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Submission + - Researchers turn Home Wi-Fi Router into Spy Device (

hypnosec writes: Researchers at University college of London have applied principles of radar used in defense and designed a detector using home based Wi-Fi router to spy on people across walls. Using the principles behind the Doppler effect, wherein radio wave reflects off a moving object, Karl Woodbridge and Kevin Chetty, at University College London, have built a prototype unit that uses Wi-Fi signals and recognizes frequency changes to detect moving objects. The size of the prototype unit is more or less the size of a suitcase. The unit contains a radio receiver comprising of two antennas and a signal-processing unit. The duo carried out test runs and the results were interesting. They managed to determine a person’s location, speed and direction and that too even through a one-foot-thick brick wall. The device can be used to spot intruders, monitor children or the elderly, and can even be used in military.

Submission + - EU court rules that sellers can't block resale of downloaded software (

MotorMachineMercenar writes: It's a great day for European used software market: ZDNET reports that "downloaded software can be resold just like software on physical media can, the Court of Justice of the European Union has said in a ruling..."

This should mean that other types of software, including downloadable PSN, Xbox Live, Steam and Origin games, can be resold. Remains to be seen how long it will take for Sony, MS, Valve, EA, et al. to act upon the ruling to allow for resales.

Submission + - US DOJ Issues Statement on Cops and Recording (

sl4shd0rk writes: The tides may finally be turning towards upholding the Constitution in the United States. A PDF file released Tuesday by the US Dept. of Justice states that "private individuals have a First Amendment right to record police officers in the public discharge of their duties" followed by "officers violate individuals' Fourth and Fourteenth Amendment rights when they sieze and destroy such recordings without warrant or due process". This is coming about as a case in Baltimore heats up where the BPD allegedly seized, searched and deleted the contents of Christopher Sharp's mobile phone after he recorded the arrest of his friend.

Submission + - Miniature Sandia Sensors May Advance Climate Studies (

An anonymous reader writes: An air sampler the size of an ear plug is expected to cheaply and easily collect atmospheric samples to improve computer climate models.

"We now have an inexpensive tool for collecting pristine vapor samples in the field," said Sandia National Laboratories researcher Ron Manginell, lead author of the cover story for the Review of Scientific Instruments, the often-cited journal of the American Institute of Physics.

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Submission + - Studios want reduced fees to go after "Pirates" (

Master Moose writes: Movie studios are about to push the New Zealand Government to lower the fees they have to pay internet providers to out copyright pirates under the so-called "Skynet" law that took effect last year.

The Economic Development Ministry has kicked off a promised review of the $25 fee that rights holders must pay internet providers to send infringement notices to customers accused of piracy under the "three strikes regime"

New Zealand seems to be building a history of bending to US the mostly US based recording and Movie industry. See Kim Dotcom and Warner Brothers filming of the Hobbit as recent examples.

Would the reduction of this fee lead to abuses where infringements are spammed to "suspects" as seen around the world, or with less of their cost being covered, are the ISPs less likely to co-operate?

After getting such controversial bills passed, is this further proof that these industries will never be satisfied?

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