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TrueDisc Error Correction for Disc Burning? 68

Posted by Cliff
from the parity-blocks-in-a-different-volume dept.
An anonymous reader asks: "Macintouch has a link to a new piece of software — TrueDisc — which claims to make data burned to record-able discs more reliable. More specifically it uses interleaved redundant cells to rebuild data should part of the disc be scratched. On the developer's blog they say they plan to create an open-source implementation of the TrueDisc system, now that it is not going to be included in the Blu-ray/HD-DVD standards. Have any of you used this software before, and what alternatives are already available?"
Bug

+ - Computer foul-up breaks Canadian tax filing system

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CokeJunky
CokeJunky writes "During a weekend maintenance window, the Canada Revenue Agency (Fills the same role as the IRS south of the border) experienced data corruption issues in the tax databases. As a precaution, they have disabled all electronic filling services, and paper based returns will be stacking up in the mail room, as returns cannot be filed at all until the problem is fixed. Articles: The Toronto Star, The Globe and Mail, The Canada Revenue Agency. Apparently on Monday they discovered tax fillings submitted electronically where the Social Insurance Number, and the Date of Birth were swapped."
NASA

NASA Fires Astronaut 323

Posted by samzenpus
from the were-the-diapers-too-much dept.
davidwr writes "In an unprecedented move for an unprecedented situation, NASA has fired now-former astronaut Lisa Nowack. She is facing charges of attempted kidnapping related to an incident earlier this year. Ms. Nowack is a Navy officer and remains so."
Music

+ - AmieStreet - An interesting DRM-free music store

Submitted by LucasMedaffy
LucasMedaffy (598394) writes "http://www.amiestreet.com/ (as explained here: http://www.extremetech.com/article2/0,1697,2070636 ,00.asp) This is a new music store with DRM-free mp3s where the price for songs starts out at $0.00, and increases, cent by cent, as a song gets popular and downloaded more often — to a maximum of $0.98. There are also some promising social networking functionality built in — such as getting paid to recommend good music to the community. Looks promising — and Barenaked Ladies new album is on there. They should be credited as one 'big band' that has decided to embrace online distribution both on places like iTunes (with DRM obviously) as well as eMusic and various other DRM-free sites!"
Digital

+ - Electronic Environmental Waste

Submitted by
Anonymous Coward
Anonymous Coward writes "Dr. David Suzuki, a well know Canadian environmentalist, says there ought to be a law against planned obsolescence. He uses the case of the plethora of of power bricks and battery chargers that we accumulate over the years. Having dozens of them myself, I have to agree ! After all, why do I need *another* 12VDC 1A power brick ? I only have 6 of them already ! I'd love to see a law whereby every manufacturer is responsible for reclaiming their devices once consumers are done using them. They could, after all, afford to ship the product to us. They could surely afford to take it back, right ? http://cnews.canoe.ca/CNEWS/Science/Suzuki/2007/03 /07/3709705-ca.html"
Role Playing (Games)

The Evolution of RPGs, Storytelling 64

Posted by Zonk
from the trying-new-things dept.
Sessions held yesterday and today touched on the future of games and story in this new generation of games. Yesterday Microsoft held a panel with RPG veterans Hironobu Sakaguchi (currently working on Blue Planet), Peter Molyneux(Fable 2), and Dr. Ray Muzkya(Mass Effect). Between the three of them, these well known designers offered a view of the next step in RPGs. Sakaguchi in particular was vocal about his love of online RPGs, and there was some talk of differing player experiences the content-heavy titles genre. Meanwhile, on the heels of Phil Harrison's keynote, Warren Spector took the stage in a conference room to discuss next-gen storytelling. His biggest complaint was the linear nature of games today, and the sameness of experiences. Different talks, with insightful and similar conclusions.
Sun Microsystems

+ - Can Sun Spark A Comeback?

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Anonymous
Anonymous writes "Despite Sun's precarious slide in recent years, its fortunes appear to be on the rise, according to a ChannelWeb.com analysis. The vendor's revenue is steadily creeping north, it's gaining share at the expense of larger rivals Dell, Hewlett-Packard and IBM, and it has realigned the organization into four business units. The question is, is it enough to spark a comeback?"
Education

+ - The Coevolution of Lice & Their Hosts

Submitted by
eldavojohn
eldavojohn writes "It might be an uncomfortable subject but parasites are an interesting subject when it comes to evolution. Ever wonder if pocket gophers have lice? Well, they do. And most interesting of all is the evolution of these lice mirroring the evolution of gophers. To study the genes of lice may shed just as much light on evolutionary trees as studying the genes of the actual host the lice has evolved to. The most unsettling result from these studies is that human head lice and human pubic lice (crabs) vary so greatly that they are in two separate genera. There were similarities between our pubic lice and the lice found on gorillas. Scientists came to the conclusion, "which they published today in BMC Biology, is just as striking as their earlier one about head lice. But it is hardly the same. We did not get pubic lice from other hominids. We got them from the ancestors of gorillas.""
Intel

+ - Intel to sample flash-killer PRAM this year

Submitted by Station
Station (666) writes "Intel's new phase-change memory technology (PRAM) will begin sampling this year. Samsung, IBM, and Hitachi are all working on phase-change memory as a successor to flash as it has a lower (~20ns) read latency than flash (50-90ns). 'Intel says they plan to ship the first PRAM modules as a straight-ahead NOR flash replacement so that they can work the kinks out of the design before trying to move it up the memory hierarchy. The company claims a much higher number of read-write cycles (100 million) than flash, as well as a potential 10 years' worth of data retention. NOR flash is typically used as program storage memory for mobile devices like cell phones, while more durable but slower NAND flash is used for mass storage in devices like the iPod nano.'"
Security

RFID Passports Cloned Without Opening the Package 168

Posted by ScuttleMonkey
from the step-one-cut-a-hole-in-a-box dept.
Jeremy writes to tell us that using some simple deduction, a security consultant discovered how to clone a passport as it's being mailed to its recipient, without ever opening the package. "But the key in this first generation of biometric passport is relatively easy to identify/crack. It is not random, but consists of passport number, the passport holder's date of birth and the passport expiry date. The Mail found it relatively easy to identify the holder's date of birth, while the expiry date is 10 years from the issue date, which for a newly-delivered passport would clearly fall within a few days. The passport number consists of a number of predictable elements, including an identifier for the issuing office, so effectively a significant part of the key can be reconstructed from the envelope and its address label."
Security

+ - cingular voicemail hack

Submitted by
gomez
gomez writes "i have no idea where to let people know about this. but i'm loyal to slashhdot so why not here?

i'm an admin for a call center and i was messing around with caller id the other day. i remember dialing voicemail by pressing 1 on my cingular cell phone and getting straight in w/ out a verification of password. well i thought, what if i can change my outbound ISDN caller ID on my landline phone to a friends phone, figuring that if the mechanism is only checking caller ID why not fake it? it totally worked. i was in my friends voicemail checking his messages.

i thought, well who has the power to change caller id? only admins right? well i checked the client app for use with our PBX, and lo and behold they of course (with certain user privileges) have the power to change outbound caller ID on the fly. I think most phone systems these days in a business environment allow a user to do so, but again only if they have the privileges.

cingular has already been notified about this, i just thought i'd light the fire under their arses.

check your phone software to see if you can change your outbound caller id.. i bet you see the same result.

    — gomez"

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