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Comment Re:Hopefully... (Score 2, Informative) 229

doesn't WPA encrypt using a specified key for all users of the same wireless network rather than providing specific individual keys on a per user basis?

I just want to add to what others have said that in order to have specific individual keys on a per user basis you would need something like RADIUS based authentication.


Submission + - UVB-76 undergoes maintenance

luder writes: After several voice messages were heard back in August, the Russian shortwave radio station UVB-76 went silent on September 1, when it appears to have gone down for maintenance. Later that day, it started to play a pattern consisting of a piece from the "Swan's Lake" and 10 buzzer sounds [mp3 file]. From September 2 to 5, a large amount of CW and voice messages were observed, while at the same time the first confirmed pirate transmissions were observed by European amateurs, including fake voice messages, shortwave graffiti and morse code with personal messages. The UVB-76 got finally back on air on September 8, with stronger signal than many have ever seen. However, several voice broadcasts on September 8 have been starting with the callsign MDZhB, which rises the question of the callsign change for the station, although this remains an open question at the moment. is providing live streams as received 900km NW from the station, for those of us who don't own a SW receiver or are too far to get a reception.

Submission + - Swiss court finds tracking p2p illegal (

An anonymous reader writes: A swiss court has declared the activities of Logistep AG to track down the IP addresses of P2P transactions at the request of rights holders to be illegal and has ordered the arrest of its director.

Submission + - UVB-76 in a frenzy ( 1

luder writes: Russian shortwave radio station UVB-76 has been in a heap of activity, lately. After several voice messages were heard in August, the buzzer went silent on September 1st, when it appears to have entered maintenance mode. Unusual activity followed on September 2nd, alternating transmissions of morse code, buzzing and a short clip of Dance of the Little Swans, from Swan Lake ballet [mp3 file]. More voice transmissions were received, mostly people counting, and someone saying "[I am] on site, working, but she is weak". The interest in the station seems to have skyrocketed, particularly thanks to a 4chan message, posted in the end of May, where someone claimed UVB-76 would initiate the detonation of a nuclear device in South Korea, in early September. Some people with access to shortwave radio transmitters have been starting pirate transmissions at the UVB-76 frequency, broadcasting music, morse code with personal messages and voice messages trying to pass as genuine transmissions. is providing live streams as received 900km NW from the station, in case you wish to join the bandwagon.

Comment Re:Need some sharper glass... or better physics (Score 1) 289

I own a 40D and an EF 50mm f/1.8 II lens. Can't say I ever experienced what you mention, specially when using the extra sensitive center-point. As long as the selected AF point is on the target, it usually focus accurately.

The only situation where that happens, in my experience, is when using all of the AF points, because it always focus on the closest subject. I find it mostly useless, so it's normally set in the center point. When shooting static stuff at close range using big apertures, I do select the closest AF point, since locking focus and recomposing can change the point of focus.

Other than that, maybe the bird is too small and doesn't "fill" the center-point, thus confusing the AF?

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Preserving Memories of a Loved One? 527

An anonymous reader writes "My wife is dying of metastatic (stage 4) cancer. Statistically she has between one and two years left. I have pre-teen daughters. I'm looking for innovative ideas on how to preserve memories of their mother and my wife so that years down the road we don't forget the things we all tend to forget about a person as time passes. I have copious photos and am taking as much HD video as I can without being a jerk, so images and sounds are taken care of (and backed up securely). I'm keeping a private blog of simple daily events that help me remember the things in between the hospitalizations and treatments. In this digital age what other avenues are there for preserving memories? Non-digital suggestions would be welcome, too."

Submission + - Oracle sues Google over use of Java in Android

Sam the Nemesis writes: Ars Technica reports: In a tersely worded press release, Oracle announced that it was suing Google for patent and copyright infringement over its use of the Java programming language for Android development. Neither the press release nor the complaint filed in the US District Court for Northern California go into any significant detail.

"In developing Android, Google knowingly, directly, and repeatedly infringed Oracle's Java-related intellectual property" an Oracle spokesperson said in a statement. "This lawsuit seeks appropriate remedies for their infringement."

Submission + - Oracle Sues Google (

aardvark5 writes: Various news sources are reporting that Oracle is suing Google over the latter's use of Java in Android. The BBC report quotes Oracle as saying that Google "knowingly, directly and repeatedly infringed Oracle's Java-related intellectual property". Since the key point seems to be Google's alleged divergence from the official Java implementation standards, this looks a bit like a replay of the old Microsoft J++ embrace and extinguish attempt. But is it? Many geeks will have welcomed Android's use of Java and may well have some sympathy for Google. What do slashdotters reckon?

Submission + - Oracle sues Google over Android with Java patents ( 1

FlorianMueller writes: Oracle announced a patent infringement suit against Google, claiming that Android infringes seven Java patents. Oracle also says there is copyright infringement (without specifying). This patent attack raises serious questions. Is Java now less open than C#? Did Oracle try to reach an agreement with Google on a license deal or is Oracle pursuing purely destructive objectives? What is the Open Invention Network good for if one licensee (Oracle) can sue another (Google) over patents in a Linux context? What do the open source advocates who supported Oracle's takeover of Sun say now?

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