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The Science of Iron Man 279

Posted by timothy
from the no-duh-it's-iron-man dept.
holy_calamity writes "New Scientist takes a look at the evidence-base behind the science and technology in the new blockbuster Iron Man, and finds it is pretty solid. From exoskeletons to real-time translation there are at the very least proof-of-concept demonstrations of pretty much all the glitzy tech the hero Tony Stark uses."
Security

+ - STEAM hacked?

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes "There is a report from someone going by the name MaddoxX that he has hacked Valve's STEAM service to produce, among other things, customers' credit card details, releasing a sample set to a filesharing site to get Valve's attention. In addition, the hacker has apparently also extracted some of Valve's own financial data including their bank balance for STEAM. Finally, the hacker also provides information about how to build your own STEAM certificates. The hacker is apparently holding the remainder of the credit card numbers hostage, instructing Valve to get in contact with him unless they want the numbers to be released publicly. Valve, for their part, has acted quickly to remove the file — and all associated publicity surrounding the issue. Though break-in occurred 10 days ago, Valve has not informed any of their customers that their credit cards may be comprised. http://emp.damage-web.net/viewtopic.php?t=2071"
Role Playing (Games)

+ - Inside Second Life's Data Centers

Submitted by
Mitch Wagner
Mitch Wagner writes "InformationWeek strips Second Life naked and exposes its pink, quivering flesh. We caress its pulsating bosom with our lusty eyes. In other words, we go inside the data centers and describe the 2,000 servers running Debian Linux and MySQL that keep the virtual world running. Also: Contrary to rumor, Linden Lab, the company that develops and maintains Second Life, has not yet decided whether to open source the server, although they do plan in some fashion to allow other companies to host their own SL servers."
Bug

+ - OpenBSD developers

Submitted by
paltemalte
paltemalte writes "OpenBSD developers are worried that the new Free Linux Driver Development program will backfire on the BSD community by giving vendors a new excuse for why not to release full specifications of their hardware. As we all know this is a battle the OpenBSD camp especially have fought for a long time now. Is this new free-driver initiative really a threat? Many OpenBSD users and developers alike seem to think so. An open email to the people behind the free driver initiative was just sent."

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