the cracked sites source code. No one knows how long this links have been there, but according to Symantec the technique worked, placing those spam sites on top spot with google for their respective keywords."
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Space

+ - Potential landing sites for EU Mars Rover selected->

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kfz versicherung writes "In 2013 the european equivalent of NASA, ESA will launch its mission to mars called ExoMars. The multi-million-euro mission calls for a rover weighing just over 200kg that can trundle over the martian soil in search of past and present life. Now prime landing spots have been selected, the list includes two sites at Meridiani Planum, the flat expanse near Mars' equator where Nasa's Opportunity found possible evidence for an ancient sea. Since on the early Earth, all the primordial biochemistry took place in phyllosilicates, some kind of mineral that is a good matrix for preserving organic matter. That is the best place to start looking for fossil life."
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Wii

+ - Mario Galaxy, an indepth review->

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kfz versicherung writes "At E3, fans were promised that Super Mario Galaxy would be the "true" sequel to Mario 64, a game that many Nintendo and platforming fans speak of in hushed, respectful tones. This would likely be the only admission by Nintendo that Super Mario Sunshine wasn't exactly the game it could have been. Thus begins the extremely uninspired story: Bowser has the Princess, he has taken her to the stars, and Mario will get some new powers as he tries to rescue her. Nothing we haven't seen before, but as the crowds at the local video game store where I picked my copy up can attest, this is exactly what we want. See how ArsTechnica likes the long awaited sequel to Mario64."
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Math

+ - Do quantum laws give rise to our classical world?->

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kfz versicherung writes "Quantum physics forbids that quantum mechanics works on a macro level in the classical world. Now Kofler and Brukner demonstrated that the time evolution of a quantum system, no matter how macroscopic the system is, cannot be treated in a classical sense. "Just because something is big doesn't mean it can be described by classical physics." Then referring back to the case of spin, he continues: "Arbitrarily large spins can still have a quantum time evolution and violate the Leggett-Garg inequality." Next, the two realized that coarse-grained measurements are used in realistic conditions, such as situations that we are confronted with every day, as the resolution of the apparatuses usually is limited. "If you are bound to restrict yourself to coarse-grained measurements of the spin," Kofler explains, "you get the classical Newtonian laws of motion.""
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Hardware Hacking

+ - Researchers capture exotic radioactivity on camera->

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kfz versicherung writes "Until now, measuring fleeting, exotic nuclei has been largely impossible. Understanding of the exotic form of radioactivity of the iron-45 isotope has thus been poor. A novel combination of advanced physics equipment and imaging technology found in most off-the-shelf digital cameras has done the trick. 'We have proven in a direct and clear way that this extremely neutron-deficient nucleus disintegrates by the simultaneous emission of two protons,' one of the researchers is quoted."
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Announcements

+ - The small line between quantum and classical world->

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kfz versicherung writes "On what scale do the quantum world and the classical world begin to cross into each other? How big does an "observer" have to be? It's a long-argued question of fundamental scientific interest and practical importance as well, with significant implications for attempts to build solid-state quantum computers. Researchers at the Department of Energy's Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory and their collaborators at the University of Frankfurt, Germany; Kansas State University; and Auburn University have now established that quantum particles start behaving in a classical way on a scale as small as a single hydrogen molecule. They reached this conclusion after performing what they call the world's simplest — and certainly its smallest — double slit experiment, using as their two "slits" the two proton nuclei of a hydrogen molecule, only 1.4 atomic units apart (a few ten-billionths of a meter)."
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Math

+ - Possible backdoor found in RNG standardizedby NSA-> 1

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kfz versicherung writes "Defining algorithm for random numbers is one of the hardest fields in mathematics. We all know Microsoft failed miserably, even Linux (pdf) and SSL had their fair share of troubles. But now Bruce Schneier tells us the Strange Story of Dual_EC_DRBG, one of four random number generation algorithms standardized by the NSA (pdf). While on first look just slower than the other three, Dan Shumow and Niels Ferguson showed at Crypto 2007 that the algorithm contains a weakness that can only be described a backdoor. Their presentation showed that the constants used have a relationship with a second, secret set of numbers that can act as a kind of skeleton key. If you know the secret numbers, you can predict the output of the random-number generator after collecting just 32 bytes of its output."
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Space

+ - Rosetta craft interpreted as interplanetary thread->

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kfz versicherung writes "An asteroid tracking system interpreted the Rosetta spacecraft as an incoming rock last week and issued an alert that a near-miss was looming. Three U.S. observatories spotted an unidentified object heading Earth's way. The observation prompted the Minor Planet Center at the Harvard Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics in Cambridge, Mass., which coordinates the search of near-Earth objects, to issue a potential near-miss warning. The warning was retracted after astronomer Denis Denisenko in Moscow noticed the object's trajectory closely matched Rosetta's."
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Space

+ - Strange new space weather phenomen discovered-> 1

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kfz versicherung writes "Something strange is happening in the atmosphere above Africa and researchers have converged on Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, to discuss the phenomenon. Researchers liken the plumes to smoke billowing out of a factory smokestack — except instead of ordinary ash and dust, ion plumes are made of electrified gas floating so high above ground they come in contact with space itself. "The plumes appear during geomagnetic storms and they can interfere with satellite transmissions, airline navigation and radio communications," says Fuller-Rowell. Indeed, it is their effect on GPS signals that led to the discovery of plumes over North America just a few years ago."
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PlayStation (Games)

+ - PS3 game ships with game save glitch

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kfz versicherung writes "According to Insomniac Games, the developer of Ratchet & Clank Future: Tools of Destruction, some users will receive a message saying there is insufficient space to create the small save file, even if they have plenty of room left on their hard drive. While opensource developer are able to write simple programs on the PS3, the GPU and other hardware functions are offlimits for non signed code. Maybe this save game bug will enable us to write software utilizing the gpu."
Businesses

+ - Apple gets 18$ per phone, per month->

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kfz versicherung writes "While Apple has confirmed that a revenue sharing agreement exists, Jobs refuses to share the details about exactly how much cash it's getting from the revenue AT&T makes on iPhone customers using the carrier's data network. In July, Munster estimated Apple was receiving just $3 per iPhone subscriber and $11 per iPhone customers new to AT&T, but he's rethought the numbers after Apple's latest earnings release. New calculations suggest Apple is raking in as much as 18$ per phone, per month."
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Wireless Networking

+ - Facebook Gets Blackberried->

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kfz versicherung writes "Facebook Inc. is beefing up its role for business users. Dustin Moskovitz announced during his keynote at CTIA today that a mobile version of the popular social networking platform will natively be available on BlackBerry smartphone devices. T-Mobile USA Inc. will be the first carrier to bundle the Facebook Mobile app for its subscribers, but any user can download the software — a crucial point for open-access."
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