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+ - UK national ID card cloned in 12 minutes-> 1

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Death Metal
Death Metal writes "The prospective national ID card was broken and cloned in 12 minutes, the Daily Mail revealed this morning.

The newspaper hired computer expert Adam Laurie to test the security that protects the information embedded in the chip on the card.

Using a Nokia mobile phone and a laptop computer, Laurie was able to copy the data on a card that is being issued to foreign nationals in minutes."

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Microsoft

+ - Possible logo for Microsoft retail stores revealed

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "Microsoft has filed for the logo of its upcoming retail stores in the United States Patent and Trademark Office. As of publishing time, the status of the filing was "Newly filed application, not yet assigned to an examining attorney." Microsoft wants the design to be able to appear on various goods and services including "retail store services and online retail services featuring computers, computer hardware, software, computer games, computer peripherals, portable music players and accessories, personal digital assistants, cell phones and accessories, video game consoles and accessories, webcams, books, clothing, back packs, messenger bags, computer bags and novelty items.""
Games

Wipeout HD Loading Ads Scrapped After Uproar 119

Posted by Soulskill
from the vox-populi-vox-dei dept.
RobotsDinner writes "After Monday's story about intrusive, loading-screen ads being retroactively added to the PSN racing title Wipeout HD, the popular uproar has indeed succeeded in getting Sony to pull them. You can put your pitchforks down; your voice has been heard! A Sony spokesman said, 'The ad has been removed from Wipeout HD and we are investigating the situation to ensure that any in-game advertising does not affect gameplay.'"
Space

+ - Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter images Apollo sites

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cunniff
cunniff writes "As has been discussed several times, the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter has a camera with sufficient resolution to image the Apollo lunar landing sites. Today, they posted the first results. Images of all the landing sites are there, with Apollo 14 being the current highest resolution — the astronaut tracks between the lander and the ALSEP package are even visible! From the article: "In the current collection of images the best feature discrimination is in the Apollo 14 scene (astronaut tracks and ALSEP) even though the highest resolution picture covers the Apollo 16 site. This counter-intuitive result clearly shows that increased illumination (high signal) is a very significant factor in the true resolution of a picture." It is anticipated that even higher resolution photos will follow in the coming weeks."
Space

+ - NASA releases hi-res pix of Apollo landing sites-> 1

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The Bad Astronomer
The Bad Astronomer writes "After much anticipation (years on my part!) NASA has released high-resolution pictures of the Apollo landing sites. The images, taken by the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter, clearly show Apollo artifacts on the Moon, including the landers... and in the Apollo 14 site image you can actually see the lunar surface disturbed by the astronauts' bootprints! These are stunning images, reminders of a time when our reach exceeded our grasp, and an impetus urging us to do it once again."
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Space

+ - Update: NOT FOUND -NASA erased the Apollo 11 tapes-> 2

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mbritojr
mbritojr writes "Contrary to earlier reports on this very site that NASA has found and partially restored the Apollo 11 moon landing recordings, NPR reports that the restored footage to be released today is a combination of the best broadcast footage NASA could find which was digitally remastered by a Hollywood studio. The original tapes, NASA admits, were probably recorded over during a tape shortage due to the satellite boom in the late 70's — 80's. From the article: "An exhaustive, three-year search for some tapes that contained the original footage of the Apollo 11 moonwalk has concluded that they were probably destroyed during a period when NASA was erasing old magnetic tapes and reusing them to record satellite data." "NASA has, however, offered up a consolation prize for the 40th anniversary of the Apollo 11 mission — the agency has taken the best available broadcast television footage and contracted with a digital restoration firm to enhance it, so that the public can see the first moonwalk in more detail than ever before.""
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Hardware Hacking

+ - Garage Inventor May Cure Cancer

Submitted by clintonogamy
clintonogamy (601938) writes "A retired cancer survivor in Florida has invented a machine in his garage that uses RF to kill cancer cells. In brief, nanoparticles of gold or carbon that are coated to stick to cancer cells are injected into the patient, then the RF from his machine heats them, killing only the coated cells. It is now being investigated by a research team at the MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston.
From TFA...

"I noticed young kids losing their smiles, losing their hair. And I said to myself, 'Today's chemotherapy is cruel. There's gotta be a better way to cure cancer,'" Kanzius told ABC News. ... Using pie pans, spare parts from ham radios and know-how from his days as a radio engineer, he invented the first generation of what would become a machine that uses radio waves — not radioactivity — to fight cancer.
I wonder if it can run Linux..."
The Internet

+ - FCC: 200,000 Cell Towers Need Backup Power ->

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1sockchuck
1sockchuck writes "The FCC is ordering telecom and wireless companies to provide backup power for cell sites and remote telecom facilities, hoping to keep communications networks running during natural disasters. The new rule was prompted by wireless outages during Hurricane Katrina. There are more than 210,000 cell towers in the US, as well as 20,000 telecom central offices that will also need generators or batteries. Municipalities are bracing for disputes as carriers try to add generators or batteries to cell sites on rooftops or water towers. The rules will further boost demand in the market for generators, where there are already lengthy delivery backlogs for some models."
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Space

+ - First Evidence of Another Universe? 2

Submitted by blamanj
blamanj (253811) writes "Three months ago, astronomers announced the discovery of a large hole at the edge of our universe. Now, Dr. Laura Mersini-Houghton thinks she knows what that means. (Subscription req'd at New Scientist site, there's also an overview here.) According to string theory, there are many universes besides our own. Her team says that smaller universes are positioned at the edge of our universe, and because of gravitational interactions, they can be observed, and they're willing to make a prediction. The recently discovered void is in the northern hemisphere. They contend another one will be found in the southern hemisphere."
The Internet

+ - Captchas Thwarted By Striptease->

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BinarySkies
BinarySkies writes "A new virus seems to have popped up which may push Internet scammers to the folds of what most would consider 'questionable tactics'. The virus spawns a "buxom, beautiful blonde" who creatively promises a progressive striptease for every word typed correctly. The catch? Each word is actually a captcha box, presumably from another website. Is this a new way for scammers to stay ahead of security? Seems more like a socially engineered human SETI@Home project."
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Spam

+ - Verizon sends & profits from text message spam

Submitted by Anonymous Consumer Complaint
Anonymous Consumer Complaint (666) writes "Verizon Wireless charges consumers for every text message they recieve, even if it is spam. Verizon customer support refuses to give refunds for text message spam. And the only options customer service discussed to address this issue are: 1) Cancelling all text messages 2) Changing the customer's phone number These are draconian options. However, what may not be known to many customers, is that there is a Verizon website that allows anonymous users to freely send text messages to Verizon Wireless phone numbers. http://vtext.com/ Thus, Verizon Wireless is enabling the sending of spam with its own website, charging customers for this easily abused service, refusing to give customers refunds, and when they complain, not making them aware that the spam could be coming from their own webservers."
Graphics

+ - HiRes Scan of 'Mona Lisa' Reveals Its History

Submitted by daevux
daevux (626542) writes "CNN reports that French engineer Pascal Cotte has discovered interesting details of the history of Da Vinci's "Mona Lisa" from a 240 megapixel scan of the artwork. Among the findings are the disappearance of eyebrows and eyelashes probably due to poor cleaning, and differences in skin tones."
Portables

+ - ATA Detains Passenger Over "Flight Mode" i

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URSpider
URSpider writes "C|Net, among others, is reporting that an ATA passenger was detained by police after arriving in Hawaii after repeatedly refusing to stop using his iPhone during the flight. The passenger claims that his phone was in "airline mode", which disables WiFi and cellular transmissions and renders the iPhone no different than an iPod. This comes hot on the heels of the recent announcement that Japanese airlines are banning the use of PSP's and headphones on all flights. With the proliferation of wireless-enabled devices, can flight attendants be expected to know which ones can be disabled? Can passengers be trusted to turn off WiFi and Bluetooth on their smartphones and gaming consoles?"
Sci-Fi

+ - Tron to be remade by Disney

Submitted by unassimilatible
unassimilatible (225662) writes "The Hollywood Reporter writes that Disney will remake the cult classic Tron, and has hired original Tron co-writer and director Steven Lisberger as producer and Joseph Kosinski as director.

The original, about a computer programmer thrust into a computer and forced to fight in games he helped create, is remembered for its sci-fi gladiator-style battles and groundbreaking special effects. It was the first movie to use computer-generated images instead of models and other optical effects in conjunction with live action. The arcade game based on the movie was so popular that it earned more than the movie.

The article also mentions that Kosinski will be remaking Logan's Run for Warner Brothers as well."

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