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Submission + - Replicant OS Developers Find Backdoor In Samsung Galaxy's Android (

An anonymous reader writes: Developers of the Free Software Foundation endorsed Replicant OS have uncovered a backdoor through Android on Samsung Galaxy devices and the Nexus S. The research indicates the proprietary Android versions have a blob handling communication with the modem using Samsung's IPC protocol and in turn there's a set of commands that allow the modem to do remote I/O operations on the phone's storage. Replicant's open-source version of Android does away with the Samsung library to fend off the potential backdoor issue.

Submission + - White House Refuses Comment on MPAA/Chris Dodd Bri (

An anonymous reader writes: The Whitehouse has again refused to tackle the truly difficult issues with the following response: "Thank you for signing this petition. We appreciate your participation in the We the People platform on However, consistent with the We the People Terms of Participation and our responses to similar petitions in the past, the White House declines to comment on this petition because it requests a specific law enforcement action."

Submission + - White House responds to "Investigate Chris Dodd" p (

davidwatdavidworg writes: Turns out that our White House petition to "Investigate Chris Dodd and the MPAA for bribery after he publicly admited to bribing politicans to pass legislation." with 31,034 signatures has been responded to. Title of the response is "Why We Can't Comment", though.

Submission + - Math Gender Gap is Cultural Not Biological (

germansausage writes: A new study was published today in Notices of the American Mathematical Society, looking at data from 86 countries, to test the "greater male variability hypothesis" as the primary reason for the scarcity of outstanding women mathematicians. It concludes that cultural and not biological factors are the chief causes of the gap in math skills between men and women

Submission + - House Panel To Move Forward On Piracy Bill ( 1

itwbennett writes: "The House Judiciary Committee has scheduled a debate and vote on the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) for later this week. Representative Lamar Smith, the committee chairman and main sponsor of the bill, will offer an amendment that is meant to address some concerns with the bill. Smith's proposed amendment would clarify that the bill applies only to foreign websites, not U.S. sites, accused of aiding copyright infringement. The amendment takes away language requiring Internet service providers, search engines and other services to redirect Web users who try to access a foreign site accused of infringing copyright."

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