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Comment: Live Free or Die Hard (Score 1) 1200

by ericn32 (#35462078) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Worst Computer Scene In TV or Movies?
Almost everything: - Fire/Life Safety systems at the FBI hacked to sound anthrax alarms... - Controlling tollways, traffic signage, cameras, and lighting simultaneously to try to kill Bruce Willis and Justin Long. - Computers that blow up on cue, in the homes of hackers that COULDN'T see a chunk of C4 in the drive bays. All done by half a dozen "hackers" in a 60 foot-long truck meandering through the streets of Washington without any police intervention Oh, and the "LoJack" still works when the FBI agents track down the hackers, even though all of the infrastructure was allegedly destroyed.
Hardware

+ - Simultaneous Tx/Rx Radios Developed->

Submitted by ericn32
ericn32 (1351963) writes "Researchers at Stanford University have developed a radio technology that could lead to significant improvements in radio signal throughput. Currently, radios must transmit and receive simultaneously on different channels, or alternate transmission on a single channel, due to the fact that a radio may become "overwhelmed" by the signal it is transmitting and not listen to incoming signals. These radios overcome this problem by ignoring the noise they produce and can simultaneously transmit to another radio while receiving signals from another on the same channel.

Stanford University News via ZDNet"

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+ - DHS Screws Up Domain Seizures Again->

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "Once again, it appears that Homeland Security's Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) group has screwed up seizing domains. This time it took a dynamic DNS provider mooo.com, because apparently a few people who used it may have done something involving child porn. In doing so, however, ICE turned every one of the over 84,000 websites that use mooo.com into an image claiming they were taken down for child porn. Perhaps some of those website owners will decide to file defamation charges against the US government for falsely claiming they were involved in child porn."
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Comment: Use Free Smartphone Tethering (Score 1) 438

by ericn32 (#29448821) Attached to: (Near) Constant Internet While RV'ing?
If you use a Windows phone running an unofficial (meaning not from a regular wireless carrier) ROM from the likes of xda-developers.com, you can tether your smartphone to your PC using USB or Bluetooth without paying extra for those ungodly $60 plans... And if you own any other kind of smartphone, you could use PDANet (works on any smartphone, but you'll have to jailbreak your iPhone if you use it.) The software's 20 bucks but I hear it's worth it. But if you plan on being outside of GSM/CDMA coverage areas, you'll need something like HughesNet. The only problem is that it works only if you're stopped.
Security

+ - Public security test of Brazilian voting machines

Submitted by Brazilian voter
Brazilian voter (666) writes "The Electoral Supreme Court of Brazil approved the realization of public tests to demonstrate the security of the Brazilian electoral process. This is the first public security test of the voting machines used in Brazil. Since 2008 the Brazilian machines uses Linux, as previous noticed in http://politics.slashdot.org/story/08/10/07/0029224/Linux-Based-E-Voting-In-Brazil and http://linux.slashdot.org/story/08/10/14/1829242/Linux-On-Brazilian-Voting-Machines-the-Video . The most relevant contributions will be awarded with values from R$ 2,000.00 (US$ 1,097) to R$ 5,000.00 (US$ 2,745). More details about the test can be found in http://www.tse.jus.br/internet/eleicoes/teste_seguranca.htm (text in Brazilian Portuguese)."
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+ - Chinese man builds home made submarine - video->

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Anonymous Coward
Anonymous Coward writes "Chinese Karaoke technician Tao Xiangli has built a working submarine mainly from oil barrels and scrap. The 34 year old constructed the one man 6.5m long craft in just 2 years and claims it can dive to a depth of 10m. The craft has its own oxygen supply, underwater cameras and pressure monitors. So far it has cost him 30,000 yuan ($4,400) but he hopes that the invention will bring him fame and financial backing. Video here http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/video/2009/sep/11/china-home-made-submarine Reuters has more here http://www.reuters.com/article/lifestyleMolt/idUSTRE5890TT20090910"
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Oracle

+ - Oracle to Increase Investment in SPARC and Solaris

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "Slashdot has recently posted articles questioning what Oracle will do with Sun hardware if/when Oracle's acquisition of Sun closes. And it seems that speculation about the future of SPARC hardware has been common among Slashdot commenters for years. All that said, it seems news worthy that Oracle is going out of their way with some aggressive marketing directed at IBM and to clearly state their plans to put more money that Sun does now into SPARC and Solaris:

http://www.techcrunch.com/2009/09/10/oracle-to-sun-customers-and-ibm-were-in-it-to-win-it/"
Security

+ - Casino Chips 'Uncopyable' - Apparently

Submitted by Bigev
Bigev (666) writes "Melbourne's Crown Casino has had recent problems with counterfeit $1000 chips. Being the good casino that they are, they have gone through a chip redesign, incorporating RFID and holograms. The manufacturer of the new chips, Dolphin Products (sounds tasty!) are quite confident in their product. Their Director of Business Development has said "I would go so far as to say they are uncopyable.""
Announcements

+ - Microsoft, CableLabs Enable DIY CableCARD PCs

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ericn32
ericn32 writes "Yesterday, Engadget HD reported an anxiously awaited announcement from Microsoft and CableLabs removing the OEM-built requirement for PCs using "premium" digital cable tuners, saying that consumers "will now be able to add digital cable tuners with CableCARD to a Windows 7-based PC with Windows Media Center." Of course, you'll need to shell out some cash for a compatible edition of Windows 7, among other requirements. Microsoft also highlighted new support in Win7 Media Center for switched digital video (SDV) using a compatible adapter from your cable provider (meaning yet another ugly box next to your TV or PC.) SDV is also to be supported in the coming digital cable tuner from Ceton Corp. (now to be released in Q1 2010) and will come to existing ATI tuners in the form of a firmware update that will also remove DRM on certain recorded shows flagged by your MSO. This is certainly a step in the right direction, though not as big or as far as some hope. Which begs the question: Where is Tru2Way already?"
Microsoft

+ - Microsoft Open Source Czar steps down-> 1

Submitted by ruphus13
ruphus13 (890164) writes "Microsoft Open Source Czar, Sam Ramji, is leaving the company and heading back to the valley to work with a Cloud Computing startup. He has joined the CodePlex Foundation as their 'interim' chair, and continues to be very involved in the world of OSS, but let's hope he is not leaving because Microsoft is doing an about-face on its purported love for Open Source, and the initiatives Ramji championed. From the article, "Ramji, whose tenure at Microsoft has been widely followed by and influential toward the open source community, has confirmed that he is leaving the company at the end of September, for a new position in Silicon Valley. He remains the current Interim President of the CodePlex Foundation, though, and told us more about his plans for it and the foundation's future. "I will be leaving Microsoft at the end of September for a similar position at a cloud infrastructure startup in Silicon Valley," Ramji said. He started with Microsoft in early 2008, and has been behind many of the company's open source-related initiatives since then. As Interim President of the CodePlex Foundation, Ramji stresses that the foundation, Microsoft itself, and the CodePlex hosting site are three different, though related things. The initial funding for the foundation comes from Microsoft, for the foundation's first year."""
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