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+ - Afghan tech boom: Mullah embraces iPhone->

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harlemjoe
harlemjoe writes "This article would have you believe that many former Taliban officials are superbly excited by modern technology. It further states that Afghanistan is in the grip of a technology revolution (something I can fully believe), and that although modern tech is available in stores it is out of the reach of your ordinary Afghanistan.

Some interesting things I learned:
  1. This is one of the target markets for the iPhone knockoff ($300 retail vs $800)
  2. You can make money in the Third World (Roshan telecom grew from 1 mn to 3 mn subscribers in 6 months according to this article. INSANE!!!)
  3. We need to invest in education and tech in the western world. Mobile banking is widely available in Afghanistan! This is how fast others are playing catch up.
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Windows

+ - Draconian DRM revealed in Windows 7 4

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TechForensics
TechForensics writes "A few days' testing of Windows 7 has already disclosed some draconian DRM, some unrelated to media files. A legitimate copy of Photoshop CS4 stopped functioning after we clobberred a nagging registration screen by replacing a .dll with a hacked version. That's not so much a surprise, but what WAS a surprise: Noting that Win7 allows programs like Photoshop to stealthily insert themselves in your firewall exception list. Further, that the OS is crippled towards allowing large software vendors to penetrate your machine. Even further, that that crippling is responsible for disabling of a program based on a modified .dll. Remote attestation, anyone? And then finding that the OS even after reboot has locked you out of your own Local Settings folder; has denied you permission to move or delete the modified DLL; and refuses to allow the replacement of the Local Settings folder after it is unlocked with Unlocker to move it to the Desktop for examination (where it also denies you entry to your own folder). Setting permissions to "allow everyone" was disabled! Re media files, the days of capturing an audio program on your PC are gone if the program originated on your PC. The inputs of your sound card are severely degraded in software if the card is also playing an audio program (tested here with Grooveshark). Under XP you could select "Stereo Mix" or similar under audio recording inputs and nicely capture any program then playing. Microsoft appears to be pandering to Big Music for its own reasons unrelated to consumer satisfaction. This may be the tip of the iceberg. Something *really nasty* is lurking under the surface of Win7. Being in bed with the RIAA is bad enough, but locking your own files away from you is a device so outrageous it may kill the OS for many persons. Many users will not want to experimenting with a second sound card or computer just to record from online sources, or boot up under a Linux that supports ntfs-3g just to control their files. (You never seem to know in Windows 7 when the "Access Denied" message is going to strike.) It is certainly beginning to be crystal clear why the coming WinFS will not be a good thing for userland, and a Very Good Thing for Microsoft and its partners."
Privacy

Researchers Find Problems With RFID Passport Cards 172

Posted by timothy
from the clearly-unpossible dept.
An anonymous reader writes "Researchers at the University of Washington have found that RFID tags used in two new types of border-crossing documents in the US are vulnerable to snooping and copying. The information in these tags could be copied on to another, off-the-shelf tag, which might be used to impersonate the legitimate holder of the card." You can also read the summary of the researchers' report.

Comment: mars solar time (Score 4, Informative) 145

by harlemjoe (#20493039) Attached to: Mars Rovers Return to Exploration
Shame on me, but this is the first time I visited the mars rover website. It struck me as slightly odd that NASA researchers call the Martian Solar Day the sol.

Anyway, for those similarly bemused and/or further intrigued, here is the explanation of Mars Solar Time as Adopted by the Mars24 Sunclock

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