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Comment Hold on.. (Score 5, Interesting) 288

"Citizens of New York who prefer not to carry an identifying RFID chip can still get an old-style license."

Wait a second here.. the RFID licenses are $30 more expensive than regular licenses, yet the residents have the option to get the cheaper RFID-free license? Who's going to choose to willingly pay more to be tracked more effectively?

Let me guess. The state isn't telling them that they can choose to get the cheaper older style of license? Brilliant!

Aero

Cellphones

iPhone SDK May Be 1-3 Weeks Late 157

tuxeater123 writes "According to a blog posting at BusinessWeek.com, the iPhone SDK could be pushed back by another 1-3 weeks. Unfortunately, the evidence provided, such as the media announcements that are usually made before most Apple releases, suggests that this may indeed be true. Apple usually sticks to their announced deadlines, however they have been known to break them occasionally."
Republicans

Submission + - Fox News To Exclude Ron Paul From NH Debate

aero2600-5 writes: While many media outlets are yet to cover this breaking news, it appears that Fox News has decided to exclude Republican Presidential candidate Ron Paul from their January 6th debate in New Hampshire. Ron Paul set a fundraising record two weeks ago ($6 million in one day) and has been climbing in the polls, especially in New Hampshire where he is polling better than candidate Fred Thompson, who was invited to the forum. Is the Media trying to control our electoral process again? So far, only USA Daily has this story, and there's a press release from the Paul campaign.
Privacy

Submission + - OiNK Servers Raided; Admin Arrested

54mc writes: "Oink.cd, A popular, yet exclusive bittorrent tracker has gone down. TorrentFreak reports that the servers were raided and seized by agents working under IFPI. The new homepage indicates that the IFPI will be conducting an investigation into the identities and activities of the users of the site. TorrentFreak also points out that IFPI has threated such before, but nothing has ever come of it."
The Internet

Submission + - OiNK has been shutdown. (theinquirer.net)

Monkeyknifightz writes: " OiNK.cd has been shutdown and their servers confiscated. A 24-year-old admin was arrested today in Middlesbrough and the server data is being analyzed to identify users "criminal" activities.

"This site has been closed as a result of a criminal investigation by IFPI, BPI, Cleveland Police and the Fiscal Investigation Unit of the Dutch Police (FIOD ECD) into suspected illegal music distribution. A criminal investigation continues into the identities and activities of the site's users""

Music

Submission + - OiNK BitTorrent Site Shutdown

geekboxjockey writes: It is a sad day in the world of file-sharing. According to the BBC in this article it appears that the mecca of online music file-sharing OiNK was shutdown today. Will the music industry ever realize that their arcane methods of music distribution further motivate all the solutions that starve them of profit?
XBox (Games)

Submission + - Halo 3 Packaging Scratches Discs (jacksonville.com)

An anonymous reader writes: All those hard-core gamers that lined up for 'Halo 3' are finding some of their games scratched. Apparently, the Special Limited-Edition packaging is scratching the disks. The Associated Press has the story. Microsoft already has a replacement form on their XBOX website.
Space

Submission + - Google's $30,000,000 Lunar X PRIZE (googlelunarxprize.org) 1

chroma writes: "It's been a long time since anyone has explored the surface of the moon. But now Google has teamed up with the X PRIZE Foundation to offer a $30,000,000 bounty to the first privately funded organization to land a robotic rover on the moon. Google, of course, has offered the free Google Moon mapping service for a few years now. Looks like the other search engines have some catching up to do in the space exploration department."
Security

Submission + - Exploit code targets WordPress bloggers

criticalmass24 writes: "Attackers have injected exploit code into the downloadable software for the WordPress blogging service. The open source software allows users to set up and publish postings to a blog. The company has issued an update that repairs the vulnerability. Although blogging services such as Blogger, TypePad and WordPress allow users to publish blog postings directly from a browser, client software offers users more flexibility."
Privacy

Maine Rejects Federally Mandated ID Cards 621

WebHostingGuy writes "The State of Maine rejected the federally mandated ID cards passed by Congress. In a non-partisan vote the legislature flatly stated that they would not force its citizens to use driver's licenses that comply with digital ID standards, which were established under the 2005 Real ID Act. It also asked Congress to repeal the law."
Space

Submission + - Mars Express scientists think water underground

WaltonNews writes: "The Mars Express spacecraft, from the European Space Agency (ESA), has indicated to scientists that the dry atmosphere and surface on the planet Mars does not necessarily mean Mars is dry underneath the surface. In fact, a huge storehouse of water and carbon dioxide could be found in underground reservoirs. More of the story appears at: http://www.itwire.com.au/content/view/8959/1066/."
Education

Submission + - US Patent Office to Re-Examine Blackboard Patent

Mr_5tein writes: "Groklaw has reported that the US Patent and Trademark Office has just ordered re-examination of the e-learning patent owned by Blackboard Inc (http://www.groklaw.net/article.php?story=20070125 20202052), thanks to a filing by the Software Freedom Law Center. SFLC's press release states, "The Patent Office found that prior art cited in SFLC's request raises 'a substantial new question of patentability' regarding all 44 claims of Blackboard's patent..."

The SFLC goes on to explain that though such re-examinations may take a couple of years to complete, approx. "70% of re-examinations are successful in having a patent narrowed or completely revoked.""
Moon

Submission + - British Moon Mission

syguy writes: "Never ones to give up easily after their failed Mars mission, British scientists are hoping to try again with a series of robotic missions to the dark side of the moon by 2010. Pink Floyd's album Dark Side of the Moon was also themed on exploration, though of the human condition, but I digress. One mission — MoonRaker — will look for possible moon base sites. Who could resist naming a space mission after a Bond movie? Let's hope the spacecraft is more durable than the one in the movie. They are probably saving the other obvious TV show reference — Moonbase Alpha from Space 1999 — for the base itself."
AMD

Submission + - AMD claims 40% better performance over Clovertown

Neil Jacksons writes: Randy Allen, AMD's corporate vice president for server and workstation products said AMD's "Barcelona" quad-core chip, due to arrive midway through 2007, will be a significant notch faster than the Clovertown chips expected to be on the market at that time. "We expect across a wide variety of workloads for Barcelona to outperform Clovertown by 40 percent," The quad-core chip also will outperform AMD's current dual-core Opterons on "floating point" mathematical calculations by a factor of 3.6 at the same clock rate, he said.

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