Burdell writes: A new startup has technology to read fingerprints from up to 6 meters away. IDair currently sells to the military, but they are beta testing it with a chain of 24-hour fitness centers that want to restrict sharing of access cards. IDair also wants to sell this to retail stores and credit card companies as a replacement for physical cards. Lee Tien from the EFF notes that the security of such fingerprint databases is a privacy concern.
Burdell writes: I haven't found an obituary in English yet, but Dennis Ritchie has died at the age of 70 He was the creator of the C programming language and a codeveloper of Unix. Much of modern computing comes from his work.