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Hardware Hacking

+ - Giant microwave turns plastic back to oil-> 1

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CarrieSmith
CarrieSmith writes "A US company is taking plastics recycling to another level — turning them back into the oil they were made from, and gas. All that is needed, claims Global Resource Corporation (GRC), is a finely tuned microwave and — hey presto! — a mix of materials that were made from oil can be reduced back to oil and combustible gas (and a few leftovers). The story includes a video demonstrating how pulverised tyres are reduced to oil, gas, and carbon black — a powder used to make inks and dyes. http://environment.newscientist.com/channel/earth/ dn12141"
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The Courts

+ - UW cooperates with music industry in suing student-> 1

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Bomarc
Bomarc writes "From the article: The University of Washington says it will cooperate with the music industry as it tracks down and sues students accused of illegally downloading audio files.

A university official, Eric Godfrey, informed students by e-mail that it will use its computers to identify students and notify them of their settlement options.

The university will forward notices from the Recording Industry Association of America telling them they have about 20 days to settle before going to court.

Settlements range from $3,000 to $5,000."

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Handhelds

+ - Psion: the last computer

Submitted by markowen58
markowen58 (917436) writes "the register has put together a rather good piece on the history of the Psion Series 5 computer which is 10 years old this week. It highlights the influence the company has had on other mobile devices since and the story of how the project came together as a ground up piece of engineering and how it's was the last of it's kind in a generic, off the shelf component based world we now live in.

I for one miss the keyboard on my Series 5 and never forget the first time I popped my mobile internet cherry at a crazy 9600bps via infrared modem on my phone in my lecture hall at uni, for i was truely a gadget god that day..."
Networking

+ - Data breaches start at the gas station, analyst sa

Submitted by maximus1
maximus1 (970460) writes "You may want to take pause next time you pay at the pump with a credit card, or any point-of-sale (POS) system for that matter, states this article. POS terminals have emerged as a weak security link, according to Gartner, Inc. "It's almost more dangerous to go to the gas station than it is online," said Avivah Litan, a Gartner vice president. Poor network configurations are partly to blame, and Garter predicts that the situation isn't going to improve anytime soon. By next year, most attacks against retailers will be directed at their POS terminals, and only 30 percent of POS software will be compliant with the security standards by 2009."
Privacy

+ - Illegal software used to justify raid on modder->

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athloi
athloi writes "A San Diego-area man has been arrested and charged with 10 felonies relating to selling pirated games and modding consoles. What is interesting about this arrest is that it looks like he was targetted for being a modder, and the illegal pirated economy-destroying software was the excuse that allowed him to be arrested. Selective enforcement of laws can really be a beast; as Hunter S. Thompson said, "In a closed society where everyone is guilty, the only crime is getting caught." http://arstechnica.com/news.ars/post/20070626-modd er-faces-jail-time-after-raid-turns-up-counterfeit -games-mod-chips.html"
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