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+ - Breathalyzed? Ask for the source code!->

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stevedcc
stevedcc writes "Anandtech are running an article about a Minnesota man who is asking for the breathlyzer source code as part of his defence against a drunk driving charge. From the article:

One of the common criticisms (which is also made of voting machines) of breath devices is that the "state-certified" models are updated even after they are certified. The companies that manufacture the machines make tweaks, bug fixes, and even add new features, but the machines are not generally recertified after every single source code change. This means that any given machine could potentially be running non-certified code, code which may or may not have errors.....As a bonus, if a company proves unwilling to turn over the code, the case often gets thrown out without any need to prove that the source code is in fact flawed.
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Operating Systems

+ - Motorola sees Linux as its mobile mainstay->

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Cnik70
Cnik70 writes "Motorola is betting big on Linux for its mobile phones, planning to install the OS on 60 percent of its handsets within two years. The long-awaited follow-up to its sleek Razr phone for GSM networks, now on sale in Asia, is based on Linux. The model, called Razr2 V8, will come to the United States within two months as Motorola's first Linux phone in this country."
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Math

+ - The Uneasy Relationship of Math and Crypto

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Coryoth
Coryoth writes "Neal Koblitz, the creator of Elliptic Curve Cryptography, has an interesting article on the history of sophisticated mathematics in cryptography. Math has always played a key role in cryptography, but in the last few decades far more sophisticated pure mathematics has become increasingly vital to cryptography. This, in turn, has brought about an uneasy relationship between pure mathematicians and cryptographers. The result has been fruitful, but has also had a few unpleasant side effects; the article spends some time discussing and dissecting, and debunking the claims of "provably secure" cryptosystems."

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