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+ - Diebold (in)Secuity Foiled Again

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XenoPhage
XenoPhage writes "Yet again, Diebold has shown their security prowess. This time they posted, on their website, a picture of the actual key used to open all of their Diebold voting machines. Ross Kinard of Sploitcast crafted three keys based on this photo. Amazingly enough, two of the three keys successfully opened one of the voting machines. But fear not, Diebold has removed the offending picture, replacing it with a picture of their digital card key. Take that, hackers!"
Businesses

+ - Relocation Package Bait and Switch

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An anonymous reader writes "I got a R&D job offer with a large company in Philadelphia area last week. It includes a relocation package that they told me was standard for my position.

After I accepted the offer and made plans to terminate my current job, the recruiter handed me off to their relocation department, where I was told that my relocation package is significantly less than what I was promised. The relocation manager tells me that whenever there is conflict between their relocation policy and the offer, their internal relocation policy supersedes.

What I want to know from my fellow Geeks are : 1) Is this type of switch-and-bait common practice in corporate America? 2) If you have gone through this nightmare before, any advice on how to respond to it?"
Hardware Hacking

+ - Linux Car computer

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dragos
dragos writes "For those who love the automotive in your car VoomPC is suited for navigation and entertainment with superior audio and video performance. The new car pc comes with a more powerful mini-ITX motherboard, based on a 1.5GHz Via C7 processor. Despite that Linuxdevices.com claim that the voompc is starting at just $399. And now you can play the favorite CD because the VoomPC-2 can take a SlimCD drive."
Media

+ - DRM, Vista and your rights

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michuk
michuk writes "In the US, France and a few other countries it is already forbidden to play legally purchased music or videos using GNU/Linux media players. Sounds like sci-fi? Unfortunately not. And it won't end up on multimedia only. Welcome to the the new era of DRM!"
Data Storage

+ - Scientists unveil most dense memory circuit ever m

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adamlazz
adamlazz writes "The most dense computer memory circuit ever fabricated — capable of storing around 2,000 words in a unit the size of a white blood cell — was unveiled by scientists in California. The team of experts at the California Institute of Technology (Caltech) and the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) who developed the 160-kilobit memory cell say it has a bit density of 100 gigabits per square centimeter, a new record. The cell is capable of storing a file the size of the United States' Declaration of Independence with room left over."
Microsoft

+ - Microsoft Pays Writer to Edit Wikipedia Entry

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My Iron Lung
My Iron Lung writes "
Microsoft Corp. landed in the Wikipedia doghouse Tuesday after it offered to pay a blogger to change technical articles on the community-produced Web encyclopedia site.
Microsoft acknowledged it had approached the writer and offered to pay him for the time it would take to correct what the company was sure were inaccuracies in Wikipedia articles on an open-source document standard and a rival format put forward by Microsoft.
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The articles in question:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/OpenDocument http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/OOXML"
The Internet

+ - Press the Button, Crash the Data Center

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miller60
miller60 writes "Emergency Power Off (EPO) buttons on data center equipment figure prominently in many stories of downtime nightmares, including one this week at the Daily WTF involving Take Your Child to Work Day. Sometimes these stories involve janitors or night watchmen, and some believe these anecdotes about "red buttons" are either embellished or the technology equivalent of urban legends. Has this ever happened in your data center?"
Handhelds

+ - Switzerland bans the use of GPS units in cars.

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An anonymous reader writes "If you're traveling with a GPS in your car to Switzerland, be very careful! As of January 10th, the Swiss authorities (ASTRA) have forbid the use of GPS systems in cars. They also banned the selling of car GPS units throughout the country.
The reason is that the software running on these devices reveal the location of traffic radars, through which less people have been fined in the recent years and thus Swiss authorities miss a lot of money. The controversial ban has been created a large commotion inside and outside the country, forcing the authorities to put an official document online [pdf — in Germans], with answers to most frequently asked questions.
GPS devices such as TomTom, Garmin, Mio, Navman, Medion, Route 66, Packard stand Ring, Sony and ViaMichelin are all in the banned list."

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