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Submission + - Stephen Fry and DVD Jon back USB Sniffer Project (kickstarter.com)

An anonymous reader writes: bushing and pytey of the iPhone DevTeam and Team Twiizers have created a Kickstarter project to fund the build of an open-source/open-hardware high-speed USB protocol analyzer. The board features a high-speed USB 2.0 sniffer that will help with the reverse engineering of proprietary USB hardware, the project has gained the backing from two high-profile individuals Jon Lech Johansen (DVD Jon) and Actor and Comedian Stephen Fry

Comment Missing the point (Score 1) 4

Did he ever even see a Wii ? fine precise control ? nope ... sedentary ? nope ... sold millions ? yup

So WTF is he talking about ?

He's missing the whole point. This is not for assiduous gamers, that is what the normal xbox games are for. This is for the casual gamers, for people who can't be bothered to learn how to use the controllers. For playing with you dad or grandad. This has, or should have, an almost flat learning curve.

Comment Re:7 hours easy, 8 should even be possible (Score 1) 454

You seem to have an understanding of Li-Po batts.

So my question is this, My RC Li-Po charger is huge, it monitors and balances cell charge, charging speed, batt temp, charging time, etc.

Is there that kind of monitoring going on inside the notebook? its not possible "traditionally" but would notebook batts benefit from a balancing from a real charger every once in a while ?

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Having seen a large batt short circuit on a heli crash, and an explosion when charging it i'd love to watch as someone short-circuits one of these with a paper clip :D

Comment I took the opposite view (Score 1) 3

Instead of: "How could this impact the development of GNOME and Mono, knowing that MVPs have special access to Microsoft stuff? Could this special treatment from Microsoft put in jeopardy Miguel's position as an open source developer?"

I thought: Wow this could be great he could get access to development releases of the framework to improve newer releases of Mono ... and ... its excellent than one of the most known open source developers in the world, that have developed an OSS alternative to the M$ framework was recognized like this.

Submission + - Plagiarize Or Perish

mindbrane writes: The BBC has a sidebar on ghost-written academic papers in mainland China.

"More than $100m (£63m) changes hands in China every year for ghost-written academic papers, according to research by a Chinese university." The extent of the problem seems to be growing and has the well known publish or perish impetus. "The market in buying and selling scientific papers has grown five-fold in the past three years. Critics say part of the problem lies in the official requirement on academic publication for degrees and job promotions." If, as the article points out, "...the root cause lies in the erosion of an academic code of conduct."; then the mainland Chinese are going to have to look to themselves as a people when ".. debating why no scholars from mainland China have won the Nobel Prize..."

Comment Re:Seriously? (Score 1) 926

<quote>Passengers originating at or transiting through airports with a poor screening record would be denied entry to the US.</quote>

It would be simpler to just stop the airlines from flying to/from those airports.

And can they really do that if you are american ? deny entry to your own country? i don't think so.
Security

Submission + - Encryption Cracked on NIST Certified Flash Drives (h-online.com)

An anonymous reader writes: USB Flash drives with hardware based AES 256-bit encryption manufactured by Kingston, SanDisk and Verbatim have reportedly been cracked by security firm SySS. These drives are advertised to meet security standards suitable for use with sensitive US Government data (unclassified, of course) as emphasized by the FIPS 140-2 Level 2 certificate issued by the US National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST). It looks likes the Windows based password entry program always sends the same character string to the drive after performing various crypto operations.

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