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Submission NXP semiconductors sues Dutch security researchers

An anonymous reader writes: NXP Semiconductors is suing a group of Dutch researchers from Radboud University in an effort to block publication of a results showing security defects in NXP's products. For the Mifare chips used in Oyster and other systems, NXP used weak proprietary crypto and failed to incorporate effective countermeasures to physical attacks and power analysis. At least for now, the university is standing behind the researchers (statement in Dutch). Meanwhlie, the Times reports that the Dutch government (which uses the same chip) has "posted armed guards outside all its buildings" will spend millions to replace NXP's chips.

Comment Re:Just the None! (Score 1) 485

I wonder how secure modern fingerprint readers are.

Take a look at Impact of Artificial "Gummy" Fingers on Fingerprint Systems. Tsutomu Matsumoto; Proceedings of SPIE Vol. 4677 (2002)

Matsumoto gives a pretty simple method for attacking fingerprint scanners and achieved really high success rates on all 11 scanners he tested. It is hard to tell from the paper if the scanners he tested were just consumer level devices or something that is meant to be used in more secure situations.

Submission FBI using clicks on farke URLs to raid US homes.->

rindeee writes: The FBI has started using 'clicks' on bogus URLs that supposedly point to child porn as justification to raid homes and make arrests. Never mind the fact that by my simply embedding one of said URLs into, say, a blog posting...anyone reading it would qualify for such a visit (they do NOT record referrer, just the visitor's IP addy). We're screwed.
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Submission FBI posts fake hyperlinks to trap porn downloaders-> 1

mytrip writes: "The FBI has recently adopted a novel investigative technique: posting hyperlinks that purport to be illegal videos of minors having sex, and then raiding the homes of anyone willing to click on them.

Undercover FBI agents used this hyperlink-enticement technique, which directed Internet users to a clandestine government server, to stage armed raids of homes in Pennsylvania, New York, and Nevada last year. The supposed video files actually were gibberish and contained no illegal images.

Roderick Vosburgh, a doctoral student at Temple University who also taught history at La Salle University, was raided at home in February 2007 after he allegedly clicked on the FBI's hyperlink. Federal agents knocked on the door around 7 a.m., falsely claiming they wanted to talk to Vosburgh about his car. Once he opened the door, they threw him to the ground outside his house and handcuffed him.

Vosburgh was charged with violating federal law, which criminalizes "attempts" to download child pornography with up to 10 years in prison. Last November, a jury found Vosburgh guilty on that count, and a sentencing hearing is scheduled for April 22, at which point Vosburgh could face three to four years in prison."

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Submission Amazon Takes on Oracle and IBM With SimpleDB 1

BoredStiff writes: Amazon has just added an enterprise-class database called SimpleDB to it's cloud-based IT infrastructure suite, which also includes storage (S3) and computation (EC2). Today, Amazon announced it is taking limited sign-ups for the SimpleDB beta. As it points out on the new Simple DB page: Amazon SimpleDB is a web service for running queries on structured data in real time. Can companies can now go ahead and fire their expensive DBA's who keep the Oracle/IBM databases humming?
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Submission CD turns 25 today

mchrew writes: "The AP (via Yahoo) says that the compact disc is now a full quarter of a century old. Richard Strauss' "Alpine Symphony" started coming off the assembly line on Aug. 17, 1982.

I read somewhere that the standard CD's 72 minute length was determined by the project's head, he being a Beethooven fan and insisting the Beethooven's 9th symphony fit on the new medium, but I can't find the article I'd read or verification of this anywhere. Perhaps a reader can give a link (or change the Wikipedia entry)?"

Submission Storm Subsides: Mars Rovers Now Battle Fallout->

Raver32 writes: "Mars' globe-engulfing dust storm has died down during the past several weeks, but the two robotic rovers on its surface now face the fallout of dust from the thin atmosphere. Conditions were so bad in early August that just before the launch of the Mars-bound Phoenix spacecraft, rover scientist Mark Lemmon feared the demise of the Opportunity rover. "There was one sol [Martian day] when there was real uncertainty we'd hear from Opportunity," said Lemmon, a planetary scientist at Texas A&M University. He added that the plucky robotic explorer almost entered a power-saving mode that would have been dangerous "uncharted territory" for the rover team. Still, Lemmon thinks the Mars rovers will persevere through the dusty conditions. "Mars could throw worse storms at us, but for this season I think we have seen the worst," he told in an e-mail. "We got a good demonstration that Mars could kill them.""
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Submission SCO Letter to Partners: It's just a flesh wound!->

The SCO Saga, Chapter 7 - Bankruptcy writes: Darl McBride of SCO has finally come out of hiding for long enough to comment on the recent ruling in SCO v. Novell, saying that they are "disappointed," but intend to continue. In spite of the Court having painstakingly explaining in its 102 page ruling that SCO does not and knew or should have known that it never owned the UNIX and UnixWare copyrights, Darl claims to still believe that SCO bought them. He even goes so far as to quote the Asset Purchase Agreement, while very carefully ignoring the APA's section on excluded assets that explicitly excludes those copyrights. Even so, Darl goes on to claim that "SCO's primary business is not to litigate" and that they expect to stay in business. How they intend to do that is less than clear.
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Feed Science Daily: Features Of Replication Suggest Viruses Have Common Themes, Vulnerabilities->

A study of the reproductive apparatus of a model virus is bolstering the idea that broad classes of viruses -- including those that cause important human diseases such as AIDS, SARS and hepatitis C -- have features in common that could eventually make them vulnerable to broad-spectrum antiviral agents.
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Feed Engadget: GPS helps surgeons carry out delicate procedures->

Filed under: GPS

While some courageous individuals may not mind a lifeless being slicing them up in the name of health, there remains a number of us who'd still rather have a human counterpart handling their operation. Thankfully, even skilled doctors could soon be given a hand by GPS location techniques, which have already assisted in some joint-replacement procedures. Essentially, the technology dishes out a "three-dimensional view of the joint area on a television monitor," and enables the knife wielder to make "more accurate cuts and place prostheses much more accurately." The signals are generated by a trio of tiny satellites that are inserted into the surgical incision and "triangulate the exact position of surgical instruments and the anatomy of the patient." Just be careful one of those things don't get sewn up in you, or else you'll likely be a walking beacon for the rest of your days.

[Via TGDaily, image courtesy of AVHaspen]

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Office Depot Featured Gadget: Xbox 360 Platinum System Packs the power to bring games to life!

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Submission A replacement for the good old stethoscope?

Roland Piquepaille writes: "According to BusinessWeek, an Israeli startup, aptly named Deep Breeze, has developed a high-tech replacement for the 200-year-old stethoscope. This noninvasive device can draw in seconds an image of your lungs by listening to its vibrations. The Vibration Response Imaging (VRI) system could already be used in Israel, in Europe and in South Korea. Last month, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved its introduction in the U.S. But don't expect to see one of these systems used by your local physician anytime soon. This VRI system will carry a price tag of over $40K. But read more for additional details and several pictures of what might one day replace the stethoscope."
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Submission Replacing atime With relatime in the Kernel->

eldavojohn writes: "Our friend Jeremy at the Kernal Trap has has dug up some interesting criticism of atime from god himself, Linus Torvalds. As Linus submitted patches to improve relatime he noted: "I cannot over-emphasize how much of a deal it is in practice. Atime updates are by far the biggest IO performance deficiency that Linux has today. Getting rid of atime updates would give us more everyday Linux performance than all the pagecache speedups of the past 10 years, _combined_." And later severely beat atime about the head with a pointed stick: "It's also perhaps the most stupid Unix design idea of all times. Unix is really nice and well done, but think about this a bit: 'For every file that is read from the disk, lets do a ... write to the disk! And, for every file that is already cached and which we read from the cache ... do a write to the disk!" Well, I guess I can expect my Linux machine to become a little bit faster!"
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Submission Schedules Direct to support XMLTV and MythTV

MitchInOmaha writes: From an email from a Tribune Media source announcing an agreement with Schedules Direct to continue providing schedule data to users of XMLTV and MythTV. From the email, "Today we are pleased to announce an agreement that will allow for many of you to continue to have access to your personal television listings data." And goes on to say that although it will be a paid service, it will be for non-commercial use only, and will not be available for use with commercially supplied devices. "As of September 1, 2007, there WILL BE an alternative television listings source for certain Zap2it Labs users who become members of Schedules Direct, which includes a membership fee." More available on the Schedules Direct website.

Submission First Survey of iPhone Owners->

Ealbro writes: "I thought you might be interested in this story launching at PC World this morning. We surveyed 500 iPhone owners about their new toy and got some pretty interesting results. Nine out of 10 were very happy with their iPhone, but a pretty substantial 13 percent reported having at least one significant problem (about a third said the problem was related to the battery). And despite their overall satisfaction, they had lots of gripes and suggestions — speed up the network, add voice dialing, allow for copy and paste and build some native games so they don't have to connect to the web to have some fun, among others. It's the first substantial survey I've seen of iPhone owners."
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Feed Techdirt: ATT CEO: We Don't Promote $10 DSL Because No One Wants It->

Remember the story back in June about how ATT had extremely quietly started offering $10 DSL as was required in its deal to buy BellSouth? The company was promoting many other, more expensive, DSL options, but the only way you could get the required $10 version was if you specifically knew to ask about it. Broadband Reports points to an interview from an Atlanta newspaper with ATT CEO Randall Stephenson where he's asked about the $10 DSL. The interviewer points out that no story about ATT resulted in a more irate response from ATT customers as its story about the hidden offer for $10 DSL, suggesting that this was a huge issue for ATT customers. Stephenson's response? First he denies that the company made it hard to find, and then he says that they're not promoting it because customers don't want it. This, despite the clear response from customers to the very newspaper who was conducting the interview. Then, he basically admits that the $10 DSL doesn't work very well, saying that they don't promote it because they don't want to give customers a product that sucks. Of course, he says that as if it's not his company that has quite a bit of control over whether or not the product sucks. Yes, that's right. ATT actually thinks you'll believe that they're hiding their cheap broadband offering because, seriously, who wants cheap broadband when more expensive broadband is available? Of course, this isn't a new strategy from ATT. Back when it was SBC and refused to offer naked DSL, the claim was that customers didn't want naked DSL either, despite the success many other companies were having with it, and numerous articles with people clamoring for it. It appears that ATT has figured out that when there's really no competition, you get to decide what it is your customers really do or do not want.
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