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NIST Condemns Paperless Electronic Voting 201

quizzicus writes "Paperless electronic voting machines 'cannot be made secure' [pdf] according to the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST). In the most sweeping condemnation of voting machines issued by any federal agency, NIST echoes what critics have been saying all along, that due to the lack of verifiability, 'a single programmer could rig a major election.' Rather than adding printers, though, NIST endorses the hand-marked optical-scan system as the most reliable."

Submission + - Violent video game effects linger in brain: study

NoLoSo writes: ""Teens who play violent video games show increased activity in areas of the brain linked to emotional arousal and decreased responses in regions that govern self-control, a study released on Tuesday found . . ." ( In turn, I wonder if similar, analogous studies were done years before with televised or film violence."

Submission + - Marc Fleury Interview: Java GPL and IBM

magellan writes: In this interview with Marc Fleury, the founder of JBoss (now the JBoss division of Red Hat), is very enthusiastic about the GPL of Java. But he is less than thrilled with IBM. Fleury likens IBM's support of open source as a form of "strip-mining" — letting "the open source community do things, then IBM comes and packages them, and adds proprietary code, and markets the result — witness WebSphere."
The Courts

Submission + - Judge: U.S. Money Violates The Rights of the Blind

An anonymous reader writes: The United States is one of the few countries in the world whose currency isn't distinguishable by blind people. Most other nations use raised text, different sized bills or other methods to assist blind people in spending their money. If a recent decision by a federal court in D.C. survives appeal, however, that will soon change. Under Sec. 504 of the Rehabilitation Act, federal programs cannot deny "meaningful access" to people with disabilities. Because blind people are unable to distinguish U.S. currency without assistance, the court held that they are denied meaningful access to their own money. While the court did not yet decide what an appropriate remedy is, it is likely the court will order the U.S. Treasury to stop printing money which cannot be distinguished by blind people.

Submission + - Study links violent games to brain activity

shawn(at)fsu writes: According to study from the Indiana University School of Medicine in Indianapolis read here at CNN where 44 adolescents where asked to do tasks after playing video games. One group played "Medal of Honor: Frontline," while the other played "Need for Speed: Underground." From the article:Teens who play violent video games show increased activity in areas of the brain linked to emotional arousal and decreased responses in regions that govern self-control, a study released on Tuesday found.

Easy Throw-Away Email Addresses 297

netbuzz writes, "A fellow teaching himself Seam has come up with a clever Web app called 10 Minute Mail. It gives you a valid e-mail address — instantly — for use in registering at Web sites. Ten minutes later (more if you ask), it's gone. You can read mail and reply to it from the page where you create the throw-away address. Limited utility, yes, but easy and free."

Submission + - Can Google protect us from Malware?

cjjjer writes: "Looks like Google and friends are getting proactive about cleaning up the Internet experience for it's users. Berkman Center for Internet & Society, the Oxford Internet Institute, Google, Lenovo, and Sun Microsystems have teamed up to form is a "Neighborhood Watch" campaign committed to fighting badware by providing reliable, objective information about downloadable applications so that consumers can make informed choices when they download programs to their computers (so the site says). The idea is not much different than MS's anti-phishing filter. Stop the user from going to the web site that has been reported with malware, inform the user what the problem is and why they should not continue. This is an example of what you may encounter from clicking on a search result."
Role Playing (Games)

Student Makes a Million Online, Gets Deported 309

Via Kotaku, a story at the Mainichi daily news about an enterprising exchange student that got himself deported. Wang Yue Si, a Chinese student who went to Japan on a student visa, found himself in need of some spending money. Since he was a gamer, he decided to make some cash by selling virtual items online. He was so successful, the cops noticed. From the article: "He started selling items such as weapons and currency for online games through an Internet auction site in April this year, without obtaining the appropriate residency status. Wang, living in Kumamoto, has admitted that he sold the virtual goods for about 6 million yen ($US 1.3 Million), in violation of the Immigration Control and Refugee Recognition Law. A bank worker became suspicious when Wang regularly sent money back home to China and alerted police in August, prompting Kumamoto police officers to investigate the student."
Classic Games (Games)

The Lost Art of the Game Company Newsletter 28

simoniker writes "Over at GameSetWatch, Kevin Gifford has been talking about the history of the video game company newsletter, explaining it as '...a concept that's likely completely alien to people who began their game careers anytime after the SNES. During the classic era, and especially during the NES years, free newsletters were a common way for third-party software makers to build a mailing list and advertise directly to consumers.' He then shows off some scans of some of his own collection, including newsletters from Acclaim, FCI, and even Natsume."

Submission + - games will live on forever

reagor writes: "courtsy of story url = " fice-grants-abandonware-rights" Here's something abandonware enthusiasts can be thankful for: the Library of Congress yesterday approved six exemptions to US copyright. The one most pertinent to gamers is that, for archival purposes, copy protection on software no longer being sold or supported by its copyright holder can be cracked."

Submission + - Flies reveal gene that makes girls fight like boys

Ant writes: "Neatorama shares a few links (e.g., Guardian Unlimited) that show male and female flies fight differently — and it all comes down to a single gene. If a fly has it, it fights like a boy, if not it fights like a girl (regardless of what sex it actually was). There are some fight sequences, in video clips, from flies (and lobsters)."

Feed Open Source Gift Guide Rocks (

Tech types, send your folks to MAKEzine to find something you can improve on this Christmas. From cool toys with a high hackability quotient to endless electronic projects, this gift list for the nerds in the family is a winner. In Gear Factor.


Submission + - Defeating Virtual Keyboards and Phishing Banks

An anonymous reader writes: Noam Rathaus writes on the SecuriTeam Blogs how most Image Click-Me virtual keyboards schemes used by banks to fight phishing trojan horses can be easily broken, even (and especially) when encryption is used. He then discusses how screenshots of the pointer location are over-kill, and describes how to kick these security measures out of the way.
The Almighty Buck

Knockoff Tech Selling Better Than the Original 321

An anonymous reader writes to mention an IT Wire story about the industrious Chinese industry centered around reproducing commercial products. These individuals have become so adept at forging based on the original that by the time the developer of the technology comes to market, the 'original' is seen as 'fake' by consumers. Other products, such as shoes, CDs, DVDs, and even expensive cars are available for much lower prices in certain Chinese markets. From the article: "Sell these products do, especially in Asia where the prices are low, few questions are asked and in many cases, the quality is actually pretty good. Samsung is said to have been so concerned by seeing its phones copied on the Chinese market that it tracked the distribution channels back to the source and discovered the electronics guys responsible for copying their latest products. After offering them a job with Samsung and a chance to go legitimate, they are reported to have declined the offer, saying that they were able to make more money by simply continuing in their pirate ways. What Samsung did next is not known."

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